Costume time!!

My daughters school does “senior Halloween”. It’s a right of passage deal where only seniors are allowed to dress up for school. The classes are basically cancelled and the kids are encouraged to go full out and stay in character all day. I give those teachers so much credit, she’s taken photos and videos of previous classes and its utter chaos!!
But, this is her year! They start planning in early summer and its now crunch time.
All over town you can see the high schoolers running in and out of thrift stores looking for pieces, the goal is always to be the best!
Happily I got to make one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite shows!! Momma didn’t even mind helping out, even taking on some of her friends pieces to get this perfect for them.
We spent a total of $20 and still plan on getting orange hair dye ( I’m not kidding about how serious they take this! ) and a box of Scooby snacks for her to feed “Scooby” throughout the day. So all in all I think we did well. She also has pink tights and some amazing retro purple heels. But here it is:

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They’ve been practicing posing as a group, character runs, walking and the iconic Scooby/shaggy jump. Also “Scooby” has a mini van so they’re all being picked up and entering school as a group. Can’t wait to see the group photos!!

Trick-or-Treat part 2!

And of course you need to make her little brother!!

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Vampire Boy!!

**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – triple crochet

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. sc 6 in the second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. sc 6 in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 8. sc around – 30 each row
9. hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc 25
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing to head

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. sc 5 in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
9 – 17. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off

**_Body:_**
***see the witch girl pattern for instructions on how to connect legs***

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
*switch to shirt color
4 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6. sc around – 6
*switch to shirt color
7 – 13. sc around – 6
* do not stuff arm, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Vest:_**
Using red, ch 22
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc across – 21
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 21
3. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 17, dec – 19
4. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 15, dec – 17
5. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 13, dec – 15
6. ch 1, turn, sc 2, ch 5, skip next 2 stitches, sc 7, ch 5, skip next two sts, sc 2-20
7. ch 1, turn, sc across.
Crochet around entire vest to clean up edges. Fasten off, leave a tail for sewing vest closed.

**_Cape:_**
Using black, ch 23
1. starting in the second ch from hk, sc across – 22
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 22
3 – 6. repeat row #2 – 22 each row
7. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 18, dec – 20
8. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 16, dec – 18
9. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 14, dec – 16
10. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 12, dec – 14
11. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 10, dec – 12
12. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 8, dec – 10
13. ch 1, turn, sc across – 8
14. ch 1, turn, 3dc in first stitch, dc in next 8, 3dc in last stitch.
Fasten off.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5 sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 6. sc around – 15 each row
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

Assembly:

* Sew hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Pin vest on and mark where the arms need to go, remove vest, sew arms into place
* Put on vest, put on cape
* Add any additional details

Finished size: 7 inches

Trick-or-Treat!

Halloween seems to lose something when you’re no longer picking out the perfect costume and walking around at night asking for free candy. And where I live is too rural for trick or treaters, so this year I made my own!

LITTLE WITCH

**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 10. sc around – 30 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing onto head.

**_Pigtails:_ **make two
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2 – 3. sc around – 5
4. sc 2 in each st around – 10
5 – 7. sc around – 10 each row
8. dec 5
*stuff now
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
*switch to white
9 – 10. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
11. sc around – 10
*switch to white
12 – 13. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
14. sc around – 10
*switch to white
15 – 16. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
17. sc around – 10
Fasten off

_**Body: **_
*using the clothing color
Hold both legs side by side, insert the hook thought the inside of of one leg into the second leg.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through both legs.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through loop on hook. Your legs are now connected by one stitch.
Insert the hook through the next stitch on both legs, single crochet, your legs are now connected by two stitches.

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Starting in the first stitch on the left leg:

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Sc 8, now move to the second leg:

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Sc 8 around second leg, you now have a total of 16 stitches in clothing color.

