Monday, December 04, 2006

Victorian lace and ribbed neck warmer

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This was very fun and quick to knit, and the panache was heaven to work with a little fuzzy, but so soft!
I made this with exactly one skein of panache (I had maybe three inches left over) I would have liked to make it a little longer, so maybe next time I'll order two balls and try to figure out something to do with the leftovers. Of course I probably could have picked a different yarn that comes in more yardage, but then it wouldn't have been so soft and decadent.
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I'm really happy with the buttons too, like I said, I didn't have much yarn left, so I sewed them on using embroidery floss. they go perfectly with the blue. This is going to my mother for Yule, so I'll be giving her the extra button incase one comes off, I'm not very confident in my sewing skills.
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and here is the pattern just for you my loyal readers:


Victorian lace and ribbed neck warmer
Size: to fit 15 inch circumference neck (for larger or smaller sizes add or subtract repeats as necessary, 1 repeat is 11 stitches and roughly two and a quarter inches)
any bulky weight yarn, I used Knit Picks Panache
Size US 7 and US 9 or size to obtain gauge.
Gauge:4.5 stitches per inch on smaller sized needles.

CO 77 sts

Set up row: knit all stitches
Row 1: *K1, yo, K2, ssk, K1, K2tog, K2, yo, K1* rep.
Row 2 and all even: purl
Row 3: *K1, yo, K2, ssk, K1, K2tog, K2, yo, K1* rep.
Row 5: *K1, yo, K2, ssk, K1, K2tog, K2, yo, K1* rep.
Row 7: *K2, yo, K2, double dec. (Slip two together, Knit one, Pass Slipped Stitches over.) K2, yo, K2* rep.
Row 9: *K3, yo, K1, double dec. K1, yo, K3* rep.
Row 11: *K4, yo, double dec. yo, K4* rep.
Row 12: knit
Decrease Row (switch to smaller needles): K10, K2tog, *K9 K2tog* rep. ending K10. (71 sts)
Ribbed neck:
Row 1: (WS row) P1, K1, P1, K1, P3, (K2, P3) *until last 4 sts, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Row 2: (RS row) P1, K1, P1, K1, K3, (P2, K3) *until last 4 sts, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Row 3: rep row 1
Row 4: (buttonhole row) P1, K1 sl1pw wyif, yib, leave it there, (sl1 pw, psso)x3, sl last st back to left needle, turn, yib, cable cast on three stitches, cast on one more st but with yif before placing it onto left needle, turn, sl1kw, pso, K1, (P2, K3)** until last 4 sts, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Row 5-6: rep row 1 and 2
Repeat rows 1-6 two more times, bind off.

Sl1pw = slip one purl wise
Sl1kw = slip one knit wise
wyif = with yarn in front
yib = yarn in back
psso = pass slipped stitch over
pso = pass last stitch over
ssk = slip one stitch knitwise, slip the next stitch knitwise, knit the two slipped stitches together.

The pattern as written will work for exactly one ball of Knit Picks Panache. (50 grams ≈ 68 yards)
If you would like a taller neck warmer, and are using a different yarn or don't mind having most of a second ball of panache left over, repeat rows 1 & 2 once more after rows 5 & 6 for each repeat.
If you have any questions of comments about the pattern please, feel free to contact me.

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For blocking I pinned out the lace bit as far as I could stretch it without completely distorting the rib. I didn't want the ribbing to loose its elasticity so I just lightly spritzed the lace bit and let it dry, it looked like somebody had pinned out a small blue bat to our bedroom floor, but it worked, the ribbing is still nice and clinging, and the lace came out beautifully.


Barbara said...

I love the neck warmer! Is the knitpicks panache itchy at all? I made a scarf out of alpaca recently and found it incredibly itchy!

Abigail said...

Thank you :D
I haven't noticed any itchiness from it, I think perhaps the other fiber contents keep the itchiness to a low.

