Halloween Inspiration

Halloween gives us the opportunity to use our crafting skills in creative and unusual ways. DIY costumes are always so unique and fun to make, but here at the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office, we want our costumes to represent one of our favorite things: yarn! When we started searching for yarn-related Halloween costumes, we found several ideas that are too fun not to share.

ball of yarnFor the kid (or kid at heart) who doesn’t mind a bulky costume, this idea is sure to be a hit! We all love the real deal, so why wouldn’t we love a cute ball of yarn costume?

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The possibilities are endless when you have a yarn wig! Raggedy Ann and Rapunzel are just two of the adorable costumes you could make with this versatile idea.

monster hatsThis video tutorial for the Merry Monsters Hats will walk you through the process of crocheting these adorable accessories. They make great, crafty costumes and keep you toasty on a crisp night of trick or treating.

beardA beard can help you transform into any number of characters! Instantly become a viking or gnome, and keep your cheeks warm if you live in a chilly area.

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Spaghetti and meatballs have never been so cute! Grab a bowl, some scrap yarn, and make some pompom meatballs to get this look.

Spider Web Skirt Tutorial photo

For a fashionable costume with a spooky twist, this spiderweb skirt is a comfortable and festive option for your office Halloween party.

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Finally, you can’t go trick or treating without a cute bag to hold all of your goodies. Trick and Treat Bags from the Fall Issue of Love of Crochet stitch up quickly, so you still have time to make one for all of your little ghouls and goblins!

We want to know – which costume here is your favorite? Have you seen any other fun costumes using yarn?

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Crochet Along – Pumpkin Treat Bag – Leaves and swirls

We have now finished all the pieces for our Pumpkin Treat Bag! Our darling jack-o-lantern’s facial features are ready to sew on, and we’ve crocheted the leaves and swirl to add an extra special touch. In fact, I thought the swirl was so cute that I couldn’t help but make two of them. You can see them below next to my spooky witch hat.

Pumpkin bag leaves and spiralsI went ahead and attached the leaves and swirls to my pumpkin, and the facial features will be next. I plan on attaching his eyes, nose, and mouth later this evening so I’ll have it ready in time for our Halloween festivities over the weekend. However, I’m going to wait and show you my finished project on Halloween day because I think sharing pictures of our bags is the perfect way to celebrate.

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We’ve already seen one adorable finished Pumpkin Treat Bag on our Facebook page, and we are so happy that Stephani shared it with us. Has anyone else finished one of the Trick-and-Treat Bags from our Fall Issue? You can post pictures on our Facebook page or email them to us at mail@loveofcrochet.com. We can’t wait to see them!

Crochet Along – Pumpkin Treat Bag – Face

We took it easy on the Pumpkin Treat Bag from our Fall Issue this week, but we did finish crocheting his eyes, nose, and mouth. Attaching the pieces later will be a breeze because I left long tails for sewing.

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Now that my pumpkin’s features are really coming together, I must say – designer Ashley Briggs truly makes adorable patterns. I know my daughter will get tons of compliments on her bag this Halloween, and it has been such a fun project to crochet! How is your Trick and Treat bag coming along? Are you working on the Pumpkin, Frankenstein, or Mummy?

Crochet Along – Pumpkin Treat Bag – Handle and green trim

Our adorable Pumpkin Treat Bag from our Fall Issue is coming right along! I love fun, fast projects like this – especially when I know they will bring a smile to someone’s face. You can see that I’ve finished the orange bag portion of the pattern and added the green, scalloped edging around the top. The next instructions are for the handle, so I went ahead and attached it now to make my finishing work a little easier at the end.pumpkin with handle and scalloped green edgeYou could use your Pumpkin Treat Bag as a sweet candy dish all autumn long by simply omitting the face. However, I think his little smile is too cute to resist and I’ll definitely be making his eyes, nose, and mouth next!

How is your Trick and Treat Bag coming along? I’m loving the Cascade 220 Superwash yarn in the kit! It’s nice to know that if some of our yummy candy gets on the bag, we’ll be able to machine wash and dry it without worrying.

Sneak Peek – Love of Crochet’s Special Holiday 2013 Issue

Many of us have already started thinking about our holiday crafting, but you will definitely want to set some yarn aside for the fun projects in Love of Crochet’s special Holiday Issue! With its beautiful and current designs, you’re sure to find something to crochet for everyone on your list (and something for yourself too).

04_LOC_4HOL13_HS_1_200pxIf you’ve been searching for the perfect sweater to make a fashionista in your life, try the Turquoise Tinsel Shrug. Using only one skein of gorgeous, specialty yarn, this shrug is quick to crochet and would make a great statement at a holiday or New Year’s party. The Convertible Cashmere Sweater is another fashionable garment that will flatter any figure. Its lacy, open stitches and ribbed sleeves will make it an instant favorite.convertible cashmere 200

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For the guy in your life, the Ice Fishing Gaiter is the perfect accessory to keep him warm and toasty this winter. It’s a perfect project for a beginner and can be crocheted in a flash.

monkey trouble 200Any kid will love the Monkey Trouble blanket and pillow. Stitch this set for a gift that will be treasured for years to come.

peppermint trio 200The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a few festive decorations in your home. Crochet the Peppermint Trio and you’ll have a table runner, hot pad, and trivet that are sure to bring some holiday cheer. Also, the Precious Gift Charms are an adorable way to dress up any wrapped gift. You could even use them as ornaments to hang right in your tree.

gift charms 200Our Holiday Issue goes on sale October 15th, so pick it up at a nearby newsstand or from our Crochet and Knit Shop. We can’t wait to get started on these fun projects! Which ones are you most excited for?

Crochet Along – We’ve started our Pumpkin Treat Bag

We are already a few days into October, and that means Halloween will be here before you know it. To celebrate our favorite spooky holiday we are crocheting the Pumpkin Treat Bag from our Fall Issue together, and we hope you join in on the fun!

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We started crocheting our adorable trick-or-treat bag on October 1st, and we are almost finished with the bag portion of the pattern. This project is so fun to make, it seemed like the stitches were flying right off my hook.

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Which Trick-and-Treat Bag did you choose? Remember, to make your yarn selection quick and easy, you can purchase a kit for all 3 bags in our Crochet and Knit Shop. How is your bag coming along?

Pumpkin Treat Bag Crochet Along Begins October 1st

Fall is officially here, and you know what that means – it’s time to get ready for Halloween! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us an outlet for our creativity and craftiness. Creating costumes and spooky accessories is such a fun way to welcome the crisp, cool days of fall.

26_LOC_FA13_HTB_5_200pxOne item every trick-or-treater needs on Halloween is a cool bag to hold all the yummy candy they collect. TheĀ Trick and Treat Bags from our Fall 2013 Issue of Love of Crochet are the perfect complements to any costume, and they are a blast to make! We’re making the Pumpkin Treat Bag for our next Crochet Along starting on October 1st, and we hope you’ll be crocheting along with us.

Pumpkin kitWe can’t wait to dig into this quick project. Snag theĀ Pumpkin, Frankenstein, or Mummy Treat Bag from our Crochet and Knit Shop so you’ll be ready to crochet along with us on October 1st! The kits contain the Treat Bag patterns and all the yarn you will need to make the bag of your choice. Which Trick and Treat Bag will you make?