Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Knitted Pirate Costume

 


Oliver started school this September and last term we were given a couple of weeks notice of a pirate dressing up day at school.   I got all excited and asked him if he would be dressing up as a pirate and my reply was 'no'.

After some thinking (I didn't want him to feel left out not dressing up if all the other kids were), I came up with a solution.   What if I could make his pirate outfit somehow dinosaur related, he might just want to dress up.   I put this thought to Oliver and he very excitedly agreed that if I could make him a jumper with dinosaur bones, more specifically Therizinosaurus bones on it then he would wear it for pirate day.

So I went down to Hobbycraft and made good use of the 3 for 2 offer they had on yarn on that day and came home with chunky yarn in red, white and black ready to make him his dinosaur jumper.   not quite sure how I was going to add the bones on, I decided to start with the back of the jumper first.   Surprisingly for me, I decided to knit this jumper rather than crochet it.   I'm not the best or quickest knitter, but I have been seeing a lot of lovely knitted jumpers online recently and I guess they inspired me to try and knit this.  I started with red and made a double ribbed stripe and then worked stripes alternating in red and white until it was long enough for Oliver.   I took the risk not to make a swatch up first and ended up undoing the jumper twice to get the right width.   After adjusting the size the panel only actually took a couple of evenings to work up and if I hadn't have been busy planning a birthday party for Oliver that week then I may have been able to work it quicker.

After completing the back I decided to sketch out some ideas for the dinosaur bones on square paper.  After drawing a few different ideas, I came up with something that vaguely resembled the head and claws of the dinosaur Oliver had chosen and decided to try and work this design on to the front of the jumper in black, contrasting with the red and white stripes.   Up until this point, I have never knitted anything so complicated.   I had always stuck to squares and rectangle in solid colours or thick stripes.   This

was an experiment.   I am used to working graphs in crochet, but I usually use Tunisian crochet for these things and so I don't have to work the reverse side.    After a few attempts I eventually got the hand of reading the graph forwards and backwards and I stopped needing to undo my mistakes quite so often.   I'm actually pretty happy with the result, it looks amazing and Oliver loved the dinosaur on the front, even if he was disappointed that it wasn't the whole skeleton!  It does slightly annoy me that I didn't calculate it perfectly and the design isn't completely central, but not enough to make me redo it.

The sleeves were actually pretty simple after working the front, two long stripy rectangles, similar to the back panel but thinner.   I am used to the process of putting a jumper together anyway, so the sewing it all up was easy enough too.   Luckily I had tried the jumper against Oliver several times during the making, so when it was complete I knew it would fit him and thankfully it did.  After seeing the jumper being made, Oliver started to get excited by dressing up and decided to expand his pirate costume, he now needed a hat.   A hat seemed a lot simpler than a jumper and I had plenty of yarn left, so I made a hat from a stripy rectangle.  The first stripe was made in double rib, like the jumper base, but longer than the hat by 15 stitches each end, which were cast off before I worked the main hat.    I then decreased the last two rows of the hat before sewing it shut at the top and side and then tied the two longer edges together, to create the sort of bandana effect you often see on pirate hats.

Oliver was delighted with his hat, and then asked to make pirate maps, swords a telescope and a cannon.   I drew the line at cannon, but we did work together to create a map, map holder and a telescope.   We used the inside of a kitchen roll for the map holder and covered it in red foam and kitchen foil to make it look more piratey.   We did the same for the telescope too.   Both the map holder and telescope had holes pierced in them and have a yarn loop attached so they could be attached to a keyring and

hung from a belt, so they don't get lost.   To make the maps, we tea stained some paper and ripped some of the egdes to make it look old, before drawing on maps and landmarks, not forgetting to mark the treasure with an X.   We rolled these up and then placed them in the map holder.   I knitted Oliver a simple long black belt, folded it it half and sewed the sides together, leaving a portion unsewed at the end to create a holder for the sword.   I added little loops for the keychains to go on as well so the maps and telescope could also be added.   My knitting skills didn't extend to being able to knit a sword, so I stuck to crochet for this.   The handle was made from black back looped single crochet and then for the actual sword and details I used some silver yarn I had bought earlier in the year in an Aldi yarn sale.   I used stuffing in the handle and a cut up piece of cardboard to keep the blade stiff.

To finish the pirate costume, I got a pair of black jogging bottoms and cut the bottoms off and cut a sort of jagged pattern to the bottom to give it a more pirate feel to it.   I wanted to find some stripy socks for him to wear underneath, however, I could only find some stripy red and black tights, so I cut these up instead to create his pirate socks.   To complete the outfit, Oliver added his own parrot toy that he has had for a while.

Oliver was super excited to try on his pirate costume at the weekend and he really didn't want to take it off.   Its so nice to see him finally excited about dressing up and I know he will love playing pirate at school with all his friends.   I am hoping this is the start of more dressing up costumes to be made as him and Lily grow up as they really are fun to make!   If you want to make your own Pirate Costume, then you can find the instructions to make your own jumper, hat, sword and belt for a child age 5-6 here.

See you next week,

Vicky x

Pirate Costume Including Sword (for age 5-6)

  

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this costume;

·        Hayfield Bonus Chunky– 100g balls in the following colours;

o   Red (2 balls)

o   White (2 balls)

o   Black (1 ball)

o   Aldi DK silver yarn, 50g (holding 2 strands together)

·        6mm & 6.5mm knitting needles

·        4mm crochet hook

·        Stuffing (small amount)

·        Cardboard (for inside the sword)

·        Keyrings to attach accessories (i.e telescope, map holder)

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease)

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        s-sl st – surface slip stitch

·        k – knit

·        p – purl

·        K 2 tog, - knit 2 together

·        P 2 tog – purl 2 together

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for the sword, just work as tightly as possible.

