Friday, October 21, 2011

Cozy Knit Neck Warmer

This is a really easy pattern that you can adjust the size of quickly. Then when your done all you have to do is sew on one button! Shall we get started?

One Skein of Loops & Threads Charisma Colorway Holiday 100% Acrylic (I'm not 100% sure that's what the colorway is called.) Any bulky weight yarn will do.
Size US 13 (9mm) Straight Needles
One Medium Sized to  Large Button (Mine was 1 and a fourth inch in diameter.)
Yarn Needle

Gauge is not really important in this pattern as you can make your neck warmer any size you want with just a few adjustments.
My finished neck warmer measured 30 inches long and 6 and a half inches wide.

In this pattern there is only two different stitches (other than regular knit stitch) those stitches are:
Knit Two Together (k2tog) Video Tutorial
Afterthought Yarn Over (ayo) Video Tutorial
The ayo stitch is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. The way I use it in this pattern is ayo, k1, meaning pick up the stitch as in afterthought yarn over then knit 1.

Note: Don't worry about putting in a button hole, you will just use one of the holes left by the ayo.

Cast on 18 sts. This makes it really wide you can make it thinner by casting on less stitches, just make sure that you cast on in an even number.
Row 1:  K across (Do this for all odd rows)
At the beginning and end of every row k2.
Row 2:  *Ayo, k1, k2tog* rep from * to * until 3 sts remain on left needle, ayo, k1. (19 sts)
It seems an odd pattern but it creates a nice texture (as shown in the picture above) without being too difficult to remember.
Row 4:  *K2tog, ayo, k1* rep from * to * until 3 sts remain on left needle, k2tog. (18sts)
Repeat rows 2 and 4 still knitting odd rows, until you reach desired length.
Be sure to end with a knit row to make ends even.

I made mine, as I said before short and wide, just long enough to fit around my neck snugly and neatly tuck into my jacket without all the bulk of a long scarf. Also depending on the dimensions it may take more or less yarn for your project. Mine took a tiny bit less than one skein of the Loops & Threads Charisma.

Cast off and weave in all ends.
For the button make sure the button you choose fits through the holes made by the ayo easily, but still tight enough that it won't come loose while your wearing it.
After you find the right button that fits your neck warmer sew it on where you see fit.
I sewed mine on in the middle width wise and about 7 inches from one end (measuring from the center of the button), making sure that when I put it on and poked the button through one of the holes that made both ends hang evenly that it didn't fit too tight or too loose.

You could even fold your neck warmer and sew the button to both sides, being sure to keep it loose enough, making it a pullover.

Then you have a beautiful neck warmer designed especially for you.

I hope I made this pattern easy to understand, if you have any questions or find a problem with this pattern or any of my other patterns please let me know. Good luck!