Giftblitz Basketweave Neckwarmer
I whipped up this little neckwarmer for my friend Charlie’s birthday, in a “three days, three birthday gifts” crafting frenzy, Giftblitz ‘07. Because of the time constraints, I needed patterns that would work up super-quickly, without requiring a lot of swatching and futzing. I improvised this one, and it came out well; it’s nothing original, but I thought it would be helpful for other people who may find themselves in Giftblitz situations and want something that works up fast, doesn’t require a swatch, and can be adjusted after the fact to the proper dimensions if your gauge is drastically different from mine. It may be small and easy, but as evidenced by the success of the Pidge, non-knitters probably won’t really care, particularly if you use something luxurious, like cashmere.
To substitute yarns, look for a gauge of 12-14 sts per 4″/10 cm. No swatching required.