It’s Alive! Frankenstein Sweater for your little monster

It is that time of year again folks, where I dust off my spooky imagination and get to have some really silly fun in the name of being ‘seasonal’.

Over the years I have designed a number of Halloween collections for Simply Knitting magazine, but this year it is just one project….

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Frankenstein Sweater (isn’t this young man just the coolest model ever?)

This super cute drop shoulder sweater is not only for Halloween, I am sure your little monster will want to wear this sweater well beyond the scary season.

Those of you who are not new to my work, will know that I like my designs to be playful, yet simple to achieve. There are charts for the hair and eyes, which are worked using the intarsia method.  But fear not, you could easily work these using duplicate stitch (or swiss darning), which would produce a great 3D effect for the features. The mouth and tongue are worked separately and sewn on the front at the end.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 53 – 76 cm (that is approx. 12 months to 11 years).

Skills needed:

  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • ribbing
  • picking up stitches
  • mattress stitch
  • swiss darning or intarsia
  • crochet chain or I-cord

Kit needed:

  • Stylecraft Special DK yarn in (black, bright green and violet)
  • Oddment of red 4ply yarn
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • darning needle
  • 2.5mm needles
  • 3.25mm needles
  • 4mm needles

You can find the pattern for this sweater inside issue 138 of Simply Knitting Magazine.

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Still looking for more spooky inspiration, take a look at my Ravelry store,  if you are quick I am running a special offer.  Use the code ‘Socktober’ at the checkout and you will receive a 30% discount on all my patterns!  Happy Knitting, Jane x

 

 

 

 

Not one but two great offers just for Halloween

Well the spooky season is well upon us now, the world seems to have taken on a distinctly orange and green hue.  If like me you are a fan of skullies I have not one but two great offers for you, My Not Just for Halloween socks pattern is only £1.50!

 

These cute socks are designed to be slightly slouchy for maximum comfort, the pattern is written for sizes:

Small – shoe size 1-4, ankle circumference 19cm
Medium – shoe size 4-7, ankle circumference 23cm
Large – shoe size 8-11, ankle circumference 28cm

The skully motif is applied using a crochet hook to knit the beads into the fabric as you go, no spending hours threading beads on to your yarn!! There is of course a link to a fantastic video tutorial on applying beads with a crochet hook included in the pattern. There is also a link to get you started knitting socks (just in case you need it).

You will need:
YARN: opal 4ply pullover and sock yarn in Orange, shade 5181
CROCHET HOOK: 0.75mm
DPN’s: 2.75mm
BEADS: Size 8 seed beads (I recommend, Debbie Abrahams, shade 605). One pack.

You can download the pattern here.

Please feel free to message me if you have any queries regarding this pattern.

Not inspired by the socks, then why not take a look at my Halloween eBook collections:

I said there were two offers….

I am running a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE OFFER, no coupon or voucher required, simply purchase Frightful Knits Volume Two and you will get Volume One for FREE. 

Frightful Knits Volume Two, a collection of six patterns, including one crochet bunting pattern.

Available to download here for only £4.95

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

 

Frightful Knits Volume One, a collection of six knitting patterns.

This collection is available to download here for only £4.50

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

I hope I have inspired you to pick up your needles, as always I would love to see what you have been making on my Facebook page.

Halloween Knits, Monsters, Eyeball Cushions, Bats….

I love designing for Halloween,  I love the colours, I love the fun, I love getting to be as silly as my imagination will allow.  This is the third year running I have been asked by Simply Knitting Magazine to design a collection of projects for the Scary Season.  I have had the same model for each shoot and it has been lovely seeing her grow into a young lady.

 

 

This year I have four Halloween projects featured in issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.

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Eye See you Cushion

Images courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

This comedy cushion will get a giggle or two as you hide from the Fright Night Movie.  Knit in the round from the centre out in chunky yarn, this project works up super fast.

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Monster Mash

With their furry yarn and big green eyes, Simply Knitting said these were possibly the best slippers they had ever seen! I was thrilled to read that *blushes*.

These cute critters are worked by holding a strand of aran yarn together with the furry yarn to give the slippers a nice sturdy feel and ensure you get plenty of monster miles out of them!

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Go Batty

Go Batty for these charming knitted bats, with their Velcro fastenings these would look great just about anywhere!  I am looking forward to getting them back and putting them on Little Misses bike!

Finally,

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I scream

Can’t have your hands getting cold whilst you indulge in your favourite treat.  Worked in chunky yarn in the round you can easily make this in an evening.  It would make an excellent gift 😉

I hope you have enjoyed these as much as I did designing and making them.

You can get your hands on a copy of the magazine here

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X

 

 

 

Look into my eyes, seriously…..

Look into my eyes, well take a look at my latest design I have just published on Ravelry.

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“Eww, whose eyeballs have popped out on stalks?”

These quirky knitted eyeballs are very versatile. Why not sew them onto some deelyboppers, hang from the ceiling on elastic thread or attach to stalks and add some fear to your flowers! Pop them in party bags, add some catnip and turn them into a cat toy, the list is endless……..

They are knit in the round with simple shaping, so they will work up nice and quick.

A great project for learning to knit in the round and using up leftover yarn.

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“Put some fear in your flowers”

Fancy some quick and easy Halloween knitting?

Where did the sun go?  I look outside and it still hasn’t stopped raining today, it is grey and miserable.  My thoughts turn from summer lace knitting to winter knits.  I am not ready to think about Christmas gift knitting yet!  But I quite fancy casting on something fun and quirky for Halloween.  So I thought I would share with you my Halloween Designs that are available to download.  All these projects are worked in standard DK weight yarn and are very quick and simple to make.

Halloween Quick and Easy Knits

Halloween Quick and Easy Knits

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Or why not knit a pair of unisex skully socks,  these are worked in the round from the cuff down and use a crochet hook to apply the beads as you knit.  No having to load your with hundreds of beads before you cast on!

Check out this great video tutorial from Knitters Brewing, for beading with a crochet hook.

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Enjoy your long weekend x