Halloween Bat and Pumpkin Patterns

Its that time of year again, my favourite time of year again… Halloween!
Leaves have changed colour and are falling off the trees, conkers have been collected and the coffee shops are finally getting their winter drinks in.

Sadly this year we have decided to take a bit of a back seat on Halloween as the tiny humans medical diet means we cant go trick or treating or have sweets and chocolates around but that isnt stopping us from transforming the inside of the house into the Halloween equivelent of a grotto. Every decoration we have will be creating a spooky atmosphere inside and with that in mind I decided to whip up a quick and easy Halloween garland.

It started with a bat, the pattern for this is simple but effective, I wanted to capture the proper bat outline with the spikey wings and little ears.

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And then for need of some colour came the pumpkin

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I’ve popped the pattern for both below so you can choose to make a garland of all bats, all pumpkins or a mix of the two. You could be really snazzy about it and make them clip on so you can change it up depending on how you feel.

THE PATTERN

Yarn – I used black, orange, white and brown yarn in DK weight from my stash
Hook – 3.5mm
Lastly the pattern is written in UK terms.

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The Bat –
We are working in rows, turning at the end of each row and ch1 at the beginning of each new row.

WING (Make 2)
Ch6,
dc in the 2nd from the hook and each st across (5)
inc, dc4 (6)
dc5, inc (7)
inc, dc5, inc (9)
inc, dc7 (9)
ss, dc7, inc (10)
dc8, inc (10)
inc, dc9 (11)
dc10, inc (12)
ss, dc11 (12)
ss, dc10 (11)
ss, dc8 (9)
ss, dc7 (8)
inc, dc6 (8)
ss, dc6, inc (8)
inc, dc6 (8)
ss, dc6 (6)
ss, dc5 (5)
ss, dc4 (4)
ss, dc3 (3)
ss, dc1 (1)
dc1
You now need to sc around the edges of the wing, I worked 9dc to the first spike, ch1, dc4 into the valley, dc4 to the next spike, ch1, dc3 into the valley, dc4 to the end, ch1, dc3 across the end, ch1, dc24 across the top of the wing and back to where you started, ss to join and fasten off weaving in your ends.

BODY
ch6,
inc in the 2nd ch from the hook, dc3, dc3 in the last st, now working down the other side of the starting ch, dc3, sc in last st, ss to first sc to join.
dc inc, htr inc, tr3, htr inc, (tr, ch2, tr in the next st), htr inc, tr3, htr inc, dc inc, ss to first sc to join.
We are going to create the head now so Work 5 foundation dc’s and join back onto the body with a ss
ch1, turn, 2dc in each st of the head (10)
turn, ss4, ch2, ss in same sp, ss next 2, ch2, ss in the same space, ss next 4 and join at the end – this will have just created the ears.

You now need to sew both wings to the body. Use the pictures as a guide on where to join them. You can also use a little white thread to stitch some eyes.

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The Pumpkins –
We are working in joined rounds for these so each round should finish with a ss to the first st of that round and each new round will begin with a dc which we will not count as our first st.

IN ORANGE YARN
dc8 into a magic circle
inc around (16)
dc, inc, repeat around to the end (24)
dc, dc, inc, repeat around to end (32)
dc, dc, dc, inc, repeat around to end (40)
ss2, dc3, htr3, tr6, htr3, dc3, ss2, dc3,htr3, tr6, htr3, dc3, ss to join.

IN BROWN YARN
ch 6
htr in 2nd from the hook, dc 4
fasten off and leave a long enough tail of yarn to use to join the stalk to the body of the pumpkin

IN BLACK YARN
Stitch a pumpkin face onto the pumpkin, use the pictures as a guide or create your own expression.

