The Yarnologue

Happy Halloween!

Ok, I know it’s only the end of September so Halloween is a month away. Really, I’m not trying to rush the holidays, but if you’re going to have time to knit or crochet projects for costume parties and trick-or-treating this year, you need to get started.

I think the hard part of planning for this holiday will be narrowing down your choices. There are 37 pages of Halloween themed patterns on Ravelry!

You could almost knit or crochet an entire costume, then finish your outfit off with a handmade candy bag.

Allow me to highlight a few options from our own offerings to help you find some focus.

Simple Striped Arm Warmers

The free pattern for our Simple Striped Arm Warmers is a great place to start.

Simple Striped Armwarmers take 2 skeins of Mirasol Tuhu yarn.

Simple Striped Armwarmers take 2 skeins of Mirasol Tuhu yarn.

Why is it that when Mother Nature combines orange and black you get a Monarch Butterfly, but when knitters and crocheters do it you get Halloween?

I did my prototype mitts in orange and cream Mirasol Tuhu yarn, but they’ll fit right in on Halloween. To drive the holiday theme home you can do orange and black, or make them in wide stripes of orange, white, and yellow and go for the candy corn look.

These mitts knits up quickly so you should finish them in plenty of time. They are a good project for beginners who want to try out knitting in the round, too.

Amity Print Beanie

A basic beanie in orange is suddenly a pumpkin hat!

A basic beanie in orange is suddenly a pumpkin hat!

Oh, sure this cute beanie doesn’t say Halloween in this picture, but knit it in orange Ella Rae Classic Wool, add some black accents and voila! you have a pumpkin hat.

Since I wouldn’t be able to publish this blog post in a timely fashion if I was to actually knit such a hat, this really bad Photoshop example will have to help you visualize.

Hey, I never said I could draw.

Hey, I never said I could draw.

You can find the FREE pattern for this beanie here. Look for the “download pattern” button just above the big picture after you click through.

Sirdar Dress Up Knitting Book

If you have a baby in your life, you can knit a costume with the patterns in the Sirdar Dress Up Knitting book #440.

Ahoy, matey!

Ahoy, matey!

This pirate outfit is too cute and that sweater will actually be wearable after the holiday is over.

All the patterns in this book use Sirdar Snuggly DK yarn, which is a soft, machine washable nylon/acrylic blend.


Decorations are a big part of getting into the Halloween spirit. If you crochet, you’re in luck.

Alfo was designed exclusively for us by Fresh Stitches

Alfo was designed exclusively for us by Fresh Stitches

Stacey at Fresh Stitches designed a series of 10 crocheted monsters for us using Ella Rae Classic Wool yarn. They are all free on our website. You should be able to whip up a couple before the holiday for your favorite little goblin.

Stacey’s patterns are well written and have photos to help you through the tricky parts. If you’ve been wanting to try amigurumi, these patterns are a good place to start.

Maybe a Garland?

Another idea, and this time I’ll spare us all my Photoshop skills, would be to convert the Christmas Ornaments I designed in 2011 into pumpkin ornaments.

Decorations and a different color are all you need.

Decorations and a different color are all you need.

I used small Styrofoam balls from the craft store, but you can stuff them instead. Add a few details and you can have a Halloween wreath or garland. There were knit and crochet ornaments in the series.

Out of Left Field

Well, I’m sure I could keep going, but you have projects to start planning!

Our redesigned website now allows you to search for yarns based on color. There were 19 pages of “orange” yarns to inspire you.

The staff at your local yarn store probably has more ideas for Halloween themed projects you can knit or crochet.

My parting thought is, surprisingly, not yarn related. Have you seen all the cool Halloween nail art on Pinterest?! I’m totally going to have to try some of these, even if they will cut into my knitting time!

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