KoiguTM Neck Cozy The neck cozy and I have always been inseparable winter evenings, but during the week in which our furnace broke down, I wore it night and day when at home. Naturally, the furnace failed during the wee hours of one of the coldest days of the year! When it snagged and got a hole, I decided that I had better knit a back up. In the meantime my sister and a girlfriend each requested one.
Two things make this neck warmer amazing: the premium (soft), hand-painted merino yarn and the lightweight, compact design. Read more ... for knitting tips and pattern information.
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Design Features Designed by Karen Ko, this compact neck warmer features a travelling rib stitch (mistake stitch rib variant) and garter stitch bow created by passing the leaf-shaped end through a contiguous knitted loop. This allows a fit as snug as you wish that won't come undone, whatever the activity, reading or walking.
Discussion The pattern instructions recommended #5 dpns (3-3/4 mm), however I preferred the appearance achieved with 3-1/2 mm (#4) dpns or circular needles. The loops were knitted with dpns and the remainder with a circular needle. I extended the body length 1-1/8" for stylistic reasons.
When creating the loops for the bow, the alternate stitches will be transferred from one needle to two separate DPNs (double pointed needles). The photos below illustrate this technique.
Tip for New Knitters This pattern is straightforward, however if you are a new knitter I would recommend that you start with a light colored yarn, not a dark or dark multi-colored yarn. It is more difficult to see the stitch pattern in a dark yarn.
Patternworks provides a free pattern with the purchase of Koigu yarn. Pattern (#800100) was called Koigu Neck Cozy. The August 2007 version had a typographical error on row 22 of the pattern. It reads K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K1, K6, but the K6 doesn't belong here. It should read: K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K1.