A few months ago we decided to have a Halloween party and I decided to go all out with my costume. I came across this picture online and decided I had to be the Cheshire cat!
I looked online but couldn’t find a pattern for this type of scarf with hood (scoodie!) with ears, unfortunately the person who makes these doesn’t share a pattern (they really should I would happily have paid for it!) however, it didn’t look that difficult so I decided I must be able to work it out.
I wanted to base my Cheshire cat on the original cartoon so I ordered some super chunky wool in pink, purple and grey and just started experimenting! I started quite enthusiastically though waned somewhat after unraveling everything for the 3rd time. This was also in part though because at that point the Halloween party was cancelled.
So I had a bit of a dilemma, I had a half finished Cheshire cat hood- did I carry on and finish it and wear it as a casual look?? Or unravel and save the wool towards something else?
If it had been only one colour I think I would have unraveled it but as it was stripes I would have had lots of small balls of wool left that would have been very annoying to work with. So I half heatedly finished it- though I didn’t sew the ears on properly, weave in all the ends and even left it with only one tassel! Definitely a Cheshire cat whose seen better days.
So there was no party, but spur of the moment on Halloween I threw it on and painted a quick creepy smile and spooked the trick or treaters!
It definitely taught me a lot about creating patterns, it was a long procedure but so exciting to produce something completely unique. I would like some pointers on creating knitting patterns though if anyone has any advice? Is it just a case of trial and error? Is there a bit more science to it? I started off working out the tension for the wool so I could then estimate how much to cast on to achieve the desired width in cms but this ended up being 3 times too big!
Again the ears I just did by trial and error, first I k2tg at each end of every row- but this made very pointy short ears so then I did a couple of foundation rows before I started decreasing and just decreased on right side rows until the last few rows- they’re still a bit more danger mouse meets minnie mouse than Cheshire cat though for my liking! I had been planning to stuff them to give a bit more body and help them stand up.
So what should I do with it now? save it for next year? Or take off the ears and wear it on those cold winter days? It is really warm…
The devil’s in the details:
Rico Essentials Big in fuschia 1 ball
Sirdar Big Softie in Graffiti and Fripp: 2 balls of each
(both from Black Sheep Wools).