Spooky Swatches

Spooky Swatches

Oh, how I *heart* Halloween, and now that it’s September, it’s officially time to start crafting for it! While wandering the aisles of my local craft store, I came across these wooden tiles that looked like perfect windows for some spooky swatches. With the help of some paint, black & white chunky yarn, and some knitting needles, I whipped up some decorations for those of us prone to knitterly nightmares. Bonus: this project is a great way to practice new stitches, too!

1 Ball each of Bernat Softee Baby Chunky (or Bernat Softee Chunky or Roving), in colors: (A) Fluffly Cloud White, and (B) Nighty Night
Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles — or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle
Halloween Wooden Cut-out Tiles (I found these at JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores)
Black craft paint & brush (optional)
Hot glue & gun

12 sts x 16 rows = 4″/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch



Paint wooden tiles (optional); set aside.

Knit swatches as follows:

Stockinette  (aka Stocking) Stitch Swatch (5″ x 9″/12.5 x 23 cm)
With A, CO 15.

1st Row: Knit.

2nd Row: Purl.

Join B.

3rd Row: Knit.

4th Row: Purl.

Repeat 1st-4th Rows for stripe pattern, until piece measures 9″/23 cm


Seed Stitch Swatch (7 1/2″ x 7″/52.5 x 18 cm)
With A, CO 17.

1st-2nd Rows: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Join B.

3rd-4th Rows: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Repeat 1st-4th Rows  for stripe pattern, until piece measures 7″/18 cm


Corrugated Stockinette Swatch (7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″/ 19 x 21.5 cm)
Note, carry yarn across WS at all times.
With A, CO 26.

1st Row: *With A K1,  (join B) with B k1; rep from * to end.

2nd Row: *With B P1, with A p1; rep from * to end.


Repeat 1st-2nd Rows for stripe pattern, until piece measures 8 1/2″/21.5 cm


Weave in ends on all swatches.

Hot glue swatches to backs of wooden tiles.


Here’s to a spooky September!


logo Vickie Howell Creativity Spokesperson, Yarnspirations


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  2. Just finished my set of tiles and they turned out great ! Thanks for the idea ! Happy Halloween 👻🎃

  3. Love Love Love your knitting designs. You are amazing – this is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Love this! I noticed in the seed stitch, the pattern comes out as ribbing, unless I misread it. Appears, cast on shld be an even number OR every row shld start with k1, p1 , to achieve a seed stitch.

    Thank you for posting the detailed instructions and sharing your creation!

  5. Super cute and creative ;o)

  6. I am interested in the instructions to make the knitted bat, pumpkin and ghost. Would I be able to get those? Thanks!

  7. Absolutely LOVE this! I have knitted so many ghosts, bats, pumpkins, etc over the years, to the point where some “hang” around year round :) I wondered if there was something new to try, and viola! There you are with another great idea! I have seen these tiles all over the place and now I am off to start these…Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Angela Napolitano September 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Girl, you are so AWESOME!!! Love your creativity!

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