Last year's Halloween included a store-bought peapod costume for Ms. Punkin Q. Pie -- because, really, too tired. But as various superadorable costume ideas got circulated on Facebook and Twitter (my social networks of choice), I was inspired to try my hand at knitting something cool.
Sushi gets lots of love and noms at my house, so I was excited when this onesie costume was featured on the Martha Stewart show. It would be perfect for a kid in a warmer climate, but even the mild Mid-Atlantic states get chilly in October, so we needed something warmer, or at least more adaptable. These drawstring bag nigiri costumes on Etsy were closer to spec and I loved the idea of the condiment headband!
Ravelry has a lot of interesting sushi-inspired patterns; none of these were costumes, however, so I got to work digging through the stash, searching for existing patterns to adapt, guessing my daughter's size while she slept, and doing math. A mess of Lion Brand Homespun fit the bill: the right availability (as in, already in my house), the right amount (gobs of it), the right colors (lucked out totally).
Knit Rolled Rose pattern; it's a funky nautilus shape because I couldn't surmise the correct way to roll it. The ginger strip I invented on the spot using the closest color match I could find, which turned out to be 104 Blush Heather from the non-stash/stash-adjacent Wool-Ease collection. The black nori headband took a couple tries to figure out, as the first incarnation fit me perfectly (!). All "pattern" specifics can be found on the Ravelry project page here.
My original intention was to copy the brilliant drawstring idea and I totally had a bag that would work!-- except it was much too short, like a full year's growth too short. SO I cut the side seams, basted them down, and cut a hole in the bag bottom for the costume top. It kinda works like a cloth sandwich board, good for layering over street clothes for indoor wear and over a coat for trick-or-treating. I wish I had taken the weight of the stuffed-with-more-yarn tamago into account, though; there is a lot of drag in front and it makes it difficult for her to walk around without it sloooowly inching its way floor-ward. What I'm saying is, smart people will come up with some sort of counterbalance in back, because the belt doesn't do much in that way. :)
And I'm in costume at work today, as "Rosie the Riveter or Some Kinda Farmer." Happy Halloween, everyone!