Three years ago I learned how to crochet and, like any excited newbie, I jumped into a tough project with a definite time limit – I made Big Brother’s Halloween costume and made up 50% off the stuff on the fly. And it turned out fine!

Now, with Halloween about two months away, I’ve suddenly got the itch to crochet things again (I blame the Waldorf stuff for getting my fingers itching for yarn). I’m thinking about making the boys Pokemon-themed hooded vests, since Pokemon is the current craze around here. Little Brother adores Pikachu and point to its image and says “Chu!!!” in the cutest voice. For Big Brother, I’m thinking maybe a vest like Ash wears, with a ballcap painted like his???? That one might be a bit too ambitious. I suppose I could try for matching Pikachu sets, or I could make a hooded vest that looks like a pokeball. Or I could reboot the Link theme and do a simple green vest with a dramatically long hood. IDK. I’m already short on time and money so we’ll see if this project is finished by Halloween or if it takes ’til Christmas. Who else is feeling extra crafty these days?

Link has never been cuter! See the rest of the pictures I took here. The hat was based on a free pattern that I can no longer find. The tunic was based off this pattern. The belt and fingerless gloves were made up by me. I used an organic bamboo yarn from Hobby Lobby (don’t remember the name) for the green stuff and a basic cotton yarn for the brown. I purchased the belt buckle piece from Hobby Lobby as well – it’s been the best belt he’s had since it’s so easily adjusted and has stretched and grown with him. He regularly asks me to make him a new one, since this one is much too small.