Monday, October 23, 2006

Flying Spaghetti Monster Halloween Costume

Are you looking for a quick and easy Halloween costume?

I knitted this in about 4 hours before the law school Halloween party. It was a big hit, and super easy and fun to knit.


Plus, what better way to pay homage to His Noodly Pastaness?

Materials:
Bernat Berella worsted weight white yarn.
Meatball colored yarn. I just used some scraps left over from an afghan I knitted last year.
Size 10 double pointed needles (3)

The gauge is really not important for this pattern.

Terms:
kfb: knit into the front and back of each stitch

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together

Icord: knit 3 stitches then, instead of turning the work, slide it down to the other end of your dpn and knit. Repeat. There is a great tutorial here if you are not familiar with Icord (scroll down to near the end of the page).


Instructions:


Meatball:
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: k1, kfb, k1 (4 stitches)
Row 2: k1, kfb twice, k1 (6 stitches)
Row 3: k1, kfb 4 times, k1 (10 stitches)
Row 4: knit across
Row 5: k1, k2tog 4 times, k1 (6 stitches)
Row 6: k1, k2tog twice, k1 (4 stitches)
Row 7: k1, k2tog, k1 (3 stitches)

Do not bind off.
Begin working your Icord. Keep going until you have a few inches of Icord and then work another meatball. Continue in this way, adding different lengths of Icord between your meatballs, until the whole chain is about as long as a long necklace. Sew your end to your very first meatball to make a spaghettiesque loop.



Now pick up 3 stitches at a random place on your loop and begin working in Icord. Add meatballs and new Icords in random places. These will be your noodly appendages. Make two noodly appendages especially long to hang them off your arms.

Finishing:

Sew in the ends of your meatball colored yarn, but let the white yarn hang for more spaghettification.

Once you have your desired number of noodly appendages, start attaching more white yarn in random places all over your costume. I just picked up loops of yarn with my fingers and then stranded the white yarn through and tied it in a square knot. Pretty soon your costume will look pastalicious.

I finished to look by wearing the spaghetti costume over a white shirt, my space skirt, and topped it of with a pastafarian hat.

And since you all know how much I like to dress up my cats, here's Holly!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Cozy wristwarmers and matching scarf

The chilly Portland weather is starting to live up to its reputation. My little hands are starting to freeze on my morning bicycle commute. I thought about gloves or mittens, but I worry about not having enough dexterity/flexibility to brake suddenly when the inevitable SUV-driving soccer mom turns directly in front of me to make sure little Billy gets to his practice on time.

The perfect solution: Wristwarmers! And what are wristwarmers without a cozy matching scarf?



Materials:
Three colors TLC Amore. I used Lake Blue (A), Plum Print (B), and this dark red one I lost the tag for (C).
U.S. size 8 needles

Gauge:
About 4 stitches per inch

Instructions:

Left warmer

Cast on 30 stitches using A

Using A
Knit 2 rows
Switch to B
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Switch back to A
Knit 2 rows
Switch to C
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row

Repeat pattern 7 times.

When switching colors, carry the yarn up the side rather than breaking it off so you don't have a bunch of annoying ends to weave in. You may want to twist the yarn together when changing colors to keep the edges neater.

Bind off 9 stitches at the beginning of the next row. This is the space for your thumb.

Repeat pattern one more time.

Bind off loosely.



Right warmer

Work exactly as the left warmer, except once you have repeated the pattern 7 times knit all the way across the next row (RS). Then bind off 9 stitches when you knit back on the WS row.
This will ensure that your seam is on the bottom of the warmer where it will be less noticeable.


Finishing:

Sew up the sides until you get to the thumb hole.

Make sure to leave the hole open and sew up the remaining edge.




Scarf:

Cast on 15 stitches.

Work in pattern until you reach the desired length.

The scarf will want to curl at the edges and will end up very narrow. You may want to cast more stitches for a wider scarf, but I like my skinny-mini one.



Oh, and Holly likes it too!