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Topic: Double-Knit Earflap Hat - Space Invaders Style!  (Read 1436 times)
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« on: April 16, 2011 06:39:29 AM »

The ease (and fun!) of double-knitting potholders made me want to find a more challenging dk project - and so the earflap hat was begun. I can't find the pattern except for my condensed printout, apparently I didn't save the link and I just can't seem to find the right combination of search keywords to relocate it. But I used a fairly basic earflap hat pattern and created a chart to fill the pattern in between edge and decreases. Being a nerd at heart I couldn't pass up the invaders - they're made up of so few pixels and are so easily recognised that they're perfect to make a basic design.



Here are a few shots to show off the pattern, eagerly taken as soon as I could get my dpns out of the way! The beauty of double knitting makes for a reversible hat that's twice as warm as one with only a single layer, and it turned out super cozy. I personally like the green-with-brown-invaders side, but that's just me.

Here my darling sister modeled the hat for me, and I totally didn't have to bribe her at all to do it.



And if you look closely, you can see that one of the earflaps features the valiant defender of the earth that the player controls in space invaders games, and above him you can see the exploding remnants of his first kill.

Even using dpns for most of it this was easier than I feared, and especially in the charted section it knit up really quickly. The speed of the pattern emerging made it exciting which is good, because I've abandoned rather a few patterns that lost my interest. Definitely a fun knit Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011 06:51:22 AM »

this is so COOL and it looks great on you!   Sigh... I wish I could knit
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011 07:23:30 AM »

this is so COOL and it looks great on you!

Actually, it looks great on my sister Tongue
Haha. My brother claimed it, actually, but he refused to play model for me Sad

My grandmother taught me to knit years ago, but I did most of my relearning via the internet - there are so many videos on youtube for the individual stitches, and if you start with simple stitches first you can work up to harder things when you're ready. I think I got most of my instruction from The Knit Witch on Youtube. You should just give it a try, start out slow and practice and then you'll find it's too much fun to stop Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2011 11:17:37 AM »

soo cool! It makes me wonder why I've never even tried double knitting. Probably because nothing I could make would be as nerdily awesome as this!
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2011 11:00:10 PM »

Of course you could, never_more, you just have to channel your inner geek Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2011 11:52:11 AM »

More doubleknit goodness! I'm always impressed with doubleknit SHAPED projects...the decreasing on top of double knitting kind of intimdate me...the hat looks fabulous though and mighty awesomely geeky! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2011 07:35:21 AM »

I love it!! Double knitting is on my list of techniques to learn.
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