I won’t call it a sale, I’ll save that title for when I eventually someday open a little shop, but it is the first time that someone else gave me money for yarn and asked me to make something for them – usually I just gift things…..so it’s still kind of a big deal for me.
A few weeks ago a friend sent me a pin of this neckwarmer which eventually led me to the pattern on ravelry…bonus it’s a free pattern! It’s a simple enough knit using bulky yarn and large needles. I originally bought a skein of Malibrigo rasta yarn online but when it arrived it looked completely different in person – the online version was vibrant orange and red but in person it was a murky brown/green colour – I was super disappointed as it was my first online yarn purchasing experience but I was able to return it no problem and I waited a few weeks until I was able to visit a “local” yarn shop (2 ½ hours drive away!).
I bought a fab skein of Mirasol Ushya and used the largest pair of circular needles I had, which I think are about a 15 maybe – they were thrifted and don’t have a size on them, the pattern called for size 19 but I didn’t want to buy a pair just for this project but I think it worked out fine without them. I cast on 28 stitches and had great fun learning the herringbone stitch (this video helped a lot).
The only tricky part of this project was figuring out how to incorporate the ribbon because even though the pattern has a photo of the neckwarmer laced up with ribbon it had no instructions on how to do it – it wasn’t hard but it did take longer than I expected to get it to work properly. I ended up buying ribbon in Joanns, and lacing it up from the bottom of the left side up through the underneath of the right side and in through the top of the left at a diagonal. I did that right up to the top and then reversed it on the way back down the right side. So it’s just one continuous piece of ribbon that can be loosened just like how you loosen shoelaces, but it pulls on over your head easily without needing to be undone.
I love how it turned out and I could resist trying it on and taking a photo. No all that’s left is to give it to my friend and hope she likes it. I might even be tempted to make another one for myself.