Neck Thingum by Elizabeth McCarten

Neck Thingum

December 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
120 - 140 yards (110 - 128 m)
Adult unisex; size easily adjustable.
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These “Neck Thingums”, as we call them, are a critical element in our winter coping strategy. They’re unisex, can be worn indoors or out, folded over like a turtleneck (when it’s not minus 15C), pulled up over the lower face, scrunched up under the chin, or layered with a loose cowl (like the Bandanna Cowl) for a look that’s toasty, but at least demonstrates some attempt at style. So cozy! No wonder we’ve been known to fight over them. Each one takes only 50-80g of non-superwash wool (you don’t want to lose the wool’s defining properties, after all). I like to use a soft non-superwash pure wool like Quince & Co’s Lark, or Cascade 220. The one pictured here took just a little over one 50g skein of Lark in Kittywake. Instructions, such as they are, are here. Hint: download a good audiobook or settle in for some binge watching on Netflix, ‘cause you’re in for some b-o-r-i-n-g knitting.
Note: Ravelry requires me to post a gauge, but the ribbing is too stretchy to allow an accurage measurement, and anyway, the gauge is adjustable. Don’t sweat through a swatch, please.