Do I Look Like America’s Next Top Model?!

  • Pattern: Straw Mat Neckwarmer by Peaceful Knitter!
  • Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted Weight Merino in mystery color, one skein
  • Needles: Size US 10.5 straight or circular
  • Notes: I adapted the star stitch motif* to a horizontal neckwarmer, added a 2-row buttonhole and called it a day! Simple, fast, and so fun to knit.

*Star Stitch Motif Swatch

Using size US 10.5 needles, CO 25 stitches (use a multiple of 4 + 1 stitches to determine number to cast on for desired project. I did 173)

  1. Row 1 (RS): Knit.

  2. Row 2 (WS): P1, (MS, P1) across

  3. Row 3: Knit.

  4. Row 4: P3, MS (P1, MS) repeat to the last 3 stitches, P3

  5. Repeat these 4 rows until piece is desired width. BO and weave in ends.

MS= Make Star: purl 3stitches together, leaving the stitches on left needle. Wrap the yarn around the right needle once and purl the same 3 stitches together. That’s it

The beauty of this stitch pattern is that you can customize it to create just about anything. You can make a scarf like this one, or a headband like this one. A hat or fingerless gloves would be nice too. So do what I did, and create your own knitting adventure!

I knit until the neckwarmer was half as tall as I wanted it to be (2 inches) and created a button hole that was 4 stitches wide. Then I kept knitting another 2 inches, bound off and it was done. I think it could use a good blocking as the top edge likes to curl up, but other than that I am very happy with it. And I know I don’t need to say this, but the Malabrigo is so very soft against the neck.

Since I had such a great model, and the yarn is so scrumptious, I’ll share another pattern with you right now. This is what I did on Monday when I was tired of working on my Ravelympics socks:

  • Pattern: Skipping Stones Neckwarmer by Peaceful Knitter
  • Yarn: Malabrigo Bulky in Charrua 259, 104 yards
  • Needles: US size 10.5 straight or circular
  • Notes: Another super fast, fun stash-busting knit.

Skipping Stones Neckwarmer

Using size 10 1/2 needles, cast on 86 stitches.

  1. K1 P1 across

  2. P1 K1 across

  3. Repeat these 2 rows until your piece measures 1.5 inches. At the beginning of a row, work in seed stitch pattern for 6 stitches, then BO 2 stitches in pattern. Finish row in established pattern.

  4. P1 K1 across to bind off, then CO 2 stitches and work in pattern to end.

    (I made three button holes this way, but you could easily adjust the number, location, and size of the buttonholes to suit your taste.)

  5. Work in seed stitch another 1.5 rows and repeat row 3 & 4 to create another buttonhole.

  6. Work in seed stitch another 1.5 rows and repeat row 3 & 4 to create another buttonhole.

  7. Knit in seed stitch until piece measures 4.5 inches wide. BO in pattern and weave in ends. Add buttons to coordinate with where you created buttonholes and enjoy!

Please note that I have posted these patterns straight from my notes, having knit them only once. If you discover an error or something that needs clarification, please email me and I will work to make the pattern better.

A special thanks to Sweetie, who insists she doesn’t have the training for such rigorous modeling work.

I disagree.


8 thoughts on “Do I Look Like America’s Next Top Model?!

  1. Very clever! Not a lot of neckwarmer weather where I live but I like the idea of using that star stitch to make headbands. Sounds like a great way to use up small bits left over from other projects too!

  2. Your sweetie is the perfect model. Brava!

    Thank you for sharing your patterns. I’ll have to try them sometime. God knows, I’m desperately trying to get my stash to dwindle!

  3. america’s next top model had better watch out she’s got the look and more personality than the whole panel!! Luv Ya

  4. I love them both – the stitch patterns, yarns and buttons are all so skillfully combined. Well done you! And so professionally modeled too!

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