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…

Katniss Cowl 1

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

Katniss Cowl 2

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!

Katniss Cowl 3

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.

Katniss Cowl 4

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!

Katniss Cowl 5

(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.


  1. Q – What an awesome job! I remember your first blog about this. Pat yourself on the back.

    • Thank you!!!!! I’m so excited about it, I can’t sleep, and I am just giddy ^.^

    • jrussell-oconnor

      Thanks so much for the Katniss Cowl pattern. I spent a good deal of time last night trying to work out a pattern for the cowl having seen the film and was wondering how to do the neck. After seeing your pattern on ravelry I have now unpicked mine and am going to start again following your pattern! It is much better than mine!!

    • Jade

      Oh my word! I’ve been searching for a pattern like this forever! Thank you, thank you, thank you! That’s 3 thank you’s and still not enough :) You are the best!

  2. Beautiful job! Thanks for the pattern! I’ll be making one!

    • eeeeeeeeeek I can’t wait to see other people’s versions of it!!!!!!!!!!!!! *freaking out*

      • Lol I’m having trouble downloading it though :-(

      • Never mind last comment my tablet decided 3 times is a charm:-D

      • Yay!!!! I tested the download link and it worked fine for me, so I’m glad your tablet decided to cooperate. The original file was too big to upload, it was almost half a gigabyte from all the pictures, and just compressing it slowed my super fast shiny computer to a crawl. But it should be pretty normal-sized now :D

      • Question, how’s the washability factor?

      • Definitely don’t machine wash. The yarn is superwash, but the crazy sculptural neckline wouldn’t like it. I’d try three ways of keeping it clean.
        1. Spot clean with a damp rag.
        2. Dunk the bottom portion into some warm water and a no-rinse wool wash like Eucalan. (this will also make it smell nice.)
        3. If you really need to deodorize it, (like if you’re wearing it naked for long periods of time, I won’t judge.) I would sprinkle the INSIDE with baking soda, then use a DustBuster or the hose part of your vacuum to vacuum it off. It sounds totally odd, but I just did it on my couch and it worked great!

        Seriously though, you’re probably going to be wearing this over a jacket or sweater. At least that’s how I always wear it, and I haven’t had to wash it at all.

  3. Yes!!! I’ve been craving this cowl ever since I saw that movie poster! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your creativity and generosity…you were channeling Cinna just as much as Katniss. ;-)

    • All I want is to be Cinna when I grow up. Thank you so much!! And, just an idea, this would be extra awesome in some really chunky handspun.. I think it would look so rustic and shabby chic, particularly if you went for a deliberately thick and thin yarn. Or, you know, you could just use the cheap yarn that is perfect for the project :P

      • Ooooh, good idea! Maybe I can soften up that Swaledale a bit! Since it’s not right against my neck, it wouldn’t have to be super soft.

  4. awesome job! I love it!

    • Thank you!!! I hope you make one of your own and enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine!

  5. It looks awesome and just like the picture! Good job!

    • I am so glad you like it!! This is one of the coolest pieces of knitwear I’ve seen in a while, and while it’s very high fashion, I think everyone should have one! (it’s like a thneed.)

  6. This is fantastic!! Thanks so much for writing up the pattern … your photos are gorgeous.

    • I can take very little credit for the pictures. I just tried to do what Greg told me, and it went rather like this:
      “Try to look angry. No, not grumpy, angry! Now you look like your stomach hurts. Wait no, now that’s too angry! Look fierce!”
      “But I’m cold!”
      “You can be cold and fierce at the same time! Wait, that’s perfect! Now DON’T MOVE.”

      It was pretty much like that, and then he sent me those amazing pictures :)

  7. Well done 😃! Looks fab!

    • Thanks!!!! It’s really an awesome piece :) I’ve been wearing mine a ton!

      • You’re in hot right now on Ravelry at the moment! Well done :)

  8. This is beautiful. I’m looking forward to Rachel’s version too!
    If you don’t mind, I’m going to reblog this as it needs to be out there admired by all.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • OMG! I would love that!!!!! I want everyone to have one of these. It’s really not too hard, and really fun to make :)

      • It’s going out on Friday.

        BTW – I moved my blog from wordpress to my website. Check out

        Frankly it’s been a catastrophe – I hardly get any comments or likes now. :(

      • That sucks!! You should write a couple of posts on the old blog reminding people to read/subscribe to your new blog. If it makes you feel better, you’re still showing up in my WordPress feed!

  9. This looks fantastic! I didn’t even notice the cowl in the trailers, but now that I’ve seen your imitation I had to go and watch them again. Great job. =) I’m so excited for this movie!!

