Amerald Hairpin Lace Snood
Updated: Feb 29
This is one of my most exciting experiments of 2019. I learned of the hairpin lace technique as part of my diploma in International Crochet and fell in love with it instantly. If you had told me a year ago that this technique was crochet I never would have believed it; the crossed spokes and thick braiding are unusual and eye-catching in a totally un-crochet way – but it’s simply gorgeous and surprisingly simple. I absolutely love hairpin!
I really wanted to make this pattern a possibility for all crochet skill levels; whilst the hairpin section may be new to some, I’ve included detailed instructions to help you tackle it first time round or refresh your memory if you’re returning to the technique. The hairpin strips are set snugly between rows of lovely standard crochet, complementing the hairpin style and finishing the piece.
Let’s talk about the colours. Drops Big Delight is a range of variegated, 100% wool with beautiful long colour changes – I used 'Wild Berries' for the contrasting purple/pinks and greens but there are so many to choose from. Wild Berries caught my eye for the jewel like colours reminding me of Amethyst and Emerald – so the 'Amerald' name came to mind. ❤
Joining the hairpin strips has to be my favourite part of this pattern; it’s where the thick central Braid is created using groups of hairpin interlocking from each side. I made sure to place my strips with contrasting colours together for bold and obvious colour changes but you can match them together for a smoother gradient if you prefer.
The last decision for this pattern was whether to leave it as a scarf, or to join into an infinity Snood. I wanted this to be a pattern for a cold winter, for warmth and total cosyness factor so, with a lovely thick fabric, it just had to be an infinity Snood to double up and keep warm against the cold.
he pattern can be found here.
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