Just in Time for Halloween

OK, so I know it’s back to school time, but I guess I have Halloween on the brain.  I’ve signed up for two (yes two – I know, big ole slice of crazy pie) Halloween swaps on Ravelry, and partners should be assigned soon, so I’ve been getting goodie ideas.

Anyway – back on track here.  Over the weekend I made a dishcloth for my mother-in-law.  Just a simple eyelet heart on a garter-stitch field (Rav link).  It’s from the Dishcloths from the Heart book by Leisure Arts.  Well, As I was knitting right along, I thought, it might be pretty easy to take this idea and create dishcloths with other shapes.  And, with these Halloween swaps coming up, plus my children’s current pirate obsession, I thought, why not try a skull.  (Actually, I thought skull & crossbones, but decided the skull by itself would be easier).  Of course, it had to be made with black cotton, which meant a trip to the store (but really, it’s OK, because I had other things we needed to buy too).

So, I’m really pleased with the final product:

I didn’t check on Ravelry before I started, because I didn’t want to steal anyone else’s ideas. But I have checked since I finished, and, while there are several other pirate / skull dishcloths, there aren’t any of this style – YEA!!!!

I like it so much that I wrote up the pattern. Please be aware – this hasn’t been proofed or test knitted.  (Anyone want to give it a shot?).  If you come up with any corrections or suggestions, please let me know!

(And, I know when I get patterns online, I usually prefer pdfs, so I also have it as a  PDF – CLICK HERE to download the PDF.)

Halloween Skull Dishcloth

Materials: 100% cotton worsted (I used about 2/3 of a 70.9g skein of Sugar ‘n Cream)
Straight needles, size 7 (or size to get gauge)
Gauge: in Garter stitch – 14 sts = 4” (10cm)

Cast on 37 St.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit across

Row 3: K1, SSK, YO, K1, * YO, K2tog. Repeat from * across to last st. K1

Row 4 and ALL EVEN NUMBERED ROWS:  Knit across

Row 5: K1, SSK, YO, K across to last 3 st. YO, K2tog, K1

Rows 7 & 9: Repeat Row 5

Row 11: K1, SSK, YO, K10, * YO [slip 1, K2tog, PSSO] YO, K1, Repeat from * 2 more times, K9, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 13:  K1, SSK, YO, K8, K2tog, YO, K11, YO, SSK, K8, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 15: Repeat Row 13

Row 17: K1, SSK, YO, K8, K2tog, YO, K2, *YO [slip 1, K2tog, PSSO] YO, K1, Repeat from * 1 more time, K1, YO, SSK, K8, YO, K2tog, K1

Rows 19 & 21: Repeat Row 13

Row 23: K1, SSK, YO, K7, K2tog, YO, K13, YO, SSK, K7, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 25: K1, SSK, YO, K6, K2tog, YO, K15, YO, SSK, K6, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 27: K1, SSK, YO, K5, K2tog, YO, K17, YO, SSK, K5, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 29: K1, SSK, YO, K4, K2tog, YO, K8, YO [slip 1, K2tog, PSSO] YO, K8, YO, SSK, K4, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 31: K1, SSK, YO, K3, K2tog, YO, K9, K2tog, YO, K10, YO, SSK, K3, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 33: K1, SSK, YO, K3, K2tog, YO, K21, YO, SSK, K3, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 35: Repeat Row 33

Row 37: K1, SSK, YO, K3, K2tog, YO, K4, YO [slip 1, K2tog, PSSO] YO, K7, YO [slip 1, K2tog, PSSO] YO, K4, YO, SSK, K3, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 39: K1, SSK, YO, K3, K2tog, YO, K2, (K2tog, YO) 3 times, K5 (YO, SSK) 3 times K2, YO, SSK, K3, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 41: Repeat Row 37

Row 43: Repeat Row 33

Row 45: K1, SSK, YO, K4, SSK, YO, K19, YO, K2tog, K4, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 47: K1, SSK, YO, K5, SSK, YO, K17, YO, K2tog, K5, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 49: K1, SSK, YO, K6, SSK, YO, K15, YO, K2tog, K6, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 51: K1, SSK, YO, K7, SSK, YO, K1, *YO [slip 1, K2tog, PSSO] YO, K1, Repeat from * 2 more times, YO, K2tog, K7, YO, K2tog, K1

Row 53: K1, SSK, YO, K across to last 3 st. YO, K2tog, K1

Rows 55 & 57: Repeat Row 53

Row 59: K1, SSK, YO, K1, * YO, K2tog. Repeat from * across to last st. K1

Row 61: Knit across

Bind off all stitches in Knit.

Copyright 2010, Michelle Dickson. All Rights Reserved.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kitten
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 18:26:56

    I want to try swapping so badly, and all the bloggers I read talk about finding them on Ravelry, Craftster, and Flickr. The last two times I swapped, I got burnt. How has your experience been?

    Reply

    • silvercharmster
      Sep 07, 2010 @ 21:05:50

      I’ve had good experiences swapping. I think the important thing to remember is that the price range is put there for a reason. A lot of people do go over the price goal, but just as many stick to it very closely. You can’t expect that if you go over the amount that your spoiler will do the same. But I must say, that I have had some awesome spoilers in the past!

      Reply

  2. Lyn
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 19:43:15

    First: THANK YOU for including the PDF download!!! It is *so* much easier than copy/paste to Word (as you obviously know, if you also prefer to download PDFs).

    Second: THANK YOU for adding to my demented collection of skull patterns. ☺ I am going to (try to find time to) whip up some of these for Samhain gifts for select friends.

    Third: he (?) definitely feels more Halloween-ish than pirate-ish, which is interesting that I can tell the difference. Good pain pills, LOL. :-D

    Reply

  3. Carolyn
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 20:53:26

    Hi,

    I will attempt this dish cloth–LOVE IT! I will let you know how it goes. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Reply

  4. Jenn
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 04:24:09

    I really like the look of this… it reminds me of the Papel Picado flags they make for Día de los Muertos in Mexico.

    Reply

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  6. Rebecca from ChemKnits
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 18:06:24

    Perfect for halloween. Thank you so much for the lacy skull design! I think it could be fun to incorporate it into a scarf…

    Reply

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