Halloween Hat: Spooky Nights

Spooky Nights  hat knitting pattern using Ewe Ewe  Wooly Worsted yarn

Spooky Nights hat knitting pattern using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn

Look at this hat! It has black bats, black cats, and creepy crescent moons. Soooo spoooooky! The Spooky Nights stranded knitting hat is the perfect topper for the Halloween time of year. Wear it on trick-or-treat or just around town because you love creepy stuff.

Use Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn to make this hair-raising hat. Our new Citrus Pop works perfectly to add the right amount of eeriness.

Bundle and save: The Spooky Nights hat is also part of our Halloween Hats eBook that includes 4 more season hat knitting patterns. It’s a great deal for 5 patterns!

Get the pattern and the yarn!

Knit this fun hat today and be ready for your favorite holiday! Here’s what you need:

Wooly Worsted Merino Yarn
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Southwest Stockings KAL: Part 4 Finishing


Hello and welcome to the last day of the Southwest Stockings Knit Along! We've done a lot of knitting and now it's time to embellish our big Christmas sock. If you've knit the Cozy Socks then you're probably on your way through the second sock and almost done. For the Christmas Stocking knitters today we'll add a hang loop and top it with a pom pom. Woohoo!

Remember, you can always watch me work these steps on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.

Knitting a hang loop for a Christmas Stocking

In the pattern it tells us to cast on 4 stitches and work back and forth in garter stitch for 6". That's all we need to do.


Now we stitch that little strip of fabric to the top edge of the stocking. Lay the top of the stocking out flat and attach the hang loop to the first 2 and last 2 stitches of the ribbing at the top of the stocking. Use the tail and the darning needle to sew it securely.

Bring the other end of the loop around and stitch that down to meet the first edge. Sew, sew, sew. Remember, this is what holds that stocking up when it's all packed with presents!

And, done! A cute little loop.

Our next job is to weave in the yarn ends inside the stocking. I usually flip mine inside out, weave them in, then flip it back the other way. When you're all done give your stocking a good blast of steam to help set the stitches. I use my regular iron set to the highest steam setting. Hover the iron over the fabric and let the steam relax the yarn. Never touch the iron to the project! Set the iron aside and let the stitches cool before touching them. Ahh, look how even!

Making a multi-color pom pom

Now for the best part, pom pom time! I made pom pom with the Llamallooma Pom-Pom Maker by Betz White. This little llama is so adorable that I had to use it. 

The first step is to wrap a long strand around the llama's body. This will be the yarn that secures the pom pom together after we cut the strands. 

I decided to make a pom pom using all 4 colors that are in my stocking so I lined them all up and wound them around the llama's legs until it was thick and full.

Next we untie that original loop and tie it tightly across our wrapped yarn.

Remove the yarn bundle and carefully cut the loops in half to make a fluffy pom pom.

Trim your pom pom to make it round. There's always weird long pieces on any pom so give it a good haircut.


And attach it to the top of the stocking by the hang loop. 

And there we have it! A finished Southwest Stockings Christmas Stocking. I can't wait for Santa to come and fill it with goodies in a few weeks!


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Introducing: Southwest Stockings Knit Along!

Southwest Stockings Knit Along

Southwest Stockings Knit Along

Handmade holidays are the best kind of holidays. I want to share my love of holiday knits with you with a knit-along! I recently appeared on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell to teach how to knit the Southwest Stockings. This pattern can make either a Christmas stocking or a pair of cozy socks and I'd love to work on them with you. I've even got a few more tricks up my sleeve that I'll show you along the way. I hope you'll join me for the Southwest Stockings KAL!

Heather on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell!  Watch the show >

Heather on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell! Watch the show >

What's a KAL?

A knit-along, or KAL, is a virtual sit-and-knit. We're all going to make the same project during a set timeframe and I'll show you how to do it! I hope you'll join me. Continue reading to see more details and decide if you'd like to knit the Southwest Stockings with me.

Step 1: Pick your project

Which project would you like to knit?

  1. Christmas Stocking using Baa Baa Bulky yarn from Ewe Ewe
  2. Cozy Socks using Wooly Worsted yarn from Ewe Ewe
Option 1:  Southwest Stockings Christmas Stocking

Option 1: Southwest Stockings Christmas Stocking

Option 2:  Southwest Stockings Cozy Socks

Option 2: Southwest Stockings Cozy Socks

The Southwest Stockings are a design that is unique to Ewe Ewe Yarns. Using the same pattern you can make two very different items! The secret's in the yarn. Use Baa Baa Bulky to create a big bright Christmas stocking OR change to a smaller needle size and Wooly Worsted yarn to a squishy pair of socks for yourself. It's super fun!

Download the pattern:

Get the Southwest Stockings pattern FREE from The Knit Show with Vickie Howell >

    Step 2: Choose your colors

    Pick your color way. The best part about Ewe Ewe is that all of our yarn colors are planned to work together so you really can't go wrong. Find a Ewe Ewe yarn store near you to see the colors!

    If you don't have a shop near you, I put together 7 color combo kit ideas that fit all different styles. Maybe you want to pick your own shades of Baa Baa Bulky yarn or make the Christmas Stocking in one of these: 

    Stocking kit color option:  True Christmas

    Stocking kit color option: True Christmas

    Stocking kit color option:  Cotton Candy Dreams

    Stocking kit color option: Cotton Candy Dreams

    See Christmas Stocking kits >

    Perhaps you're going to make the Cozy Socks to wear on Christmas morning or give as a gift. Take a look at the Cozy Sock kit ideas or browse Wooly Worsted yarn colors.

