I recently had cervical fusion surgery and ended up having to wear two different neck collars. One is hard plastic and very rigid. The other is a soft collar (the kind you have most likely seen people wearing or even worn yourself after a car accident/whiplash).
I despise both of these collars. I hate being restricted by them, but they are a necessary part of my recovery. Believe it or not, I don’t mind the hard plastic collar much….it’s actually pretty comfortable, but that foam collar! UGH! So itchy! And, it slides around my neck so easily even on the tightest setting. Also I live in Northeast where we experience some rather frigid temperatures in January. Wearing the collar makes it more difficult to wear a scarf or even zip up my coat all of the way.
What’s a girl to do in this situation?
Well this girl grabbed a skein of yarn and whipped up a little collar cover. No more itching! It’s so soft and cozy now, no longer slides, AND it’s like a built in scarf.
I just HAD to share the quick pattern because I know there’s others out there, searching Pinterest or Etsy looking for a solution to this problem.
So without further ado, the pattern:
CROCHET FOAM COLLAR COVER
What you will need:
Size J 5.75mm Hook
Darning Needle (for weaving in your ends)
1 Skein Chunky Yarn (I used Bernart Baby Bundle, but any chunky weight yarn will do…look for something soft that feels nice when you rub it on your neck) Also it should be noted that this pattern is for a low collar, also called a “pediatric collar” and is 2.5 inch deep. If you have a 4 inch collar this yarn will probably be to bulky for you to use. I’d recommend you try Caron Simply Soft…and you’ll need to adjust the stitches. (send me a message if you need help with this).
Start by chaining 50.
ROW 1: DC into the second chain from the hook and into all of the chains back down the row. (48 DC)
ROW 2&3: Chain 2, turn. (the chain 2 counts as a DC in all of the rows) One DC into each of the stitches from the previous row. (48 DC)
ROW 4: Chain 2, turn, work one DC into the next 39 stitches from the previous row. (40 DC) This is beginning to form the cutout for the Velcro tabs.
ROW 5: Chain 2, turn, a work one DC onto each of the stitches from the previous row. (40 DC)
ROW 6: Chain 2, turn, a work one DC onto. each of the stitches from the previous row. Then chain 10 (40 DC, 10 chains)
ROW 7: Turn, work a DC into the 2nd chain from your hook, continue working DC into each of the remaining chains and all of the stitches from the previous row. (48 DC)
ROW 8-11-: Chain 2, turn, work one DC onto each of the stitches from the previous row. (48 DC)
• Note: if more or less rows of DC are needed to encompass the width of your foam collar, adjust accordingly, check to see if the crochet piece is wide enough to wrap fully (but tightly) around your foam collar.
CLOSING: Fold the piece in half longwise, slip stitch across the row to join both sides together. When finished, tie off and.weave in the ends. Turn the work right side out and….VIOLA! You have completed the project. Slide it over the collar (it should be a tight fit) lining it up so that the cutout is where the sticky side of the Velcro is so that the Velcro tab can still grab it.