13 October 2008

Hallowe'en Knits


With Hallowe'en coming, it seemed like a good idea to do some thematic knitting. First, there was a shopping expedition to get some appropriately coloured yarn: black and a varigated orange, which might pass for gold.

Everything is black and gold,
Black and gold, tonight;
Yellow pumpkins, yellow moon,
Yellow candlelight;

Jet-black cat with golden eyes,
Shadows black as ink,
Firelight blinking in the dark
With a yellow blink.

Black and gold, black and gold,
Nothing in between -
When the world turns black and gold,
Then it's Halloween!
- Nancy Byrd Turner

The yarn is 52% Bamboo, 43% Merino, and 5% Silk. It has the warmth of wool with a very soft hand-feel. Blythe never complains about scratchy wool but I am sure this would knit up very nice for people-sized knits.

Then come out the good ol' tried and tested Blythe-sized cardigan pattern. But I wanted to also get back into doing some patterned knitting. It has been a while and I'm not sure that stripes really count. And with Hallowe'en being the theme, it was a great excuse to work some skulls around the hat. Sticking with the 00 (1.75mm) needles meant that it took forever to knit but it also allowed more skulls to be worked into the hat.

I also realized that if you knit a Blythe hat from the top down, you have more freedom in playing with pattern and design. You're not going to run out of hat the way you might if you were knitting form the bottom up.

And, to be fair, Puki Puki got her own minature version.

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