This year Kendra's ordering us to dress as our childhood heroes and/or failed Legends of the Hidden Temple contestants. Kendra assumed I'd be coming as Catwoman from Batman: The Animated Series, and once she said that, I realized she was completely right.
I've had Green Elevator's Black Kitty Hat pattern on my bookmarks forever (okay, probably when I was trying to think of stuff for the Ukrop's 10k back in March), and I had an entire skein of gray yarn, so obviously the universe was smiling on my love of Catwoman.
Some of the changes I've made to the pattern are I used worsted weight yarn and a K hook. Because of my enormous brain, I had to add another row of increases to the pattern. If you also have
INC every 5 stitches (1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC) until you get 60
And from there, follow the pattern (1 DC in each stitch).
Once the hat part was long enough, I marked off where I'd want the mask to come down over my ears. Once it was marked, I did 1 DC in each stitch until I reached my stitch marker, then:
Ch 3, turn, DC in second stitch from hook, DC across until stitch marker, ch 3, turn, etc.
This step involved trying it on every so often to check the length. Once the back/side flap got to be about chin length, I thought, "Hey, I'll just chain across and then I'll have the full neck part of the mask! I'm absolutely brilliant!" You remember those little knights I made out of corks? Yeah, that was the basis for my cunning Catwoman mask plan.
So, high on my incredible genius, I first learned that it's not really possible to make chain stitches while looking at yourself in the mirror because you're still wearing your supervillain mask. And after solving that problem, I made a chain, checked the length, then took the hat off again to add a few stitches in the opposite side. And then I learned that acrylic yarn does not stretch enough for the neck hole I'd just made to fit over my head.
New Awesome Plan: make a flap, then figure out how people attach things to other things. Velcro, safety pins, sewing self into mask so I could be sort of like Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns. Fortunately, I remembered that it's possible to sew buttons onto things and that we probably have a crapton of unused buttons floating around.
My original plan was to use a black domino mask for the face part, but, as you can see above, it's not a good look for me. Especially smiling. Maybe the kitty ears are the key factor here, but I have a feeling I'll still look like a serial killer. Who's a kitty.