When Communication Design student Paola Pachon isn’t stressing over homework assignments, like coding websites for Web Design class and getting crafty with 3D design projects, her quick fingers don’t stop. For her boyfriend Michael Sheron’s 21st birthday, Pachon designed and crocheted a knight’s helmet. Sheron, a SUNY Farmingdale programming student, gets loads of comments on it. He especially enjoys the visor, which he can raise, lower or remove. ”I love it because my girlfriend made it especially for me,” says Sheron. ”People stop and tell me all the time that it’s cool.”
Sheron’s favorite video game is League of Legends. He also enjoys other “role playing games” where he can play a knight. “He’s obsessed with knights,” says Pachon. “I got inspiration from a crocheted baby’s knight outfit on Etsy.”
This was Pachon’s first crocheted item. She relied on help from “La Madre,” her grandmother in New Jersey. The self-taught La Madre, says Pachon, is a master of intricate knitted and crocheted designs.
“Now everyone is asking me for hats,” says Pachon. Sheron’s father and two brothers all want ones of their own.
“Random people are complimenting me. I feel awesome because of it,” says Sheron.
Pachon’s response to this design featured in the FIT’s 2013 Future of Fashion Show: “Knitted knight-wear is clearly the way of the future!”
But for Pachon, Sheron is her one and only true knight. ”He’s my knight in crocheted armor,” she says.
Hat photos provided by: Michael Sheron