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This skeletal bride and groom are perfect for a spooky, kooky Hallowe'en


Posted: 14 October 2011
by Christen Haden

Zombies were the reason I first became Dr Frankenstein with a crochet hook and yarn (or rather why I created the creatures in my book, Creepy Cute Crochet). I have a bit of a soft spot for zombie flicks. Old-school shamblers, recent remakes, undead animated by magic or mad science – you name it, I’m there with popcorn. 

So, it seemed a no-brainer when zombies started popping up in my work as well. Of course, I didn’t want to be a one-trick pony – the original zombie needed companions – so I created skeletons, like my bride and groom (left), ghosts and vampires. These, in turn, required worthy adversaries in the form of knights and ancient warriors.

Every evil genius knows that her creations are best when unleashed on the more general public. And that’s where you come in. My army of creatures needed to grow, and my ability to add new members is finite. You can make an eclectic legion of cuteness of your very own – a force suitable for defending (or conquering) cubicles, bookshelves, and desktops everywhere!

You will need 

■ Crochet hook 3.5mm 
■ Snow and charcoal coloured wool. Double knitting or Aran wools work well for these projects. Lion Brand Cotton-Ease Yarn gives a nice finish 
■ White and black embroidery thread 
■ Felt for eyes 
■ Stuffing
■ Needle and thread
■ Scissors 
■2 pieces of white tulle, about 4x10in each

A note on gauge
The skeleton bride and groom have a gauge of 5scx5 rows = 1x1in, meaning that there will be 5 stitches and 5 rows per inch. 

To make a magic ring 
You will need this technique to crochet a neat circle for the heads of your toys. 

1 Make a loop with the stray end under the working end of the yarn. 
2 With the hook, pull the working end from behind the stray end under and back up to the top. Chain stitch 1 or otherwise start as you would any type of ring. 
3 Continue around, working as usual with the stitches worked directly over both cords. 
4 Once you have worked the desired number of stitches, hold the work with one hand and pull the stray end taut with the other. Pull the stray end until ring is the desired size. Weave in the end to keep the ring from growing as piece is worked.

To make the heads 
Use snow-coloured yarn for both toys. Row 1 Sc 6 in magic ring (see above), sl st to close round {6}. Row 2 Ch 1, sc 1 in same, [inc] around, sl st to close round {11}. Row 3 Ch 1, sc 1 in same, inc, inc, sc 3, [inc] 3 times, sc 3, sl st to close round {17}. Row 4 Ch 1, sc 1 in same, sc 3, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 4, sl st to close round {21}. Row 5 Ch 1, sc 1 in same, sc 3, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 6, sl st to close round {25}. Row 6 Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {25}. Row 7 Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {25}. Row 8 Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {25}. Row 9 Ch 1, sc 1, dec, sc 6, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 6, dec, sc 1, sl st to close round {21}. Row 10 Ch 1, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 2, sl st to close round {17}. Row 11 Sc 4, [dec] 3 times, sc 3, [dec] twice, sl st to close round {12}. Row 12 [Dec] around to close {6}. Fasten off and stitch base closed.

To make the bodies
Use snow-coloured yarn for the bride’s body and charcoal-coloured yarn for the groom’s. Row 1 Sc 6 in magic ring {6}. Row 2 [Inc] around {12}. Row 3 [Inc, inc, sc 1] around {20}. Row 4 [Inc, sc 1] around {30}. Row 5 Sc around {30}. Row 6 Sc around in back loops {30}. Row 7 Sc around {30}. Row 8 Sc around {30}. Row 9 [Sc 13, dec] around {28}. Row 10 [Sc 5, dec] around {24}. Row 11 [Sc 4, dec] around {20}. Row 12 [Sc 8, dec] around {18}. Row 13 Sc around, sl st, sl st. Clean fasten off {18}. Join again in the front loops left from row 6. Work around [Skip 1, dc 3 in 1, ch 1, sl st in front 2 loops of prev dc, dc 3 in same space as prev dc 3, skip 1, sl st] around. Clean fasten off.

To make the groom’s hat
Use charcoal-coloured yarn. Row 1 Sc 6 in magic ring, sl st to close round {6}. Row 2 Ch 1, sc 1 in same, [inc] around, sl st to close round {11}. Row 3 Ch 1, sc 1 in same, [inc] around, sl st to close round {23}. Row 4 Ch 1, sc around in back loops, sl st to close {23}. Row 5 Ch 1, sc 1, dec, [sc 2, dec] around, sl st to close round. Row 6 Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {17}. Row 7 Ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {17}. Row 8 Ch 1, working in front loops: inc, [sc 1, inc] around, sl st to close round {26}. Row 9 Ch 1, sc 1, inc, [sc 2, inc] around, sl st to close {35}. Fasten off.

To assemble the bride 
Stuff the head and body and stitch together. Stitch the ribcage using white embroidery floss. Stitch the mouth using black embroidery floss. Attach the felt eyes. Gather both pieces of veil and tack around the head: the veil should be gathered enough to fit around about half of the bride’s head.

To assemble the groom
Stuff the head and body and stitch together. Stitch the ribcage using black embroidery floss. Stitch the mouth using black embroidery floss. Attach the eyes. Stitch on the hat, placed at a jaunty angle ■ 

Taken from Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden (Quirk Books, £9.99). 

To buy this book at the special price of £7, tel: 020 8804 0400 and quote ref ‘Junior’.


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