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Published on October 25th, 2013 | by Serena

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Halloween Knitting Ideas

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be thinking about easy costume ideas for yourself or your family members. We’ve had a look around to find some of the best projects that shouldn’t take too long.

What are the first things that spring to mind when we think of Halloween? Bats and pumpkins came top of the list in the office!

MillaMia bat cardigan

We absolutely love this MillaMia bat cardigan design – you can knit it in a range of colours and it works equally well for little boys or girls. It’s a great cardigan that can be worn after Halloween as well, and won’t have to be boxed up along with other items only to be taken out next year. This pattern can be found in MillaMia’s book Flight of Fancy, which includes some lovely adult designs too.
knitted pumpkin
Let’s not forget pumpkins, usually the centrepiece of any Halloween celebration. Instead of having a real, carved pumpkin, why not put on your creative hat and knit up some cute and funky felt pumpkins that you can use each year? This pumpkin is an incredibly easy, free pattern that uses any double knitting yarn – just scale up to make the size of pumpkin you like.

Another great, and incredibly quick, costume idea: cat ears. A pair of black ears is the perfect prop to complete an all-black costume – all you need to add are some comfy black jeans and a black t-shirt to go with your funky black cat ears. You can download the pattern for these fabulous cat ears, designed by Nell Bliss and Teresa Conway – the next generation of the Debbie Bliss Dynasty – free on our blog! All you’ll need is a pair of 3.25mm needles and a single, 50g ball of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Black 300. If your dog needs a costume they’ll work for him too – modelled by Debbie Bliss’ gorgeous dog, Smiffy!

Knitted cat ears

smiffy the dog

If you’ve got little ones around it’s likely you’ll be asked to go trick or treating. Why not try knitting some hauntingly cute bags in the shape of jack-o-lanterns or little monsters? Or you could use them to store your treats, ready for the eager kids that show up at your doorstep. You can find the free pattern to make these quick-knits here.

knitted trick or treat bags

Finally: if you don’t like the idea of giving out too many sweets to all the trick-or-treaters, you could make these fabulous little ghost toys to give out to the – these are extremely easy to make and a great way to use up left over yarn scraps! The pattern is here, all you’ll need is some scraps of white Aran/ Worsted weight yarn and stuffing.

knitted trick or treat bags

If you have any other great Halloween knitting ideas we’d love to hear them!


About the Author

Serena loves sunshine, strawberries and Great Danes. She has gone from non-knitter to yarn obsessive in under two years, and is determined to drag the rest of the world along with her.


Last updated: December 6th, 2013.

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