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Halloween Ghost Knitting Pattern

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I have a new pattern to share with you today for a Halloween Ghost:) He’s a really fast knit, I’ve knitted him in the round with the Magic Loop technique and I used double knitting wool with size 4mm circular needles.

You could also add a loop to the top of his head so that he can hang from something or make a mobile.

Here’s the pattern:


A few grams of double knitting wool

4mm circular needles

Black fleece for eyes and mouth

Felting needle

Sewing needle

Small amount of stuffing


Kfb: knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase.


Cast on 5 stitches and join for knitting in the round

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Kfb into each stitch, (10 stitches)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: Kfb into each stitch, (20 stitches)

Rounds 5-14: Knit

Round 15: (Knit1, kfb) repeat the brackets across the round, (30 stitches)

Rounds 16-20: Knit

Cast off loosely.


Sew in all ends

Push a small amount of stuffing into the top of your ghost to give the head some shape.

Needle felt the eyes and mouth on with a felting needle.

Happy knitting!


3 Needle Cast Off Tutorial

As you know, I’ve been working on a new pattern called Pickles the Cat, one of the cast off techniques for Pickles is a 3 needle bind / cast off, so I thought I would share a tutorial here and also link to it from the pattern.

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I have turned the work inside out and checked that I have the same even amount of stitches on each needle.

When starting, place the right needle through the first stitch on both needles and knit them together ending up with 1 stitch on the right needle as you can see in the above photo.

Then again place the right needle through the first stitch on both needles.

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Knit those 2 stitches together and now there will be a second stitch on the right needle.

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Two stitches on the right needle now.

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Then using the left needle, pass the back stitch over the front stitch on the right needle and 1 stitch will remain.

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Continue knitting the first stitch on both needles together on the 2 left needles and passing the back stitch over the front stitch on the right needle until you come to the end of the knitting.

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At the end of the knitting just pass the back stitch over the front stitch and thread the yarn through the remaining loop to finish off.

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The cast off cat on the wrong side, with a 3 needle cast off.

The end,

Happy Knitting!



Cooking Outside with a “Hay Box”

Bird Feeder

Black Collared Barbet

Some visitors came and ate lunch at the bird-feeders today, this is a Black Collared Barbet.

Crested Barbet

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 Crested Barbet

Hay Box


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Jen, Caiden and Erin cooked dinner outside today, the exciting part was that Jen showed us how to use a “Hay Box” to cook the rice. She learnt about it at scouts on one of her camps. All you need is a box, a black box would be better as it attracts and traps heat from the sun but we worked with what we had and it worked just fine. A good time to start would be when the sun is high in the sky, midday.

Line the base of the box with a thick blanket, then add newspaper so that it will surround and cover the pot once it’s placed in the box and then another blanket is placed on top of the newspaper which is covering and surrounding the pot.

First boil the water in a pot on the stove, once the water is boiling, add rice and take your boiling pot outside and place it inside the newspaper in the hay box. Really surround the pot with plenty of newspaper and do it quickly so that not too much heat is lost. Then cover everything with a thick blanket so that it’s nice and snug.

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Close the lid tight and leave the box in direct sunlight. On a hot day, it should  cook within a few hours. Check on the rice once or twice, not too often, as the heat will escape.

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Jen and Kye repositioning the box into direct sunlight later this afternoon.

Cooked Rice

When she opened the box after approx 3 hours, there was plenty of condensation, heat and the rice was cooked.


Caiden preparing the veggies for the stew that he is going to cook.

Potjie Pot

Potjie pot and stand.

Box Fire

Box firewood for cooking.

(PS Erin and Jen decorated their white sneakers with fabric Sharpie pens, I’ll post about that soon).




A lovely stew with rice has been made for dinner, I can’t wait to try it tonight! What a wonderful afternoon spent outside!


Rustic Earth Cowl Pattern and Drop Stitch Tutorial

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Here is the Rustic Earth Cowl ©, it’s wider than most of my other cowls and cozy and warm:) For this pattern I used a drop stitch technique and really found it to be quite a lot of fun. This beautiful yarn was handspun by dear daughter Jenna.

I thought I’d include a short tutorial here on the drop stitch.

Drop Stitch Tutorial

Place the right needle through the stitch on the left needle as if you are going to knit a regular garter stitch.

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Instead of winding the yarn around the needle once, wind it 3 times. Then continue to knit the stitch and slide it off the needle. Try to push the stitches up on the right needle by keeping them all together, I find using my thumb nail really helps:)  The stitches can become very tight the on the needle because they have been wound, so try to just push them along together. Knit across the whole round like this.

Drop Stitch Tutorial2

When you reach the next round, this is when you will make the drop stitch. Knit into the first stitch and let 2 wound stitches simply slip off of the needle. You can see the dropped stitches on the right hand needle in the photo above. Stretch the work out nicely to make sure the stitches are even.

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The dropped stitches

Rustic Cowl Pattern


Double knitting yarn, I used handspun in a BFL silk  spun in dk weight, about +- 200 grams not sure of the yardage.

5mm circular needles

Sewing needle for the ends

Stitch marker


5o inches in circumference

7 inches high


Cast on 200 stitches

Round 1: Join for knitting in the round, place stitch marker, knit round.

Round 2: Drop stitch round. (Knit and wrap yarn around needle 3 times before taking the stitch off the needle.) Repeat across the round.

Round 3: Knit round and let the 2 loops slip off the needle after every knit stitch (the loops being the yarn that you wrapped round the needle 3 times in the previous round), creating the dropped stitch. Repeat across the round.

Rounds 4-7: Knit

Round 8: Rep round 2.

Round 9: Repeat round 3.

Rounds 10-13: Knit

Round 14: (Knit 1, yo) Repeat around the round.

Round 15: (Knit 2 tog) Repeat across the round.

Round 16: Drop stitch round. (Knit and wrap yarn around needle twice before taking the stitch off the needle, knit 1 stitch) Repeat across the round.

Round 17: (knit 1 unravelling the loop (forming the drop stitch), knit 1 stitch) repeat across round.

Round 18: knit

Round 19: knit

Round 20: Repeat round 2.

Round 21: Repeat round 3.

Round 22: Knit

Round 23: Knit

Round 24: Knit

Round 25: Knit

Round 26: Repeat round 2.

Round 27: Repeat round 3.

Rounds 28-31: Knit

Rounds 32- 45: Repeat rounds 14-27

Round 46: Knit

Cast off loosely with a bigger needle, 6mm to have a loose edge.

Sew in ends.

Happy knitting!

Please just email me if anything isn’t clear lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

Ravelry notes here.

Wishing you a wonderful week of goodness…

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