The cowl worn by Katniss in the movie Catching Fire, the second movie in the Hunger Games series, has become a major fashion accessory this season. The designers at Lion Brand Yarns wanted to give crafters a chance to replicate this cowl. Two versions of the pattern are available--one for crochet and one for knitting. Both cowls can be worn as either a wrap or cowl—depending on your mood. The knit version is the closest to the original worn in the movie. The crochet version takes on a textured collar to give an armored look to the piece. In order to download the free patterns, you have to join Lion Brand’s website. Subscribing is free—you need to give them your email and create a password.
From the Lion Brand website: “The Lion Brand Design Department wanted a more wearable interpretation while still maintaining a textured look. According to Jackie, our technical editor, the Design team created the knit version—that was inspired by the original—by using a stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch. While the crochet version got a little more creative, using bobbles on the cowl, to give its armor-like appearance. The yarn is Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Grey Marble, not only because of the colors but because it was also the perfect yarn to create the texture they wanted.”
The knitted pattern is done is stockinette and reverse stockinette stitches. It closely resembles the original cowl worn by Katniss in the movie. Lion Brand rates the pattern as easy, level 2, meaning it is well suited for a beginner. The yarn is available at most major retailers like JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and some Walmart stores. If you cannot find this exact yarn, any super bulky, size 6 yarn, will work.
The crochet pattern contains a bobble stitch which some beginners may not be familiar with. Bobble create a puffy texture to the crocheted piece. In this case, the bobbles are used around the neckline to give the appearance of armor. This pattern is rated as easy, level 2. However some of the stitches are a little more advanced. Beginners and those with a couple of projects under their belts should give this project a try if they want to expand their skill set. It is not a good first project.
The patterns call for Lion Brand yarn Wool-Ease. This yarn is a blend of mostly acrylic, wool, and other fibers. Actual content depends on the color. If you are looking for all natural fibers, Any super chunky, roving yarn would work. Creating this piece in 100 percent wool will give you warmth and some water repellency. Lion Brand Alpine Wool is an affordable choice. If you want to go high-end, look for kettle dyed merino wool. This will give you a very soft and warm cowl.
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.