Sunday, September 24, 2006

R2D2 Beanie

EDIT: Okay, guys. That's enough. I'm flattered. Really. But no more. Not for now at least. Those of you whom I have already contacted, don't worry. Anyone seeing this for the first time, I'm sorry. No more custom orders. I can't knit the same hat over and over again for the rest of my life. If you would like to leave your email, I will put you on a waiting list and contact you when and if I can stand to look at blue and grey yarn ever again. In the meantime, I recommend you try to find a knitter near you or even learn to knit yourself. It's a great hobby.I never expected a little hat I made for my nephew's Halloween costume would draw so much attention. Thank you all for your interest and appreciation.

Carissa

Want a handmade Halloween costume this year? Have a geeky friend whose birthday is right around the corner? Or perhaps you are that geeky friend. That's okay. Be proud of who you are. Shout it out loud without saying a word. Knit this hat and wear it everyday, everywhere.

Now available as a free pdf!
Download through Ravelry!

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic, 3oz/85g, 165yds/151m) one skein each in Royale and Grey Heather
Small amount of worsted black acrylic yarn
Small amount of loose stuffing for projecting bits, if desired
US7 (4.5mm) 16in (41cm) circular needle

US7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles
Tapestry Needle

Gauge:
18sts x 24rows = 4in (10cm) in stst on US7 (4.5mm)

Finished Size:
Child (Adult S, Adult L) = 19 (21, 24)in [48 (54, 61)cm] circumference

Note: This pattern is written such that a basic striped hat is created first, and then details are added with duplicate stitch afterward. If you prefer, you can use the appropriate chart and stranded knitting for rounds 8-12 (9-14, 10-15) and rounds 25-30 (28-33, 30-35), leaving less duplicate stitching to be done in the end.

Pattern:
With grey yarn and circular needles, CO 84 (96, 108) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Work 4 (5, 5) rnds in k2, p2 ribbing. Join blue, but do not cut grey. With blue, knit 2 (2, 3) rnds in stst. Twist blue and grey strands once to prevent a hole. Knit 1 (1, 1) rnd in grey. Twist strands and knit 5 (6, 6) rnds in blue. Twist strands and knit 8 (9, 10) rnds in grey, twisting strands every 4 (5, 5) rnds to carry blue strand along, but still working with grey.
Crown Shaping:
Switch to dpns with 28 (32, 36) sts on each of 3 needles.
Rnd 1: With grey, [k6 (7, 8), k2tog, k6 (7, 8)] around - 78 (90, 102) sts.
Rnd 2 and all even rnds: knit even with same color as previous rnd.
Rnd 3: With grey, [k6 (7, 8), ssk, k5 (6, 7)] around - 72 (84, 96) sts.
Rnd 5: With blue, [k5 (6, 7), k2tog, k5 (6, 7)] around - 66 (78, 90) sts.
Rnd 7: With blue, [k5 (6, 7), ssk, k4 (5, 6)] around - 60 (72, 84) sts.
Rnd 9: With blue, [k4 (5, 6), k2tog, k4 (5, 6)] around - 54 (66, 78) sts.
Rnd 11: With grey, [k4 (5, 6), ssk, k3 (4, 5)] around - 48 (60, 72) sts.
Rnd 13: With blue, [k3 (4, 5), k2tog, k3 (4, 5)] around - 42 (54, 66) sts.
Rnd 15: With grey, [k3 (4, 5), ssk, k2 (3, 4)] around - 36 (48, 60) sts.
Rnd 17: With grey, [k2 (3, 4), k2tog, k2 (3, 4)] around - 30 (42, 54) sts.
Rnd 19: With grey, [k2 (3, 4), ssk, k1 (2, 3)] around - 24 (36, 48) sts.
Child Size Only:
Rnd 21: With grey, [k2tog] around - 12 sts.
Rnd 22: With grey, knit even.
Adult Small Size Only:
Rnd 21: With grey, [k2, k2tog, k2] around - 30 sts.
Rnd 23: With grey, [k2, ssk, k1] around - 24 sts.
Rnd 25: With grey, [k2tog] around - 12 sts.
Rnd 26: With grey, knit even.
Adult Large Size Only:
Rnd 21: With grey, [k3, k2tog, k3] around - 42 sts.
Rnd 23: With grey, [k3, ssk, k2] around - 36
Rnd 25: With grey, [k2, k2tog, k2] around - 30 sts.
Rnd 27: With grey, [k2, ssk, k1] around - 24 sts.
Rnd 29: With grey, [k2tog] around - 12 sts.
Rnd 30: With grey, knit even.
All Sizes: Cut yarn and thread tail through rem sts using tapestry needle. Pull tight and tie off. Weave in ends. Using tapestry needle and duplicate stitch method, add details to match appropriate chart below.

