Saturday, 25 January 2014

How To Crochet our Solomon Cowl - FREE pattern inspired by Katniss

Katniss Inspired Cowl Free Pattern
The asymmetrical cowl has become one of the most popular styles this season, inspired by the famous huntress Katniss Everdeen from the very popular science fiction series, where the designers themselves were inspired from recent cat walk fashions.

So what better than for me to design our very own asymmetrical cowl style for you guys.

Random Fact* Did you know the character Katniss was named after the plant Katniss, known as Kuwai in Japanese? 

This cowl uses a mixture of techniques but is only comprised of the single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch and the Solomon/half knot stitch.

Previous knowledge of the Solomon stitch will be required for this pattern but you can watch our tutorial here on how to work this stitch:


Materials Required
  • 423 yards approx. of Super Bulky/Super Chunky yarn in any colour. I chose Sirdar Faroe Super Chunky yarn in shade 0396
  • 8.0mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Rope that measures 1/2 inch wide

Notes

Stitch count is not important for this pattern but do work to an even number of stitches. 

When cutting the rope, measure 1 strand of rope around your shoulders, drop one end off one shoulder and bring in the rope a little. This will be the length needed for your rope neckline. Then cut another 8 strands the same length.

When crocheting around the rope do not crowd your stitches, just crochet enough to cover the rope and keep the stitches loose enough so you can move the rope inside a little.

When working your Solomon Knot pull up about a thumb's width, just under an inch.

SK = Solomon Knot

This video shows how to work the first 3 rounds of crocheting around rope.



Pattern

Step 1 - First rope round
Katniss Inspired Cowl Free PatternTaking 3 strands of your rope, place them together and work a slip knot onto the right hand end of the rope, the rope must lie to your left as your crochet along. To work your slip stitch, wrap your yarn around the rope and cross over the top, put your hook under the first piece of yarn and grab the second piece, pull up, making sure to leave about an inch of rope visible at the end.

Single crochet an even amount of stitches around the rope until you have an inch of rope visible the other end. To single crochet around the rope, put your hook under the rope, grab the yarn and pull round and up, keeping it loose, yarn over when at the top of the rope and pull through to complete stitch as normal.

Making sure your stitches are all facing upwards and not twisted, sew your rope ends together using similar coloured yarn. Sew them together individually and tie ends together to secure. Take some more yarn and wrap around remaining visible rope to hide it, tie ends together and sew in ends to hide. Slip stitch in first single crochet to join round. Double check you have an even number of stitches. - (I worked to 168 stitches)

Step 2
Ch4 (count as 1 stitch), put your hook into next st, yarn over and pull through but before completing your single crochet, place 3 more rope strands on top, again leaving an inch of rope visible at the end. Pull your yarn up to top of rope and finish your single crochet stitch as normal. Repeat this with each stitch around. 

Before slip stitching to join round, sew your rope ends together using similar coloured yarn. Sew them together individually and tie ends together to secure. Take some more yarn and using a yarn needle sew through middle of rope bands and wrap around remaining visible rope to hide it, tie ends together and sew in ends to hide. Slip stitch in top of ch4 to join.

Step 3
Repeat step 2

Step 4
*dc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sl st to join - (84)

Steps 5 - 6
Ch2 (count as st here and throughout), 1dc in next st and in ea st around - (84)

Step 7
*1SK, sk1, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * over next 43 stitches (or half your stitch count plus 1)

Step 8
1SK, TURN, sl st in previous SK, *1SK, sl st in previous SK* repeat from * to * until end

Step 9
Ch1, TURN, sl st in previous SK, *1SK, sl st in previous SK* repeat from * to * until end

Steps 10 - End
Repeat steps 8 and 9 respectively until you can't work them anymore. Step 9 is decreasing your work by 1SK each time and creates the asymmetrical design. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Next steps
Re-join your yarn in same st as last st on step 8 and repeat step 7. 

Then repeat steps 8 and 9 respectively. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

Finishing
Sew your straight edges together on the inside, making sure to leave a hole for your arm at the top.

And now you're done! (^-^) Why not embellish your cowl with a large wooden button or some tassles. Have fun and happy crocheting. Any questions just pop by my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/happyberrycrochet 

I am currently working on a video tutorial that shows how to work the rope neckline which will be added here soon.

PLEASE NOTE* I'm usually ok about selling items made from my patterns but items made from this pattern cannot be sold in your own stores, sorry guys! 

For more free video tutorials and patterns then do pop by my YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

Happy crafting folks!





© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a crochet group. Thank you.


46 comments:

  1. Simply wonderful... love it. Thank you ;)

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    1. Thank you so much Manuela for your kind comment :)

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    1. You're welcome Diana, hope you enjoy making it :D

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  3. Stunning! I love the Stitches ,they all work together very well.

