How to Knit a Luxe Neck Warmer

comments (4) October 30th, 2008     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Yummy yarn combined with an intriguing stitch pattern will keep you warm in style.
Thirty-two unique patterns with great instructions are combined with a large dose of humor.
Knitting requires only the simplest tools to make the most spectacular items.
Yummy yarn combined with an intriguing stitch pattern will keep you warm in style.

Yummy yarn combined with an intriguing stitch pattern will keep you warm in style.

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Actress Tracey Ullman and knitting maven Mel Clark co-authored one of my favorite knitting books, Knit 2 Together, in 2004. Chock full of knitting funnies, great patterns, and helpful hints, it is on the top of my recommended must-have book list. Always on the lookout for something fast and fun, I fell in love with their Luxe Neck Warmer. It’s easy enough for the beginner to tackle but still engaging for the experienced knitter with its feather-and-fan stitch. Pink is a great color not only as a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness Month but also I swear that wearing this subtle shade of pink makes you look 10 years younger!


Thirty-two unique patterns with great instructions are combined with a large dose of humor.

What you'll need:

  • Yarn: heavy worsted in a soft luxury fiber. I used Bouton d' Or Ksar, 50% Camel 50% wool, two balls of 91 yards each
  • Needles: US size 10, 16 inches long
  • Stitch marker

Knitting requires only the simplest tools to make the most spectacular items.

Step by Step
Cast on 72 stitches loosely with the cable cast-on method. Keep in mind that you want stretchy ends to fit over your head and provide a relaxed fit around your neck, and this cast-on will give you a flexible, good-looking edge. Here’s how you do it:
Make a slip knot, place on left needle. Insert right needle into slip knot as if to knit.
Pull loop forward and place on left needle (2 stitches on left needle).
Insert the right needle between the 2 stitches. 


The cable cast-on works best when you keep the last stitch on the needle loose so you can knit easily between the last two stitches.

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Comments (4)

cjms writes: This is a wonderful neck warmer. I'm thinking about knitting a few to send to our "guys" overseas using a super-wash wool. Do you think this pattern is masculine enough?

Your blog is fantastic. The patterns are well illustrated, with great photos and I love your writing style and sense of humor. Keep it up girlfriend!
Posted: 1:31 pm on January 30th
Tina_Hilton writes: Hi Wabanaki - You do not need to be an expert knitter at all! Pay attention to the first group of row 1-4 and by the 3rd time you repeat those rows you will be very comfortable with the pattern.
Posted: 6:59 pm on January 7th
Wabanaki writes: I am not an expert knitter, but hope to make this pattern over the next few days (during an ice/snow storm).
Posted: 7:52 pm on January 6th
ewephoric writes: can't wait to make this one!
Posted: 7:38 pm on December 4th
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