Friday, November 21, 2014

Superhero Mask Blueprints: Batman

This is a rough guide to how I made my son's Batman mask this year. 

It is for a two year old size, but could easily be adapted for a larger size, hence the "blueprint."
It is worked bottom-up, in the round on US size 6 circular needles.
It uses:
Half skein Red Heart Super Saver black yarn

Skills:
Knitting in the round
i-cord edging

Cast on 78 and mark beginning of round.
Knit 3 rows in the round.
Decrease with a slip one-k2tog-psso technique at the beginning of the round for five rows. This will create a bit of a point.

Eye openings
Using the stitches centered over the decease (last stitch of round plus first two stitches of beginning of round, I'd that helps), work two rows in stockinette.
Continue working this center piece as follows:
Increase 1 in first and last stitches on right side.
Purl on wrong side.
Continue until you have 11 stitches.
At beginning of next two stockinette rows, cast on 5 stitches.

Set aside on another needle or scrap yarn. There should be 21 stitches set aside.

Continue with the rest of the mask in stockinette as follows:
Cast off five stitches at the beginning of the next two rows.
Work main portion of mask in stockinette, decreasing once at the beginning and end of the knit row until you have approximately 20 rows.

Crown
Join the center 21 stitches to the rest of the mask. Knit in the round until it measures two inches above the wearer's eyebrows.

Begin decreasing for crown shaping:
Decrease every five stitches
Knit one row
Decrease every four stitches
Knit one row
Decrease every three stitches
Knit one row
Decrease every other stitch
Knit one row
Knit 2 together to end of round, bind off and close any hole that might be visible.

Ears: Make 2
Allow 8-10" tail when you cast on as it is used later to affix the ear to the hat.
Using double point needles, cast on 14 stitches and distribute evenly between three needles. Knit 5 rows.
Repeat next three rows until there are three stitches left:
At beginning of round, begin a decrease 1, knit to end.
Knit two rows.

Tie off remaining three stitches.

I inserted a piece of cardboard from a cereal box cut and curved to shape and support the ears, although that is entirely optional. If you do that you will not be able to wash the mask.

Sew the ears on with the long tail you left.

Finish by applying an i-cord border along the bottom to help prevent the bottom edge from rolling up.