Ghost of Halloween

Whoo... ooooooOOOOOoooooo, guess what I've got for for you today?... got it in one... a pattern for a knitted ghost... scary no!?!

A couple of days ago a chance meeting with Susie, a neighbour, fellow knitter and guitar picker, led to talk of Halloween. Susie mentioned she could tell me how to knit a quick and easy ghost, so as I've been signed up for trick-or-treating with my three little grand-daughters, my ears pricked up.

I couldn't wait to get back home to try it and I even had plans to make three at first, but as I'm not a particularly fast knitter, and my wrist is still not up to speed either, I decided I'd be satisfied with one.

So here's the pattern:

Size  approx 7in[18cm] x 7in[18cm]

I used Rowan Creative Linen (200m/219yds per 100g)
Scraps of black yarn (I used Rowan wool/cotton) for eyes and mouth

pair 5mm (US 8)
4mm (US G6) crochet hook
tapestry needle, darning needle
1 ping-pong ball

To make
Cast on 32 sts and knit 2 rows.
Next row knit
Next row k2, purl to last 2 sts, k2

Repeat these 2 rows until piece measures 6.5in[17cm], ending on knit row, then knit a further 2 rows and cast off.

Leave the tails at cast-on and cast-off edges to be incorporated into tassels.
Tassels - make 4
One for each corner, each measuring 3.5in[9cm] when finished. Measure out 16 lengths of yarn, each 9in{23cm) long and separate into 4 groups of strands. Insert crochet hook from back of ghost and pull one group of four strands through to WS, then put the ends through the loop this creates.

Press the piece then thread tapestry needle, insert ping-pong ball in centre, gather up underneath and do a running stitch around the base of ball. Gather stitches as tightly as you can then secure.

Then thread darning needle with black yarn and embroider eyes and mouth onto head.

Ta dah! With many thanks to Susie, I'm pretty pleased with my Halloween ghoul.

Arlo says 'Come on, what're you waiting for, it's Arloween!' :)

✺✺✺♥♥♥***HAPPY HALLOWEEN!***♥♥♥✺✺✺


  1. A very Happy Halloween to you from New York City, where there's an extravagant exhibition of individual creativity in the evening parade that allows anyone to parade up Sixth Avenue after the sun goes down and vehicular traffic is banned for a few hours. It's hilarious, chaotic, and even a bit scary...but mostly fun.

    I wish you a recovery from the pains of shingles as quick as possible.

    What a season you have had. As someone who's admired your knitting designs for ages, I've had a tendency to allow my image of you to be always bouncing along from creation to creation. Unrealistic, of course.

    I would like to compliment you on your sharing some of the Real Life through which you travel day by day. I'd say that it makes me admire your artistry even more.

    Best wishes.

  2. Love the little ghost ! And... the Arlo & pumkins . By the way Jean, I've begun in earnest , making a knitting trail in the woods.(I posted yesterday on Halloween)... I think of you and P's knitting gardens being very much in the same vein. :)


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