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
4. in back loops only: sc around – 16
5 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6 – 10. sc around – 6
*switch to clothes color
11. 2sc in each stitch around – 12
12 – 14. sc around – 12 each row
* do not stuff arm, using one or two stitches, sew just below the shirt sleeve sealing the arm itself shut.
* stuff the sleeve
15. dec 6, sew shut. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Skirt:_**
*using clothes color yarn, slp stitch in to the front loops of row #4
1. ( 2sc in first stitch, skip he following stitch ) repeat around – 16
2. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
3. 2sc in each st around – 40
4 – 6. sc around – 40 each row
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Hat:**_
Using black, Ch 2
*if you aren’t going to fold the top of the hat, skip row #5*
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. sc around – 4
3. 2sc in each st around – 8
4 – 5. around – 8
6. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
7. sc around – 12
8. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
9. sc around – 16
10. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
11. sc around – 20
12. ( sc 4, inc )4x – 24
13. sc around – 24
14. *in front loops only, ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
15. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

**_Assembly:_**

* See hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Sew arms onto body
* Add any details to face and dress

Finished size: 7 inches without her hat on.

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DIY witches broom

Fall is here!!!!!! Ok, got a little excited about that. Today was crisp and cool with the perfect amount of sun and breeze. I decided the perfect day to finally make a witches broom for the front step.
Again, I spent no money on this craft and you can too!
So, let’s play!
Supplies:
-a long stick or branch depending on the size you want. Go on a hike, crunch some leaves underfoot, bring home supplies. 😜
-older straw broom. I got mine from my grandparents basement. I believe you can purchase them cheaply though.
-twine/rope/string, whichever makes you happy. 😊
– scissors, perhaps a hammer ( ? ) these tools depend on your broom. Mine was extremely old and required a bit of stubborn brute strength to dismantle!

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As you can see my broom had a welded metal bar wrapped around it. I proceeded to pick up my phone and call my brother. He came right over and applied the above mentioned brute strength!!
Anyway, you need to first remove the straw from the broom. After the metal was removed and he uncoiled the wire at the top, I cut the rope from center pieces and begin pulling the straw out.

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Next spread your straw out, keeping it thick enough to hide the stick.
Place your stick on the straw. I placed my stick pretty far in on purpose.

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Cover the top and sides of the stick. Take your string/twine/rope and pull it tight around the bundle ( keeping close to the top ) tie a knot.
( or you know have brother do this too! )

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Continue wrapping the top of your broom until you’re happy with the look. Tie it off, display your pretty.
Tada you’ve made a witches broom for your porch! Or your brother basically did, but it was your idea and you told him what to do, so same thing right?!

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Free Pattern jump start!

I’m being super smart and prepared this year. Started working on the free holiday patterns for everyone already! The Halloween ones were finished yesterday and I also have a non crochet craft in mind for Halloween as well. Getting the Christmas ones started today.
But for now, here’s a sneak peak of what I have ready for you all for Halloween this year!

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Black Cat or a Witch? Your guess is as good as mine….

She’s hoping if you think she’s a witch, you won’t run when she crosses your path….
Black Kitten ( she’s still growing! )

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Supplies:
Worsted weight yarn, any color for cat
Worsted weight yarn any color for hat
Felt or safety eyes
Felt, embroidery floss, or safer nose
F – hook
Yarn needle
Poly – fil stuffing

Terms:
hk – hook
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( 2sc in same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

Head/Body:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. *front loops only in this row* , ( sc, inc )6x – 18
Begin Stuffing, make sure to stuff head firmly.
16 – 23. sc around – 18 each row
24. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
25. dec 6 times
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends.

Legs:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
7 – 8. sc around – 10 each row
Stuff foot
9. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
10 – 11. sc around – 8 each row
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Arms:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 4. sc around – 10 each row
5. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
6. sc around – 8
Stuff hand
7. ( sc 2, dec )2x – 6
8 – 9. sc around – 6
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Ears:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. sc in each st around – 5
3. 2sc in each st around – 10
4. sc in each st around – 10
5. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 15
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Tail:
Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around- 8
3 – 6. sc around – 8 each row
7. inc 2, sc, dec 2, sc – 8
8 – 14. sc around – 8

Hat:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in the second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. ( sc 2, inc )2x – 8
4. sc around – 8
5. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
6. sc around – 12
7. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
8. sc around – 16
9. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
10. sc around – 20
11. ( sc 4, inc )4x – 24
12. sc around – 24
13. Front loops only: ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
14. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Crescent Moon:
Using E-hook
Ch 7
slp st in 2nd ch from hk, inc, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, inc, slp st in last ch.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Assembly:
Sew legs and arms on to body.
Sew ears onto head.
Sew moon onto hat.
You can sew on her hat or simply let it sit on her head.

