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A spider web base for a knitted trick or treat bag

by Cynthia MacDougall

The last two days’ posts have been devoted to learning cast ons for circular knitting and different ways of forming our circles. Today, we’re going to use our Red Heart yarns to make our trick-or-treat bag. This project is designed to be small enough for the average-aged trick-or-treater. It’s small enough that parents can inspect the goodies at the street before putting them into a larger container.

An orange knitted bag with a jack-o-lantern face and handle made in black, hanging from a hook.

In today’s post, we’ll knit the base for our jack-o-lantern project.

The project is knit from the bottom to the top, beginning with a circle that will become the outer shell of a plastic pail liner to give our trick-or-treat bag structure. The bottom circle is black to maximize the yardage of the Red Heart Reflective yarn. The last few rounds of the base are done in the orange Reflective yarn so that it’ll catch the light even if the child is swinging the bag around. We chose Chunky Soft for the black sections of the project so that when headlights catch the face of the jack-o-lantern on the side, the pattern will be dark while the rest of the bag shines. Ooooo — spooky!

Two balls of orange Reflective yarn with a ball of Chunky soft in the background

The black yarn (Chunky Soft) is not reflective. It contrasts with the bright orange and sparkles of Reflective yarn.

The pattern

Today we’re going to make the base of our bag using the spoke-shaped circle I described in yesterday’s post. Tomorrow we’ll work the sides and handle of the bag and talk about making intarsia designs in the round.


Intermediate- includes working with double pointed needles and intarsia


Red Heart Reflective yarn, neon orange, 2 balls, 3.5 oz/100g
Red Heart Chunky Soft yarn, black, 1 ball, 5 oz/141g
Size 9/ 5.5mm double point needles, set of 5
Size 9/ 5.5mm circular needle (optional)


170 oz/ 5 L slotted handle plastic pail, orange or black, approx 6″ [15cm] dia. at base, 8-9″ [20-23cm] at brim, and 7-8″ [18-23cm] high (Example is by Patio Plastico)
Removable stitch markers, solid stitch markers
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


14 sts to 4″ [10cm] over stocking stitch


m1p – make 1 purl wise – lift the bar between 2 sts and place it with the left leg of the loop in front of the left needle and the right leg of the loop behind the left needle, then p through the front loop of the st

pm – place marker

sl1wyif – keep the yarn at the front of the work and slip the next stitch as if to purl

sl1wyib – keep the yarn at the back of the work and slip the next stitch as if to purl

slm – slip marker

wt – wrap and turn – with the yarn in the correct position for the work done to this point (at back for knitting, at front for purling), sl the next st purlwise to the right needle. Move the yarn to the opposite position (front or back) and turn work. (The sl st is now on the left needle.) Sl the st purlwise to the right needle, and move the yarn into position to work the next round.

An orange pail with the supplies needed to complete the project

The orange pail purchased to line our trick-or-treat bag is currently useful as a project bin!


With black yarn, cast on 8 sts for circular knitting. Place 2 sts on each needle.
K 1 round
Begin spoke shaping:
Round 1: k1, p1 in each stitch around (16 sts)
Round 2: k around
Round 3: (k1, p1) around
Round 4: k around
Round 5: (m1p, k1, m1p, p1) twice on each needle (32 sts)
Round 6: k around
Round 7: (p1, k1, p3, k1, p2) on each needle
Round 8: k around
Round 9: (p1, m1p, k1, m1p, p3, m1p, k1, m1p, p2) on each needle (48 sts)
Round 10: k around
Round 11: (p2, k1, p5, k1, p3) on each needle
Round 12: k around
Round 13: (p2, m1p, k1, m1p, p5, m1p, k1, m1p, p3) on each needle (64 sts). Break black yarn, join orange yarn.
Round 14: k around
Round 15: (p3, k1, p7, k1, p4) on each needle
Round 16: k around
Base is now complete. Continue to work on dpns or change to a circular needle on the next round. This is also a good time to move the round marker.

A black knitted circle with spokes radiating out from the center, with several rounds of knitting in orange Reflective yarn

The completed base of our trick-or-treat bag showing our spoke-shaped circle

Join us again tomorrow to complete the sides and handle for our bag.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3:  3 formations for knitted circles

Go to part 5: Be Hallowe’en ready with our knitted trick-or-treat bag


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