Y2K Wooly Willow Warmer Pattern
Free Pattern (not for the politically faint at heart)
When two knitters get together creativity abounds!! Once a year Ms. Knit and
Ms. Gauge fly to one or the other's home for a two week knit-in. They rarely see the light of day, staying
holed up knitting furiously, rarely eating and more likely drinking like sailors.
Out of this most recent (& currently happening) reunion, Ms. Knit and Ms.
Gauge have created their equivalent of the slick Willy Warmer, fondly referred to as the Wooly Moni..... oop,
Wooly Willow Warmer (pattern included at the end of this missive). This is a versatile garment as it can be
worn as a casual or formal thong. Its versatility ranges from the most causal campus setting to the more
formal oval office tryst. Yet sedate enough for any inopportune hotel interrogation. However, for those who
are not inclined to wear a thong, it can be worn as a whimsical beret or used as a humidor cover political
We each knit a prototype today & offer to you a generic pattern which will
give you a basic guide for beginning your own Y2K Wooly Willow Warmer. Our prototype patterns are available
free if requested privately. Ms. Knit created her thong from a multi hued Colinette Fandango Chenille; soft and trendy yet tres comfortable. Ms. Gauge chose Filatura di Crosa's "No Smoking" gold metallic for a dressier & sexier thong.
Possibilities abound!! Perhaps this year at the MdS&W, we can attach the Little
Blue Sock to our newly knit Wooly Willow Warmers. Ah, the fantasy! Here's your pattern.
The Y2K Wooly Willow Warmer (generic thong pattern)
Yarn - Sport (Worsted, Bulky)
Needles - 5 (7, 10) US
Gauge - 6 sts X 8 rows (5 sts X 7 rows, 3.5 sts X 5 rows) to the inch
CO 60 (50, 34) stitches
Row 1: K
Row 2 (Decrease Row): K1, SSK, K until 3 stitches remain, K2tog, K1
Continue in garter stitch (K every row) working decrease row every other
row 12 (14, 15) more times, then every row 0 (4, 7) times
Work even on these 14 (12, 8) stitches until approximately 8" from beginning
Work decrease row
Work 2 (1, 1) rows even
Work decrease row
Work 1 row even
Work decrease row every row 1 (3, 4) times, 2 sts.
Continuing in garter stitch work on remaining 2 stitches until approximately 15" from beginning or to
desired length. Place stitches on holder.
Work 2 stitch I-cord (twisted cord or braid) to fit hips when joined to
Run cord through 2 stitches from holder. Join band to front panel or add
ties to each side of front panel and tie ends of the band.
Yarn choice should represent the recipients personality, ranging from basic
wool or cotton, to novelty such as metallic, eyelash, slub, etc. Get
creative! Think cables, bobbles, lace, fair isle, intarsia, etc. Get
crazy! Think sequins, beads, glitter and glitz.
Alterations for alternative men's wear - Short rowing and animal intarsia
depictions of one or more jungle or barn yard animals. Example: Burro
Credit should be given to Marie McCoy-Houk of the Funny Farm and
Sherry from Oklahoma. Copyrighted © April 16, 1999. Permission is granted to copy this pattern, as long as their names & copyright is on the pattern.