Child Size:









Adult Small Size:









Adult Large Size:









Projecting Bits, make 2 (if desired):
With grey, CO 12 sts leaving a long tail. Dist sts to 3 dpns - 4 sts on each needle. Knit 7 rnds in stst. Join black and cut grey. Next rnd, [k2tog] around – 6 sts. Next rnd, [k2tog] around – 3 sts. Cut yarn and thread through rem sts using tapestry needle. Stuff with batting and use tapestry needle and CO tail to sew to hat along dashed lines from chart. Weave in ends.

Put on hat and make beeping noises.

Feel free to comment here with questions.

This pattern is intended for personal use only. Please do not try to sell it or any product made from it. Thank you.

159 comments:

  1. OMG, I love this hat!

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  2. Awesome hat! Still a newbie knitter,so I won't be attempting any time soon.lol!Great job!
    Sonia
    My Blog

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  3. You need to post this to the CRAFT: blog. Way too cute!

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  4. That has got to be THE nerdiest hat I have ever, ever seen. I LOVE IT!!
    -P

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  5. I made two of these for my sons this week, and they love them! They were quick to make and your pattern is nice and clear. My older son's best friend said "Cool!" when he saw them this morning - high praise from a 7 year-old!

    Because I wanted a lighter grey I ended up using 'Vannas Choice' yarn, which is thicker so I used 4mm needles. I ended up with nice dense hats, though a little scratchy for my taste (I don't recommend the yarn really). They were tested sledding this morning, and all the snow stayed out very well!

    Let me know if I can send you a photo, once I get around to taking some.

    Jennifer

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  6. Glad to hear they were well-received.

    And yes, I'd love to see pictures. If you have a Flickr/Photobucket/whatnot page, you can link it here in a comment. Or if not, you can send photos to CarissaLB at yahoo dot com.

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  7. This is fabulous! My daughter is a new Star Wars fan (she's five) and I know she'll love this. I don't know how to knit, but I think I could sew one from fabric. Must buy shiny silver fabric. . .

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  8. saw this posted on whip up...saw you are in irving so i had to say hi...i'm in arlington! jessica

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  9. What a great hat! I've got to make one for my boyfriend. Also, I wanted to let you that I post a link you your blog on mine.

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  10. My cowboy will love that hat! It's awesome.

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  11. Awesome work! I can't wait to do this myself!

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  12. Love the hat. Can't wait to make it for the men in my life. My brother-in-law will especially love it. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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  13. Now I wish there was more winter so I could wear one of these!

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  14. Ohh how I wish I could knit!

    Any chanse you make them and sell them? =)

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  15. I have done custom orders in the past. I would charge 30USD plus shipping, though I'm not sure how much it would cost to ship internationally. Comment here with your email if you're interested.

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  16. I love it too.... can you send them to Mexico?

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  17. I suppose so. I would have to figure out shipping charges first.

