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Goth Knitting


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.

Baby Goth

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.
  • Deathflake
    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.
  • Twee
    "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.
  • Armstutzerl/Muffatees
    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.

Vampire Knits

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!

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.
  • Spider
    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

Witches Brew

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.
  • Hallowig
    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.

Not quite goth (or perhaps not knit), but nifty, unusual, and goth adaptable.

Scary Knitting

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.

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Cindy on March 14, 2018:

I just love Gothic Knit clothing.

Mia on July 25, 2016:

I love to knit and Victorian era, goth is a modern twist on a elegant classic, what's not to love.

poetryman6969 on February 24, 2015:

Not your grandmother's knitting!

Raquel Evans (author) on April 23, 2014:

@Debby13: I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for, but here are a couple of shawls that suggest the shape of bat wings:

Perhaps you could adapt one of them to your purposes?

Debby13 on April 23, 2014:

Anyone know how to knit a pair of bat wings?!!

Jenn Dixon from PA on March 27, 2014:

I featured your lens over on my new blog!

Rose Jones on August 03, 2013:

Not like Grandma's knitting! Love this stuff.

anonymous on July 27, 2013:

@anonymous: I love Voltaire... You are talking of the musician right?

Mikana_Rat on April 30, 2012:

Some great ideas

anonymous on March 13, 2012:

I am a Steampunk, which is very closely related to the goth aesthetic. Just ask Voltaire, lol. Also I am pursuing an interest in Gothic Lolita

dellgirl on February 08, 2012:

Wonderful lens, it is very interesting! I like it.

anonymous on January 21, 2012:

Wonderfully interesting stuff! My SIL's brother is Goth, my daughter and SIL have ink and skull interests and my grandbabies wear them as well. I have also started to dabble in the more(bidly) interesting stuff. I have been looking for a good bat pattern to put on a shrug for my birthday next week (60!) and i have found it here. thanks so much.

anonymous on December 24, 2011:

I like it that you found such great Victorian patterns. It's great to know how to add that perfect Gothic touch to an ensemble.

aquarian_insight on November 12, 2011:

I haven't been knitting in so long, but I plan to start again so am grateful for this lens. Thank you!

anonymous on July 21, 2011:

Amazing collection, thank you so much for compiling!

Raquel Evans (author) on July 08, 2011:

My apologies for letting the dead links go so long! I've cleaned them all up now, and will be looking for more links to fill in the gaps soon. Thanks for sticking with me.

anonymous on June 02, 2011:

There were a lot of useful links, but, like Amberella said, there are way too many links expired or not found. Wish it'd be updated.

anonymous on April 24, 2011:

All the links i've clicked on were either expired, or were not found, i have been betrayed..... *sob*

I thought i was going to find something awesomely cool, and totally me too.

joanv334 on January 20, 2011:

Thanks for the tips!

Jenn Dixon from PA on January 20, 2011:

Very nice! Tons of good stuff here!

wildlens on December 10, 2010:

This lens is a gold mine! Very resourceful and interesting.

lasertek lm on November 08, 2010:

Interesting! The lens title is very catchy.

ChemKnitsBlog2 on November 01, 2010:

I own the punk knitting book, and I have made more gifts out of it than I would have ever imagined! I like knowing that there are goth knit resources out there as well.

scar4 on October 23, 2010:

I didn't even know the word Goth before reading your lens. Very informative.

anonymous on October 23, 2010:

after recently aquiring anticraft from my local bookstore i seem to be posessed by the spirit of knitting. However, as i am a beginner i've been having some trouble finding odd ooglies to make that don't come out looking all wooglie sqoogily. i am indebted for these wonderful links <3

toriphile81 on October 07, 2010:

Thank you for all the amazing links!

CoolFoto on October 05, 2010:

I am on a Squid challenge and am dressing someone in goth!

anonymous on March 31, 2010:

Hey, great site Gabrielle :-)Haha

anonymous on November 22, 2009:

I love the pattern's. In the poll I couldn't choose two options I love your site because I am a goth plus I have weird and wonderful friends and a teenager I knit for

anonymous on October 26, 2009:

um I like to look here because everynight is halloween at my house. Oh and I like the security words

Raquel Evans (author) on October 26, 2009:

[in reply to City] You're welcome! What would you suggest for a goth knitting soundtrack? Maybe I should start a new poll....

