A delicate lace-effect collar that could be mistaken for a necklace – wear this pretty cotton neckpiece day or night and be the envy of your friends. The yarn is bespeckled with silver for extra sparkle!
Worked with cast-on and cast-off stitches, the picot cast on is super-easy, and creates a pretty pointy edge. Then moss stitch is worked between simple shaping rows, before the collar is secured with a sturdy sewn button loop.
STEP-BY-STEP KNITTING THE COLLAR
- Using 3mm needles, work a picot cast on. Cast on 5 stitches, then cast off 2 stitches – you’ll have 2 stitches on the left needle, and one stitch on the right needle.
- Slip the stitch from the right needle back onto the left needle. Now cast on 3 stitches, then cast off 2 stitches. You’ve made one stitch with the picot and now have 4 stitches.
- Repeat step 2 until you’ve 70 stitches – 69 stitches on the left needle and 1 stitch on the right needle. Slip the stitch from the right needle back onto the left needle and cast on 1 stitch. You’ll now have 71 stitches and have finished the picot cast on.
- Now work an eyelet hole row. Row 1: knit the first 2 stitches, then repeat yarn forward (yfd), knit one to the last stitch, knit one. You’ll now have 139 stitches on the needle.
- Row 2: purl to the end. Row 3: knit to the end. You’ll now be able to see your picot edge and eyelets more clearly.
- The next 3 rows are worked in moss stitch. Rows 4 to 6: purl one, then repeat knit one, purl one to the end.
- Now decrease stitches on the next row to shape the collar. Row 7: knit 3, knit 2 together (K2tog), repeat knit 8, K2tog to the last 4 stitches, knit these 4 stitches. 125 stitches will remain.
- Row 8: purl to the end. The next 2 rows are worked in moss stitch. Rows 9 and 10: knit one, then repeat purl one, knit one to the end. Row 11: knit to the end – you’ll finish with a right-side row.
- Cast off knitwise, so creating a ridge on the right side of the knitting. Cut the yarn, leaving a 30cm end.
- Using the 30cm yarn end, make a small button loop. Starting at the cast-off edge, mark the width of your button on the side edge of the collar with a couple of pins. Thread the yarn end onto a yarn needle, and with the right side of the collar facing, place your index finger at the edge of the work and create a loop of thread, then pass the needle through to the wrong side at the second pin. Remove the pins and work 2 more loops.
- Now, with the yarn coming from the left, wrap it around your index finger again and take the needle through the loops, from back to front, and under the loop on your finger to create the first wrap. 12 Repeat step 11 around the loop until it’s completely covered. Sew the button (see Knitting KnowHow 38: Sewing on buttons) to the opposite end of the collar, to correspond with the button loop. Weave in the yarn end.
- Repeat step 11 around the loop until it’s completely covered. Sew the button to the opposite end of the collar, to correspond with the button loop. Weave in the yarn end.