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  18. WANTED: ONE GIRLFRIEND THAT KNOWS HOW TO KNIT ME A R2D2 HAT. WE DONT HAVE TO DATE THAT LONG, JUST LONG ENOUGH FOR YOU TO FINISH MY HAT

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  19. Keith Baldwin2/21/08, 12:47 AM

    I am definitely interested in a custom order. My email is jonas_freed@yahoo.com

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  20. i am very interested! benjamincoyle@hotmail.com. i will gladly pay 30 plus shipping!

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  21. Sorry, Bo. I'm married.

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  22. Awesome hat =)
    A must to have :D

    inex_83@hotmail.com

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  23. Chill Pillsbury2/21/08, 10:42 AM

    Carissa, I would love to own one of these in an adult small. I would be willing to pay your asking price of 30USD and shipping. I live in Texas so Int'l shipping is not an issue. Please contact me at chillpillsbury@gmail.com

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  24. Custom Order for sure!

    nutbastard@yahoo.com

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  25. totally interested in one

    trunks34@hotmail.com

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  26. I am soooooo getting my wife to knit me this hat!

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  27. brilliant hat!
    i am very much interested in a custom order, too.

    the.cake.is at live dot no

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  28. I am also interested, would love one for my son (child size):

    thestevensonsATgmailDOTcom

    (replace "AT" and "DOT" with the "@" and "." symbol).

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  29. I love that hat. I would definetly be interested in a custom order

    mulisha7@hotmail.com

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  30. Frank Perri2/21/08, 5:02 PM

    I would like a custom R2 Hat!
    Adult, large size. Email me at ionian@earthlink.net

    Thanks,
    Frank

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  31. that is the kind of stuff that makes life better - i personally wouldn´t use it but i still think that´s a great job!

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  32. hey i want one too how can i get one ordered? adevara2@gmail.com

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  33. I am interested in getting one as well.

    robert_gaspar at hotmail dot com

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

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  34. I would also like to order a custom made one. Please contact me at screaminbrains@gmail.com

    thanks!

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  35. I was wondering my head is slightly larger than 19 inches, what would be the best way to make the pattern larger? go up to the next gauge needles?

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  36. Magnusfromsweden2/22/08, 6:57 AM

    Thats amazing, you are now my favorite blogger!

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  37. vermifax, if your head is just an inch or two larger, then I would make the 19" size, or maybe go up one needle size. Knit hats are meant to be snug after all.

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  38. I'm going to have to learn to knit, just so I can make that. Totally awesome.

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  39. Your Ravelry link is going to a different pattern - mini stockings.

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  40. I would like to order 2 hats, one child, and one adult.

    please contact tinman886@comcast.net.

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  41. Hello Carissa,
    I never saw a hat like this, it's very cool!. Actually, my brother saw it on your blog, he fell in love with it and he asked me right away to knit it for him...heheh. So now this will be my next project :-)
    I loved your blog, so now it's on my favorite links.
    I will be glad to find more patterns as cool as this one :-)

    From Santiago of Chile I send you my best wishes.

    Cynthia.

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  42. I. Love. This. Fantastic idea.

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  43. So very, very ace! Nice work - I'd love to see some other beanie creations from you!

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  44. OMG THIS IS AWESOME.

    I would love to buy one from someone who knows how to knit!

    Please contact metalsand@gmail.com

    thanks much!

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  45. I would pay a ridiculous amount of money for one of these, especially since i dont know anyone that knits.

    If you decide to sell them let me know disodium85 AT gmail.com

    :D

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  46. I just watched Return of the Jedi again last night and I have to say, finding this post is very fitting. no pun intended. good work.

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  47. Hello Carissa, I am having trouble finding Simply Soft in Royale. Can I use Wintuk with Simply Soft or will that cause problems? My mother in law is knitting me the hat and she wanted to know. Thank You.

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  48. If you can manage to take any more custom orders, I'd like one.

    jmccay at gmail.com

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  49. O my gosh.. I must have one as well!

    Please email me at

    pritchettdavid @ gmail . com

    thanks so much!

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  50. This is genius, you should open a shop. Might I suggest a Metroid beanie (those green energy-draining creatures).

