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! 


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • March 9, 2017


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

  • March 9, 2017

    Newcastle Family Life

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

  • March 9, 2017


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

  • 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

  • March 9, 2017


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • March 12, 2017


    I so wish I could knit, it looks fab