Welcome to the third week of the Winter Bazaar. If you've missed the last two weeks there are great holiday ideas in the first and second week's editions that you can still visit and enjoy. And don't forget that each time you leave a link between October 3rd and October 24th you'll be entered to win one of two children's Halloween costumes: either a stinkbug or a green tyrannosaurus rex, size 6 approximately. Don't forget to link back to this page here at Scribbit so that people know where to find the other blogs' ideas.
Even if you're not a big knitter, these little guys are so cute, so fun and go together so quickly you can't help but give it a try!
Here's the pattern I came up with:
Using black worsted-weight acrylic yarn and U.S. size 6 double pointed needles, cast on 12 stitches. Knit the first row while spreading the 12 stitches out across three needles, 4 on each needle. Knit each row in the round until you have a tube that's approximately 3 inches long.
Pull out the needles but don't cast off. Instead, pull your yarn back through the open loops and pull tightly, knotting to secure. Stuff the tube with leftover black yarn and close the other end by gathering the stitches with some yarn on a large darning needle. This will be your body.
For one leg, cast on four stitches and knit in the round, spreading the stitches onto two needles (2 stitches on each needle). This is so small it can get a little tricky until you get used to it but don't worry, that comes quickly. Knit until the tube is five inches long then cast off. Repeat three more times for three more legs.
To make up the spider stack up the four legs and tie a piece of yarn around the middle of the bunch. Knot it securely and fan them out so they look like his legs. Lay the body tube on top of the knot and wrap the yarn up and over the body, tying and knotting it securely where the head should be. Wrap the yarn once more around the neck and knot it again down under the spider's chin, then string the yarn on a darning needle and thread the ends of the yarn through the body, trimming to conceal them.
Add some googly eyes and sew on a gold clasp to make it into a pin or glue on a magnet. Dangle them from a doorway, secure a scarf with them or pin them to your favorite winter hat. They're so cute you'll want several of them. I happen to have several for sale in my Etsy shop if you're too busy to make your own.
Leave your link to your own great Halloween ideas--thanks for participating!
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