So any mother with more than one child knows: If one child gets a toy, the other needs a toy. In this case, my younger son was very sure about what he wanted his mama to crochet for him. And he was very specific:
It had to go AROUND his head.
It had to have WHITE eyes – none of this “being able to see” stuff
It had to go down to his neck.
I couldn’t find any sort of pattern that matched what he wanted, though. I thought about doing some sort of ski-mask/toddler hat combo, but I couldn’t find anything there that was what I had in mind either. So I ended up winging it, for the most part. I used this pattern here as a starting point, making the basic hat. Then I just sort of guesstimated the eyes (I made the center flap between the eyes first, whipstitched it on, and then crocheted around back and forth until they met up at the bottom. Then I continued down to the neck, with my son all too happy to try it on and check for fit in between each and every row!
The eyes are flaps. That way, he gets his white eyes, while this mama gets the peace of mind of knowing that at least he’ll be able to watch where he’s walking. It was a good compromise, and one that is turning out to be working very well. The webbing, I admit, is not spectacular. It was sort of a race before bedtime, knowing that he was not going to be going to sleep unless he was clutching that mask in his little hands, and so I just stitched it on as quickly as possible. Fortunately, it was very well received.
My Ravelry notes are here.