Last year my brother sat in Children’s Hospital and had his head, well, sheared.
I joked that, pre-shearing, he looked like a Wookiee. Because we’re both huge nerds, he appreciated the comparison so much that I told him I would make him a Chewbacca hat when he finally had it all cut off. My last act of 2015 was to make that happen, effectively kicking off DrawFour Bind Off 2016 with something supremely awesome.
I can admit when someone else has already done something impressive that I can’t do better. In this case, Therese Sharp’s Chewie Mittens had exactly the charts I wanted. The Chewbacca face is genius and my brother really wanted the “AAARGH!” on the back of the hat. The mittens are written for fingering weight yarn so all I really had to do was use US 7 needles, worsted weight yarn, and start at round 40 of the chart so that it wasn’t absurdly long. I had to improvise the decreases, which was kind of a pain in the ass, but I based them on the Jamestown Hat and worked in the colorwork on the fly.
Finding the right Wookiee brown was a little bit of a struggle at first. I wanted something with depth but not so much variegation that the colorwork wouldn’t show up. I looked at Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Cascade heather colors, nothing was quite right. Realizing that a little texture wouldn’t go amiss, I checked out Noro Silk Garden Solo. Color 5 was exactly right to contrast with the black and just enough texture to look Wookiee-y. The white duplicate stitch was leftover Spud & Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream–an off-white that wouldn’t look too stark against the black.
The result of two days of hard work was an awesome hat and this look of pure glee on my brother’s face. I couldn’t be happier.