    Cozy socks kit ideas:

    Cozy Socks kit color option:  Soft + Sweet

    Cozy Socks kit color option: Soft + Sweet

    Cozy Socks kit color option:  Rich Red

    Cozy Socks kit color option: Rich Red

    See Cozy Socks kits >

    Step 3: Knit Along!

    We'll be learning great techniques like:

    • Casting on to double-pointed needles
    • Knitting with two colors of yarn (Fair Isle, color work)
    • How to knit the heel flap and turn the heel of a sock
    • Knitted decreases
    • Kitchener stitch grafting for the toe of a sock
    • Finishing, weaving in ends, and pom pom making

    Here are our dates:

    • October 26-November 8: Get your supplies! Find a yarn shop >
    • Thursday, November 9: CAST ON! Learn how to knit color work.
    • Tuesday, November 14: Sock heel flap and turning the heel
    • Thursday, November 16: Decreasing for the toe and Kitchener stitch
    • Tuesday, November 21: Finishing and pom pom making

    Get social!

    Get your supplies now. We start on November 9th! Read the Supplies post >

    Heather Walpole appears on The Knit Show with Vickie Howell

    Learn how to knit Fair Isle socks -- the easy way!

    That's me right there! I am on the incredible new knitting series called The Knit Show with Vickie Howell. I teach the easy way to knit Fair Isle socks with instructions on how to make socks for you or a Christmas stocking for your home! Watch the Handmade Holiday episode now.

    Holidays are made better when a little something handmade is involved. On The Handmade Holiday Episode of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell we show stitchers how to make their season bright with projects to give and decorate with, plus gift ideas for the crafty types in your life!

    Southwest Stockings Free Sock Knitting Pattern

    Southwest Stockings  free Fair Isle socks and Christmas stocking pattern designed by Heather Walpole

    Southwest Stockings free Fair Isle socks and Christmas stocking pattern designed by Heather Walpole

    On the show I teach this adorable socks and Christmas stocking combination. The Southwest Stockings knitting pattern includes instructions for both a Christmas stocking knit in Ewe Ewe Baa Baa Bulky AND cozy Fair Isle socks using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted washable merino yarn. 

    Visit The Knit Show to download the free pattern!

    The techniques I teach in the video are how to read a color work chart for Fair Isle knitting, knitting with two colors of yarn, turning the heel of a sock, and how to graft the toe of a sock using the Kitchener Stitch. 

    Ready to make the Southwest Stockings?

    We have knitting kits available! Grab the pattern from The Knit Show's website and then take a look at our kits. We put together some great color combinations so you can choose and get started right away.

    Southwest Stockings Bulky Christmas Stocking Knitting Kit
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    Southwest Stockings Cozy Socks Knitting Kit
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    I hope you have as much fun knitting these socks and stockings as I did. The color work is easy and the projects go fast. Download the Southwest Stockings free knitting pattern. Shop yarn kits.

    Knit a Baby Beard!

    What's cuter than a little kid in a hand-knit beard? Not much!

    You can knit this adorable little Santa beard for a baby or kid in your life. Better yet, knit them for all the kiddos and take the cutest Christmas card on Earth! 

    The Baby Beard knitting pattern is available on Ravelry for just $2 and comes in two sizes, baby and toddler. Knit using Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn, this beard is soft and washable and one skein makes two baby-sized beards! Those twins are gonna win at Christmas.

    Get a kit! The Baby Beard is designed by our friends at PostStitch and you can get a complete kit that comes with the pattern and one ball of Wooly Worsted yarn packed in a sweet holiday bag. The Baby Beard Kit is available at poststitchbox.com for $12. Fun! 

    Get the Baby Beard pattern >

    Get the Baby Beard Kit >

    Holiday Knitting Pattern Preview

    The holidays are the perfect time to wear adorable knitted items. Check out our fun Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas projects that are right on for this time of year.

    5 Holiday Knitting Ideas

    Meet the Stuff It Stocking

    Stuff It Stocking is one of our best-selling knitting patterns, ever. It's a basic top-down sock and it's great for knitters looking to learn how to knit socks or a fun adventure for a more experienced knitter. And it takes just one ball of each color of Wooly Worsted yarn.

    There's tons of ideas and color combinations on its Ravelry page. Take a look! There is also a full knit-along tutorial right here on our blog that you can use to guide your project. It's like having a knitting teacher every step of the way. See Knit-Alongs >

    Get the Stuff It Stocking pattern here >

    Our next two favorite holiday knitting patterns are the Me and the Tree stocking cap and the Me and the Tree Scarf Set. Both come with patterns for cute coordinating christmas tree ornaments that are mini versions of the real thing! 

    And to round out the holiday season (get it?) we have the Year Round Wreath. This pattern can be worked in a variety of Wooly Worsted colors for your favorite decorating season. We even have kits for it with color combinations already put together. See kits. See Year Round Wreath knitting pattern >

    And lastly we have the new Turkey Says What? hat. This might be my favorite addition to the Ewe Ewe line this year! Those little dancing turkeys with orange waddles make me giggle every time I see them saying gobble gobble. Get the Turkey Says What? hat >

    See Wooly Worsted yarn >

    Find a Ewe Ewe Yarn store near you! Visit our Stockists page >