Knitted Neck Warmer

The gift giving season took on a whole new meaning for me this year.  Learning to knit again has been such a fun experience these past few months, and I can’t seem to get enough of it.  I knit my sister, Elisabeth, a neck warmer to keep her cozy during these cold months.  Rather than knitting a looser and longer scarf, this accessory sits (somewhat) snugly around her neck.  The the yarn color I chose, Berry Pie Mix, complements her wonderfully wild and curly brown hair.

The Materials:

How-To:

  1. Cast on 25 stitches.
  2. Garter stitch for as many rows as needed to fit over your head.
  3. Bind off, leaving a three-foot tail of yarn for sewing.
  4. This pattern calls for a special twist at the end.  Here is a picture tutorial of how to create this:

This is a versatile accessory that could be worn in the fall, winter, and even early spring.  Choose a yarn color for a loved one and whip one of these up in no time for an upcoming birthday or Valentine’s Day!

Note: Pattern by Judy.

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Cowl Me Crazy

‘Tis the season for all things cozy, so why not ring in this beautiful fall weather with a knit cowl scarf?  I haven’t picked up knitting needles in many years, so I thought I’d give it a go.  My grandma taught me how to knit when I was in elementary school, and it was something that we did together most days.  Granted I couldn’t knit a straight line for the life of me, but it was the time we spent together that was especially important.

This time around, I had to resort to another mode of learning how to knit again: YouTube.  Miracles do happen, folks!  One woman named Judy acted as my Knitting Fairy Godmother.  Her step-by-step instructional videos were incredibly helpful, and she is even a knitter to the stars.  (But really.)

The model in this post is my dear friend and fellow creative arts therapy student, Jacklin!

My girlfriend surprised me for my birthday with some of the above knitting tools and a gift certificate to a local yarn store, Loop.  I quickly went to check out the options and choose my yarn colors!  Here is a list of the supplies you’ll need for your very own cowl scarf:

  • Three skeins of Spud & Chloe Outer yarn.  I used two of Rhino & one of Snow Day.
  • Size 13 needles (9 mm)
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Knitting needle stoppers
  • Stitch counter
  • Scissors

My inspiration for making this scarf came from another blogger’s Katy Cowl.  I used her free pattern as a starting point for my project.

Here are my own step-by-step instructions on how to make my striped Cowl Me Crazy scarf.

  • Cast on 30 stitches of Rhino
  • Garter stitch for 28 rows
  • Change color to Snow Day and garter stitch for 14 rows
  • Change color to Rhino and garter stitch for 8 rows
  • Again, switch to Snow Day for 14 rows
  • Finish with 46 rows of Rhino
  • Bind off
  • Weave in all the loose ends from changing colors
  • Whipstitch the ends of the scarf closed in order to make a circle!

Happy knitting!