Friday, November 17, 2017

Knitting a Snood (Free Knitting Pattern)

One of my brilliant London housemates is a superstar knitter, and for another housemate's birthday, knitted her a beautiful teal snood (aka infinity scarf). I was teal with envy (har har) because it looked so cozy warm and I am nothing if not constantly on the verge of hypothermia.

Following my new mantra to always Enthusiastically Suck at something, I decided to take a knitting class at Tea and Crafting in Camden when all my friends and then-partner were away for a weekend and I needed to entertain myself. And you know what, I wasn't half bad!

I had a couple little practice projects when I was still in the Big Smoke, neither of which made the cut into my precious suitcase space for my return back to the States.

But, during my job search, I need something to occupy my time. I spend over half my day working on job applications, but once I top out on that for the day I need something to do, and sewing sometimes is just too quick. Usually, that's a huge pro in the sewing department (immediate gratification—even slow fashioners fall victim!), but with so much more time than I ever have when I'm employed, knitting is filling a very important-for-my-sanity void.

Enter: snood!

This was such an easier beginner project. Even though mine is far from perfect (note to self: knitting after a couple glasses of wine is not as good of an idea as it seems), it drapes really nicely and is so warm! I worked on it a bit during a camping trip so it smells faintly of campfire, which makes me so happy. I'm excited to wear it when I go back to London for my graduation ceremony next month.

Here's what you need:
  • About 550 yards of worsted weight yarn. I used 3 skeins (540 yards) of Debra Norville Everyday Soft yarn in "Charcoal Heather," which has a gauge of 18 stitches, 24 rows for 4 inches. If you want to use a yarn with a different gauge—my (very beginner's philosophy) is to pick the yarn that feels nice and make it work for you—I recommend using this website to figure out how much yarn you'll need. 
  • 8.0 mm (US size 11) knitting needles. I used Clover bamboo circular needles since that's what I had on hand, but I wish I had used 13" single point needles, as I find circular needles hassley to use if the project doesn't need that much length.
  • Tapestry needle to join the seams
Here's how you do it:

This snood was made in seed stitch, which gives it that lovely bumpy texture.

Cast on 61 stitches. If you want to vary the width, make sure that you have an ODD number of stitches cast on, otherwise you'll end up with ribbing instead.
R1: Slip a stitch purlwise, then P1, K1 until the end.
R2-300: repeat R1.
Cast off.

Make sure to keep about 1 yard of yarn to stitch up the seam. I just used a quick whip stitch.

Here's what you make:

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Final measurements: 20" wide x 55" long (circumference)

I had so much fun working on this and feel like my muscle memory for knitting is improving.

What are you enthusiastically sucking at right now? Show me!

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