Introduction: How to Crochet the Batman Symbol
Not too long ago, I was tempted to crochet a giant blanket for the bed that I share with my partner. Being that we are both comic book nerds, I figured I would create a Batman blanket. The only problem was that I was new to crocheting and couldn't find any tutorials for the pattern. After many failed attempts, I finally figured out my own pattern, which I have drastically decreased in size so that you can make it about a foot long. You can also multiply the stitches to make it bigger.
I used a 5 mm crochet hook for this pattern, but you can really use whatever size you'd like. If you want it to be smaller and have smaller holes, a smaller hook will work, but it may be difficult to get the hook into the holes if you tighten your stitches like I do.
If you're just making the bat part of the symbol, all you will need is a pair of scissors and the color yarn you would like to use (black if you want it to match the actual symbol). If you're looking to create the oval part, as well, be sure to get another color of yarn (yellow for the standard symbol). The brand of yarn also does not matter. You should only need one skein of yarn for the bat part and two for the oval, but I would get more just to be safe--especially if you're using a bigger hook.
For this tutorial, you will need to know how to make the following: a slip knot, a slip stitch, a chain, a single crochet stitch, and a single crochet foundation chain. If you do not know how to create a single crochet foundation chain, that's okay--I offer an alternate way in the tutorial.
It will likely take a few hours to complete the bat part and about double that time to complete the oval.
Step 1: Crocheting the Body of the Symbol
Step 2: Crocheting the Tops of the Wings
Step 3: Crocheting the Head
Step 4: Crocheting the Bottoms of the Wings
Step 5: Crocheting the Bottom Center
Step 6: Crocheting the Oval for the Symbol
When crocheting the oval, make sure you use the same size crochet hook and the same type of yarn so that it will match the size. I apologize for the lack of a video tutorial for this part, but since you're basically filling in the space around the symbol, as well as the symbol itself, it will take hours to complete this part.
to begin, create a single crochet foundation chain of ninety stitches. Chain once and turn. (An alternate way to do this would be to create a chain of ninety-one stitches and single crochet ninety times beginning in the first chain from the hook)
On the side with the chain row, single crochet ninety times. Chain once and turn.
Single crochet ninety times, chain once, and turn. Repeat this bold process until you have a total of twenty single crochet rows (including the row made with the foundation chain).
Top of the Oval
Skip one stitch, single crochet eighty-eight times, create a slip stitch, chain once, and turn.
Skip one stitch, single crochet eighty-seven times, create a slip stitch, chain once, and turn.
Repeat the bold process above by decreasing the number of times you single crochet by one, until you have completed the row with seventy-six single crochet stitches.
Once you have completed that row, skip two stitches, single crochet seventy-three times, create slip stitches in the next two stitches, chain once, and turn.
Skip the first two stitches, single crochet seventy-one times, create slip stitches in the next two stitches, chain once, and turn.
Repeat the bold process above (decreasing by two stitches) until you have completed the row with sixty-one single crochet stitches.
Once you have finished that row, skip three stitches, single crochet fifty-seven times, create slip stitches in the next three stitches, chain once, and turn.
Skip the first three stitches, single crochet fifty-four times, create slip stitches in the next three stitches, chain once, and turn.
Repeat the bold process above (decreasing by three stitches) until you have finished the row with forty-five single crochet stitches. Once you have done that, fasten off.
Bottom of the Oval
Attach the yarn to the other side of the original rectangle. Single crochet ninety times, chain once, and turn.
Single crochet ninety more times, chain once, and turn.
Now repeat the entire process for the top of the oval (starting with the row that has eighty-eight single crochet stitches). Once you have completed the row with forty-five single crochet stitches, DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
Single crochet all the way around the oval. Be sure to single crochet twice in big gaps (such as the places where you skipped three stitches) and when you can't get your hook into the next stitch. This will help with the curling of the edges.
You should have about two hundred and forty stitches all the way around the oval. When you have finished, create a slip stitch to the first single crochet stitch of that border and fasten off.
If the edges of your oval are still curling up, set it on a flat surface and place something heavy (like books) on top of it to help flatten it out.
Step 7: Sewing the Batman Symbol Onto the Oval
You have two options for this, but both include using the yarn you originally used for the bat symbol or the oval. While I would recommend using the color you used for the bat, if you do not have a lot of yarn left of that color, you can crochet a border onto the bat symbol using the color you used for the oval. You can then use that color to sew the bat onto the oval.
The best way to start this would be by lining up the symbol in the center of the oval and sewing/threading around the original rectangle of the bat first. That way, you can make sure that it is even with the symbol by sewing straight lines. This should also be your first step even if you're not sewing it onto an oval (like I did for the baby blanket shown in the picture). Once you have gone around all four sides of that rectangle, you can work on the rest.
If you have never done this before, just thread your yarn through with the crochet hook. Once you put it in the first time, you can pull a bunch of the yarn through and tie the ends together once you have gone around all of the edges.
You can use the same process to sew/thread it onto a bigger project, such as a baby blanket.
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