Tag Archives: LOTR

Return of the King

Today is World Book Day, so son went off to school in all his Middle Earth glory. I am really pleased with how the cloak turned out. I mostly used the pattern given by these lovely people, but I made a simple, unlined, square hood rather than the deeper more authentic one.   Son is already planning more uses for the cloak and wants me to get some black gauzy fabric so he can be a Nazgul.  Costume also features: tunic (made to this simple pattern);  sword and elven dagger made from cardboard and silver paper, hung from belt by cloth scabbards  along with drawstring bag for holding gold and lembas and such; elven brooch and Arwen pendant made from pendants found in craft shop (a relief to me as I didn’t have to crochet them).

The overall Aragorn effect is slightly marred by son’s insistence on wearing trainers, his spiderman belt instead of  dad’s leather one, and scowling at having his picture taken.  Still I have hopes of us winning the Best Costume prize (unless we get disqualified to for taking it all just a bit too seriously ….)


Now I have run out of things to sew (until I get the money to buy curtain fabric), so it’s back to the sticks ‘n’ string for a while


just what I need

With my Open University course just starting and my partner currently out of work, what is that I need? Oh yes, a new crafting obsession to suck up my time and money.

I resisted all my mother’s attempts to teach me to sew, which of course I now regret. A few months ago mum passed on to me my grandmother’s sewing machine, a 1950s Singer beauty. I had no immediate plans for it but mum has her own machine and wanted the space in her house; my plan was that once I’ve graduated I’ll take some evening classes and learn to sew.

However.  Next Thursday is World Book Day.  Son’s school have asked the children to come dressed as their favourite adventurer or traveller from a book.  Son insists on going as Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.  Ah.  Something nice and easy.   While we did manage to knock up a Fantstic Mr Fox outfit in one evening for Roald Dahl Day
Fantastic Mr Fox
an Aragorn costume is more of a challenge (for which read, I can’t knit or crochet it).  Then I remembered the machine sitting gather dust (and cat hair).   The nice people on the internets provided bags of information on making a cloak and a tunic.   Got some fabric from Abakhan (son insisted on black, inaccurately) and made a pin cushion for practice


Then I spent the whole of the rest of the weekend making the cloak and tunic.  Looking on it as a chance to learn sewing skills as well as win Mother of the Year (and having been raised in the school of if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly), I’ve tried to make a good job of the cloak (also I think it could see lots of service, son still loves dressing  up); the tunic is more of a bodge job as the weekend was running out and I don’t see it get much repeat wear.  But still, not bad for a weekend’s work from a novice seamstress.

Now we just have to fashion a sword and dagger (I’m thinking cardborad and silver paper) and we’re all set for Thursdsay.  Son has promised me I can take photos of him in costume as my fee.  And I am barely resisting the urge to build a stash of fat quarters …

Evenstar Gloves

Evenstar Gloves
I’ve now knitted a second pair of these, and written up the pattern as I’ve gone along.  There are some minor changes from the originals, but the finished glove is pretty much the same. Click here to download the pattern pdf (updated 15 May 11, download now includes chart).  As usual, please note that some rights are reserved and in particular that no commercial use is permitted.

29 January ’10: this pattern is now also available as a free ravelry download

29 August ’10: a chart is now available for the cable pattern, thanks to the very wonderful geneticsgirl click for chart

15 May ’11: pdf download now includes geneticsgirl’s chart; pattern also now available in Italian, very many thanks to ravelry user Ekeloa for the translation

evenstar detail

These long, fingerless gloves were originally created during our Lord of the Rings extended editions watch-a-thon, and are inspired by Arwen as I imagine her from the books.  The beautiful silvery-blue yarn made me think of starlight and of the Evenstar of her people.

You will need 2 x 50g Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in shade 008 (pattern uses approx 170 m of yarn) and a set of 3.25 mm dpns (or smaller/larger to adjust glove size).  The finished glove fits my traditionally-built arms (wrist = 21 cm around) and the arm measures approx 12 cm to the wrist.

The thumb is made using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s ‘thumb trick’; if you need more information on this see Knitter’s Almanac or this photo-tutorial from A Kitten Knits.

I’m still new to pattern writing so please let me know if there are any errors or problems.

Evenstar Gloves

how to spend a cold bank holiday weekend

Knitting and watching dvds, of course. I needed a project to knit during our Easter Weekend Lord of the Rings Extended Editions Marathon and Chrissie needed something to keep her hands warm while weaving in her new workshop, so I made these
'Evenstar Gloves' for Chrissie
These were inspired by Arwen (as I imagine her from the books, not as played by Liv Tyler1). The beautiful silvery-blue yarn made me think of starlight, and I needed Celtic-ish cables for an elven feel. I couldn’t find a pattern that was exactly what I wanted so I improvised this one with help from my venerable Harmony stitch directory. Not having made gloves before the placement of the thumbs wasn’t quite ideal but never mind, they fit and are warm and beautiful. I really like this yarn, so soft and silky, I think I may have to make a pair for myself. I might even write up the pattern eventually.

Pattern: improvised, main cable is Twisted & Crossed Cable from The Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches (1983)

03/11/08: I have now published a free pattern for these gloves
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK shade 008
Needles: 3.25 mm Clover bamboo dpns

Now I have only one WiP on the needles (Jeanie), an almost unprecedented situation. I will cast on for the Latvian Socks soon, I am off to London this week and need a train-friendly project. I’m not sure about the tops of the Latvian Socks, there is no ribbing to keep them up. I have been thinking of either omiting the turn-over picot edging and ribbing instead, or of doing the turn over but hemming it later so that I can add some elastic underneath. The pattern has you knit the ends of the hem together as you work but I want to be able to get at the elastic again later if need be.

1. Peter Jackson made some fantastic casting decisions for the LOTR trilogy but also some not-so-fanastic choices, and Ms Tyler’s Arwen falls into the latter category IMO