Friday, March 8, 2013

Handspun Tunis Neckwarmer

The Tunis neck warmer is finished! The DK weight (light worsted size 3) yarn that I spun from it definitely has plenty of memory and is crisp enough to hold the neck warmer in place, aided by the 2x2 rib pattern. The yarn is soft enough for next to the skin wearability. I am so pleased with the process and the end result. And to think, I almost threw the fleece away, having found it packed away in my basement...who knew?
Here are the pattern directions:

You need about 2 ounces of DK weight yarn for this project.
Cast on 112 stitches with size 5 needles. Gauge is about 5-1/2 sts to the inch.
Work in knit 2 purl 2 ribbing for about an inch. On the next row, work 4 stitches in pattern, then yarn over, knit 2 together. This will be the first buttonhole. Finish the row in pattern, k2p2. Continue on until neck warmer is about 3 inches, and then work another buttonhole as before, knitting 4 sts at the beginning of the row, then yarn over, K2 together. Continuing on until the work measures about 5 inches, work the third buttonhole. When piece is about 6 inches, cast off. Weave in ends, place buttons and sew on corresponding to the knit buttonholes you made. I like to wear it with the bottom button left open, but it works either way. I would like to make these up to give as gifts. They would be beautiful in dyed color ways, with variegated handspun yarn....or pretty in a commercially produced yarn as well. I am very partial to handspun, though, and I enjoy the process of selecting the fleeces, using their best attributes for the projects I have in mind, sorting the wool, cleaning and prepping it, sampling yarn production on my spinning wheel, and creating the finished work. The possibilities are endless!

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