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Knitted Scary Halloween Clown (With Pattern)

I have been knitting for over 50 years and love to share this wonderful, relaxing and therapeutic craft with others.

Completed Knitted Scary Clown

Completed Knitted Scary Clown

Knitted Dolls Make Great Halloween Crafts

Once I decided I was going to have a go at knit design, it seemed natural to start with toys—they are small, portable, and usually look very cute when they are finished.

I started with some animals. I made a rainbow cat, an owl, a pig, a panda, and even a unicorn. Then I started imagining dolls dressed up in their Halloween finery and ready to go trick or treating, and so my Halloween dolls came to be.

When I started designing knitted dolls, I did not fully understand the design process, so I started with a simple pillow shape for the bodies. The dolls that followed were also designed using simple shapes involving little or no shaping and easy construction techniques. In the mummy's case, the feet have no shaping and are seamed together on the right side, so there is no need for seaming on the wrong side and then turning them right-side-out.

Frankie's eyes and shoes are slightly challenging but slowing down and taking your time can ease the process. You could also post a question here if you get stuck.

Below, I share my design process. Useful videos about knitting techniques and a free pattern for my knitted Scary Clown are also included. For more knitting patterns, check out the link in my profile.

I hope you enjoy the pattern below.

Necessary Materials

  • White double knit yarn approx 25g
  • Small amount of red double knit yarn
  • Small amount of blue double knit yarn
  • Small amount of yellow double knit yarn
  • Small amount of black double knit yarn
  • A pair of 3mm knitting needles
  • Toy filling
  • Red alcohol marker
  • Two small pom poms
  • 3 Cocktail sticks
  • A darning needle

Useful Information Before You Begin

  • This pattern is not intended for children.
  • Leave long yarn tails on your cast on/off pieces as they are the best/strongest way to sew up.
  • Frequently check the picture to check for placement tips.

Special Abbreviations

• KFB – Knit into the front & back of a stitch.

Body

Using 3 mm knitting needles & colour white cast on 40 stitches.

Stocking stitch 45 rows.

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Cast off.

Making Up the Body

With right sides together and seam at centre back, back stitch the row ends together, changing colour as you go if necessary. Or mattress stitch with wrong sides together if you prefer.

Still with the seam at the centre back, over sew bottom (cast on) end together.

Turn right side out and fill with toy filling.

Over sew top (cast off) end together. You now have a small pillow shape ready to add the character.

Arms (Make Two)

Using 3 mm knitting needles & colour white, cast on 8 stitches

Garter stitch 2 rows

Starting with a knit row stocking stitch 22 rows.

Garter stitch the next 3 rows.

Cast off.

Making Up the Arms

With the wrong sides facing you and the cast on edge closest to you – fold the cast on edge towards the cast off edge, stopping 2 rows under the final 3 garter stitch rows. So one side of the arm will be a bit longer than the other.

Using your tail ends, over sew neatly along both side seams, changing colour if necessary.

Lightly fill with toy filling. Position arms and sew in place. The shorter side of the arm should face forwards. The longer side of the arm should sit to the back as the longer tabs help the arms to sit more snug to the body. I use the garter stitch rows on the front and back of the arms to sew along when attaching to the body, as your stitches will be hardly noticeable.

Shoes (Make Two)

With 3 mm knitting needles and colour red, cast on 8 stitches.

  • Garter stitch 2 rows
  • Starting with a knit row stocking stitch 4 rows
  • Row 7. K2, inc in next 4 stitches, k2 - 12 stitches
  • Row 8. Purl
  • Row 9. Knit
  • Row 10. Purl
  • Row 11. Knit
  • Row 12. Purl.
  • Row 13. K2, k2tog 4 times, k2 - 8 stitches
  • Rows 14 - 30. Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch
  • Row 31 - 32. Garter stitch 2 rows
  • Row 33 - 47. Starting with a knit row, stocking stitch 15 rows

Cast off.

