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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Batman Inspired Costume

Totally fun Batman costume!  This project takes a bit of time, but isn't very complicated.  You could easily get it done over a weekend.  The stitches are simple, but the cape can get time consuming.  I am actually planning to add more length to my sons cape.  Right now it covers his entire back, but I am going for the full Batman effect, so I must make it longer!  Pattern instructions will include the full length of the cape and fit a toddler size 5/6.

Crochet Batman Inspired Costume

Materials:
* H hook
*Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in black (Get the BIG roll!)
*Yarn needle

Stitches Used:
Ch = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SC = Single Crochet
TC = Treble Crochet
DC dec = Double Crochet Decrease
Sl st = Slip Stitch
MC = Magic Circle *Note: If you are not familiar with this technique, I highly recommend learning it for this project.  The ears will especially benefit from the Magic Circle technique.  If you do not use the Magic Circle technique, you can use the same technique you would normally use to begin a circular beanie round, such as ch 4 and join with sl st.  A video tutorial for the Magic Circle technique will be available on the blog soon.

Begin with a Magic Circle.
R1: 8 DC in center
R2: 2 DC in each stitch around.  Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R3: *2DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch* Repeat around. Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R4:  *2DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 2 stitches* Repeat around. Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R5:  *2DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 3 stitches* Repeat around. Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R6: *2DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 4 stitches* Repeat around. Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R7: *2DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 5 stitches* Repeat around. Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R8-R10: DC around.  Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R11: 28 DC, 5 SC, 4 DC, 5 SC, DC to end of row.  Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R12: 27 DC, 7 sl st, ch 2, 3 DC, 7 sl st, DC to end of round.  Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R13: 26 DC, 8 sl st, ch 2, 4 DC, 8 sl st, DC to end of round.  Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R14: 25 DC, 1 sl st, ch 6. Attach with sl st to top of ch 2 from previous round (creates eyehole).  3 sl st, ch 6, join with sl st to top of first DC after 2nd eyehole.  DC to end of row.  Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Ch 2.
R15: 24 DC, 9 TC, ch 3. Sl st in first ch (creating picot).  9 TC, DC to end of round. Join with sl st in top of first DC.  Tie off end and weave in.

Top of mask is created.  Now we begin work in rows for the bottom of the mask.

R1: Attach yarn in first DC after right eyehole.  Ch 2.  DC around to last DC before left eyehole.  Ch 2, turn.

Where to attach yarn to begin rows


R2: 10 DC, *DC dec, 10 DC* Repeat to end.  Ch 2, turn.
R3: *6 DC, DC dec* Repeat to last 3 stitches.  3 DC, ch 2, turn.
R4: 3 DC, *DC dec, 3 DC* Repeat to end.  Ch 4.  Join with sl st in top of first DC, creating a round.

Now, we begin working in rounds again.

R1 & R2: Ch 2.  DC around, join.

Now, we finish in rows.

R1: Ch 2.  2 DC in each of the next 31 stitches.  Ch 2 & turn.
R2: *1 DC, 2 DC in next stitch* Repeat for first 10 stitches.  DC across to last 10 stitches.  *2 DC in stitch, 1 DC in next stitch* Repeat to end.  Ch 2, turn.
R3-R4: 2 DC in first stitch.  DC across to last stitch.  2 DC in last stitch.  Ch 2, turn.
R5-R7: DC across, ch 2, turn.
R8-R31: 2 DC in first stitch.  DC across.  2 DC in last stitch.  Ch 2, turn.
R32: 2 DC in first stitch.  DC across.  2 DC in last stitch.  Tie off, weave in ends.

Ears (make 2):
Ch 10.  Sl st in first stitch.
Ch 1.  Working in a spiral fashion: 10 sc, sk 1 st, 9 sc, sk 1 st, 8 sc, sk 1 st, 7 sc, sk 1 st, 6 sc, sk 1 st, 5 sc, sk 1 st, 4 sc, sk 1 st, 3 sc, sk 1 st, 2 sc, sk 1 st, sl st and tie off.  Hide end in center.  Attach ears to sides of head.

24 comments:

  1. This is a really cute pattern! I bet my grandson would have a ball playing in this! Thanks for sharing your pattern!

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  2. Very cute! Thanks for sharing your pattern with everyone. :)

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  3. My son just told me he wants to be Batman for Halloween. We have a Batman tee (the classic blue & grey one) & the cape. All we need is the mask, where would I end the mask part of this great costume?? Thanks.

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  4. That's great! The bottom of the mask ends after the rounds are finished. Follow the instructions to there it says "Now we finish in rows." the last set of instructions for rows is all cape. Stopping before then will give you the mask down to the piece that goes around the neck. But, don't forget to make the ears at the end of the pattern!

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  5. Really cute...my grandson will love this! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!!

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  6. This brings back so many memories, my Son is almost 21 now, but one of my favorite pics of him was in an oversized Batman Cap standing at the bottom of the stairs looking up at me with his arms extended. <3 him (I'll have to try this for one day when my child has children (no rush!))

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  7. Awesome! Thank you so much , my daughter just told me she wants a "bat girl " dress up set for Christmas . I plan on using this pattern in pink yarn to do that :)

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  8. Oh my goodness, that sounds so cute! If you don't mind, I'd love a picture when you're finished!

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  9. You stated the ears were at the bottom of the pattern, but I'm missing them somehow. Could you help me please? Otherwise, once I got the gauge down, it was great.... someday I will get that cape worked out to the length I want. LOL

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  10. Oh my goodness, where are the instructions for the ears?! Ha ha! Corinne, I thought they were there, but maybe I didn't post the pattern in it's entirety? Sadly, I don't have my written copy of the pattern handy, but I will post it soon!

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  11. Is there a way to adapt this for older bat-enthusiasts? And have the ears been added?

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  12. Have you posted instruction for ears?

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  13. Ear instructions have been added at the bottom of the pattern. As far as making this for older kids, you would want to continue widening the hat in the beginning rounds. For example, the adding of stitches occurs until R7, you would simply want to continue in the same fashion (*2 DC, then 1 DC in next 6 stitches* etc.) to the desired width for the head you are making it for. You can follow the rest of the pattern pretty closely, but taken into account the fact that you have added stitches. You'll want to remember that when you are making the opening for the neck as well.

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    1. Thank you my nephew is three and he loves Batman this is for his birthday. I love your designs.

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  14. How would I make just the cape? This is so cute!!

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  15. I don't have a pattern for just the cape. I do have plans in the future for a cape pattern, but it isn't finished/written yet.

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    1. Hoping for a reply...I wanted to use this pattern for a Crochet Along on my page if it's ok with you :-)

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  16. I just love this pattern! May I use it for a crochet along for my page? Thank you
    Cathy
    http://www.facebook.com/mummademe

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    1. My apologies for taking so long to get back to you, Cathy! Yes, feel free to use this as a crochet along, but please link back to the blog! :)

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  17. This is fantastic - I've got a little Bat-fan of my own and he'd be THRILLED! I've linked to it from my blog this morning for a Halloween roundup: http://www.mooglyblog.com/crochet-halloween-costumes-for-kids/ if you want to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!

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    1. Thanks, Tamara! I'll link up your post on Facebook and Twitter as well! :)

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  18. I'm having problems with the picot stitches. I am having trouble with the nose part. Trying to finish my project for my grandson for Christmas. Help!

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  19. I'm having trouble with the picot stitches also. Please help me with last round of mask.

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  20. Would you happen to have this same pattern in a size 8? I would love to make this for my son! Thanks!!!

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