I bought this yarn quite a while ago but hadn't had chance to work with it until recently. It is a lovely, soft yarn and I can highly recommend it. Details as follows ::
Cotton On by James C Brett.
50% cotton / 50% acrylic
DK weight, worked on a 4mm hook.
50g balls, very reasonably priced (I paid £1.85 a ball for mine), plenty of online retailers stock it, just google to find them.
I used 12 colours, although the two bright pinks are almost identical. It's a very pretty, fresh palette, even the neutrals are pretty.
Both my Little People have these Buff neck scarf thingies, they are very popular here in the UK. They are officially labelled as "multifunctional headwear" as you can do all sorts of things with them to go stylishly on your head, but my LP wear them round their necks. And up over their lower faces when it is very cold and blustery. They are simply long, stretchy tubes with no seams. Whilst on holiday in Dorset, I really, really wished that I had something like it myself as it was very cold and windy.
It was whilst on holiday that I started making my cosy neck warmer, just like that. I had the need for one, the vision of how I wanted it to look. I had a quick play with stitch ideas one afternoon, and it happened just like that.
This is such a simple stitch, so so so simple. A bit like the granny stripe with clusters of three stitches but worked using shorter double crochet instead of trebles. It creates a very neat looking sort of woven effect....
....but it is stretchy look. A bit like mesh (but far prettier).
I made it to fit quite snugly around my neck as I like this style better than the drapey sort of cowl designs that are out there. Yeah....I made it snug. It tugs my ears half off, but I'm hoping it'll stretch slightly with use.
I'm sorry about the rubbish photos, I just couldn't manage to get a decent image of it in use. Jeez, my hair needs cutting. But anyhoooooooo, you get the idea. It is a cosy, snug bit of warm prettiness and I am very, very happy wearing it. I actually prefer wearing it with the top rolled over, but you will just have to imagine what that looks like as I'm not doing any more mug shots.
The pattern? Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
The tutorial? Already done and dusted.
How's that for a surprise? No waiting around this time, go straight to your stash, select the softest, cosiest yarn you own and whip one up.
Whatcha waiting for?!