Dark and Mysterious Knits for Dark and Mysterious Knitters
Knitting is goth. The mystical bonding of yarn. The creation of new and unusual shapes. The ability to make clothes precision fit to your whims and ignore the latest fad. The graceful (or not so graceful) motions of imposing your will on a recalcitrant ball of yarn. And of course, getting to hold pointy sticks in the palm of your hand.
With all these benefits, what else would a vampiress do on those dreary winter mornings before retiring to her coffin? It is my goal to provide the most complete listing of goth knitting patterns on the net, so that every vampiress (and vampire) can spend less time in searching for the perfect pattern, and more time knitting.
AntiCraft the Book!
Goth Knitting Sites
Here you will find the basic resources available online for goth knitters. I include not just goth sites, but other funky, freaky, and just plain fun sites here.
- The AntiCraft!
"No more would we be cowed into silence by cheerful scrapbook stickers. Never again would we be forced to gleefully execute a sweater of intarsia puppies." A Goth crafting zine. (Warning: Not all content may be appropriate.)
- Morbid Outlook - DIY Craft
Links to various gothic crafting resources, including knitting, beading, and sewing.
- Vintage Stitch-O-Rama!
Severina's patterns, with attitude.
- Welcome to Knitty!
Knitty is a free web-only knitting magazine with a sense of humor. A lot of unusual patterns, many of which are goth suitable.
- Where to Find Goth Knitting Patterns
While the formatting on this page leaves something to be desired (at least on my computer), the content seems useful, with ideas for motifs and accents to gothify your knitting.
For coordinating your sweet little one's outfits with your own.
- Sophie Poncho
A sweet little poncho, quite gothable, for girls aged 6-24 months. (This seems to now be only available as a Ravelry pdf download. You do not have to be a member of Ravelry to download the pattern.)
- Tuxita Baby Tunic
Imagine this in black and pink, over polka-dotted tights. For girls 6 months to 6 years. (Also now available as Ravelry download.)
A Classic Goth Knitting Book
Skulls and Skeletons
- Skull Scarf
Scarf with stripes and charted skulls.
- Skull and Crossbones Lace
Nothing says romantic Goth like skull shapes worked into the edge of a lace pattern. I could see these making great curtains (worked up in black, of course) but don't overlook shawls, antimacassars, table runners, and pillowcases as uses for this ind
- Katydid Knits: Jack Sparrow's Favorite Socks
Skull and crossbones socks pattern. I find these to be on the understated and elegant side of skull patterns.
- Moth Heaven: Swab the Deck, Empty the Scuppers, Turn the Heel
Skull and crossbones socks again, this time with an argyle pattern. Bizarre enough to be worth seeing even if you don't decide to make them.
- Skull Chart
A simple skull and crossbones chart.
- Skull Fairisle Wristwarmers
"Skull Fair Isle pulse warmers." What more is there to say? (The original link is broken, but from the current link Ravelry members will able to download a pdf file of the pattern. Ravelry is free to join.)
- craftgrrl: ghettoknitting project
A slightly more cartoonish skull and crossbones chart.
- Knitted Skull and Crossbones Dishcloth
Goths have to wash dishes too...
- Skulleigh Ankle Socks
A sock pattern with a skull and crossbones intarsia knit in at the top. Note: this is a pdf file.
- We Call Them Pirates: Skull and Crossbones hat
Info on skull hat knit on dpns and circular needles, with a pattern now only available as a ravelry download.
- Knituition: Skully Keychain
Fast and easy skull keychains to knit (by chart) and felt.
- Jollyfish Hat
A pdf chart of a skeletal fish, and some hints on turning this into a hat. Since there are no step-by-step directions this project would work better for experienced hat knitters, but others could apply the skeletal fish chart to simpler projects.
- Backbone Bookmark
A cable patterned bookmark that looks a bit like a backbone.
A chart for a snowflake motif--with a skull in the middle. Oh yes. Note: This is a pdf file.
- Last Minute Skull Caps
In case you need a fast skull hat, here are directions to knit a simple white hat and paint on skull details.
