a hat for Chris

Chris’ birthday is today!  He’s turning 28 and he says he feels old.  As you know, I don’t have a job, so funds for a present are pretty much nonexistent, but luckily I have a nice yarn stash and could make him something:


It’s a Space Invaders hat!  For those who don’t know, Space Invaders was/is an old arcade video game (probably one of the first ones).  Since Chris loves video games, I figured he’s probably played Space Invaders, and since I found a handy chart by Arne & Carlos here, I figured I could make him that.

To make the hat:  using worsted yarn (Berroco Vintage) and a US6 circular needle, I cast on 96 sts and did some rows of k2 p2 ribbing.  Switching to a US8 circular needle, I used the chart from the free PDF, and did the decreases at the top like this (switching to DPNs when it became necessary):

k10, k2tog.  Knit 1 round.  k9, k2tog.  Knit 1 round.  k8, k2tog.  Knit 1 round…. etc. until I got to the last three decrease rows, where I didn’t do a regular knit row in between them.  When 8 sts were left I cast off and secured the ends!

I hope it fits him — it fits me but might be a little tight for him around the colorwork area — I did the floats without really factoring in stretch.

Also, my sprained foot is feeling much better — I’ve been taking it really easy and I think it’s going to be just fine.  The swelling is almost completely gone, the big bruise has stopped spreading, and I’m walking almost normally again.  Thanks again for all the well-wishes — ya’ll made me smile!

I guess that’s all for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Kathryn Rubidoux says:

    Awesome hat! Oh and tell that young-un to quit sniveling about being old at 28.
    The 43 year old 😀


  2. Awesome hat! Absolutely gorgeous!


  3. Great hat! And what a blessing we all have when we can make something when we cant afford to buy things… My son is 30 and daughters 29 & 17,,, They love hats!


  4. Oh. My. GAWD. I lurve space invaders, this hat is a thing of beauty. Way better than anything you could have found in a shop anyway. Glad to hear the foot is healing up quickly.


  5. Happy Birthday Chris!! Hope you ha r many more. 🙂
    Hannah that is a great gift I think he is going to like it and I hope he wears it everyday 🙂


  6. Listen, chick, I was playing space invaders before you and Chris were even born!!! Stunning hat, and pleased to hear about your paw.


  7. He is sure to appreciate something you have made yourself rather than a bought item and the hat is great with the space invader pattern on.


  8. Irene Porter says:

    Glad to here your foot is getting better. Tell Chris to wait until he’s 30, that’s really scary. That’s what I thought at the time. Now I’m thinking 80 will be scary. Signed Irene (aged72)


  9. Awesome hat! Great job knitting. Glad to hear that your foot is doing much better.


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