Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Which Stitch Neck Warmer

 Which Stitch Neck Warmer

 What's with the name?
Which Stitch.
Well this stitch has more than one name.
The UP and DOWN st.
 And maybe even more.

I prefer the Up and Down stitch as it makes sense to me.
Once the first pattern row is established which is
1 sc, 1 dc, repeat the last 2 stitches to the end.
The up and down bit becomes clear on the next and every alternative row.
1 sc worked into a dc stitch, 1 dc worked into a sc stitch, worded this way it's really the down and up stitch.

 The benefits of this st is that it works up very quickly and gives a closed piece of work (no holes) which is perfectly suited for a neck warmer.

 Well what about the button holes that are needed?
The button holes are worked into row 3, better to do it at the beginning of the neck warmer rather than the end.
It will take 2 rows to complete the button holes.
Placement can be up to you, but closer to the edges are better for when you wear it.
 Button hole row:
Work 1 sc, 1 dc, 1sc, 1dc, STOP and don't work the next 1 sc into the next dc stitch (that's the space for the button hole), do 1 chain instead and skip that dc, then work 1 dc straight into the next sc, do the same about 5st's in from the end.
When you work on the next row you will place a dc into the ch 1 space, button hole made! To make sure you do not miss making this stitch, talk your way through this row as it can be easily over looked.

Now doesn't the neck warmer look odd in the above picture?
But because it wraps around the neck and over laps this is how it looks finished.
Try seeing the left (button holes) winding to you and then back over the buttons.
The one below is not closed but moving the right direction.
How wide will you make it?
How many chains needed to begin?
This is a personal choice, if you make them a little wider than I would make mine, you may feel restricted, choked up by the neck warmer, not that they will be too tight, but a little claustrophobic even.
It depends on the individual.
I make mine 14 chains plus 1 chain.
I did make one for myself 16 chains plus 1 chain and I found that too high and annoying.
 I always make them up over an even number of st's.
The rows always begin with a sc and end with a dc.
Each and every row, now it's becoming clearer that this will be an easy and repetitive pattern to make once you pass the button hole rows.
This also makes for nice even edges.
Now lets talk about hook size and yarn thickness.
I live in Australia a warmer climate, but it still gets cold in winter, our most used yarn ply is 8 ply which is the same as US 4 ply.
The hook suitable for AU 8 ply is a 4 or 5mm hook, which is a US G/6, 8/H hook.
Using a thicker ply is fine, but don't forget to use the appropriate hook size for that ply.
I suggest you start out with no more than 14 chain plus 1 chain for the thicker yarn.
Tension not required!

How long will I make it?
You will need about 17.5 inches in length, but in saying that, measure as you go, your neck may be smaller or larger than mine, I'd be an average size neck.
You can copy and paste the instructions onto a word document for ease of use.
Now it's time to write the pattern which begins at the button hole end and is worked in one long piece.

A quick explanation:
Why do I refer to 14 chains plus 1 chain?
The 14 chains are for the amount of st's that will be used, the 1 chain is for the first turning chain, a turning chain only not counted as a stitch in this pattern. 

Materials needed: Hook, yarn, sewing needle, 2 buttons, tape measure and some scissors.
US terms used:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
Level = beginner to expert.
To begin, chain 15:

Row;1, Work 1 sc into second ch from hook, work 1 dc into next chain, *work 1 sc into next chain, work 1 dc into next chain*, repeat from * to*  to end, ch 1 and turn (14 st's)

Row;2, *work 1 dc into a sc, work 1 sc into a dc*, repeat from * to*  to end,  ch 1 and turn (14 st's)

Row;3, Button hole row, work 1 dc into the sc, work 1 sc into the dc, work 1 dc into the sc, STOP, we are about to make the button hole. Chain 1, do not work into the next stitch, just skip that stitch, now work 1 dc into the sc, work 1 sc into the dc, until you get to with in 5 stitches of the end of the row, work the dc into the sc, STOP, we are about to make the second button hole. Chain 1, do not work into the next stitch, just skip that stitch, now work 1 dc into the sc, (you should have only 2 st's left), now work the sc into the dc and the dc into the sc, make 1 chain for turning, then turn work (12 st's and 2 ch 1 spaces)

