Monday, February 18, 2008

Swirl Neckwarmer

Swirl Neckwarmer!

Swirl neckwarmer

I was inspired to create my own button-up neckwarmer after seeing YarnballBoogie's "Fourteen". Everyone at The Celtic Knot has been going ga-ga over the one we have knit up in Frog Tree Merino. I changed the pattern up quite a bit to suit my yarn and style. This pattern is done in a traditional Brioche stitch, with decorative crochet button holes. I found that traditional Brioche creates more defined ridges, when compared to Fisherman's Rib (the stitch used in the original pattern).
Yarn: Catalina Bulky Alpaca, 2 skeins (comparable to Cascade Chunky Baby Alpaca, or 200 grams of the yarn of your choice)
Needles: US 10.5
Extras: Medium-Large crochet hook (I think I used an N)
3 1-inch buttons (I got my handmade porcelain buttons from Joan Miller, ButtonBliss on Etsy)

Directions:
Holding two strands held together CO 20 stitches
Set-up Row: *YO, Slip 1, Knit 1* repeat across the row
Pattern Row: *YO, Slip 1, k2tog* repeat across
Repeat the pattern row until you have only a few yards of yarn remaining. Bind off loosely, but do not cut your yarn.

Crochet button holes:
Distances are estimated.
Using safety pins, mark the spaces where you want your button holes to be. They should be roughly 1/2-inch in from the edge on both sides, and one in the center.
Row 1: chain 1, single crochet in the next two bound-off stitches. Chain 3. Skipping the next 2-3 bound-off stitches, single crochet in the following 5 bound-of stitches. Chain 3. Skipping the next 2-3 bound-off stitches, single crochet in the following 5 bound-of stitches. Chain 3. Skipping the next 2-3 bound-off stitches, single crochet in the last two bound-of stitches.
Row 2: Chain 2, Double crochet 8 times in the hole formed by the "chain 3" button hole from the previous row. Single crochet to anchor the scallop. Double crochet 9 times in the next button hole, single crochet to anchor it, and repeat for the last button hole. Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail and pull the end through the loop to secure it. Weave in all ends.

Attach your buttons up the left side of the neckwarmer, using your button holes as a guide.
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24 comments:

DAWN said...

Wow, that is super sweet!! I love the crochet button loops, nice detail and those buttons! they are knockouts.

Nittany Knits said...

Thanks for the idea! I had just finished knitting the body of my mother's cross stitch neck warmer when I saw your blog. I totally modified it to work for my project and it turned out great.
Thanks again!

Joan said...

Wow! I just stumbled across your blog. So happy to see my buttons put to such good use! Your scarf is beautiful. Thanks for the link to my button shop.

Kali said...

My mom wants a neckwarmer for Christmas, and I've been scouring the nets for a perfect pattern- AND I JUST FOUND IT! I found some polarfleece yarn, and I can't wait to see how it knits up. Thanks!!

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Elizabeth Symington said...

I have been eying this pattern for a while!! I first discovered your Monk hat via google. The Monk hat was the first pattern that I've followed and on the 2nd attempt my hat turned out. :-) As soon as xmas is over, I'm going to knit this scarf for myself. Your style is so cute! Thanks for sharing your patterns. I really appreciate it!

Writer Bug said...

Can you tell me how long the neck warmer should be before binding off to make the crochet button holes? I'm using a different yarn, so I'm not comfortable just going with the directions of casting off when you have a few yards of yarn left. Thanks in adavance! Love the pattern!!

Team Codd said...

I just started knitting this year and came across your blog, funny, I live near Wiesbaden as well. I just started making this and it is so awesome! So glad you shared this! Love reading the blog, especially the Christmas markets, been to the same ones!

Giselle said...

Do you know that your photo of your spiral button neckwarmer inspired me to pick up knitting again last September? I had stopped knitting 12 years ago but wanted to make a neckwarmer like yours, it is really lovely!
I am now another 52 projects further on and completely obsessed. Happily so!

Your spiral buttons have had quite an impact on me!

Dennis said...

How do you start with a yo in this pattern.the swirl neck warmer.thank you!

RedThread said...

Hi Dennis! To start with a YO on the setup row, hold your yarn in front of your work, slip the next stitch as if to purl, then insert your needle into the next stitch to get ready to knit and bring the yarn over the top of the needle to complete the knit stitch. The new YO and the knit stitch will overlap, and this is good because you will be knitting them together on the next row. Hope that helps!

Dennis said...

Thank you so much.i will try it and get back to you.Dennis

Mary said...

This is sooooo nice!!! May I have a step by step how to knit this please? I'm new at this. Thank you so much.

NumareDesigns said...

Is there anyway possible I could have you make me one like this? it is okay if the button wont be the same?

K@ said...

Is it possible for you to post a youtube video or pictures or something? I am new to knitting and I can't quite figure everything out just by reading it. Your blog is awesome! Thanks :)

Deborah Nelson said...

Have been trying to figure out how to do a buttonhole in brioche however this is perfect! Just have to brush up on my limited crochet skills. Very quick scarf once you get into your zone.

Anonymous said...

MERCI THANK YOU SO MUCH !!! I did translate and understand the way you have done the finishing for the buttons with crochet : great ! Looks really nice. Thanks from Paris's suburb Pascale

Pascale L H said...

not anonymous sorry ;-)