Love the Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies? These patterns are great for fans or for last minute gifts. They work up easily as the patterns are graphs. You can use any stitch you desire, the ones shown are in single crochet. The graphs can be used for knitting, crochet, or any type of needlework that uses a graph—think counted cross stitch, needlepoint, and rug hooking.
How to read a grid pattern
If you are used to written directions, using a grid pattern may be a bit intimidating. It is not difficult. The grid reads as one square is equal to one stitch. For crochet and knitting, you will need to make a foundation row that contains the number of stitches equal to the bottom of the grid. For the following 120 x 150 charts, your foundation row will be 120 stitches.
This is a 120 x 150 chart of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The pattern is a pdf download. You can follow this pattern with a single stitch and just change colors as indicated or you can take it one step further and use three-dimensional stitches to give the blanket a more life-like look. If you are into Katniss, check out the Examiner article, Free knit and crochet patterns for the ‘Catching Fire’ Katniss cowl.
This 120 x 150 grid will produce a blanket. It is a likeness of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. The pattern is in a pdf download. You can use any knitting or crochet stitch that appeal to you. Use yarns with different textures or three-dimensional techniques to make the face standout from the background.
This chart features Liam Hensworth as Gale Hawthorne. The pattern for the blanket is in a 120 x 150 grid. You download the pdf file for the complete pattern. Try varying the types of yarns or adding textured stitches to make the face more prominent. It could be an adventurous filet crochet project.
This pattern is for crochet blankets of the Hunger Games in black and gold, Catching Fire in red and grey, and Mocking Jay in light blue and white. Each blanket takes 6 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn using a size I crochet hook. The patterns for each banner are downloaded individually. You can combine all three to create one large piece. You can use the grid to adapt the patterns easily for knitting or other needlework.
This is a smaller 57 x 76 grid. It is for the Mocking Jay and arrow logo from the Hunger Games. Separate instructions are given for knitting and crochet. Download the pattern of your choice. The pattern gives you just the banner, a black Mocking Jay and arrow against a yellow background. The border is black and yellow checked.
Lynda Altman is a professional crafter and writer. She started crocheting as a young child. She crochets, quilts, sews, and creates beaded jewelry. Lynda loves vintage stitching samplers and enjoys counted cross stitch. You can find her work for sale on Etsy. She writes a crochet blog called The Granny Squared. You can contact her at the above link or on Twitter @fusgeyer.