Garter Stitch Neck-warmer - Free Knitting Pattern

The neck-warmer is knit sidewards, flat, in rows back and forth, starting at the centre-back of the neck.


40cm/16 inches long at centre-front, 44cm/17.5 inches circumference
2 x 50gram balls Zara, one ball main colour, one ball contrasting colour

Zara made by Filatura Di Crosa is extrafine marino wool, superwash, 8ply/DK, 50g/1.75oz, 125 metres/136.5 yards at standard condition.


If you choose to make your neck-warmer in one solid colour you will still need most of 2 balls of this yarn.

Suggested alternative yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Luxury (100% wool)

Plus a scrap of yarn in about the same thickness for provisional cast-on (approximately 1 metre/3.5 feet long).


4.5mm/US size 7 knitting needles. Use circular or straight needles whichever you prefer.

If doing provisional crochet cast-on you will also need a crochet hook 4.5mm/US size 7

Note: This is larger than standard size recommended for this yarn to allow for softer drape of the knitted fabric.


17 stitches and 36 rows to 10cm/4 inches worked in garter stitch.

Exact tension/gauge is not vital as this isn't a fitted garment.


K - knit
K2tog - knit 2 together
sts - stitches
YO - yarn over


Note: This pattern begins with a provisional cast-on and finishes with grafting (Kitchener stitch) to close up the centre back seam. If you don't want to do grafting, do a standard cast-on at the beginning and cast-off at the end, then sew up your neck-warmer's back centre seam.

Use whichever provisional cast-on you prefer. I used a crochet cast-on. knitting stitches through the back loops of a crochet chain.

When changing colours take care to keep the edge of the work neat, not too tight/not too loose, as it will be the top edge of your neck-warmer.

First Straight Section
Row 1 (cast-on row) - Using Yarn A, cast-on 36 sts
Row 2 - Knit
Rows 3 & 4 - Change to Yarn B and knit 2 rows
Rows 5 & 6 - Change to Yarn A and knit 2 rows
Rows 7 & 8 - Change to Yarn B and knit 2 rows
Continue working in garter stitch without shaping for another 8 rows, maintaining the colour changes for the stripes (ie repeat Rows 5 to 8 twice)

Increase Section
Row 1 - Change to Yarn A, knit until 2 sts remain on needle, YO, K2
Row 2 - Knit
Row 3 - Change to Yarn B, knit until 2 sts remain on needle, YO, K2
Row 4 - Knit
Repeat these 4 rows another 7 times (total 68 sts on needle)

Decrease Section
Row 1 - Change to Yarn A, knit until 5 sts remain on needle, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K1
Row 2 - Knit
Row 3 - Change to Yarn B, knit until 5 sts remain on needle, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K1
Row 4 -  Knit
Repeat these 4 rows another 7 times (total 36 sts remain)

Final Straight Section
Work 15 rows without shaping, maintaining the colour changes for the stripes, finishing with Yarn B.

Cut Yarn A leaving about 10cm/4" to allow for weaving in the end of the yarn.

You will need enough of Yarn B to graft (Kitchener stitch) the back seam of the neck-warmer - allow about 60cm/24" when you cut the yarn.

Release the stitches from the provisional cast-on, transferring them onto a needle ready for grafting/Kitchener stitching.

Graft the seam closed using Yarn B and then weave in the loose ends on the inside of the neck-warmer.

At the time of writing this there is a useful YouTube video demonstrating grafting garter stitch

I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing your neck-warmer!

This design was inspired by the Baktus Scarf and the Bandana Cowl

This pattern may be reproduced for personal use only.

If any errors in this pattern please advise by "Post a Comment" below.

Copyright Frances Lewis 2012

Photos by Frances Lewis 2012

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