Batty Bat

Handmade Knitted Bat Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Knitted Bat

How to Knit a Bat

What you will need...

Total time - 1 Hours 40 Minutes

Size 26cm Width, 6cm height, 6cm depth

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn - dark brown, light brown, and white.

Sewing up needle

Toy stuffing / filling

Scissors

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Halloween Bat

Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Sl2tog - Slip two stitches together from the left needle to the right

psso - pass slipped stitches over (over the knitted stitch)

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - P wise. US - bind off

B&t tightly - Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off

TOP TIP

Great Halloween activity for children! Get them to have a go at knitting a wing, or help design a bat face; great for inspiration as well as a fun challenge for them. Red eyes, extra fangs, or a just a happy smiley bat - lots of options to personalise it.

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Flying Bat

How to Make it...

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.

Body Piece

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Make 1

Time - 30 Minutes

Size 4 cm x 6 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Dark Brown

Cast on 4sts

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (8sts)

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (16sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, Inc Kwise) to the end (24sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 17 rows

Next row (K1, K2tog) to the end (16sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to the end (8sts)

B&t tightly

Left Wing

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Make 1

Time - 20 Minutes Each

Size 11 cm x 3 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Dark Brown

Cast on 28sts

K1 Row

K2tog, K to end (27sts)

K1 Row

K2tog, K10, K2tog twice, K11 (24sts)

K1 Row

K2tog, K to end (23sts)

K1 Row

K2tog, K6, K2tog twice, K11 (20sts)

K1 Row

K2tog, K to end (19sts)

K1 Row

Cast off

Right Wing

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Make 1

Time - 20 Minutes Each

Size 11 cm x 3 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Dark Brown

Cast on 28sts

K1 Row

K until 2 sts remain, K2tog (27sts)

K1 Row

 K11, K2tog twice, K10, K2tog (24sts)

K1 Row

K until 2 sts remain, K2tog (23sts)

K1 Row

 K11 , K2tog twice, K6, K2tog (20sts)

K1 Row

K until 2 sts remain, K2tog (19sts)

K1 Row

Cast off

Ears

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Make 2

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Size 3 cm x 3 cm Piece

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Dark Brown

Cast on 9 sts

P 1 row

Continue in st-st 6 further rows,  dec 1 st at the start of every row until 3sts remain (3 sts)

sl2tog, K1, psso

Fangs!

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Make 2

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Size 1cm x 2cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn White

Cast on 3 sts

Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows

Sl2tog, K1, psso

Piece it Together...

Sewing up time and sewing of facial features - Total of 20 Minutes

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Sewing up Ear
Handmade Knitted Bat Ear Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Bat Ear

Ears, Body and Wings

Ears - With right side of st-st on the outside, fold ear piece in half along the line of the cast on edge, and oversew row ends.

Body - With wrong side of st-st on the outside, and beginning at cast on edge, over sew row ends leaving a small gap at the top. Turn right-side out and stuff with toy filling, then close gap in the seam. Fasten off all loose ends.

Wings - Turning your body piece upside down, pin the wings either side of the body, leaving a distance of 5 clear knitted stitches from the seam. Sew wings in place from this underside (this will leave a neater finish from the top view.)

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Sewn-up Body
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Sewing on Ears
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Sewing on Wings
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Batty Face

Facial Features

Sew on a couple of eyes to the front of the face, leaving 3 clear knitted stitches between them (when doing two eyes).

Pin each of the fangs to the face in the desired position, and sew into place at the top cast-on edge only, to allow it to protrude.

Finger-knit a length of around 15 cm if you wish to have a little hook for your bat - attach this to the middle at the top to allow him to fly around!

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Finger-Knitted Loop

Make it Different...

There is always the other option of making things a little less scary - a happy flappy bat with a smile, or picking some other little knitted shapes to use as part of the face. Perhaps using knitted hearts for eyes, picking out some knitted emoji facial features, or using some other small knitted pieces from other knitting patterns - just mix and match.

Start your own little creepy critter collection - as well as a few bats with different faces, you can knit some other fangtastic friends such as the spooky spider. Adding a couple of pumpkins and knitted monsters can then complete your Halloween collection!

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Creepy Critters
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Halloween Collection

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next!