A few years ago, I knitsheep costumes for my herd. It was epic. Since then, we've been slackers in the Halloween department. We haven't had much motivation or felt inspired to get dressed up for the occasion.
This year, I decided to fun-it-up. We needed to cut loose from the stress of home buying (a short-sale is really as horrible a process as everyone says) and spend an afternoon being silly. After a bit of browsing around on Ravelry, I had a plan. It doesn't get much more fun and/or silly than unicorns! RIGHT?!?! Mike, the best sport ever, was totally on-board to make a fool of himself with me.
We didn't have any formal engagements scheduled for Halloween; however, it's become a tradition for players in our fall ultimate Frisbee league to dress in costume the weekend before the holiday.
Ultimate is the perfect venue to dress like a unicorn. We tend not to take ourselves too seriously, generally; though thisstudy (#11) suggests otherwise .
Amazingly, these things stayed on and didn't noticeably slow us down. Unfortunately, the magic of the unicorn didn't help us secure a win. But, we had fun, regardless.
I used Brittany Tyler'sunicorn hat pattern as my launching point. And, I borrowed Liopleurodonna's modifications to create a spiral horn and a much fuller mane (THANKS AGAIN!!!)
These are a CRAZY fast knit. I didn't get the idea to knit these until Wednesday evening, and Saturday morning, we were wearing them on the field.
I think the mane was the most labor intensive bit of this entire project, but that was my own fault. I could have made my own life easier by reeling things in- I'm glad I didn't. I think the fullness of the mane is the best part.
I could/should have stopped there. But, I'm not good with boundaries, and I had a little bit of yarn left over. So, I kept knitting, and this happened...
CUTEST unicorns of them all!!!
The puppy dog unicorn costumes were made possible thanks to Sarah Bouthillier's Open-Ear-Dog-Hat pattern. All of the hats are made using a combination of Lion Brand Thick-Quick, Caron Glitter and Paton's Melody yarns from Joann Fabrics.
I compensated the dogs handsomely with treats for their patience, and they forgave me for humiliating them immediately after we took the hats off. Did you DIY Halloween? Leave me a link to your costume(s) in the comments. I'd love to see. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!