Knitted ghosts, or how I get my children up in the morning

Knitted ghostsInstagram is full of smiling children posing with pumpkins in…. well, pumpkin fields. Blue sky and rosy cheeks. Absolutely gorgeous. Or slightly blurry photos of autumn leaves being kicked and waterfalling down around a small gaggle of giggling children. Dogs barking in the excitement. Oh can you hear it? The rustle and laughter. The autumn half term is in full swing for most children in the UK.

Or so it seems.

Running up to half term

There are still some children (about half in number) counting down the hours until their half term starts, next week. Tick, tick. Tired and unamused. Still stuck in class. Struggling to make it up in time for the school bus.

My three are counted in this group. Petty arguments blow in from nowhere. Jokes are taken as personal attacks. They are tired. Oh, so tired. I do pity the teachers who have to make the last week survivable for everyone, and I mean everyone.

Hmm. Time to wave my magic wand. Or pointy sticks, as the case may be this time.

Hidden treat under knitted ghostsNow, I can’t make time move faster. To be honest, I wouldn’t even if I could. Wishing your life away is something I am not signed up for. Instead I can sugar coat it a bit. Add a smidgeon of nonsense. I’m good at that.

Cheering up the morning

So, this week, I knitted three ghosts.  Quick and easy. A bit of yarny fun at its best. Each morning, the ghosts have been waiting on the breakfast table. One for each. Under the knitted ghosts are a Halloween themed chocolate. Varies each time. The big eyeball had popping candy in it, which I somehow forgot to mention. Always a good way to make their eyes open wide first thing. Or any time, come to think of it.

This morning, Eldest teen reached for her ghost, and uttered that she was in need of chocolate, as her head hit the table again. I feel her pain. If these ghosts can help her morning go a bit sweeter, then I know I’m winning.

under the knitted ghosts

One of them did suggest that I should only put two ghosts on the table, instead of three. Like musical chairs but with ghosts. One less each day. Last one down misses out, but I think this might be a step too far. Also I have images of broken arms and black eyes as they endeavour to be the first down. Not really the result I am after. Definitely not. Harmony would be nice, but I just want them up in time in the morning.

Has it worked? Well, I think it has. They were all ready in time this morning. One to me then!

victory dance around the kitchen table

Now, in case you have children struggling to get up and would like to knit your own ghost, here are the instructions. Or just fancy making a few ghosts, of course. A bit of fun never goes amiss.

Knitted ghosts

a ball of dk wool, white
4mm needles
small amount of black yarn

cast on 50 stitches
knit 1 row
purl 1 row
knit 2 together, repeat to the end of the row (25 stitches)
stocking stitch 10 rows (knit 1 row, purl 1 row)
(knit 2 together, knit 3) repeat to end
purl 1 row
(knit 2 together, knit 2) repeat to end
(purl 2 together, purl 2) repeat to end, purl 1
(knit 2 together, knit 1) repeat to end, knit 2 together
(purl 2 together) repeat to end, purl 1
cut off yarn, leaving a couple of inches of yarn to sew with. Thread through the remaining 4 stitches and pull. Secure and sew up the seam of the ghost.
Use black wool to sew eyes

Finished, except for hiding the chocolate.

Knitted ghosts in cageAfter that, I cannot be responsible for any mischief the ghosts get up to. I have my own work cut out, with these three.

For more autumn nature craft ideas check out these ideas:

painted acorns game

Debs Random Writings

18 thoughts on “Knitted ghosts, or how I get my children up in the morning

  • Wednesday 24 October, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    This is such a cute idea and appreciate your honest it refreshing to see X #mmbc

    • Thursday 25 October, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      A little bit on nonsense goes a long way, especially towards the end of term.

  • Wednesday 24 October, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Those little ghosts are so sweet. I would love to be able to knit, but somehow despite being a very good crocheter i have never mastered it.

    • Thursday 25 October, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      I was the same with crocheting, but finally got into it. Yet to try anything as complicated as the pieces you make.

  • Wednesday 24 October, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    You’re such a fun and attentive mother — these are so cute!

    • Thursday 25 October, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you Lisa. You are too kind! If ghosts work, then I’m all for it! 😀

  • Thursday 25 October, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Your knitted ghosts are darling. When I was a child, I was always wishing for Christmas or summer… My mother often said don’t wish your life away.

    • Friday 26 October, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Thank you, Carol. A very wise person, your mother.

  • Saturday 27 October, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Love these little ghosts Cheryl! You are an awesome mum with amazing talents. I hope you all have a ‘fang-tastic’ half-term 😉

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend. x

    • Friday 2 November, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      That comment did make me smile!

  • Sunday 28 October, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Sounds like a Christmas calendar with a difference. A great way in which to get the children up for school. #MMBC

    • Friday 2 November, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      It worked. 🙂

  • Monday 29 October, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    These ghosts are so cute. I haven’t done any knitting for years but I think I may just about manage to make one. Hopefully I have some white wool :o)


    • Friday 2 November, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      A very quick knit to do. Glad you like it.

    • Monday 26 October, 2020 at 9:32 am

      I made a ghost and it was really easy to do – thank you for the pattern. I may try and adapt it to make bells for our Christmas tree this year 🙂


      • Tuesday 27 October, 2020 at 11:56 am

        What a good idea. I’d love to see them.

  • Monday 29 October, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Cheryl, your post had me smiling all the way through. What a great idea and I think it was wise not to let the last one miss out, can you imagine the blood on the nice white ghosts. Knitting is way beyond me, for now, I’m still working on my crocheting.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.


    • Friday 2 November, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      I’ve seen some very neat crochet patterns for ghosts, which I bet are just as quick if not quicker.

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