Monika said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Lovely color, buttons and I would die wearing it, because I can't stand things arond my throat, but I would LOVR to wear this! ;o)

Abigail said...

Thank you! I'm very happy with the buttons!
I usually can't stand wearing turtle necks and the such, but I don't mind the neckwarmer for some reason.

kat said...

it looks very pretty especially on.

Elaine said...

What exquisite needle work. And it looks soooo soft.

Windansea said...

I love that....I keep thinking I want to make something like this. And the buttons are gorgeous! Lydia

Abigail said...

thank you!
Windansea - you do, yo do! it's nice and snuggly and super warm in the cold! :D

Unknown said...

Hi Abigail! Wonderful pattern.

I am knitting this now, and I had a problem with row 7. It says to k2, yo, k2. I reknitted with k1, yo, k1 and it worked fine. Just wanted to let you know.

Thanks for such a great pattern.


LissaDora said...

Beautiful! I found this via the ravelry link, and I'd been wondering what I was going to do for a close-fitting neck warmer.... Added this to mu queue.

Anonymous said...

I love this neckwarmer as do the recipients of my handiwork. I am on a neckwarming frenzy,so much so that my wrist hurts.
Thanks for the lovely pattern. I knit the lacy part with a heavier soft yarn and then I do the ribbing in worsted.

Billie said...

this is an amazing pattern, just what I've been looking for! thanks for posting it :)

jaimie said...

Just wondering, in the button-hole row (row 4) what do the abbreviations mean? I'm rather new to knitting, so any help would be appreciated!

Abigail said...

Jaimie - you didn't leave an e-mail so i hope you can see this here, but there is a list of abbreviations and what they mean a few lines after that row, but here they are again:

Sl1pw = slip one purl wise
Sl1kw = slip one knit wise
wyif = with yarn in front
yib = yarn in back
psso = pass slipped stitch over
pso = pass last stitch over

Charline said...

I need help! What does the part mean that starts with "wyif, YB, leave it there"????? I don't understnad the YB, LEAVE IT THERE part?!?!? thanks, I am in the middle of this project and need to continue on. thanks!Charline

SouthernComfortknc said...

Tho I didn't have any issues with Row 7 at all, your ribbing on
Row 2 is backwards, it should read
K1,P1,K1,P1,K3,*(P2,K3)* until last 4 stitches P1,K1,P1,K1. The ribbing will come out right. If you don't change row2, it'll come out looking like seed stitch on both 4 stitch sides.

Abigail said...

Charlene - YB leave it there, is just that, take the yarn to the back, and then leave it there.

SOCO - it's SUPPOSED to be seed stitch so that you have a 'flat' workspace for the buttons and button holes.

Julie Thatcher said...

Alpine wool works perfectly with this pattern, though it tends to curl on the lacey bit. I absolutely love it and it's super warm.
Question: May I sell a finished neckwarmer using this pattern? I'll be sure to credit you.

Jude said...

I do not know what "ssk" means. Please help

Abigail said...

jude: you should find some help here :
(scroll down)

i will also add it to the definitions in the patter itself

rrrweber said...

I was attempting to figure out a lace st from a pattern I copied from a knit object where I needed to make like a button hold where there is a gap. I know I know how but my brain was somewhere else.
Reading this pattern gave me the answer and I am ever grateful.

Farmer Girl Mary Jo said...

I googled "knit victorian button neck warmer", and lucky me... this pattern came up! I LOVE THIS, and as soon as I close my l
aptop I'm raiding my stash and grabbing my Addi Turbos! (P.S... LOVE your blog name... my kitten Jake is an avid "knitter" herself, lol! <3 for posting this pattern!

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I visited your blog post titled "Viactorian Lace and Ribbed Neckwarmer" and was thoroughly impressed by your knitting skills! The intricate lacework and ribbed design are simply stunning. It's evident that you have a real talent for creating beautiful and functional pieces.

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