    I'd love to buy one, I live in NY, my email is

    superpsycher008@yahoo.com

    Waiting to hear from you Carissa.

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  51. Inspiring! I want to take up knitting because of this.

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  52. To Anonymous: Apparently, Caron has discontinued Simply Soft in Royale. But as long as your gauge and the yarns' washing instructions are the same, mixing yarns is just fine.

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  53. Zack in Santa Barbara2/24/08, 9:07 PM

    Can you please make one for me? My favorite band (Nerf Herder) buys a shot of whiskey for anyone who wears an R2D2 costume to one of their shows, and the lead singer said that just wearing this hat would qualify. Thanks!

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  54. Zack in Santa Barbara2/24/08, 9:09 PM

    I forgot my email is nerfherderfan@homail.com.

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  55. @Bo: no need for a temp girl friend. Just become a knitter yourself. It's easy to learn, fun and useful.

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  56. I had so much fun knitting this pattern and the little girl for whom I knit it loved it!
    I saw you were linked from Extreme Craft and Boing Boing, congratulations!

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  57. This looks like fun!

    Did you use up all the yarn for the adult large size? What I have is only about 110 yards/skein, and I'm wondering if I'll need two skeins of either or both the gray and blue.

    Thanks!
    -Marina

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  58. Marina, one skein of each should be fine. I had a good bit left over from each color.

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  59. Bo: if I ever finish one, I'll give it to you. email me if you're interested (not anyone else please, I just like the way he asked)
    i_love_keroberos@hotmail.com
    (I'm guessing... adult large size?)

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  60. lmao! i'm sorry but just had to comment when i read your rant in red. ...i felt that way after making THREE sock monkey hats and i can only imagine how many custom orders of this awesome thing you've made *grinning* anyways...very nice hat (and you made me smile so thanks!)

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  61. Hello Carissa!

    Was wondering if you would be so kind and put me on your waiting list, if you still have one? I would like to order one (large) adult and one child. Let me know if you ever muster up the courage to make two more ; ) Thank you!
    solares.maynor@gmail.com

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  62. Carissa

    Would Caron Simply Soft in dk country blue be a good substitute for Royale?

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  63. Sure, the dark blue is fine if you're cool with it being darker. You could make it pink and purple if you really want to. It's your hat.

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  64. I am GOING to take up knitting because of this. My bf found your blog and said that he'd love to have this hat. He wanted me to ask my friend to do it (who has her own knitting blog at http://gradschoolknitter.blogspot.com/gradschool, but I'm going to learn to knit and do it myself. If I'm confident enough, I may even come up with some matching mittens.

    Carissa, you may just have made a knitting convert...

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  65. It's always fun to bring another over to our team.

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  66. The Fine Print of the pattern says "Please do not try to sell it or any product made from it", yet I also note you're not taking any more commissions of it and have have suggested people find someone they know to knit it for them. But does the fine print indicate that if they do find a someone (namely, me) that said someone can only charge for materials and equipment and not a cent for their time?

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  67. Well, I guess I would prefer you try to work out a trade. But it's really all about the honor system. It's not like I would know if you did charge for one. Mainly, I don't want anyone claiming my design for their own or mass-producing them for craft fairs and the like.

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  68. I got my mom to make one for my son, thanks for the pattern!

    http://flickr.com/photos/jrishel/2369316959/in/set-72157604058365499/

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  69. Thanks for sharing this pattern! I learned how to knit just so I could make this beanie for DH's birthday. He loved it and I loved making it. You can see the almost complete version here:

    http://kraftyscraps.blogspot.com/2008/03/starting-finishing.html

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  70. Wow, kraftyscraps. Are you saying this was your very first knitting project? Kudos!

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  71. Another first-time knitter here, made this as a gift: http://www.flickr.com/photos/illenion/2418253884

    This was a fun first project, thanks for the inspiration.

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  72. That looks great! Excellent job! Especially for a first timer.

