Since the shops have been reopening, I feel like I have been seeing beautiful collars wherever I look – on billowy cotton dresses or in the form of sweet detachable peter pans. With some leftover yarn and the wonderful Collar No. 2 pattern by My Favourite Things, I set out to make myself a lacy version of this pretty trend.
Collar No. 2 is a vintage-inspired detachable accessory with lace details and scalloped edges created using intricate increases. The outer edge and neckline are finished with i-cord, which lends the collar rigidity to hold its fanned shape. Lastly, a buttonhole and button are added to create a neat closure.
As previously mentioned, the yarn I used in this knit was leftover from another project: my Stockholm Slipover which can be viewed here! The yarn in question is the affordable and extremely soft Drops Flora. Composed of 65% Highland Peruvian wool and 35% superfine alpaca, Flora is a soft and versatile fingering weight staple, which I return to time and time again.
I found that the decent stitch definition and softness of this yarn made it a good choice for this lacy piece, but I would probably choose something with less of an alpaca halo in the future. Although not very noticeable, the fuzziness of the collar is a little bit odd! For another fingering weight project in Drops yarn, check out my Into the Woods socks review.
How it knit up:
I found this collar a fun and challenging knit. As it’s a smaller project, it is a great pattern for anyone interested in dipping their toe in lacework. However, there is a slight learning curve when following the highly detailed instructions – but it must be noted that once I grasped the increases, I was able to fly through the rest of the knit. My Favourite Things always provides comprehensive instructions – and this pattern is no exception!
Pattern specifics and sizing:
This collar comes in three sizes/ neck circumferences and can be easily extended for a more dramatic look.
Collar No. 2 is available in several languages from the My Favourite Things website.
Things I love about this pattern:
- This collar is a perfect way to spruce up an outfit with a feminine flourish! The lace details and scalloped edging are very intricate and dainty. I also enjoy how this pattern allows me the enjoy the collar trend while avoiding fast fashion.
- As this is such a small piece, it makes a great stashbuster for mini or half skeins. I think it would look lovely in a multitude of neutral colours – I may have to make another in white!
- This pattern is easily customizable in both fit and finish. The design accomodates three different sizes. I also have seen people extending it into highly dramatic oversized collars.
Things I would change:
- Next time I knit one of these collars, I will be sure to look through my stash for a yarn which doesn’t have such a fuzzy halo. Although the Drops Flora is soft, I find the texture can look a little odd in collar form.
- This is not something I would change as much as a quick note on difficulty – I did have to frog this a few times before I was happy with how to edging and lace was looking.
Needles, Yarn & Details:
Yarn: Drops Flora in the colour Brown. Available from Wool Warehouse in the UK.
Needles: 3mm (US 2.5) circular needles and 2.5 (US 1.5) DPNs, if not using magic loop. I enjoy metal needles when knitting finer yarns, such as these KnitPro Nova Cubics.
Gauge: 27 x 34 = 10 x 10 cm swatch
Size: 2 (I wanted a slightly looser fit)
You can find this pattern on My Favourite Things.
As always, you can find my full project page on Ravelry by clicking here. Have you also been loving the big collars this Spring and Summer? Let me know down below!