Crafty Creations: Herringbone Neck Warmer

The past few weeks I’ve been hibernating in Boston with my boyfriend, so the words, they haven’t been coming. Also, I got completely sick of the sound of my own voice after writing so much at the end of the semester, so I’ve been giving myself a much-needed break.

However, break or no, I’ve been doing loads of fun things up here, about which I (soon/eventually) intend to post. And in between all of the fun-having, we’ve been lazing around, watching old movies (I received this and this for Christmas, both which are absolutely fabulous), playing on my new iPad (whee!) and knitting. Oh, the knitting.

I’ve primarily been trying to finish the Asherton scarf, which was a needles-in Christmas gift for the aforementioned boyfriend–now I’m just trying to be done with it in time for the Inauguration (which we have tickets for. Because we are quite fabulously cool.) but as I am easily bored, I started this:

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It’s the Herringbone Neck Warmer, from this pattern, and I’m loving it.

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A few things: I have no idea what brand yarn this is–the info was lost during one of my yarn stash purges–but it is a bulky weight cotton blend. I’m knitting on size 15 needles, slightly larger than called for by either the yarn weight or the pattern, but after a few way-too-tight rows on size 11 needles, I traded up. This pattern is tight and a little fiddley, so it seemed necessary. Do what you like, obviously, but bigger needles worked better for me.

I’m following the pattern pretty much exactly, so definitely refer to back to the primary site, but I thought I’d give a few additional hints in case anyone else has trouble with the pattern.

The pattern is a two row repeat:
Row 1: K1, * sl1, k1, psso but knit through back loop first; repeat to last stitch *, K1.
Row 2: P2tog and keep on left needle, p 1st stitch again and drop both stitches off needle.

This is completely basic, but it always takes a few inches of a new pattern to figure it out. Learn which side of the fabric is the right or wrong side, and which kind of stitch (or which row you should be on) when right is up or wrong is up. In this project, the right side is up when you can see the chevrons; when the right side is up, you should be working on an odd-numbered row (the knits, not the purls). And, of course, the following is true: when the wrong side is up, you should be working on a purl row.

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Also, when you’re on the right side, the first stitch of the group of two (look at the picture above if that doesn’t make sense) is the one you work with. The second is the one you slip. This is important information because its easy to forget to completely pull the stitch off the left needle after you psso. Watch the video to understand, but remember this information.

Mr. Wonderful gave me a beautiful chocolate dress coat for Thanksgiving– I’ve worn it several times in the last month, but I’m looking forward to accenting it with my new herringbone neck warmer. So so pretty!

Happy crafting!

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