Airman's Neck Muff from "Guide to Knitting for Active Service"
by the Australian Comforts Fund, 1940
6 ozs: Sports Wool. Note from Sarah: Due to the size of the needles I suspect this may be used double and can be substituted for worsted weight or aran yarn
Shade - Light Navy Blue.
1 pair of UK No. 6/5mm/US 8 needles
1 set of four UK No. 6/5mm/US 8 needles.
No gauge is stated in the original pattern but I suspect a gauge of 20sts to 10cm/4" is correct
Using the pair of needles, cast on 30 stitches.
First Row: Knit plain into the back of stitches.
Second Row: K1, increase once in the next stitch, knit to the last 3 stitches, increase once in the next stitch, K2.
Third and Fourth Rows: Knit plain.
Repeat the last three rows until there are 60 stitches on the needle. Knit plain until work measures 11 inches.
Next Row: Knit 14 stitches, turn. Work on these stitches for the shoulder, as follows:
First Row: K1, K2tog, knit to end of row.
Second Row: Knit plain, repeat these two rows twice more (11 stitches).
Place the next 32 stitches on a spare needle and leave for the neck ribbing.
Join on wool and work on the last 14 stitches for the other shoulder.
First Row: Knit plain.
Second Row: Knit to the last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1.
Repeat these two rows twice more.
Knit one row plain Cast off.
Knit another piece exactly as for the front, but 2 inches shorter.
Sew shoulder pieces firmly together.
With front of work facing you, join on wool at right side of neck.
Using the set of four needles: on the first needle K 28 stitches across front of neck; on the second needle knit the remaining 4 stitches of front neck, pick up and knit 10 stitches a cross shoulder, and knit 14 stitches from back of neck; on third needle knit remaining 18 stitches of back neck and pick up and knit 10 stitches over shoulder.
Work k1, p1 rib for 9 inches. Cast off.
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