If you’re in the knitting world (or just in the real world!), you will I’m sure have come across the neckerchief trend. And with the weather cooling down we can’t help but plan which patterns we’ll be knitting.
We’ve included three patterns of different knitting levels so there’s something in here for everyone, whether you’re wanting to make something sleek and simple, or something a bit more complex with intricate details.
Why do we love this trend? These small scarves are great for a few reasons. Firstly, they’re really quick to make due to the size. We’ve included patterns with techniques like lace and cables, so if you want to learn something new – a small project is a great way to do so.
Secondly, they’re very practical! Keeping your neck warm but not adding any extra bulk or fabric to your outfit. Perfect when you’re already bundled up on those cold winter days.
So, here’s three neckerchief patterns we’re loving and hope you will too!
Sophie Scarf by PetiteKnit
First up is the Sophie Scarf by PetiteKnit. If you’re in the knitting world I can pretty much guarantee you’ve seen this (it was actually one of the most sold patterns on Ravelry last year). And there is a reason for this.
Having made the Sophie Scarf I can comment on what a fun and easy project it is. It’s great for beginners as it’s made in garter stitch (only knit stitches – no purling), but it will teach you how to do increases and decreases. The built in i-cord edge makes the finished piece look so neat.
There are two sizes in this pattern, the largest needing only 128 metres of a DK yarn. Merinoull by Sandnes Garn is a lovely soft and machine washable option for this neckerchief. Or if you want something a bit more funky try Terrazzo by Scheepjes, a 100% recycled fibre tweed yarn.
If you check out the projects on Ravelry, you will see that knitters have made this is every weight of yarn imaginable. You really can knit it in anything. Kate made one in CaMaRose Host. The touch of cashmere makes it feel very luxurious. She used a 4.50 mm needle and just under 2 balls for the large size.
Sola Scarf by Anne Ventzel
Next up is the Sola Scarf by Anne Ventzel. This lovely neckerchief is the next step up in difficulty from the Sophie Scarf. It features a simple rib pattern that gives the scarf texture and a really interesting look, and the decreasing at either end is done in such a beautiful and elegant way.
This pattern is one size and uses 137 metres of a DK weight yarn. We think Alpakka Ull by Sandnes Garn would be a nice option for this due to it’s softness and warmth – it can also be machine washed.
Colette Scarf by Sari Nordlund
Lastly in this neckerchief list is the Colette Scarf by Sari Nordlund. The Colette Scarf is perfect for anyone wanting to try out lace and cables for the first time.
We love how at first glance this looks like a simple neck scarf but on further inspection the detail from the lace and cables really pops out. Learning how to do these two techniques on a small project like this makes the learning experience much more satisfying when seeing results quickly.
Nordlund has suggested holding a fingering weight and lace weight yarn together for a DK gauge. For this we recommend a strand of Nettle Sock by Onion held with a strand of Berenice by De Rerum Natura. Choose two colours that match or go bold with a contrasting strand of mohair, for a beautiful fuzzy halo.
We hope this list gives you some inspiration. Will you be knitting a neckerchief this autumn? If you do and you go for one of our yarn suggestions be sure to tag #YakMakes on Instagram so we can see your beautiful neckerchiefs!
If you like making small projects like this, check out our last blog post 5 Single Skein Projects For Autumn!