When I first saw the promo shots for Catching Fire, I totally fell in love with Katniss’ hunting outfit. It’s her same outfit from Hunger Games, but I LOVED the cowl addition to it.
The cowl is really what made me want to do this outfit. I searched everywhere for a pattern for something similar. I didn’t want to buy a handmade piece since I am a knitter and can make it myself. It took a while but a free pattern popped up on Ravelry that I snapped up. It was a great opportunity to use some leftover gray yarn from my Hermione sweater, plus find an excuse to purchase some alpaca yarn from my local yarn store. The yarns I used was Takhi Jackson in gray (3 skeins), Berroco Ultra Alpaca in charcoal gray (2 skeins), Knit Picks Swish in marble heather (3 skeins), and Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in oatmeal (1 skein).
The lovely Katharina Schnorr is the creator of this cowl and it is a beauty. So easy to knit up, and so quick to. I love the colors and it is so warm. I wore it when I went to see the Catching Fire movie in theaters and when I went to pick up my brother from the airport at Thanksgiving. I am in love with this piece and need to find more excuses to wear it.
Once the cowl was in the works, I set out to find the other pieces. It was tough going at first since the hunting jacket has a specific look. Mostly what I was looking for was a hip length brown leather jacket with bottom pockets that had flaps. I wanted it to be a little boxy but slim fitting (oxymoron, I know) since Katniss wears her father’s jacket. Most searches for “women’s brown leather jacket” turned up very fitted jackets. I eventually found from at Kohl’s that I liked, and it was on sale for half off (bonus!). It isn’t an exact match and is a tad shorter and more fitted than I expected. But it’s a beautiful jacket nonetheless.
Boots came from Modcloth and were a bit pricey, but they have great stuff – plus I was looking for tall brown boots to wear in the winter. The boots had to be brown leather and lace up. Modcloth had plenty of those but many pairs also have buckles and funny other things.
With my wide hips bootcuts or trouser cuts are best, but they weren’t going to work being stuffed into the boots with my already wide calves. Skinny pants tend to make my hips look wider and give me a camel toe effect. I was originally going to make the pants so I could avoid the camel toe effect so many other skinny jeans give me…until Eddie Bauer had a skinny version of their curvy jeans. They fit well, avoid the camel toe, and are the perfect gray color. Bonus!
I anticipate wearing this for Ichiban Con 2014 as well as for Halloween when it comes around again. It works nicely for a cooler weather outfit with the jacket and the cowl.
Note: After I posted my cowl to Ravelry, I had a giant pouring in of requests to knit this cowl for other people. After a lot of debate and discussion with my mother and knitting group, I decided that I would be willing to knit this for others…under a few conditions.
First, payment for a cowl is $200 + shipping. Payment is due upfront, in full, and via PayPal only. This cowl is hand knit, stitch by stitch, and takes approximately 15 hours to complete. The yarn is high quality wool and alpaca. Nothing is done by machine. Shipping is dependent on weight, shipping speed, distance, and any confirmation. This is a fairly heavy cowl and I personally don’t like to ship anything slower or less secure than USPS Priority.
Second, turn around time is approximately 2 weeks. This takes into account any other projects I am working on, my career (most important), and shipping time. The cowl is not difficult but it takes time, and I have other things on my plate.
If you are still interested, you can leave a comment with your contact info so we can message the details.