19 August 2008 @ 08:55 pm
The goggles! They do nothing!  
I posted this on [livejournal.com profile] steam_knits last night, and didn't get quite the feedback I was expecting. I don't really want to change the post enough to get feedback on [livejournal.com profile] knitting (what with the no-crossposting rule), so I'm posting it here in hopes that you guys can offer more insight.

Yarn: Salvaged from a sweater. It's 80% wool/20% acrylic, I think. It's felted a bit, and has a really nice texture when knitted up. It's on the heavier side of worsted.
Needles: Size 8 US/5 mm
Size: For my head (22"), but it stretches a lot, so I would say it fits up to a 25" skull
Pattern: Made up by me in a very scientific manner
Linkage: Ye Olde Ravelry Page

Click on any of these for a larger view. They're all sized at 600x800 pixels, so the largest view should be big enough to see any detail you need. There are a couple more than shown here at my Flickr.

The construction is mindboggling simple. It's all knit in garter rib. The center panel is just a 4-inch wide rectangle, which the sides are picked up from. You work three columns of decreases, the center one being a double decrease, to draw it all into a helmet shape. You keep decreasing until you get the strap the width you want, and then you cast off on one side and work the other one until it reaches and work a buttonhole on that end. Ta-da! Aviator cap.

aviatorcap 002flash

The flash makes me look a bit like I'm a second away from eating all your heads, but the flash shows off the true color pretty well on my computer. It's a sort of burgundy-ish red, but not too purple.

aviatorcap 040 aviatorcap 015 aviatorcap 017

Front, left side, right side

aviatorcap 036 aviatorcap 018 aviatorcap 058

Unbuttoned, button detail, all my hair crammed up in the back

OK, so it's pretty cute right now, but what I'm fussed over is the decreases on the side panels. I feel that it might look better if the center triangle was wider, and the two columns of garter rib on the sides were narrower, so that the point where all the decreases come together was lower down -- closer to my jaw. The double decrease column has to stay where it is -- radiating from the crown -- because that's the one that makes the side panels curve right. The apex of the curve has to be on the crown. I'm concerned, though, that if I make the bottom panel of garter rib narrower, that it won't cup the bottom of the head right.

Plans to improve it:

-- try a stitch with a smoother texture -- that pretty much leaves stockinette or stockinette-based lace or King Charles brocade, maybe?
-- shift the decrease columns so that the center decrease section is wider and therefor longer
-- try moving the edge of the cap forward so it comes over my forehead
-- taper the center panel in the back so it cups the back of the head more

Anybody have an insight or opinions they want to offer?
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[identity profile] cigarettes214.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)

My only advice is that you should probably send me one asap. :D
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Ha. I'll write up a pattern instead, OK? I feel weird giving a prototype to someone I like.
[identity profile] cigarettes214.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Haha. Sounds good. :)
Six-Piece Chicken McNobody: Pushpins[personal profile] fidget on August 20th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'd love to have the pattern. Was it hard to make?
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Nope. It was super easy. I have some numbers locked up tight in my head, which I should probably write down before I lose them.

Techniques, from easiest to hardest: flat knitting, cable cast-on, ribbing, chain edge selvage*, using stitch markers, k2tog, ssk, sl 1 k2tog psso, picking up stitches, vertical buttonhole

If you can knit ribbing and decrease, you can knit this.

*Slip the first stitch of the row purlwise to make a selvage edge
[identity profile] beraht.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Ooh. I want one.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'll see what I can make happen. In the distant future.
[identity profile] sarahbellem.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
You're cute! And so's the hat! Hee!
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sarah!
[identity profile] sora50.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
All that's missing are the googles.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
I don't have any cool goggle. Only clear plastic safety glasses, and those are for actual dangerous activities.
[identity profile] crazycatlady76.livejournal.com on August 20th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about knitting or pattern drafting, so I have no idea how you would go about doing this, but...I think it needs to sit just a teensy scoche further forward on the forehead, and just a pinch further back at the jawline. I don't think the chinstrap needs to sit lower, necessarily, but it would probably look nicer if it made a sharper angle. Maybe you could tie off the side panel and just make the chinstrap from the back panel?
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on August 22nd, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
It's pretty far forward on my head already, but I had my bangs sticking out. Because I thought it was cuter. I'm planning on taking some pics of it with everything further forward before I go to bed.

Maybe you could tie off the side panel and just make the chinstrap from the back panel?

That's actually what's happening now. The back panel has more stitches than the front panel, so after the center panel stitches are all decreased away, you decrease evenly from the front and back panels until all the stitches from the front panel are gone.

I could make a sharper angle, but it would involve placing the back panel stitches on a holder and then doing the shaping on the center and front panels, knitting the back panel to the right length, and then sewing a seam. I don't want to do that.
[identity profile] devikat.livejournal.com on August 21st, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yup... definitely wants the pattern. It would go nicely with this other one I want to make:

There's also a sweater that opens on the side... oh here we go:

I think these all together are perfect for the fashionable young aviatrix!
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on August 22nd, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
I am writing the pattern right now. It may be in my next post. Maybe.

The high-necked Buttony would be so perfect for an aviatrix. I've decided that all steampunk sweaters must have very high, tight collars. The better to grasp that 1890s silhouette.

I also really like the Colette Pullover by Veronik Avery and the Cinnabar Pullover by Kate Gilbert. Colette is very 1920s and, AND the colorwork motif is actually little cat heads. So cute and unexpected.

Are you a member of Steamy Stitches on Ravelry? You should be!
[identity profile] devikat.livejournal.com on August 22nd, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking an 1890's high necked blouse underneath the sweater, with a pair of lady's "cycling bloomers" and dark stockings...

Plus, the perfect pair of boots came in at work last week. I'm ordering them in Black Neptune Leather (waterproof!).