Happy spooky season! I have been so excited to share this DIY recipe with you all. I try to keep my blog posts brief and straight to the point, but I just have to say that I LOVE HALLOWEEN. Alright. I think that's all the flavor text that I have for you today haha.
You can watch the "ASMR" YouTube video of how I made my wreath by clicking on the video below, but more in depth instructions are written below.
First, let's talk about the materials that you are going to want/need. Originally, when I went shopping for supplies, I wasn't 100% sure what exactly my finished wreath would look like, so I just grabbed a handful of things that I liked from the dollar store. In the end, this is what I ended up using:
Wire wreath frame
Black, acrylic, worsted weight yarn (size 4) from my scrap stash
Yarn for seaming
2 black sparkle skulls
1 orange sparkle skull
2 bunches of fake black roses
Black leaves from an extra 2 bunches of fake flowers
The first thing that you need to do is get the knit fabric ready to attach to your wire frame. Below, I have written and charted instructions for the stitch pattern that I used. Just repeat the stitch pattern until the fabric is at least long enough to cover the portion of your wreath that you do not intend on gluing flowers or other things.
knit : Knit.
purl : Purl.
1/1 LC : Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, k1, then k1 from cable needle.
1/1 RC : Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, k1, then k1 from cable needle.
1/2 LPC : Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, p2, then k1 from cable needle.
1/2 RPC : Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and place at back of work, k1, then p2 from cable needle.
Row 1 (RS): Knit. (16 sts)
Row 2 (WS): K6, p4, k6.
Row 3: K1, p5, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LC, p5, k1.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: K1, p3, 1/2 RPC, k2, 1/2 LPC, p3, k1.
Row 6: K4, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k4.
Row 7: K1, p1, 1/2 RPC x 2, 1/2 LPC x 2, p1, k1.
Row 8: (K2, p1) x 2, k4, (p1, k2) x 2.
Row 9: K1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1.
Row 10: Repeat row 8.
Row 11: K1, p1, 1/2 LPC x 2, 1/2 RPC x 2, p1, k1.
Row 12: K7, p2, k7.
Row 13: K1, p3, 1/2 LPC, k2, 1/2 RPC, p3, k1.
Row 14: Repeat row 2.
Repeat Rows 3 - 14 until fabric is at least long enough to cover the portion of your wreath that you do not intend on gluing flowers or other things.
Bind off. If possible, leave a tail long enough for seaming the outer edges together around the wire wreath frame.
Once you are finished knitting your fabric, wrap it around your wire wreath and seam the edges together in the back. Pictured above is how I seamed mine together. The whip stitch and mattress stitch would also work great.
Your wreath will now look something like what is pictured below. I ran out of scrap yarn and did not make a fabric long enough to cover my entire frame.
Before continuing on to the next part, cover up any exposed wire frame with duct tape. Black would work best if you are using black yarn. Since I didn't have any black tape on hand, I just colored mine in afterwards with a black marker.
Decorating the Wreath
Now, take the fake flowers and leaves off of the stems and set them aside. First, get ready to attach the plastic skulls to the wreath. Since hot glue most likely will not be able to hold the weight of the skulls onto the wreath, you will need to cut or drill holes in the back so that you can fasten it to the wreath using floral wire. Drill two holes horizontally on the back of each skull. Then, take the floral wire and thread it down through one hole and up through the other (it helps if you bend it into a "J" shape before putting it into the first hole).
Once you've done that, use the floral wire to fasten the skulls to the wire frame.
Finally, take your hot glue gun and glue the leaves and flowers around the skulls, covering any exposed duct tape. I started with placing and gluing the leaves where they looked nice, and then went back and added the roses.
Voila! Now you have your very own wreath for spooky season!
I hope that this DIY recipe was helpful. Tag us online @erieliknits and use the hashtag #ekhalloween2020 to show off your creation! Feel free to get creative and make it your own!