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Home : Patterns : Beautiful Ballerina Snood (Bun Cover)

Free Knitting Pattern: Beautiful Ballerina Snood (Bun Cover)

Lion Brand® Glitterspun® (old)
Pattern #: 60075
Rating: *****5.0 (based on 5 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
Approximately 6 inches [16 cm] in diameter when not tied.

PUBLISHED IN:  By Kids, For Kids

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This is a simple and quick-to-make version of the elegant classical hair covering worn by ballet dancers.
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Glitterspun® (old)

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*Glitterspun (old) (Article #990). 60% acrylic, 27% Cupro, 13% Polyester; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (115yds/105m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
24 inches [62 cm ] 1½ inch [3.75 cm] ribbon of your choice. Note that textured ribbons (as opposed to satin) will stay tied better. We liked how a light, organza-type ribbon looked the best and it stayed tied very well. If you are using grosgrain ribbon, you may want to try 1-inch (2.5 cm) or even ¾-inch (2 cm) ribbon. Note: pattern uses very little yarn.

Beautiful Ballerina Snood (Bun Cover)

Lion Brand® Glitterspun® (old)


18 sts + 26 rows = 4" (10cm) on size 8 (5mm) needles When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


This snood will easily cover an average amount of hair, if your hair hangs to the middle of your back. If your hair is extremely thick or if it is longer, knit an extra row with the size 19 needles for a total of 9 rows.


With smallest needles, cast on 12 stitches
Row 1 Knit into the front and back of each st (kfb) across - 24 sts
Row 2 Kfb across - 48 sts
Row 3 Change to size 10 needles, knit
Row 4 Change to size 19 needles, knit
Row 5-6 knit
Row 7 Change to size 10 needles, knit
Row 8 knit.
Bind off all stitches, leaving 6 inch [16 cm] tail

Thread the yarn end into the large-eyed, blunt needle. Sew ends together, weave in ends.

Thread the ribbon into the large-eyed, blunt needle (it may be necessary to fold it.) Thread the ribbon through the row knit with the size 19 needles that is closest to the outside edge of the snood. Pull the ribbon so that it is evenly distributed through the edge of the cover.

To wear, put your hair into a ponytail and wrap into a bun. Place the snood/bun cover over it, pull the ribbon tight and tie into a bow. Secure with bobby pins as needed.

Knitting into the front and back of a Stitch

An easy way to add a stitch is to use an existing stitch and to knit two loops into it rather than the usual one. Insert the right needle into the stitch, wrap the yarn around the needle and pull through as for a normal knit stitch, elongating the loop slightly. Don't pull the stitch over the left needle yet.

Bring the top of the right needle around to the back and knit into the back loop of the stitch as shown (see the FAQ on knitting into the back loop for more detail). You now have two stitches on the right needle.

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k = knit Kfb = knit in front and back of st
st(s) = stitch(es)  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 5 reviews)
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Reviewed by Hannah on 2012-03-21 *****
I made this a couple of years ago. I have lost it and will be making another soon.

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