Miss Morland's Neckcloth Knitting Pattern Download
When Catherine Morland left for Bath in Northanger Abbey, her mother wisely advised her to "always wrap yourself up very warm about the throat, when you come from the rooms at night." In spirit of Mrs. Morland's admonitions, this project reinvents the Regency gentleman's elaborately tied cravat or neckcloth as a lacy cowl, perfect for heroines-in-training like Miss Morland.
This project is worked from the middle outward, in a gorgeous blend of buffalo, cashmere, and silk that shows off the "true" lace edging on top and bottom. The long self-ties are picked up from the purl columns and worked back and forth in a variation on the same lace pattern.
Appropriate for indoors or out, wear your neckcloth two ways: under a crisp collared shirt, snug against the throat and knotted in front; or as a cowl to complement a cashmere twinset with the wide lace border at the top and the ties loosely tied over the shoulder or in a bow down the front.
Finished Size: 18" in circumference and 7" tall; ties measure 2¼" wide and 15" long.
Yarn: Buffalo Gold Lux Lace (45% bison down, 20% cashmere, 20% silk, 15% Tencel; 330 yd [302 m]/40 g): plum, 1 skein.
Yarn Weight: #2 - Fine
Needles: Body and ties. size 2½ (3 mm): 16" and 24" circular (cir); size 1½ (2.5 mm) or smaller: set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Locking markers (m); stitch holder (optional); tapestry needle.
Gauge: 24 sts and 52 rnds = 4" in k5, p1 rib on larger needle.
Originally Published:Jane Austen Knits, 2011