Free Pattern: Simple Seed Stitch Neck-Warmer
As part of our Solstice celebration this past December, I gifted each of my family members with a hand-knitted item to keep them warm through the cold winter months ahead. O received a pair of mittens. For B, I thought a thick cozy neck-warmer would be perfect.
After a bit o’ Googling & Ravelry-searching, I could not find exactly what I wanted in a neck-warmer for B. I wanted something soft and squishy and cozy for sure, but it also had to be simple enough to make sense on a man. After finding many many cowl patterns that would be appropriate for the women in my life, I decided to just create my own neck-warmer pattern for the men.*
Simple Seed Stitch Neck-Warmer
US size 10 needles
approx. 2 oz worsted weight wool
(sample knitted with Malabrigo Worsted Merino)
CO 36 stitches using long tail method.
Row 1: K3 *K, P. Repeat from * to last three stitches, K3.
Row 2: K3 *P, K. Repeat from * to last three stitches, K3.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until neck warmer reaches 17 inches or desired length.
BO and use tapestry needle to stitch ends together.
Remember to K3 at the beginning and end of all rows. This creates a row of ribbing at the top and bottom of the finished neck-warmer.
Gauge is not terribly important. To make a “taller” garment just add an even number of stitches to your cast on chain. Conversely, subtract an even number of stitches for a “shorter” garment. You can also make this piece closer or looser fitting by knitting more or less than the recommended 17 inches. Keep in mind that the seed stitch pattern has quite a bit of built in stretch.
*I find you get a much more enthusiastic response if you refer to the same garment as a cowl for women and a neck–warmer for men.
I used to ask people not to sell items made from my patterns. After further thought, I’ve decided that what folks do with their own work is their business. However, since the pattern is free, I ask that you do credit your source. I also think it would be nice that for each garment sold, one is also given… but that is, of course, entirely up to you.