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January 2014 - Neck Warmer in Broken Rib with Variations

Looks like we'll be starting the new year with our woolies handy, so here is a fast and simple emergency neck warmer for protecting the sensitive collar area.

Materials:
4 mm 16" circulars, or size needed to achieve gauge. Needle to sew in ends.
100 g. chunky weight yarn or 100g. double knitting (used double)

Gauge:
about 4 stitches per inch in stocking stitch

Size:
length of samples - 7", but this can be shortened or lengthened as desired. Flat width is about 9".

Abbreviations:

Broken Rib:
Round 1: *Knit 1Purl 1*, repeat to end
Round 2: Knit
A repetition of these two rounds creates the pattern.

MP (Make Picot):

Using knitted cast on method, cast on 3 stitches and then cast them off.

MB (Make Bobble):
Knit into the front, back, front, back and front of the next stitch.
Turn work, slip 1st stitch, purl 4,
Turn, slip 1, K4
Turn, slip 1, P4
Turn, cast off 4 stitches

The basic blue is 7" of mistake rib, using 2 strands of double knitting weight 100% cashmere held together to achieve the gauge. I have used HandMaiden's 4 Ply Cashmere, but 2 strands of any double knitting weight yarn should work to give a fairly firm fabric with a chunky weight gauge.

Basic Blue:

Cast 72 stitches on circular needles.
Place marker to show the beginning of the round.
Join into a circle and work Broken Rib for 7", moving the marker along as you go.
Remove marker. Bind off with a much larger needle in order to keep flexibility.
Sew in ends.

For embellishment, the sand and plum variations use parts of our bobbly baby sock pattern, with which you may already be familiar. I have used Berroco Vintage Chunky for the two sample variations (washable and very soft next to the skin).

Plum Picot Variation:

Cast on 72 stitches, leaving tail long enough to seam together first few rows.
Turn work and knit 1 row. Turn.
2nd row: K2, *MP, K3 repeat from * to last 2 stitches, MP, K1. Turn.
3rd row: Knit. Turn.
4th row: Knit.
Next Row: (Right Side) Join into a circle, place marker to show beginning of round, commence working the Broken Rib pattern
Work Broken Rib pattern for approximately 7 inches, moving marker along as you go .
Cut yarn, leaving some tail. Sew in ends.

This one I sometimes wear with the picot edge at the bottom and the top turned down a little under the chin. I like the look of the underside of the Broken Rib pattern.

Sand Picot and Bobble Variation:

Cast on 72 stitches.
Turn work and knit 1 row. Turn.
2nd row: K2, *MP, K3 repeat from * to last 2 stitches, MP, K1. Turn.
3rd row: Knit. Turn.
4th row: Knit.
Next: (Right Side) Join into a circle, place marker to show beginning of round, commence working with 4 rounds of knitting.
Bobble Round: Knit 2, *(MB, K4)* to end of round
Knit 4 rounds.
Purl 2 rounds.
Broken Rib Pattern for about 4".
Beginning with a purl round, garter stitch for 5 rounds. Cast off and sew in ends

I have made another variation using the basic blue pattern with the insertion of a Bobble Round about an inch from one end of the neck warmer, and I like this one too.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and warm necks for the season!

~Shirlene Greer