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    1. Thank you so much Sonja for your kind comment :)

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  4. This looks lovely and I am going to be making this asap. Can I ask how long you cut your rope? Thank you for sharing your pattern. :-)

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    1. Cut your rope just slightly smaller than the circumference of your shoulders :)

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  5. I am wanting to make this soo bad. what size bustling will this fit. Im about 42"

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    1. This pattern is designed so you measure what you need to fit your own size, so any size basically.

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  6. After examining Katniss's cowl and several cowls inspired by Katniss's cowl, I've concluded that your pattern, HappyBerry, beats them all. It's simply gorgeous. Rustic elegance.

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  7. Such a great pattern!! Is there any way to make this without the rope? I'm dying to try this out but have no rope :-(

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  8. I've been searching all over for this hollow cotton rope you're using and I'm having zero luck. Where exactly did you get it? And what is it called?

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    1. she said in the video that she got it from her hardware store. I bought some cotton rope from my hobby store's upholstery department. It was sold by the yard. I bought 4 yards of 1" thick rope instead of buying smaller rope and holding 3 together. It looks really nice so far. Good luck

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    2. I crocheted an icord from zpagetti

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  9. Beautiful! I can't wait to try this!!

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  10. Hello! This pattern is beautiful-I'm taking on the challenge to make it for a friend! I was wondering approximately what size this works up to be? I need to make it larger, and was wondering what size yours is, so I can use it as a guide. Thank you so much for posting this!!
    -Tracy

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    1. This pattern is designed so you measure what you need to fit your own size, so any size basically.

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  11. This is gorgeous! I hope you won't mind me linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing this Katniss inspired design!

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  12. Just gorgeous, thanks for sharing.
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/02/knit-socks-on-straight-needles-and.html

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  13. I told my husband when we went to see this movie that patterns for Katniss's cowl would be coming soon. I must say yours is the best I've seen so far. I'm trying to decided if making one would make me too much of a Hunger Games groupie.

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  14. Hello,
    This is from all models the most beautiful i have seen.
    I would like to make it right away, but i am from Germany and the whole shortcuts i rather can't understand :-).
    If it would be not too much trouble, i would love to hear from you!
    Greetings

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  15. I try this ... But everytime i start it look diferent.... I was wonder how cai i do the part of arms...

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  16. Hi, steps 8 and 9 are not really clear. Could you film them may be? That would be great!

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  17. Do you have pictures of the side and back? I don't understand where to start and end step 7 and 8. Do i start at the back or at the shoulder and do i crochet only 43 stitches, so only half? But how can i sew an armhole then? PleaPleasPlease help.

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    1. There are no extra pictures sorry. There are no armholes in this pattern. Stitch counts just need to be even in number,

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    2. So there is nothing on the sides nor back? And whats there to sew then to leave for my arm? EngEnglish is not my native language, sorry i don't understand.

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  18. Can you explain rows 8 and 9 in more details pls? I got stuck there:(

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  19. Dear Ladies, who already tried this piece, can you elaborate on rows 8 and 9? How do we proceed with SK after the slip stitch in the previous SK? Thanks a lot

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    1. Pretty sure it is meant to slip stitch in knot in the previous row

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  20. Can anyone help me. ? Where is the decrease happening ? My scarf is about as long as a dress now. ?.. It's not decreasing so I don't know what I'm doing wrong

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  21. I'm excited to try this pattern!

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  22. I also wanted to ask what size is this pattern? Do you have numbers for a 2X plus size? Thanks

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  23. Hello,
    Im getting confused on how you would go about crocheting the solomon knot onto the neck piece. I watched your video but it didn't really help me all that much I'm sorry if there is any other way you could help that would be great. thank you

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  24. hello from Texas. I was wondering if SK and sk me rant the same thing?

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    1. Rant is a typo! I meant to type "mean", sorry!

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    2. I think that is an excellent question. I have had this project in my queue for some time, actually hoping the person wanting it would forget..., but they haven't, so it was getting pushed to the front of the queue again for Christmas, and would like any clues the designer could give. Thx for asking, CA ^^^ ! <3

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    3. No, lower case sk means skip, and upper case SK means Solomon Stitch. Hope that helps.

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  25. Excellent, Laura! Thought that was it, but best to get clarification.
    Next question would be whether a wool or an acrylic chunky yarn was used. It looks like a natural handspun?
    Thx!

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  26. Lovely pattern but I don't understand the dc2tog in step4? I mean dc2 is 2 dc but what is tog?

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  27. Love this pattern ! Thanks for posting it. It's beautiful !

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  28. Love this pattern ! Thanks for posting it. It's beautiful !

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  29. The pattern seems nice, but does not stitch the way it appears. There is no left arm hole, and with this thick of yarn, the cowl is not wearable..only cute. The SK tutorial and rope stitches are nice to know, but if you want to wear this piece you'll have to make changes

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