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Lastly using black yarn (or any colour of your choosing) chain as many as you need to make a string the length you want/need to attach your pumpkins and bats onto.
I sewed the pumpkins directly on but added a hanging loop to the bats so you could still see their little pointy ears when hanging.
Also I choose to PVA block my bat and pumpkins so they were firmer and held their shape. I did this by pinning them flat onto a foam block, but a cardboard box or polystyrene will work as well, and then I used a mix of PVA and a little water to wash over the top of the shapes. I allowed it to dry overnight (its touch dry in an hour or so but really hardens overnight) and I gave it very liberal coating. Once dry they were nice and firm and stayed in shape while hanging.

Happy Halloween Witches!

A Creativeโ€™s Nightmare

I think it’s happened to most of us at some point or another and it always crops up at the least convenient of times.

Writers call it writers block, artists; creative block but us crocheters, well we call it ‘loosing our crojo’ our crochet mojo of you will. Much to my dismay this is exactly what hit me recently. Everything I tried failed, I couldn’t think of anything new and exciting and even the usual works in progress were boring me. I just wasn’t getting any enjoyment for all the projects I attempted.

Therefore I set about finding a good pallet cleansing project that would hopefully kick start my inspiration and passion again. Now I wouldn’t call this a pallet cleanser as it ended up being neither quick or easy which are generally key points however it did make me determined to finish and helped me push through the block.

Enter stage left the latest cardigan for the tiny human.

All I can see are things I would like to change and tweak, which is common when I’ve created my own pattern. Thankfully the little lady was a big fan and put it on straight away.

I’ve used a beautiful yarn by Wendy called Fleur in the colourway Allium. It’s a DK weight yarn that is a mix of cotton, acrylic and Tencel giving it a super soft slightly fluffy brushed texture.

It took a little over 1 ball for the whole cardigan and I’ve used a mixture of stitches including the star stitch to create lots of texture.

I got carried away with lots of little details on this one and it just never quite seemed to be finished, but this does mean we have a lovely ribbed edging, and a crab stitches collar.

I’ve written the pattern up for this sizing along with measurements for adjusting as you need and it will be available for free on the blog next week!

Spring Cushion Cover

A little while ago Hobbycraft asked me to design a spring make for them to feature on their blog. After doing a crazy lady happy dance I put my thinking cap on and thought of everything that reminds me of spring; Easter, baby chicks, lambs, bright flowers, blossom, pastel colours, the list was long.

In the end I hopped onto Hobbycraft and took a look at the yarn, to offer some additonal inspiration. I knew I wanted to use Aran weight yarn and at least one side would be corner to corner to add some texture.
As soon as I spotted the WI Home cotton yarn and all the pretty pastel colours I knew thats what I wanted to use. The colours reminded me of a spring bouquet and so I wanted to make something with flowers.

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The design evolved naturally and I got rebellious with the back panel picking colours at random for the stripes rather than keeping them in a uniformed format.

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I’m a huge fan of reversable pieces as I love how you can change the look of a room and freshen it up by just flipping the cushion/throw etc over.

This design is really simple and only a few basic stitches are needed. Hope over to Hobbycraft here for the free pattern if you fancy making the cushion yourself.

The WI home cotton yarn iteself is gorgeous, it creates beautifully neat textured stitches and is sturdy enough to make a quality feeling cushion cover without being too bulky and heavy. The colour options are all happy sunny shades that are perfect for any spring make you can put your hook to. I am already thinking up my next creation with it!

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If you do make the cushion please remember to tag me as I love to see your creations and variations.

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Sea Mist Cowl

You may have gathered from my last post that I am a big fan of the KnitCraft Funky Chunky yarn from Hobby Craft ๐Ÿ™‚ so much so that I couldn’t just buy one colourway when I was in there getting the fab mixed balls for my Sunset Socks, oh no! I also picked up the gorgeous blue colourway.

After the success of the socks I was very keen to whip up another quick and easy project, something you can start and finish in an evening with a cup of tea. I’m a big fan of instant gratification so I like quick projects to pop in between my bigger W.I.P’s and keep me motivated.

I only had 2 balls so it ruled out a lot of projects and I eventually settled on a cowl, winter is coming (as we keep being told in GOT) and everyone needs handmade knitwear in the wardrobe over the colder months.