The Punk Side of Goth
Victorian Lace and Ruffles
- Victorian Lace And Ribbed Neckwarmer
A quick knit that could go goth or steampunk depending on color and button choices.
"A little bit vintage" fingerless mitts. Site also has a longer fingerless mitts pattern, and a 'monster bag' pattern. Check it out! Note: this is a pdf file.
Lace armlets ending in wrist ruffle. Pattern available in German or English. Note: this is a pdf file.
- Frillybits: An Exercise in Wild Knitting
"This design is very flexible. Literary - the cords that run down the sides allow it to be scrunched into a tight frill or relaxed out into flatter piece. In the hair, it can be worn as a girlish Alice-band or frilled up into a scrunchie. It also wor
- Lace Up Opera Gloves
Gorgeous fingerless opera gloves, laced up the side with a ribbon.
- Knitted Flower
A fairly simple and nifty knitted flower pattern.
- Scalloped Choker Necklace
A dramatic choker with beads. This is knit from a chart, but she includes a link to written directions if you prefer that.
- Purple Skein
Yes, you do need a pair of Victorian punk sleeves. Striped armwarmers with a big ruffle at the bottom.
- Scrap! wrap
Change on the colors on this fun textured stole by using up your black/purple/silver fun and bulky yarn scraps.
- Lana & Clark Ascot
A cute, quick, lacy neck scarf.
- Kick Ass-cot!
Another lacy neck scarf.
- Gothic Lace Dress
An intermediate level knit--a knee length sleeveless gothic lace dress.
All Bats, All the Time
- Batty dishcloth
Step one to creepifying your nocturnal dish washing.
- Free Halloween Knit Bat Chart
A free knitting chart of a Halloween bat.
- Flying Bat Scarf
Repeated lace pattern in the shape of a flying bat. The site says: "For the Chinese, bats are symbols of good luck, as is the colour red; you can't go wrong wearing this cherry coloured scarf with flying bats." But as we all know, it's better in blac
- Knitted Bat
Note: It costs $5 to download this pattern (pdf). "This little bat is a quick knit featuring wraparound wings and feet that can hang from your finger or the nearest tree branch. Techniques include knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, pick
- Gone Batty: Simple Fairisle Wristwarmers
Note: this is a pdf file.
- Illusion Bat Chart
From the front, simple stripes. At an angle, a bat appears. Chart only, but could easily be used to make a scarf. Note: this is a pdf file.
Gothic Knits - One of the top goth knitting books on Amazon
Dead Cthulhu will be knit once more!
Picture and pattern for a knit cthulhu.
- Knithulhu Discussion
Thoughts on the pattern above.
- Cthulu Scarf
General instructions for this great simple scarf are on page two of this forum thread.
- Cuddly Cthulu
Knit your very own stuffed Cthulu to cuddle with
- Cthulu Dice Bag
Includes pattern for knitting the bag and chart for the cthulu section.
Don't forget your knitting soundtrack!
The perfect music to add ambiance to your evening of knitting and mystery.
Tangled Webs (and Spiders too!)
- 80s Goth Sweater
A loose and lacy looking sweater. Very simple to make, but without a step by step pattern, just basic directions.
- Spider-Web Sockies
Note: It costs $6 to download this pattern (pdf). Even though it's not a free pattern I found these web and spider beaded lace socks too charming not to post.
- Cobweb Lace Shawl
"This shawl is just the thing for a little extra warmth on a summer evening. It is a lovely spider's web of silk and mohair, inspired by some fabulous yarn, the simple shaping of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl and the need for an easily memorized pa
- Black Widow Headband
I'm not sure what makes this a 'black widow' headband, but it is shown worn with a charming plastic spider. Note: This is a direct link to a pdf file.
An alternative way to knit a spider using a technique for knitting a tube on two needles.
- Spider Mittens
This site is in Swedish, but the pattern is available in English. Look at the sidebar, near the top, and you will find a chart, and some basic directions in English. Both are in pdf format.
