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Pink Needles
Woolen Rabbit
spacer model: Anne Hanson spacer photos: David Whitfield


A pretty neckwarmer to knit top-down in the round from a luxury blend yarn or soft wool.

The piece has a narrow scalloped top edge to frame the jaw line, then flows down the neck in a pattern of petals, ending in a flared collar of leaf lace that sits neatly on the shoulders.

The inspiration for the collar came from a pattern in ”The Lacy Knitting of Mary Schiffman” by Nancy Nehring.



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Neck tube circumference: 15[17] inches (unstretched)
Bottom edge circumference: 32[36] inches (unstretched)
Length: 10 inches

spacer The Woolen Rabbit Opulence [50/50 merino/silk; 300yd/330m per 100g skein]; color: Rose Quartz; 1 skein

Recommended needle size:
spacer 1 US #4/3.5mm 16-inch circular needle
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

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22 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st (unstretched, before blocking)

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

sk2p: Sl 1, k2tog, pass slipped st over. 2 sts decreased.
S2KP: Slip next 2 sts together, knitwise, as if to work a k2tog. Knit next st, then pass both slipped sts together over st just knit. This forms a centered double decrease.

Upper Edge Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 10 sts):
Round 1: P all sts.
Round 2: [Yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1] to end.
Odd-Numbered Rounds 3-7: K all sts.
Round 4: [K1, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k2] to end.

Before beginning Round 6, remove marker, k1, replace marker. Beginning of round has been moved 1 st to the left.

Round 6: [(Yo, k1) twice, sk2p, (k1, yo) twice, sk2p] to end.
Round 8: P all sts.

Neck Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 10 sts):
Round 1: [Yo, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k4] to end.
Even-Numbered Rounds 2-12: K all sts.
Round 3: [K1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo] to end.
Round 5: [K2, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1] to end.
Round 7: [K3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2] to end.
Round 9: [K2tog, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo] to end.
Round 11: [Yo, k4, yo, ssk, k2, ssk] to end.
Repeat Round 2-12 for Neck Pattern.

Collar Pattern (Begins with a multiple of 4 sts):
Round 1: [K2tog, yo, ssk, yo] to end.
Even-Numbered Rounds 2-18: K all sts.
Round 3: [K1, yo, k1, ssk, yo] to end. 5 sts in each repeat.
Round 5: [K1, yo, k2, ssk, yo] to end. 6 sts in each repeat.
Round 7: [K1, yo, k3, ssk, yo] to end. 7 sts in each repeat.
Round 9: [K1, yo, k4, ssk, yo] to end. 8 sts in each repeat.
Round 11: [K1, yo, k1, k2tog, k4, yo] to end.
End Round 12 one st before marker, transfer marker to the right of this st. Beginning of round has moved one st to the right.
Round 13: [Yo, k3, S2KP, k3] to end.
Round 15: [Yo, k1, yo, k2, S2KP, k2] to end.
Round 17: [Yo, k3, yo, k1, S2KP, k1] to end.
Round 19: [K1, yo, S2KP, yo] to end.

Note: this chart was replaced December 13th -- change is to upper edge pattern, row 5

CO 80[100] sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work Rounds 1-8 of Upper Edge Pattern; pattern is repeated 8[10] times in each round.

Work Rounds 1-12 of Neck Pattern four times; pattern is repeated 8[10] times in each round.

Work Rounds 1-19 of Collar Pattern; pattern is repeated 20[25] times in each round. 160[200] sts.

Loosely BO all sts knitwise.



Weave in all ends on WS of fabric. Soak piece in lukewarm water with a small amount of wool wash for an hour, to completely saturate the fabric. Rinse and gently squeeze out excess moisture by rolling in a towel.

Without stretching, lay piece flat to dry, spreading collar gently into its natural flared shape. Turn piece periodically to prevent creasing along sides. When dry, neckwarmer may be steamed lightly to encourage fiber to bloom.
Knitspot owner and designer, Anne Hanson, a life-long knitter with experience in the fashion and graphic design fields, enjoys an ongoing conversation with knitters across the globe.

Anne also teaches and writes about knitting, spinning, and designing at her blog,, and lives in Ohio with David, who loves wool, too



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