I’ve been gone a long, long, time and I’m so happy to be back! Life was pretty crazy the last few months and thankfully mostly for good reasons which meant that I just couldn’t sit my butt down long enough to write a proper post. Oh, how I missed this and I’m hoping you’ll come back with me. I’ve come up with a pattern for an easy snood that can be knit up pretty quickly and it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that someone special in your life whether it’s your other half, BFF, or your first friend ever (aka: brother or sister). Yes, I’m one of those people who LOVES V-Day and LOVES love which also explains my adoration of country music, chick flicks, and sappy commercials (no worries, you can hate me later). I also haven’t forgotten about those that love do it yourselfing in the kitchen so if you need some ideas for a special meal then make sure to check out these posts:
- Baked Blueberry Apple Oatmeal (comfort food that says love all over it)
- Lobster rice (love and a little something more on a plate)
- Red Velvet Cupcakes (one of my all time faves)
- Classic Cheesecake (who doesn’t love cheesecake?)
- Pasteis de Nata (they’ll be your slave for life)
- Berry Cream Cheese Cupcakes (a bite of summer in February)
Let’s get back to dyi-ing: I’m in LOVE with this love squared snood and I know you will be too!!!
I’m also a total idiot because I didn’t take a picture of this finished piece so you can’t really see exactly how awesome it is. You’re probably thinking, why would she even post this without a proper pic? Trust me, I’ve been thinking the same thing for the last hour but it’s a really great pattern and I didn’t think that missing a decent pic was a good enough reason not to share it. This love squared snood is already being worn by a very special someone and I really hope she enjoys wearing it as much as I did knitting it. Message to Bea: if you’re reading this, send me a great pic of your gorgeous self wearing my little creation, THANKS! Now, why does this snood pattern rock???
1) It looks great on your girlfriend, boyfriend, momma, sister from another mister (or the same mister) or whoever is lucky enough to get it as a gift.
2) This slip stitch waffle pattern is easy enough for a newbie knitter but it’s entertaining enough for the more experienced knitter.
3) It’s a quick knit.
4) It’s affordable cause you don’t need a ton of yarn and it’s a total stash buster.
5) Did I mention that it looks amazing on everyone? It’s all going to depend on the yarn you choose.
The secret to making this knit the most loved scarf-like essential this winter is to make it in a yarn that is perfect for the person wearing it. Here are some of my colour suggestions:
Understated elegance: Winter white, obviously…
Secret admirer: Gray is a must that goes with everything and with everyone.
This pattern is also highly adaptable: you can knit a longer piece for an infinity scarf or use an extra chunky yarn for a super cozy look.
Get out your needles and get to it!
LOVE SQUARED SNOOD
- 1 skein of we are knitters (WAK) The Petite Wool in Grey or your favourite Aran weight yarn. This pattern uses approximately 80 gr/112 m or 3 oz/123 yds of WAK the petite wool.
- 8 mm/ 11 US knitting needles (circular or straight) or whatever sized needle required to get gauge.
- 2 markers
- Blunt sewing needle for seaming
- Scrap yarn (in a contrasting colour) if you cast on with the provisional cast on method
- A third knitting needle if you bind off with a three needle bind off
- Knit and purl
- Slip stitch
- Yarn over
- Seaming (beginner knitter)
- Provisional cast on and three needle bind off (experienced knitter)
11 stitches by 25 rows = 10 cm by 10 cm or 4” by 4” inch square in stockinette stitch
Finished snood circumference: 53 cm / 21″
Finished snood height: 22 cm / 8.5”
CO: Cast On
WS: wrong side
RS: right side
yo: yarn over
sm: slip marker
wyib: with yarn in the back
sl: slip one stitch purlwise
BO: Bind Off
- Keep your tension on the looser side especially on the yarn overs in order to keep your squares from puckering.
- Row 1 of the pattern says to slip the marker however during the first row you will be adding the markers instead of slipping them. You’ll start to slip the markers every row after that.
- You’ll always be slipping the stitch purlwise.
- Provisional cast on edge: ensure you have the same number of stitches on your needle once you’ve transferred the live stitches from the scrap yarn to your knitting needle.
- Finishing: the provisional cast on and the three needle bind off are used for a nice finish however the two edges can be seamed together no problem.
Beginner knitters should CO using the long-tail CO method.
More experienced knitters can CO with the provisional CO method.
CO 30 sts.
Row 1 (WS): k3, sm, *k4, yo, k1; repeat from * 3 more times, k4, sm, k3.
Row 2 (RS): k3, sm, *k4, wyib sl 1 purlwise and drop the yo from the previous row: repeat from * 3 more times, k4, sm, k3.
Row 3 (WS): k3, sm, *p4, sl 1; repeat from * 3 more times, p4, sm, k3.
Row 4 (RS): k3, sm, *k4, sl1; repeat from * 3 more times, k4, sm, k3.
Row 5 (WS): Repeat row 3.
Row 6 (RS): Repeat row 4.
Repeat rows 1 to 6 until the piece measures 53 cm/21” from the CO edge finishing with row 6 (especially if you are using the three needle bind off method).
Beginner knitters: BO all the stitches.
More experienced knitters: Add the live stitches from the provisional CO edge to a needle and then BO all the stitches using the three needle BO method.
Beginner knitters: seam the two edges together.
All knitters: weave in loose ends on the wrong side.
You’ll find some helpful videos on knitting basics here (just in case you need it 😉 ).
Tutorial videos: Very Pink Knits
The Slip Stitch Waffle motif is from the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 1 Knit & Pearl book.