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Marta McCall's TinkKnit

Surely the Elizabethans, with their high-collared ruffs, knew the secret of staying warm in drafty castles!

And such is the inspiration for this neck-warming alternative to a scarf under winter coats or as a fashion accessory for sweaters.

This quick knit offers asymmetrical structure softened with simple cables to create a striking neckpiece.

model: Cheryl Marling photos: Will Marling

One size (adjustable through button placement)
Length: Approx. 17 inches
Width: Approx. 3.75 inches at narrowest point and 5.5 inches at widest point

Kilcarra Aran Tweed [100% pure new wool; 192yd/176m per 100g skein]; color: #4754 Crimson; 1 skein
Note: Yarn can be substituted with any aran weight wool yarn with a recommended gauge of
18 sts=4 inches listed on the ball band. Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed is recommended.

Recommended needle size:
1 set US #6/4mm straight or circular needle
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

Cable needle
Tapestry needle
1 button; buy button after collar is complete, to ensure correct size

Gauge: 22 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st
Note: Yarn is worked more tightly than recommended gauge to produce a firm fabric.

[Knitty’s list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

C4B: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k2, then k2 from cable needle.
CO 112 stitches.

Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1 knitwise, k3, p2, [k4, p2] to last 4 sts, k4.

Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1 purlwise, p3, k2, [p4, k2] to last 4 sts, p4.

Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1 knitwise, k3, p2, [C4B, p2, k4, p2] to last 10 sts, C4B, p2, k4.

Row 4 [WS]: Work as for Row 2.

Repeat these 4 rows until work measures approx. 3.75 inches, ending with Row 4.

From this point, work in 4x2 Rib as set (Rows 1 and 2 only); no further cable twists will be worked.

Shape Upper Edge:
Note: In the next series of rows, sts will be bound off at the beginning of RS rows. The last st of each WS row will be left unworked, and will be the first st in the row that follows; this will help give a smooth shape to the BO edge.

Row 1 [RS]: BO 12 sts, work in pattern to end. 100 sts.

Even-Numbered Rows 2-14 [WS]: Work in pattern to last st; turn work without working last st.

Rows 3 and 5 [RS]: Work as for Row 1. 76 sts when Row 5 is complete.

Odd-Numbered Rows 7-11 [RS]: BO 18 sts, work in pattern to end. 22 sts when Row 11 is complete.

Row 13 [RS]: BO 12 sts, work in pattern to end.

Row 15 [RS]: BO remaining 10 sts.

Buttonhole Band:
With RS facing, pick up and k 15 sts along shortest edge of work.

Rows 1-6: K all sts.

Row 7 [WS]: K6, BO 3 sts, k to end.

Row 8 [RS]: K6, CO 3 sts, k to end. 15 sts.

Rows 9-11: K all sts.

Row 12 [RS]: K11, [k2tog] twice. 13 sts.

Row 13 [WS]: K all sts.

Row 14 [RS]: K9, [k2tog] twice.

BO remaining 11 sts.
Try on to determine button placement, then sew button in place.
Cheryl knits...weaves...lives simply...and blogs in Dublin, Ireland, where neckwear is a must.