Katniss Cowl Take 2 + Accessories

Once I had finished my Katniss cowl, I wanted to make another one that was more screen accurate. Two of my friends on Tumblr had made one using herringbone stitch, which is closer to the original piece. I can’t make up patterns on my own, so I chose to knit the cowl designed by AnaidDesigns on Etsy.

Originally I was going to follow the pattern exactly, except I planned on wrapping the icords with extra yarn. However, once the cowl was complete I didn’t like how wide the collar was on me and how it bulged in the back. I spent two days and a lot of hours ripping out seams and redoing everything. Eventually I got it the way I wanted and that best replicated the original.

Here are screen shots of the original.


And here is the second cowl I knitted.


And the back.


I wanted to complete the outfit, so that meant a quiver, arrows, and a bow. I managed to find the NECA bow replica from the first movie still available at an online Halloween store. I didn’t need anything that I could shoot, just something that looked like I could.


I made the quiver following the instructions from this blog. I had to make stuff up as I went along but managed to make a decent looking quiver. The arrows were made on the fly from six 5/16″ dowels, an exacto knife, feathers, and paint. Again, I wasn’t looking for something that could shoot, just look it.


Now that everything is 100% complete, this cosplay is ready to wear this coming weekend to Ichiban Con.  I’ll be going with my favorite photographer, Sarah of Starrfall Photography, so there will likely be more photos later.

P.S. Please excuse the crappy iPhone photos.  I was in a bit of a hurry and haven’t charged my Canon camera batteries.


Catching Fire Katniss Training Outfit

Catching Fire has so many awesome outfits for Katniss. There are so many I want to make. But sometimes it’s just easier to buy the outfit or the pieces.

Case in point, the training outfit.


I have the Neca replica of the training shirt from the first movie; it was only natural that I would get the outfit from the second movie. The original outfit designer, Lucas Hugh, made the entire outfit (jacket, capri, shirt, and bra) available for purchase. However, even as a set the outfit was priced at 550 pounds (roughly the equivalent of $900).

No. Way.

Luckily NECA came out with their replicas. Hot Topic didn’t have them available but I managed to find NECA’s eBay page. I was able to get the jacket and the capris for 1/10th the cost of Hugh’s set. Alas, I don’t have the shirt and bra but they are not necessary components if you are wearing the jacket.  I plan to wear a plain black tank underneath; if I can find some silver reflective fabric, I’ll add the accents later.


The jacket…omg I love the jacket.  The outer fabric feels sturdier and different from the capris, but the colors compliment each other well.  It has a felt lining which allows it to be worn in the cooler temps of spring and fall.  The slight peplum bottom hides my larger hips and gives a very streamlined appearance. I have a smaller chest to the top was a tad boxy on me but I can live with that.


The capris are made of breathable stretch lycra that doubles as an actual pair of work out pants. There’s a good amount of stretch in them to fit most body types, but I think the sizing is a little on the large side (I bought a small and it fits perfectly to my pear shaped body).  Ladies, beware; the side paneling is mesh so if you’re like me and can’t go commando, think about your options.


I need to find some black sneakers to wear with these.  I am eyeing a pair of Skeckers that are low cut on the ankle and are not too expensive but we shall see.

I think I’m next going to attempt her chariot parade dress.  I love that dress and I’ve made similar before.  Finding fabric is going to be a pain though.  =/

P.S. I have no idea why my pictures are tilted.  I was standing perfectly straight when taking them.  Guess I need a little more practice.

Catching Fire Katniss Hunting Outfit

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.