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  73. i too am a knitting disaster. if you ever care to knit another one of these, i will pay ridiculous amounts of money for one.

    brandono [at] gmail

    thanks yoU!

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  74. I so wish I could knit. I live in Australia so I'd be able to wear it a couple of times a year but I so want one.

    Gav

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  75. THAT is awesome. I promise to not ask you to knit it, but I am going to shamelessly steal your pattern.
    (and tell anyone who asks about it that it is, in fact, your pattern, of course!)

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  76. Congrats on the totally cool and popular pattern! I'm totally going to try one of these for my husband, heh. =D

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  77. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your Star Wars hat in an article I write for Fandomania.com. You can read it here. =)

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  78. I want to go as R2-D2 for Halloween. I don't know how to knit. I live in Denton,TX, is there anyway I could get you to make one of these for me? for money of course.

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  79. I honestly think this hat might force me to learn how to knit.

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  80. You are totally a hat rockstar and all over the web! I would love to be put on the waiting list for one. I would love it, maybe making the gray a dingy white? Thanks for your consideration and congrats on the new found fame!

    valerietyson@gmail.com

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  81. After seeing this, I've been scouring Google and YouTube for knitting tutorials... I WILL do this, even if it kills me.

    Also, I think a Death Star beanie would be a nice accompaniment, yes?

    And to whoever posted the Metroid idea, I wanna do that too! =p

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  82. I love this hat!! Unfortunately, I discovered it the day before Halloween! (As I am costume-less, this would have been perfect about a week ago...) Oh well, next year!
    I still plan on making one and just wearing it year round until I get to Halloween and just say it is my costume...

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  83. I can't imagine how you were selling these for $30! I'm sure it's because I've just learned how to do this, but I'm only at the end of the first blue row, and it's been at least 6 hours of work, not including all the times I've started over.... =S

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/Octopornopus/IMG_0610.jpg

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  84. I _love_ this hat! It may be too late now, but you should just sell the pattern. You'd make a fortune off of that alone without all of the repetitive knitting.

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  85. ok, i have searched the area for someone who could knit this hat, even checked on some of the sweet little old ladies at church, and have found none.
    do you still have a waiting list going?

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  86. You should start a business, carissa! I'm just trying to make a regular old beanie for my bf, and it's just not working out for me! If you've got orders, you can make some serious cash! Good job, and keep knitting!

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  87. The hat is really awsome. I was looking for a treckie hat for my dad too bad he's not into starwars but if you ever make an enterprise hat. Id toatly be into it. I think im just gonna make him a marroon hat with the trek logo on it in gold.

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  88. I'm trying to make the hat but I'm having trouble finding the Caron in Royale. Is there somewhere special it was purchased, or a good alternative to use...another color or another brand.

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  89. I believe that color has been discontinued. Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue might work, but it's closer to navy. Or there's Simply Soft Brites! in Berry Blue. And if you can find Simply Soft Eco at a store near you, there are several shades of blue.

    Of course, you don't have to stick with Caron yarns. I've seen substitutions using Knit Picks and Lion Brand, among others.

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  90. Thank you so much, happy knitting!

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  91. Hi Carissa

    I made 3 of these for my children last week. I hate knitting samples, so I had to have a few tries.
    But they are great and my 5 year old son loved his. My 9 months old daughter used the opportunity to learn how to take off a hat, so she is not a big fan.

    But I am. Thanks for the pattern.

    A shame you have that thing in small print at the bottom. I am sure I could knit these beanies for a living.

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  92. I made the hats for my grandsons, and yes, they loved them. But now I have to do one for an Israeli boy who visited and also loves Star Wars.

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  93. You are genius! I am definitely learning to knit just to make this!!! Thanks. x

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  94. don't know if you've knitted anymore, but i would greatly appreciate it.. thanks..

    adlcerda@hotmail.com

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  95. Carissa,

    I was curious if you are still making these beanies for people. If so, I would greatly appreciated if one could be made, any information would be great. Thanks in advance.

