11 January, 14:07

Duotone Cowl

Color 1 (C1) – approx. 230 yards / 210 meters DK weight yarn
Color 2 (C2) – approx. 230 yards / 210 meters DK weight yarn
Sample knit with Orange Flower 50/50 SW Merino/Silk DK - 230
yards/100 grams, in Greyed Gold and Cosmic Blue.
18 stitches and 24 rows to 4 inches - unblocked stockinette stitch
US #7 / 4.5mm or #8 / 5mm - 16 in / 40cm circular needle
Choose a needle one or two sizes larger than you would typically
use for DK weight yarn in order to ensure a fabric with drape.
Waste yarn
Crochet hook for provisional cast on
Stitch marker
Additional circular needle
Tapestry needle
Cowl is a continuous loop that is approximately 9.5 inches wide
with a circumference of 30 inches, unblocked.
Don’t cut the yarn after each stripe! Carry the non-working yarn up
the work.
INSTRUCTIONS – see charted version on page 2
Using waste yarn and crochet hook, make 88 chains on the
knitting needle.
See RESOURCES section for a link to a video tutorial.
First Half of Cowl:
Set up rounds
Using C1, knit the 88 provisional cast on chains.
Place marker and knit a round with C1. You now have a total of 2
rounds of C1 on the needle and are ready to begin the First Half
Pattern Repeat.
First Half Pattern Repeat
Rounds 1-2: switch to C2 and knit.
Rounds 3-6: switch to C1 and knit.
Knit rounds 1-6 of First Half Pattern Repeat a total of 15 times.
Second Half of Cowl:
Rounds change and the colors will switch places. C1 will be
worked over 2 rounds and C2 will be worked over 4 rounds.
Second Half Pattern Repeat
Rounds 1-4 switch to C2 and knit.
Rounds 5-6 switch to C1 and knit.
Knit rounds 1-6 of Second Half Pattern Repeat a total of 14 times.
Cut C1 and leave enough length for weaving in the end.
Switch to C2 and knit 3 rounds.
The fourth round will be created when grafting the ends of the
cowl together.
Remove waste yarn from cast on edge by pulling out each
provisional chain and putting each live stitch onto the spare
circular needle.
Next, carefully line up the ends of the cowl and make sure that the
work is not twisted.
Cut C2, leaving a long tail that is approximately 4 times the
diameter of the cowl. Using a tapestry needle, graft together the
live stitches using Kitchener Stitch – see RESOURCES section.
You are working with a tube, so it may seem a little tricky at first –
just take your time and slowly work your way around the tube.
Weave in ends.
Wet or steam block, if desired.
Note that some of the following options will require more yarn than
originally called for in pattern.
• Cast on fewer stitches and knit more stripes to create a
longer cowl that can be doubled up around the neck.
• Use finer yarn for a more delicate fabric.
• Use more than 2 colors.
• Use a single color and substitute texture, such as seed
stitch, for the alternating stripe sections.