No idea what to call this...

This is described as a wind-cheater in the 1960's pattern book.  It basically the neck part of a sweater to be worn under someting else.  Clever, eh?

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Well I never!  In England a 'dickie' is a little boy's doodah!  So if someone asks me what's that poking out of my sweater I can just tell them it's just my little dickie! Cool!

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From Merriam Webster

Main Entry: dick·ey
Variant(s): or dicky also dick·ie /'di-kE/
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural dickeys or dick·ies
Etymology: Dicky, nickname for Richard
1 : any of various articles of clothing: as a : a man's separate or detachable shirtfront b : a small fabric insert worn to fill in the neckline
2 chiefly British a : the driver's seat in a carriage b : a seat at the back of a carriage or automobile
3 : a small bird


See 1b 

Thanks!  I'm gratefully enlightened!  I haven't worn it yet.  I made it more out of curiosity.  The original pattern had four different versions, mainly women's. I think it would be ok under a thick shirt or in place or a scarf under a coat.  I don't think I'd wear it over something as it looks a bit daft!  Thanks.  Sim

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Believe it or not I actually own a few of these. I have no idea where they came from except that they were in my dresser drawer. I have to admit they come in handy when you want to keep warm (especially around the neck) but don't want to get too hot around the upper body. I found it usefull when I didn't want to be a marshmallow when I went out into the cold...wearing an undershirt, then a nice thick sweater, then a heavy jacket. There were times that with a really thick sweater I coudn't even get my arms through the sleeves of the jacket. The jacket was good enough on its' own to keep me warm but then my neck got cold. Yes I could have warn a scarf but it's just not the same and sometimes I left it on.

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Here in denmark we call it a "clip-fish"



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Hahaha --- yes, that's what I've always heard it called.  It is worn under a shirt, giving the impression of a sweater or a turtleneck sweater under your shirt, but is a false front!  It is great for covering the part of a neck that scarves just don't do.

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Hi Simon, 

Yes, it is a 'dickie', but I would find a knitted garment right next to my skin a bit scratchy. However, it would be very warm indeed. BTW we refer to big boys doodahs here in OZ as dicks, too!!!

bringing some estrogen to the blog. it IS fabulous! it seems that many men who knit are as fearless as many men who cook--forget the recipe, i'm going to try THIS...and the "THIS" is more often than not fabulous

okay, i am a priest. i simply just do not wear pants; i like dresses of the cassock-y look, specifically the Russian Orthodox cassocks. but i DO have some collar dickies that i've made. there is a woman's vestments website with what they call "janies" since they are for women and women's bodies, since the original vestments were a spin of Roman emperor drag, so even the most expensive, rare, gorgeous vestments like chasubles, far too often, look horrible on womyn.

well, as i said, i make my own out of all kinds of fabric and colours--the collar always white, of course.

except i prefer to call them "cunnies" of even "cunties" for those who don't faint or purse their lips with the c-word....

i knit my first cunnie several months ago and added a heavy silk collar and it is beautiful and warm and oh, so comfortable!

thanks, guys. keep on knitting!!