    • I am super-sensitive to cool knitwear in popular culture. It might be my superpower :P

  10. Fantastic!! Love it. Amazing work. Way to go on this one!

  11. Oh my goodness, I LOVE the way that cowl looks!! I’m so tempted to make myself one but the more practical part of me says that it won’t keep my neck warm and I’d have to wear a scarf with it anyways, which kinda defeats the purpose of the cowl. But it sure does look really cool. Maybe I’ll make it anyways…practicality be damned! Thanks for the pattern :)
    I was reading through your previous posts about Rhinebeck and I went there last year for my first time and had a great time but I found it to be a bit overwhelming. I went both Saturday and Sunday and Saturday was better because you got to see everything before it all got snatched up by everyone…BUT…it was soooo crowded. I spent about an hour just waiting in a line for falafel. I’m not a crowd person so if I go again, I’d pick Sunday instead.

    • You should make one! Practicality is overrated :P And, if you wear it with a collared jacket, you’ll still be warm. It was perfect with my leather jacket!

      (I am an enabler.)

  12. AMAZING!!!! Thank you! I just blogged about this!!!! I will be looking for the perfect yarn this weekend at Stitches…I will be working in a booth for a friend….and I read back a little…glad you enjoyed Rhinebeck,,,Saturday was absolutely CRAZY!!! 47,000 people were there on Saturday…you couldn’t even get into some of the barns…

    • It was so nice of you to reblog my design!! I hope you found the perfect yarn :)

  13. This is beautiful, and you look completely badass in it! Well done.

    • Oh, thank you so much! I really loved making it, and I hope everyone else does too! Then we can all wear them together and be an army of knitters :)

  14. Lolly this looks great! I’m putting it in the queue. And part of what makes those photos so lovely is you!

    • awwwww.. That is so sweet! thank you :)

    • Val

      Awesome job! Thanks so much for sharing this pattern with all of us!

      • Thank you so much!

  15. Two words….blown away!!! WOW, such a stunning look – definitely one for the catwalk! So excited that you’ve entered the Made It xxxx

  16. ps, the photos look like they belong in a movie toooo (if ya know what i mean!)

    • Even though it’s a very avant garde piece, I think a lot of people could wear it and look fabulous! And I can’t really take credit for the photos, my bestie is amazingly talented :)

  17. Oh so awesome!! My 13 year old daughter “locked” herself in her room last Summer for a whole week and read the Hunger Games series. And now she’s sucking up to me to skip school November 22nd so we can see a midnight showing of Catching Fire (That one I’m tempted on, she’s a straight A B student!!) And Jennifer Lawrence is not only adorable, but totally awesome personality!

    Thanks for the pattern!!! The Katniss Cowl is totally everyday wear :)

    • You guys should totally go see it together! I’m really glad you like the pattern :)

  18. Reblogged this on All Night Knits and commented:
    Check it out – it’s AMAZING!!

  19. * Gasps,faints* So lovely!

    • Thank you! I’m so glad that you like it :)

  20. Wow, fabulous job!

    • Thank you! It was a lot of work, but totally worth it :)

  21. This is so cool!! You did a great job! I love the Hunger Game Series and I can’t wait for the next movie. I just wish I knew how to knit so I could make one. Maybe I’ll just have to figure out how to crochet something similar so I can have one for myself.

    • There are a few crochet patterns out there too!

  22. sindel17

    This looks great!! Makes me wish I could knit. Although my blogging partner came upwith a good crochet version. Great pictures too!

    • Thank you! My best friend takes lovely pictures :)

  23. Absolutely phenomenal! Now I’ve just got to bribe someone to make it for me! ;)

    • You could always learn to knit! :)

  24. Beautiful! Looks very true to the movie poster!

    • I tried to get it as close as possible! the original is actually woven instead of knit, but the herringbone stitch comes pretty close I think :)

  25. I LOVE this pattern! The finished piece looks amazing, SO much like the cowl in the trailers, and it’s sooo fantastic that it will work great with either something cheap & accessible like the Thick&Quick or with some awesome handspun :) Thanks for all your hard work on the pattern, and for making it free!

    • You are so kind! I am overwhelmed by how many people have liked the pattern, and I can’t wait to see everyone else’s versions!

  26. What a great design !

    • Thanks :) I can’t take credit for the idea though!

  27. This is so gorgeous!

    • Thank you! I worked very hard on it :)

  28. Luverna Johnson

    Hey, Hollywoodmama here from Jennifer’s hometown, Louisville, Ky. I stumbled on this pattern on Ravelry, and can’t wait to make one. Thanks for sharing.

  29. I love it!

  30. Congrats on getting this pattern out. The pictures look fabulous and the model is pretty great too :)

  31. creative pixie

    Such a great cowl.

  32. Reblogged this on Noddfacrafts and commented:
    Love this snugly cowl❄

  33. Gorgeous!

  34. @snyder_erica

    Saw the movie last night and wanted the cowl immediately. So happy you already had one up on Ravelry!

  35. Kristina

    Thank you! I spent the first scenes of the film trying to figure out how to knit this up- I’ll definately be adapting your pattern- well done!

