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Freddy Krueger Sweater Colors: Perfect Nightmare Shades!

By Hobbies House / May 26, 2017
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Freddy Krueger Sweater Colors – Our Freddy Krueger sweater pattern is a simple design with wide stripes and a minimum of shaping and finishing.  Quick and easy to knit up, this is one of the most recognizable sweaters at Halloween!

We promise the knitting pattern will not result in nightmares – just a few difficult decisions:

  • Knit the sweater in plain dark red and green shades?
  • Go for a more authentic look in heathery shades of red and green?
  • Allow the sweater to be tattered for the ultimate in authenticity?
  • Or simply forget the knitting and buy a cheap Freddy Krueger sweater!

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The stitch is plain stockinette with the only patterning required being a change in colors to create those distinctive wide stripes.

In a hurry? Take a look at these Freddy Krueger sweaters from the selection of Nightmare On Elm Street costumes

Authentic Freddy Krueger Sweater

We found three signed "real"Freddy Krueger sweaters. The replica version includes a certificate of authenticity while the other two are labeled as collectibles.
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The Perfect Freddy Krueger Sweater Colors

We've had the perfect Freddy Krueger sweater colors sitting in our yarn stash for years - since that time when a certain someone asked for such a sweater and then changed their mind!

I did not knit the sweater back then - a shame really although now the yarn may allow the sweater to shred and tatter all by itself 🙂

These colors and this yarn have long been discontinued but that does not prevent me from searching for the next best colors.  This time, I will find the perfect Freddy Krueger sweater colors.

When it comes to finding the right colors, we can tackle the problem in two ways:

  • Select inexpensive yarn with the express purpose of shredding the finished sweater edges
  • Spend a little more money to knit up an easily recognizable sweater you can wear more than once.

It all depends on how authentic the costume needs to be.  Here are a few yarn color combinations in heathered shades we think would knit up into a spectacular costume prop.​

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Vintage Freddy Krueger Colors

Lion Brand® Heartland

Lion Brand® Heartland Yarn in the Joshua Tree and Redwood shades.   We purchased Heatland© on sale at Joann Fabrics and Crafts.  The regular price is $5.99 per skein.  

Photos of the Joshua Tree shade are spot on.  It is beautifully shaded.  Unfortunately, the photos do not do justice to Redwood shade.  It is equally shaded!  

As soon as we complete the fingering weight pullover sweater, we’ll start on worsted weight Lion Brand©.

Lion Brand© Heartland in Redwood and Joshua Tree colors

Deborah Norville Everyday™

Deborah Norville Everyday™ Heathers Yarn in the Green and Red Heather shades. I have yet to find this worsted weight yarn in a local store but ordering online is an easy option.

Another heathered color combination comes from Mary Maxim in their Woodlands yarns.  Check out the Moss and Cranberry colors.

Please note that many of these yarns are not sold in stores.  You need to order online.

Unless you plan on an heirloom quality finished product, this is not a sweater where you want to worry about finding two different yarns that knit up to the exactly the same stitch and row gauge.   

Check our sweater measurements for ​children from 2T to a size Child's size 14.

Fudge a bit - in many cases you are going to "distress" the sweater anyway. We're talking about  a quick costume prop so settle for a yarn brand where you can easily find a red and a green that will work for this sweater.

Solid Color Choices For The Freddy Krueger Sweater

I particularly like the Red Heart Soft yarn (100% acrylic) in the Dark Leaf and Really Red or Wine if you like the read a little more subdued. This yarn can be purchased in packs if the local craft store does not carry the required amount of skeins.

The solid colors for this yarn do not have any dye lots which makes it easy. With 256 yards per skein, it is very economical and it knits up quickly at a gauge of 17 stitches and 23 rows over 4 inches.

Now to make things even more interesting!

Lion Brand© carries the Vanna’s Choice collection of yarns which are often well stocked in local craft stores.  The dilemma comes in the choice of two sets of colors to pick from for this sweater!
I opt for the darker colors of Olive and Brick but that’s just me.  I know – it’s only a sweater and a costume prop at that but why not make it the best Freddy Krueger sweater out there on Halloween night?

Using Herrschners Sports Weight Yarn lowers the overall cost of the yarn.

However, you now have ugly Christmas sweater colors. The “Forest” green is a bit too bright and the red is painful to look at. It also costs more for the shipping than for the yarn. Next….

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Front Neckband Detail

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