Adventures in Nerd Crafting: Off to Save Hyrule Again

Arts and Crafts ain’t just for summer camp anymore. Well, it hasn’t been for a long time. When I was a teenager, I had a friend whose parents were LARP’ers. They had an armory of foam and duct tape weapons to outfit a small army, or a group of girls who hunted their friends and called themselves “The Drunkards”. Soda tab chainmail and a PVC staff made me the coolest wizard ever.

Crafting plays a large part in many areas of the nerd world. Take cosplay for example – Most of the costumes you see at conventions and online are one of a kind creations made specifically for one event. Several well-known cosplayers are tailors and create the costumes to bring our favorite characters to life. I have even created a costume or two for my children, just so they can be the characters they love and adore for a day.

My favorite costume I created for my son, Ashley (named after a video game character himself) was Link. He had every detail of the outfit down to the trusty Master Sword and Shield, but the one thing I was not happy with was the hat. I always regretted making such a shit version of an oh-so-recognizable hat. Years after this Halloween, I was flipping through old pictures and was reminded of that awful hat. I had to make a better one. I couldn’t let that trash be the standard of my work. After much trial and error, and many hours spent making this hat, (I used to run an Etsy shop) I have perfected it. Now, I share with you the magical recipe of yarn, hate for this color green, (make 75 of these hats and you tell me how well you like it) and love of a grand adventure tale that is the Link Hat.

It is a stocking hat that fits like a beanie and makes you look like you got +5 Charisma with the ladies of the forest. Below is the knitting pattern for hat. It has been tested many-a-time. So it works, I promise.


1 skein of Caron Simply Soft Dark Sage yarn
Size 10 US Knitting Needles
Tapestry Needle


Not to scale, unless you’re a Minish.

Cast on 80 stitches.
Work 6 rows of garter stitch, which is knitting every stitch.

Row 7: Knit 4 stitches, yarn over, knit two stitches together, knit to last 6 stitches, knit two together, yarn over, knit last 4 stitches.

Work 4 rows of garter stitch. Repeat this 3 more times.

The yarn overs create the holes to put the brown details at the end. Now here comes the fun part.

This next part is a repeating pattern in stockinette to give the hat the elf stocking hat shape. You will repeat the 4 rows until you have a total of 4 stitches left on your needles.

  • Row 1: Knit 2, knit 2 stitches together, knit to last 4 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, and knit 2.
  • Row 2: Purl all stitches.
  • Row 3: Knit all stitches.
  • Row 4: Purl all stitches.

After you have gotten down to the last 4 stitches, cast off, fold the hat in half and seam together. Weave in your ends, not tie knots like the slacker you are. Lace some brown yarn through the eyelets you created in the rim of the hat and voila, you have your very own Link hat.

Now go save Hyrule, you silly bastards.

This post was written by guest author and designer, Amanda Moore