I love that word! Snood. S-N-O-O-D. I just like saying it. Like Kumquat.
Anyway, I have knit about 8 scarves over the last little while, and I was getting a little bored with that. (Only a little). And then I saw this snood - a knitted tube:
I have a black jacket with biscuit-coloured large checks on it, for which I needed something warm to wear 'round the neck. Black looked drab and although I entertained the idea of a biscuit-coloured pashmina, brown-and-variations aren't actually my favourite colours. Enter the Rowan Winter Gifts Book and the DK pattern above.
Here's my snood - snood - snood (did I say I like that word?) - it's about half done.
And here it is with the jacket. (Jacket looks a little rumply. I wore it out yesterday and got rained upon).
I am sure that I probably shouldn't do this because Rowan will probably not be pleased. But this is such a simple pattern that you could have figured this out for yourself, probably. Takes 4 50-gram balls of DK weight yarn. I used Rowan Cashsoft DK for the black, and Rowan Purelife Cotton for the biscuit shade - 4mm circular needles, cast on 144, 8 rows K2P2, continue in stockinette until 40 cm, then 8 rows K2P2 and cast off. And for great tutorials on casting on and casting off ribbing, go to Cotton and Cloud and find Kyoko's instructions in several great tutorials that she has done. I have used these methods since I read about them on her blog, and I am sold! (See how I am trying to hide the
copyright infringement instructions by sticking them in the middle of the paragraph? Winter Gifts is a great book, with patterns for scarves, socks, hats, bags, shrugs, and loop flowers - which you can buy here at Colourway - and I will not give away any further of Rowan's intellectual property).
Oh - and on a completely different and OX-like note: Happy Chinese New Year!