I opted to use the V stitch as it is one of my absolute favourites for being both quick and giving a really nice design to the rows.

I’ve popped the FREE pattern below for you so you can all give it a go yourself. Remember to tag me over on Instagram if you make this so I can see your wonderful versions.
Mine is still awaiting a nice big rustic button to finish it off but the possibilities are endless.

NOTES:
I use US terms (Sorweee, I was taught in US terms and they just stick!) so for all my fellow UK-ers its a Treble crochet (Tr) I’m using instead of a double crochet (dc)

MATERIALS:
10mm crochet hook
2x Funky Chunky in Turquoise
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Buttons or other embellishments (optional)

METHOD:

  1. Ch63, dc in the 4th from the hook, ch1 and dc in the same st,
    *skip 2 stitches and complete another V stitch in the 3rd (dc, ch1, dc)* repeat to the end and then pop a dc in the last st
  2. Ch3, turn, work a V stitch in each ch1 gap from the pervious round until the end, finish with a dc in the top of your starting ch3
  3. Repeat Row 2 four more times. Fasten off but don’t cut your tail.
    This should leave you with just enough yarn to put the two short ends together and either whip stitch or slip stitch the two edges together to make a cowl

Add any embellishments you might fancy and you’re all done!

 

Sunset Slipper Socks

I had a major impulse buying session in my local Hobby Craft a while ago and snapped up some of their brand new Funky Chunky yarn. It’s absolutely gorgeous, really soft, chunky and has a fab texture.

I went for a couple of balls of blue and a couple of this awesome mixed colourway.

Sadly I then had to leave them sat on the shelf for ages as I had orders to crack on with but finally I just had time for a quick pallet cleanser project. I’d originally planned to make a scarf but all of a sudden I was taken by an urge to make some super snuggly slipper socks.

These socks are unbelievable cosy and ideal for keeping your feet warm on a cold night.

It took 3 balls of Funky Chunky for a pair and the pattern is easily adapted for bigger or smaller feet.

I also added little rubbery dots onto the bottom of them to make them proper slipper socks and stop me flying across the kitchen when I walk in there.

I’ve popped the pattern below for you if you fancy making your own. They would make fantastic presents for Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰

MATERIALS:
8mm hook
3 balls of Hobby Craft Funky Chunky
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Non slip latex paint (optional)

METHOD:
Ch6
* Sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in the next 3st’s. 3sc in the last st.
Working down the other side of the ch; sc in the next 3 st’s and end with 2sc in the last st. Ss to first sc to join (12)
* ch1 turn, 2sc in the next 2st’s, 1sc in the next 3, 2sc in next 3, 1sc in next 3, 2sc in last st. Ss to first sc to join (18)
*ch1 turn, sc around (18)
* sc around (18) repeat 10 times in total
At this point you can do more or less rounds of the above row to make your slipper longer or shorter. Mine is made to fit a size 6.
*Foundation sc x8, skip 8st’s from row below and join with a ss to the 9th. 1sc in the next 8st’s. Ss to first foundation sc to join (18)
* sc around (18) repeat 9 times in total
* sc in first 2st, inc in 3rd. Repeat 6 times (24)
* sc around (24) repeat 6 times in total
Again do more or less rows here for a shorter or longer leg.

HEEL
* Turn the sock inside out and join to the first foundation sc, ch1 and then sc 16 around evenly. Join with a ss to your first sc. (16)
* sc 6 and then Dec. Repeat twice (14)
* sc 5 and then Dec. Repeat twice (12)
* sc 4 and then Dec. Repeat twice (10)
Fasten off and then sew the hole left closed. I went in and out of each st around and pulled tight to close.
Weave in all ends and you’re done.

At this point I took my oh so fabulous latex paint and popped little dots over the sole of the slipper and put them somewhere safe to dry. You can buy the paint in pretty much every colour of the rainbow and I got mine from here.

Make sure you tag me over on Instagram if you make these as I’d love to see your versions.

I’m thinking the addition of a big button or even some Pom-poms on the outer upper cuff would look great! ๐Ÿ˜‰