Tinctoria Cowl by Fibretown Designs

Tinctoria Cowl

September 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
4 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
280 yards (256 m)
one size: 12" wide, 8" tall
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The link to the provisional cast on tutorial is broken. I recommend searching for this on YouTube: ‘provisional cast on with a crochet hook by very pink knits.’

Pattern will debut in gorgeous kits at:


Look for them early-mid September.

Pattern will release here on Ravelry 6 weeks after kit debut.

The Tinctoria Cowl (tinctoria is often found in the Latin name of plants that are used for dyeing) embodies the concept of terroir. Terroir is the almost untranslatable French word for the effect of local geography, weather, and soil on a particular product. Add the talents and efforts of people and sheep, and you have the Tinctoria cowl.

It sounds rather grand for a little knitted item, doesn’t it? That said, a lot has gone into making such a thing possible. The Pacific Northwest region provides the land and climate where local Merino flocks grow sumptuous wool. Lydia Christiansen, who owns a mill on Whidbey Island, WA, sources that wool and mills it into a bouncy, strong, soft yarn. It is then expertly and creatively dyed by Seattle fiber artist Kimberly Myhre. She uses natural materials such as weld, cochineal and madder to produce vibrant and colorfast shades. It is a special little bit of ‘terroir’ that will keep you warm and cozy.

The cowl is provisionally cast on with worsted weight wool, then quickly knits up into a striped slip stitch pattern. The lining, in a fingering weight, hides the yarn ends and provides extra warmth and squishiness.