Skill Level: Easy
Sometimes you don't want to wear a full scarf, but you still want to keep your neck warm. There is a great "in-between" option called a neck warmer. This is an ideal "portable project" that can be completed easily wherever you are without the need to carry a huge project bag with you.
- Close-up picture of the finished neck warmer -- See page 2
- Work-in-progress photo: First row of joined squares -- See page 3
- Work-in-progress photo: First two rows of joined squares -- See page 4
All you will need to complete this project is two skeins of Patons Shetland Chunky. Each skein should be a different color to create a nice contrasting look. The sample project was completed in colors "Blue Jeans Variegated" (Color A) and "Medium Blue" (Color B). Any "bulky weight" yarn can be used as a suitable substitution.
A size J/6.0 mm is required to complete this project.
Other: Tapestry needle, one button and scissors.
Gauge: 15 sc and 12 rows = 4" (10cm) on J (6.0mm). The row gauge isn’t critical for this project. Just make sure each square is the same size (2"x2").
(make 24 2"x2" squares in each color.)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across (6 sc total).
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
Rows 3-8: Repeat row 2 in order to complete a 2"x2" square.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Joining the Squares and Finishing the Neck Warmer:
With RS facing each other, join squares alternating colors using a mattress stitch three squares across. Next, using that same mattress stitch, with RS facing each other, join the rows together. Finally, using color "B," sc around the entire project to create a simple edging. Before joining back to the starting point, depending on the size of the button, make a ch (averaging a ch 5) and then join back to the beginning of the edging with a sc. Finally, sew on a button in the corner so the neck warmer can be closed tightly.
A Finishing Tip:
Most of us hate to weave in ends. A good suggestion is to weave in ends as you go along. This will save time and much frustration as your project progresses.