If you’re looking for some great DIY ideas for Halloween, check out these Kinda Fun and Kinda Freaky Halloween Knitting Patterns. From Owl Stuffies to Eyeballs to Candy Corn Mittens this collection is heavy on the fun and light on the freaky.
Halloween Knitting Patterns
From the Top Right:
Knitted Eyeballs by Mary Jane Mucklestone on Ravelry – a good pattern to get a little bit of the gruesome that Halloween just needs to have – but not nearly as disgusting as the bowls of grape eyeballs…
Little Black Owl by Just Crafty Enough- a super cute and super fun little stuffy – just perfect for Halloween decor, themed gifts and maybe even part of a costume.
Perpetual Pumpkin by Simply Notable – a really really nice and classy way to add a little knitted decor to your space.
Knitted Witch by Craftbits – another super cute creation for Halloween, and don’t you just love her nose?
Silly Spider Hat by Little Red Window – excellent as part of a costume, or a just because it’s Halloween kind of hat.
Voodoo Doll by Crazy Daisy – perfect office decor! Also, a pretty funny gag gift if you’re into that sort of thing.
Witches Hat by Natural Suburbia – these are just precious. Awesome table decorations for a party, or fun themed party favours.
Plush Cat by Gina Michelle – another nice stuffy, perfect for a themed gift, or a special little decor.
Witch Fingers – by Love Knitting – a potentially creepy but not too creepy addition to a Halloween display.
Celebrate Earth Day every day with Knitting Patterns and Projects for Earth Day such as fun up-cycles, home decor and useful DIYs including fish scrubbies, dishcloths, and even a pencil case. Did you know you could make yarn out of a t-shirt? Or how about replacing dryer sheets with a yarn ball?
Read on my friends, read on.
Earth Day Patterns for the Home
When your factory made dishcloths wear out, replace them with hand knit 100 % cotton ones, knit yourself ( and all of your friends!) fabulous pillow covers and a vase – and throw in a trivet or two!
Knit yourself and your classmates some water bottle cozies, and make I-cords in your favourite colours for a DIY pencil case! Knit lovely bluebirds for decoration and for playthings. Also, fill up your gardens with lovely finger knit butterflies – they’re beautiful!
Knitting is by very nature an earth friendly craft. Especially when you are replacing consumables with reusables, like the dryer sheets I mentioned above. Up-cycling previously used materials into a knittable yarn is not only brilliant, it’s cost effective, eco-friendly and just freaking awesome.
M1R = Use this as a right side increase that slants to the right: Insert the right needle from the front into the side of the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle, lift it onto the left needle and knit it. See photo below
M1L = Use this as a left side increase that slants to the left: Insert the left needle from the back into the side of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch on the right needle, pull it up and knit into the back of the stitch. See photo below:
K2tog = Knit two together – a very simple decrease, where you turn two stitches into one. Insert your right hand needle into the next two stitches on your left hand needle, and knit them both together. (K2tog)
Sl,K, PSSO = Slip the next stitch on the left hand needle as if to knit. Knit the next stitch on the left hand needles. Using your left needle, lift the previously slipped stitch over the stitch you just knit, and off the needle. This creates a one stitch decrease that slants to the right.
Petals ( make 3)
Cast on 3 sts
1st row: purl
2nd row: k1, M1 R, knit across ( 4 sts)
3rd row: purl
4th row: k1, M1 R, knit to last st, M1 L, k1 (6 sts)
rows 5-24 repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 26 sts.
row 25: Purl 13 sts. Turn. ( you will work one half of the top of the heart at a time) Leave 13 sts on the left needle, and come back to them later.
row 26 (Top Left side of Heart): Knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (12 sts)
It just wouldn’t feel right if Valentine’s Day cruised by and I didn’t do a collection of Heart Patterns. So, I gathered nearly a dozen for you to chose from. No sense overdoing it, right?
Knit Heart Patterns
Other than copious amounts of chocolate, handmade gifts for Valentine’s day is where it’s at. And if you’re a knitter, which you probably are, hand knit items are probably your go to for handmade gifts. If you’re an aspiring knitter, have absolutely no fear, these are all newbie friendly, plus you can get our You CAN Knit E-course right here
Stand Alone Heart Patterns
Try these small projects that work up quickly where the heart itself is the finished item. You could always make multiples of these and then stitch them together for something fabulous.
Once your creative juices start flowing, head over to these projects. These hearts have all been turned into three-dimensional works of art that are sure to please, and are still quick and easy projects.
Looking for a great Valentine gift? DIY this knit throw pillow in an adorable heart shape for your Valentine, as well as for every couch, and comfy chair in your home. I created this super easy hand knit heart pattern last year, and now I’ve used it to make these delightful little pillows.
