Knitted Elvis Wig Pattern

Knitted Elvis Wig Pattern

The North Yorkshire Elvis Bus Tour

Knitted Elvis Wigavailable here and FREE TO USE*!

The hand knitted Elvis wig pattern is here and FREE to use. Brainchild of artist and The Shed head Simon Thackray, the knitted Elvis wig was specially designed by Sirdar to coincide with the world’s first North Yorkshire Elvis Bus Tour.

Photo: Ian McMillan, Wendy Moorby (former World Champion Fastest Knitter), David Rawson and Simon Thackray

ELVIS WIG

*Copyright Notice: this knitted Elvis wig pattern is for your personal use and enjoyment only. This pattern must not be reproduced in any other form or place or used for any activity or purpose whatsoever, either commercial or otherwise, without the written permisson of Simon Thackray and Sidar Spinning Limited.

Patt 841 (designed by Sirdar – the idea of Simon Thackray)

SIZES
To fit average sized head – adult.

TENSION
14sts and 18 rows = 10cms [4ins] over st st using 6 _ mm (UK 3) needles.

MATERIALS
FOR BASIC WIG
NOVA WIG
2 – 100gm balls of SIRDAR NOVA SUPER CHUNKY – shade 894 Black.
SNOWFLAKE CHUNKY WIG
2 – 50gm balls of SIRDAR SNOWFLAKE CHUNKY – shade 380 Black.
FUNKY FUR AND CSDK WIG
2 – 50gm balls of SIRDAR FUNKY FUR – shade 533 Angel Pink.
2 – 50gm balls of SIRDAR COUNTRY STYLE DK – shade 511.
Pair of 5 _ mm (UK 5 ) and 6 _ mm (UK 3) needles, [plus 4mm (UK 8) for heart motif on Funky Fur wig] . Crochet hook. Polyester filling for stuffing.

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ABBREVIATIONS
0 = No stitches or rows to be worked in that particular size k ­ knit p ­ purl st st ­ stocking stitch tog ­ together foll ­ following rep ­ repeat rem ­ remain(ing) cm(s) ­ centimetre(s) mm(s) ­ millimetre(s) in(s) -inch(es) sl ­ slip alt ­ alternate patt ­ pattern inc ­ increase(ing) dec ­ decrease(ing) beg ­ beginning st(s) ­ stitch(es) cont- continue k2tog-b – knit 2 tog in backs of loops k1b – knit next st in back off loop.
M1 ­ make one by picking up loop which lies between st just knitted and next st and knitting (or purling) into the back of this loop.

BASIC WIG USING SIRDAR NOVA CHUNKY
CAP PIECE
With 5 _ mm needles cast on 61sts.
1st ROW – Right side. *k1,p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
2nd ROW – *p1,k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Change to 6 _ mm needles and cont as set until work measures 12cms [4 _ ins] from beg ending with a wrong side row.
Cont in st st beg with a knit row. Work 2 rows.
SHAPE TOP
1st DEC ROW – k1, *k2tog,k2; rep from * to end. 46sts.
Work 1 row.
2nd DEC ROW – k1, *k2tog,k1; rep from * to end. 31sts.
Work 1 row.
3rd DEC ROW – k1, *k2tog; rep from * to end. 16sts.
Work 1 row.
4th DEC ROW – *k2tog; rep from * to end. 8sts.
Break yarn and thread through sts, pull up tightly and secure. Sew centre back seam.

