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Skeleton Door Hanging

Ward off evil spirits (or invite them inside) with the Skeleton Door Hanging. This ghoulish knit is likely one of the spookiest Halloween decoration ideas you'll come across this season. This festive Halloween knitting pattern will make a great first impression for trick-or-treaters and nosy neighbors alike. The Skeleton Door hanging features a human skeleton motif and spooky jagged edges.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Lily® Sugar’n Cream® (70.9 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
    • Contrast a (00002 Black) 4 balls
    • Contrast B (00001 White) 2 balls
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Wooden dowel for hanging
  • String


Guage: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.



Bottom Border:
With A, cast on 3 sts.
**1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: Knit to last st. Inc 1 st in last st.
Rep last 2 rows 8 times more. 12 sts.
Next row: (WS). Knit.***
Next row: Cast off 9 sts. 3 sts rem.**
Rep from ** to ** until work from beg measures approx 16” [40.5 cm], ending at ***. Cast off.

Turn bottom border sideways. With RS facing and A, pick up and knit 73 sts evenly across long edge.
Next row: (WS). Knit.

Proceed in Side Border Pat as follows:
1st and alt rows: (RS). Knit to last st. Inc 1 st in last st.
2nd row: K2. Purl to last st. Inc 1 st in last st.
4th row: K3. Purl to last 2 sts. K1. Inc 1 st in last st.
6th row: K4. Purl to last 3 sts. K2. Inc 1 st in last st.
8th row: K5. Purl to last 4 sts. K3. Inc 1 st in last st.
10th row: K6. Purl to last 5 sts. K4. Inc 1 st in last st.
12th row: K7. Purl to last 6 sts. K5. Inc 1 st in last st.
14th row: K8. Purl to last 7 sts. K6. Inc 1 st in last st.
16th row: K9. Purl to last 8 sts. K7. Inc 1 st in last st.
18th row: Cast off 9 sts. K1. Purl to last 9 sts. K8. Inc 1 st in last st.
19th row: Cast off 9 sts. Knit to end of row.
20th row: K1. Purl to last st. K1.
These 20 rows form Side Border Pat.

Skeleton Chart

Place Chart: Keeping cont of Side Border Pat, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). With A, K11. Work 1st row of Chart, reading row from right to left. With A, knit to last st. Inc 1 st in last st.
2nd row: With A, K2. P11. Work 2nd row of Chart, reading row from left to right. P10. Inc 1 st in last st.
1st and 2nd rows of Side Border Pat are complete. Chart is now in position.
Cont in Side Border Pat and work Chart to end of Chart.

With A, cont in Side Border Pat until work from pick up row measures approx 18" [45.5 cm], ending with 19th row of Side Border Pat. 73 sts.
Beg with WS row, knit 3 rows.

Hanging loops:
1st row: (RS). K9. *Cast off 7 sts. K9 (including st on needle after cast off). Rep from * 3 times more.
Working on last 9 sts for first loop, proceed in garter st (knit every row) until loop measures 7" [18 cm], ending with a RS row. Cast off.
(Rejoin A to next 9 sts. Rep as for first loop) 4 times.
Fold cast off edges to WS and sew in position.

Insert dowel through hanging loops and attach string to hang banner as shown in photo.

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