In between all the holiday projects and visiting and sewing I’ve been doing this month, I managed to sew along with our CraftingCon theme of Lord of the Rings.
Don’t forget that Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs has a coupon code for CraftingCon readers: use the code “CRAFTINGCON” to take 25% off of all of her PDF patterns through 12/31 in her main pattern shop. To keep up with the sewalong or find out more about our series, join our CraftingCon Facebook group. It’s very easy going this month – the only rule is that it needs to be Lord of the Rings/Hobbit inspired. It’s not a requirement to use a Fishsticks pattern for the SAL, but I have used many of Bonnie’s patterns and can absolutely vouch for them – you won’t regret adding a few to your collection! In fact, I’ll be sharing Tim’s Smaug outfit tomorrow and I started with the Charlie Hoodie.
I love this cloak Frodo wears in the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring movie. Lucky for me, the Peek A Boo Hoodie from Lil Luxe Collection was the perfect place to start – the way the hood attaches to the neckline replicates how Frodo’s cloak crosses over in the front exactly the way I wanted it to!
I also wanted to add in some elements from the cloaks the Company receives in Lothlorien. I used both gray and green (since those cloaks can camouflage themselves in different colors) and added a leaf pendant at the collar.
The gray is a clearance sweater that I cut up. If John weren’t so slim, I’d have gone up a size since the sweatshirt material has very little stretch and the sweater has a slim fit. The green is this suuuper slinky spandex knit from JoAnns. I picked up a couple yards a while ago and have slowly been using it up – it really doesn’t hold up well as anything and is hard to work with, so I can only stand to use it in small quantities! The drape was just right for this hood, though.
John loves the thumbholes in the cuffs. If you haven’t made a thumbhole before, this would be an excellent pattern to learn the technique. The cuffs are long and loose enough that they’re very easy to make and the diagrams in the pattern explain it very well.
And the feature the hoodie is named for: the peekaboo pocket. We call it his secret pocket and it’s just the place for storing any loot he might come across on his adventures!
The hoodie is perfect for brooding like a Ranger with a destiny.
Or getting stuck in an orc dungeon.
Or sleeping in a tree like a true elf prince.
Have you sewn (or crocheted or knitted) anything that fits into our Lord of the Rings/Hobbit theme? Remember, any of the books and the movies are fair game! We’d love to see them and anything from the past year is eligible. Link up and you just might win something!