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« on: August 18, 2005 12:03:13 PM »

 I want to knit a face hugger from the film "Alien" for my husband's birthday, but I'm having trouble thinking how to get the curved shape.  I've thought about using a textured stitch to make it more urrm... realistic  Embarrassed and I thought I'd put pipe cleaners in the legs to make them bendable, but how do you knit a curve? I can do decreasing and increasing, but that seems to give quite angular shapes.   Huh
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2005 01:17:55 PM »

I love the idea...
but I don't really know how to help, maybe if you can find a picture I can help figure it out though - sounds like fun
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2005 02:35:01 PM »

By curve, do you mean having the fabric bulge out kind of circularish, or do you mean wavy? Because for a bulgy thing, I think a series of increases in the middle of several rows would work. Like, increase by 1 stitch in the first knit row, 2 in the next knit row, then 3, and so on. Then decrease by the same amount after a certain amount of increases. I'm not sure about the wavy kind of curve, though.
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2005 04:17:32 PM »

You could try short rows. I've never done them myself, but they're when you turn back before the end of a row. For example, if you'd cast on 30 sts, then you might knit 15, turn, knit 8, turn and work to the end of the row. Because one area has more rows than the others, it would "poof" - like gathering fabric.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2005 03:07:36 AM »

Here are some pictures I found of the face hugger (very gross, if you haven't seen the film, I'm sorry).  I'm not under any illusions that the FO will be particularly realistic,  I'd like it to be much less scary!  We saw a toy version in a comic shop and my husband joked that it could be my next knitting project. So, with his birthday coming soon....!


I'm thinking it'd be best to  make it in sections and then sew it together: legs and tail will be quite easy, it's the body that's throwing me, with the curvy bits at the tail end (it's hips?!)  The short row idea could work though for that bit, so thank you Duckie, and I like your idea Fozzie for the middle bit of the body.

Yay! it's coming together a bit in my head now!
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2005 03:42:18 AM »

yeah i agree that short rows could work pretty well,
for the tail maybe look up knitted pleats, something my very old knitting books go into (apparently in the 40s a knitted pleated skirt was a very common article!) but it might give the right scaley effect
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2005 06:24:34 AM »

That sounds like something I'd make - except probably I'd sew it because of the odd shapes.  If you're willing to buy, this store sells plush face huggers that you can wrap around your head: http://www.silversnail.com.



If the item is not listed, you can call and they will pack it up for you.  I know for sure they have some 'cause I was there the other day buying this:



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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2005 11:00:21 AM »

Can we make this into a knit-along? XD I love this idea
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2005 01:31:25 PM »

Can we make this into a knit-along? XD I love this idea
OMG! How cool would that be??!!!!!!!!! 

ax, thank you for the link, I'm pretty sure that's the toy we saw in the shop.  The reason I want to knit it is partly because the gauntlet (mitten??!) has been thrown down, and party because I'm a student and have no income, so I think my husband would appreciate a gift I've made and put time and love into.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2005 03:46:39 PM »

Be sure to post pictures of this when you're done! I'm curious to see how it turns out. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2005 12:58:03 PM »

Hilarious!  I can't wait to see what you end up doing!
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2005 09:49:50 AM »

Phew! I finally finished!!!!!!!!
What do you think?Huh

Alien Vs Cat:
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2005 10:06:16 AM »

hilarious! if only my hubby liked aliens more . . .
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2005 10:42:13 AM »

I've never seen the movie... but the creativity from the picture to finished product is amazing!  It rocks!
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2005 11:08:32 AM »

Honestly, that's scary.  I wouldn't want to be left alone in a room with it!

But that's just because you did an awesome job!! 

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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2005 07:10:47 PM »

Your cat knows that his life is endangered!

All I can say is "wow."
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« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2005 07:49:58 PM »

Aww I'm dying to see it but the pic isn't showing.
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2005 09:38:22 AM »

Phew! I finally finished!!!!!!!!
What do you think?Huh

Too funny.  That came out great!
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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2005 09:45:04 AM »

ooohhh Tutorial PALEEESE.....
This would be great on a shawl......
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« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2005 10:37:58 AM »

Best. FO. Ever.

So, any patterns for us disciples? XD
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« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2005 10:42:53 AM »

that is awesome!

and the expression on your poor cat's face is priceless. it's so "AUGH!"
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« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2005 10:57:54 AM »

ooohhh Tutorial PALEEESE.....
This would be great on a shawl......

Gosh! I'm so flattered!  Grin I shall have a rummage through the (sparse) notes I made and see what I can do re; a tutorial!

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« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2005 01:47:59 PM »

Thanks! Wink
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« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2010 11:33:52 AM »

This is awesome! =) I just featured it in my weekly column on Fandomania:

Fandomestic: 10 Tributes to the Alien Franchise
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