Leopard Print Snood Knitting Pattern

What’s a better reason to knit than for your closest friends?

I made this leopard print snood as a gift for my lovely friend, pictured, and enjoyed every second of it. Not only was it something completely new to me and a new challenge where I put my knitting skills to the test with two different yarn colours, but also it was my very own pattern. Although I did notice a longer, more complex version on Wool and the Gang, it wasn’t really a pattern I could stick to – so I made my own and I’m very proud if it. I share it with you below.

What you will need:

  • 100g black chunky yarn – Wool Warehouse
  • 50g white chunky yarn – Wool Warehouse
  • 12mm knitting needles –  TG. Wool and the Gang
  • Scissors

Free Leopard Print Knitting Pattern for Beginners:

Knitting Skills: You will need to know how to knit and purl for this pattern but you’ll need to also know how to change yarn colours throughout the pattern. Here are a couple of good videos with different methods that helped me learn how to do exactly that; video 1; video 2. I will state ‘knit colour’ when you’ll need to knit with a colour different to your main/base colour (in my case this is white.) 

Cast on 21 stitches with main colour (black).

Row 1: purl to end.

Row 2: knit 9, knit colour 2, knit 10.

Row 3: purl colour 2, purl 7, purl colour 4, purl 6, purl colour 2.

Row 4: knit 1, knit colour 1, knit 5, knit colour 2, knit 3, knit colour 1, knit 6, knit colour 1, knit 1.

Row 5: purl 8, purl colour 1, purl 3, purl colour 2, purl 7.

Row 6: knit 8, knit colour 1, knit 12.

Row 7: purl 10, purl colour 2, purl 9.

Row 8: knit 3, knit colour 3, knit 15.

Row 9: purl 5, purl colour 2, purl 7, purl colour 2, purl 2, purl colour 1, purl 2.

Row 10: knit 2, knit colour 1, knit 3, knit colour 1, knit 6, knit colour 1, knit 4, knit colour 1, knit 2.

Row 11: purl 2, purl colour 1, purl 4, purl colour 1, purl 6, purl colour 1, purl 6.

Row 12: knit 4, knit colour 2, knit 8, knit colour 5, knit 2.

Row 13: purl 3, purl colour 2, purl 5, purl colour 1, purl 10.

Row 14: knit 10, knit colour 2, knit 9.

Row 15: purl to end.

Repeat Rows 1-15 until you’ve reached your desired length.

Cast off in knit.

I very much hope you like the finished result as much as I did and be sure to share your work with me either via the comments below or on social media! 


Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.


  • Reply March 9, 2017


    What a gorgeous pattern I need to learn to knit so I can make this!

  • This looks fab, perfect for the colder weather. You have done a great job on this x

  • Reply March 9, 2017


    I love this! I’m crazy about leopard print!

  • Reply March 9, 2017

    Emmie, Unsigned

    For someone who doesn’t knit, reading the pattern was like reading html LOL although my mum and older sister can both knit – we have a baby scarf hand knitted by my mum and a lovely blanket from my sister. I’m just not a crafty person at all.

    Emmie xo

  • Reply March 9, 2017


    I would love to be able to knit – this scarf looks cosy, perfect for the cold days in Scotland!

  • Reply March 9, 2017

    Bek DIllydrops

    This looks lovely. I really struggle with knitting. I am just starting to get into doing some crochet and I love sewing. I really must spend some more time learning how to knit properly. I’ll share this with my Mum, she would love to make this.

  • Reply March 10, 2017


    Oh wow fancy finding this. I don’t knit anymore but my friend does and she would love to make a snood I’m sure.

  • Reply March 10, 2017

    five little doves

    I have no clue how to knit but my mother in law often does, the children had lots of hand knitted clothes as babies. I love a snood!

  • What a fab pattern and it looks perfect for the colder months.
    I can’t knit to save my life, 🙂 x

  • Reply March 10, 2017

    Zena's Suitcase

    I think making something for someone is a really special thing, and knitting is great. I love this pattern and might just have to have a go myself

  • Reply March 12, 2017


    I so wish I could knit, it looks fab

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