Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wild Knitters Needed

I have a really, truly, exciting project on my needles, and I'm really excited to be able to share it with you so early on.

I'm working on a hoodie based on Max's 'Rumpus Suit' from the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are movie. (<= link to movie website w/trailer, etc), based on the book by Maurice Sendak (you love this, book, I know you do!).


The hoodie will be available in what seems like a MILLION sizes from little kid to big adult (finished chest circumferences 26", 28", 30", 32", 34", 36", 38", 40", 42", 44", 46", 48", 50", 52", 54", and 56"), and will be a button-up cardigan-style sweater with Monster Ears and a removable tail. The smaller sizes (up to the 36" finished size) will be knit in worsted-weight yarn w/a gauge of 5 sts/in, while all sizes from 38" up will be knit in chunky/heavy worsted/aran yarn at a gauge of 4.5 sts/in. The body of the hoodie will be knit flat, the sleeves knit in the round, and all of them joined on one long needle for the shoulders and hood to be knit "flat" (back-and-forth as opposed to in-the-round). Skills? Knit, purl, buttonhole (explained in pattern), knitting in the round, increase, decrease, kitchener stitch/weaving/grafting.

The pattern will be a FREE downloadable PDF, and my goal is to make it available mid-September, so that fellow Wild Things out there can knit it prior to the movie release on October 16th (notice how I just assume that there are knitters out there as dorky as I am, who will want to wear the hoodie when they go see the movie?).


If you are interested in TEST KNITTING this hoodie, please email me at: TricotChico [at] SplendorKnitting.com and let me know what size you'll be interested in knitting. Keep in mind that this is kind of a super-tight turnaround because of the anticipated release date. I'm working on the first draft of the pattern as we speak, and will email it out to test-knitters Friday morning.

ETA: when I say "super-tight turnaround", what I mean is that I hope that test-knitters can finish their projects w/in 2 weeks in order to have pattern notes an comments back to me for editing. :o)

ETAgain: I've added a couple of smaller sizes to (hopefully) include toddler sizes. The pattern now goes down to 20", 22", and 24". I believe this should cover sizes down to 12 months.

Ummmm...I think that's all the relevant info...definitely email me also if you have questions before deciding to test-knit.

"And now...let the wild rumpus start!"

14 comments:

ShaylaMyst said...

Totally cool!

Girl said...

This is amazing, I will knit and wear to premiere.
Thanks for being so awesome, it must be a burden to be this cool!

JoyceAnna said...

I would volunteer to test knit, but I can't even get a coffee cozy done in 2 weeks time...I"ll have to wait for the release of your pattern. Thanks in advance!

Jo said...

Wheeeeeee! So pumped!

Daniel said...

Totally excited to start this!

Snookie said...

I'm so sorry I missed this! I would have loved to test this for you! I have 2 younger boys and a teenage daughter that would be thrilled to have these. I will keep checking back when you post the pattern on Ravelry! In the meantime ~ I am working on your hat pattern :)

My Sis said...

This might be a dumb question but could the hood piece be made separately just to wear as a hat? I have no where near the skills to knit an entire hoodie but I really want a hat to wear to the premier sort of like the one the girl's wearing in the featurette trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386117/

I can't wait to see your finished hoodie though!

wiznerd said...

Awesome idea! I would've totally test knit, but school just started back up and I have almost no time to knit anything except on the weekends. :(

TricotChico said...

A big thanks to everyone for all the positive feedback; I'm really excited to be working on this project, and I'm glad it's so highly anticipated!

@My Sis: Sure, I do believe it would be possible to start at the hood and knit only that part, but if you have the skills to make that (knit, purl, increase, decrease, buttonhole), then you have the skills to make the entire hoodie! Do what you love, but I'd encourage you to take on an exciting project as a great way to pick up some new techniques, which will be useful for a long time to come!

Happy Knitting, everyone!

My Sis said...

Well, I guess I should've said that I just don't have the attention span to knit a hoodie. :-p Hats I can do aplenty though and thoroughly enjoy. I'm very excited about this one!

But where to find a crown...

Pamela said...

You are my new hero. :)

amelia said...

I just saw your tweets about this project, came to your blog, and saw this. I am SO EXCITED for this pattern! I can't wait to see your finished product! :D

Sinje Ollen said...

Wow, this sounds like such a great pattern. I hope your test knitting is progressing well. So sorry I didn't read this earlier!

Sass E-mum said...

This is great. How's it going? I have a feeling I might tackle this one. My girl frequently feels like 'making trouble of one kind or another'.