FREE Katniss Cowl-Shawl-Shoulder-Thing Pattern
UPDATE 2/1/23: I skimmed this during my great blog housekeeping mission of 2023 and it looks good! It is at least a good starting point for anyone trying to make this thing! If you want to drop me a few dollars on Ko-Fi then it's appreciated so I can keep doing free stuff!
Here's the complete pattern from start to finish of that mysterious article of clothing Katniss is wearing at the beginning of Catching Fire. Is it s half-vest? Is it a weird stole? Is it a cowl? Is it a strange scarf with an arm-hole? Whatever it is, people seem to like it. I made one as a commission for a friend's cosplay and I documented the adventure.
There are definitely lots of ways to tweak this pattern that I, of course, thought of after I'd finished. Feel free to use this however you would like and make modifications as you see fit. I'd appreciate a link back either to this post or to my Etsy shop! I hope you can also understand what I'm attempting to communicate as well.
My favorite version that I found online while researching for this was the Katniss Cowl by Engineered Creations. I made the neck of my version the same way that she did for the most part, but then I went my own direction. It was a lot of fun and everyone involved is pleased with the final product.
What You Need:
- 5/16" polypropylene utility line - this is very lightweight and flexible, but you may want to consider a larger diameter...maybe upwards of 1" because my neck part didn't end up as large as it should have been
- a lot of skeins of your favorite super bulky yarn in gray (or try to find a nice gray flecked yarn/tweed) - I personally used 5 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA because it was super bulky as well as super soft
- a skein of matching worsted weight yarn - I used some gray scrap yarn I had in my scrap bin
- packing tape or duct tape - I used packing tape because in my head it was lighter weight and I didn't want the neck too stiff
- size J crochet hook
- size 11 knitting needles
- yarn needle
- something to measure
Cut 3 pieces of your utility line or rope. You want them roughly 33", 45" and 47" but you can vary this if you need to resize the cowl-thing. These will be the three rope-looking pieces that make the head-hole.