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Convertible Ribbed Bodywarmer

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Ribbed Bodywarmer.

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Feeling Warm All Over:

This is a fun, quick-knitting project that you will use in a million different ways. Wrap it simply around your shoulders, wear it as a scarf, or drape it over your head and around your neck.

This "bodywarmer" is stretchy and warm, so you'll want to wear it all the time. Because of the stretch, it's a great gift for someone whose exact size you don't know.

Materials:

  • about 200 yards of two different medium weight or bulky fuzzy, textured yarns (I used three skeins each Moda Dea Cahce and Gleam, but that brand has since been discontinued)
  • size 15, 40-inch circular needles
  • scissors
  • crochet hook or tapestry needle

Gauge

12 stitches and 12 rows make a 4.5 inch square.

Size

Finished project is about 44 inches around and 9 inches long, which makes is roomy for a small or medium-sized woman. There's a lot of stretch, so this size should work for most people. Need to resize? Check out the article on altering simple patterns.

Instructions:

  1. Holding a strand of each yarn together, cast on 116 stitches using the long-tail cast on. This will make your cast-on edge stretchy but still structured-looking.
  2. Join in round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
  3. Knit in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for pattern. Continue in pattern for nine inches or to desired length.
  4. Bind off loosely in pattern.
  5. Cut the yarn, leaving a couple inches of tail. Weave in ends with crochet hook.

Choosing Your Yarn:

Cache was a blend of wool, acrylic and a tiny bit of polyester, while Gleam was mostly nylon and kid mohair spiked with acrylic and polyester. Both yarns were slubby, meaning they have thick and thin parts. They also both contained metallic accents.

If you want to match the look of this project with different yarns, keep those characteristics in mind as you hunt for the yarn you want to work with. Or choose a plain wool yarn for one of your strands and a novelty yarn for the other. Something like Bravo by Tahki Stacy Charles, for instance, might be a fun addition. Or just go into your stash and see what you can find!

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