  36. Anna

    I love the cowl and cant wait to make it! One question though, I’m a little confused as to why you are using circular needles to make the triangle portions, wouldn’t regular needles work for that? Thanks!

    • The regular needles would work! I just like circular needles so you can stretch it out and see how big it is while you’re knitting, and regular needles are often too short.

  37. Eliane

    My daughter will love this if I can only get it done before Christmas. Gwen’s birthday is on the 23rd of December and that would make it so special for her day. Please, put me on your list of giveaways, thanks.

  38. Shannon

    I love this. Problem is, I suck at knitting and no one I know knits. Would you be willing to make one and sell it to me? If so how much. Also I am posting this on fb, Instagram, and twitter for the contest. :)

  39. Thanks SO MUCH for posting this. I made my own and loved it… turned to be pretty cute and warm! I have never followed a pattern for knitting but yours was amazingly easy to follow….

  40. Pinned it. Want this so bad for my daughter.

  41. Thank you so much!!! Casting on now:)

  42. Ali G.

    AMAZING! Thank you so very much!

  43. mattyroh07

    Thanks so much for the pattern! I’ve been wanting to make this cowl since seeing the movie, but the collar has been stumping me. One question: does the rope in the collar make the cowl heavy to wear? I was trying to come up with something to wrap the yarn around that wouldn’t be heavy and somehow using rope never occurred to me. *facepalm*

    • It’s a bit heavy, not too bad, but if you’re concerned about it, you can get a slightly thinner rope, and I find that the white polyester rope is lighter than the brown 3-ply rope. I’ve made a few of these now, so I know all the tricks :P

  44. Ms. Scinerdz

    Thanks bunches for the pattern! I modified the cowl, just letting my stockinette stitch curl, a few purl rows, then stockinette again and then binding off. I picked up my stitches a few rows from the bottom, in the back to start the neck and should part in herringbone, but it looks like you have increases to get the drape over your shoulders…? I have a request to knit this for a non-knitter friend. I am hoping this will inspire her to let me teach her how to knit…

  45. Oh I love Katniss, too! She´s wearing so much freaking out fantastic knitwear in the film and this cowl was the highlight. Your work is amazing! Absolutely fantastic *.*

  46. Christi

    I love the pattern. I am making one for my sister who is going to London next month and I know she will love it. I had a question though what diameter of rope did you use, and where did you get it? I was at a hardware store looking at some and all of what I was seeing seemed a lot thinner than what you had so I was just wondering if you could tell me more precisely what you used.

    • I used 5/8 inch polyester rope that I bought at Home Depot. I know a lot of people have been cutting up old t shirts and braiding the strips if they can’t find the right rope, so that might work too!

  47. Den

    Oh wow, that is just stunning!

  48. I’m in the thick of it but my triangles are not 24 x 15 x 15 and I even moved up a needle size. is that okay? I”m hoping it is. Also: it would be nice to know what the finished size is–or what sizes it can be. I’m knitting it for someone else, and she gave me her measurements but I can’t tell if this will fit her!

    • Try blocking your triangles! Mine loosened up considerably after blocking. Measure your gauge after you block them, as you’ll have similar gauge on the neck part that’s knitted in the round. You can multiply your gauge by the number of stitches to see what the circumference of the circular part will be and compare it to your friend. If things are coming out too small, you can always cast on more stitches. I had someone who wanted more chest coverage from the triangles, so I cast on more stitches for the triangles and then towards the end decreased twice every row rather than every other row. I hope this helps! I also added more tips on the Ravelry page for the pattern, and there are lots of projects that other people have done for reference!

      • girlyndnpunk

        I downloaded the pattern off of Ravelry and the instructions there for the triangles say “On the first and last stitch of each row, work a decrease.” So I decreased every row, and my measurements are at 23X15X15. I’m going to block again to see if I can get to 24.
        I just read your comment on decreasing ever other row instead of twice each row–which is what I did and came just shy of the the intended measurements. Was that correct? Sorry, just had a small freak out moment when I read that comment (it could be outdated anyway).

      • It sounds like you got very close to the required measurements, so i wouldn’t worry about it! There seems to be a very big range for gauge with this project, so if it works, don’t stress :)

  49. Anne

    Really good ! I would try to knit one for my daughter’s birthday on january 28. She will be 16 and is a fan of Hunger Games ! I hope I will understand your pattern ( I’m French, and don’t want to ask my daughter who study english in a special class and is better than me in english because I would like it will be a surprise….). anyway, thank you for this free pattern

  50. Amelia

    Your ravelry says no selling without your permission, so I’m wondering what exactly is required to be allowed to sell what I make from this?

    • The only way I let people sell these is if they’re making one for a friend who can’t knit or something like that. I don’t authorize any commercial use of the pattern I’ve created other than for someone in your direct social circle where you would also be doing them a favor. Since I sell these myself on Etsy, I don’t permit anyone else to do so, or to sell them at any other online merchant or at craft fairs.


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