Knitting Pattern: Ygritte Cowl/Necklace

Yarn is coming.

It’s time for another knitting pattern inspired by the badass women of Game of Thrones. This time it’s Ygritte, the Wildling Jon Snow meets beyond the wall. After all the violence and awful that’s been on Game of Thrones of late, we definitely need something fuzzy and soothing, right? Oh, yes, all the fuzzy and soothing, for everyone.

Ygritte, who has red hair and beautiful grey eyes, in a hood in the snow looking at the camera

Of course, Ygritte wouldn’t actually have time to knit herself because she’s busy doing stuff like deflowering Jon Snow and scaling the wall. I decided to try finger knitting here–so hey, you don’t even need to know how to knit to do this! If you have fingers and yarn, you’re set.

Shit you’ll need:

  • A hand. Preferably yours but if you need to commandeer one, go for it.
  • 1 skein of Malabrigo Rios in color Niebla
  • tapestry needle for sewing the ends together


1. Look at this picture of Kit Harington aka Jon Snow aka the most Goth dude in Westeros.

John Snow looking cold and miserable which is pretty much how he always looks from what we can tell

2. Honestly the best way to learn to finger knit is to watch this awesome video by Fiber Flux

but if you want to skip that…

3. Take the end of your yarn and hold it against your palm with you thumb. Wrap it around the back of your index finger, then over your middle finger, under your ring finger, over your pinkie.

Photo of Elyse's palm with yarn across her palm and wound through her fingers

4. Wrap the yarn around your pinkie, bring it up over your ring finger, under your middle finger, and over your index finger.


5. Repeat steps 3 and 4. You’ll have two loops on each finger.


6. For each finger lift the bottom loop over the top loop and off the finger. You now have 1 loop on each finger.

7. Take the tail of your yarn, wrap it over the middle finger, under the ring finger, over and around the pinkie, over the ring finger, under the middle finger and over the ring finger. Again you will have two loops on each finger.

8. Repeat step 6.

9. Continue wrapping and bringing the loops over in this fashion. You’ll start to create a braid. When the braid is about the length of your arm bind off.

10. To bind off: Instead of wrapping yarn around again, pick up the loop from your index finger and put it on your middle finger. Take the bottom loop off the middle finger and lift it over the top loop. Slip the top loop onto the ring finger (2 loops on the ring finger too).

Take the bottom loop off the ring finger and slip it over the top loop. Take the top loop off the ring finger and move to the pinkie (2 loops on the pinkie now). Bring the bottom loop on the pinkie up over the top loop. Pull yarn through the top loop and snug. This is where the video really helps.

11. Create 3 braids of equal length. I stitched the end of the three braids together, then braided the three braids again a little, then sewed it all together in one loop.

A braided loop of three fingerknit strands in a three-strand necklace of sorts, draped over a paperweight on top of some books.

Now you have a cowl/necklace yarn-thingie that a wilding warrior woman might wear or might choke a Crow to death with it. Wear it with pride. Remember Jon Snow knows nothing (except he knows about cunnilingus apparently). Happy knitting!

Remember we love to see pictures of your finished work. Send them to me at @Elyseindeed on Twitter and Instagram.


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  1. Pangolin says:

    I’m popping in totally off-topic to say:
    OMG, I have the exact same glass egg you have, with the bubble and the blue and yellow shading and everything! I won mine as a door prize for the McCaffrey track at DragonCon in Atlanta over a decade ago.

  2. DonnaMarie says:

    I’m having a flashback! I used to do this in junior high school in lieu of doodling during lectures and other boring parts of class – at least during the public school portion of the day. If I’d done it during the Catholic school portion of the day, the nuns would’ve strung me up.

  3. thefairishgodmother says:

    YAAAAAAY! finally, a way to knit on a plane when the airport security does not allow knitting needles! You are amazing!

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