Happy Halloween Ghosts by Claire Fairall Designs

Happy Halloween Ghosts

September 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
Standard Size (DK yarn) 20cm /8” tall
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These happy ghosts are always friendly and cheerful, they love playing tricks at Halloween, shaking their chains to surprise folk, or dressing up in a top hat and bow tie or pretty hair bow.

Happy Ghosts are a quick and easy knitting project suitable for confident beginner knitters.

Full clear Line by line and making up instructions guide you through the knitting and sewing up of your Happy ghosts.

Two versions of this pattern are given: -
Knitted Flat
The ghosts are knitted flat using standard knitting needles. Each ghost is worked in one piece, with very little seaming.
Simple shaping is used through-out (knit two together or knit front and back)
The arm stitches are held on stitch holders until the body is completed. Then slipped back onto the needles to knit each arm. I explain row by row how to do this.

Knitted in the Round
Please note. This version is for those who are experienced with knitting in the round.
I give instructions for working with double pointed needles. This pattern will work with other methods too such as Magic loop and circular needles. I leave how your divide the stitches, and the positioning of markers etc. up to you. I find that knitting in the round is a very personal technique, and a basic pattern leaves you free to work in your own way. Some sections are worked back and forth as flat knitting, this is to give openings for stuffing.

Use DK yarn for a standard size ghost or experiment with fancy yarns to create your own variations

Pattern Information
Standard Size (DK yarn) 20cm /8” tall
Needle size
Ghost 3.25mm (UK 10 /US 3) (Full size or circular needles may be useful when knitting large numbers of stitches for the fringe)
Accessories 4mm (UK 8 /US 6)
Tension - 22sts x 32 rows = 10cm (4”) st.st. Square

Recommended yarn: - Stylecraft Special Knit DK, or Paint Box Yarns Simply DK

You will need-
40g DK white, 20g black, 10g contrast
2 stitch holders
Toy stuffing

You can use other weights of yarn – thinner yarn will give a smaller Ghost, thicker yarn a larger version. Use needles one size smaller than those recommended for your choice of yarn.

Alternative yarns include –
Rico Baby Teddy Aran 40g, 4mm and 4.5mm needles
Stylecraft Special for Babies 4ply 25g, 2.75mm and 3mm needles.