In the wardrobe switchover this past fall, when I switch out the fading season's clothing to make room for the upcoming season's duds, I realized I had lots of sweaters. Some might say too many sweaters. I said , 'enough!'
2016, then, will be a year of small knits. Hats, cowls, slippers, shawls, mittens and the like. Which will give me a chance to use up more stash yarn. Those bits and bobs that are difficult to find a place for in sweater knitting.
First up, is another Elizabeth McCarten pattern. Elizabeth does great designing and pattern writing. Last year, three times, I knit her patterns. One My Valentine and two Glenoras. Now, I start 2016 with another McCarten. This one, Elizabeth offers for free and calls the Neck Thingum. My French grand children would call it - the 'Cache Cou.' Literally - hide neck - how accurate is that?
A quick and easy knit, it is simply a turtle neck with a bottom flare that spreads out to cover the upper chest area inside a coat. A very manly cowl, I'd say. Mine is knit with Cascade 220 leftover from My Circular Yoke sweater.
Elizabeth calls her 'thingum' boring and unglamorous. I call mine - a gift waiting to happen.