Thursday, 22 October 2015

30 Free Crochet Patterns To Make An Amazing Halloween Costume

With Halloween just around the corner I am sure many DIY fanatics are busy creating outfits for their little ones or themselves. Here is a list of 30 crochet patterns you can make for a Halloween. From the Halloween classics to the sweet and cheerful, to outright creepy, there is a great selection here to create an amazing crochet Halloween costume. The best bit is that all these patterns are free. So grab your yarn and hook, and get crocheting for Halloween! 

Please note - you will need to click on the image to be re-directed to pattern. Some sites may require registration (for free) to access the pattern. 

Halloween Classics

Ye old' witch. You can't go wrong. I do like how Corina has made hers hot pink and the little kink at the top. It just adds that pizzazz to an old time classic. 

Wicked Wizard Witches Hat - Free Crochet Pattern by Corina from Stitch11

The Mummy. Sure you could always wrap yourself up in toilet paper, but this is guaranteed to last a whole lot longer.

Mummy Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern by BobWilson123

And matching mummy gloves to capture all those yummy goodies.

Tricks and Treats Mummy Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by Twinkie Chan at A Beautiful Mess blog.

It's just not Halloween without a pumpkin head.

Jack-o-Lantern hat - Free Crochet Pattern by Jessie Rayot at Red Heart Website

The big (so misunderstood) meanie in green

Frankenstein Stein Hat - Free Crochet Pattern by Heidi Yates at Red Heart website

Biters, creepers, lurkers, lamebrains, rotters, skin eaters, the dreaded walking dead. Call them what you will, you know what I'm talking about.

Zombie Character Beanie Hat - Free Crochet Pattern by CrafterChick

Keeping my eye on you Zombie Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern by Jezebear Designs

Monsters. Monsters. Monsters. There are so many monster designs out there that I could dedicate a whole post just to monsters. But after sifting through a lot of designs I think this one is really cool and would work great as a Halloween costume. 

Eaten Alive - Free Crochet Pattern by Barbara Palmer

And now you have your monster hoodie, you just need some chunky, funky monster feet.

Monster Feet - Free Crochet Pattern by Barbara Palmer

Fighters and Warriors

Girls or boys, another all time favourite. The Pirate. Arrrrrr!

Child's Pirate Costume - Free Crochet Pattern by Kim Guzman at Red Heart

Viking...Dwarf...who cares? With a beard this bushy this costume is sure to make you stand out of the crowd.

The Viking/Dwarf Hat - Free Crochet pattern by Melissa Campbell

And if that beard is not dramatic enough for you, then you can always take it a few notches 

up with the Epic Viking Beard - Free Crochet Pattern by Cat P

For those with the fighting spirit

Knights Helmet - Free Crochet Pattern by Em Harrington

Star Wars

You may need to use the force to see with this one, as it will cover your eyes, but still, it looks awesome.

Yoda - Free Crochet Pattern by MamaEdgar

Don't have hair long enough to style like the Star Wars Princess? No problem. This is a great solution. 

Princess Leia Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern by Olivia from Hopeful Honey


If scare factor is your thing, then this might be the one for you. The hand in the sock kind of creeps me out, it's a nice finishing touch.

Ood - Free Crochet Pattern by Lilana Wofsey Dohnert

Why limit yourself to purple and green. You can do this in any colour. This pattern actually reminds me of those yarn dreads that are all the rage, so get this one right and you could wear it again to a summer music fest.

Purple & Green Monster Wig - Free Crochet Pattern by Lion Brand


Knife Headband - Free Crochet Pattern by Sol Maldonado

Imagine running into this in a dark alley way at night...yikes!

Alien mask - Free Crochet Pattern by Lara Sue from Cirsium Crochet

Sweet Stuff 

Always a favourite...what girl (little or old) doesn't want to be a fairy?!

Enchanted Ivy Wings - Free Crochet Pattern by Lisa Jelle from Cre8tion

Here's another beautiful design for fairy wings.

Tattered Fairy Wings - Free Crochet Pattern by Esther from Craftown

And now you have your wings sorted. You can make this tutu to match.

Olivia's Tutu - Free Crochet Pattern by Corina from Stitch11

Top it off with a crown to make a fairy princess, queen, or perhaps a king.

Princess Crown - Another free pattern from Corina at Stitch11

This ladybug suit is just so cute. With the currently popular kids show, Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom. this costume would work perfectly for a little ladybug Gaston.

Ladybug in Training - Free Crochet Pattern by Drops Design


The one and only...Batman. Da na na na na na! Batman!! Great one for the boys.

