Litmus Cowl – FO



Litmus Cowl by Amy Florence (Stranded Dyeworks)


2020 Advent Yarn in DK with contrast grey skein from Cookston Crafts


Pattern: Free

Yarn: My main Christmas gift from my husband.

Total (excluding labour) Free! well not strictly true but this could easily be made with leftovers but I loved opening the windows each day.


Started – 29th January 2021

Finished – 12th February 2021

Link to Ravelry Page

Pattern summary

The pattern is written for 4ply/fingering weight yarn but I wanted a warmer version using the DK yarn. It calls for 24 x 5g balls plus a full skein of contrast colour. I used 21 x 10g balls plus a full contrast skein.

I did no maths about how much to knit of the grey, which was an error. I cast on 82 stitches and knit 13 rows of each colour and 8 rows of grey. (I think if I had knit 6 rows of grey I could have used all the minis.) I used 4mm needles and I wonder if size 4.5mm may give better drape but it’s nice and warm.

It uses a provisional cast on and then you do a kitchener stitch to graft the ends together. It is very addictive knitting stripes.

For the kitchener stitch I popped markers every 10 stitches. After a couple of sections I wondered if you could do the “Knit off and purl on” as one movement with the sewing needle and not only did it work it gave me the neatest finish I have had. I did the same on the “Purl off and knit on”.

Overall an easy and enjoyable pattern and a great way to show off those minis.

Yarn Summary

This is a wonderful advent set from Claire at Cookston Crafts. They were on a Scottish theme and I love them.

I am detailing the colours again in case anyone with the same advent comes across this post.

Colours I used:
Forth Bridge
Highland Coo
Smoked Salmon
Eilean Donan
West Coast
North Sea
Heather Glen
Wild Raspberry

I used Greyfriars Bobby and Seal for 3 of the grey panels, as I’d run out of the contrast grey. I didn’t have space to use Cranachan, Midgie or Scottish Suntan.

I must admit I will probably wear Gorse and Ginger at the back of my neck (I’m not a big fan of yellow or orange) but to be honest it looks great any way round I think. The colours tone really well together.

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