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Knitting a Jack O'Lantern Dishcloth for Halloween!

It's October!  I celebrated the first day of the month by knitting a jack o'lantern dishcloth.

 I know.  I party hard.

I love themes!  I love holidays!  I can't stop!  I'm already planning to give this to a friend as a hostess gift.  If you love holidays, this is perfect for your kitchen.  If you know someone else who loves holidays, this is a perfect gift for that person's kitchen.

True story: sometimes, when I'm making a dishcloth, I start to think about friends who might be moving and whether the particular dishcloth I'm working would be a perfect part of a housewarming present and then I get incredibly excited when I realize it is!!!!

This is an actual source of giddiness.

Seriously, if my friend doesn't scream at the novel hilarity of a jack o'lantern dishcloth when I present it to her at a pumpkin-carving party.....well, I don't know what I'll do exactly.  But a profanity-filled tirade about how I'll never make anything for anyone ever again might take place.

(It would definitely take place.)

I just think this is incredibly fun!  It's a dadgummed seasonally-themed dishcloth.  It's not over the top with the Halloween decor, so you can use it year-round.  But it is bright and funny, and would probably make you smile every time you see it.

Don't even get me started on the Christmas tree dishcloths.  I'm just.....I'm so ready.

Okay, now that my flailing is done, let's talk about this dishcloth's more relevant points.

It's the Jack o'Lantern pattern from Holiday Knit Dishcloths and, like all of the patterns in this great little book, uses knits and purls to make seasonally lovely textured patterns.  The pattern is both written and charted.  I like to follow written instructions, but I caught myself checking the chart to measure my progress every now and then on this project.  Maybe I'm getting more comfortable with charts!

If you're new to charts, this is an excellent introduction to following them.  If you know the basics of the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and counting, you're all set!  It's a great pattern for a newer knitter and interesting enough to keep a more experienced knitter entertained.

This is also the perfect book for people who love seasonal dishcloths.  And if you don't think you're a seasonal dishcloth kind of knitter, stop and ask yourself "Really?"

Because maybe you are.  I hope so, because I want to like you.

And I want you to like these dishcloths.

2 thoughts on “Knitting a Jack O'Lantern Dishcloth for Halloween!”

  • alecia

    Just discovered your blog and I LOVE it! And I love that you live in Arkansas, just like me. That may be partially the reason I am loving your blog, but it is mostly because I also love yarn - a lot! And I love crochet - so, so much! I enjoy making things for other people. I mostly like make things specifically picked out for a certain person. But sometimes it would be nice to not have to hurry to get something done, therefore I like your idea of a gift stash of dishcloths. It's so perfect; I'm wondering why I haven't thought about it before? I love the look of knitting, but I am no good at knitting. Do you know of any crochet patterns for holiday or other themed dishcloths? Because I now realize I NEED a stash of dishcloths very badly and I love these holiday ones you are making.

    • Jen

      I don't know of any holiday crochet dishcloth books off the top of my head, but I do like to make seasonal things with seasonal colors and regular patterns sometimes. Pink and red dishcloth? Valentine's Day! Green and white? St. Patrick's! My favorite pattern book is 'Dishcloths.' Thanks for the kind words and happy hooking!

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