The Katniss Cowl Revealed!
I knew that this was destined to be mine from the moment I saw the first Catching Fire trailer.
Introducing the Katniss Cowl…
I have to say, I love Katniss Everdeen. Unlike a lot of heroines in YA fiction, she is tough and takes care of herself. However, she’s still human, and she has many loving relationships that mean everything to her. She has a balance that I feel like a lot of female characters lack. While she spends most of the books kicking ass and taking names, she’s not just a stereotypical Amazon. She has depth, and we can understand her feelings, even if she can get a little angsty at times. (What teenager doesn’t? Even if they aren’t destined to save the world.) As awful as it would be to live in the dystopian future that is the setting for the Hunger Games, Katniss can handle anything (and look great doing it!) Besides, what isn’t awesome about being a badass archer? Reading those books made me want to try archery again, but I won’t, because I seriously sucked at it. Maybe because, like many nerds, my vision is horrible.
A few months ago, Rachel of All Night Knits was looking for a pattern for the fabulous cowl that Katniss Everdeen is wearing in the trailers for Catching Fire. I hadn’t seen them yet, but the minute that I saw this cowl, I was in love. I had to make a Katniss Cowl of my very own! I wanted to knit it and wear it to the premiere, and I finished it up in just a few hours of knitting time. However, it came out so beautifully that I wanted to release the pattern as well. So here it is!
The great thing about super bulky yarns is that they knit up fast. If you want a Katniss Cowl of your very own to wear to the premiere (November 22nd people!) you still have time! It’s amazingly quick to knit, even though the neckline is a bit fiddly. I did a really detailed step-by-step guide with pictures, so hopefully it should be way easy for you guys! If there’s a little girl on your Christmas list who loves Katniss, this might be just the ticket.. If you want to be loved and adored forevermore :P
These pictures were taken on a FREEZING cold roof by the inimitable Greg Dracoulis, who managed to get some really lovely shots. I don’t know how, because it was miserably cold. He must just be a really great photographer :P My hands and feet felt like they got frostbite, but my torso was toasty warm!
As dramatic and avant garde as this cowl is, I really think it’s very wearable. Big smooshy cowls have been really popular the last few seasons, and I love the neckline on this one, how crisp and structured it is. It’s very unique, and I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of it in the Boston winter.
The pattern is free in my Ravelry store, (link here!) I want everyone to have one so I’m not charging for the pattern. It only takes about two and a half skeins of Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn, so it’s economical too. Everyone should knit a Katniss Cowl. We all deserve them, and we will all look fabulous. And revolutionary.
And maybe as cute and charming as Jennifer Lawrence. I take that one back. No one is as cute and charming as Jennifer Lawrence. Let me know what you think! (it’s only the second design I’ve ever published and I am nervous.) Thanks bloggy friends!
(One last picture because Greg’s pictures are awesome. Over and out.)
**UPDATE** If you’ve decided that you absolutely MUST have one of these and don’t knit or have a knitting friend that you can beg and bribe in order to get one, you can buy one from my Etsy store. Too many people asked, so I finally caved.
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