Why not knit a snood to beat the wintry weather?

Why not knit a snood to beat the wintry weather?

Britain has been battered by storms in recent days, with large parts of the country either buffeted by gale-force winds or breached by floodwater.

We haven't seen too many freezing mornings so far this winter, but it is only January - last year, our heaviest snowfall occurred in March, pushing spring back.

While we might all be hoping to get away with a milder season, it won't hurt to be prepared, particularly with weather forecaster Jonathan Powell of Vantage Weather Services telling the Daily Star he thinks colder temperatures might be on the way.

"All we need is a change of wind direction to turn this rain into snow and that is what we are expecting. We could see several inches across large parts of the UK thanks to freezing winds from the Arctic," he warned.

If you're short of winter woollies, why not pick up your knitting needles and chunky yarn this January and start a new year project to create a snood or two?

Also known as cowls, these are a cross between a scarf and a hood and are made using a continuous loop of wool. They're ideal for this time of year because you can make them really thick, plus you don't have to mess around tying the ends once you come to wear them.

You can also vary the length and width in different projects so that you have snoods that will wrap around your neck twice. This means there will be more material for covering your head and neck in case we do get any of the white stuff.

Snoods are really easy to make for beginners but are also suitable for more advanced knitters looking for a quick evening project that will come in really useful when completed. To get you started, we've got a pattern for a Crispin Snood, which you can find in the Warm and Toasty book and uses soft and lofty Tumble yarn made from cosy alpaca and cotton.

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