Instructions on How to Knit a Neck Warmer

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Instructions on How to Knit a Neck Warmer
Choose a soft yarn for a neck warmer. (natural yarn image by bright from

A hand-knit scarf is a long, wonderful thing. It keeps you warm and adds some colour to drab winter days. However, knitting a scarf, even a simple one, is a big investment of time, and scarves can be pretty boring to knit. But that does not mean your neck should be cold this winter. Instead, knit a scarf just big enough to wrap your neck in soft, woolly goodness. If you are a beginning knitter who can cast on, knit and bind off this is an easy project.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 100 yards of bulky weight yarn
  • Knitting needles, U.S. size 11
  • Tape measure
  • 2 buttons
  • Tapestry needle
  • Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Cast on 24 stitches and knit one row.

  2. 2

    Slip the first stitch from the left needle to the right without knitting it, as if you were making a purl stitch or purl-wise. Then knit to the end of the row. Turn the work.

  3. 3

    Slip the first stitch purl-wise. Decrease one stitch by knitting two stitches together. Knit until there are two stitches remaining. Increase one stitch by knitting into the front and the back of the next stitch. Knit the last stitch. The decrease and increase create a bias strip of garter stitch.

  4. 4

    Repeat these two rows until the neck warmer is about 14 inches long, or goes comfortably around the nape of your neck. End with the row that includes the increase and decrease.

  5. 5

    Slip the first stitch purl-wise. Knit three stitches. Yarn over and next two stitches together. Knit eight stitches. Knit two stitches together. Yarn over and knit the last four stitches. This creates two buttonholes.

  6. 6

    Repeat the decrease and increase row, and one more plain row.

  7. 7

    Bind off all stitches and weave in the ends with the tapestry needle.

  8. 8

    Wrap the neck warmer around your neck, and use safety pins to mark where the buttons go. Sew on the buttons.

Tips and warnings

  • Gauge, or the number of stitches per inch, is not important in this project. You can adjust the needle size to the kind of fabric you like. Make sure to choose yarn that is very soft--and that doesn't make you itch. Hold the skein of yarn under your chin as a test.
  • Slipping the first stitch of every row makes a nice edge for this project. The stitch count should always be the same as the cast on. You can use lighter weight yarn for this pattern; just adjust the number of cast on stitches.

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