Every Zombie killer needs a hat. You can’t fight off the hordes of undead without something that makes you feel special and beautiful, right? And it needs to be knitted in a yarn that washes easily. Blood is so difficult to get out, don’t you think?
So, to help you on your fashion fabulous zombie killing way, here is a free hat knitting pattern based on the one worn by Little Rock in the movie Zombieland. Yeah.
I’ve been lax in posting about my crafting lately. It has to do with my launching a craft site, its epic fail due to my not having a clearer vision and people not really doing what they promised and some other frustrating issues.
However, I have finally had my epiphany and will be updating the site and relaunching it for summer this year. Until then, I’ll be popping some of my favourite knits, patterns and free knits that I have found on the net.
My first discovery is the Zombie Bear. This bear was designed by Blue. The pattern isn’t free, a tidy $5, but the bear has to be the BEST zombie bear I’ve seen knitted in a long time. He’s just too cute for words. And there is something about this inexpertly put together and beaten down bear that makes me melt.
Like the lesser spotted Woolly Mammoth, the Woolly Kindle is a rare and beautiful beast. It lurks in dark places and lures you in with its siren call of, “Boooooks, boooooooooooks, read my boooooks.”
The Woolly Kindle is also free. Yes. All you need is 1x Kindle and some basic ingredients to create this majestic creature.
Ok, I’ll stop talking rubbish and explain.
My Kindle is an older version (it was a gift from My Person) so there are very few ready-made covers for it. I also bought myself an utterly divine skein of handspun and hand-dyed merino wool (made from a pet sheep called Barney, ohhh yes) that demands it is used for something I touch regularly.
The result? I discovered two awesome patterns for Kindle covers that are both free and quite easy to make.
For the Monster Kindle Coveryou’ll have to work in the round but it is quite an easy feat on circular needles. You may also have to register/log-in to Ravelry in order to see it as this was very kindly created and donated by a Ravelry member.
The Baobab is gorgeous, very easy to make, and has sentimental value because of the fact that it grows in Souf Efrica. Yes, I am aware that it is a little bit sad, but hey.
Fabulous free patterns, awesome Kindle covers. Life is good.
This is really not a complicated knit at all, there are some fiddly bits here and then that give my sadly pathetic skills some pause, but he is the kind of character that can get away with an mistake or two. I HEART this knit.
So…prepare your sticks and get knitting. Sack Boy all the way…
Oh, and thanks must go to Simply Knittingwho let The Sun use the pattern and let all us happy geek knitters get a chance to create him for free.
I haven’t stopped snorting and sniggering since I discovered this free knitting pattern. I mean. Seriously. It’s genius. Not only do you, as a geek, get to unleash your inner weirdo, but you get to knit yourself some bacteria. And, if you can part with them, they’d make an awesome gift for a baby.
Just think about it…Baby’s first bacteria! What parent wouldn’t thank you profusely for being so thoughtful?
Isn’t it just fabulous that I can combine my utter geeky nerdiness with my new passion for knitting? Isnt it? Huh?
Today I discovered this awesome Star Trek knitting pattern from a site with an equally fabulous name, Off the Hook Astronomy. Not only did this talented lady figure out her very own double-sided Star Trek pattern for pot holders, but she’s got a smorgasbord of other goodies too. Her links to geeky craft sites are ace.
So here you go. Beam yourself up. Set your phasers to stun. And seduce a hot blue alien. It’s knitting, Jim, but not as you know it…
Oohhh. This is a pair of socks begging for your knitting attention. Socks that will transport you to another dimension. Have I filled you with antici………….pation?
A fabulous, free knitting pattern for Time Warp Socks. If you still have that captured knitter in your basement, finishing off your Jayne Hat, then get them to whip you up a pair of these. Commuting will become just a jump to the left.
This fabulous guest post comes from the lovely Rhian over at The Crafty Geek. She’s one talented lady and can knit socks like nothing else.
I’ve just started knitting my Tardis socks so I can testify that socks take quite a bit of getting used to, and Rhian has designed some for Simply Knitting! She’s awesome, funny, and brilliant. Enjoy…
I’ve always been ‘crafty’, whether that was cross stitch, knitting, card making or beading. Unsurprisingly many of my friends are the same. When my son Harry was born we received a gorgeous selection of hand-made clothes you couldn’t have bought in any shop.
From a crocheted Star Trek uniform and tie-dyed babygro to a huge selection of black knitted clothes from a goth friend (seriously, have you tried buying anything for young children in black? [It's almost IMPOSSIBLE ~Tam]), we were thrilled to be able to dress him in our friends’ talent. And his handmade clothes were always the ones singled out by other parents, who wanted to know where they could buy their own.
My own attempts at knitting for Harry were less successful. I completed what should have been a lovely cream jumper in 0-3 months size when pregnant; Harry is now nearly two and the jumper still lies in pieces in his cupboard – I never sewed it together. He’ll never wear it but I can’t quite bear to throw it away.
A blue Debbie Bliss cardigan and a cute knitted monkey still lie half done on the needles, stuffed on my craft shelf.
So knitting for Harry never really worked out. Truth be told, knitting had never been my favourite craft; cross stitch was my true love. But though I did continue with some commissioned pieces, stitching isn’t really the most practical craft round young babies. There are sharp needles and pointy scissors, and the fabric must be kept scrupulously clean at all times, as must your hands when working.
This picture is genius.
Then, when Harry was about two months old, I was finally convinced to give sock knitting a try. I’d heard it was addictive, but oh, I’d had no idea. Basic stocking stitch socks are fiddly in three places – the cast on, the heel, and the toe.
In between, it was just straight knitting, round and round and round. How many rounds could I get done in a nap? How many while Harry toppled piles of blocks over? I was hooked.
(Knitting does come with pointy sticks, yes, but they’re still not quite as lethal as scissors, nor as edible as a tapestry needle. Much more baby-friendly)
It’s now coming up for two years later, and it’s difficult to estimate how much time I’ve spent knitting socks since then – but it’s a lot. Sock knitting is the perfect mummy hobby. It’s fast, portable, and mistakes are generally easy to fix. Designs are as easy or as complicated as you choose.
If I can get my husband to push the buggy, I can knit while walking. I can pick them up and put them down as Harry is playing. When I’m in the mood, I can even knit socks for him (this still doesn’t happen very often; I am rubbish at knitting for my child). Compared to knitting jumpers, it’s also relatively cheap.
Rhian's own design...
And in the last year I’ve also been designing my own socks for a magazine; the perfect work at home mum solution.
I found maternity leave long and lonely; knitting brought me structure, achievements and new friendships. I thoroughly recommend it!
“A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he’s not afraid of anything.” Walsh
Firefly fans (you know who you are) can now go out, kidnap a knitter, and get them to make the Jayne Cobb hat. Not only will wearing this beauty keep your ears warm, but every other Firefly flan on the planet will walk up to you and nod sagely. This, my friend, will MAKE you friends.
And these friends will know what you’re talking about when you say, “Reavers” and shudder a little. Oooh, say it again. Brrrr.
Not only is this little gem of geeky goodness free, it’s also really easy to knit so newbies won’t collapse in sadness because they can’t even begin to figure it out. Like I did with the R2D2 beanie(that intarsia is way beyond my current skills).
So there you go. If you have a geeky mate who happens to be having a baby then this will rock their world.