I’m super excited to share this tutorial for making a Stitch Witch. I was instantly drawn to the little jute witch on Diva Dan’s wreath for the Grim Wreath Challenge. Figuring it would be near impossible to find one like it at my local craft store, I decided to give it a go and see what I could come up with. Now I would love to share it with you!
- Jute Twine using a color of your choice. You just need stiff yarn as an alternative to Jute if it’s not available to you.
- A small bit of black felt a 2″ square is more than enough.
- White and black fabric paint.
- Less than an ounce of black yarn for dress and hat.
- Less than 1/2 an ounce of yarn for hair. Color your choice.
- About a yard of yarn for hat band and belt. Color your choice.
- 4.25 MM (G) Hook
- Tapestry Needle
(Do this first so paint has time to dry while you are doing the rest.)
Cut two small circles from the felt and use the white and black fabric paint to create the eyes. (Photo 15)
Legs and Arms – Refer to Photos Above for Visual Help
Leg: Chain 34, sc into second chain from hook. sc across and tie off. Photos 1 & 2
Arm: Chain 30, sc into second chain from hook, sc across and tie off. Photos 1 & 2
Fold the ends on each section together to meet in the middle. Photo 3
You are going to wrap the jute around this chain to form the arms and legs. For the arms, hold the start of the jute in the middle and lay across to the end. Start wrapping the jute around until you reach the middle. Lay the jute across the other half and work the opposite end towards the middle. When you reach the middle wrap over the center covering the entire chain. Use a small bit of hot glue to keep jute in place. Photos 4 & 5
Wrap the leg the same way, except when you get back to the center don’t wrap between the two ends that have been folded over. This will allow you to fold it in half to form the legs. Photo 6
Tie the legs and arms together leaving a bit of space you can wrap jute around to create the shape of the body. Photo 7
Use the jute to wrap a ball, much like winding a skein of yarn into a ball. Make it as big or small as you want your head to be. Use a small bit of hot glue to keep the end string in place. Photo 8
Starting at the top of the legs, wrap jute around the middle string to form the abdomen. To create a firmer hold wrap the jute over the shoulders and then back around the abdomen. Use a bit of hot glue to keep the end string in place.
Attach the head by using hot glue. Hold in place until the glue cools down. Photo 9
Dressing Your Witch
Here are basic directions to create your witches skirt and hat. It does not have to be exact. Choose whatever color you want to make it.
Skirt – Photos 10 & 11
- Chain 10, slip stitch into the first chain creating a ring.
- Row 1: 2dc into each stitch around. Slip stitch at the top of first dc. Ch 2
- Row 2: dc in each stitch around. Ch 3
- Row 3: slip stitch into first stitch, ch 3, slip stitch into next stitch. Repeat around and tie off.
- Slip the witch through the center and use a bit of hot glue to secure it in place.
Shirt – Photo 12
Using the same yarn as your skirt, wrap around the witches abdomen and over the shoulders to create the look of the shirt. Use a small bit of hot glue to secure the end of the string onto the back side.
Hat – Photo 16 & 17
Base (brim of hat, notice it’s just a flat circle)
- Row 1: Ch 2, 9 hdc into the first chain. Join at the top of the first hdc.
- Row 2: 2 dc into each stitch around. Join at the top of the first dc. Tie off and weave in end.
- Ch 8, slip stitch into first chain.
- Row 1-3: sc into each stitch around. Join in first sc, ch 1. Repeat 2X
- Work rows 4-7 in a continuous round, without joining.
- Row 4: sc dec, sc in next two stitches, repeat 1X
- Row 5: sc dec, sc in next stitch, repeat 1X
- Row 6: sc dec 2X
- Row 7: sc dec. Tie off and weave end through the center of the hat.
- Use a tapestry needle to sew the top onto the base of the hat.
Hair – Photo 14
- Loosely wrap the yarn color you decide for the hair around your fingers. (Photo 13)
- Tie a string around the center.
- Cut the ends and shag it out for the hair.
- Use the hot glue to attach the hair.
- When it is firmly in place put a generous amount of glue on the bottom of the hat and attach.
- Use small dots of glue and attach the eyes.
- With the black fabric paint make a small mouth.
VOILA! A Stitch Witch is born. Have fun, get creative! All the measurements can be adjusted to make your witch smaller or bigger. Size really doesn’t matter. =)
What are you going to choose? One, two, an entire family of Stitch Witches? Share with us! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
Casting off until the next time we hook up,
Come on over and visit me at Frogging Along