Scarecrow from Arkham Asylum

Happy Halloween! It’s finally here! I think I am most excited because I am finished with our costumes that have been in the making for months.

My son decided in August, he wanted to be the character Scarecrow from Batmen, sure, BUT WAIT! Not just any Scarecrow, he wanted to be the one from Batman Arkham Asylum video game. This took some research, and a whole lot of thinking. Here is what he wants to be:

batman-arkham-asylum-artwork-scarecrowRight?!?!

I thought about this for weeks. Then I started breaking the costume down into “no problems” and “this will take some time.” First, doesn’t it look like he is wearing long hand warmers? That’s what I thought! So I found this very simple crochet hand warmer pattern,  here, and got to work.

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Step one, done, quick and painless. Now for the mask. No matter how I screwed up the rest of the costume, the mask will make it! We went to Spirit Halloween shop to look for a small, mouth only, gas mask. Done! we also found some cool long skeleton fingers, not exactly needles, but it worked. My initial plan was to crochet a long hat, with eye holes, leaving room for the mask. This plan was thrown out since the mask was to large for my son. Instead I crocheted into the plastic to make the mask one piece. I had to make the neck long, so I crocheted back and forth, and just added a tie to the back. My poor son had to sit next to me the entire time, I kept trying it on him to get it just right. The end result, I must say, was better then I expected.

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My husband found some fabric at A.C. Moore, it was 3 yards for $5, sold! It was very heavy material, like the kind you make drapes out of. the cowl was easy, two large triangles and two squares,  simple. The pants on the other hand….super difficult! I had the bright idea to use some of his pajama pants as a template. Sounds like a good plan right? WRONG! The pajama pant material was nice and stretchy, the drape material was not. He couldn’t even pull them past his thighs, it was awful! I split the seems, and sewed two triangles to compensate. Lucky for me, most of the Batman characters make their own costumes, Woo-hoo. I added yarn stitching to this unforgiving material, which made my hands sore beyond belief, oh the pain we endure for the happiness of our offspring. He was super excited, and I was feeling pretty accomplished!

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Have a Crafty Halloween!

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