You may remember that I’ve been knitting a striped neckwarmer for DH. He asked that it . . . .
- be made of non-fuzzy wool yarn that’s soft enough to rub against his face
- be long and snug enough to cover his nose and not slide down
- also not slide down when worn as a regular turtleneck
- get wider at the bottom, like a tree trunk, to cover the base of his neck
- cover his upper chest so he won’t need to wear a scarf
- look good with his charcoal grey winter coat
Let’s see how well I did.
Here it is straight off the needles. I knew it met at least requirements #1 and 2 because DH tried it on as soon as I’d knit a couple of inches of the turtleneck part and I knew that I had made it longer than any of the cowls that I’ve knit for him.
But what a curled-up mess! I knew that steam blocking could only improve its look and fit. I started by pinning and steaming just the bib.
Because the flat bib has less than half the number of stitches in the tubular neck the self-striping sock yarn created much wider stripes there. You can also tell by the subtle changes in striping where I increased the number of stitches in the turtleneck – almost halfway down and again just before the flange.
While I was knitting, I thought about what we had around the house that I could use to block the turtleneck, something about the same diameter as DH’s neck. How about a large container of oatmeal?
Yes, it’s Perfect!
Wow! The neckwarmer looks So Much Better after; I’m always impressed by the magical effects of blocking. But notice that I haven’t yet woven in the yarn ends – in case I need to redo something.
We’ve reached the moment of truth – How does the neckwarmer measure up?
Requirements #1. Comfortable and #2. Long and Snug – Both Confirmed. √ √ and
#6. Looks Good with Coat. – YES! Check. √
#5. Warms upper chest. – Check. √
And he doesn’t mind the ‘surprise!’ of wider stripes on the bib. YAY!!
#3. Turtleneck stays put. and #4. Widens at Base. – Both Checked. √√
One Warm Happy Hubby. – Check! √
and One Happy Knitter. – Check! √