Read on for instructions on how to make the knitted batman.
Batman Lego Action Hero
One 50g ball of black 8-ply wool
One A4 sheet each of black, white and yellow felt
Stuffing, or three additional pieces of felt (felt makes quite good stuffing)
Two 4mm knitting needles, as well as a similar sized pair of circular needles
A needle and black and white thread
Step 1: Get inspired. Decide that you will make your precious almost-4-year-old the best soft toy EVER, even if you've always slightly despised soft toys and resented how much space they take up in his bed. Head to your local craft store (in my case, this was Spotlight). Wander the aisles there, slightly bewildered by the multiple project ideas coming into your head. Get your supplies, as well as supplies for a bunch of other craft/knitting projects you don't have the time or skills for.
Step 2: Search the internet for a knitting pattern for a knitted lego batman, because surely someone's made of these before, right? Wrong. You will only find a knitted lego batman willy warmer, and countless examples of knitted batman soft toys (not lego-shaped) by people who are just plain showing off their knitting skills. Decide that you will "freestyle it".
Step 3: Look at some pictures of Lego Batman on the internet, and then begin to knit, freestyle (a.k.a "making it up as you go along"):
Head and body (two sides done as one piece)
Knit a shape like this:
Or if you really need instructions, try these (I take no responsibility for how the body of your superhero turns out!):
The body is knit in stocking stitch, and the head in garter stitch.
Cast on 20 sts, knit 1 row
Inc 1 purlwise, purl to end, inc 1 at end of row
Knit one row
Inc 1 purlwise, purl to end, inc 1 at end of row (24 sts)
Continue to knit/purl alternate rows, and about every 3-4 rows decrease by a stitch at either end of the row, until you have a body-shaped piece and 16 sts on your needles.
Now it's time to knit the head. COff 4 sts, then knit 8, then COff another 4 sts. Knit those 8 until you have a long bit in the middle that when folded over is a square head shape.
Then knit the backside of the body by reversing the instructions above/freestyling it.
Arms and legs
These were knitted on circular needles using the "magic loop" technique. Here's some instructions:
For the arms, cast on 8 stitches, and knit till the arms are approximately the length of the body. For the legs, cast on 12 stitches, and knit till the legs are that stubby little leg length that you see on the Lego Batman (about 1.5 inches if you're really wondering).
Step 4: Now to put it all together. Sew the head together around the sides, and stuff before sewing across the bottom where it joins the body. Then sew the body's sides together, and stuff before sewing across the bottom. Sew one end of the arms and legs closed, stuff, then sew the other end closed. Join the arms and legs to the body in approximately the right places.
Step 5: Use the remaining felt to do the face (white felt under a pice of black felt), the batman sign (black felt on yellow), the belt (a strip of yellow felt with the buckle and embellishment sewn on), and the cape (just cut out a cape shape and braid some wool to hold it on). You also need to carefully stitch the frowny lips.
Step 6: You're done! Lovingly wrap it and give it to your little superhero for his 4th birthday. Admit to feeling just a little proud when Batman manages to bump the other soft toys to the soft toy hammock and take his place as Milkbaby's sole sleeping companion.
|Knitted Lego Batman just hanging out|
And the cake? I couldn't provide instructions to enable you to replicate the saved-from-almost-disaster icing job. Seriously, just 15 minutes before salvaging this into the most awesome icing job ever, I was hanging my head in frustration over the cake, mumbling "I'm such a bad mother...this icing looks terrible."
"Don't worry," said Captain Boringvoice, "it's post-modern to show the construction of the cake." "But this isn't how it's supposed to look!" I wailed.
Realising there wasn't time for melodrama, I gave myself a stern talking to ("for God's sake pull yourself together and think of something creative you can do with this cake"). Not a bad result really - just shows what an impending birthday party and a good pep talk can do.
|Batman: so strong he'll rip the icing right off your cake.|