    Cooper

    FarSightedNumberSpazum@gmail.com

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  96. This is soo awesome! i'd like to put myself on the waiting list.

    hobble1@gmail.com

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  97. I'm going to end up making about 6 of these for Christmas this year. (my 2 kids plus 4 nephews.) I'm just glad I found the pattern with 4 months of knitting time left before Christmas.
    Thank you SO much!
    Ronda in Texas

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  98. For those looking for alternative yarns because of discontinued colors...
    I found a yarn at Hobby Lobby called "I Love This yarn" It's an acrylic and very soft. I paid $2.89 for a 7 oz, 355 yard skein. They have several colors of gray that are suitable and a beautiful Royal blue as well.

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  99. Still tired of knitting that sweet R2 hat? If not, id gladly pay for one... let me know... spencer.tim@mac.com

    Thanks!

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  100. Hi Carissa! I am teaching myself to knit and am in the midst of making this absolutely adorable hat for my 7-year-old son for Christmas. I have a couple of questions for you:

    I am still learning how to read patterns. In these directions, "Rnd 1: With grey, [k6 (7, 8), k2tog, k6 (7, 8)] around - 78 (90, 102) sts." am I supposed to alternate k6, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k6 k2tog and so forth or is it k6, k2tog, k6 k6 k2tog k6 k6 k2tog k6 k6 etc? Then I just keep going for 78 stitches?

    And question 2: in these directions "Rnd 2 and all even rnds: knit even with same color as previous rnd." does 'even' mean that I knit the same pattern I did in the previous round, or does 'even' mean just plain knitting all around with no k2tog?

    Sorry for the newbie questions! It's turning out really cute so far, even with a couple of mistakes that aren't really noticeable.

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  101. Yes, for the child size, Rnd 1 would go k6, k2tog, k6, k6, k2tog, k6, k6, k2tog, k6... all the way to the end of your rnd, at which point you should only have 78 sts on your needles, instead of the original 84.

    For Rnd 2, knit even means no decreases, or k2tog, on this rnd. So if your last rnd was grey, you'll knit all the way around with grey; if it was blue, knit all stitches with blue.

    Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.

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  102. Thank you so much! I think I am already becoming addicted to knitting.

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  103. Any chance of you taking anymore custom orders for the r2 beanie?? please email me if you could

    muzara32@yahoo.com

    very serious.
    thanks for the great gift to the world.

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  104. I'd be very interested in a beanie as well. Please let me know if you're interested in making one last one.

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  105. i'm making this beanie for my boyfriend; he's wanted it ever since he has seen it on your site when you posted it.
    i've only knitted one other thing besides this and that was a scarf. i just have one question.
    i'm knitting the hat and i'm at the part where it's twisting the blue and gray strands and i'm noticing that the hat isn't looking like the finished one because, instead of the blue "boxes", it's just blue lines. i'm wondering why that is and if you can help me!
    and, as a new knitter, please use as much detail as possible :))

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  106. As written, the pattern produces a striped hat. Then, after the hat is finished, you can go back with the grey and duplicate stitch the vertical lines between the boxes. If you'd prefer, you can learn to knit with two colors at a time (scroll down a bit on that page). That method is a bit more difficult to master, but still totally do-able.

    Please let me know if those tutorials/videos aren't helpful, or if I've misunderstood your question and your problem is something entirely different.

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  107. I'm going to make several for the Mitten Tree at church for 2010! Just think how happy those kids will be. Thanks Carissa for sharing!

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  108. I'm just gonna have to leave my email and pray you someday make anther one. XD I'll pay $100 if I have to, it's just too good to pass up.
    BannedFromHeaven@hotmail.com

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  109. OH MY GOSH!!
    R2D2, AHH!
    I need to make this ASAP!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Starwars!!
    I'm so excited! Thank you so much for this hat!! Hurray!!

