More Halloween Fun!

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Boo! Did I scare you? Well hopefully this cute treat bag is tame enough for the kids! This beginner crochet project is fast enough to whip up before Halloween, and big enough to fit most of those treats.  Enjoy 🙂

Crochet Ghost Bag

Level: Beginner

Pattern begins with constructing the bottom of the bag (rectangle) and then transitioning into creating the bag in the round.

Ch: chain

hdc: half double crochet

hdctfl: half double crochet through front loops

st(s): stitch(es)

* *= stitch pattern section that should be repeated

Materials: about 50 g Worsted weight yarn in white, small amount of black yarn, US size 10 or J crochet hook, yarn needle, stitch marker if desired.

With white yarn and size 10 hook:

Ch 20 sts.

Row 1-8: 1 hdc in each st (20 sts)

Beginning to shape the round bag section.Slight increases will be made in the corners of the bag.

Row 9: 2hdcfl in first st, 1 hdcfl in each of next 19 sts, 2 hdcfl in next st, 1 hdc in the next 8 sts, 2 hdcfl in next st, 1 hdcfl in each of the next 19 sts, 2 hdcfl in the next sts, 1 hdcfl in the next 8 sts (60 sts)

Row 10: 1 hdc in each st around (60 sts)

Row 11: *1 hdc in each of the next 18 sts, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, hdc 7 sts, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st*, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, *repeat 1x from * ( 52 sts)

Row 12: 1 hdc in each st around ( 52 sts)

Row 13: Skip 1 ch, *1 hdc in each of the next 17 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st*, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st,  *repeat from * (48 sts)

Row 14:1 hdc in each st around (48 sts)

Row 15: Skip 1 ch, *1 hdc in each of the next 15 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, skip 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st*, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st,  *repeat from * (40 sts)

Row 16: hdc in each st around (40 sts)

Row 17:  Skip 1 ch, *1 hdc in each of the next 14 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next st, *repeat from * to end

For the rest of the rows: 1 hdc in all sts until piece measured 5” in height or you until the piece has reached your desired height.

Using scrap yarn create two eyes and a mouth for the ghost.

Eyes (make 2)

Round 1: Ch 5 sts.

R2: sc 5 sts

R3: sc 2 in same st, ch 5 (6 sts)

R4: *sc 1, sc 2 sts in same st *repeat 2 times more. (9 sts)

Mouth (make one)

Follow pattern for eyes until R4.

R5: sc 9 sts

R6: *sc 1, sc 2 sts in same st *repeat 2 times more. (13 sts)
Sew on the eyes and mouth with your tapestry needle.

They Keep Coming

So many ideas and so few hours to knit! I am continuing to get ready for the Artisian Fair for my fiancé’s school. My focus is on hats that can be unisex as well as appealing to a diverse crowd. I haven’t made many hats recently so I had forgotten how addictive they are.  All I want to do is knit hats!  Here are the latest off my needles:   

  Wool/ Blend from my stash   Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue

Red- Caron 220; Denim Color- Sesia’s River Jeans (cotton)  Caron Simply Soft in Blackberry and Dark Country Blue

Easy Halloween Decoration

Here is another easy DIY project to get you in the holiday spirit. Upcycle an old can and you have a budget friendly piece of Halloween decor.👻

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IMG_4263.JPGCheck out my Snapguide to make this easy Tin Can Black Cat to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Level: Easy (children may need assistance as hot glue is involved)

Materials: black paint, foam shapes, pipe cleaner, hot glue gun, tin can, sharpie.

Time: 35 minutes (accounting for paint drying time)

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Halloween Time!

Halloween is 12 days away and the kids at school are getting excited. Since I work with children with language impairments, I like to talk about holidays way in advance. It helps them to have models of sentences and vocabulary ahead of time.  This way they are ready to chat with their classmates  when the holiday rolls around. This week we are focusing on Halloween creatures. Today, we had fun playing the skeleton game. 

Ages: Pre-K- 5th grade.

Materials: The skeleton printable, a printer, and a die

How to Play: I changed some of the rules from the site to include elements of sharing and being okay with loosing (a skill that is hard for many of my kids). Basically on the child’s turn he/she rolls the dice and follows the directions sheet (seen below). The first one to make a whole skeleton is the winner!  

   Hope you enjoy!🎃

Knitting and Football

Football games are a great time to get some knitting in. It just so happens that today my knitting  coordinated with the 49ers’ uniforms.  

 I made the larger piece ( it was supposed to be a sleeveless top) years ago. I never finished it though. I made a bad yarn choice. I used Caron’s Simply Soft and the mix of the acrylic yarn and yarn weight (worsted) didn’t pan out. The piece would have been too thick to wear during the summer.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not that I am an acrylic hater, it is just that acrylic is not a very breathable fabric. So I am making some hats out of it. I am knitting them simultaneously as I unravel the top. The white hat will be an infant hat and the red a lacy slouch cap. 

The 49ers won today and hopefully my hats end up winners too!