A Halloween table runner and the scary hook!

While looking for something to make my sister for her birthday I found a pattern for a Halloween themed table runner.  Eeeek… it calls for crochet thread and a teeny little hook. I’ve always been a bit afraid of these types of projects. (did I mention the hook is really little?)

But she loves decorating for Halloween and I love her. As you can tell… part of this project requires black thread!

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It felt a little odd at first holding such a small hook and manipulating the crochet thread but… guess what?! It wasn’t as bad as I feared. Actually using the hook and thread was fine. Keeping track of how many ‘open’ and how many closed squares turned out to be trick in this treat of a gift! (There was quite a bit of frog’n !!)

The Stacked Pumpkin Table Runner pattern can be downloaded at the Red Heart site (here) It called for 2 balls of Classic Crochet Thread size 10 Pumpkin and one size 12 ball of Black. I found that I needed 3 balls (2 plus some) of the Pumpkin colour.

My sister and I are big Disney fans so I decided to modify the pattern a little. When I mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party_full_25199printed off (and enlarged) the graph I simply filled in a few extra spaces to form “Mickey ears” on the top pumpkin.

 

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Another modification that I did was to the border. I was tight for time and decided to just add to the checkboard edge with a scallop finish to the ends vs the tassels.

 

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Jack in Black. Jack Skellington by a CS&BK follower.

It’s been a busy month and it has shown in my lack of posting (here and on Patchwork Ponderings). Yet with everything going on I had to make time to share this with you.

A few months ago I was contacted by a lady who wanted more information on my Jack

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Skellington blanket. I was so thrilled that someone asked me about it! The other day she sent me a photo of the blanket that she created for her son.

Melinda decided to make the blanket black with a white Jack since a white blanket would not be practical for her son while he was on deployment. I’m happily sharing this photo of her yarn art with her permission.

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“My son was just home on leave before deployment and I finished it just in time. He absolutely loves it. Thank you so very much for all your advice! Seeing the look on his face was priceless.” – Melinda

Melinda, Thank you for sharing. Best Wishes to you and your son.

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Jack Skellington C2C Blanket Directions

I really have to call this a Set of Directions because pattern implies a step by step (row by row) instructions.

The original grid is one I found on Pinterest (it’s actually a friendship bracelet pattern). Please feel free to use these directions for your own personal use. Do not sell this set of directions. Please do not use my photos as demo for your work.

I’d love to see your work. Please link back here with your creations.

I’m sharing the details I used to work out the directions. If you’d like to make your own you’ll have to do some prep work.

Print the basic graph.

Draw your own lines/squares to add the appropriate width and length.

And count squares per “row”.

Stitches used:

dc = double chain   https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358528820326574382/

sc = single chain  (edge only)


I suggest that you watch these videos. They are how I discovered how to count the squares per row AND very importantly how to make a C2C (Corner to Corner) rectangle.

NOTES:

At time stamp 2:35 Counting Boxes

8:10 Writing your rows (amount of blocks per colour)

24:00 How to change colours

40:00 How to BEGIN your C2C

51:45 How to decrease as if a square

54:05 How to decrease RECTANGLE

 

More about C2C rectangle


Directions C2C Jack Skellington

Materials

Graph (see below)

Paper

Pencil

Ruler

Tapestry needle (weave in LOTS of ends)

5mm crochet hook (or one suited to your yarn)

approx 3 balls of BLACK Caron Simply Soft (6oz/170.1 g medium 4 yarn)

approx 8 balls of WHITE Caron Simply Soft (6 oz/170.1g medium 4 yarn)

Sorry I did not count the balls as I made this project!! This is a guess-stimate.

Dimensions 

Based on 1 square = approx 2 cm ( 1 inch )

1 square = 4 dc

 

Single bed (Cnd/US) 97cm wide by 191cm tall  {38inches wide x 75 inches tall}

36 squares wide (total)

74 squares tall (total)

plus border

BORDER

1 row of sc white

1 row of sc black

1 row of dc white

 

Preperation

1.Print Jack Skellington graph

2. Adhere printed graph onto larger sheet of paper

3. With ruler draw (extend) graph.   Make enough new boxes to complete bed sized blanket.

Original graph (# of original squares)

28 squares wide

51 squares tall

ADD / Draw with ruler

9 squares to each side to total 36 squares WIDE  ( 28 original squares + 18 added squares = 36 squares wide)

23 squares to bottom AND top of graph (tall) [ 51 original squares + 46 added squares = 74 squares tall]

Use ruler to draw additional boxes

4. Use a ruler to draw diagonal lines through boxes to visualize the C2C rows. (And help you count the number of squares per colour. * see above video) REMEMBER to note the alternating direct of each row.

5. {Optional} Write row by row your colour blocks.  {see video above @ minute 8:10}

 

Starting with white begin your Corner to Corner Jack Skellington blanket.

  1. Chain 6.
  2. Crochet the first corner block. Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 stitches.
  3. Begin the 2nd row. Turn and ch 6.
  4. Crochet 1st block of 2nd row. Repeat Step 2 to create the block.
  5. Create the 2nd block in the 2nd row. …
  6. Start crocheting the 3rd row.
  7. Continue following your graph / written block chart note colour of each block

NOTES

I used stitch markers to note which edge is my “bottom” and which edge is the starting side. In my photos, I count rows starting from left corner so I would be noting the left side of the blanket.

If this is your first C2C I suggest using some spare yarn to practice the stitch (follow along with above video) before starting this blanket.


This was written several months after I completed the blanket. Please comment below if you find any areas (in my directions) that need updating.

Related posts:

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/jack-skellington-c2c-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/on-track-with-jack-skellington-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/feeling-creative-inspiration/

 

 

 

Jack Skellington ~ C2C Blanket

Whew! I finished it in time! It took me most of my free time over the past 7 weeks. This Jack Skellington blanket is a gift for our son who is turning 16 very soon!

jack-skellyington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-1With the frequent colour changes I had a lot of ends to weave in. That got done as I worked the blanket simply because I couldn’t stand the mess!

I’m so glad that the inspiration to use the Corner to Corner pattern/stitch came to me because it was perfect for this project.  I don’t think I would have finished in time for my son’s birthday if I had done a traditional row by row pattern.  I wrote last month about making this pattern for the Jack blanket. For the edge; a straight stitch didn’t seem to go with the theme so I alternated between a single and a double stitch. It created a kind-of wonky, off beat edge.20170224_143902

Simply Soft by Caron was picked for the blanket because of the texture. I think if the texture wasn’t so important, I would have liked a ‘sturdier’ yarn for this big of a project.  Yet it is hard to feel any regret about my yarn choice. Caron’s Simply Soft is such a pleasure to hold for this many hours!

I’m often asked how long it takes to make.  I didn’t keep track of exactly how long it took me; I estimate that I was crocheting for around 70 hours. I also didn’t note how many balls of yarn I used!  (guess-timate 5 or 6 white and 2 or 3 black).  I do know that as with all my, blankets the spaces between the stitches are filled with love.

Directions can be found here.jack-skellyington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-3

Do I wait ’til his birthday to give it to him or shall I let him watch t.v. with it tonight?

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This blanket was inspired by Tim Burton’s movie.