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Pebble Neck Warmer

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!)


45 thoughts on “Pebble Neck Warmer

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

  2. Thank you! Just updated the pattern.

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

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. 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.

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

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

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

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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?

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

  18. 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. πŸ™‚

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. […] but anyway, how cool is that?! Guess it just shows how hip I am (and Loop Knits, who posted the original pattern on their blog back in 2009). No […]

  22. 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?

  23. […] and finding the yarn either too thick or too solid to show off the herringbone effectively, I tried this pattern for a pebble knit neckwarmer from Loop Knits, the blog of a great yarn shop near my apartment in […]

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

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

  26. 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!!! πŸ˜‰

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

  28. 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?

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

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

  31. Can this be done in crochet?

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

  33. […] so I knew exactly what pattern I needed since I had about three weeks to make these. I bookmarked this pattern 2 years ago, because the design looks great and since you’re using BIG needles, it knits up […]

  34. […] Alpacas bulky in frost, tripled, on size 19 needles (huge!) and the pattern is available for free here. I knit it in less than two hours – that’s the great thing about bulky yarn and big […]

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

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

  37. 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!

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

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

  40. 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!

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

  43. 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!

  44. Just knit this as a Christmas gift for my daughter, its so easy and beautiful I think I’ll make another for myself πŸ™‚

  45. That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you like it, Carol!

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