Monday, 5 December 2011

Free Knitting Pattern #3 - Chunky Neck Cosy

At last, here's my free knitting pattern #3. A pretty, chunky neck cosy. Perfect for those cold, winter days that are inevitable at the time of year. After an enjoyable extended mild spell we been plunged into the depths of winter here in Congleton, Cheshire. It's snowed lightly over night and we've had hail this morning. Brrrrr. Had to put the heating on for an extra hour to as we were soooo cold...... I made this neck cosy for my daughter who is living in Chester as has a long walk to school each morning. Sometimes she has to be at school really early for extra ballet lessons, so I knitted this to help keep her nice and warm on her walk to school, as I'm not there to drive her around.

The cosy takes just one ball of Sirdar Big Softie, (or 2 for a deeper cosy), which is just £2.39 per ball at kemps online shop here. That's a great price for a knitted neck cosy. The cosy is knitted in a broken moss stitch, so it's really quick to knit and looks pretty too. I think it took me about 1 hr to make up, so it would make a great last minute gift. The broken moss stitch gives the cosy a good texture and helps it to stand up against your neck. You can fold the top over too if you wish.

I used 10mm circular needles, but if you don't have circular needles or don't like using them, you can use two straight 10mm needles and stitch the side seam together, using mattress stitch (full instructions are at the end). The cosy measures approximately 21 or 22 inches around.

Important: Some people have commented that their cosy turns out smaller. Tension with Sirdar Softie and 10mm needles working in stocking stitch should be:
9 sts to 10 cm
12 rows to 10 cm
If your tension is tighter, please use larger needles. 

Instructions for circular needles: Using Big Softie and 10mm needles, loosely cast on 48 or 50 stitches.
Round 1: k
Round 2: [k1, p1] to the end
Round 3: k
Round 4: [p1, k1] to the end
Repeat these four rounds until you have approximately 2 metres of yarn left. Cast off loosely.

Instructions for straight needles:
Using Big Softie and 10mm needles, cast on 49 or 51 stitches loosely.
Row 1: k
Row 2: [k1, p1] to the last stitch, k1
Row 3: k
Row 4: [p1, k1] to the last stitch, p1
Repeat these four rows until you have approximately 2 metres of yarn left. Cast off loosely. Sew the side seam using mattress stitch.
Wear and enjoy! x

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