Souvenir of a Killing by Kristen Hanley Cardozo

Souvenir of a Killing

April 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
180 - 280 yards (165 - 256 m)
Adult sizes S, M, and L in two styles, Beret and Slouchy; Band Circumference: 17.25 (18.75, 20) inches
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This pattern originally appeared in Hitch. It has been rewritten and reworked slightly for release as an individual pattern.

Vertigo remains iconic in my mind, helped in part by the stark, graphic posters and opening titles by Saul Bass. With the Souvenir of a Killing beret and slouch, I sought to capture some of that stark, graphic element. Bass used Lissajous spirals to portray dizziness; I used encircling chevrons. In the film, Scottie tells Judy that she shouldn’t have kept “souvenirs of a killing,” He’s referring to a necklace, but it could as easily refer to himself and his vertigo. Souvenir of a Killing is knit simply, using only one color per row.

Adult sizes S, M, and L in two styles, Beret and Slouchy

Band Circumference:
17.25 (18.75, 20) inches


  • Sport weight yarn, shown in Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% wool; 181 yds per 50gm skein), in colorways Crow and Egret (black and white) and Nasturtium and Petal (orange and pink); Earlier sample made in Sincere Sheep Equity Sport (100% Rambouillet wool; 200 yds per 56gm skein)
  • Beret MC: 105 (110, 140) yds
  • Beret CC: 75 (85, 105) yds
  • Slouch MC: 125 (145, 165) yds
  • Slouch CC: 90 (105, 115) yds
  • U.S. size 3 (3.25 mm) 16” circular needle
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular needle
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • 1 start-of-round stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

24 sts/36 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette st on size 5 needles

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