Rivet the Robot sweater by Elizabeth Green Musselman
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Rivet the Robot sweater

Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
880 - 1540 yards (805 - 1408 m)
25-31" finished chest, or sizes 2T-10
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Who wants to be a robot? OK, now, who wants to be a robot that lights up?

This childโ€™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 sweaterโ€™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.

Construction of this sweater is simple and suitable for advanced beginner knitters. Letโ€™s start assembling that robot!

Additional materials needed: one set of 26โ€ Laser Laces, available in pairs in multiple colors from laserlaces.com and other sites; multi color used in photo


  • Step 13c should read: “Rep step 13a & b, then 13a once more.”