Each January I take stock of my household and try to organize to bring some order to my chaos. I go from room to room and try and put everything in it's place. I had an urge to knit some gifts for my sister and sister in law. After going through my quilting room I couldn't justify buying any new yarn. I have some yarn in a plastic bin that I have not touched in a few years. Most of the yarn is stuff I bought when I first started knitting. Several pretty acrylics and other novelty yarns. As I sorted through the large pile I was reminded of an old saying that I love. Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. I love that saying. Because I am knitting gifts for non knitters I had to use washing machine friendly yarn. I searched through Ravelry and found a great pattern. Fourteen is the name designed by a guy knitter. I thought his design was very clever but I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to knit the brioche rib stitch.
I am the kind of person that has to see something before I can learn how to do it. I found a great video on you tube that really helped me master the stitch. Click here to watch the video. It's ever so easy. For this neck warmer I used Lion brand wool-ease thick and quick color claret.
You need to find some bulky or super bulky yarn. For the blue version I used 2 strands of Lion Brand Jiffy yarn held together to use it up! The colorway is midnight blue.
I really like this brioche stitch. Look at the definition. Notice the prop? After knitting my first neck warmer I made a few changes in the original pattern. Here are the details:
Yarn- any bulky weight yarn or use two strands held together for extra stash busting
Needle size- 13US
Cast on 15 stitches. You must use multiples of 3.
Knit 4 rows.
knit brioche stitch each row until neck warmer measures 24". *With yarn in front slip one as if to purl, with yarn in front k2tog, rep. from *
Knit 1 row.
K3, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k3.
Knit 2 more rows.
Bind off in garter stitch.
Go find some large funky buttons to add some flair to your neck warmer. That's it! I made 2 of these neck warmers in 4 hours.
For this one it's Lion Brand wool-easethick and quick color raspberry.
I hope you decide to do a little stash busting. Let me know if you decide to make a few of these quick projects. I would love to see yours! Now back to chores!