Thing-a-Week #13

Whew. I made it a quarter of the way through my year of things-a-week. Never thought I’d get this far!

I thought it fitting that I actually finish that little neckwarmer project I was working on (Things 3, 4, 5, and 7). The final step was to actually publish the pattern, and I did that today. It’s a free pattern, available for download in PDF format.

Thing a Week #13: Neckwarmer Pattern

Details about the pattern and where to download it are here.

Helen Neckwarmer

A couple of months ago, I spun some yarn for my friend Helen. The yarn was an odd weight, sorta-bulky and sorta-aran, and I thought she might have some trouble finding a pattern for it. So, I wrote one up!

Helen Neckwarmer
Download pattern (PDF)

This neckwarmer is edged in eyelets, which can be used for any arrangement of buttonholes. The body is simple alternating single and double crochet stitches. It was designed with handspun yarn in mind, but also looks striking with commercial self-striping yarn.

The pattern is available here in PDF format. Enjoy!

Thing-a-Week #7

Back to the neckwarmer thingy. If you remember, I made a ill-fitting prototype for Thing #3, wrote the pattern for Thing #4, and then spun the yarn for it for Thing #5. This week, I actually made it for real.

Thing a Week #7: Neckwarmer

It’s a nice and warm, and actually fits a human neck this time. I just wish I had some better buttons.

Thing-a-Week #4

Warning: this post isn’t very exciting.

This week I wrote the pattern for the neckwarmer I made last week. I made some minor tweaks to resize it, but I think it’s going to be pretty close.

It’s not quite ready to publish yet; I want to test it out first, so I have nothing to show you this week. You’ll just have to take my word for it!

Thing-a-Week #3

I gave away the yarn I spun last week, but it later occurred to me that the recipient might not know what to do with it. There wasn’t a lot of yardage, and it was sort of an odd weight. So, I decided to write a pattern for it. I settled on a neckwarmer and began making a prototype. This is it:

Thing a Week #3: Neckwarmer prototype

It’s crochet, and this prototype was made with Patons Soy Wool Stripes. This is an example of a thing-a-week that isn’t quite right… I got the overall stitch pattern I wanted, but I didn’t make it long enough, so the neck opening is too small. That’s ok, though. I’ll write up the pattern and give it another try, which should give me at least two more things-a-week to do!