TOP WIG PIECE
With 6 _ mm needles cast on 14sts. Cont in st st beg with a knit row, AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st at both ends of the 3rd and 3 foll 4th rows, 22sts. Work 1 row.
BACK NECK PIECE
1st INC ROW – Right side. k5, (M1, k4) 3 times, M1, k5. 26sts.
Work 1 row.
2nd INC ROW – (k5, M1) twice, k6, (M1, k5) twice. 30sts.
Work 1 row.
3rd INC ROW – k5, M1, k6, (M1, k4) twice, M1, k6, M1, k5. 35sts.
Work 1 row.
4th INC ROW – k5, M1, k7, M1, k4, M1, k3, M1, k4, M1, k7, M1, k5. 41sts.
Work 1 row.
5th INC ROW – k5, (M1, k4) twice, (M1, k5) 3 times, (M1, k4) twice, M1, k5. 49sts.
Work 1 row.
SHAPE BACK HEAD
NEXT 2 ROWS – Knit to last 4sts, turn , sl 1, purl to last 4sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 8sts, turn, sl 1, purl to last 8sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 12sts, turn, sl 1, purl to last 12sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 16sts, turn, sl 1, purl to last 16sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 20sts, turn, sl 1, purl to last 20sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 24sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, purl 5sts, turn, sl 1, knit 10sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, purl14sts, turn, sl 1, knit 18sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, purl 22sts, turn, sl 1, knit 26sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, purl 30sts, turn, sl 1, knit 34sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, purl 38sts, turn, sl 1, knit 42sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, purl 46sts, turn knit to end.
Cont working across all sts. Work 11 rows.
TOP HEAD SHAPING
Place a marker at beg and end of next row.
1st DEC ROW – Right side. k14, k2tog, k17, sl 1-k1-psso, k14. 47sts.
Work 3 rows.
2nd DEC ROW – k14, k2tog, k15, sl 1-k1-psso, k14. 45sts.
Work 3 rows placing a marker at each end of the 3rd row.
3rd DEC ROW – k14, k2tog, k13, sl 1-k1-psso, k14. 43sts.
Work 3 rows.
4th DEC ROW – k14, k2tog, k11, sl 1-k1-psso, k14. 41sts.
Work 3 rows.
FRONT HEAD SHAPING
NEXT 2 ROWS – Knit to last 3sts, turn, sl 1 purl to last 3sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 6sts, turn, sl 1 purl to last 6sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 9sts, turn, sl 1 purl to last 9sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 12sts, turn, sl 1 purl to last 12sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 15sts, turn, sl 1 purl to last 15sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit to last 18sts, turn, sl 1 purl to last 18sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit 5sts, turn, sl 1, purl 9sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit 12sts, turn, sl 1, purl 15sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit 18sts, turn, sl 1, purl 21sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit 24sts, turn, sl 1, purl 27sts, turn.
NEXT 2 ROWS – Sl 1, knit 30sts, turn, sl 1, purl 33sts, turn, sl 1, knit to end.
Work across all sts. Work 5 rows.
1st DEC ROW – k4, (sl 1-k1-psso, k3) 3 times, k3tog, (k3, k2tog) 3 times, k4. 33sts.
Work 1 row.
2nd DEC ROW – k3, (sl 1-k1-psso, k2) 3 times, k3tog, (k2, k2tog) 3 times, k3. 25sts.
Work 1 row.
3rd DEC ROW – k2, (sl 1-k1-psso, k1) 3 times, k3tog, (k1, k2tog) 3 times, k2. 17sts.
Work 1 row.
4th DEC ROW – k1, (sl 1-k1-psso) 3 times, k3tog, (k2tog) 3 times, k1. 9sts.
Work 1 row.
Break yarn and thread through sts, pull up tightly and secure.

LEFT SIDEBURN
With right side facing and 6 _ mm needles cast on 7sts. Cont in st st beg with a knit row.
Work 4 rows.
NEXT ROW – Inc 1 st, knit to last 2sts, k2tog.
Work 3 rows.
Rep the last 4 rows, 3 times more. Cast off.

RIGHT SIDEBURN
Work as given for Left sideburn reversing shaping.

MAKE UP
Press side burns and back flap according to instructions given on ball band. With wrong side of cap to wrong side of top wig piece, back seam on cap to centre of back flap – sew cap piece to wig piece leaving back flap free. Turn out to right side and push cap into wig piece. Attach side burns between markers on each side. Stuff front, round sides and back, leaving centre crown unstuffed, then sl st back cap to back flap. Cut lengths of yarn approximately 10cms long, then cover the side burns and around base of wig from side burns to back flap and back flap, randomly thus:-
Fold a length of yarn in half then, with right side facing, push a crochet hook behind one stitch, pull the looped end of yarn through then the 2 loose ends through to knot.

SNOWFLAKE CHUNKY WIG
Work as given for NOVA CHUNKY wig but use 5 _ mm needles throughout.

FUNKY FUR AND COUNTRY STYLE DK WIG
Work as given for NOVA CHUNKY wig but use 5 _ mm needles, and working one strand of Funky Fur and one strand of Country Style DK together, throughout.

MAKE UP
As given for Nova Chunky wig but use Country Style DK only when working the fringing on side burns and back flap.

HEART MOTIF

MAKE 2 PIECES
With 4mm (UK 8) needles and Country Style DK cast on 3sts. Cont in st st beg with a knit row. Work 2 rows then inc 1 st at both ends of the next and 5 foll alt rows, 15sts. Work 1 row.
NEXT ROW – Right side. Knit 7sts, turn and work on these sts for first side.
NEXT ROW – Purl.
NEXT ROW – sl 1-k1-psso, knit 3, k2tog, 5sts.
NEXT ROW – Purl.
NEXT ROW – sl 1-k1-psso, k1, k2tog, 3sts.
NEXT ROW – Purl.
Cast off.
With right side facing, rejoin yarn at centre and cast off centre st then knit to end, 7sts. Complete as given for first side.
MAKE UP
With right sides tog, join heart motif round edges leaving a small gap at one side. Turn out to right side and stuff, close gap.
Make a plaited cord approximately 10cms [4ins] long. Attach one end to top centre of heart motif and other end to one side of wig in front of sideburn.

PLEASE let us know if you copy this pattern – especially let us know how you get on if you knit the wig! Thank you in advance, Simon.

Please read the Copyright Notice

To find your nearest Sirdar stockist visit www.sirdar.co.uk
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