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.