Monday, March 31, 2014

Cozy neckwarmer

I came up with this neckwarmer because I wanted a stash-busting, no-cost, and colorful addition to my ski wardrobe. I had bought some chunky merino two-ply in blue and fuschia from the sale bin *years* ago, and I paired those with half a ball of navy-ish Plymouth Tweed, held double. Lo and behold, the fuschia matched some North Face gloves and a Patagonia hat I already had, so much the better.

I actually tried this first on size 13 needles, but then realized that would yield a softer, squishier fabric than I desired--I wanted a thicker fabric that would stand up on its own and stay in place nicely. On size 10.5 needles this knitted up fast and was soft and stretchy, yet still fitted enough to fit under a parka or coat.

I knit this in a weekend day, not expecting any great hoopla, but have since received a few compliments and requests for the (very simple!) pattern. I'd say this pattern is suitable for someone who is a relative beginner to gain experience working with stripes and weaving in ends (there aren't so many, it's not that onerous).

Of course, there is no longer so much of the cold fluffy white stuff blanketing my yard, but I've heard tell that there is still plenty of it to ski on just a few hours north. Perhaps you could knit this up and throw it over a T-shirt for a splendid spring ski ensemble. Yeah.

Cozy neckwarmer

Yarn: Plymouth Tweed [held double] (C1), two colors of [name/brand lost in the sands of time] chunky 2-ply merino (C2, C3)
Gauge: 10 stitches=4 inches in stockinette
Needles: Double pointed, size 10.5

st=stitches; k=knit; p=purl; pm=place marker; k1r=knit one row; p1r=purl one row

  • With C1/Plymouth Tweed (held double!) cast on 54 st using the cable cast-on method. 
  • Join for working in the round. 
  • P1r. Pm at beginning of round. 
  • Switch to C2. Loosely tie ends together at beginning of round, leaving tails of 4" at minimum. K1r [note: knitting this row prevents the color change from showing on the right side], p1r, k1r, p1r, k1r.
  • Switch to C3. Tie ends loosely as instructed before. K1r, p1r. *K9, k2tog, repeat from * for remainder of row. 50 stitches. P1r, k1r, p1r, k1r. 
  • Switch to C1. K1r, p1r, k1r, p1r, k1r.
  • Switch to C2. K1r, p1r. *K9, k2tog, repeat from * for remainder of row ending with k6. 46 stitches. P1r, k1r.
  • Switch to C3. K1r, p1r, k1r, p1r, k1r, p1r, k1r. 
  • Switch to C1. K1r, p1r, k1r, p1r, k1r. 
  • Switch to C2. K1r, p1r, k1r, p1r. 
  • Switch to C1. P1r [note: purling this row causes the color change to be visible on the right side, here used as a subtle decorative feature], K1r, P1r, Bind off loosely. Weave in ends. 
  • Block, using a large vase or medium size bowl as a form. It may take up to 2 days to dry completely. I finished it off with a brief tumble in the dryer on low.