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Size: Approximately 2” wide x 21” long

Materials: 120 yds. bulky wt.   cotton/acrylic blend yarn, or other soft cotton-blend yarn


Sample shown in Lion Brand Yarns “Baby’s First” (55% acrylic/45% cotton, 120 yds/110 m per 3.5 oz/100 g ball) in color: #146 Sea Sprite


Set of four double-pointed needles (dpns), size US 10 (6 mm), or size needed to achieve gauge

Tapestry needle

1 button (1-1/4”), sewing needle & thread

Gauge: 12 sts & 20 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st on size 10 (6 mm) needles

Terms/Abbreviations: beginning (beg), bind off (BO), cast on (CO), each (ea), knit (k), knit two together (k2tog), needle (ndl), pattern (patt), purl (p), repeat (rep), round (rnd), slip (sl), stitch (st), together (tog), yarn over (yo)

Pattern notes:

Neckpiece is worked in the round on dpns from narrow end to narrow end, forming a double-thickness piece with textured stitch pattern on front (outside) and smooth stockinette on back (inside). Buttonhole is incorporated in both thicknesses at end of piece.

Special stitches:

Three-needle bindoff (3-ndl BO): Place equal number of sts on 2 dpns. Holding ndls together, with a third dpn bind off through both thicknesses by inserting needle through st on front needle & st on back needle and binding off in the usual manner.


Leaving 12” tail at beg (for use later), CO 15 onto dpns, arranging sts thus: 4 sts on Ndl #1, 7 sts on Ndl #2, 4 sts on Ndl #3. 

Knit 1 rnd.

Begin pattern:

Rnd 1: K4, p2, k3, p2, k4.

Rnd 2: K4, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k4.

Rep Rnds 1-2 until piece measures 20” from beg.

Note: to create buttonholes in both thicknesses, work proceeds back and forth in rows as follows:

Buttonhole row:  K4, p2, k1, yo wrapping yarn around ndl twice, k2tog, p2, k4, turn work.

Next row: P4, k2, p1, k1 dropping extra yo loop, p1, k2, p4, turn work.

Resume working in rnds:

Next rnd: Rep Rnd 2.

Next rnd (dec rnd): Rep Rnd 1, ending with k2, k2tog instead of K4 (14 sts)

For bind-off, knit across first 4 sts of next rnd, then place 7 sts of front (textured side) on one dpn and 7 sts of back (stockinette side) on second dpn.  Work 3-ndl BO (see Special stitches above.)  Cut yarn and weave in tail.


Using cast-on tail, close cast-on opening by whipstitching through each cast-on lp around, pull tail gently to close.  Sew button to front of this end of piece.

To wear:  Place piece around neck and push button through both thicknesses of buttonhole opening.

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