Fun With Warming Collars
A Fun and Practical Alternative to Scarves
Warming collars come in many styles. They can be non-nonsense or quite elaborate! They are short, snuggly, fast to make and will warm your neck as well as a scarf with a lot of femininity!
Since I am an artisan, I don't like to make things are drab and ugly, just to get them done. I look at the elements that are incorporated into them to make the pieces lovely and appealing, not only to wear, but also, if that were the case, to be given away as gifts to special people.
Two colors could be used, when lace has been worked into the design, to make the lace stand up as the underside in a darker shade will make the contrast more apparent in that case the solid lining will not only act as the warming portion of the accessory, but also as a way to bring out the beauty of the lace
You can use two textures of yarn if you wish, one for the lace on top and one for the underside, so long as they have the same weight. I usually work my warming collars in worsted weight acrylic yarn. There are several reasons for this:
1. I like to make things that can be thrown into the washing machine and then the dryer without the fear that they will shrink. That excludes some fibers and delicate yarns.
2. Economical fibers are more accessible to people, and I like to share my patterns for others to enjoy.
3. Some yarns might not have colorfast hues and they will bleed terribly in the laundry (if you are not certain if the yarn you have chosen is colorfast, please don't add the warming collar to the rest of your laundry!)
You can go anywhere you want with this style of neck warmer! You can make it a straightforward style, with just a bit of lace or a frilly edging, or you can get as fancy as can be, it is all up to you.
Basic Warming Collar
You will need at least 1 skein (7oz) worsted weight yarn (you will not use it all, but it's better not to be short)
Crochet hook size H (if you are an expert crocheter, you can adjust this easily to a size g if you like)
Button or closure of your choice
writing pad and pen
To start your warming collar, measure your neck. Write down the measurement that feels comfortable to you without letting too much cold air through. After all, the wonderful thing
about these collars is that they will protect your neck from the cold if make them in the right size for you or for the person you will crochet it for!
Now that you have written down the amount of inches your collar needs, choose the stitches you will be using. If you want a combination of lace and solid stitches,
you will have to calculate your warming collar in a different way so that it will fold over itself. The solid stitches offering a lining to the lace, so that at all times, your neck
will feel the warmth of the crochet wrapping around it.
Let us calculate a simple warming collar. you will begin a chain of the length of the inches taken down when you measured your neck plus two chains. Make 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, if you would like to make a really dense
warming collar for really cold temperatures, or 1 hdc in the 3rd ch from hook. Continue making row after row of the stitches chosen until you have reached the length
you want (measure the collar around your neck to decide if you are happy with it.)
Once you have reached the length you want, add lace to it for the bottom part of the collar and end it with a nice shell edging.
Warming collars respond well to the crunch of limited time and a gift that is coming up! If you are an intermediate or expert crocheter, you can make one in two sittings. The closures are as varied as
tastes come: Chinese style frogs and buttons, buttonholes and buttons, ties with tassels, ties with corkscrew ends or with other fancy ends.
That is basically what it takes to make one of these!
If you would like to see or print out several free patterns for warming collars, you can visit my Craftybegonia blog at Blogger. I have all the collars featured in the photos seen in this hub posted there for free.
Ohter nice neckwear hubs!
- Neck Warmers - Fashion Accessories - HubPages.com
Articles about Neck Warmers on HubPages, a place where you can read and write about any topic that interests you.
- Make a neck warmer from left over wool
If you're a keen knitter and have a stack of left over wool, you can use it up by making your own neck warmer! Uses just uner 100 g of double knitting wool.