Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Cuddle Me Neck Warmer

About the Cuddle Me Neck Warmer:
Initially I intended on making this a scarf, but I felt like it was too wide and getting way too heavy.  All I did was seed stitch until the length was enough to wrap around my neck, bind off, and sew buttons on!  I didn't even create button holes because the buttons fit between the stitches.  I like that I don't have button holes because I can choose where I want to button my neck warmer to make it tighter or looser each time I wear it. If you want to use larger buttons, you may need to add button holes in your work.

Neck warmers are great because they keep you so warm but are not as bulky and heavy as scarves.  When I wear scarves underneath my jacket, I usually tuck in the ends anyway -- so why not just wear a neck warmer?

Materials I used:
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn (color: fisherman); less than 150 yards
- US size 13 straight needles
- 2 buttons

The Cuddle Me Neck Warmer Pattern:
Using US 13 needles, cast on 17 stitches

For each row : *K1, P1*

Repeat the pattern until it is long enough to wrap loosely around your neck.
Bind off.
Sew on buttons.

You can easily customize it to fit your own style:
  • You can make it more/less wide.  If you cast on an even number of stitches, the pattern will be: row 1: *K1, P1*
  • row 2: *P1, K1*
  •  You can use more/less buttons, or different style buttons. If you choose to use larger buttons, you may need to make button holes - so plan in advance!

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
K1= knit one stitch
P1 = purl one stitch

There are endless ways to work off of this simple pattern. Be imaginative! 
Have fun and send me photos if you make something similar :]

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