Sunday, September 28, 2008

Little Did I Know

Little did I know that a post I wrote almost a year ago would become interesting again. How do I know people are interested in it? I've gotten a few comments, a few emails, and some Ravelry love, but mostly I got clued in because of this and this. Also, the day before yesterday my blog had about 45 hits and then yesterday it jumped to over 1100. Yikes! Y'all like your Mega Man.

Many of the commenters have mentioned that they would buy a hat. I'm flattered, but in the spirit of DIY, let me elaborate a little on how it was made, so you too can knit your own Mega Man Helmet.

In the original post, I said:
I used the Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap pattern as the basis for the hat and then added the point on the front and the contrasting pieces on the ears and across the top. The yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in Blue Boy and Spruce.

To make your own hat:

Knit Aviator cap using the pattern linked above
  • I used size 6 needles, but I tend to go down a needle size or two for everything I knit.
Make forehead peak
  • PU sts across the forehead (I picked up approximately 16-18 sts)
  • knit these sts in garter stitch while also decreasing (k2tog) at the beginning and end of each row
  • when you have 2sts left: k2tog, cut yarn and pull through rem st
Make top piece*
  • CO 20 sts
  • knit in stockinette stitch for 9 inches
  • fold in half lengthwise and attach** to hat using your choice of stitching. folding it in half gives the strip a raised look without having to use stuffing.
If you really want to be fancy pants, you can knit this in the round to make a little tube. That might have been what I did (I freestyled it and made this a year ago, so I am reaching way back in my memory here to recreate these steps), but it would work by knitting it flat too.

Make ear pieces
  • co 3 sts using dpns. you are knitting this part in the round.
  • kfb into each stitch to make 6 sts
  • continue increasing at 6 points until it measures about 3-1/2 inches in diameter
  • BO
  • follow steps to make a second one
  • attach** them to the hat
Finishing
  • weave in all ends
* The real Mega Man Helmet has two top pieces but Paul and I determined it would look goofy with two, so we deviated from the original a bit.
**It might be helpful to pin your pieces into place before attaching them. It took a little bit of fussing to position them correctly.

Paul and I would love it if you posted links to photos of your version.

Have fun!

17 comments:

  1. ooh! Nice! My girlfriend already bought all the stuff for making me one! exelent exelent \o/

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  2. YAY! You're finally getting the fame and glory you deserve, Trin.

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  3. How cool :) Thanks for the instructions

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  4. Here is Niina's version of that:
    http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/2599/mega03mj0.jpg

    http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/8349/megawi9.jpg

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  5. Ohhh! Keff! Your girlfriend made up her own, crocheted version. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing those.

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  6. Thanks for the inspiration!

    http://emilytbm.livejournal.com/1048925.html

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  7. Thank you for inspiration for wanting an awesome winter hat. I convinced my girlfriend to make me one. We decided to make it out of fleece because she can't knit! lol. I still love mine to death! Thanks again, and GO MEGAMAN!!!

    http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l332/HylianKing/Photo427.jpg

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  8. Thanks! You've inspired me to crochet a hat like this for my friend. I hope it turns out okay :)

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  9. very awesome! thanks for sharing it!

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  10. Umm, I will pay for one ( dont know how to knit )

    Hunterpronovost@aol.com

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  11. I would also pay for this because my knitting abilities are quite lacking but my love for mega man is huge. jsphonorio@gmail.com

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  12. Snowed in this weekend, so I decided to give it a go. Thanks for the instructions and inspiration! Check out the finished product (slightly modified):

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/4320243353_3f5b9534e5_b.jpg

    That's after less than two months of knitting/crocheting :)

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  13. Allen,
    Great job! Thanks for sharing. I like what you did with the ear piece.

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  14. This is way too awesome. Lucky guy.

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  15. Hi!! I'm knitting the Mega Man hat, following your instruction, but I'm stuck at the ears. What do you mean by "increasing at 6 points"? Do you mean I need to increase 6 points every round or do I kfb into each stitch?

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  16. hi trinity! jerri's friend abby here -- just wanted to tell you that i was on the train in boston this morning on my way to work and i was right next to a guy in a megaman hat! and i thought of you and wondered if it was one you made or if someone had made good use of your pattern! i kept looking at the guy; he probably thought i was nuts!

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  17. I have a nerdy nephew who is very difficult to get gifts for. I saw your post online and showed him the megaman hat. He really liked it so I made him one for Christmas. It is a bit different but I would never even have had the idea if not for being inspired by your post. I have you to thank for one, FINALLY, happy on Christmas Nephew.

    Thanks a ball of yarn
    Jen

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