Crochet Snood Pattern – A Ballet Bun Cover!

Hello everyone,

My 6 year old daughter started taking ballet classes a few months ago.  With her new found interest in dance she is starting to take notice of all the style accessories available in the ballet world.  Recently, she discovered and fell in love with the bun covers (also known as snoods) that are worn by many of the young dancers in her studio.  I immediately started looking for a free crochet snood pattern online.  I diligently searched, but did not find a decent pattern for a children’s snood, so I decided to make my own.

In this post I will share my crochet snood pattern with you!  This pattern is a dainty, lacy pattern that uses a yarn that is more appropriate for a child’s snood.

bun cover

After studying the basic construction and shape of the typical snood, I set about finding a round motif that I liked.  There are many books filled with motifs crocheted in the round.  These references are great to use for inspiration, and can be substituted into this pattern.  You may find that once you get started you will enjoy branching out to other designs.  Changing the center motif can also allow you to change the overall size of the snood.  In this design, rounds 1 through 3 represent the center motif.  I have included a chart at the end of this post to enable you to better visualize the pattern.

The size of this pattern can not only be altered by changing the center motif, but can also be changed in other ways.  I crocheted the design in the image above using the pattern below, but I also tried it with single crochets in the place of all the double crochets.  This resulted in an even smaller snood.  Different yarn sizes will also allow you to adjust the final size of the snood.  Finally, if you want a larger snood, you can repeat round 5.  If you give this a try please let me know what final design you decided on and how it worked!


Louisa Harding Jasmine Yarn in color 28 or another light DK weight yarn

Size E (3.5mm) crochet hook

Tapestry Needle


snood round 1

Round 1: Start with a loose slip knot on your hook.  Ch3, Make 17 dc into the ring.  Join the round at the top of the first ch3 with a slip st.  Pull the string from the starting slip knot to close the center ring.


Round 2: Ch 6, dc in same stitch, Ch1, skip two dc,* (dc, ch3, dc, ch1) in next dc, skip next two dc * repeat from * to * 5 times.  This will return you to the beginning of the round.  Join to the 3rd of ch6 that started to round with a slip st.


Round 3: Ch3, 6 dc in the next ch3 space, *skip the next ch1, 7dc in the next ch3 space* repeat from * to * four more times.  Join the round with a slip st into the 3rd ch stitch of the ch3 that started the round.

Round 4: Ch7, skip the ch3 and two dc, slip st into next dc, *ch7, skip next 3 dc slip st in between the next two dc, Ch7, skip next 3 dc, slip st into next dc*, repeat * to * four more times, Ch3 skip next 3 dc, tc into the beginning of the round.  This last tc will emulate a ch4 but allow the yarn to end at the top of the loop instead of the beginning of the round.


Round 5: Ch7, skip next 3 ch, slip st into next chain (the top of the loop), *ch7, skip next 6 ch, slip st into next ch*, repeat * to * 9 times, ch3, tc into start of round.

Round 6: Ch5, skip next 3 ch, slip st into next chain (the top of the loop), *ch5, skip next 6 ch, slip st into next ch*, repeat * to * 9 times, ch2, dc into start of round.

You have two choices now.  You can either add an elastic (something less than 1 inch in diameter) or you can use a cord.  If you want to use an elastic you will need to wrap each Ch3 loop around the elastic as you complete round 7.  Other wise complete round 7 as follows.

Round 7: Ch3, skip next 2 ch, slip st into next chain (the top of the loop), *ch3, skip next 4 ch, slip st into next ch*, repeat * to * 9 times, slip st into start of round.


Weave in ends with your tapestry needle and trim excess.

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If you did not attach an elastic then you can weave a ribbon or cord in and out of the last round and then tie in a bow after placing the snood around your little ones’ hair bun.  You may also use your yarn to make a matching cord.  I used yarn and made the cord using chain stitches.  If your recipient is interested in making a chain cord then this is a great task for your budding, young artist!

Hopefully you enjoyed this free crochet snood pattern.  I actually made 3 of these (each one takes less than an hour if you are decent with crochet) and my daughter loved each one.  Try it out!

Happy crafting!



st – stitch

dc – double crochet

tc – treble (triple crochet)

ch – chain



Ballet snood chart

11 Responses to Crochet Snood Pattern – A Ballet Bun Cover!

  1. Joyce Ellis May 27, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I have 5 little granddaughters that will love to wear this snood!

    • Kirsten May 27, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Joyce,

      Thanks for the nice note!

      I have 3 children now, including a 2 week old baby. I have one daughter and she is 6 (she is the model in the blog post). She loves to wear this snood. The snood really is easy to crochet and your granddaughters should love it. At least I hope that they love it!

      Best regards and thanks for posting,


  2. Chelsie July 17, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    Hi! I had been looking for an easy patten that was free and had simple abbreviations, and yours just happened to be the best! I recently found a job at a pizzeria and while we don’t require the workers up front to wear hair nets since they aren’t near the make-line, I still felt I needed to have at least something as I shed like a cat. But I didn’t want to look like an old woman! This was just what I needed! Thank you!

    • Kirsten July 20, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      Chelsie, thanks for the positive note! I appreciate the feedback, and I am pleased that you liked the pattern. Enjoy!

  3. Nadia September 14, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    Hi, thanks so much for this sweet pattern. I have just started to crochet but still managed a pretty successful attempt at this yesterday for my daughter’s ballet lesson today. She loved it and wants me to make more of them in different colours.

    • Kirsten September 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Great news! I am pleased that the pattern worked well for you. And I hope that your little ballerina enjoys her snoods. Happy crafting, Kirsten

  4. Angie January 6, 2014 at 1:42 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing!! This is a beautiful pattern and I can’t wait to see it in my little ballerinas’ buns!

  5. Annette March 23, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. My 2 granddaughters 7 and 9, have just informed me this is what they would like me to make them. I will be popular !!!

  6. Astrid October 26, 2015 at 7:05 am #

    Great pattern, my daughters love the bun covers!
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Greetings from Cologne 🙂

  7. L z September 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I, as you did remembered/searched for a bun snood pattern. My granddaughter has beautiful but wild curly hair and I believe a snood would be perfect for her.

    Ps I never sign up for comments ever but I thought this needed a shout out:)

    • Kirsten September 20, 2017 at 9:29 am #

      I am always glad to hear when someone enjoys one of my patterns. Thx for sharing!

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