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. ;)
This post is linked to the Clever Chicks Blog Hop #69.
Click here for the PDF!: Katniss Cowl
As written, the cowl fits a size ‘small’. Keep in mind it’s drapey. If you wear a larger size, here are some suggestions.
To make the cowl bigger…
- I would use a 12 MM crochet hook, which will make it larger without doing any modifications.
- 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.
- 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. :)
To make the cowl smaller…
- Make less chains in the first row, make sure it’s an even number ~ try 30-40 to start. Downsize the cowl as well!
- Try using worsted weight yarn and an 8 MM or so hook. Follow the pattern as written and make the first row of the triangle. It should go from your shoulder to the opposite hip. Remember, you can add chains if you’re close ~ otherwise, do it with bulky yarn and try #1.
- Switch up the hook size, still using bulky yarn, trying maybe an 8 MM hook which will make it just a bit smaller ~ but maybe that’s just the bit you need.
- 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’, but many have different letters. Pay attention to the millimeter size, not the letter!
- Yarn needle, scissors, pins to help with assembly
- Herringbone double crochet (hbdc): YO, insert hook into st, yo, pull loop through st and following loop, ch 1, yo, pull through 2.
- Herringbone double crochet 2 together (hbdc2tog): *Yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull loop through st and following loop*, repeat from * to * in next st, yo, pull through all 3 loops.
See this post for a better explanation of the stitches, a photo tutorial, and a link to a video!
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.
I worked under 2 loops of the chain (the back loop and back bump) on the first row of each part to make it sturdier.
3-4 stitches and 2 rows of herringbone dc = 2″ wide, 2″ long.
Don’t panic about the gauge! Just make sure the beginning chain goes from your shoulder to the opposite hip, and you should be good.
Triangles (make 2)
Row 1: Hbdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across – 44 sts. Note: I like to work this first round by inserting my hook under both the back loop and the back bump. This makes for a neater, sturdier edge.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn (does not count as a st.) 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 2 sts left.
Last row: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog. FO and weave in ends.
Cowl (make 1)
Ch 50. A note on the chain number: My cowl is rather loose and baggy, so if I were to do it again I would probably chain 40 or so. I’ve seen versions with a cowl done in rows so it can button up. You could also substitute a rope-like version as linked in the pattern notes.
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. Note: I like to work this first round by inserting my hook under both the back loop and the back bump. This makes for a neater, sturdier edge. Sl st to 2nd ch of beg ch-2 to join. 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’…
Here’s a picture with the measurements (color coded, because it’s fun) in inches and centimeters. I’ll also write it out below in case you can’t view the pictures for some reason.
Triangle Side: 21″/53.5 cm
Triangle Hypotenuse: 25″/65 cm
Armhole: 8″/20.5 cm
Shoulder: 6″/15 cm
Cowl Height: 4″/10 cm
Cowl Circumference: 30″/76 cm
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.)
If you would like to sell items from this pattern, that’s totally fine…but I would really appreciate it if you linked back to my blog! (Just a ‘Pattern by Cogaroo Crafts’ would be great.) Thank you!
I’ve redone the pattern so hopefully it’s easier to understand. I’ll be adding in diagrams, finished measurements, and the PDF – I’m sorry for the delay, it’ll be up as soon as possible.
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!