Making Up the Shoes

  • With the wrong (purl) side facing you and the cast-on edge closest to you, fold the cast on edge towards the cast off edge stopping a row below the garter stitch line knitted at row 31/32. Using your tail ends - over-sew neatly along both side seams.
  • Turn the shoe over and tightly roll the last 15 rows back until you come to the single line of garter (row 31/32) and sew in place. This is the heel of the shoe and helps your doll to stand up.
  • Stuff the front of the shoe taking care to mould the round dome shape on the top of the shoe as you go. Pin and sew in place using the single line of garter (row 31/32) to sew along the base of the body and the first lot of garter stitch rows to sew to the front of the body.

Neck Ruffle

Using 3mm needles and white yarn, cast on 130 stitches

Garter stitch 8 rows as follows:

  • Row 1. Using white yarn, knit
  • Row 2. Using red yarn, knit
  • Row 3. Using white yarn, knit
  • Row 4. Using blue yarn, knit
  • Row 5. Using white yarn, knit
  • Row 6. Using yellow yarn, knit
  • Rows 7 & 8. Using white yarn, knit
  • Row 9.K4, k2tog to last 4 stitches, k4 - 109 stitches
  • Row 10. K2tog 27 times, k1, k2tog 27 times - 55 stitches

Cast off.

Sew in the row ends leaving the last white one. Using the white tail do a running stitch all the way along the cast of edge. Place the ruffle round the clown's neck sitting on top of the arms. Pull up the running stitches until the ruffle fits snug to the neck and sew in place.

Face

The opening of the mouth and the eye sockets are swiss darned in place using black yarn. I have posted a Swiss Darning how-to video above.

Find the centre stitch of the lower mouth area by counting the number of stitches on the face carefully. You can use glass head pins to map out the area to help you find the centre. Now count two stitches to the right and place the first swiss darn stitch here. Work five stitches from right to left (or vice versa if you prefer) then stitch a further two rows on top.

The 2 rows of teeth are swiss darned in white yarn with an added stitch to the bottom of the 2nd and 4th teeth to give the appearance of fangs. I know the face is white but the teeth still stand out better when they are swiss darned. To finish, back stitch a line of red around the mouth for the lips. If you flatten any of the teeth when adding the lips you can carefully wriggle the end of your darning needle beneath each tooth and tease it back up.

The eye sockets are swiss darned in the same way. I positioned them 2 rows above the mouth and 3 stitches apart.

The eye balls should be swiss darned with white yarn in the centre of the socket and the medium blue stitched on top followed by a black stitch to finish.

Constantly check the pattern photo for placement guidance.

Hair

The hair is just coloured toy filling. I coloured the toy filling red using an alcohol marker and a piece of scrap paper underneath. I left it to dry overnight (it does take a little time and patience). I then glued and shaped in place around the head.

Balloons (Make Six Pieces)

Using 3mm needles and some red yarn, cast on 3 stitches.

  • Row 1. Purl
  • Row 2. Knit
  • Row 3. Purl
  • Row 4. Kfb, k1, kfb - 5 stitches
  • Row 5. Purl
  • Row 6. K1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1 - 7 stitches
  • Rows 7 - 11. Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 5 rows
  • Row 12. K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 - 5 stitches
  • Row 13. P1, p3tog, p1 - 3 stitches
  • Row 14. K3tog.

Bind off.

Making Up the Balloons

Take two of the balloon pieces and with wrong sides (knit sides) together whip stitch around the balloon leaving enough of an opening to turn right side out. Lightly stuff with toy filling and complete the sewing up.

To finish the balloons I used 3 cocktail sticks. I glued one end inside the balloons and the other end I glued into the hand. If you are worried about the sharpness of the sticks you could snip the ends off and sandpaper the ends smooth.

Using a piece of red yarn make a running stitch round the balloon just before the start of the increased rows. Tie firmly in a bow and trim to size. Repeat with the last 2 balloons.

Place in the clown's hand.

And Finally

Glue two pom poms to the front of the clown body. I found a bag of small pom poms in Poundland. They are a bit fiddly to make by hand at this size but you could if your patient.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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