It's a pretty big doll. I gifted it in a shoebox, and it was a nice "coffin" for it. Yes, you continue with the UPPER body for Henry. You don't need the legs, so that's why I substituted the long robe. I made this a sort of cartoony mind flayer because my friend has a couple of young kids that I didn't want to freak out. I have considered making a few more, but much more creepy.
Play with it -- I am thinking about making the decreases more extreme (resulting in a skinnier doll altogether) and the head more sinister. (White eyes, etc). If you notice in the MM, the picture of the thing has a really tattered black robe. It would be interesting maybe to pick up some sts around the neckline and actually knit out a collar instead of sewing on trim.
I'm glad you're having fun with it! It's a cool, cool thing. I definitely have to thank my husband for helping me with the pattern.
I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in gray (MC) and purple (CC) and some scrap black yarn for this project and size 6 straight needles. Gauge isn't terribly important, but I was getting 5sts/1". You will also need about 1 yard of the trim of your choice.
Instructions for Henry Rollins doll can be found in Debbie Stoller's Stitch N Bitch Nation.
body: CO 36 sts in MC K 4 rows in St st Row 5 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, k2tog, K1 K 7 rows in St st Row 13 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1 K 9 rows in St st Row 23 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1 K 11 rows in St st Row 35 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1 K 11 rows in St st Row 37 -- K1, K2tog, K until 3 sts remaining, K2tog, K1
At this point, waist begins. Continue with instructions in SnB Nation for Henry Rollins' upper body.
Make arms according to the Henry Rollins pattern, use CC for the first 10 rows and then switch to MC for the rest of the arm.
Weave in ends. Piece together and seam arms and sides. Leave bottom open.
Continue with instructions for Henry Rollins' head, using CC.
Tentacles: Decide placement for four tentacles on the head. PU 5 sts in the center (top tentacle) and start an I-cord. When I-cord measures about 1/2", K1, K2tog, K 2 (1 st decreased). Continue until I-cord is about 1-1.5" long (as desired), decrease one more stitch. Continue for another half inch or so, decrease one more stitch. Knit to desired length and then cut yarn tail and pull through remaining two stitches.
Repeat for other tentacles.
Weave in ends.
Eyes: Using scrap black yarn (you could use white since their eyes are technically supposed to be white), stitch eyes to your liking. Secure yarn on the WS (I tied it in a knot and left long tails since the inside isn't seen at all).
Stuff toy with polyester fiberfill.
Sew bottom together neatly. I had to flip under one edge, and it ended up looking somewhat like an envelope.
Trim: Place trim around neck, down front of robe, and around cuffs. Pin to secure, and using matching thread, sew into place.
Thanks! I really really like that hat. I just cast on tonight for a cabled sweater, so that was my practice run for cables. My husband says he likes the hat better without the brim, but I think it's cute and different. I may make the hat again minus the brim with some leftover yarn if I have any from my newest sweater.
I can really see the white plastic up close and it kinda bothers me. I am thinking I could maybe run some of the same yarn through there -- you know, just stitch along the increases. Is that clear? Would that work without looking horrible?
I just finished my first cabled newsboy hat. It turned out really well (I can add pics later when I upload them), but you can kinda see the plastic mesh through the stitching on the brim. What can I do to disguise this? Any ideas?
I learned how to knit on that Target dvd. It was less than $4, so I figured I had nothing to lose. I had to stop the dvd over and over to get it right, but within a couple weeks, I was rockin' along. That was in March, and now, dozens of fo later, I am really glad I made that purchase! Sure, there are other things that I have learned more from since, but it got me started!
1. Why did you learn to knit? Because I have always wanted to know how. I am from a long line of crafty people -- all my aunts/uncles sew as well as my mother. My great-grandmother was a hat maker at the turn of the 1900's, and I had only a handful of store-bought garments until I was a teenager. Knitting/crocheting were the only crafts that nobody in my family could do, so they were always a little exotic to me. Knitting was what I decided I wanted to do most. When I had just delivered my second baby (in February), I was nursing all day and night, and I felt like I should be doing something since I'm used to taking care of my daughter as well. I thought that knitting may be a good outlet because I could nurse and knit all at once (yes, I'm a nursing pro). I picked up a knitting kit on a clearance endcap at Target, and watched the dvd. Now, I'm taking a weekly class at my LYS and finishing up my first sweater.
2. Why do you knit? Because I need a creative outlet and a sense of accomplishment with that creativity. My mind needs to be challenged. My DND group doesn't meet regularly as most of us are now parents and work, etc, so I need something to keep me sane. Also, I feel a lot of pride in what I can do. I have gained a lot of confidence that has taken my thoughts away from the amount of postpartum weight I am still carrying and has sent my concentration to the more important and unwavering beautiful parts of myself. If that's not a reason to keep it up, I don't know what is.
3. Do you have a knitting guru or idol? Who and why? I like the Debbie Stoller books. I also really like my teacher. I've read countless knitting books, and they have all touched me somehow -- even a few with the scary teacher-looking sweaters. (I can make that comment because I am a teacher.) Everyone who knits is to be appreciated. Those who do not and who do not live with a knitter do not understand.