Did you ever hear that children’s nursery rhyme?
Three little Ghost-eses
Sitting on Post-eses
Eating buttered toast-eses
Greasing their wrist-eses
Up to their fist-eses.
Oh what beast-eses
To make such feast-eses!
On a walk the other day, some Halloween decorations in my neighborhood reminded me of that poem. So I decided to knit three little ghost-eses of my own.
These little ghost-eses are finger-puppet sized. Thus, I started with my basic finger-puppet
To me, the most important thing about knit ghosts is that they have a wavy, fluttering body, a body that looks as if they are moving on air currents, flying weightlessly and magically through the sky. I spent a couple false-starts, trying to get the waviness of their bodies just right. The solution I finally came up with has the added advantage of a lacy pattern that lets light through when you stand them over (electric!) candles, or bike lights.
In my mom’s garden, there is a rose bush that, though it finished blooming for the year months ago, has the most amazing fat orange rose hips. I cut these off, turned them upside down and they make perfect pumpkins for my little ghost-eses!
The Ghost-eses are on sale at my shop
(a set of 3 for just $16). But clearly I’m a new etsy seller, or I would have worked on a Halloween design a month ago. In order for these to arrive on time for Halloween, an order would have to be placed by October 23.
So, I’m also going to share their pattern with you here! It’s an intermediate level pattern, but since the ghosts are small, if you already know techniques like knitting in the round, k2tog etc, they don’t take very long. You experienced knitters out there can whip a couple of these little guys up yourselves, and add a little cute-spookiness to your Halloween decorations.
Little Ghost Pattern
You Need: White cotton yarn, worsted weight. 4 DPNs size 3 or similar, black embroidery thread and a needle.
Abbreviations: DPNs = double pointed needles
K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together into 1
YO = yarn over. wrap the yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch
SKPO = slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over to decrease by 1 stitch
Cast On 33 stitches and divide evenly over 3 DPNs (11 stitches per needle)
Round 1 (and all odd rounds through round 9): Knit
Round 2: [K2tog, K3, YO, K4, SKPO] repeat 3 times for the round
you now have 30 stitches on your needles, having decreased 6 times and increased 3 times.
Round 4: [K2tog, K3, YO, K3, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 27 stitches
Round 6: [K2tog, K2, YO, K3, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 24 stitches
Round 8: [K2tog, K2, YO, K2, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 21 stitches
Round 10: [K2tog, K1, YO, K2, SKPO] repeat 3 times: 18 stitches
Round 11 – 18: Knit
Round 19: [K2tog, K1] repeat 6 times: 12 stitches
Round 20: [K2tog] repeat 6 times: 6 stitches
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail about 6 inches long, and thread this through the remaining stitches. Tie a knot and pull the thread inside the ghost out of sight.
Embroider on the eyes with black embroidery thread and a needle.