Friday January 18th 2019

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Quick Gift: Wham Bam Neckwarmer

I love clever patterns. I especially love clever patterns that take simple, easy shapes and stitches and turn them on their heads to come up with something stylish and timeless.

Wham Bam Thank You Lamb! by Susan Chang (free Ravelry download, you’ll need a free Ravelry membership) is one of those patterns; it’s nothing more than a tall strip of bulky garter stitch knitting, but the difference is made in the clever seam placement and the yarn you choose.

Using a super chunky or bulky yarn means that it knits up fast and has a hyper-modern feel to it; using a hand-dyed wool or thick and thin will make it an extra-special, stylish gift for anyone. The thicker the yarn, the better and more stylish, as the garter turned edge up looks really graphic and textured. (If you use a chunky rather than bulky yarn, you might want to add more stitches to get the height – I only got about 7 using Malabrigo Chunky, and I think 8 or 9 inches would have been better.)

The chunky, modern, streamlined shape of the piece makes it wearable by both men and women who are fashion-forward – depending on the yarn you use, perhaps even fashion-daring. The shape feels very Japanese to me, a sort of Issey Miyake, folding origami thing going on.

My first Wham Bam won’t be the last for this year’s Christmas list.

Truly stylish, practical and warm, easy, fast, and handmade. What more can you ask from one project!

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7 Responses to “Quick Gift: Wham Bam Neckwarmer”

  1. Robynn says:

    Totally agree: stylish, warm, very giftable – and very practical. I think I’m going to have to chug one out for myself, and it might even be my only handmade gift this year. (I’m way too time-pressed to knit gifts, generally speaking, but always wish I could…)

    • Zina says:

      if you’re motivated to get it on out, it’ll be maybe an hour or so of garter stitch, maybe two, depending on what gauge yarn you’ve used and who is pulling on your ankles… :)

    • Jonny says:

      I’m the same!!! When I knit I feel guilty, like I shuold be sewing, anyway. I can’t wait to see what your placemats look like, what a great idea to knit them! The wool that you are using sounds devine.Keep up the good workJodie

  2. Wow, I agree about the Japanese flavor to this one. I have added it to my pattern library.

    I love the simplicity and style.

    • Zina says:

      It’s also surprisingly practical. Wind in your face? Turn the high bit up to your cheeks. Cold on the back of your neck? Turn the high and low parts to the back. It’s one of those great, simple patterns that make you think…why didn’t I think of that?

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