Halloween: The Ideal Holiday for Beastly Crochet Patterns

Brenda K.B. Anderson’s pattern book, Beastly Crochet, wasn’t specifically intended to be a book of Halloween patterns. However, if you celebrate Halloween, October is a great time for crocheting the patterns in the book. That’s because this pattern collection is all Halloween friendly.

Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press
Beastly Crochet Book by Brenda K.B. Anderson, Published by Interweave Press


For example, let’s take the critters on the Beastly Crochet book cover (pictured.) If you look closely at their mouths, you’ll see these little monsters are stuffed with candy. They’re the perfect storage units for all the Halloween candy your little trick-or-treaters or party-goers might collect on Halloween night. Cute, aren’t they? You can crochet and felt them using the pattern and instructions given in this book.

If you want to make Halloween costumes for yourself or a child you know, this book has patterns you could use. There’s a super cute pattern for Sasquatch Slippers and Mittens, which I think might also work as bear claws. So you could dress up as a sasquatch or a bear if you make these. There’s also a vampire hat which could be the basis for an interesting Halloween costume.


The sweet skull hairpins are totally Halloween friendly. If those aren’t quite what you had in mind, you can check out bunches more knit and crochet skull patterns on our website. The link takes you to a list that’s mostly free patterns aside from the ones included in this book. The book also includes a sugar skull bag pattern, which I think is a little creepy — but I guess that’s the idea, right?


One of the fantastic things about this book is that the patterns are great for Halloween, but you can also use them at other times too. That translates to a great value for the time and money you spend on both the book and the projects. A big thumbs up to that!

Overall I really enjoyed this book, which tells you a lot since I am not someone who ordinarily enjoys crocheting skulls or creepy projects.

If you want more details about the book and its contents, I invite you to click here for my detailed book review.

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9 Things to Do With Crocheted and Knitted Skull Designs

I’ll be the first to admit that skulls aren’t really my thing. Even so, I thought of bunches of different reasons a person might want to crochet or knit some skull motifs.

  1. Know any punk rockers, skateboarders and / or goth fans? If so, skull appliques could be useful for accenting projects you make for them; you could add ’em to plain hats, fingerless gloves, etc, to give the project an “edgier” look.
  2. Wear them to horror movies and / or rock concerts.
  3. For those of you who celebrate Halloween, skulls make great Halloween decorations.
  4. They’re also useful additions to handmade Halloween costumes.
  5. Use ’em on any occasion that involves pirates, or dressing up as pirates.
  6. You can use skull appliques to mark any dangerous item in your home. This may sound a little silly, but it would be a good visual reminder to be cautious in the presence of that dangerous item.
  7.  I used some of my skull appliques as embellishments in a scrapbook.
  8. They would make creepy additions to hair pins, headbands and hair clips.
  9. Additionally, we’ve found patterns where skulls are featured in just about every kind of configuration you could think of, and they are used for embellishing everything from blankets to garlands.

If these ideas sound appealing to you, I invite you to visit our list of 27 skull patterns to crochet and knit.  Most of these patterns are free and easily accessible on the Internet. Drop by anytime and check ’em out.



Best wishes,

Amy Solovay

http://knittingandcrochet.net

 

Where to Find a Pattern for a Crochet Shawl With Skull Motifs

Barbara writes,


Hi Amy,

I hope you can help me. I would like to find a crochet shawl with skull motifs pattern please written in English…
Thanks so much…



Barbara

My Response:

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for getting in touch! It’s lovely to hear from you, and I really appreciate your interest.

I’ve posted a page that includes links to bunches of different skull patterns I found on the Internet. One of the patterns listed on the page is a shawl. There are also several charted patterns and scarves that could be expanded into shawls if you have an understanding of how to modify patterns.

Another thing you could do is crochet any shawl you like, and then stitch skull appliques onto the finished piece where you want them — perhaps even a creative mix of appliques with skulls and flower appliques around the edge of the shawl, or something like that. The page includes a whole bunch of skull applique patterns you could use for that purpose, and I have some crochet flower patterns and other sorts of appliques as well.

I invite you to take a look at that page and see if any of the designs inspire you.


Best wishes,
Amy