Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chancellor's Collar

I wanted to make a neckwarmer to go with my Beret Pour Vous? And I still had lots of scraps of Koigu leftover from many other projects, but not enough orange to make that the main color, so I substituted purple. It still works.

I imagined that the squares would drape the shoulders sort of like the Lord Chancellor's neckpiece. So I named it after that. But I could have referenced Nefertiti's collar just as easily, but I just can't see her wearing a wool neckwarmer.

Here's the pattern, written as though you already know about mitered squares...

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Chancellor's Collar
Koigu KPPM, less than one skein main color, and lots of scraps of multicolors.
Needles size 3 circular or dpns
Ribbing: Cast on 96 sts and rib in the round K1P1 for ten rows or 1.5”
Knit in Stockinette for 5 rows, increasing on last round: 1 st every 12 stitches=104 sts

Mitered Square (25 sts): With contrasting yarn: Cast on 13 stitches and knit 12 from needle=25 sts, to form the first mitered square. Knit every row, slipping first stitch of every row and on the right side make center decreases (K2 tog, Sl 1, Psso) over the three center stitches, ending square with one stitch.
90º Triangle (13sts): With one stitch on needle pick up 12 stitches from previous square, (13 sts) Knit every row, slipping first stitch of every row and make decreases each right side row by knitting to last three stitches then K2 tog K1.

Make eight Mitered Squares alternating with eight 90º Triangles. Join by seaming or three needle bind off or whatever method you like.
Change to main color and pick up stitches along bottom edge of miters and triangles, 192 sts.
Round 1: K
Round 2:K and make 1 after every 12 sts (208 sts)
Round 3 K
Round 4 K and make 1 after every 13 sts. (224 sts)
Round 5 K
Change to multicolor and cast on 6 sts, pick up and knit one stitch from between stitches on previous row, K6 from needle. 13sts forms the mitered square. Make a total of 40 mitered squares and join as above.
Change to main color, and pick up and knit 240 stitches along bottom edge of small squares. K five rounds and begin ribbing. Rib for 8 rounds. Bind off loosely.

This would work great with any combination of sock weight yarns.


  1. OMG, Melody, you are one busy knitter. I love each new 'warmer' more than the previous. I'm still working on my first. - - - Winter cold hold off ! ! ! ! !

  2. OMG, Melody, you are one busy knitter. I love each new 'warmer' more than the previous. I'm still working on my first. - - - Winter cold hold off ! ! ! ! !

  3. Yikes, what happened? Did my finger stutter?
    Delete, delete

  4. You are so very kind to share your love of mitered squares with the rest of us. I truly appreciate the patterns as well as the inspiration.

  5. Beautiful new neck warmer. Love the colors!

    Kristin F. in SC

  6. I think I like the purple better-more regal looking Madam Chancellor bwahhahahaha

  7. The colors are fabulous--thanks for sharing the pattern! Now if only I could learn to knit...

  8. Again such a beautiful pattern!
    Thanks for sharing it!

  9. Melody: You are the MOST prolific artist I have ever heard of or seen (and because I'm old that's quite a few!!) and your work is joyous and creative and solidly fun. Thanks for being so continuously open with sharing yourself! It is much appreciated and enjoyed.

  10. Anonymous7:44 AM

    I don't knit, but I think I could do this in crochet.

  11. OMG! That's nothing short of Drop Dead Gorgeous!! I can't knit to save myself, but I LOVE that! Perhaps I can interpret it into FME? Unfortunately it wouldn't be warm, so it'd loose it's raison d'etre really, wouldn't it!

    I envy your skills,

    Thanks for sharing,


  12. Beautiful new neck warmer. I love the colors !!

    Thanks for sharing with us !

  13. You have the best patterns! Thanks so much for sharing them.

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