Pebble Neck Warmer

by Craig on November 10, 2009


A customer came into the shop the other day with a pattern for an afghan knit with three strands of bulky yarn. She chose Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky yarn, which already knits at 2 to 2.5 stitches per inch with a single strand. I was so curious what Bulky would look like tripled that I wound a ball, got a pair of size 19 needles, and knit up a swatch in stockinette.

The result was fantastic. At 1.25 stitches per inch, the stitches are huge, yet the fabric still drapes nicely. Everyone who saw it picked it up and loved it. I toyed with the idea of making an afghan or even a pillow, but I wanted something that could be worn. And so, the Pebble Neck Warmer was born.

Pebble Neck Warmer

When winter finally comes, the Pebble Neck Warmer will keep you warm! I used the color Frost, which I think is a great color for winter, but Bulky is available in a wide range of natural and dyed colors.

Pebble Neck Warmer, close up

I didn’t time myself, but I think I knit the Pebble Neck Warmer in under 2 hours, making it a perfect last minute knitted gift. Here’s how you can make yours:


approx 5.5 by 33 inches

3 hanks of Blue Sky Bulky yarn, shown in frost
US 19 needle
1 large button

.75 sts = 1 inch in stitch pattern, but gauge is not critical for this project

Wind all three hanks of Bulky and holding a strand from each, CO 7 stitches.

Row 1 – *P1, k1; repeat from * to end.

Repeat Row 1 until approximately 1.5 yards of yarn remains.

Bind off loosely in pattern and weave in ends.

Attach button to center purl stitch approximately 4 inches from cast on edge. There is no button hole; you can push the button through the fabric. (Make sure the button will fit snugly through the fabric before you attach it!)


{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Maggi November 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm

This is beautiful and what a quick project! Don’t forget to mention in the pattern instructions that the yarn is tripled!

Craig November 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Thank you! Just updated the pattern.

Sandi November 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Just lovely, Craig! Rarely have I seen a super-bulky knit look so elegant.

Tanya November 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Thank you for the offer. It looks beautiful!
I’m one of these knitters that has few projects on the go,as I get board with repetitive patterns.
Love the Bulky Alpaca- definitely on my list. Tanya

amanda November 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I love this! Absolutely wonderful texture. Thanks for the quick gift idea.

Elisa LopezLopez November 11, 2009 at 9:28 am

This pattern is great. You can combine three different color of the same yarn for special ocassion and is very confort for the neck. Thank you for this pattern.

Craig November 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Thank you all for the compliments! I’m so glad you like it.

Andrea November 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm

This is beautiful! Where did you find the wonderful toggle button?

Susanne November 17, 2009 at 9:32 am

I really want to snuggle up in bed with this. I wonder what it would look like blanket-sized. I won’t even tempt myself. I will definitely be making the neck warmer, though for all those Pollyana gift exchanges.

Craig November 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Susanne, I think it would be the ultimate snuggling blanket! However, the neck warmers for pollyanas will be much appreciated.

Helene November 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

Do you think this would make a nice “moebius” type shawl?

amie January 31, 2010 at 12:51 am

this looks delicious! I can’t wait to make one for myself!

Paula May 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

This is a lovely project… Ideal for Christmas presents. Thanks for the pattern.

Loretta August 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

This cowl is sooooo beautiful. I just found it online and I want to run out to buy the supplies immediately.

I saw Susanne wrote it would make a great blanket. Do you have a pattern for that. Love your work!

Craig August 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Thanks, Loretta! I’m glad you like it. I don’t have a blanket pattern, but maybe at some point.

Brittney September 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm

This looks beautiful!
I’m kinda new at this, so i don’t really know what
Row 1 – *P1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Is exactly. Could you assist in my lack of knowledge?

kateweb October 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I love it! I can’t wait to knit this up for myself.

Kori November 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm

to Brittney: The section you mention means that the row is just a repeated “purl 1, knit 1” over and over to the end of the row. If you have five stitches in your row, it would be: purl, knit, purl, knit, purl. 🙂

Troy December 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

Love it, Love it, Love it! may sit at home today & lay in the bed on a cold and rainy day & knit this up in no time. Thanks for sharing

Lucy December 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

Thank you! I sat and knitted this today – took me around 4 hours, but I have a 22 month old running around! It looks fab and used up some wool I had sitting around doing nothing. Also I used up one of my Nana’s old buttons, so I am doubly pleased. A nice Christmas present for myself!

Cathy Prusinski February 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

Am confused about how it says to continue pattern till only 1.5 yards are left. That would make an awfully long warmer. What am I misunderstanding?

Stacey August 25, 2011 at 12:50 am

Is the pattern above correct? CO 7 and then P1, K1 across every row? I’m curious what stitch this is. Thanks!

Craig August 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Yes, it’s correct. It’s called seed stitch. Give it a try!

Amy September 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I LOVE this!!! I just started this using US19 needles and 3 strands of Spud and Chloe Outer yarn but 7 stitches across is looking too narrow. Approximately how wide should this be? I am wondering if I need to cast on more. Thanks!!! 😉

Craig September 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

Ours is 5.5 inches wide. You can add stitches to make yours wider, just be sure to have an odd number of stitches.

Cathy November 4, 2011 at 5:51 am

Do you have other suggestions for yarn types. I live in Taiwan and the selection is not too good here. Can a synthetic yarn be used?

ANGIE November 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Wind three strands of Bulky is there anything special way to “wind” or just twist?

Craig November 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Nothing special, Angie. Just wind 3 balls and hold one strand from each throughout the project.

Brooke December 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Can this be done in crochet?

Angie December 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Just made a few of these for Christmas gifts… They are beautiful!

Donna October 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Can you do this scarf in crochet, I’ve never learned to knit.

Craig November 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

Sure, you could crochet this. Just get the same gauge in a similar looking stitch pattern, then work to the same measurements.

Carol November 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Love it! Couldn’t find a color I liked locally in Bulky so did 2 strands Super Bulky and looks still looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Lee November 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Love this pattern for the bulky cowl, when it says three hanks of yarn, does the pattern call for three skeins of bulky yarn?

Craig November 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Yes, you’ll need three skeins of Blue Sky Bulky yarn.

Vicki October 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm

What is the preferred length for this neckwarmer? I used “Cozy Wool” by Loops & Threads (wool and acrylic) but next time I will use the wool and alpaca! LOVE this pattern!

sheila November 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm

wish i knew how to knit, i would make this for sure

syndie February 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm

My friend had this and I just loved it…so much that I didn’t return it. Promptly ran to the spinner outside of Allyn, Washington and bought some beautiful yarn to make myself one! Love it!

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