Free neckwarmer pattern

Long time no blogging.................I know, not good but I have been knitting a little bit in the evenings and have developed a new free pattern download over at Ravelry. As you can see my trusty photographic assistant Ruby was very helpful this morning. This neckwarmer is an essential item when walking dogs on the cold and windy beach in winter. I have loved knitting lacy pattern for so long I've decided to spend a bit more time researching very old patterns and reworking them to make them much easier to knit. If you already belong to Ravelry then you can find me 'lisajane' over there and I have two free patterns available and 8 knitted and felted bag designs for sale.
If that is too much for you to struggle with then here is the basic pattern for my new neckwarmer for you to enjoy.


Windshield Loose Lacy Neckwarmer

Cast On 120 stitches with 4mm small circular needle using a DK yarn (less than100g)

Work 1 row purl then join into the round, place stitch marker, work further 2 rows purl, then 1 row K.

Begin Shield Pattern as below, alternate rows are knit because you are knitting in the round. Row 28 also knit.

Work 2 and ½ repeats of Shield Pattern, finishing with a Row 14 of knit (70 rows of pattern).

Work 3 purls rows and Cast Off with a 4.5mm needle loosely.
Shield Pattern - a variation of a vintage pattern from Cornelia Mee’s 1846 book, Exercises in Knitting although her pattern didn’t have the decreases sloping in the directions that I think lie nicely and it her olde world writings were very tricky to work out. I spent some time reworking this Shield pattern so it works up beautifully and have provided the pattern in a written format below and a graph on my free pattern over at Ravelry. The pattern is a 15 stitch repeat which does increase to 16 stitches for rows 9-22 inclusive.

Row 1 - ssk,k3,yo,k2tog,yo,k1,yo,ssk,yo,k3,k2tog

Row 3 - ssk,k2,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,yo,ssk,yo,k2,k2tog

Row 5 - ssk,k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k5,yo,ssk,yo,k1,k2tog

Row 7 - ssk,yo,k2tog,yo,k7,yo,ssk,yo,k2tog

Row 9 - k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,k2tog,k4,yo,ssk,yo,k1

Row 11 - k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,k2tog,ssk,k3,yo,ssk,yo,k1

Row 13 - k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,k2tog,ssk,k3,yo,ssk,yo,k1

Row 15 - k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,k2tog,ssk,k3,yo,ssk,yo,k1

Row 17 - k2,yo,ssk,yo,k2,k2tog,ssk,k2,yo,k2tog,yo,K2

Row 19 - k3,yo,ssk,yo,k1,k2tog,ssk,k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k3

Row 21 - k4,yo,ssk,yo,k2tog,ssk,yo,k2tog,yo,k4

Row 23 - ssk,k3,yo,ssk,yo,k2tog,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,k2tog

Row 25 - ssk,k3,yo,ssk,yo,k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,k2tog

Row 27 - ssk,k3,yo,ssk,yo,k1,yo,k2tog,yo,k3,k2tog

Suggested yarns

For the pink neckwarmer I used 2 x 50g balls (100m each) of Eki Riva Casual 8ply (100% Baby Alpaca) from Peru.

The cream neckwarmer which was my prototype was knit with 2 x 50g balls (110m each) of Heirloom 8 ply Capri (70% cotton 30% wool) from Australia.

I hope you enjoy knitting this old world style knit and that you continue to explore lace knitting.
I love wearing my Windshield pinned with an English antique silver brooch.
Enjoy, Lisa x


Pip said...

It's a lovely neckwarmer Lisa, but my knitting is so slow and limited to knit and purl, I even find moss stitch a challenge, and keep losing my way, so I rely on my mother to knit me things.

Chrissy said...

So glamorous for walking a dog! This is very pretty and I will try and remember it for when it gets cold again in the Autumn.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh ... so hard to think about neck warmers today. My neck is naturally warm because it is 35C here today!

Between the heat and the smoke from wildfires --- I'd really like to leave!!!! Winter weather sounds very tempting right now.

However, your neckwarmer is lovely! Love Ruby's little paw in the first picture.

Levin said...

I miss you!!!
I don't think this working is very good - you are much too busy these days.
The neck warmer is gorgeous but i don't think i'm up to that yet - i am knitting a lace scarf though which is pretty, even with it's mistakes :)

acereta said...

ooks interesting. May be, I'll try to knit it one day.
Irina (Moscow, Russia)

Anonymous said...

am i readding wrong or are rows 2,4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14,16,18, 20,22,24,26 missing?

evilcostumelady said...

This lace pattern is also called "apple leaf."
@Anonymous: the even numbered rows are "plain" so they're not enumerated...