- Dewey Ascot
A beaded neck scarf, inspired by the dew on a spider's web.
Charted Knitting Designs.... including a lovely spider
A mix of bewitching patterns which are so truly goth they don't fit in anywhere else on the page.
- Maggie's Rags Free Knitting Patterns - Witch's Hat
Free knitting pattern for Witch's Hat.
A specific offering from knitty--a wig knit from acrylic yarn. Imagine this with a beaded fringe...
- Monk Hat with Pattern!
A nice simple toque with a garter stitch edge.
- Anything Knitted and Crocheted: Tragedy Mask
A chart and written directions for a tragedy mask. This is touted as a dishcloth, but it seems it could be incorporated into any piece of flat knitting, such as a scarf or the front of a sweater.
- Tangled in laces...: Meet Chauncey...
A stuffed skull knit on dpns. Finished size - approx. 6 3/4" tall, 4" or so wide
- Frankenstein's Monster Cloth
For those of you have been thinking, "If only I had a dishcloth with the face of Frankenstein's monster on it..."
- Annlina Fingerless Glove/Gauntles
A simple pattern for a fingerless glove/gauntlet--it extends up past the elbow. Perfect for beginners, showcasing a special yarn, or as springboard for using your own favorite stitch pattern.
- I present to you a Very Silly Hat.
A three-horned jester's hat, easily modifiable for as many horns as you prefer. I could see it in hot pink for punk, or black and silver for goth.
- Knit a Crystal Ball: A project that beginners can knit, too!
"This is an easy beginner project that uses scrap yarn to make a fun Halloween decoration."
- Myriads of Mushrooms
Knit to the colors of your favorite toadstool, or simply in shades of classic black. Could also be embroidered with spiders and other frightening creatures.
- ghosty dishcloth
Ghostly footsteps in the night, the inexplicable sound of water splashing, and a stack of clean dishes in the morning... Is it the ghost of Viscountess de Chagniel's scullery maid, who died in a tragic dishwashing accident? Or is merely this ghostly
- Which Witch
An alternative witch hat--knit in bulky wool and felted.
- Boo! Toe-Up Socks
Ghostly knit socks pattern.
- Murder Mystery Book Bag
A book bag with a knife dripping blood on the front. What more need I say? This is the second pattern on the list, all in pdf format.
- Alice Wrist Warmers
Simple wrist warmers, as worn by Alice in the Twilight movie New Moon.
Why are you here?
A question to help me understand what you're looking for at this lens. If more than one of the options apply to you please choose the one that best suits you, and consider expanding on your answer in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Why do you find this lens interesting?
Quasi-Goth Knitting Links
Not quite goth (or perhaps not knit), but nifty, unusual, and goth adaptable.
- Christian Goth
This one has nothing to do with knitting, but it's a great goth website. Definitely worth the visit.
- Goth Crocheting
My squidoo lens for goth crocheters.
- Beyond the Mobius Scarf: Mathematical and Topological Knitting
One of my other lenses on unusual knitting patterns.
- Domiknitrix: Elfin Goth
General instructions and pictures of a lacy knit sweater. You may download the complete pattern for this for free if you own her book (above) or you can purchase the pdf separately.
- Rock-Along Gallery
A gallery of rock-on knits. Some interesting use of skulls, etc.
- Gothic Martha Stewart
Gothic home décor crafts and tips.
- Knitted Revamped Earrings
This might spark some ideas for revamping and perhaps regothing some of your own tired accessories.
If you find yourself in need of further inspiration, check this out.
Basics for Fearless Knitters to Build On
Some resources for basic patterns you can modify (or should I say, gothify) by adding your own charts or embellishments.
Tis the Season... - Goth Christmas crafts
I'll be adding more here as I find them.
- How to Make Your Own Gothic Christmas Decorations - Associated Content
I can't say much for the layout, but this is a short article with some nice simple goth Christmas ideas.
- Zig-Zag Christmas Stocking
I include this pattern so you can make your own stockings in whatever non-traditional Christmas colors you choose.