Batmask - Free Crochet Pattern by Heidi Yates from Snappy Tots

Bat Cape - Free Crochet Pattern by Laura Michels (Crazy Crochet Lady)

But step aside Batman as here comes the one with the sticky fingers...Spiderman!

The finished design is by Melissa Blossom. Melissa has made a fantastic modification to the free crochet pattern Spiderman Beanie by Melody Adams.

Or perhaps Captain America is your superhero of choice

Captain America! - Free crochet pattern by Corina from Stitch11 

And gloves too please! 

Captain America Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern by Tia Davis from Craftown

But don't forget...girls are heroes too! This work and picture is just exquisite! 

Merida Wig Costume - Free Crochet Pattern by Funky Polkadot Giraffe 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Free Crochet Pattern - Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom - The Magic Wand

My son has a slight obsession with the kids show, Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. I have to admit, I like it too. It is one of those rare tv shows that has the ability to humour both young and old. Kudos to the makers!

For my son's recent birthday party, we had a Ben and Holly birthday party theme. I decided to make my sons a crochet Amigurumi toy of Holly's Magic Wands. It took a bit of tweaking but I am really happy with how the pattern turned out and would like to share this pattern for free. This Amigurumi crochet pattern is easy and quick to make and is a perfect gift for any small (or big) Ben and Holly Little Kingdom fans out there

I hope you enjoy.

The Little Kingdom - Holly's Magic Wand Amigurumi Pattern

Yarn in 3 colours – Main Colour (centre face) and in 2 contrast colours - I used approximately 25 gr of DK/8ply in total equivalent to approximately 50m/54 yards
Small amount of felt in three colours
Small amount of thread and needle
Jingle Bell - small enough to fit inside your wand
Darning needle
Crochet Hook

Gauge is not important for this pattern. You can adjust hook and yarn size as desired, but keep in mind the size of finished object will vary. Working with the DK/8ply yarn and 4mm hook my finished toy measures approximately 4 inches (10 cm) across the diameter (one tip of star to other tip of star). 

Pattern is written in Us terminology.

The Star – Make 2
Work in continous rounds. 

Rnd 1   6sc in Magic Circle
Rnd 2   2sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3   *sc in next st,  2sc in next st* repeat around (18)
Rnd 4   *sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (24)
Rnd 5   *sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (30)
Rnd 6   *sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (36)
Rnd 7   sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat 5 times, sc in last 3 sts (42) - Change to Contrast Colour 1
Rnd 8   sc in next st, 2sc in next, *sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat 5 times, sc in last 5 sts (48) - Change to Contrast Colour 2

Now you will work in Rows – turn at the end of each row – ch1 at beginning of round does not count as first st.

Row 1   sc in next 8 sts (8)
Row 2   ch1, turn, sc in first st, sc2tog 3 times, sc in last st (5)
Row 3   ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog (3)
Row 4   ch1, turn, sc3tog (1)
Row 5   ch1, sc in st  (1)

Do not turn.  Slip stitch down the side of your rows just worked, include a slip stitch into the same st that the last sc was worked at the end of Row 1. Then slip stitch into the next sc that hasn’t been worked into from round 8.

Repeat Row 1-4    5 times
Fasten Off. Leaving a long tail on one of your stars for seaming.

The Face Details

I find it best to do the eye details before you seam your pieces together. For the eyes I used a small amount of felt in three colours – pink, white and black. I cut the bottom layer of pink felt slightly bigger than the white, so that it creates an outline once you glue the white felt on top. Then finally the black pupils are glued on top. The hot glue gun came in handy but craft glue will do the job too. 

* NOTE - Before putting eyes in place be aware of where you will have your wand stick so that your eyes are centered evenly. I forgot this with my first piece so the face is slightly wonky.

With the eyes in place, I then did the stitching of the eyelashes and the mouth. As you can see, the reverse side of my piece looks a bit of a mess with all the stitches, but once the piece is seamed you won’t see this bit. As long as the front looks like who cares what it looks like on the reverse, right?! As they say, just make it work!

Now, for the completion.
For the final steps I will send you over to The Tangled Happy Blog. 
She has a fantastic tutorial on how to finish a magic wand and it was her piece that inspired me to make a Little Kingdom Wand. Don't forget to stuff in your jingle bell with your stuffing. To get an extra nice tinkle, I added two. 

So that is it. Now your wand is complete, it’s time for the magic spells to begin....

“Jelly, Jelly lot’s of Jelly!!!”

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