Alright, here it is, proof that I’m not a completely selfish knitter. Check out the neck warmer on this handsome man. Or just check out this handsome man…
Maybe I’m just a selfish knitter because I find knitting for other people stressful. What if it doesn’t fit? What if they don’t like it? What if it spontaneously unravels? It’s one thing to mess up something for myself, but for someone else? I’d want it to be perfect. I think I have to realize that anyone I’m knitting for isn’t out to judge my skills and they wouldn’t think less of me even if it did unravel, that they’re actually just happy to have something made for them.
With this in mind I set out to make a super simple everyday neck warmer for the Boyfriend. Something his jacket could still zip around, and would pull up over his nose if it was a cold day. Nothing fancy, and certainly nothing that would prompt any “Did your grandmother make that for you? Is your name sewn into the back?” inquires. Something.. sleek.
I have to be honest and say this is my second attempt. The first attempt I knit single strand, cast on 110 stitches (way too many!) and did it in stockinette stitch with 4 rows of ribbing at the beginning and end. It didn’t look horrible, but it was a bit thin and it kept rolling down into a ring around his neck. I thought the ribbed border would stop stockinette stitch from curling like it does on sweaters. I was wrong.
Here is take two. Still maybe not something you’d want to mass produce, but a big improvement. I think knitting it double strand gave it the body it needed and seed stitch is a nice texture without being overwhelming. Sleek.
I’ve outlined my pattern below, if you are keen to try something similar yourself please only take this as a guideline. I know it’s not a perfect pattern and could use fine tuning, I just had such a hard time finding a pattern like this online and figured this could be a helpful frame of reference for someone else in the same spot.
approx. 1 skein Americo Superwash Merino
1 pair US10 (6mm) circular needles 16″ (40 cm)
1 tapestry needle to weave in ends
*Note that I knit this double strand!!*
knitted double strand 7 stitches = 2 inches
8 inches high by 20 inches around
Cast on 70 stitches
Knitting in the round, continue in seed stitch until work measures 8 inches high.
Bind off in seed stitch
To give an idea of scale.