Are any of you planning to see Catching Fire? I can hardly wait. (You probably noticed the countdown in my sidebar.) In all the trailers Katniss is wearing this super cool cowl/shawl thingy, so I started looking for a pattern.
I decided on the pattern by LollyKnits, which is, of course, knit. You already know that I don’t knit. But I tried for the pattern. My gauge was horrible, it was going to fit a baby instead of me. So I did what I do in all these cases and adapted it to crochet. And now I’m sharing the pattern with you (for free!) so maybe you can make one and go to the movies in style.
(The cowl actually can go either way, so it could look more like Katniss’s in the pictures above. It’s reversible!)
PDF: Katniss Cowl
(The PDF has some problems, but the pattern is there.)
As written, the cowl fits a size 14/16. If you wear a larger size, here are some suggestions.
1) I would use a 12 MM crochet hook, which will make it larger without doing any modifications.
2) If that doesn’t make it big enough, you can add any number of chains. Just make sure it’s an even number for the pattern to work as written. Try 50-60 to start.
3) Keep in mind that you will need more yarn if you make it bigger! With just the larger hook, and no changes, I think it would take at least another ball. Since you’re crocheting looser, you’re using more yarn for the same amount of stitches. It’s better to get more yarn than not enough…although your savings might disagree. Coupons help. (:
- 320 yards of super bulky yarn (category 6)
I used 4 balls of Lion Brand Hometown USA in Houston Cream.
- 10 MM crochet hook (mine says it’s size N)
- Yarn needle, scissors, pins to help with assembly
Herringbone double crochet (hbdc):
Herringbone double crochet 2 together (decreasing) (hbdc2tog): Yo, ins hook, yo, pull up a loop. Ins hook thru next st, yo, pull through st and next 2 loops. (2 loops on hook) ch 1, yo and pull thru 2. Of course you could find a different way of decreasing if you prefer.
Notes: The cowl is made in three pieces: two triangles for the front & back, which are made the same way, and a cowl. The one in the movie involved crocheting around rope, but it didn’t look very comfortable. Mine involves just a normal cowl. If you’re into the rope look, try the cowl in this pattern (knit version) or this pattern (crochet version). They might not come out to quite the same measurements, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
Gauge: 3-4 stitches and 2 rows of herringbone dc = 2″ wide, 2″ long.
Triangles (make 2):
Begin: Ch 46.
Row 1: Hbdc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across – 44 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Hbdc2tog in first 2 sts, hbdc across until you reach the last 2 sts, hbdc2tog. (Decreasing by 2 sts each row)
Repeat Row 2 until you have 3 sts left. (The exact number is unimportant, so don’t stress if you have more or less.)
Last row: Ch 1, turn, sc3tog. FO and weave in ends.
Cowl (make 1):
Begin: Ch 50 (or desired amount – it needs to fit comfortably around your neck.) Join with a slip stitch to form a ring, being careful not to twist the chain.
Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch.) Hbdc in each st around. (I went under two loops of the chain to make it sturdier.) Join w/ a sl st to 1st hbdc. TURN.
Rounds 2-6 (or desired height): Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch. Hbdc in each st around. Sl st to 1st hbdc. TURN.
Fold the cowl neck in half and mark each side, so 25 stitches between each marker. Then get the triangles facing the right way (the long, starting chain side will be going across your body.) Pick either one to start with. Sew it to the cowl neck using mattress stitch, but leave about six inches of triangle at the end, which will go over your right shoulder. Then do this to the other triangle. (It should be mirrored in the back) Then sew the shoulders together. Finally, leave yourself a comfortable arm hole and sew the rest of the way down.
Maybe a drawing would be helpful? Please excuse my drawing ‘skills’…
I left 8 inches for the armhole, but I forgot to put that in the picture.
If you’re using acrylic yarn like I did, I highly suggest washing it when it’s done, rather than blocking. Then it will be very soft and drapey. (It’s also faster and easier, for those of us who worry about that sort of thing.) It’s extremely warm, so it’s great over a long sleeve shirt, and under a coat, if you get super cold like I do. And it’s conducive to archery ~ I’ve checked! (I’m right-handed, but if you’re not, you could just flip it around so the sleeve is on your left arm, and fire away.)
I’ve redone the pattern so hopefully it’s easier to understand, along with some extra diagrams and the PDF version, as requested. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help. And if you do make a Katniss Cowl, please send some pictures ~ I’d love to see.
May the odds be ever in your favor!