One Step Ahead Neck Warmer by Fiona Oliver

One Step Ahead Neck Warmer

December 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in slipped stitch in ladders pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
186 yards (170 m)
one size, see notes
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About this design
This neck warmer was designed to be the perfect partner for my One Step Ahead Beanie. The One Step Ahead Beanie was inspired by some experimentation with a blue and aqua-toned Magic Ball and two interesting slipstitch patterns that I found in my stitch dictionaries. I really liked the way that the garter stitch sections accommodated the knots in my Magic Ball and also allowed the colour changes to really pop against the contrasting colour that I had chosen. After knitting five (yep, count ‘em!) beanies I realised that I needed to step up this design and incorporate it into a matching accessory … the One Step Ahead Neck Warmer was born.

Like its beanie buddy, this pattern has so much going for it—the two different slipstitch patterns are easy to memorise, it’s a great stash-buster project, you can experiment with colour and it is quick to knit. Plus there is the added bonus of creating a one-off Magic Ball that will make this neck warmer totally unique. I hope you fall in love with this pattern as much as I have.

This is a Magic Ball Friendly Pattern. My FREE 18-page Magic Ball Musings information sheet is included with your pattern and includes information on:

  • Yarn weight
  • Yarn composition
  • Yarn colour
  • Yarn lengths
  • Yarn joining options
  • Sourcing your yarns
  • Creating and using your magic ball

If you can’t be bothered making a magic ball, or you’ve got some multi-dyed yarn or bits and bobs of stash yarn, then this pattern will fit the bill for using up leftovers to make a bright, colourful and very warm winter accessory for yourself or someone you care about.

Please visit the capitalKNITS Ravelry store to check out my other Magic Ball Friendly Patterns.

Finished dimensions: 19 cm/7.5 ins tall and 54.5 cm/21.5” circumference

21 stitches x 40 rows in the Stairs Pattern knitted in the round on 4.5 mm (US size 7, UK size 7) needles on a 10 cm (4 in) blocked swatch. A reasonable match for tension is important for this pattern to ensure a good fit. If your gauge is significantly different, move up or down a needle size and swatch one more time. Also, you may find that you use more or less yarn if your gauge is significantly different.

Any double knit/8 ply yarn that knits to the tension gauge. Two contrasting colours are required, one of which (the contrast colour) could be a Magic Ball.

Main Colour approx 95 m/104 yds (this is approximately a 50g ball of yarn)
Contrast Colour approx 75 m/82 yds (this is approximately 2/3 of a 50g ball of yarn)

4.00 mm (US size 6, UK size 8) double pointed needles or one 40 cm/6 ins circular needles or two 61 cm/24 ins circular needles or one 80 cm/32 ins or 100 cm/40 ins circular needle or a combination of these needles.

4.5 mm (US size 7, UK size 7) double pointed needles or one 40 cm/16 in circular needles or two 60 cm/24 ins circular needles or one 80 cm/32 ins or 100 cm/40 ins circular needle or a combination of these needles.

Stitch Marker
Tapestry/darning needle

The Pattern
This pattern includes written and charted instructions as well as links to video tutorials for most of the techniques used in the design.

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