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.

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