I've been wanting a snood for a while now but I've been determined to learn the art of knitting and make one myself. However, I make dropping stitches a bit of a habit and don't quite have the coordination to juggle the needles as well as the wool!
This Christmas, Santa delivered a truly awesome gift and I've since learnt how to knit on your hands. It's so easy and I managed to get into the swing of it straight away. On the downside, I didn't have enough hands to take photos as I went. Hence these crummy illustrations I'm afraid! Oh well brings something a bit different to a blog post!
Before you start, cut off about 8 metres of wool to save for stitching up your knitted 'noodle' to create the snood shape.
Steps 1 to 4 - Casting on:
1) Place the wool between your thumb and index finger and weave between your fingers
2) Pass the wool around your index and weave back through as shown in the pictures above.
3) Repeat this again by passing the wool around your pinky and weave back through. Leave the working wool infront of your thumb. Push the loops down so each finger has 2 loops around it.
4)Take the bottom loop and pull it up over the top loop and off your finger. Repeat this for each finger including your index finger (the 'Tail' will fall between your index and middle fingers).
Steps 5 to 6 - Knit knit knit!
5) Take the working wool and once again weave it through your fingers. Push the wool down creating 2 loops on each finger.
6) Like step 4, pick the bottom loop and take it off your finger. Repeat for each finger.
Now keep repeating steps 5 and 6 to create a long knitted noodle.
Steps 7-8 Casting off:
7) Once you have lifted off the bottom loops for the last time you will be left with 1 loop on each finger ready to cast off. Transfer the loop from your pinky to your ring finger then pull the bottom loop on your ring finger and onto your middle finger. Repeat this for your middle and index finger
8) Pull working wool through the end loop, pull tight and cut.
The Last Leg:
After casting off, give your knitted noodle a bit of a stretch for a more even shaped tube. Next fold it into 6 even lengths and, with the extra wool saved, weave it between the knitted loops up and down the noodle. Now all you need to do is stitch up the ends to create the snood shape!
Voila! Not too bad for a first attempt. Its perfect to keep you snuggly warm on a cold day. And definitely something you'd find in highstreet shops! I think I'm going to make another with the same length noodle but fold 4 times to see how a longer and thinner snood turns out.
Lots of love