Last Minute Neckwarmer

So here’s the scenario…

Your neighbor/coworker comes over with a gift for you. You are grateful, though feeling grinchy. You haven’t gotten anything for them! You stall, say that you left it at home/inside and will have it in just a bit. You run inside, grab some left-over bulky weight yarn, a pair of size 11 needles and an hour later, voila! A beautiful hand-made gift that appears to have been thought out for at least a week. The cables keep it toasty and close around the neck. The bobble and button hole keep it fastened without having to add a button, and who wants a big hard button right next to their throat anyway?

I give you the Last-Minute Neckwarmer!

cabled and bobble neckwarmer1

cabled and bobble neckwarmer1

Yeah, I know. You can thank me later.

Please note: This pattern is owned by me. You can make it for yourself, or as a gift. In no way is this pattern to be sold, or the neckwarmers to be sold. If you want to share the pattern, please direct people to this site. Thanks!


Here be the recipe.

Materials: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in 2 colors. Not even 1/2 skein of each. Colorway 1 in spice and butterscotch, colorway 2 in navy and cilantro.

Size 11 needles.

Cable needle.

Pattern notes: mb (make bobble): kfb. Turn work. P2. Turn work. kfb twice. Turn work. P4. Turn work. kfb, k2, kfb, turn work, p6. Turn work. K2 tog, k2, k2 tog. Turn work. P4. Turn work. K2 tog twice. Turn work. P2. Turn work. K2 tog.

4/4 LC: Put next 4 stitches on cable needle and hold to front. Knit following 4 stitches. Knit 4 stitches from holder.



Cast on 16 stitches

Rows 1 and 2: knit

Establish pattern: Row 3 (RS) k2, p2, k8, p2, k2

Row 4 (WS): k4, p8, k4

Repeat pattern (rows 3 and 4) for 2 more rows

Row 7 (RS): k2, pw, k3, mb, k4, p2, k2

Repeat pattern for 9 rows.

Row 17 (cable row): k2, p2, 4/4 LC, p2, k2.

Repeat pattern for 15 rows

Row 33: Repeat cable row

Repeat pattern for 7 rows ending with WS row 40.

neckwarmer21Row 41: Change color. Continue in pattern for 8 rows.

Row 49: Repeat cable row

Repeat pattern for 15 rows

Row 65: Repeat cable row

Repeat pattern for 9 rows

Row 75: k2, p2, k3, k2 tog, yo, k3, p2, k2

Continue pattern for 3 rows

Rows 79 and 80: knit

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

Pattern and images © 2008, Tracey Baptiste.

If you have any difficulty with this pattern, let me know. It’s the first time I’m writing one out. I did do it twice and followed my own directions the 2nd time, so it should be ok, but you nevs know. Post comments about any issues, or just to let me know how it worked out.

Merry Christmas.

UPDATE! If you’ve knitted the scarf (or you’re going to) please leave me a note in the comments, and share the pictures of your finished product. I’d love to see it. Thanks!

4 thoughts on “Last Minute Neckwarmer

  1. Sarah says:

    I am going to try this. I read your blog occasionally and love the knitting. I even really loved the shout out to me. I have a ton of this yarn left from some presents I made this year, a cable wrap and hat, very cool. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  2. Kathryn says:

    But can you knit them with actual pencils? I have some meetings coming up where needles aren’t allowed, but pencils are.

  3. Tracey says:

    I’ve never actually tried to knit with pencils. The blog is only called that because I’m a writer and I liken creating stories to creating clothing out of pieces of string. I would think that the lead in the pencils would dirty your work, though. You could look into rubber needles that may not be so threatening to your co-workers.

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