This week I’m going in a slightly different direction and talking you through how I made my latest creation. I had this idea a while ago and after finally seeing the film and forgiving Angelina Jolie for breaking up Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pit, I decided to have a stab at a Maleficent headdress. It’s still not quite finished, but it’s not far off.
Stage one is breaking the design down into individual elements, studying them and working out how best to recreate each of them in a knitted form. So, looking at it, we have a hat and two horns.
After looking at the hat structure for a while, which has an almost ‘widows peak’, turban style hats seemed to be the way forwards, with a deep V shape at the front that an extra piece of knitting could be used to turn it into more of an M shape. It also needed to have a ribbed texture and cover the ears. After a snoop through ravelry, I decided upon this pattern, and knitted it up with no issues.
So, the insertion to make the M shaped brim! It was a small piece of knitting, created thus.
CO 3 stitches
Row 1: K
Row 2: P
Row 3: K1, M1, K to last stitch, M1, K1 (5 stitches)
Row 4: P
Rep last two rows until you have 9 stitches, ending with a P row.
Next Row: K
Next Row: P
Next Row: K1, SSK, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Next Row: P
Rep last two rows until 5 stitches remain
Next Row: K1, S1, K2tog, PSSO, K1
Next Row: P
Next Row: S1, K2tog, PSSO
And it just seams nicely in place! You can play with the proportions if you want, my first attempt was bigger and much much too big.
Now, the really tricky bit. The horns! The first attempt I made, I decided were far too large for Jolie’s Maleficent, but would be quite good for the animated version.
To make them I used my trusty old Clanger pattern as a guide, and I’ll talk you through how I adapted it. The pattern can be found here for free.
I knitted it in DK on 4mm needles. you start out by following the instructions as given on the pattern. except you work in the round. Follow the pattern until you have 30 stitches and then work one more row as given in the pattern. Work 12 rounds stocking stitch. Remove marker, knit 15 stitches, replace marker. Repeat the shape back of head instructions as you used them before, but without making any stitches. Knit in stocking stitch for 12 rounds. [P1 round, K1 round] 3 times and cast off.
I still need to work out how to make the horns stay upright and a few other bits, but I’d say I’m not far off a finished piece. I’ll follow that up on another blog and will also document the creation of a complete costume over the coming months. See you next week!