I whipped up a special Hallowe’en balaclava for Devan to wear now that the weather’s cooler. I stumbled across the instructions for this on an unlikely site called Instructables. There are all sorts of great ideas on that site for the DIY kind of person.
When I saw this skull toque “instrucable” I knew I wanted to make one for Devan. Interestingly it was designed by a relatively new knitter called ‘Robotrix’; a guy who had only knit two other projects before. He did a great job; his instructions worked but I did make variations as I went along for a better fit. I think I reknit the section with the eye holes about five or six times to get it just right on Devan’s face.
Since the project was going to be covering Devan’s face, I didn’t want any chance of him whining about it being itchy. Therefore most wools were out of the question. I looked at some alpaca, but even that was a little prickly on the sensitive areas. Francesca at Three Bags Full suggested Calmer by Rowan. It was my first time using it. Wow, now I know what everyone is raving about! It’s a lovely soft cotton/microfibre yarn with a lot of stretch. It makes a great fabric.
The skull was a hit with Devan and we’ve been getting great comments as people see him on the street and at school.