Amigurumi ghosts make for some super cute Halloween decorations! My mini amigrumi ghost pattern, Fab-Boo-Lous Crochet Ghosts, is a quick and easy amigurumi pattern that’ll have you getting into the spooky season spirit in no time.
This crochet ghost pattern is made with basic stitches and a step-by-step free youtube tutorial to walk you through the project from beginning to end. Best of all – this is a no-sew amigurumi pattern!
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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.
Tips for Making and Customizing Your Mini Amigurumi Ghost
- Matching the exact gauge in the pattern isn’t required for your ghost to turn out, but keep in mind, it may mean you use a different amount of yarn and your toy may be a different size
- Make sure to check the number of stitches you have at the end of each round and that they match the count given at the end of each round in the pattern.
- Don’t overstuff your little ghost – If you overstuff your toy, the bottoms of your ghosts may puff out and your tiny ghosts may not stand nicely.
- Give your cute mini ghost a little mouth with some embroidery thread or some black yarn if you’d like
- Your amigurumi fabric should not have any holes in it before you start stuffing. If you have holes in your fabric, try going down a hook size or two until you have a tight fabric that stuffing cannot show through.
- Make these friendly ghosts in a non-traditional color like pink, blue or teal for fun (and beautiful) change on a classic
- I recommend that amigurumi beginners check out the step-by-step video tutorial, especially if you’re not used to reading crochet patterns or making no-sew amigurumi projects
- If you struggling to make an adjustable ring / magic circle, check out my tutorial (linked in the abbreviations below) or substitute a CH 2 for the magic circle and work all your stitches from round 1 into the 2nd CH from the hook.
How Tension Affects Amigurumi
Keeping a consistent tension throughout both parts of the toy is important but I wanted to show you how your tension affects how your toys. Below I’ve shown an image of two finished ghosts that I made with this mini amigurumi ghost pattern, using the same yarn line, hook size and done one day after eachother. You can see that one toy is much larger than the other.
That’s because my tension changed from one day to the next. Your tension can change from one toy to the next, done one after another as well.
How to Minimize Size Changes In Your Toy
You can minimize changes in size, caused by tension changes by doing a simple gauge swatch. For this pattern, I have built the gauge swatch into the toy pattern so you can check it and just keep on going with your project.
Even if you don’t want to match the gauge I give you in the pattern, as long as your gauge swatches from ghost to ghost measure the same, you’ll help keep your toys as close to the same size as you can.
Want to Make A Large Ghost Instead?
Check out my jumbo amigurumi ghost blog post to make jumbo blanket yarn ghosts instead of this mini amigurumi ghost.
Feel free to sell the finished item created with this free crochet pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://theloopylamb.com. Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own patterns or design. Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items. This pattern is for personal use only.
Skill / Experience Level:
- US Terms
- E / 3.5 mm Hook
- WeCrochet Brava Worsted (100% Premium Acrylic, Worsted Weight (4) medium, 218 yds/199m, 100g/3.53 oz), 1 Ball Each of the Following:
- Colour A – White yarn (approx. 22 yds/ 21 m (0.35 oz /10g))
- Colour B – Orange yarn (approx. 11 yds/ 11 m (0.18oz/5g))
- Colour C – Black yarn (approx. 7 yds/ 7 m (0.11 oz/3g))
- 10 mm Safety Eyes
- 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. 2.25” tall when wearing hat, 3.5” tall without hat
- Rounds 1 – 4 of Ghost = 1.5” 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 a continuous spiral (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 regular single crochet
- 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 Mini Amigurumi Ghost 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 1.5” 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 (see video below for tutorial on how to do this). Weave in ends.
Great Free Crochet Halloween Patterns to Check Out
- The Ghoster Coaster
- Crochet Witch Gnome
- Paulie Pumpkin – beginner friendly project with video tutorial
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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