"They want what for that?! I can make it myself."
It's those famous last words that knitters, sewers, crafters and general do-it-yourself-ers have uttered time and time again. And that is exactly how this project came about. A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a chichi boutique looking at overpriced clothing. I found a knitted collar that was simple in design and easy to knit. I tried it on, noted all the construction details, the size, the weight of yarn and promptly put it back. Next stop, the yarn shop.
I purchased a ball of Amazing by Lion Brand Yarn in the Violets color and worked this up on size 6 needles. Lately I've been adding bits of purple to my closet. Don't ask me why. I do not own a single stitch of purple clothing, in any shade, but for some reason, it's calling to me. You know the saying, "You don't get old. You just get more purple." Apparently I'm there.
So this I what I knitted up. A short wrap-around collar that criss-crosses in the front. I've worn in under a blazer. It's perfect for keeping the chill off my neck, but doesn't get in the way like a traditional long scarf. I love the aesthetics of cowls, shawls and ponchos, but I hate fussing over my clothes all day. I like things to be streamlined and stay put. Well, except my skirts; there, the bigger, the better.
I did this using only the knit stitch. Starting at one point, I increased to get the spade on the end, decreased to the narrow section, and increased again for the wider neck portion. Then I tried to make the other end match because (of course) I didn't keep any notes.
On the underside I stitched on a small length of ribbon. To close at the neck, one spade slips through the ribbon. A buttonhole could be worked into the knitting here, or a snap could be sewn on as well.
Then I crocheted a flower and added that to the end with the ribbon loop. And of course an orphan button to finish off the flower.
And if I get too hot, it easily folds down. So what's the verdict? I like it. Fast project and easy to wear. So if you're like me and struggle with the Buy It or Make It dilemma, take heart. Some things really are worth making yourself!