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Halloween was my favorite holiday as a child, and I still look forward to it every year.
While I loved the candy, of course, my favorite part was dressing up in a costume. I often spent weeks trying to decide on exactly what I wanted to wear that year. When I was a child, my mom sewed my costumes for me, and I looked pretty adorable.
As I got older and went into my goth phase, costumes were usually things like vampires, witches, or of course, a fairy corpse bride.
One thing stayed the same, no matter how old I got. Every year around Halloween, I would sit and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” with my dad. It was just something we had to do. I probably have the entire show memorized, and yet, I still watch it every year. I even bought the book to introduce it to my own Tiny Human, which she refers to as “pumpkin,” when she wants me to read it to her.
I still usually dress up as something for Halloween, but of course, this year is a bit different for all of us. There’s really nowhere for me to where an actual costume, except my usual weekly trip to the grocery store. That still may not stop me, but dressing up to go buy a ton of kale at 6am may get me even more odd looks than I usually get (I am often the only person not in my pajamas shopping at that time).
So, inspired by one of my favorite Halloween traditions, I designed a new knitting pattern! I present to you: the Great Pumpkin Rising Cowl!
The bottom border is leaf lace that is knit flat first, then seamed up to form a loop. Stitches for the body of the cowl are then picked up on the side of the border, and the rest of the cowl is knit in the round. There are four different options to knit the body of the cowl: lace pumpkins only, beaded lace pumpkins only, and two different combos of beaded & lace pumpkins.
It uses less than half of a fingering weight skein in both colors, so it’s a fairly quick knit, and could definitely be finished by Halloween, while you sit (socially distanced) in the most sincere pumpkin patch you find and wait for the Great Pumpkin to come and bring you lots of toys! It can also easily be sized up in other weights of yarn, or to make it wider or longer.
Grab my new knitting pattern, inspired by “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” now on Ravelry, right here!