In our house my husband and son have slight obsession with the Nintendo video game, Legend of Zelda. My husband grew up playing it and loves it, so my son (who is a HUGE daddy’s boy) of course loves it as well. A month or so ago I was deciding what to make for his costume, I was going to go with Max from the Wild Things book, one of his favorites. I decided against that idea once he started pronouncing Zelda waaaay better than most of the words he says. I knew he had to be Link for Halloween. I went with the Wind Waker version of Link because his favorite character in Super Smash Bros. (another favorite video game in our house) is the Link from the Wind Waker game. Plus it is a pretty simple tunic and hat design, which was perfect for this 8 month pregnant momma to make without getting carried away!
I’m not big into video games myself but I love how much of a bond there is between my husband and son for the love of those games, it just makes me smile like crazy!
Below is a simple how to, to make your own Link tunic and hat. These instructions are for the size 2T. You can modify the pattern for whatever size you need by simpling taking torso measurements, explained below.
All pieces in this costume include: Front tunic piece, Back tunic piece, Belt, Buckle, Hat.
Torso Measurments (Measurements were taken over clothing)
1. Torso Circumference (belly button height)
2. Base of neck to bottom of bum (down the back)
3. Arm hole length (measure shirt hole and add an inch or two)
4. Collar bone to desired length for v neck (stop wherever you want to base of the v to hit)
A J size crochet hook and worsted weight yarn was used to create this costume
Tunic Front and Back Pieces
My son’s torso circumference was 20″. I divided that in half and then added 2 inches for some wiggle room giving me 12″ wide front and back pieces. When stitched together gave me a 24″ circumference (4″ inch wiggle room).
Both the front and back pieces start the same way but once you get to the v neck it differs, so I’ll be explaining them separately.
Tunic Back Piece: 38 chains (approx 12″ long). I made the tunic long and ended up with 55 rows of linen stitching, giving me a 16” long tunic. I then single crocheted around the entire rectangle to give it a finished look and also to help me when I stitched each piece together.
Tunic Front Piece: 38 chains (approx 12″ long). This piece works up just like the back piece until the v neck. I had 41 rows of linen stitching when I split for the v neck.
Then I just folded it in half and marked the middle because, honestly, I couldn’t find my measuring tape and didn’t feel like hunting it down wherever my toddler hid it. So my sides are probably not perfectly halved, which you can tell from the picture below, but they were close enough and my toddler wasn’t going to care. If you want to make sure they are even take your measuring tape and mark the middle with a stitch marker.
Crochet all the way to your half way point. IMPORTANT make sure you put a stitch in the actual middle on both sides, or else you will end up with a funky looking v neck. I ended up with 14 rows of linen stitching for each side of my v neck. I decreased by 1 stitch every time I was moving AWAY from the middle, this gave me a smooth v neck. I also single crocheted around the entire front piece to give it a finished look and to help stitching both pieces together.
Once both pieces were finished I slip stitched the side and shoulders together. Leaving about 5″ for the arm holes. I eyeballed stitching the shoulders together by placing the pieces on my toddler and marking where I wanted to stop so I could comfortably pull the tunic on and off. For this measurement, measure from the edge of your shoulder to right before the halfway point on your collar bone.
You should now have your tunic finished and ready to move onto making the belt and it’s buckle.
The belt is really easy. It should be just slightly longer than your circumference measurement. Instead of chaining the length of belt I only chained the width of the belt and then added rows until I got the length I wanted. The belt width was 4 single crochets and I made it longer than I needed (I did this so I could adjust the length as needed while attaching it to the tunic). Sew the belt straight onto the tunic and then sew the belt ends together, this is so you don’t end up with too short of a belt and can’t get your tunic over your shoulders.
I forgot to take a picture of the belt because it worked up really fast.
The buckle is quick to make as well. Instead of it being just a flat round piece I made a ball and squished it flat.
Using a magic circle:
Round 1 – 6 single crochets (Sc) in magic circle.
Round 2 – increase by adding 2 Sc in each space.
Round 3 – increase every other stitch (1 Sc, 2 Sc, 1 Sc, 2 Sc, repeat around).
Round 4 – increase every third stitch ( 1 Sc, 1 Sc, 2 Sc, 1 Sc, 1 Sc, 2 Sc, repeat around).
Round 5-6 – 1 Sc in each stitch.
Round 7 – decrease every other stitch.
Once you’ve crocheted all the rounds squish it flat and sew on the brown detailing as pictured above. I doubled up on my stitching and used back stitching technique.
When stitching the buckle on don’t stitch around the circle but only the part where the buckle touches the belt.
The hat is a simple crochet beanie pattern worked from the bottom up, instead of the crown down. I measured my son’s head circumference and made a chain the same length making sure I had an uneven number for my ribbing. Then I just added rows until it was time to create the taper (3-4 inches above the ear).
For the taper I was decreasing every 3rd or 4th stitch and every other row. I did this until I felt like a I had the taper I wanted and then sewed the tip closed.
I always eye ball it when making a tapered hat – but if you’d like an actual pattern let me know!I completed his costume with these clothing pieces. You can get them with these links
Lime green shirt – Amazon
White pants – primary.com
Sword and shield – Amazon
Boots – Walmart
I did paint the sword and shield to match the game. If that is something you don’t want to do then I’d just leave them out of the costume.
Anyways that’s it! I hope you have fun creating your own tunic and be sure to contact me if you run into any snags. Also if you’d like an official pattern to buy let me know! Happy Halloween!