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  110. Someone on Etsy is ripping you off! http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitLush

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  111. You are genius, and have done a very creative work. My husband is a great fan of Star Wars, he wanted it ever since he has seen it on your site. I have knitted one hat for him.
    I was curious if you are still making these beanies for people because he loves those beanies.

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  112. Brillant! Lovi it! Thanks for posting!

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  113. I don't know how to knit, and I want this hat so bad for my son that is the biggest R2D2 fan. Any suggestion on who would make on if you are out of the R2D2 business.

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  114. Hi, I know you're a busy busy miss, but I adore this hat! So I'm going to leave my email in hopes you will someday be able to make one for me! My email is ashleynbender@yahoo.com Have a wonderful day! May the force be with you!

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  115. I live in Alaska and I can't help but think this would be awesome as a ski mask type hat. May I adapt your pattern to be like that? If I can I'll send you the adapted pattern to post on here. And Thanks, this is Amazing!

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  116. I love it, I'm a big Star Wars Fan, I don't knit though, I crochet. Anyway you could transfer the pattern? Also my hubby wants a Metroid Hat, I'm having a hard time finding a pattern, was wondering if you could help. Thanks.

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  117. I can't thank you enough for posting this pattern. I had a friend ask me to make one for her boyfriends' birthday. We're all good friends, so I said yes. It was quite a little journey making this thing, but I did it. Watched A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi while making it. Definitely helped.

    Here's the finished beanie:
    http://twitpic.com/2vjlcw

    I modified a few things, and ended up crocheting the projectile, and only made one. I think it still works :D

    Thanks again!!

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  118. Hey hun AWESOME hat but you oughta know that you make anything star wars that there will be lots of interest and requests. My 33 yr old cousin is trying to get my grandma to knit this for him. I love the NO MORE REQUESTS comment you put on. Totally made my day!! Thanks so much!!

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  119. SO, not to beat a dead horse but this really is a quite brilliant beanie design. I have a new nephew that is not old enough yet, and another nephew on the way, so at least two of these hats are in my knitting future, and I know once their Dad (my brother) sees them, I will probably have to make a third. I love your designs; keep up the great work!

    AND, FYI - I like your designs so much I decided to finally take the plunge and start following some blogs! Yours is the first... ;+)

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  120. Thank you for making a four-year-old very happy!

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  121. Hi! Someone told me to come here and show my hat! http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2535615 I also make an earflap version. It's crochet but still fun. I wish I could knit, I love yours!

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  122. My DH has been an R2D2 collector since the 80's and now he's warped our son as well. He's looking forward to this knitting project and won't complain about the cost of yarn. ;)

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  123. This is truly epic!

    I mentioned this is my geeky artsy blog so hopefully we can get some more people running around in these hats! Check it out here... http://queinteresante2010.blogspot.com/

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  124. thank you for the chart. I don't knit but I crochet and I have to make my son the perfect hat for the rest of winter

    this is wonderful!

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  125. Hey I thought I'd tell you that I love this hat, I've made it a bunch and given it to all my Star Wars friends. I even gave a pink R2KT hat to Ashley Ekstein from the Clone Wars. She posted a photo on her Facebook page of her wearing it at a Padres game. I made sure to give you credit for the Pattern! Thank you for your Creativity!

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  127. http://www.etsy.com/listing/61943257/droid-robot-hand-knit-hat-childrens

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  128. I've wanted to learn to knit for a while but THIS is going to be the reason I will begin. THANK YOU! SO AWESOME.

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  129. This hat is just adorable - thanks so much for posting the pattern! I love it :)

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  130. I think you may want to get a twitter button to your blog. I just marked down the blog, although I must do it manually. Just my $.02 :)

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  131. awesome! i just knitted this for my star wars freak friend. looks awesome!!! i think you could just make a living from knitting this one hat and selling it on etsy XD

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  132. I made this x2 for my friends new twins - AWESOME thank you they loved it - now my cousin, the twins dad and a friend all want one!! Thanks.

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  133. I got my Grandma to knit me this hat! It is AWESOME!!!

