My stepson is very into his Danish ancestry, so when I saw the crochet pattern Lael Viking Helmet by Mamachee on Ravelry I knew I had to make it for him.
I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted yarn, and chose the colors Dark Gray Mix for the hat and Natural Mix for the horns because I wanted this Viking helmet to have a natural, weathered look. (Or as natural as a Viking helmet made from yarn can look, anyway.) This is the first time I’ve worked with this yarn, and I liked very much both the weight and the feel of it.
Initially I had a problem with this pattern that’s been reported by many others: my four vertical seams spiraled instead of going straight. I frogged my first attempt and set the pattern aside for a while. When I went back to it, I read the pattern’s comments on Ravelry, and found Raveler Virda’s excellent observation:
“For those having problems with the lines spiraling, work your first hdc after the 2 fpdcs into the space immediately after the 2 fpdcs. Then, after stitching the stated numbers of hdc’s, it will feel like you are skipping the last stitch, but that is how it’s supposed to be.”
Once that was cleared up, the rest of the pattern went smoothly. Other than the ambiguity around how to properly form the vertical seams, the pattern is very clear and precise.
I also ended up working two rows fewer than the pattern specified in order to get the right hat height, but that may be my personal gauge. Luckily, I had my husband try on the hat in progress and realized in time that it was going to be too long if I didn’t adjust the pattern.
I would use this pattern again, and recommend it, with the caveat that I hope the designer updates it for future users to clear up the ambiguity with the vertical seams.
Here’s the selfie my stepson sent me after I sent him his Viking helmet, worn with his best Viking face: