Huntress Cowl by Karla Repperger

Huntress Cowl

December 2013
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches
in Herringbone
US 19 - 15.0 mm
US 35 - 19.0 mm
400 - 500 yards (366 - 457 m)
One size fits most
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In the opening scenes of Catching Fire, we see Katniss kneeling before a lake in the early morning hours, wearing a warm and cozy sweater. Except, it wasn’t a sweater, but an asymmetrical cowl! It was simply gorgeous, and the more I saw it on screen, the more I wanted to knit it! After studying several pictures, I’ve created this pattern to resemble the original cowl as much as possible. It won’t look EXACTLY like the piece worn in the movie, but it’s pretty darn close.

This cowl is knit flat, in pieces, and seamed/assembled using large “coils” to create the shape around the neck. The bulk of the piece is knit using the Herringbone stitch on varying sized needles to create the variegated stitches like in the original cowl. The “coils” are constructed using a simple crochet stitch around a core of your choice.

I did record a short video on the coiling and will post it to YouTube if enough people have questions about that step.
Update: Here’s a link to the video!

I would say this pattern fits “most” sizes as it’s not fitted and stretches easily. I am a size 8 with a 34” bust which usually works out to be a medium. If you wish to size up, you can easily add stitches in multiples of two for width, and knit additional rows for length.

Ravelry doesn’t list size 36 needles as an option (which is what size I used). However, the difference between size 35 and 36 is negligible and not very important concerning this pattern. :)

Binding off - You can technically bind off any way you’re comfortable, but I decided to bind off my pieces in the same HB pattern.

Seaming - When seaming, feel free to overlap or stretch any pieces to work with your body type. I found the pieces to be very “moldable”. :)

If you have any tips you’d like to share, please feel free to post them in the comments!

I’m still new to developing patterns, so please let me know if you find any errors! I spent a lot of time developing/knitting this piece, which means I’ve been very close to it and could have overlooked something. :) Thank you!