Tube scarf gone crazy!
Knitting in circles...
Fashion for the fall includes new style for keeping warm and cozy and/or just simple embellishment around your neck. Last season, the trend was cowls, cowls, cowls, and this coming fall is no exception, it has just been gracefully enhanced with longer style, sometimes called a tube scarf. This scarf accessory is very useful. Wear it draped twice around the neck, or draped loosely over your head and wrapped once around your neck or use it long and unwrapped with jackets and sweaters for instant warmth and softness to frame your neck and face.
Madelinetosh, purveyor of fine hand-dyed yarns, has a free easy longer inifinity cowl pattern you will want to download. This cowl in an easy pattern repeat can be knitted with only two skeins. The pattern contains instructions for a short and long cowl scarf. Knit in a honeycomb slip stitch pattern that is easy to remember and doesn't require counting of stitches. Pattern begins with four rows of plain knitting in the round, then 4 rows of pattern: two slip stitch rows separated by all knit rows on a 8 US or 5 mm circular needle, you won't be loosing any stitches after casting on 110 for the short cowl or 220 for the long cowl. Finished width should be 11" and about 44" circumference, depending on your gauge. It's easy and you'll enjoy it, too.
Great for holiday gifts, too, and so fashionable, this cowl or tube, sometimes called "circle"scarf only requires one to two skeins of knitting worsted weight* yarn, depending on which length you are making and the yardage in the yarn you use. Find a yarn soft and malleable in an alpaca blend. Elann.com has some great deals on yarn at discount prices, as does LittleKnits.com, or visit your favorite LYS. Save money at both these knit and crochet yarn sites.
The pattern is a free download at madelinetosh.com. Madelinetosh offers fabulous yarns, too.
* This long cowl, photo above, was made with madelinetosh DK which is also classified as a light worsted, see note below:
"Tosh DK is a 100% superwash merino wool, with a generous 225 yards per skein. Working up at a versatile dk to light worsted gauge Tosh DK is perfect for sweater and accessory projects. Each squishy soft skein is hand-dyed in small dye lots and machine washable."
** note as of Jan 2010 tosh worsted was renamed tosh dk. Not to worry, gauge doesn't really matter on this infinity cowl knitting free pattern project.