I’m currently knitting a tubular cowl and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty breezy knitting (I actually worked on it at the movies last week, and I’ve been teaching myself how to knit continental with it). When you work in stocking stitch in the round (like the Duotone Cowl) you only need to knit, no purling is necessary. Even better, the knitting is almost continuous (except for changing colours), you just go round and round and round. It makes for some very easy, mindless knitting. When making a tubular scarf the fabric will be two ply, so you can knit on a larger needle and at looser than normal tension, otherwise the scarf will be a bit too stiff and thick.
Mineville Merino DK would make a gorgeous Duotone Cowl, I’d use either two different semi-sold colours or a single variegated/multi-colour (get 2 skeins). For a slightly more traditional/conservative look use super soft merino Cascade 220 Sport Superwash in their lovely heathered colours.
Mineville Merino DK: 2 skeins (1 in each of two colours)
Cascade 220 Sport Superwash: 4 skeins (2 in each of two colours)
- FREE Pattern
- 5mm/US8 or 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles (one or two sizes larger than the yarn calls for)
- stitch marker
- tapestry or darning needle
- scrap yarn
- spare circular needle