"Do the Dickie" Knit-A-Long

"Do the Dickie" Knit-A-Long

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We've gone from mittens to Christmas Balls to Dickies! Join us for a neckwarmer knit-a-long. This is a free online session for those who want to work on a project in common and just have a bit of "community" and social time. You can participate from the comfort of your home, using a free videoconferencing software called Zoom. Please read the Helpful Tips section carefully before registering.

KAL Video tutorials: Click here for a short video on how to do the cable cast on and the tubular cast on.

Make a dickie, a cowl, or other type of neck warmer!

River City Yarns (Barb and Cynthia) will continue to host a KAL/CAL on the subject of dickies (or fashion accessories that are used to keep your neck warm). Given that it's close to Christmas, we thought it would be fun to work on this for four weeks: Nov 10 - Dec 1 and then spend the next three weeks (Dec 8 - 22) working on holiday projects. What do you think? Are you in?

We think it would be so cool if everyone made something slightly different! If you'd like inspiration and ideas, here are a few ideas that came in from members of our group.

For ARNE & CARLOS fans:
New! Theo Dickey (It's round!)

Grete - a long cabled dickie - I first saw someone wearing it to VKL and it looked awesome.  4 skeins of Woolfolk Luft (109 yards/50g - bulky).

Beton - another long dickie with ribbing and twisted stitches, mostly knit flat.  3-5 skeins of Woolfolk Tov DK (160 yards/50g - DK).

Lind - this is venturing into poncho territory - a very simple and classic design, I imagine it would fly off the needles in Luft - worked top down in the round top until split and worked flat for back and front flaps.  5 or 6 skeins of Woolfolk Luft (109 yards/50g - bulky)

Balsam - similar to Lind, this is from Plain and Simple by Pam Allen, a classic cowl top with a split brioche back and front, but the cowl is generous enough to pull over your head like a hood.  5 skeins of Owl (120 yards/50 grams - worsted).

Structured Alpaca Cowl - like a small version of Lind, this is a free pattern from Purl Soho - it's basically a cowl with a short flap in the front.  2 skeins Alpaca Pure (109 yards/100 grams - worsted/aran)

Cozy Celtic Kerchief - similar to Grete, this is a long cabled dickie from the most recent Knitcrate, but the pattern is available individually.  2 to 3 skeins Uru Chonk (109 yards/100g - super bulky) - fast bulky knit!

Robin Hood Bandana Cowl - This is a cool double-pointed bandana cowl that includes a major hood - but the hood lies flat on the back when not worn, blending into the point on the back.  About 230 yards bulky or 460 yards worsted, plus 30-60 yards of a contrast color for the crochet edging, if desired.  The designer also has a similar version with a cable down the front (second link).

Treppenviertel Cowl - a very modern looking ribbed bandana cowl with a high neck.  The angular shaping using the ribbing and purl welts makes it look futuristic/sci fi to me.  About 400 yards fingering weight yarn (although it looks like some projects used worsted or DK).

Oppose - ribbing and slipped garter rib, shaped with a pointed front and knit modularly!

Askews Me Dickey - for the Stephen West fans, a funky two color brioche dickey.  Knit in Woolfolk Far (142 yards/50 g - worsted/DK) - 220 yards Color A and 200 yards Color B.

Modern Warmer - one of the most recent offerings from Clinton Hill Cashmere, this pattern isn't on Ravelry yet and I think only comes with purchase of the yarn, but I'm including it since you can see the hot dickie trend! 2-3 skeins Bespoke (99 yards/50 grams, aran)

Rowan has a Dickie pattern in one of the newest Rowan collections. It's called Sublime and it's got a bit of an animal print on it. It's made with Rowan Pure Cashmere and you need four balls. There are some beautiful alternative yarns (e.g. Rowan Alpaca Soft DK or Rowan Moordale) that would also be lovely.
Glenda made two recommendations for a lacy "take" on the dickie theme: check out Autumn Leaves Scarflette (free) by Heidi Marie Robinson and Croeso, Lace & Cable Shawlette (also free) by Camille Coizy Delahaie. Glenda make Croeso with RCY Eden and she loved it!

Read these helpful tips before you register:

  • As this is an online gathering, you will need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
  • Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact cynthia@rivercityyarns.com.

Private group or individual sessions are also available. For information please email Cynthia (see above).