Even though Halloween is a mere two weeks away, yarn crafters have plenty of time to decorate their homes, make items for their children, and accessorize their wardrobes with Halloween-themed knitted items. Below is a cross-section of some easy, quick knitted projects for Halloween:
Jean Greenhowe's Halloween ghosties: Designer Jean Greenhowe has designed many tiny toys and figures with yarn, but her Halloween Ghosties are simple enough for even a beginning knitter to complete in mere minutes. With only two google-eyes, some poly-fil stuffing, and a few yards of yarn per ghostie, knitters can make several of these little creatures to place throughout the house for Halloween in no time. The pattern is available for free on Greenhowe's website.
Lion Brand Yarn Halloween trick-or-treat bag: The Lion Brand yarn company has patterns for everything from a pillow cover to intricate car coat available for free on their website, and a trick-or-treat bag is no exception. Knit entirely in garter stitch (knit every row), this bag can be completed while watching television, chatting at a knitting group, or even in the car when stuck waiting for a freight train.
DROPS Design pumpkin hat: This pumpkin-themed hat pattern is not only free, but it is written in sizes from 0-6 months all the way up to 7-8 years. With its rolled brim and only two colors of yarn, a newer knitter is able to complete this hat with minimal help.
Skully dishcloth: Dee Brown has designed a simple dishcloth pattern with an embossed skull created with reverse stockinette stitches, and using Lily's Sugar'n Cream yarn. The pattern is free and can be made in any solid color for the design to be easily seen. The pattern requires only one ball of yarn.
"Boo" baby bib: This baby bib, also made with Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn, was designed by Elaine Fitzpatrick and can be found on the Down Cloverlaine blog. The ghost motif on the front of the bib is bordered by a garter-stitch frame, and the shaping consists of simple increases and decreases, making this a good project for a newer knitter.
Juggling eyeballs: The Gigglinggoblin's Weblog, written by Deborah Boyd, provides a pattern for palm-sized eyeballs. The pattern was published in 2009 and offers suggestions for stuffing with various substances, depending on the use for the eyeballs. The blog even suggests stuffing them with catnip to make an excellent cat toy.
Frankensocks: Portland-based knitwear designer Star Athena created this pattern, published in Knitty.com's Fall 2008 issue, to combat not only second-sock syndrome, but also traditional seamless socks. The socks are easy enough for intermediate knitters, and involve a fake seam to evoke the horror of Frankenstein.
No matter how little time is left, there is always time for a little bit of knitting with a Halloween theme. Making items for the home, children, or yourself is possible in the next two weeks; for more resources, consult Ravelry.com, the Lion Brand yarn company website, and Etsy.com.
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