Fashionistas in the vibrant cities, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, have been spotted wearing stripey loops around their elegant necks. Living in a remote part of northern England, well away from such captivating retail temptations, here are my instructions for making your own double-thick high necked version of this stylish accessory. We like to use remnant skeins of ColourMart’s finest cashmere and merino yarns. It is so soft, it’s unbelievably snuggly. You will love this if you make one too.
For all you sensuous process knitters, it’s a slightly piquant beginning requiring peace and a wee bit more of a piquant finale where you’ll need some concentration, filled in the middle by a soft relish of comforting, relaxing knitting, perfect for taking to your knitting group or telly-watching, and not too big to carry on the bus or Metro.
You will need:
• A small pile of little balls or lengths of yarn and two left-over full balls of some very soft non-itchy DK yarn.
Quantities? The orange in the sample one is approx 50g of ColourMart DK cashmere merino from what they call a scrap set. The tweedy grey is approximately the same amount. I suggest you get two different but toning colours like these to make the backbone of the pattern, so approx 50g of each will be enough. For the contrasting stripes, 20-30g will be enough for each colour. This Loop uses six colours, two main colours (MC) another four contrast colours (CC).
• a good length of scrap yarn, any smooth cotton or bamboo, in a completely different colour.
• one 3.5mm circular needle (min 60cm long) or 5 double point needles (dpns), whichever you prefer.
• a 4mm crochet hook. You can manage with a bigger one if you haven’t got that exact size.
• a large blunt needle for finishing.
Please do look at the gallery of already finished Loops on Ravelry for colour and yarn inspiration:
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments thread here or in our dedicated Notes and Queries thread for the Loop on Ravelry.
Warm and grateful thanks to the lovely Claudia aka Toastbrot for allowing use of her photograph in this pattern.
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