So after two weeks straight of Pattern Anthology tour posts, I thought just maybe some readers might be getting tired of kids pattern posts and be ready for a tutorial. And maybe one for women. Well I aim to please, y’all. Today I’m sharing this super simple neck warmer tutorial. (Though, sidebar: the Amaryllis Dress and Berkshire Blazer patterns are now available individually in my shop).
So if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might recognize this fabric. And if you’re new, well, check out this post to see how it all started and then this one for the sad story of why I started cutting up my sweater. And if you really don’t want to click around, well let’s just say I’m also a knitter (been knitting almost as long as I’ve been sewing) and I broke my own handknit heart and this neck warmer is part of my attempts to put it back together.
Plus…though I still love my new short hair (and, truth be told, I cut it EVEN SHORTER earlier this month – this picture is the current length) now my neck gets cold. And a girl can’t wear a scarf flapping around all the time.
Especially if you’re going to be horsing around.
I’ve mentioned before that I grew up with horses, and I actually still have two out at my parents’ ranch about 20 minutes away. But this horse is not mine. Although she’s not a complete stranger, either. She was raised and trained by my horsey partner in crime friend, Rachel, who was also kind enough to take these photos and let me play pretend cowgirl with her horse because mine were dirty and I didn’t have time to make them purty for blog photos.
Because, truth telling again – I would never dress this way to actually mess with my (very dirty and fat and out of shape) horses. I mean a white t-shirt? The only thing that’s going to mess that up faster than a baby or toddler is a horse. And in fact shortly after this shot this mare wiped her nose on my boob and then yeah, horse snot on my boob. So great for photos.
OK, so you want to know how very, very easy it is to make this neck warmer? There are 3 steps
- Cut out your neck warmer using this pattern.
- Sew button holes at the marks on one side
- Sew buttons on at the marks on the other side
That’s it in a nutshell. Scroll down for more specifics, though.
Now the fancier tips. I used a felted sweater for this. If you don’t have a felted sweater, you can felt your own if you buy one that is at least 60% regular wool – handwash only is what you’d look for on the tag. To felt it, simply wash in hot water in the washing machine. The rest will take care of itself.
I also added single crochet border to my felted cut sweater piece. Just to make it prettier, and make the edges a little more sturdy and less prone to shedding. This is how you single crochet:
Or if the visual explanation isn’t helpful, try this tutorial about how to do the stitch or google – there are tons of tutorials and videos out there.
Or maybe you don’t want to use a sweater at all. That’s cool. You can use any knit fabric for this. In fact, if you use a stretch fleece, you don’t need to do anything to the edges. Or you could still do crochet along the fleece edges – or a blanket stitch with embroidery thread. Same goes for interlock knit. Or you could use two layers of jersey and sew them right sides together the turn and topstitch. Whatever. This is a pretty easy going project, which makes it a great gift.
Your white shirt’s sacrifice was worth the pictures turned out great! Great scarf tutorial I may have to go digging through the upcycle pile.
This has to be one of my favorite posts of yours! I still LOVE your hair! So cute!!! Now I’m dying to chop up a sweater!!!! I think this would be a great project to teach my girls! And the horse snot…. I totally saw that coming the moment you said, “white t-shirt…” I was thinking, “NO! NO!” 🙂 I’m laughing WITH you….. THANKS! for a great post, a great tutorial and a great laugh!
The white tee looks so nice and crisp accessorized with the neckwarmer. And even though I’ve seen the pictures of you with the short hair cut, I didn’t immediately recognize it was you, I’m still looking for a picture of you with the longer hair. But I think your hair cut is just the cutest, and it looks very nice with your outfit, and the horse seems to be hamming it up, too– styling and profiling for the camera! I can’t wait to make this, I wonder how it would do with some nice fleece????? A year ago I moved to Mexico, and I didn’t bring any sweaters with me, so I was thinking that a nice piece of fleece or something else might look nice. Thanks for the post!!!!!
Love your post!!! I will need to try this tutorial. I totally know what you mean about light colored clothes and being around horses. When I had horses, I would pick on all of my friends who would dress up to go riding. In a matter of minutes, they had some kind of dirt (or something else) on their clothes. I have always worn dark colors (even in the dead heat of Austin summers) because I always knew something would get on me when I was around my horses!!! Thanks for the post.
Haha, this is hilarious! I’ve been searching for neck warmer patterns all morning then this shows up in my bloglovin’ feed! I don’t actually crochet (or knit) but I love the overlap at the front, I’m going to do something similar for Husband for the motorbike and that overlap provides great neck coverage!
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oooh I need one of those!
I love your new hair! Truth be told I am a little jealous (not in a bad way though) I don’t have the guts to cut mine off even though it looks like it would be so much easier. Great neck warmer too, thanks for the pattern.
Love this!! I HATE cold weather!! I’ve linked to your post over at Craft Gossip: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-felted-wool-neckwarmer-you-can-wear-two-ways/2013/11/21/
I love that haircut, you look so cute!