Hello from Bee!
Wow! I’m so glad you all liked my C-3PO! He was a lot of fun to make – and so were the two I’ll be showing you this week!
A couple of weeks ago, Boss-Bot and I went to see “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Despite what the critics are saying, we thought it was a very well-done movie and liked it a lot. I’ll leave the formal reviewing to Boss-Bot, but in any case, it made me want to revisit some older versions of the title characters, including my absolute favorite, the 1966 “Batman” television show with Adam West and Burt Ward. If you’ve never had an opportunity to see it, picture brightly-colored sets and costumes, dialogue filled with quips and puns, and action sequences where words such as “BIFF!”, “BAM!”, and “POW!” appear onscreen. Holy productions, Batman – it’s so much fun!
Naturally, when I decided to crochet some DC characters, I knew that I wanted to make the Adam West-Burt Ward versions of the Dynamic Duo. Now, I’ve made superheroes before – as you’ve seen in my previous posts regarding my series of crocheted Marvel Avengers – and, as such, had most of the necessary elements already figured out: gloves, boots, belts, and especially capes. However, up until making Batman and Robin, I had not attempted to crochet masks – and while the Avengers often go around without them, the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder do not. As such, I struck a heroic pose of justice and determination, and got to work.
For Batman’s cowl, I started out by following the first several rows of the head for my “people pattern.” Once I reached the row where I usually put in the eyes, I stopped crocheting in-the-round and instead went back-and-forth across. This way, I ended up with an opening for the face. I then single-crocheted two strips: one to go across the eyes (joined at each end and a midpoint on the cowl opening) and one for the chin. Finally, I made two small triangles for the iconic bat ears.
Robin’s mask was actually the more difficult to figure out. For some reason, applying the same principle of the single-crochet strips from Batman’s cowl did not transfer over well: instead of concealing his secret identity, it actually made the Boy Wonder look like he was wearing a very thick pair of oversized fake glasses! I tried several variations of these strips before scrapping them completely, opting for a single strand of yarn wrapped twice around his head with a small piece glued in between to separate the eyes. It looked instantly better!
Holy crochet, Batman! The Dynamic Duo are officially ready for action! 🙂