Pattern: Jackyll & Hide from Fall 2007 Knitty
Yarn: Plymouth Tweed (a worsted weight), colorway 530, just a tad more than 2 skeins.
Needle: size 7 Addi Turbo for magic loopin’
Gauge: 4.5 sts. per inch
Size: one size- 16.75″ around head/face
Fit: It’s okay on my head, which is 21″ around the widest part (nose), but on my husband, the model, whose head is a little bigger, it’s a little tight.
Thoughts and Modifications:
This pattern is simple and fantastic and so, so scary-looking. I love it.
What I hadn’t considered is that my glasses won’t fit under this. I plan to wear it to hand out candy on Halloween, and I hope the kids don’t figure out they can get me to give them candy 14 times each because I can’t actually see them!
One thing that bothered me about the pattern as written was the eye holes, which weren’t quite tidy enough for me. I moved the increases and decreases one stitch away from the edge, didn’t bind off the bottom two stitches, since that creates a gap between stitches, but rather kept them on holders throughout, then did a single crochet edging around the hole, binding off those two stitches with that. I used M1F for the increase on the left side (facing you) of the eye hole and M1B for the right. See here for those increases. The neatness pleases me. It makes the eye holes a little smaller, and if I were to do this again, I’d make them bigger to start with. As you can see, the width of the strip of fabric between the eye holes makes Mr. HelloYarn’s eyes look a little wonky. He may or may not have played this up for one of the photos.
I also changed the first K2TOG of the decreases at the top of the hat to SSK, which is personal preference again.
Happy Halloween. BOO!!