Row;4, Working across this row we must place a dc into the chain 1 place, it's easy to get lost here, so lets talk it through.In order we start, a single into a double, a double into a single, a single into a double, a double into that chain 1 space, a single into a double, a double into a single, a single into a double, until we get to that next chain 1 space, now go ahead and do a double into the chain 1 space, (2 st's left) a single into the double, a double into the single, make 1 chain for turning, then turn work (14 st's)

Row 5 makes up the rest of the pattern, just repeat this row until you have the desired length, approx 17.5 inches.
Row;5, *Work 1 dc into a sc, work 1 sc into a dc*, repeat  from *to* to end, 
ch 1 and turn

 At the end of your last row break off yarn long enough to sew in that end.

Sew in ends, check button size before attaching buttons, attach buttons.

Of course you can dress this style up with a few fancy st's or embellishments.

Here's a few more I made. Free Matching Hat Pattern Here


You may also like this neck warmer, free crochet cable neckwarmer
  Good luck with your project, I’d love to hear your feed back. Please do not sell this pattern, please link back to me if you use this pattern, I’d love to see this used for charity, and you can make and sell items from this pattern too. TO PRINT OUT THE PATTERN, COPY AND PASTE TO A WORD DOCUMENT ON YOUR COMPUTER.


Linda L. said...

I really like this pattern and your directions are very easy to understand. Nice job with all the photos as well! Thanks,
Linda L.

jena weekley said...

Thank you for this pattern! I love how you took the time to explain each step. I can't wait to start making this. I think it'll make a great Christmas gift!

Garnie Bethea said...

I love the lemon peel stitch. I usually use sc/dc. Question...? Are the hat made with the lemon peel stitch &if so could you post instructions for it also? Thanks!

Cathy Wood said... link to the free hat pattern. thank you.

Heather Simmons said...

Hi I loved making this neck warmer. The instructions are so simple to understand, and the pattern so easy to do. Will make more a big thank you from me Heather Simmons

Anonymous said...

Good evening and Happy New Year from Athens - Greece. I tried to make it, I used 8ply yarn and G/6-4.25mm hook but the 14 + 1 chain seemed very tight. Please let me know how wide was yours with the 14 + 1 chain. I am thinking of multiplying the chain by 1.5 and make 22 + 1 chain. Please let me know your opinion.
Thank you in advance, Irene Tchakalian

Cathy Wood said...

Irene, make it as wide as you wish, an even number + 1. good luck.

Linda Scroggins said...

Thank you for a simple stitch cowl. I had been at my wits end trying to find one to go with a hat for an elderly lady. Linda

Cathy Wood said...

Thank you Linda :)

Sherrie Miller said...

What a delightful pattern! I live in Atlanta, Georgia USA and we have mild winters, here. Made with Caron's Simply Soft, it feels so soft around the neck! By the way, I will enjoy two months in the wonderful country of Australia beginning in mid February, 2015! If you have suggestions of things I simply MUST see during my visit, please advise! I have four parrots who share my home, so I look forward to seeing all of the hookbills in Australia! Any bird parks better than the others? Thanks so much! Sherrie Miller

Cathy Wood said...

Hi Sherrie, thank you, what part of our country are you going to visit?

Cynthia said...

Here in NYC. Getting chilly. Just saw your pattern. Looks like this neck warmer can be made for men as well. Have not started, but planning to make a bunch to give away for charity at a church holiday dinner on the 25th.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! Just in time! Thank you. This is perfect and I have to have it ready by 5:00pm Christmas Eve, so starting right now! Thanks ☺♥

Anonymous said...

I would like the neck warmer pattern you showed that had a cable down the center. Although you showed a picture I could not find any instructions anywhere.


Cathy Wood said...

Lexi said...

Finished my neckwarmer! This is the second one I've made from your pattern and I love it. The first one was black with penguin buttons (stuffed in some winter coat pocket somewhere or other).

Cathy Wood said...

Thank you for sharing your picture and wow you really rocked that pattern! You may want to try this one out too.