Friday, September 18, 2009

Wild Thing!

"And now...let the wild rumpus start!" I don't think there's a more perfect way to introduce this (surprisingly highly-anticipated) pattern! It's been incredibly exciting to work on, and it's finally ready to share with everyone!


Pattern: Wild Thing (by me for Splendor Knitting), shown in size 44
Yarn: Universal Yarn Deluxe Chunky in "White Ash" & "Dark Oak" & GGH Lara in color 17
Needles: Addi Turbo Circular needles in sizes US7, US9, and US10.5


This seamlessly-knit hoodie is available in nineteen sizes, from infant to the largest Adult size with a 56" finished chest measurement, all in one PDF (download links at the bottom of this post). It's pretty much an expression of the kind of thing that can happen when my inner dork gets knitting needles and yarn in his hands. It's also an expression of me finding a way to share my love for knitting, despite my selfishness as a knitter.


When I saw the trailer for the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are movie, I was enthralled by the look of the Wild Things, the world they live in, and the feel of the movie in general. Not to mention my longtime big love for the song Wake Up by Arcade Fire (featured in the movie preview trailers). Seriously, that song has what I consider to be one of the best lyrics of all time: "...children, don't grow up/ our bodies get bigger, but our/ hearts get torn up". Is there a more poignant way to describe growing up?


But, I digress...I (and probably just about everyone within about 15 years of my age) grew up with Where the Wild Things Are as a part of my life. Whether you read it as the the story of a boy whose imagination gets the better of him, or the story of a boy who uses his imagination to make the best of things, a lot (a lot, a lot, a lot) of us count it as our favorite children's picture book. Naturally, the movie trailer made me realise it would be super awesome to have a Rumpus Suit of my very own.


At the core of things, I'm an ethical slacker. This isn't to say that I don't care about what I do, but that I don't believe in using more steps than are absolutely necessary. This is one of the many reasons I love working with seamless sweater construction, and that's what I've used for this hoodie. The body is knit flat and the arms are knit separately, but in the round, so that when it's all joined to knit the yoke (which continues up to the hood), there are as few seams as possible. In this hoodie, you really only have the underarms and the top of the hood to graft together. The ears and tail are knit separately, naturally, though they are still knit in the round.


I prefer knitting with animal fibers, so I used Universal Yarn's Deluxe Chunky (100% wool), but their Classic Chunky is a machine-washable alternative (for the smaller sizes, Universal Yarn Classic Worsted is a machine-washable alternative to the 100% wool Deluxe Worsted I have listed in the pattern). The best part is that all their yarns can be ordered right from their website! Seriously, I love mail-order. It's always best when I order several things, so when I go to pick it up at the post office, it's still a surprise to see exactly what came in!

It's true, "there is one in all of us"...some more than others.


This pattern is available as a FREE download from the Splendor Ravelry Store. If you're not a Ravelry member yet, you can also download the pattern for FREE right here on the Splendor Knitting Blog by clicking the button below:



All photography Copyright 2009 Santiago Felipe, used with permission.

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19 comments:

Emily said...

It looks fanTAStic! Congratulations on a vision well realized. Did you put little pieces of plastic or cardboard in the ears to get them to stand straight up, or how did you accomplish that? It really does capture the look and feel of the book perfectly. I adore the tail!

Amelia said...

This is so awesome. It's so cool to see all your enthusiasm and hard work bring something like this to fruition!! I have like 10 minutes a day of knitting time right now but this is totally going into my dream queue of projects to make when I'm no longer chasing babies around.

Kasey said...

I just cast on. I am so excited! What an awesome pattern idea.

Presents said...

This is just too darn cute, man. I need to figure out who in my life needs me to knit this for them.

a nutt said...

This is such a great idea! This could be the beginning of the perfect Halloween costume!!! Love it! Well done.

thefirecat said...

Presents--what about ME????

Oh wait.

:)

Breathing Is Overrated said...

Absolutely FABULOUS. The creativity, attention to detail, and execution are perfect!

Kate said...

WONDERFUL!

Yarnivore said...

wow, I think i may have drooled a little bit. Best Hoodie EVER!

Connie said...

What an absolutely terrific pattern! I cannot wait until my nephew is old enough to knit it for him. Thanks a ton for putting such a creative pattern out there! Next I am looking for other patterns of yours... ;+)

weeblet said...

Halloween? Shhhhheeeeeyit. That's everyday wear, if you ask me. Well done!

carey said...

I recently discovered your blog when I discovered your pattern for The Natural on Ravelry last week, which I immediately knitted for my husband. And now, because of this post, and this pattern, I may very well say that you're my knitting hero. I thank you for these amazing free patterns, and I will knit this for sweater my tiny baby boy... tomorrow.

Gwenllian said...

Love, love, LOVE this!

Anonymous said...

Awesomeness said:

Dude this is so cool! I wish I had time to make it. That's like my favorite book ever.

mamagnome said...

is there any chance you are knitting and selling these? I am not a knitter, but a wild things fan. If not, perhaps this is inducement to start. Thanks!

Nemhain said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I so loved Max when I was a kid and I am sooo glad there are other people out there who can make these things too. My mother will laugh when she sees this and my 11 year old will want one.

lulu said...

Really cool. Consider using plastic canvas for the ears so they'll be washable.

Rebecca Willoughby said...

Everyone needs it! Have you made one yet? I just found it and I know everyone will want one!

Anonymous said...

So cute, thanks for sharing the pattern. In our shamanic balto-slavic traditions we call these "Horned Kichka" with real horns, it is a tradition long before pagan eras and was used in ceremonial head dress for women and elder women. After the 13th c when religion came to the balto-slavic lands, it was forbidden by the rising powers of the church, so the women made what is known today as "Kokoshnik" without horns. I will add one of yours to my album... Here is an album on my slavic page: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.671348689606320.1073742039.303031413104718&type=3