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Heart Shaped Throw Pillow
Using giant needles, and double stranded yarn ( two strands of yarn held together throughout) this knit throw pillow works up really fast. The increases and decreases handle all of the shaping – and once you’re done, stuff it with your preferred pillow or toy stuffing material. I pretty much always use a polyester fiberfill, or cotton batting, because well, it’s washable. I like to wash things.
Stuffing ( I used polyester fiberfill – you can wash it)
Sl1, K1, PSSO = Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass Slipped Stitch Over – a decrease, used when you want to have your decreases slant to the left. Using this decrease on the left side, and the K2tog decrease on the right side gives your project an even, or more finished look. Please note that you could also use the K2tog decrease in place of the Sl1, K1, PSSO decrease if you are more confident. (Sl1, K1, PSSO)
Heart Shaped Knit Throw Pillow Shell Instructions
Cast on 3 sts
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1, M1R, Knit across ( 4 sts)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: k1, M1R, Knit to last stitch, M1L, K1 (6 sts)
Rows 5-24: repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 26 sts.
Row 25: Purl 13 sts. Turn. ( you will work one half of the top of the heart at a time) Leave 13 sts on the left needle, and come back to them later.
Row 26 (Top Left side of Heart): Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1 (12 sts)
Row 27: Purl
Row 28: K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO ( pass slipped stitch over), Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (10 sts)
Row 29: Purl
Row 30: Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (9 sts)
Row 31: Purl
Row 32: K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, k1 (7 sts)
Row 33: Purl
Row 34: K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (5 sts)
Join yard to 13 sts on wrong side ( where you left off before ) and purl across
Row 26(Top Ride side of Heart): K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, Knit across, (12 sts)
Row 27: Purl
Row 28: K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (10 sts)
Row 29: Purl
Row 30: K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, Knit across (9 sts)
Row 31: Purl
Row 32: K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)
Row 33: Purl
Row 34: K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (5 sts)
Bind off and secure last stitch.
Heart Shaped Throw Pillow Assembly Instructions
Place hearts, right sides together, and stitch around the outside of the hearts, leaving a gap ( large enough to fit the stuffing in). I started about halfway up the side, went around the top and came halfway down the other side.
Turn the shell right side out, and stuff the pillow – not too full, and finished sewing the remainder of the seam. Weave in any ends.
DIY this knit throw pillow a gazillion times, and in every colour, and add them to every reading nook and child’s room you can find. Also a great charity project, and stash buster.
Gingerbread Man = one part cute, one part sweet, one part kind, and three parts fun!
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Hand Knit Gingerbread Man
This sweet invention is going be just as popular as your Elf on the Shelf – minus the tattling. Whether he ends up on the tree as a decoration, in the playroom with the other toys, or hanging from the chandelier, this Hand Knit Gingerbread Man is going to be a welcome addition to your home this holiday season.
About the Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern
I have made this pattern beginner friendly by designing the entire project to be worked flat – that means that you need not get intimidated by those double pointed needles. Becasue a gingerbread man has so many parts ( who knew, right?) the pattern may seem a bit longer than my usual ones. Hang in there, and just follow along. It will all turn out. And this is a stash buster project!
Stuffing ( I used polyester fiber fill – you can wash it)
· Cast on
· M1R ( see the video below)
· M1L ( see the video below)
· Bind Off
M1R ( Make one right) is an invisible increase that slants to the right. When adding shape to your projects, for example when you want to add width to your project equally on both sides, you would use this along with the M1L increase. Using this type of increase also ensures that you won’t have any gaps in your knitting, and this can be important depending on what it is you are making, and of course, your preference. I created a video tutorial for this stitch, and you can see it here:
M1L ( Make one left) is an invisible increase that slants to, yep you guessed it, the left. You would use this along with the M1L increase. Again, Using this type of increase also ensures that you won’t have any gaps in your knitting, and you can see it here:
Row 10 : K7, Slip next 11 stitches onto stitch holder, K14, Slip next 11 stitches onto another stitch holder, K7 (28 sts)
Row 11: Purl across the remaining 28 stitches now on your needle, being careful to pull the yarn tight where you have made rhe openings for the arms
Row 12 : K6, M1R, K1, M1L, K14, M1R, K1, M1L, K6 ( 32 sts )
Row 13 : Purl
Row 14: Knit
Row 15 : Purl
Row 16 : Knit
Row 17 : Purl
Row 18 : Knit
Row 19 : Purl
The arm stitches are on separate stitch holders, and the 16 leg stitches for the first leg have just been knitted, and the work is turned.
