A Super Simple Snood

Life Outside London - DIY Snood

What feels like a lifetime ago, in life BBM* whilst perusing the interwebs for the husbands’ birthday treats I found some bargainous Big Softie wool in this camel-y colour on Amazon and decided it could be a little treat for me. I miss the days when treats for me were shoes and wine rather than wool and things from Go Outdoors but let’s not dwell. Actually Go Outdoors would be a treat, it’s more Pets At Home. For shame.
Life Outside London - DIY Snood

I turned the Big Softie into a little snood for later in the year. Yes it’s a bit weird to be making snoods in Summer but I’m a notorious cast-on-and-ditch-it type so I figured if I started now I’d have some chance of picking it up again before winter. Well SURPRISE I’m finished. And that was with losing a set of knitting needles to Pete and moving all the things to the new house. 

Life Outside London - DIY Snood

I’m a fairly vocal dissenter of doing anything purely for the blog but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t spurred on by wanting to show you all my handiwork. It proved to be the best way to procrastinate over finishing R’s huge crocheted blanket/be in denial about box packing too.

Life Outside London - DIY Snood

Life Outside London - DIY Snood
It’s not going to win any design awards but it’s cosy and neutral and the wool – I have real problems with the word ‘yarn’, not sure why – is just so damn soft.

Life Outside London - DIY Snood
If you fancy making one it’s in moss stitch which, if you cast on an even number of stitches, is knit one, purl one on the first row and purl one, knit one on the second row and alternate the two rows until it’s as long as you want it. 

Buuuut if you cast on an odd number of stitches you can just start each row with a knit stitch and watch Orange is the New Black or read a book at the same time.

I started with 27 stitches and made mine long and wide enough that it just wraps around my weeny neck once. After casting off, I twisted the flat rectangle I was left with once for a bit of interest and crocheted the ends together with the Penis Hook(TM).

It only took three of the six balls of Big Softie (using 10mm needles) so there’s a bit left over for some wrist warmers to go with it or perhaps a matching snood for the husband. So. Very. Tempting. If only for the look on his face when I whip it out and hand it over.

Life Outside London - DIY Snood

Whaddya think? Are you a knitter? I find it to be the most therapeutic thing when I have the time.

Whilst we’re here, thank you all so much too for your sweet and thoughtful ‘happy new home’ messages, I love all of your faces very much.
*Before Big Move

A Very Merry Un-Birthday
Weekend In Numbers
  • i LOVE this! I have been meaning to learn to knit and the bloomin’ awesomeness of this snood might just spur me on!!

    Lou 🙂


  • Rachael

    Here here – it’s wool, Americans around me have corrupted me into calling it yarn. The snood looks so cosy and warm and that wool looks so fun – I always think thick wool looks extra fun to play with. I keep meaning to crochet myself a snood (i’m a crocheter, can’t knit to save my life) would be perfect for the horrid cold winters Michigan throws at me!

  • I’m always so impressed by anyone who can make anything! I wouldn’t have a clue, I have no patience and don’t have a creative bone in my body 🙁

  • I would love to be able to knit, it just seems so nice! Gotta love Go Outdoors though, I got a cracking tent in their sale *high fives for coolness*

  • Becca

    Of course I’m a bloody knitter. I’m also a cast on and ditch kind of gal, I’ve got a box of unfinished projects in my living room, also a teddy bear with no eyes but a waistcoat – priorities, priorities. The snood looks fantastic, I love knitting with chunky wool on big needles, so cosy! x

  • Lovely – perfect for the autumnal weather which you know will be with us within no time at all! x

  • Beccy

    Oh wow, I am so impressed – this looks gorgeous. I must, must learn to knit!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • Gemma

    That’s such a pretty snood, the colour is really lovely. I enjoy knitting as it is really therapeutic but I tend to stick with very basic things and am a bit of a ‘cast on and ditch’ woman too. I have some gorgeous pink/purple wool which might have to be turned into a snood like this… a bit less sophisticated perhaps! x

  • Ah you are so clever. I have no ability when it comes to knitting so feel free to make me a snood 😉 x

  • My nan tried to teach me to knit once when I was around 10, the knitting needles ended up on the floor and I’ve never thought twice about it since haha. It does look cosy though! I think using the blog as an excuse to do things is a perfectly good idea 🙂

  • Katie

    I totally knew what BBM meant. It’s the new WWJD. Or something. That snood looks amazeballs on you, as does that lipstick. xxx

  • Rebecca Armstrong

    Oooooh what lovely red lips.
    The lipstick is lush!
    And you created your own snood – adorable.


  • Laura

    Wow thats amazing that you did that yourself! I’d pay good money for that! I’m terrible at anything sewing/knitting etc Heroine In Heels

  • I love, love, love it! Gorgeous colour and stitch choice – love a moss stitch! I’m still going on my infinity scarf. Better get on with it though, Autumn’s a coming!

  • Em

    Erm, how awesome is that. I love it. So clever. Me and wool just don’t mix so I am very jealous of anyone who can create with it!

  • It’s fab, M! You should knit C a nice hat with a jaunty pompom on top…

  • oh! Leona

    I will take one in white, thank you please. X

  • Lulabelloves

    I tried knitting a while ago but all I managed was a scarf… that would fit a mouse! I definitely need to practice 🙂 xx


  • It looks so cosy! I so wish I could knit sometimes x

  • Something like this is marvellous for beginners Rhi!
    M x

  • Mice need knitwear too!
    M x

  • Sold! To the beautiful lady from the South,
    M x

  • Haha, I’ve already proffered many a hat and been rejected. Not sure my heart can take more of the same…
    M x

  • duck in a dress

    Looking gorgeous Michelle! I have absolutely no skills in knitting whatsoever, I used to be able to do a bit when I was about 10 (my nan taught me) but that was over 20 years ago – I do have ‘learn to knit’ on my ’32 before 32′ list though (not that I’ve got very far at all with it!) 🙂 xx

  • thisandthatblog

    That looks oh so cosy and it’s making me want to dig out the knitting needles. I haven’t knitted for so long. Clearly I just needed you to provide some inspiration!
    Laura xx

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