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freaky ski mask

i made this the other day to try to sell at a craft show coming up. i made it up myself, no pattern, but the idea was inspired by these from the 60's. i think some pictures of myself wearing it are way creepy.

ok i've knit lots of hats and other things, so this was basically taking a hat a lil bit further. so i'm gonna write up what i did, meant for those of you who are familiar already with knitting hats (with double pointed needles or circulars).

i cast on the same number of stitches that i already knew was a good number for around a hat with the needles/yarn type i chose, a little bit loose fitting though, you don't want to use the same stitches as a hat with a tight fit. (i was using size 11 dpn's with two strands of yarn, and used 11 stitches on each needle, so 44 total, but it should work using whatever your preferred needle size may be.)

i started with ribbing for the bottom part (so that it will fit the neck better, accordion-like with the ribbing). i knit ribbing for as long as i thought the neck should be (by basically holding it up to my neck, heh), and then i switched to knitting all around when i changed colors. (actually, i kept ribbing but fatter for a little bit, but that was a mistake, i should have just switched straight to no ribs.) i changed colors for stripes whenever it seemed like a good place, and just kept going around and around, leaving big slots open for the mouth and eyes.

i just guessed on how wide the mouth and eye holes should be, and on how far apart they should be, by holding it up to my face. the mouth ended up being super wide, so i brought it in afterwards. and the eyes ended up being a bit to far away from the mouth so the bottom was kinda poking me in the eyes, very uncomfortable. so, that's why there's the weird stitching on each side of the nose, to pull the eye holes down a little.

so then back to the knitting, after the eye holes, keep going until it seems like the right time to start bringing it in, just like a hat. and you can be finished right then if everything looks good.

after the knitting part was done, i crocheted the white all around the mouth, then the blue on the sides of the mouth hole. and a little crocheted extra of the outside edges of the eyes. then some crocheted color around the bottom of the neck (two different yarns each once around). and then bringing it together under the eyes, and i was done.

here are scans of the front/top and back/bottom to see how it works a little better...

ok i can't think of anything else to say about it. i think i'll definitely be making more of these in the future, not too hard at all, totally creative with infinite variation possibilities, and fun to look at and scare people with....


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Sep. 14th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
Jesus christ that 2nd picture with the TEETH...just...damn.

I nearly pissed my pants, seriously.

I always let a few pages load while I'm off writing an e-mail, and I closed the e-mail screen and it was just THERE.

Sep. 14th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
hahahahaha sorrrry :)
(no subject) - lefthandpinkie - Sep. 14th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fotojager - Sep. 14th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - danelover18 - Sep. 14th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
ha, that seriously startled me for a second.

very cool project! you don't see many ski masks these days. or, at least i don't.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
Seriously, that first pic with the glasses and TEETH is just fuckin' freaky.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
you have great knitting skills, but damn girl, that's creepy.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
I did threaten to knit my dad a ski mask.
Thanks! :)
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
i jumped when i saw this. im used to seeing necklaces or other random crafty goodies. the one w/ the needles still in made me giggle.

rockin good job on it.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
haha yeah when i first took that one and looked at the image on my camera i think i gasped, creeeeepy me. thanks!
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
I immediately thought of BDSM when the images popped up, which shows how warped my imagination is. Now I just thought of how funny it'd be if robbers took up knitting to make their own masks. Anyhoo, it's awesome and has a lot of possibilities :P.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
hahahahah "how funny it'd be if robbers took up knitting to make their own masks" yeah!
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
omg, that's super cool and freaky and ahhhhh it made me laugh :D
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
I like yours a lot.

scared the shit out of me though.XD
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
hahaha yeah seriously
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
OMG they're back!
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
That's what I said! I remember seeing someone post those freaky ass masks before and thanked my lucky stars I wasn't a child of the 60s.

I can't stop laughing, its too hilarious- epecially the little girl. I have no clue as to WHY I find them funny, I just can't keep the tears from rollin'.
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Sep. 14th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
The first one is TERRIFYING. seriously, scariest thing i've ever seen.
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh Honey, that's absolutely frightening! Just in time for halloween. :)
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
that's... terrifying
Sep. 14th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
Egad, that's terrifying. And awesome. But mainly terrifying.
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