Crafting ideas, DIYs

Knitting a snood

November 26, 2012

When the weather is cold and dreary outside, what nicer thing to do than to stay inside and craft? Lately, I’ve been knitting again and it seems apt to share my experiences on the blog.

This time, I decided to make a snood, which in terms of knitting is a pretty easy task to do. I’m not the world’s most experienced knitter, but I can knit one, purl one along with the next person and a snood is a perfect way to while away an afternoon or two and build up my knitting expertise.

The wool was so thick that I needed to buy longer needles halfway through

A snood, or cowl scarf, is also one step up from the beginner’s scarf, is a fashionable and cosy addition to any outfit in this horrible weather and would therefore make a wonderful Christmas present for friends and family, or a little treat for yourself.

I started off by visiting my local market stall and picking up two balls of wool in a lovely, raspberry colour. The wool I chose was 50% alpaca wool and therefore a little on the expensive side, but it had such a soft feel and I knew it wouldn’t itch like a lot of wools do.

I started by following this pattern, which I found online. The tutorial is ideal for beginners as it is made using a garter stitch and won’t take too long, but I adapted mine so that it wasn’t a wraparound snood, as the wool I used was thicker.

The finished snood

It didn’t take me very long to complete the snood, because of the thickness of the wool and the size of the needles (UK size 10), but in hindsight it is a bit on the tight side. My initial plans were for a wraparound snood, but because I cast on 40 stitches, this simply wasn’t achievable unless I wanted to spend a lot more on wool.

But, overall, I’m happy with it. It’s very snug and thick and, I think, a good result for my first snood.

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