A Couple of Halloween Accessories!
With the Halloween knitted pumpkins from last week taking around 2 hours 30 minutes each to make, I thought I would try and knit something a little bit quicker. With only one day to go before Halloween, these little knitted critters seemed very fitting - and only took 1 hour 40 minutes each! So if you're a last-minute person or fancy a Halloween activity with the children, you've still got plenty of time to fit one of these in. Get the children to have a go at knitting a leg or a wing, or help design a face; great for own inspiration as well as a fun challenge for them.
Just Hanging Around
These little guys can be made to sit on the side looking pretty (or not!) or can be made to dangle or fly around by adding a finger-knitted loop or long thread sewn into the top. This can also allow them to be attached to bags or be held in the hand when off on the trick-or-treating rounds. Alternatively, let them dangle from a door handle or wriggle down from doorways at unsuspecting guests!
Put Your Own Spin on it...
I found the facial features of these creepy critters the trickiest part. I wanted them to achieve a balance between spooky and friendly so as to fit with Halloween, but also appeal to the kiddies. However, three-year-old Ellie took one look at my bat and told me what she thought...
"I don't like bats, they're a bit scary like trolls, with red eyes..."
LOOK AWAY FROM THE NEXT BIT IF YOU DON'T LIKE SPIDERS!!!!
I agree, these little creatures may be a little creepy for some children, but red eyes, extra fangs, or a just a happy smiley spider or happy flappy bat - there are lots of options to personalise them. And apparently 99% of spiders have eight eyes, if you fancy adding them all?! You may wish to also have a change of the overall colour - traditional black, or even red or orange to add a particular twist to them. (I chose dark brown as black is terrible for showing up fluff and dust...)
So if you start with a spooky spider or a batty bat, they are so quick and easy to make, you could end up making a few - experimenting with different faces to make a whole bunch of fangtastic friends. Add a couple of pumpkins and knitted monsters to complete your Halloween collection!
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Total time 1 Hours 40 Minutes
Made from a knitted body piece, eight knitted legs, and two small knitted fangs. All pieces are sewn together with a couple of eyes sewn on to complete the face.
Total time 1 Hours 40 Minutes
Made from a knitted body piece, two knitted wings, two knitted ear pieces and two small knitted fangs. All pieces are sewn together with a couple of eyes sewn on to complete the face.
Knit Your Own Pumpkin...
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