Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cozy Neck Warmer

Pattern: Cozy neck Warmer (<--click for free pattern)
Yarn: Halcyon Bontanica (Worsted - 2 skeins)
Needles: Size 7

It wasn't until I had this pattern completed that I began to think I might like it!

You know how some patterns are better written than others, well, I think I would rewrite this one and include the # of stitches at the end of increase rows, etc.

Pattern called for 29-31 repeats. I wanted 33 but ran out of yarn so I stopped at 32.

It's always about the buttons when I finish a knitting project. There's not much of a selection of stores that carry buttons in Vermont (sigh!).
On the inside I always sew a reinforcing button. If you have a "loose" buttonhole, it helps to keep things in place besides relieving the tugging on your knitting.
I already had the perfect jewelry to wear with this new "warmer". I'll probably omit the necklace as I think it will detract from the beauty of the pattern.
This will be great to wear over my turtleneck while in my drafty window office. Mind you, I'm not complaining as we are scheduled for a layoff in January and I am hoping my department is not affected. The memo came out last week.
Ok, so this is one less UFO on the list. However, I really didn't consider it a UFO as I only purchased the yarn a week ago while in Maine. I enjoyed all your excuses for UFO's on my previous post. Now that I think about it, we really weren't comparing apples with apples for the following reasons:
  1. The older you are the more UFO's you can accumulate. I'm probably older than all of you so I can shave off some of the mea culpas on my list.
  2. The enormity of the pattern, the size of the needles, the weight of the yarn, never mind the size sweater, etc. all make a difference.
Ok, I'm off to read blogs and leave comments. I'm a couple days behind.
Happy Knitting!


  1. I really like this. Great colour! You will be so happy with that red in February when the world has been grey for weeks on end!

    Scary news about the layoffs! Wishing you the best there.

  2. Very pretty, Joansie, and I'm glad at least one of us finished it! I agree, the pattern needs some fine tuning for numbers and such. I used a moveable stitch marker at the bottom and a stationary one at the top, but I never knew for sure th bottom was correct.

    Model it, please!

  3. Really pretty colors Joansie :)
    Layoffs are very scarey - sending good wishes for you.

  4. This is so pretty Joansie. I have never seen one worn (being in FL could be why), but I can just imagine how nice it will look. And those earrings are a perfect match.
    Will say a prayer that you and your dept are not affected by the upcoming layoffs. These are definately scary times.

  5. I'm sitting here in a cold house and thinking you know, I could stand to go make me one of those, definitely. I like that one!

  6. The pattern and color are great, and your knitting is perfect as always :). I agree with LizzieK8, you need to model it so we can see the size on a "real" person. :) I love the buttons and you are right, buttons are important and add the "finishing" touch to a wonderful garment.

    I hope your department escapes the lay offs. :(

  7. Wow, I love that! And the buttons are perfect, and gorgeous. You know, I was planning to make a really simple Drops pattern for myself, but this is much prettier. Wish I could see it on you; does it go down past your collarbone and cover part of the chest area? That's what I'm looking for...

  8. It's gorgeous! I love that rich, warm color. The jewelry is very pretty, too!

  9. What a Gorgeous Neck Warmer. Love those buttons. I have a hard time finding pretty buttons here in NC. Every once in awhile I get lucky.

  10. Love the neckwarmer and the buttons are perfect for it!

  11. I love the neck warmer! The color is simply luscious! I think you'll look beautiful wearing this. The buttons make it!

  12. LOVE the neck warmer!! Might have to put that on my list of things to try and make for myself (which I somehow never get around to), after the Holidays. The earrings are perfect with it. Agree you don't need the necklace with it.

    Stay warm, happy knitting.