57. Knitting: Double Knit Gingham Neck Warmer (free pattern!)

Remember that nifty new knitting project I showed you a few weeks ago?  Well, it’s all finished and I wrote up the pattern.  I considered putting it up for sale, but I ultimately decided it should be free!  This is the first pattern I’ve written in a while, so I thought it would be nice to give it to the knitting masses for nothing in return except awesome finished products.

So, without further ado, here it is!

Double Knit Gingham Neck Warmer

***Please note:  This pattern is worked in double knitting.  Although it is a good beginner project for this technique, I suggest you do a little practicing before diving into this pattern.  There is an excellent tutorial here. (Skip to about 2:55 to see the actual double knitting technique.)***

Knitpicks Swish DK in coal (2 skeins) and white (1 skein*)
16″ size US7 circular needle
stitch marker
tapestry needle

*If you do not reuse the white from the gauge swatch, you will need 2 skeins.  I had very little white yarn leftover at the end.

18 sts x 25 rows = 4″ in double knit St st (UNBLOCKED)

Finished measurements = 8″ tall x 22″ circumference (UNBLOCKED)

St st = stocking stitch
CO = cast on
pm = place marker
kfb = knit in front and back; knit into the front and back of the same stitch
ssk = slip slip knit; slip 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit together through the back of the loops

CO 96 sts using the i-cord cast on method and coal yarn (or the darkest color yarn you will be working with); pm and join to begin working in the round.

Round 1 (double knit setup row):  Kfb to end. 192 sts.

Round 2:  Working in double knit, begin row 1 of the chart below.  Repeat this 16 stitch pattern to the end of row.

gingham knitting chart

Rounds 3-18: Work in St st according to chart.

Round 19-36: Work a full repeat the chart pattern.

Round 37-45: Complete chart row 1 through row 9 ONLY.

Round 46: Using coal yarn only, work one row in double knit.  Leave white yarn at inside of work.

Round 47: Continuing with coal yarn, ssk to end. 96 sts.

Bind off stitches using the i-cord bind off method.  Weave in ends.

gingham neck warmer pattern

And there you have it: a super chic (and completely reversible!) neck warmer that will keep you toasty and fashionable at the same time! Please let me know what you think, and feel free to ask me questions below! Happy knitting. 🙂

gingham neck warmer pattern

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17 thoughts on “57. Knitting: Double Knit Gingham Neck Warmer (free pattern!)

  1. Hi Gabriella,

    thanx a lot for sharing the pattern for this beautiful cowl.

    Wish you a lot of further good ideas 😉

    Best regards


  2. Thanks so much for this free pattern! I hope you publish many more in the future. I too am a PhD scientist who finds great joy in arts and crafts :).


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  4. When do you introduce the 2nd color? During the 2nd row increases or 3rd when the actual colorwork begins?


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  6. i don’t understand. how do you avoid the floats? Am i supposed to carry color b all around even when working through the solid parts?


  7. Questions: in the gingham part where the color alternates, will i be knitting and purling in the same color because how will each knit stitch be a different color on each side? And does the chart show just the knit stitches on the public side and we are to do the alternate color for the private side?


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  10. I’m not following how to doubleknit in the round. Do you have a video that demonstrates that? The video link you shared was working flat.


  11. I can’t figure out how to get the gingham tweed look, mine looks like rows. What am I doing wrong on the second row?


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