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Are you my Mummy??

Just a little bit lost and not so good at staying together…..

Mummy

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Supplies:
Worsted weight yarn, any color
I suggest slightly larger safety eyes to “pop” through his wrappings.
Gauze or strips of fabric for “wrapping”
F – hook
Yarn needle
Poly – fil stuffing

Terms:
hk – hook
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( 2sc in same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

Head:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. *front loops only in this row* , ( sc, inc )6x – 18
Begin Stuffing, make sure to stuff head firmly.
16 – 23. sc around – 18 each row
24. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
25. dec 6 times
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends

Legs:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
7 – 8. sc around – 10 each row
Stuff foot
9. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
10 – 11. sc around – 8 each row
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Arms:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 4. sc around – 10 each row
5. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
6. sc around – 8
Stuff hand
7. ( sc 2, dec )2x – 6
8 – 9. sc around – 6
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Assembly:
Sew on legs however you’d like
Sew on arms
For his wrapping; I cut strips about an inch wide and wrapped his head first. Then move from arm, across body to next arm. Working your way down to legs.
Weave in all ends.

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Little Monster!

Ugh, he must be two, such a monstrous age. Hopefully he’ll grow out of it…😉
Frankenstein:

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Supplies:
Worsted weight yarn, in green, black, and two colors of choice for shirt and pants
Black yarn for details
F – hook
Yarn needle
Poly – fil stuffing
Safety eyes or embroidery floss

Terms:
hk – hook
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( 2sc in same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

Head:
Starting with black
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6. *do this row in back loops only: sc around – 30
7. *alternate stitches between green and black: sc around – 30
Fasten off black, use strictly green now.
8 – 13. sc around – 30 each row.
If using safety eyes, attach now.
13. *do this row in back loops only: ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
14. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
15. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
16. *front loops only in this row* , ( sc, inc )6x – 18
Begin Stuffing, make sure to stuff head firmly.
Switch to shirt color.
17 – 21. sc around – 18 each row
Switch to pant color.
22 – 24. sc around – 18 each row
25. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
26. dec 6 times
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends.

Legs:
Start with shoe color
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Switch to pant color.
7 – 8. sc around – 10 each row
Stuff foot
9. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
10 – 11. sc around – 8 each row
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Arms:
Starting with green.
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 4. sc around – 10 each row
5. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
Switch to shirt color.
6. sc around – 8
Stuff hand
7. ( sc 2, dec )2x – 6
8 – 9. sc around – 6
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Assembly:
Sew legs and arms onto body.
Add any details you’d like.
Weave in all ends.

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It’s just a little Voodoo Baby!

They say voodoo only works if you believe right?? Well I certainly believe in the cuteness factor of this guy. Same thing right?!

Voodoo Baby:

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Supplies:
Worsted weight yarn, any color
Small button for eye
Black yarn for details
F – hook
Yarn needle
Poly – fil stuffing
Small bit of felt for heart
Pins are optional!

Terms:
hk – hook
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( 2sc in same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

Head/Body:
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. *front loops only in this row* , ( sc, inc )6x – 18
Begin Stuffing, make sure to stuff head firmly.
16 – 23. sc around – 18 each row
24. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
25. dec 6 times
Fasten off, sew shut, weave in ends

Legs:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
7 – 8. sc around – 10 each row
Stuff foot
9. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
10 – 11. sc around – 8 each row
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Arms:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3 – 4. sc around – 10 each row
5. ( sc 3, dec )2x – 8
6. sc around – 8
Stuff hand
7. ( sc 2, dec )2x – 6
8 – 9. sc around – 6
Sew top flat, leave tail for sewing to body.

Assembly:
Sew on button eye and then the stitched eye
Sew on heart to chest
Sew on legs however you’d like
Sew on arms
Add any fun little details.
Weave in all ends

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