Sonya’s Neckwarmer

A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers lost her mother unexpectedly.

I’ve been thinking about her a lot. It has been over five years since my father died unexpectedly, but those feelings never really leave you completely.

I got it in my head that I wanted to knit her something. I dug through the stash looking for something bright and colorful, but what I came out with was a neutral, soft hank of Classic Elite Miracle, a shimmery DK weight alpaca/tencel blend (color: Champagne, 3306).

vine lace neckwarmer

I wound the yarn, browsed Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns(vol 1), and selected a pattern (Vine Lace, p218, pattern adapted for knitting in the round below).

I cast onto my US8 needle 85 stitches — nine 9-stitch repeats, plus 4 selvedge. I joined in the round and knit four rows of garter stitch, then started the simple 4-row stitch pattern.

Row 1 and 3: K around
Row 2: K3, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1* rep from *, k1
Row 4: K2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1* rep from *, k2

I knit as long as I could without running out of yarn (8 repeats), K 3 rounds of garter stitch, and bound off using the Russian bind-off (k2tog, place resultant st back on left needle, k2tog, place resultant st back on left needle around).

neckwarmer modeled

A dunk in some Eucalan and a quick flat-block overnight and there we have it.


I hope she likes it.

7 Comments so far

  1. Andrea on June 1st, 2008

    It’s lovely, I’m sure she will. :)

  2. kristina on June 2nd, 2008

    What a beautiful thing to do. It is always so hard to know just what to say or do in such difficult circumstances. I am sure it will mean SO much that you took the time think of her like that.

  3. stacey on June 2nd, 2008

    I’m sure she will love not only the physical warmth it gives her, but the emotional warmth as well!

  4. Julie on June 3rd, 2008

    That is lovely! I’m sure she’d love it (and gives me an idea for something for my boss, too).

  5. Laura Neal on June 4th, 2008

    That is so beautiful and I am sure she will love it.
    She will be amazed that you thought of her as you knit it. It will perk her up and I know she will always think of how thoughtful your gift is.

  6. Hillary on June 4th, 2008

    That is such a beautiful thing to do. Having suffered such a loss recently I can easily imagine the comfort it must bring.

  7. Crochet Diva on June 5th, 2008

    Its lovely, what a sweet thing to do. I’m sure she will love it.