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My mom taught me to knit when I was 12, but I really went gaga for crafting in grad school -- so much so that I've changed careers from history professor to full-time knitting designer, teacher, and ...

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Rivet the Robot

from Dark Matter Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Rivet the Robot
Rivet the Robot
Rivet the Robot
Rivet the Robot
Rivet the Robot

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on, knit, purl, bind off, knitting in the round, basic increases & decreases, picking up stitches

Pattern Description:

Who wants to be a robot? OK, now, who wants to be a robot that lights up?

This child's hoodie features LED lights in the control panel that can be easily switched on and off and also removed for washing. For a little extra light-up action, knit the control panel and the sweater's I-cord edgings out of glow-in-the-dark yarn. Corrugated sleeves provide that Cold War robot chic. What a great way to light your path of mechanical mayhem on Halloween or any other day of the year.

If you're like me, then knitting a costume for Halloween seems crazy for two reasons:

1. the idea of knitting something that will be worn once pierces you to the core

2. your kid does not always like to call attention to him- or herself

This sweater is ideal for you then, because in the daylight, with the LED lights taken out, this looks like a regular hoodie. It can therefore be worn year-round and only signals its secret robot identity when and if the child wishes.

Pattern contains full instructions for all techniques not mentioned at left.

Construction of this sweater is simple and suitable for advanced beginner knitters. Let's start assembling that robot!


20 sts = 4" = 30 rounds in color A or
B in stockinette, after blocking

Blocked row gauge is extremely important
to the final fit of the garment. Please take
the time to wash and block your swatch.

22 sts = 4" = 28 rows in color C in
stockinette, after blocking

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished chest sizes: 25 (261/2, 28, 291/2, 31)"


  • Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool): 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins / 440 (660, 660, 660, 880) yds of color A, shown in #816 / dark gray; 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins / 440 (440, 660, 660, 660) yds of color B, shown in #815 / black
  • 1 skein (250 yds) Nightlights Glow in the Dark Yarn (100% nylon), color C [Good substitutes: Bernat Glow in the Dark yarn, Jelly Yarn sportweight]
  • size 7 needles (or size needed to get gauge), of the following types: 24"-long circular (or 29" circular if making either of the 2 largest sizes); double-pointed needles

You Will Also Need:

  • one set of 26" Laser Laces [available in pairs in multiple colors from laserlaces.com and other sites; multi color used in photo]
  • 2 x 3/4" metal buttons