This is an oldie, but I’m only now getting around to publishing it..

I wore this neck warmer all through the northern Canadian summer. sigh.

I wore this neck warmer all through the northern Canadian summer. sigh.

Last Spring, with a pair of bachelor’s degrees under our belts, my boyfriend and I packed up the pick-up truck and headed for the Yukon. The days were still cool and the nights in the tent could be downright cold. In fact, it was the worst summer weather the Yukon saw in some 30 years. I wanted to knit something to keep me warm and also wanted to display some beautiful soft handspun I picked up in Nelson. Nelson is a beautiful town in interior British Columbia full of draft dodgers and ski bums. I came up with this simple and versatile neck warmer that can also double as a toque. This design is also great for snowboard and ski enthusiasts who worry about getting tangled in their scarf.

 

MATERIALS

[MC] Mountain Yarns Crafts [100% wool one-ply; 65g skein]; color: Green; 1 skein

[CC] Mountain Yarns Crafts [100% wool one-ply; 65g skein]; color: Orange; 1 skein

2 sets of US #7/4.5 mm double-point needles (or a toque-sizes circular needles)

Safety pin: GAUGE: 23 stitches and 28 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch

PATTERN NOTES: Stripe pattern: MC x17; CC x 2; MC x 2; CC x 10; MC x 2; CC x 14; MC x 1; CC x 2, MC x 3; CC x 4; MC x 5; CC x 1; MC x 10

PATTERN: 1. TUBE: Cast on 90 sts. and divide between 3 or 4 dpns. Work 15 rows of stockinette stitch in the round.

You’re now about to create the casing for a drawstring: Count six rows back in the work and pick up 90 sts back onto the second set of dpns. (Note: to make it easier you can put the stitches from the main needles onto holders while you work this second layer)

Work this “second layer” for 2 more rows.

On the 3rd row: Needle 1: K1, Yarn over, k2tog, k until 3 stitches from end of N1, k2tog, YO, K1 (The YOs form holes for the drawstring). 

Work 2 more rows, until the front and back flaps of the casing are the same length.

Join the flaps together by knitting through one stitch from the front and back together.

pull the drawstrings and it becomes a toque.

pull the drawstrings and it becomes a toque.

 

Now the hard part is now over. Continue knitting in the round until the tube measures 10 inches. Bind off (hint: if you use a larger needle to bind off the stitches will stay stretchy)

2. I-CORD: Using two dpns, CO three stitches. Knit across row, then slide the stitches to the other end of the needle and knit across again.. and again… and again… until the cord measures 2 ft long

FINISHING: Weave in any loose ends. Push the i-cord through the casing using a safety pin.

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