Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Pattern: Unicorn Hoodie!

This pattern has been kicking around in my head for a very long time, ever since my unicorn-loving friend got pregnant, and I thought... baby unicorn. Yes. I'm so excited that it's finally done! So here it is: A way to make your child look hilarious. 

The hoodie part of the Unicorn Hoodie is a quick knit. You start at the neckline with a provisional cast on, then knit down to the bottom. Sleeves are knitted from stitches you put on holders when you divided for the sleeves, so there are no seams. The sleeves end in cute little hooves. Then you undo the provisional cast on and knit the hood up to the three-needle bind off. The entire edge of the sweater is finished in applied i-cord, then you sew a zipper in by hand. (It's easy. Trust me.)

The horn, ears, and tail are knitted separately and sewn on. The mane is created with fringe.

Look at that face. That's the face of a kid who is thrilled to be wearing a unicorn hoodie, in the homeland of the unicorns: the forest. 

And a bonus: the pattern comes with instructions for knitting Unicorn Anklets as well! If your kid is going to have two hooves, he might as well have four, right?

(Yup, that's a hoof anklet.)

Skills needed (or skills you should be willing to learn): Knitting in the round, provisional cast on, i-cord, applied i-cord, short rows, three-needle bind off. The knitting is mostly just stockinette, so once you master these techniques, it's smooth sailing. 

6-12 Months [2T, 4T, 6, 8, 10]
Finished Measurements:
Chest: 21[23, 25, 28, 29.5, 31] inches

Cascade 220 SuperwashWhite; 2[2, 3, 3, 4, 4] hanks, plus a small amount of Strawberry Cream 
Cascade Sunseeker, Silver; 1 hank for all sizes
Paton’s Metallic, Pewter; 1 hank for all sizes 

US 8 24 inch circular needle and dpns
US 6 straight or circular needle and dpns

Stitch markers
Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Tapestry needle
Separating zipper: 10[12, 14, 16, 18, 20] inches long 
Toy stuffing for horn

20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st in MC, CC1, and CC2 on larger needles

Price: $6.00
Get it on Ravelry- no account required.

A big thank you to my test knitters l8tylucky, offbeatchic, and canuckeh. You guys are great.

1 comment:

  1. Totally making this for my unicorn-loving toddler! The hooves are killing me - would have totally done hooves for a baby knit!