A picture of two finished snoods, knitted in Rowan Big Wool. The left hand one is in Mulberry, the right hand one in Oxidise. They are really easy and the wool is just luscious: 100% pure merino wool. You could buy the wool in the morning and then be wearing the snood later the very same day....There are various patterns for these on Ravelry; here is mine:
You will need:
2 balls of Rowan Big Wool
one 15mm circular needle (mine made by Prym)
tapestry needle for sewing in ends
Cast on 96 stitches and join into a circle -ie, once you've cast on, start to knit by knitting into the first stitch you cast on, pull the yarn between the stitches tight, and you will naturally end up knitting in a circle. (Actually, my mum somehow didn't - but you will!).
Knit in 3 3 rib: so, knit 3, purl 3 all the way to the end of the row... and the next... and the next.... making a nice, soft, chunky rib. As a WIP, it will look like this:
Keep going until the second ball of wool has about 6 or 7 loops left in the skein. It takes more wool to cast off than you'd think. Cast off in rib, trying to do so loosely so that the edge doesn't pull in. Darn in the ends (there will be only four, because you've knitted a tube that doesn't need a seam) then wrap the snood round your neck and feel a warm glow of achievement.