·        The gauge for the knitted items is 13 stitches and 20 rows or stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl)

·        The silver section of the sword is made holding two strands of yarn together

·        The finished jumper is 60cm round and 40cm long for a child around age 5-6

 

4.  Pattern

Jumper Back  – work in red using 6mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 44

44

2

(K 2, p 2) x12

44

3-7

Rep row 2

44

 

Change to white & 6.5mm needles

 

8

K 44

44

9

P 44

44

10-13

Rep rows 8 & 9 two more times

44

 

Change to red

 

14-19

Repeat rows 8-13 in red

44

20-67

Repeat row 8-19 changing colour every 6 rows

44

 

You should now have 12 stripes in total

 

68

Cast of 10 stitches, thread next 24 stitches on to the 6mm needles, cast off remaining 10 stitches

24

 

Change to red

 

69

(K 2, p 2) x 6

24

70-72

Rep row 56

24

73

Cast off 24 stitches

0

 

Jumper front – work in red in 6mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 44

44

2

(K 2, p 2) x12

44

3-7

Rep row 2

44

 

Change to white & 6.5mm needles

 

8

K 44

44

9

P 44

44

10-11

Rep rows 8-9

44

12

Rep row 8

44

13-49

From this point on follow the graph to get pattern

44

50-73

Rep rows 50-66 of front of jumper

44

 



Jumper sleeves – work in red in 6mm needles, make 2

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 30

30

2

(K 2, p 2) x 7, k 2

30

3

(p 2, k 2) x 7, P 2

30

4-7

Rep rows 2-3

30

 

Switch to white

 

8

K 30

30

9

P 30

30

10-13

Rep tows 8 & 9

30

 

Switch to red

 

14-19

Rep rows 8-9

30

20-61

Rep rows 8-19

30

62

Cast off 30

 

 

To assemble jumper;

1.     Hold back and front of jumper right sides together and sew the shoulder seems together, these are the 10 stitches cast off in row 68 of the back and front in white.

2.     Sew sides of jumper together, leaving the top 4 stripes of the jumper open

3.     Sew the top rib band together in red, these are made in rows 69-73 of the back and front.

4.     Sew the sleeves into the holes left in step 2 so the right sides are facing each other.

5.     Sew in all the ends from the stripes and graph.

 

Hat  – work in red using 6mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 100

100

2

(k 2, p 2) to end

100

3

K 2 tog, (k2, p2 to last 2 stitches), K 2 tog

98

4

P 2 tog, p 1, (k 2, p 2 to last 3 stitches), p 1, P 2 tog

96

5

K 2 tog, (p 2, k 2 to last 2 stitches) k 2 tog

94

6

P 2 tog, p1 (k2, p2 to last 3 stitches), p 1, p 2 tog

92

7

K 2 tog, (p 2, k 2, to last 2 stitches) k 2 tog

90

 

Change to white and 6.5mm needles

 

8

Cast off 10 stitches, k 70, cast off 10 stitches

70

9

P 70

70

10

K 70

70

11

P 70

70

12

K 70

70

13

P 70

70

 

Change to red

 

14-19

Rep rows 8-13

70

 

Change to white

 

20-25

Rep rows 8-13

70

 

Change to red

 

26-29

Rep rows 8-11

70

30

K2 tog all the way across

35

31

P 2 tog, all the way across, p 1

18

 

To assemble the hat;

 

1.     Cut yarn leaving a long tail, thread end to a needle and weave through all the stitches on the needle, pull to close the top of the hat

2.     Fold the hat in half with the right sides facing each other and making sure the tails created in row 8 (cast of sections) are facing inwards, sew the edges of the hat together.

3.     Sew in all ends and turn the hat in the right way

4.     Tie the tails together to create the bandana look

 

Belt  – work in black using 6.5mm needles

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Cast on 180

180

2

K 180

180

3

P 180

180

4

K 180

180

5

P 180

180

6

K 180

180

7

P 180

180

8

K 180

180

9

P 180

180

10

Cast off 180

0

 

To assemble to belt;

1.     Fold the belt in half lengthwise and skipping the 1st 10 stitches, sew shut, leaving around 20 stitches left unworked at the end.

2.     Repeat step 1 with the opposite side of the belt. 

3.     To secure the belt thread the ends left unsewn through the hole created at the fold and tie.

4.     To create sword hold, knit a rectangle as follows 10 stitches wide and 8 rows long of alternating K & P then sew the smaller ends to the belt, leave the longer ends open to put the sword through.

5.     If you require the belt to hold accessories, like a map holder or telescope, add a couple of yarn loops to the belt sewing them shut and add key rings on the end.

 

Sword  – work in black using 4mm crochet hook

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4-12

In b/l only sc around

18

 

Stuff handle

 

 

Switch to silver (holding 2 strands)

 

13-46

Sc around

18

 

Cut a piece of thick cardboard to fit inside the sword and insert it at this point inside the silver section

 

47

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

48

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Cast off and sew shut

 

 

 

 

Sword decoration – in silver

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Surface single crochet around the last black row before you change to silver

18

2

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

24

3

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

30

4

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

36

5

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

42

6

6 sc, turn

6

7-26

Sc across, turn

6

27

Surface single crochet to the top of the black section to complete the handle.

 

 

1.     To finish off the sword, s-sl st down the middle of both sides of the blade.

2.     Sew in all ends.

3.     The sword should fit inside the holder created on the belt.


  

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