Scarves: Neck Warmer

posted in: Knitting | 7

I love these neck warmer scarves. They are easy to knit on 2 needles or a circular needle and make up fairly quickly with a repeating pattern. My pattern was a hand written one given to me from my mother in law about 35 years ago.


This is one that I knit with worsted weight yarn and 5.5 mm needles. I used the original pattern for this white one, but my pattern knits up slightly smaller.

Cosy neck warmer original pattern

Does the picture give away the age of the pattern?

neck warmer pattern at

After comparing the original pattern and the one I have, I have come to the conclusion that whoever wrote it out all those years ago, adapted the original by making the neck piece shorter, and combining some of the rows. Perhaps it was adapted for a child size neck warmer.

  • Cast on 26 stitches.
  • Row 1 – k8, p8, k1, *yf, k2tog* (4 times) yf, K1
  • Row 2 – k19, turn p8, K2 * yf, k2tog* (4 times) yf, k1
  • Row 3 – k20, turn, p8, k3 *yf, k2tog* (4 times), yf, k1
  • Row 4 – knit across, turn
  • Row 5 – k20, *yf, k2tog* (4 times), yf, k1
  • Row 6 – k12, p10, turn, k13 *yf, k2tog* (4 times), yf, k1
  • Row 7 – k13, p10, turn, k23
  • Row 8 – cast off 5 sts, k9, p8, k8

The above 8 rows form the pattern. Repeat 25 times, or required number to fit your neck. Cast off.

For the slightly larger size use this pattern

  • Cast on 38 sts
  • Row 1: * k14, p14, k1 (yo, k2tog) 4 times, yo, k1
  • Row 2: knit 25, turn
  • Row 3: p14, k2 (yo, k2tog) 4 times, yo, k1
  • Row 4: knit 26, turn
  • Row 5: p14, k3 (yo, k2tog) 4 times, yo, k1
  • Row 6: knit to end of row (41 sts)
  • Row 7: k 32, (yo, k2tog) 4 times, yo, k1
  • Row 8: k 12, p16, turn
  • Row 9: k 19, (yo, k2tog) 4 times, yo, k1
  • Row 10: k 13, p16, turn
  • Row 11: Knit
  • Row 12: Cast off 5 stitches. K9, p15, k14 *

These 12 rows complete one point. Repeat 25 times, or required number to fit your neck. Cast off.

I always measure the neck warmer around my neck to see if it is wide enough.  Yarns knit up differently and you want to get a good fit. You can adjust the size of the neckwarmer by knitting more or less repeats of the pattern.

neck warmer pattern at

Here you can see a comparison of the different sizes. The neck on my pattern (grey) is 8 stitches high, and the neck on the original pattern (white) is 14 stitches high. The original cast on was 38 and mine is 26, which makes the overall item smaller.

Of course changing the size of the needles and the type of yarn affects the finished item.


Stitch 2 buttons on the edge and crochet 2 loops for button loops to fasten.


This gives you an idea what it looks like … back fastening, front view, flat view, back view, and when wearing it.

knitted neckwarmer at

Check here for a similar post.


This is not my original pattern.  There are actually a couple of different versions of a similar looking neck warmer that can be found on the internet. I was able to track the pattern down to a publication by Beehive for a cosy neck warmer, pattern #332.

While watching Anne with an E, one of the girls in Season 2, episode 3 wore a neck scarf that looked just about the same.

~Shawls and scarves I’ve made~

7 Responses

  1. Myrtle

    OMG, I have made these years ago may I can’t be sure if it is the same pattern. I think I will make one,wow.

    • Roseann

      Do you have a pattern for these. My grandma made me one 30 yrs ago and i foolishly lost it. I’d love to get some more made.

      • Patricia Byrne

        In your smaller version the pattern is missing Row 4 but from the picture I can only make out the the writing that says “row 4 knit across” but I can’t see what’s after that because the knitted neck warmer is laying across the rest of the pattern. Can you tell me please what the rest of Row 4 instructions says we should do?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *