One of our dear friends (who also happens to be our Lolo Bean's godfather) and his totally gorgeous wife welcomed their first child, baby Nicola, into the world on Friday morning just as I was weaving the ends on this awesome Yoda hat and jacket.
You see, Mauro is a serious Star Wars fan and as soon as I saw this pattern (years ago) I squirreled it away in my brain knowing that I would knit it for his child one day. And now that day has come and I am so thrilled! It was such a pleasure to knit too because it all looks so authentic. I really got such a kick out of it.
I knit the the hat from just over one ball of Elann Peruvian Highland Wool in the 'peridot' colourway using this free pattern. I added earflaps by picking up 15 stitches on either side and working in garter stitch decreased at the beginning and end of every right side row 3 times and then every row until 3 stitches remained. Using a couple of DPNs I finished them off with i-cord ties. The whole thing got felted 3 times. And voila, the quintessential Yoda hat.
The sweater was knit to spec using this free pattern and just 3 balls of Rowan All Seasons Cotton in 'cookie'. For even more Star Wars awesomeness, I used these charts to write "may the force be with you" on the inside hem. Love it!
We brought it over yesterday afternoon and it was a hit with the new dad. Of course, I'll have to knit a little something pink and girly to make up for dressing poor little Nikki in a weirdo space creature outfit. I have a few ideas brewing...