The spooky season is upon us and today I’m going to share my no-sew free crochet ghost pattern to make some adorable, friendly ghosts, complete with a full video tutorial to walk you through the project step-by-step.
This project uses basic stitches like single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches and the video tutorial is perfect for amigurumi beginners that want to give a quick, Halloween crochet project a try.
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Want to print out this pattern? Grab a printable, ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Etsy and Ravelry stores which includes instructions for making a mini ghost amigurumi using worsted weight yarn and instructions for using super chunky yarn weight to make a bigger ghost as well.
I’ve never been a fan of horror movies and have always preferred my Halloween decorations to be cute, rather than scary. I also have young children that definitely prefer a cute ghost to a scary one.
As a pattern designer, I get a lot of inspiration from my kids. When making this crochet ghost pattern, my daughter insisted that my little ghost friend needed a witch hat (because obviously ghosts dress up for Halloween too).
This pattern is part of the CAL Central 2023 Halloween Crochet Along. Learn more about how you can join in the fun and enter to win some great prizes by checking out the 2023 Halloween Crochet Along Home Page.
A Bit About How This Crochet Ghost Pattern Is Crocheted
Both the Ghost and Witch Hat are worked from the top of the project to the bottom in a continuous spiral so make sure you have a stitch marker handy.
To make this little guy a no-sew pattern, his little arms are crocheted as part of the ghost body. If this is your first time doing a no-sew amigurumi pattern, I recommend checking out the video tutorial at this point for some support.
The witch hat is crocheted separately and can sit on top of the ghost’s head (which kids love to play with) or you can sew it onto your ghost, if you don’t want it to be able to be removable.
Want to Make A Little Ghost Instead?
Check out my mini amigurumi ghost blog post to make tiny ghosts instead of this jumbo, blanket yarn plushie ghost.
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Skill / Experience Level:
- US Terms
- M / 8.0 mm Hook – I used an ergonomic hook from Furls Crochet
- Bernat Blanket Yarn (100% Polyester, Super Bulky (6), 220yds/201m, 300g/10.5oz), 1 skein each of:
- Colour A: White yarn (approx. 42 yds)
- Colour B: Black yarn (approx. 5 yds)
- Bernat Blanket Brights Yarn (100% Polyester, Super Bulky (6), 220yds/201m, 300g/10.5oz), 1 skein each of:
- Colour C: Carrot Orange yarn (approx. 24 yds)
- Colour C: Carrot Orange yarn (approx. 24 yds)
- 25 mm Safety Eyes – I used Crescent Glitter Eyes from Chateau Bornais Crochet
- Polyester Toy Stuffing (also available at Michaels)
- Tapestry Needle / Yarn Needle
- Stitch Marker
- Scrap Piece of Yarn
(Click links to view a tutorial for that technique/stitch)
- BLO = Back Loop Only
- CH = Chain
- DC = Double Crochet
- FLO = Front Loop Only
- FO = Finish Off
- HDC = Half Double Crochet
- MC = Magic Circle / Magic Ring
- RS = Right Side
- SC = Single Crochet
- SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
- SCINC = Single Crochet Increase/ 2 SC STs in the same ST
- SK = Skip
- SLST = Slip Stitch
- ST(S) = Stitch(es)
- YO = Yarn Over
Special Stitches & Techniques:
- Reverse Slip Stitch Join: Remove loop from hook and insert hook from back of fabric through to the front through the indicated ST. Place loop on hook and pull loop through the stitch to the back of the fabric. Bring working yarn behind the hook and CH 1.
- Invisible Finish/Join: FO leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle. Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through. Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work. Find my invisible finish tutorial here.
- Yarn Under Single Crochet: Insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn under hook and pull up a loop (2 loops on your hook), yarn over hook and pull through both loops on your hook.
- Approx. 9” tall when wearing hat, 5.5” tall without hat
- Rounds 1 – 4 of Ghost = 3.5 inches across widest point
- Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project and the size of your toy. Keep a consistent tension throughout your project to ensure the pieces fit together properly.
- Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.
- This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise). Do not join at the end of the Round, unless indicated. A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
- Both the Ghost and the Witch Hat are worked from the top-down.
- For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each stitch rather than under both loops (except when indicated to work your ST in a different location i.e. BLO). This is often referred to as an invisible decrease. See my Invisible Decrease tutorial Here.
- This pattern can be worked in either regular single crochet or the yarn under single crochet. My sample was done using the yarn under single crochet (see special stitches).
- Colour changes are done using the last YO of the previous ST.
- Place scrap pieces of yarn or stitch markers into the stitches for the safety eyes until you have crocheted past that point far enough to insert the safety eyes with the backs on them without them getting in the way of your crocheting.
Check Out the Video Tutorial of My Fab-Boo-Lous Ghost Crochet Pattern on BooTube (YouTube)
Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)
Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)
Round 4: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) X 5, SC. (24)
Gauge Check: Piece should measure 3.5” across widest point.
Rounds 5 – 11: SC around. (24) – insert safety eyes into STs 5 and 9 of Round 8.
Round 12: SC, CH 4, HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and the next 2 CHs (first arm created), SC in the next 11 sts of Round 11, CH 4, HDC in the 2nd CH from the hook and the next 2 CHs (second arm created), SC in remaining 12 STs of Round 11. (24 STs, 2 arms)
Round 13: SC, SK arm, pushing it to the RS of the fabric, SC in the next 11 STs, SK arm pushing it to the RS of the fabric, SC in remaining 12 STs. (24)
Rounds 14 – 15: SC around. (24)
Round 16: Working all STs in the FLO, *(SC, DC, SC) in the same ST, SL ST in the next ST, repeat from * 11 more times. Join last ST to first ST with a Reverse SL ST Join (See Special Stitches and Techniques). (48)
Round 17: Working all STs in the BLO of Round 15, SC, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC. (18) – Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing as you progress.
Round 18: (SC, SCDEC) x 6. (12)
Round 19: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)
FO leaving a long tail. Finish stuffing.
Thread yarn tail onto tapestry needle and weave tail through FLO of last round and pull tight to close the hole – this technique is called the ultimate finish – see it done in the video tutorial below). Weave in ends.
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Round 1: Using Colour B, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: SC around. (6)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2. (8)
Round 4: (SCINC, SC 3) x 2. (10)
Round 5: SC 2, SCINC, SC 4, SCINC, SC 2. (12)
Round 6: (SCINC, SC 5) x 2. (14)
Round 7: SC 3, SCINC, SC 6, SCINC, SC 3. (16)
Round 8: (SCINC, SC 7) x 2. (18)
Round 9: SC 4, SCINC, SC 8, SCINC, SC 4. (20)
Change to Colour C
Round 10: (SCINC, SC 9) x 2. (22)
Round 11: SC 5, SCINC, SC 10, SCINC, SC 5. (24)
Change to Colour B
Round 12: Working all STs in the FLO, (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)
Round 13: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2. (36)
FO using invisible join (See Special Stitches and Techniques).
You can either weave in your ends and fit the hat on top of the ghost so it can be removed or leave a long tail to sew the hat to the top of the head of your ghost.
The hat will sit securely on the ghost head if you squish the head slightly as you place the hat on its head.
If you’re sewing the hat onto the ghost, be sure to stuff the hat with stuffing before sewing onto the ghost.
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