Katniss Cowl – After the start of the movie

Since the movie came out thinks have gone crazy on ravelry and here on the blog for my Katniss Cowl pattern. Literally everybody seems to look up the pattern. To be honest, I never ever expected this and I’m super proud and hope that after I fixed some really big mistake on the back side chart, even more people will be making this cowl.

I just want to give a kind of statement to some questions and things that came up so far and that I have read in forum posts. Many people seem to like the pattern but many seem to get it, me or my intentions wrong and I feel a bit like I have to explain myself.

  1. The cowl doesn’t look exactly like in the movie. It is not authentical. I haven’t even seen the movie yet. All I had in July to base my design on was this picture where you could see the cowl from the front. I had no idea about what it would look like from the back or that it had an armhole. So my design is my interpretation of that cowl and doesn’t aim in no way to be the exact copy.Katniss_Cowl_on_Katniss
  2. The roped collar doesn’t fall like the one in the movie. The drape is not right. My design includes the nearest way that I found to make something similar like in the movie. I know it doesn’t have the drape of the movie one which is sad because that was what I was aiming for but it was the next best thing I could think of and if your read the quest on designing this cowl, you know I tried a lot…Take-a-look
  3. People comment on the pattern on ravelry and don’t get an answer from me straight away. The pattern is for free because it was the first thing I ever truely designed. I have no professional background in designing things and therefor don’t claim that my design or even more my pattern is fault free. To be honest I never expected that that many people would be interested in it anyway. If you find a mistake, let me know. I’m happy to update the pattern. But I have a fulltime job and (I know, it sounds weird but it is true ;-) a life away from knitting. I love to help but it might take some days until I reply.

Hope you enjoy the pattern and I appreciate every link back to finished goods on ravelry.

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Yarn along – Week 36 – Finished!

Guess what: I finally finished my big crochet blanket, the biggest and heaviest thing I’ve ever made in my crochet career! I really wanted to open this blog post with this sentence. I have worked since March on this blanket and finally I’m done! I did four double rows of stars all around the blanket and another one of single crochet to finish it and I think it is absolutely great. It is over 1m wide and about 1.70m long which means it is quite heavy. Now it only needs blocking because the edge is a bit ripply.big-blanket Continue reading

Katniss Cowl Tutorial

FINALLY it is ready for you to start knitting! After a long quest the Hunger Games cowl, now called Katniss Cowl is uploaded as a pdf download to ravelry because I realised it would be very very difficult to have it here nicely formated and everything and I guess you would like to print it easily too. Here you  used find a photo tutorial on how to do the roped collar. This post has moved to my new blog here.Katniss-Cowl

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The Quest for the Hunger Games Cowl – part 3

Maybe it was a bit hasty when I announced in my Wednesday Yarn Along post that I would have a finished pattern for you to test knit on Sunday. I don’t have one. I knitted and reknitted the collar yesterday. And while I got quite a similar look to the picture of the cowl, the drape is so not how it is suppossed to be. Too stiff, standing up rather then softly falling… And because I was really annoyed by this I thought I might as well start knitting my second test version.The-Hunger-Games-Cowl_2 Continue reading

The Quest for the Hunger Games Cowl – part 2

I got further on my quest to reknit the Hunger Games Cowl. And many people are also looking. There is even a thread on ravelry for it now! After looking again at my scribble of the cowl parts from part 1 I thought: well why should I knit it in three parts? Part 1 and 2 could go together. And now look: Less sewing and doing that makes it so much easier to knit!Hunger-games-cowl-part-1 Continue reading

The Quest for the Hunger Games Cowl – part 1

katniss-everdeen-profileI saw that Rachel was looking for a pattern for the cowl from the new Hunger Games Movie. Now first of all I was surprised to find out what “The Hunger Games” is all about. To be honest I always thought “The Hunger Games” was some kind of series about teenage girls trying to gain size zero and being anorexic. This was why whenever someone mentioned the books I thought: well I’m not going to read something like that. But yesterday I realized that it is the series that in German is called “Die Tribute von Panem”… So reading Rachels post made me not only realized how wrong I was, it made me buy the first volume of the Hunger Games and I saw that beautiful cowl Katniss is wearing in the new movie.

I liked the cowl so I thought I might as well go on a quest to design something looking like this cowl. The construction was quite clear to me from the beginning. I wanted to knit two triangular lower parts for front and back. Then I wanted to knit a third part to create the middle piece and then maybe crochet the top. So first of all I was going through patterns to find something similar to the ribbing on the lower part. I marked some patterns and then went through my stash. Continue reading