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I think the kids have decided what they want to be for Halloween already. We’re DIY Halloween Costume People — I’m too cheap to buy costumes, so things must be made or foraged from around the house here. Last year, we went with a family theme…and it kills me that all I have is one blurry picture of of us:
Bah! We were adorable, I swear. I knit the minion hats for the kids, and they ended up wearing them all winter long — I’m a big fan of costumes that can pull double-duty like that (here’s my ravelry link for more info on the hats).
This year, no one wants to do a group costume again (except me. No one listens to me.). The girls both want to be animals, though, so I’m planning on some more knitting over the next month.
My three-year old wants to be Lilly. Have you met Lilly?
Lilly’s a popular mouse in our house at the moment, and so we’re working on a Lilly Halloween costume. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
This mouse hat pattern on Etsy looks like just what we had in mind. I’ll change to white yarn, but this will do nicely both as a costume and a warm winter hat. Or there’s this one, if you prefer to crochet.
We already have the necessary purple purse, from Target:
And, because I can’t help myself, we’re probably adding these fabulous red boots. How can you be Lilly without red boots?
Perfect for a costume, but that I also think she’ll wear them every day, all winter long. She’s a shoe girl, that one. These are from Target, too, where I just saw they’re having BOGO 50% off on their online shoes. Score!
My older daughter wants to be a white tiger (why, you ask? No idea. Except that she’s just obsessing over white tigers right now.) So I’m probably taking a regular tiger pattern and — pay close attention now — switching the orange yarn for white. So clever of me, yes? I’m leaning toward this one:
Crochet Tiger Hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.
I could probably take a generic hat pattern and just stripe it myself, too, but I’m definitely using this pattern for the eyes, whiskers, etc. I’ll pick up a cheap white shirt and pants and either paint tiger stripes on with fabric paint, or make black duck tape stripes (no shame in duck tape costumes, my friends. No shame.)
As I was looking up all these patterns, I also came across this book:
Knitted Animal Hats by Fiona Goble. It has both mouse and tiger hat knitting patterns, so if you want everything all together — this might be a good place to start. And even if you’re not making animal hats for Halloween, they do make cute winter hats.
And you? Do you have any DIY costume plans? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!