Knitting,  Natural Dyeing

Knitted: Tigris Inspired Cowl

In Mockingjay Part Two there is a scene where Tigris is helping Katniss and crew and she (Tigris) is wearing a?knitted?cowl.



I remember leaning over to my sister saying “I could make that.”

I can’t remember what happened in that scene because I started to check out the stitches and count rows.


I’m not sure what type of yarn was used to make the cowl (in the movie) but I had a lot of cotton and yarn left over so I decided to use that (instead of buying more yarn).

I used sized 17 needles and to get the thickness of the cowl I knitted with four strands of yarn together. I’m sure you could just get thicker yarn (such as bulky or super bulky) but again, I wanted to use what I already had.

I wasn’t sure how the cowl was constructed so I did what I thought was best.

I casted on 74 stitches and knitted in a 2×2 rib stitch (knit 2, purl 2). I made three mini cowls that had about 10 rows.

tigris cowl process 2

I sewed all three rows together then added the tassels.

tigril cowl process

Next was the dye bath. I still had an acorn/black walnut mix. I kept the cowl in there for a few weeks. Not intentionally, I just got busy.

Finally, I was able to get a photo of myself wearing it. Keep in mind this cowl is?inspired?by what I saw in Mockingjay. I am not trying to do a replica (not my style).


I had asked my photographer friend Forrest to take a quick picture with my iPhone. I told him “I’m not a fashion blogger. I just need a quick photo. Not trying to do a shoot. And don’t tell me to smile. I am smiling.”

tigris inspired cowl tigril inspired cowl 2

As you can see the fibers took the colors differently. The wool (which is mainly the fringe) dyed a grayish close to black color. The cotton dyed more of a purple/grayish color.


I’m definitely going to make another one. Not sure when but I’ll add it to my ever-growing list. I think next time I will just make one large cowl instead of three smaller ones. It’s all trial and error.


I love the way it turned out. Especially how the fibers took on different colors. I’ve received ton of compliments on it and people are interested to hear about the dyeing process. Another piece added to the handmade wardrobe!


Living in Columbia, South Carolina and using this blog as my space to share a little insight into my life in what I'm making on the sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, in the kitchen, and elsewhere.


  • Karen Petitt

    It’s gorgeous! Love the varied colours in the tassels and I just know this kept you toasty warm. So wish I could cope with knitting – I miss it. I loved hearing about the natural dies too – very clever and crafty which I love, tfs x

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