Raquel Evans (author) on October 26, 2009:

[in reply to Monique] I hope you found what you're looking for! Let me know if you need any more help finding easy patterns to get started with.

anonymous on October 19, 2009:

Hi :) I think you need to rethink the soundtrack. However, there are some great links in here, so thanks!

anonymous on October 18, 2009:

Hey all I am a 44 yr old into bdsm. and love craft. knitting and crochet. I am looking for dark and kinky and love black leather and corsets. goth is all of this and more.

anonymous on October 15, 2009:

I want to learn to knit, but I hated most of the patterns for sale at the various craft stores where I looked. Most looked either geared to old woman or 30 years out of date. So I thought I would look for fun gothy patterns to motivate me to pursue this new hobby.

anonymous on August 13, 2009:

i was looking for something different for my granddaughter and found this web page when i googled unusual knitting patterns. I found something that she likes

andreaberrios lm on July 23, 2009:

Cool patterns! love this idea, 5*. Check out my Goth Dolls lens.

anonymous on June 22, 2009:

Hello. I am neither a punk nor gothic. I am a mum who adores knitting, way over here in the Middle East. I found your site after running a search on yahoo for 'unusual knitting patterns'. And while I was only searching for new patterns of leaves, roses, vines and such, I ended up seeing bats, spiders, and lots & lots of other wonderful things! (and just incidentally, both are creatures that people believe bring good luck, in this part of the world I mean).

And so I wished to leave a comment, because I think that your patterns, and most of all, your willingness to share them, with just everyoneeverywhere, are just absolutely great!

Should it not trouble you, I would wish to send you some knitting patterns as well in the future. And while mine are some 3 thousand years old, they may help you see, that your patterns contain a memory, quite old.

Please take care


anonymous on June 17, 2009:

I came here cuz I crochet and was hoping to find some goth knit I could "copy" in crochet!

Slothlover LM on April 27, 2009:

5 stars! Amazing and full of lots of content! I have a great lens on being Goth you might want to check out. It is I thought this lens was great and very unique, just like a Goth! Have a great day! <:)

Slothlover LM on April 27, 2009:

5 stars! Amazing and full of lots of content! I have a great lens on being Goth you might want to check out. It is I thought this lens was great and very unique, just like a Goth! Have a great day! <:)

anonymous on April 25, 2009:

Loved this! Great patterns and very useful links.

anonymous on April 05, 2009:

this is a totally awesome site=] ive been meaning to learn how to knit adn feel excited that are some pretty cool patterns=]

anonymous on April 04, 2009:

My son-in-law wanted a diaper bag that wasn't "girly" when he takes the baby around (know it's a boy) so they picked out one that had a skull on it cause that was more manly for him and he wouldn't be embarrassed carting it around. I decided to knit the baby a hat to match after hearing that. So went looking for skull patterns. Love the Deathflake. Very elegant. Will look very sweet on the baby when he finally gets here. Planning on surprising them and this will defininitely do it. Now to decide on the color for the background. Thanks for the links. It's an interesting way to spend a few hours and find new things to create.

Canela Ajena from Houston on March 16, 2009:

this is a great and unique lens

Mrmedia LM on February 16, 2009:

Amazing lens. Loved it. Going to have to learn how to knit soon.

Asher Socrates from Los Angeles, CA on February 10, 2009:

Awesome Lens! Enjoyed the reading and fun filled topic. Asher

Asher Socrates from Los Angeles, CA on February 10, 2009:

Awesome Lens! Enjoyed the reading and fun filled topic. Asher

anonymous on December 12, 2008:

OMG how am I ever going to get through all of those great gothic links in one day!!

Thanks, great lens!!!

anonymous on November 12, 2008:

This is not only perfect in Halloween but for Christmas also, as a gift.

anonymous on November 03, 2008:

Hey, I answered your questions and had an idea or two. I think it would be great to categorize your links to patterns by the article made, but also have a section on making certain stitches or motif's/themes that are more common to your Gothic clients.

