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Did you know what a dickey was before you saw the name of this pattern? I had seen them before but never knew that there was an actual name for them. I’ve wanted to design one for a while and after I designed my Softly Angled Scarf I knew that would be the perfect technique to use for this design as well!
This pattern is written with the most novice knitter in mind. Its comprised with mostly garter stitch and very simple increases and decreases. The techniques used to create the opening for the cowl neck will help you practice more if you are a newer knitter.
I also love the ‘eyelet’ edging that the simple yarn over increases create. I think it gives it the perfect feminine touch without compromising any warmth. You could also eliminate them by working a M1 or KFB to make it more unisex.
About the Yarn
This pattern is written using double strands of worsted weight yarn (one of my new favorites is Premier Everyday!). You could also use a bulky weight yarn if you’d like, making sure that you check gauge. I love the color possibilities with the double strands of worsted, though! The one pictured above was made with Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in the colorway Painted Canyon paired with a solid black strand and I absolutely love the finished product!
10 sts and 21 rows of garter stitch is 4″ x 4″ (10x10cm)
Approximately 250 yards double strands (500 yards total) worsted weight yarn or any bulky weight yarn that you can meet the correct gauge with
US Size 11/8mm needles, 24″ and 16″ circulars
Yarn needle for weaving ends
-* * indicates a repeat
-(xx) at the end of a row/round indicates how many total stitches for that row/round
k1tbl-knit indicated stitch through the back of the loop instead of the front of the loop, making a slightly twisted knit stitch
k2tog-knit 2 stitches together
Foundation (using 24″ circulars): CO 4
R1 k4 (4)
R2 k2, yo, k to end (5)
R3-49 repeat R2 until you have 41 sts on your needle, increasing by 1 st per row (41)
R50-60 k2, yo, k2tog, k to end (41)
Creating the neck opening:
R61 k2, yo, k2tog, k4, BO 25 sts using your preferred method, k7 (8sts on each end left on needles)
R62 k2, yo, k2tog, k4, using the backwards loop method CO 25 sts, k remaining 8 sts from opposite end of row (41)
R63-72 k2, yo, k2tog, k to end (41)
R73 k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end (40)
R74 repeat R73 until you have 5 sts on your needle, decreasing by 1 st per row (5)
R75 k2, yo, k2tog (4)
BO using your preferred method
Cowl (using 16″ circulars):
Foundation: pick up 55 sts (I picked up one extra stitch to account for the stitch I lose while joining, you need an even number of sts for the 1×1 ribbing for the cowl) evenly around neck opening, join in the round, PM
R1 *k1tbl, p1*, SM (54)
Repeat R1 until your cowl measures 8″ or until you reach your desired length.
Bind off using the stretchy bind off.
Weave in ends and you’re done!
Happy making friend!