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  134. Grandma Lynn9/1/11, 9:09 AM

    My son saw this hat and fell in love with it. I am making one each for him and his son. They are huge Star Wars fans. I've got one started and it is really fun to make.

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  135. LOVE the R2D2 hat. I've made 2 and have 3 more to make by Christmas....good thing I started early! Nice pattern! Thank you so much!

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  136. What a wonderful hat and I love it. You did an amazing piece. Thank you and keep sharing.


    Michelle

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  137. I love this hat but I don't understand what the chart is for? I am assuming the 'color blocks' are knitted in by following the pattern instructions. Is the chart for the things that stick off the hat? I would love to make this hat for my daughter!!!! Thank you!

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  138. As I said in my note preceding the pattern, the instructions are for a basic striped hat. The chart is for adding the details afterward with duplicate stitch, like the vertical grey lines to separate the blue blocks. However, if you prefer, it is certainly feasible to knit the hat with stranded knitting (or fair isle) using the chart. Hope that helps!

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  139. Thank you Carissa! I apologize for asking a question that you had addressed in the pattern. I did what I fuss at my children for doing; only reading part of the instructions and asking questions without having all of the information.

    Thanks again!

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  140. No problem. I won't your kids if you don't. :)

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  141. How do I get the pattern to print. I have tried but it prints small and it is not coming out right. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.
    Dawn

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  142. To print the pattern itself, go to File > Print Preview, which will show you that only the first four pages are pattern (the rest are comments that you presumably don't want to print). Then you can click print and select the option to only print pages 1-4.

    To print the charts, you may have to right-click on your chosen size and select Save As. Then you can go to wherever you save it on your computer, and open and print it from there. I know that's annoying, but if it's possible to print the images larger through blogger, I can't figure it out.

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  143. Amazing your a genius, My girlfriend my try it, I might try it.. Thats the best thing I've seen in ages...

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  144. OMG I volunteered to knit this hat for our IT guy. So I finally got it going and it's so easy! BUT his head measurement is 23" so I made the Adult Large and it's way too big. My gauge is absolutely on target. It seems to be about 3" too wide, based on what we folded - so do you think the 21" will be too small?

    I have to have this finished in the next few days.

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  145. Do you happen to have infant sizing for this hat? I have a couple friends expecting who would love this!

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  146. No, I didn't write up infant sizes. However, if you work with a fingering weight yarn at a gauge of 28 sts per 4 inches, the given sizes would translate to:
    Child > Preemie (12" circumference)
    Adult S > Newborn (14")
    Adult L > 3-6 months (15")

    Hope that helps!

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  147. Bohemian, if the large size is coming out too large, then I would say try the adult small size instead. Knitting is pretty stretchy, so a slightly-too-small hat is certainly better than way-too-large hat.

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  148. I am going to make a crochet attempt on your pattern we shall see wish me luck. I can knit but crochet is faster and I soooo have the needlework add

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  149. Brilliant. I'm a IT geek *and* we have a guy in our dept. who's nickname is R2. Thank you Carissa for sharing your genius. :)

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  150. http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2012/03/12/intarsia-knitting-may-the-force-be-with-you.aspx?a=kr120317

    Your hat pattern got a mention in Knitting Daily but no link back to your design page.

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  151. Margaret Reid8/25/12, 7:04 PM

    Thank you so much for posting this pattern! I just got started on my annual knit a thon for christmas gifts and my husband's brother is going to LOVE this! My husband wants one too, but he will just have to wait!

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  152. I don't knit, I crochet. Can this pattern be converted? You can reach me at bv8311@gmail.com

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  153. I'm sure it's possible to crochet a similar hat, but unfortunately, I'm not as advanced a crocheter to feel confident in my ability to do that. However, there appear to be at least 1, 2, 3 crochet versions available already, according to a Ravelry search.

    Good luck!

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  154. Thank you for this free pattern!! Christmas is gonna be awesome thanks to you!

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