Sir Knight Hat modifications

Martina Gardner of Cute & Crafty Crochet has published a wonderful pattern for a “Sir Knight Helmet”. I purchased it myself many moons ago and have made the hat many, many times.

Over time I have made several modifications that people seem to really enjoy, and I am going to describe them here. I will not be posting the full pattern, as that is the property of Martina Gardner (see her Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cutecraftycrochet/ , but she has given me permission to write about the modifications I have made.
For the most part, you follow the original pattern. My modifications are a contrasting edging color, a larger, textured blade, differently shaped vents on the visor, and a crochet button (hinge).

MODIFICATIONS TO BASE HAT:
When you reach round 12, instead of making the hat to the size specified in the original pattern, stop after you get to 4in, 4.5in, 4.5in, 5.5in, 6in, 6in, 7in. sc in next 2, sl st in next 2, finish off.
Change yarn to contrasting yarn color(I use a darker grey most often).
Working in any st, ch2, hdc around, sl st to second ch, finish off.
Switch back to original color.
Sl in any st, sc in next 2, hdc around
At this point, continue with original pattern until done with base hat.
Switch to contrasting yarn color. Start in any st. ch2, sc around entire edge of hat, 3sc in each point. Sl st to 2nd ch st, finish off, weave in ends.
You will end up with a base hat that has a darker stripe about halfway down, and a darker edge.

(Image A)

ImageA
Fold the hat in half to find the front center. Using black yarn and a yarn needle, stitch a + centered in the front of the hat between the darker stripe and the darker edge. Flank this + with a sideways T vent to either side

(Image B)

ImageB

VISOR:
The visor is worked the same as the original pattern at first. SC around the entire edge of the visor with the darker contrasting color, making sure to sc twice in each stitch around the hinge. Instead of making the long straight vents, instead make vents using black yarn and a yarn needle, embroider sideways T shaped vents (see Image C). The pattern of these vents is up to you, but I usually make then 3 in the center, then 2, then 1 going out towards the hinge.

(Image C)

ImageC

BLADE:
Ch 5
Row 1 – turn, sc in the back of each sc across (4 st)
Row 2 – ch 1, turn, 2 sc in back of st, sc in back of st across to last st, 2 sc in back of st (6 st)
Row 3 – ch 1, sc in back of st across (6 st)
For first 3 sizes of Sir Knight Helmets, go to Row 7
Row 4 – ch 1, turn, 2 sc in back of st, sc in back of st across to last st, 2 sc in back of st (8 st)
Row 5 – ch 1, sc in back of st across (8 st)
For next 2 sizes of Sir Knight Helmets, go to Row 7
Row 6 – ch 1, turn, 2 sc in back of st, sc in back of st across to last st, 2 sc in back of st (10 st)
Row 7 – ch 1, sc in back of st across (6, 8 or 10 st) All Sizes
Repeat row 7 until desired length.
Row 8 – ch 1, turn, 2sctog in back of first 2 st, sc in back of st across leaving last 2 st, 2sctog in back of last 2 st (4, 6, 10 st)
Row 9 – ch 1, turn, sc in back of st across (4, 6, 10 st)
For first 3 sizes of Sir Knight Helmet, finish off.
Row 10 – ch 1, turn, 2sctog in back of first 2 st, sc in back of st across leaving last 2 st, 2sctog in back of last 2 st (4, 6 st)
Row 11 – ch 1, turn, sc in back of st across (4, 6 st)
For next 2 sizes of Sir Knight Helmet, finish off.
Row 12 – ch 1, turn, 2sctog in back of first 2 st, sc in back of st across leaving last 2 st, 2sctog in back of last 2 st (4 st)
Row 13 – ch 1, turn, sc in back of st across (4 st)
Finish off.
Starting at 3rd st of last row with contrasting color (See Image D), connect yarn with sl st, ch 1, sc around outer edge of blade, putting 3 sc in each corner. Sl st to initial ch. Fold blade in half lengthwise. Sc across the folded side of blade, one sc in each row. Finish off, leaving a long tail to attach blade to helmet.

Image D

ImageD

Image E is what the blade looks like when finished, and unfolded.
Attach blade to the top of helmet with yarn needle.

Image E

ImageE

BUTTONS:
Using contrasting color, ch 2, hdc 8 times in first ch. Sl st to first hdc. Finish off, weave in ends.
Using 2 strands of black yarn approximately 12 inches in length, pull the two strands through one side of the center hole of button, and back through on the other side of hole. Making the ends even, tie strands with a knot tight against the button. You will end up with 4 strands. These ties will be used to tie the button to the helmet through the hinge.

Image F

ImageF
Pull all button strands through hinge on visor. When attaching to helmet, make sure to tie around a stitch (2 stands on one side, 2 on the other).
Image G

ImageG
Image H

ImageH

 

Other possible color variations:

 

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Be sure and visit Martina Gardner’s Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cutecraftycrochet/ for the original Sir Knight Helmet pattern.  See my etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ManicMilliner

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