I love these neck warmer scarves. They are easy to knit on 2 needles or a circular needle and make up fairly quickly with a repeating pattern. My pattern was a hand written one given to me from my mother in law about 35 years ago.
This is one that I knit with worsted weight yarn and 5.5 mm needles. I used the original pattern for this white one, my pattern knits up slightly smaller.
Does the picture give away the age of the pattern?
After comparing the original pattern and the one I have, I have come to the conclusion that whoever wrote it out all those years ago, adapted the original by making the neck piece shorter, and combining some of the rows.
- Cast on 26 stitches.
- Row 1 – k8, p8, k1, *yf, k2tog* (4 times) yf, K1
- Row 2 – k19, turn p8, K2 * yf, k2tog* (4 times) yf, k1
- Row 3 k20, turn, p8, k3 *yf, k2tog* (4 times), yf, k1
- Row 5 – k20, *yf, k2tog* (4 times), yf, k1
- Row 6 – k12, p10, turn, k13 *yf, k2tog* (4 times), yf, k1
- Row 7 – k13, p10, turn, k23
- Row 8 – cast off 5 sts, k9, p8, k8
The above 8 rows form the pattern. Repeat 25 times, or required number to fit your neck. Cast off.
I always measure the neck warmer around my neck to see if it is wide enough. Yarns knit up differently and you want to get a good fit. You can adjust the size of the neckwarmer by knitting more or less repeats of the pattern.
Here you can see a comparison of the different sizes. The neck on my pattern (grey) is 8 stitches high, and the neck on the original pattern (white) is 14 stitches high. The original cast on was 38 and mine is 26, which makes the overall item smaller.
Of course changing the size of the needles and the type of yarn affects the finished item.
Stitch 2 buttons on the edge and crochet 2 loops for button loops to fasten.
This gives you an idea what it looks like … back fastening, front view, flat view, back view, and when wearing it.
This is not my original pattern. There are actually a couple of different versions of a similar looking neck warmer that can be found on the internet. I was able to track the pattern down to a publication by Beehive for a cosy neck warmer, pattern #332. There is also this pattern, which is most likely one of the originals.
You can find a print version of my pattern here.