Halloween Spider and Web

October 15, 2009

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This project is a cross between crocheting and knitting (and construction, if you count using wire).  The spider’s body is crocheted and the legs are knitted – knitted I-cords for legs were a lot easier to make and looked a lot better than any skinny crocheted tubes I tried to create. Why not use both techniques, I thought, if in the end you end up with a better design.

Yarn, Needles and Crochet

I still had a few skeins of black Plymouth Bella Colour Yarn left after making the soccer ball and the sheep. The spider took about 1/2 of the skein. The web was made out of the yarn leftover from making a sweater about 5 years ago.

  • Crochet size 6/4.0 mm (G) (both for the spider and the web)
  • 2 double-pointed needles US size 3 for spider’s legs
  • 1/2 skein of black Plymouth Bella Colour yarn for the spider
  • 1/8 skein of off-white Caron One Pound yarn for the web (or any acrylic worsted weight yarn)

Spider

SpiderFront

The spider’s body is made in one piece. The legs are knitted as I-cords and attached to the bottom of the spider.

Spider’s Body

Chain 3, join with a slip stitch

  • Round 1 (increase 3): SCx2 into every stitch (=6 st total)
  • Round 2 (increase 6): SCx2 into every stitch (=12 st total)
  • Round 3 (increase 6): SCx2 into every other stitch (=18 st total)
  • Round 4 (increase 3): [SC5, SCx2 into the next stitch] 3 times (=21 st total)
  • Rounds 5-8: SC all stitches
  • Round 9 (reduce 3): [SC6, skip 1] 3 times (=18 st total)
  • Round 10 (reduce 5): skip 1, [SC3, skip 1] 4 times, SC1 (=13 st total)

Stuff the head with fiberfill

  • Round 11 (reduce 5): [skip 1, SC2] 4 times, skip 1 (=8 st total)
  • Round 12: SC all stitches
  • Round 13 (increase 8): SCx2 into every stitch (=16 st total)
  • Round 14 (increase 4): [SC3, SCx2 into the next stitch] 4 times (=20 st total)
  • Round 15: SC all stitches
  • Round 16 (increase 4): [SC4, SCx2 into the next stitch] 4 times (=24 st total)
  • Round 17 (increase 4): [SC5, SCx2 into the next stitch] 4 times (=28 st total)
  • Rounds 18-21: SC all stitches
  • Round 22 (reduce 4): [skip 1, SC6] 4 times (=24 st total)
  • Round 23: SC all stitches
  • Round 24 (reduce 6): [skip 1, SC3] 6 times (=18 st total)
  • Round 25 (reduce 6): [skip 1, SC2] 6 times (=12 st total)
  • Round 26 (reduce 6): [skip 1, SC1] 6 times (=6 st total)

Stuff the body with fiberfill

  • Round 24 (reduce 3): [skip 1, SC1] 3 times

Spider’s Legs

The legs are knitted as I-cords. Cast on 4 stitches using double-pointed needles and make 1 I-cord 12 inches long for the back legs, 2 I-cords 11 inches long for the middle legs, and 1 I-cord 10 inches long for the front legs. Insert flexible wire inside the I-cords and sew the ends closed. Sew the legs to the neck/belly of the spider’s body, then bend them to any shape you like.

SpiderBack_thumb

Spider Web

Description of how to make the web is coming soon. For now, you can look through the pictures of the process of making it.

Comments

Soo Cute!!!! love it! Love the fact that you combined the two crafts to create your idea. Plus your right, way easier to knit an Icord than try to crochet one that small. Thanks for sharing your totally cute pattern!!!!

posted on October 15, 2009 by Rava