Divide for Legs
Row 20 : Knit the first 16 stitches on the needle, and turn your work. You will be leaving the other 16 stitches on the needle and coming back to them later
*Row 21 : Working only on the 16 stitches you just knit ( one leg ) Purl across
Row 22 : Knit
Row 23 : Purl
Row 24 : Knit
Row 25 : Purl
Row 26 : Knit
Row 27 : Purl
Row 28 : Knit
Row 29 : Purl
Row 30 : Knit
Row 31 : Purl
Row 32 : Knit
Row 33 : Purl
Row 34 : K2tog ( 8 times ) ( 8 sts )
Row 35 : Purl
Row 36 : K2tog ( 4 times ) ( 4 sts)
One leg has been completed, and seam has been sewn – I have the one leg turn inside out in this image, but I would totally sew the seam with the fabric right side out. It won’t make a huge difference in the finished product, and it may just feel easier.
Cut yarn, leaving about 8 “, thread darning needle, and pull the darning needle through the last 4 stitches on the needle, remove them from the knitting needle, Pull tight, and sew up one leg seam.*
Rejoin yarn to the 16 stitches you set aside for the other leg, and work from * to * for the other leg.
Cut yarn, leaving about 12 “, thread darning needle, and pull the darning needle through the last 5 stitches on the needle, remove them from the knitting needle, Pull tight, and sew up seam, stuffing the gingerbread man as you go.
Knitters are gifters by nature, and with the holidays right around the corner, we just can’t help ourselves. What can I say, Knitters gonna knit. No worries though, I found 16 Homemade Christmas Gifts Patterns to Knit. Happy Holidays!
Homemade Christmas Gifts To Knit
Here are some of the merriest gifts you can knit this season. Quick, quality projects that are sure to warm the hearts of everyone on your list
Gifts To Knit for Her
We all know these patterns aren’t strictly for her, but I know a lot of women and little girls in my life who would love these, and there’s still time to make them!
I am not kidding at all when I say these Knitted Christmas Ornaments are easy. This pattern uses simple increases and decreases, making it perfect for beginners. The completed ornament is about 15″ in diameter, and stands about 6″ high. The term “go big or go home” comes to mind.
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Seriously don’t panic, after all, I am here to help. If you know the basics, such as casting on, knitting, purling and binding off, you’ll have no problems with this pattern at all. Also, if you are new here and new to knitting, you should start by visiting my YouTube channel. I have a couple videos there to help you with the basics. Now, back to crafting…
Easy Knitted Christmas Ornament
Handmade Christmases are trending that’s for sure, and I worked up this fabulous Christmas Bauble Pattern to get both you and me on our way to having a handmade Christmas!
KFB = Knit front and back – this is a very easy increase, where you turn one stitch into two ( necessary for making a bauble shape ). Knit the next stitch on the left-hand needle, without slipping off the old stitch. Proceed to knit into the back of that same stitch, and complete the stitch as usual (KFB)
K2tog = Knit two together – a very simple decrease, where you turn two stitches into one. Insert your right-hand needle into the next two stitches on your left-hand needle, and knit them both together. (K2tog)
Cast on 12 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: (k1, KFB, k1) to end. 16 stitches
Row 4 and all even numbered rows: purl
Row 5: (k1, KFB) to end. 24 stitches
Row 7: (k1, KFB, k1) to end. 32 stitches
Row 9: (k1, KFB,k2) to end. 40 stitches
Row 11: (k1, KFB, k3) to end. 48 stitches
Row 13: (k1, KFB, k4) to end. 56 stitches
Row 15: (k1, KFB, k5) to end. 64 stitches
Row 17: (k1, KFB, k6) to end. 72 stitches
Rows 18-28: stockinette stitch ( Knit across the odd numbered rows, and purl across the even numbered rows )
Row 29: (k1, k2tog, k6) to end. 64 stitches
Row 31: (k1, k2tog, k5) to end. 56 stitches
Row 33: (k1, k2tog, k4) to end. 48 stitches
Row 35: (k1, k2tog, k3) to end. 40 stitches
Row 37: (k1, k2tog, k2) to end. 32 stitches
Row 39: (k1, k2tog, k1) to end. 24 stitches
Row 41: (k1, k2tog) to end. 16 stitches
Row 43: (k1, k2tog, k1) to end. 12 stitches
Row 44: purl
Bind off all stitches, securing the last stitch.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail and sew up the seam. Stuff bauble before closing up the end.
Fasten yarn but do not cut.
Tie a slip knot in the yarn as close to the seam as possible, and using the crochet hook chain for 3”. If you’d rather not tackle crochet this time, you can just make a loop with the yarn, or use the little metal hooks from your regular ornaments.