WIP – Temperature Cowl

Ever wonder what a year in temperature would look like when you look back on it? Our Graphic Designer Meg did.

Inspired by the My Year inTemperature Scarf, Meg decided to make a cowl using Liberty Wool Light.

Meg used a provisional cast-on and is planning on making her tube into a loop on December 31 (or shortly thereafter). She is knitting 2 rounds for every day, using colors that correspond to the day’s average temperature (instead of its highest tem).

Meg’s boyfriend is a geographer and found a temperature scale that is used in "official" maps. She then chose colors of Liberty Wool Light that most closely matched the scale, but instead of having a different color for every 5º F, Meg chose to note the temperature breaks every 10º F.

As you can see Massachusetts had a cold winter. And everyone at the office is hoping that she never gets to use the Wine (or even the Raspberry Red).

Here is what Meg says about the project:

Knitting a tube is perfect for Liberty Wool Light because it is a lightweight yarn, but the scarf will still have plenty of body (and, at my gauge, be about 90" long). Also, a tube avoids the conundrum of WS/RS when knitting stripes while also hiding where I carried unused colors up the work to avoid cutting them. I started my scarf on Jan. 1, 2014, but that's just a pretty date. Starting at a different time in the year would change the look by altering the color progression (perhaps yellow/orange on the ends and blue in the center).

It is perfect lunchtime knitting a few days a week. As long as I keep up, it never takes much time to knit a few days. The photos show my scarf up to June 11th; I've fallen a little behind. As to whether or not I'll weave in my ends or just knot them, that's yet to be determined.

It’s been fun watching her progress at the lunch table and seeing what is going to happen next.

Knit on.


  1. Can't wait to see what my scarf will look like in a year's time. I'm starting in July, Texas!

  2. Oooh, I love this idea--I will have to do one for this year, starting in January in WV!

  3. What size needles and how many stitches did she cast on? I love this idea and my birthday was just last week, so I am ready to go!

    1. Hi Annski –
      Here's the details for my scarf. The idea is so simple that you can change anything (work it flat, knit more/fewer rounds each day, use narrower temperature breaks) and it will still be an awesome creation!

      • Temp breaks every 10º F (see photo above).
      • With US #4 needles, provisional CO 100 sts, join to work in the round.
      • Use colors that correspond to the day's *average* temperatures.
      • Knit 2 rnds each day, slipping 1st and 51st stitch of each day’s first round.
      • Press flat, creasing scarf along the columns of slipped stitches.
      • Graft either end of the scarf together to close the tube.

      Happy knitting!

    2. Meg, thank you so much! Yarn is being ordered today! I like using the average temperature. I'm in Georgia, so I'm expecting lots of warm colors!

  4. Ooo! What a neat idea! I live in Mississippi, though, and we've already had about six weeks of Raspberry Red. The time of Wine will be upon us very soon. (That sounds way more appealing when I say it out loud though. Teehee!) It's kind of weird for me to think that Mississippi's miserable summer weather just doesn't happen in some places, though. Anyway, I'd still really love to try this!

  5. what length cable was used?

  6. I live in Southern California which means mine will have lots of the wine and raspberry in the summer section.

  7. Have just ordered the wool for me to start this here in Cornwall, UK. Starting 1 Sep. I have had to jig the colours a bit as we don't get that hot or cold but really looking forward to seeing what it looks like this time next year.

  8. Will you post a pic of your finished piece??? :)