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Published on March 18th, 2017 | by Merion


Carmilla’s Collar, a FREE pattern from Alice Neal!

Make Alice Neal’s designer collar and keep cosy in the spring breeze!

Carmilla's Collar by Alice Neal

Sometimes you just need a little bit of something cosy to keep your neck warm, and a cosy cowl is just the thing! Alice Neal has designed a gorgeous textural collar especially for you, with some sweet cables and textural hearts to work in the round for some fun knitting!

The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK is sumptuously soft, and perfect to wear next to the skin, which is why Alice designed an accessory that will fit nicely under a coat or jumper, and, to keep it from bunching at the back of the neck, the design has a clever V shape too!

carmilla's collar by Alice Neal

Working cables in the round is just the same as working a cable on straight needles – you’ll need a cable needle to hold the stitches back or forward, but the process is just the same.  A cable is simply a group of stitches that are knitted out of sequence – if you haven’t tried them before, this is a super project to introduce the technique.

Cabling instructions are shown in a pattern like this: C6B, indicates that you are going to include 6 stitches in the cable – and you’re going to bring the stitches back – so you slip the next three stitches on to your cable needle and hold the cable needle behind your knitting – then knit the next three stitches on your left needle, before then knitting the reserved stitches on the cable needle afterwards.  If the instruction says C6F, you do the same thing but hold the cable needle forward.

Carmilla's Collar by Alice Neal

The cables in the Carmilla Collar are easy to follow, interspersed with a little bit of textural fun knit and purl stitches too.

There are ten glorious shades to choose from from The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK collection – and you’ll just need one skein to make this beautifully luxurious cowl.  It’s a fun quick knit that is so cosy to wear, and it would make a perfect gift too! Alice made hers in Fuschia (102), a rich heady pink with the barest notes of lavender woven through, but just look at these rich jewel shades! From right to left, top: Violet, a regal purple next to Oz, a glorious emerald teal, and below, Soot, a multi-dimensional grey and Russet – a pale daffodil shot through with ochre and cream.

Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK

The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK shades have been curated by knitwear designer Carol Feller – and you can read all about her inspiration for each shade on The Yarn Collective’s site!

Carmilla’s Collar by Alice Neal

A v-backed cowl with beautiful cables and relief hearts, in The Yarn Collective’s sumptuous Bloomsbury DK (fuchsia), worked on 4mm circular needles. The v-back prevents the rucking up of the cowl under your jumper, cardi or coat, whilst keeping your chest and neck nice and cozy.

You will need:

100g skein of The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK (fuchsia)
4mm circular knitting needles
Stitch markers
tapestry needle for sewing in ends.


K: knit
P: purl
CF6: cable 6 forward. Slip 3 stitches onto your cable needle. Hold them in the front of your work while you continue to knit 3 stitches from your left needle. Slip the 3 stitches left on the cable needle back onto your left needle and knit them.
cable 6 back. Slip 3 stitches onto your cable needle. Hold them at the back of your work while you continue to knit 3 stitches from your left needle. Slip the 3 stitches left on the cable needle back onto your left needle and knit them.
ssk: slip, slip, knit – slip the next two stitches onto the right hand needle, slide the left needle through them both and knit them together as one.
knit the next two stitches together as one.

 The pattern:

Cast 132 stitches onto your 4mm circular needles and join for working in the round, being careful not to get the stitches twisted. Place marker for the beginning of the round.

K around 4 times.

Working the cables:

This is a 22 stitch repeat, worked over 8 rows and will produce 6 cables and hearts.

A1: [K11, P11] repeat around.

A2: [P1, K9, P5, K1, P1, K1, P4] repeat around.

A3: [K1, CF6, K4, P3, K2, P1, K2, P3] repeat around.

A4: [P1, K9, P3, K7, P2] repeat around.

A5: [K11, P2, K7, P2] repeat around.

A6: [P1, K9, P4, K5, P3] repeat around.

A7: [K4, CB6, K1, P4, K3, P4] repeat around.

A8: [P1, K9, P6, K1, P5] repeat around.

Work A1 – A8 five times in total. (40 rows)

Move the marker from the beginning of the round to the middle of the 1st cable. This is the new beginning of the round.

At the same time, find the 11 stitches that make up the 4th cable and place a marker either side of it. (You’ll have the cable, which consists of 11 stitches, between the markers).

You will now be working back and forth instead of in the round. The cowl will be in stocking stitch, apart from the 11 stitches between the markers, which you will continue to cable, following B1 – B8 below

At the same time, at the beginning and end of every K (right side) row, you will decrease a stitch (therefore decreasing 2 stitches per K row) by following this two row repeat:

Knit (right side) row: ssk, K to first marker, work the relevant row of B (below) to 2nd marker, K to last two stitches, K2tog

Purl (wrong side) row: P to marker, work the relevant row of B (below) to next marker, P to end.

B1: K all

B2: K1, P9, K1

B3: K1, CF6, K4

B4: K1, P9, K1

B5: K all

B6: K1, P9, K1

B7: K4, CB6, K1

B8, K1, P9, K1

Repeat these 8 rows 5 times (40 rows) remembering to decrease on the K rows.

K the next three rows (right and wrong sides – garter stitch) and bind off.

Sew in ends.

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About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: March 20th, 2017.

4 Responses to Carmilla’s Collar, a FREE pattern from Alice Neal!

  1. Babara Ferris says:

    this looks just fabulous.

  2. Faigie says:

    What is the gauge for this fabulous cowl?

  3. Claire Daoust says:

    I would like to know the gauge also

  4. Christine Gleeson says:

    Looks lovely. Can’t wait to make it.

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