The reason I am here is not because I am Gothic, I am trying to give gifts from the heart this year for Christmas and wanted to knit a scarf for my husband to wear when he rides his motorcycle. He is not 'into' scarves or anything else I can make him, but I thought I would surprise him with a scarf with flames on it, and this seemed like a good place to look!

By the way, love your site, the way it's set up is very clear and easy to navigate! My husband designs websites for extra money, so I notice these things!


enslavedbyfaeries on October 15, 2008:

This is a really fantastic idea for a lens! Rolling to my Gothic Christmas Tree lens. Nicely done!!

EmmaCooper LM on October 07, 2008:

Awesome lens :)

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on September 19, 2008:

What a fabulous resources for Goth knitting. The video kind of scared me a bit... hence "scary knitting" I guess. ;)

Raquel Evans (author) on September 04, 2008:

Hi Melissa,

Sorry for the delay in answer--I can't find a pattern either. If your sister has some knitting experience (it doesn't actually take a whole lot) I'd recommend she find a plain toddler sweater pattern (perhaps in The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns) and a skeleton chart and simply replace the plain stockinette stitch in the front with the color pattern from the chart. If you can't find a skeleton chart perhaps you could use this to make one from a picture. I hope that's helpful, and if I find any other options I'll be sure to post them!

anonymous on August 18, 2008:

My sister knits and saw a glow in the dark Bernat yarn yesterday at Michael's. The display had a toddler with a skeleton sweater on using said yarn. Of pattern. I've looked on the web but was hoping you may have one.


Kathryn Wallace from Greenbank, WA, USA on August 09, 2008:

Had to laugh at 'Intarsia "Hello Cthulhu" - For the perky goth among us'! I'm not into goth but have a great appreciation for imagination and bringing your own style into your craft. Good on ya!

Wayne Tully from UK on June 14, 2008:

Knitting and sewing is not my strongpoint, but I enjoy anyone who can pull this off and knit some cool designs, I prefer to draw mine on paper and colour them with felt tips, but that is just me.

Great lens!!

thomasz on February 12, 2008:

I like this lens. 5 stars to you.

anonymous on February 02, 2008:

I say it is and honor to be mentioned in your list, The Tragedy Mask, I guess I need to get this knitted up sos people can see what it looks like. IF someone has knitted please email me at I would love to post the pictures.

badmsm on January 21, 2008:

Very Cool! Love the site, I love knitting, too.

Sheryl Westleigh from Maine on September 21, 2007:

I haven't done much knitting, mostly I crochet and sew but I'm going to have to give some of the Cthulhu patterns a try. 5 stars!

Aika on September 19, 2007:

magical lens with good infos. Great job Raquel. :)

nemezide on July 11, 2007:

Hey, welcome to to WeirdHQ :) This lens is nice and weird. but... Could you maybe possibly add some cute but odd illustration to this lens's intro? Then I could feature the lens in our group's front page....

Let me know when you do it, OK?


bdkz on July 10, 2007:

I love this lens, great job!

Quilteralice on July 10, 2007:

Fun lens - always great to see something new!


Knitting Art - Weird, Wacky and Wonderful

DeWayne-FilmFreak on May 10, 2007:

I love goth anything! I just never thought about goth knitting... Cool concept! I have a goth lens that would match perfectly with yours. Check out my goth page on Squidoo!


Horror Critic with Fangs!

badmsm on May 10, 2007:

ALL RIGHT!!! I love it, please check out my knitting lenses, too. 5 Stars!

one SquidAddict on March 31, 2007:

Great knitting lens! Rated 5* from the new management at your knitting group

webseitler on February 12, 2007:

Welcome to the Knit your Heart Out group! I like your special focus on the dark side of knitting. ;)

MeganK2 on February 05, 2007:

I like your lens! It's great to see someone establishing a unique niche in such a great artform.

I think your lens would be a great addition to the group, Fanatic About Knitting:



Margaret Schaut from Detroit on November 30, 2006:

Great fun and VERY INTERESTING lense. Excellent job!

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