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Ribbed Neck Gaiter 

free pattern 

by Rita O'Connell

Earth Heart Designs, http://www.EarthHeartDesigns.com

February 2001
Ribbed Neck Gaiter  © Rita O'Connell 2001



DESCRIPTION:  This tubular neck gaiter is knitted in a simple ribbing pattern.  It can be worn around the neck and pulled up over the mouth and nose if itís very cold out.  It also works great as a simple hat if itís not too cold (the open top lets some of the heat out).  I sometimes wear two -- one around my neck and one as a hat.  One of these is always part of my cool-weather camping gear, and I keep one or two in my car with my winter survival wear.


SIZE:  About 8 inches high.  Because the rib pattern is so elastic, the pattern as written will fit a ladyís medium/large or manís small/medium head.  The size can be adjusted easily (see the design variations section at the end of the pattern).


SKILL REQUIRED:  Beginner who can knit circularly on double-point needles or circular needle.



YARN:  About 150 yards of worsted weight or two strands of sport-weight yarn.  A soft warm yarn such as merino wool or alpaca would be perfect choices.  AVOID hairy fiber yarns such as angora or mohair if you plan on wearing it over your mouth and nose on very cold days, or youíll find yourself spitting out the fibers that get in your mouth.

NEEDLES:  Size 7 double point needles (or size to achieve gauge) or short circular needle in same size Ė but no more than 24 inches long.  Double point needles will work for the neck gaiter if you have long needles or if you knit tightly enough so the stitches donít slip off the needle ends, but you might prefer to use a circular needle instead.

MISCELLANEOUS:  End of round marker, darning needle to weave in ends.


GAUGE:  14-15 rib pairs (28-30 stitches) per 4 inches (unstretched).



CO 96 sts onto DP ndls or circ ndl.  Do NOT turn.  Work circ. 

Round 1:  Work (K 1, P 1) rib patt around, ins EOR marker.

     Cont in the (K 1, P 1) rib patt for 8 inches (or longer if you like).  No need to count rows.  Note that you beg every row with a K st.  BO quite loosely, so it will fit over your head Ė try it on before you cut the yarn to be sure your BO is loose enough.  Cut yarn.


FINISHING:  Sew last st to first st.  Weave in ends.



Work multicolor stripes in you want.  Adjust the size by changing needle size, yarn size, and/or number of stitches (always multiples of 2) and rows.  If using the same size yarn and needles, you can make a larger size by adding stitches and inches of length, or make a smaller size by deleting stitches and inches of length.



For matching wristers (fingerless mitts), click on Wristers,Mitts,Gaiter to see the details of the matching patter (for purchase).



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