How to Knit a Neck Warmer for a Man

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How to Knit a Neck Warmer for a Man
Knitting a handmade gift is fun and worthwhile. (Knitting image by Stepanov from

As the weather turns cold, it is time to don the ever popular knitwear to keep warm. Neck warmers, or cowls, are becoming as popular as scarves to keep the chills away. Not only are they attractive, but they are quick and easy and make a perfect gift for the man in your life. In order to knit a neck warmer, you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and knit in the round on circular needles and bind off.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 balls worsted-weight yarn
  • Circular knitting needle size 10 (6mm), 24 in. (61cm) long
  • Stitch marker
  • Large eye blunt needle

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  1. 1

    Knit a guage swatch. The gauge should be 12 stitches = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinet stitch worked in the round. Adjust your needle size (smaller or larger) if needed to achieve gauge.

  2. 2

    Cast on 80 stitches to your circular needles. Join yarn and place stitch holder to mark beginning of round.

  3. 3

    Work in knit 2, purl 2 rib for one inch. Change to stockinet stitch in the round (knit every row) until the piece is 1 inch shy of desired length.

  4. 4

    Finish piece in knit 2, purl 2 rib for one inch. Bind off loosely.

  5. 5

    Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Tips and warnings

  • This is a simple cowl, but don't be afraid to play with this pattern using different yarns and stitches.
  • Make sure your stitches are not twisted when starting out, it will look like a figure eight and you will have to pull out the stitches and start again.

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