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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Free Knitting Pattern: Christmas Neckwarmer

Free Knitting Pattern suitable for Beginner Knitters: Christmas Neckwarmer for Men or Women

Make this festive neckwarmer in a couple of hours. This is a free pattern for a knitted neck warmer, I used a crochet flower to embellish but you can use buttons if you prefer.
christmas neckwarmer
Christmas Neckwarmer with crochet ponsettia

I wanted a quick project for teaching beginners how to knit and this neckwarmer is the result. You only need to know how to cast on stitches, how to knit a plain knit stitch and how to cast off stitches when you are finished.

The pattern couldn't be easier and you can adapt it simply by using different yarn or different size knitting needles. For this one I used Aran thickness yarn and used 7mm needles. Use thiner wool and smaller needles for a thinner scarf - larger needles and thicker yarn for a thicker scarf. You could also try using large needles with a thinner yarn, it makes a wider mesh. I'll show you the effect in a later project.

What you need:
1 ball/skein of Aran thickness yarn or equivalent
1 pair of 7 mm knitting needles
scissors to cut the yarn
yarn needle to finish the project
crocket ponsettia or buttons to finish

 Method to knit this neckwarmer

  1. Cast on 25 stitches - 
  2. EVERY ROW = slip first stitch off left-hand needle onto right-hand needle, knit to the last stitch, knit into the back loop of last stitch.
  3. REPEAT until you have the length you want - my one measures 14 inches from top to bottom. 
  4. It doesn't really matter which side you pick, fold your project in half
  5. Over-stitch with small yarn to close the circle. Weave in the ends to make it neat and turn it round the other way - inside out.
  6. Embellish with a ponsettia for a Christmas Neckwarmer or buttons if you prefer.
neckwarmer with Christmas ponsettia
If you want to make a scarf with this just carry on for any length you like. 

To make an Infinity scarf - continue in garter stitch until it is long enough to wrap around your neck twice. 
Sew the ends together. 
Embellish as you like. 

Fold work in half: over-sew to connect ends together

weave in the ends with a yarn needle and turn inside out

embellish with buttons if you don't want to make a flower

I can't find the vidoe of the poinsetta I used in the first photo - but this one might serve -

What you need to this Christmas Neckwarmer

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