Rudimentary crochet knowledge is necessary, but the item is so simple, that a beginner should be able to accomplish this with ease. If you need support with the stitches, I found this to be a good resource. As with most simple accessories, the “neck warmer” can be worn in many different ways and customized easily. This one can also be a hat in that moment of need (very cold or bad hair day).
Let’s begin. For the neck warmer above, I used vintage wool with 3 stitches to an inch. Bear with me as I’m new to the crochet tutorial world and its mysterious terms. Below is a “doll size version” to show the basic stitches and techniques. Two strands of wool were used as there was no thick yarn on hand. Not that clever for a tutorial, but you get the idea.
Chain 70 stitches. Mine is 11 1/2 inches wide. If you would like to wear your neck warmer on your head as a hat, make sure it fits comfortably around your forehead without slipping. If a different number of stitches is chosen, make sure it’s an equal number and can be divided by 8 or 10, which is the number of ‘button holes’ needed.
For this example, let’s stay with 70 stitches.
Chain 70 and close into a ring.
Crochet the first row into the “spine” of the chain as shown in image 2 above. The backside has a small ridge and looks like a spine. Crocheting into the spine makes the selvedge look neat. However, do whatever is comfortable.
Make sure you still have 70 stitches. As much as I embrace imperfection, it’s also good to try your best and easier to correct a mistake early in the game.
Crochet into the back loop (image 3) of the first row to achieve the ribbed effect. Crochet 37 rows or approximately 10 1/2 inches.
Next come the “buttonholes”. These are needed to convert the neck warmer into a hat.
An equal number of holes is needed to thread the string through. I decided on 10.
Next row: Single crochet 5, chain 2, skip 2 and crochet into the next loop (see image 5). If my description isn’t clear, here’s a visual illustration on how to make buttonholes. Finish the round until you have the 10 buttonholes. Note: Buttonholes are important if you want to use a thicker tie. You can omit this step and thread a thinner string directly through the stitches.
Crochet 3 more rows (roughly 1 inch) or a little more if desired. To fasten off, cut the yarn at 4 inches, make a chain stitch and pull the yarn through the loop. Weave the tail through the stitches. Next, weave all the tails in.
Crochet a string 52 inches long. Thread this through the buttonholes and you’re done.
Variations: Use a thin silk scarf to thread through the holes. Make pom-poms to give the head a 50′s feel. Pin a flower on it.You can also weave some thread through the ribs (image below left) or wear it on the “wrong” side (image below right), which makes an interesting pattern.
Now I really need to go, because my latest distraction over the weekend was Downton Abbey. I’m sure everybody has seen it already, but I’m often a bit behind. It’s even more addictive than Britain’s Got Talent. Darn Netflix!