Thursday, October 28, 2010

Knit your hearts with an unslipping knot

Chants for Learning to Knit

In through the front door, 
Once around the back. 
Peek through the window
And off jumps Jack! (knit stitch)

Up through the hole, 
Around the tree, 

See you right back! (casting-on)

Soft & Cozy Neck Warmer

This is a quick and easy project made up of knitting together three strands of a lovely purple bulky yarn with great big bulky needles.

It only took me a couple of hours to knit up this super soft and cozy neck warmer. 

Here’s how I did it. . .

You will need:
  • 3 balls of bulky yarn . . . I used Sensation Holiday Shimmer in a rich purple.
  • 12″ US 19 needle
  • 1 large button

The total length of the neck warmer is about 33”.  The gauge is not critical for this project.

Holding a strand from each ball, CO 9 stitches.
Row 1 – *P1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Row 1 until approximately 28 inches.
Add a buttonhole in the middle of the row.  Make the button hole to fit the size of the button you’ve chosen.  My button hole was two stitches.  If you are using a smaller button you may not even need to place a button hole.
Knit to the point where the buttonhole will be placed.
Slip the first stitch on the left needle as if knit.
Move the yarn to the front of the work and leave it there. Slip the next stitch from the left needle to the right needle as if to knit. Pass the first slipped stitch over the second slipped stitch and off the needle. Repeat until you have bound off the number of required stitches for the buttonhole.
Slip the last stitch from the right needle back to the left needle. Turn. Bring the yarn to the front of the work. At the edge where the buttonhole was begun, cast on the number of stitches you bound off plus one additional stitch. The twisted purlwise cast on is a good choice.
Turn. Slip the first stitch from the left needle to the right needle as if to knit. Pass the extra cast on stitch over the next stitch; then slip this stitch back to the left needle.

Continue knitting pattern until piece is approximately 33”.
Bind off loosely in pattern and weave in ends.
Attach button to center purl stitch approximately 1 inch from cast on edge.

Cozy and warm!  A wonderful pattern for a last minute gift!

This lovely cowl is for sale at my Etsy store.

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