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Free Amigurumi Crochet Ghost Pattern (No-sew!)

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Have you been looking for the friendliest crochet ghost pattern on the block? This little fella is not only adorable but also an easy, no-sew Halloween crochet project for beginners.

I love everything about Halloween! To be honest, I am all about Fall. I love the smell of nature, the food (pumpkin spice and pies… yum!), the decoration, and the fresh harvest. 

If you love decorating for Halloween (and fall), you will love crocheting this friendly ghost. Not only will this be a cute Halloween decoration, but it will also make a fantastic gift for kids.

Amigurumi Crochet Ghost Pattern

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How to crochet an Amigurumi ghost

This crochet ghost pattern is made in one piece with no sewing involved. Other than the hat, which you will crochet separately. Here is how you will make it:

  1. Firstly, you will create a magic circle (mc) to start with the top of the head. 
  2. Secondly, you will make rounds with single crochet increases (inc). As you go, you will place the eyes and leave holes for the arms.
  3. Then, once you reach the bottom, you will decrease to finish it.
  4. Next, you will go back, make the arms, and add the ruffled bottom.
  5. And lastly, you will crochet the hat and embroider the mouth. 

Materials and Supplies You’ll Need

You probably already have everything you need if you’re an Amigurumi maker. Here is what you’ll be using for this crochet ghost pattern:

Best yarn for a crochet ghost pattern

If you want your crochet ghost pattern to be small, use worsted weight (#4) yarn. But feel free to use any other yarn weight and fiber you like. I used Sugar’n Cream, which is 100% Cotton. 

Here are the colors and amount:

  • Ghost: White, 1.57 oz (45 g) or 76 yds (69 m).
  • Hat: Black Currant Classis (purple), 0.23 oz (7 g) or 11 yds (10 m), and a small amount of black for the hat stripe.
  • Mouth: use tiny scraps of pink yarn or thread (or another color you like).
No-Sew Crochet Ghost Pattern

Stitches and Techniques to Know

This crochet ghost pattern may be a great first project for a beginner. It’s easy because it’s “no-sew,” simple, and small. 

But please make sure you are comfortable with these stitches and techniques:

  • Single Crochet (sc): Amigurumi must be made with single crochet stitches because it’s the best way to create a fabric with no holes. This will also prevent your stuffing fiber from showing and coming out.
  • Chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc), and double crochet (dc): This pattern uses chains, half double, and double crochet stitches to make the ghost’s ruffled bottom.
  • Yarn-Under Single Crochet: with this technique, you will “yarn under” instead of “yarn over” to make an “x” looking single crochet (sc). This is optional, though, as you can use the regular single crochet stitch if you prefer.
  • Continuous rounds:  you will not join the rounds with a slip and chain 1 to start the next one. Amigurumi projects need to be made in continuous rounds to give your crochet plush a seamless look.
  • Invisible decrease is another way to give your Amigurumi a smoother look. When you do a single crochet invisible decrease, you’ll pick only the front loop of the following two stitches. It makes your decreased stitches less bulky.

Pattern Notes 

  • This crochet ghost pattern uses US terminology.
  • The ghost is crocheted in continuous rounds with single crochet (sc) stitches, starting at the top of the head and working down to the bottom.
  • Amigurumi must be crocheted with tight stitches so the fiber won’t show through the holes after stuffing. 
  • As you go, you can add fiber to stuff it firmly but do not overstuff it. 
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each round, moving it up as you go. 
  • When you Fasten off and cut the yarn, you do not need to leave a long tail unless otherwise instructed.
  • Gauge is not crucial for this project. Take a look at the finished project size for reference.

Crochet Ghost Pattern size: Assuming you’re using the same material and hook size, the ghost will be approximately 5.5” (14 cm) tall without the hat. And the hat will be about 2.5” (6.5 cm) tall.

Pattern terms and abbreviations

  • approx.: approximately 
  • blo: back loop only 
  • ch: chain/chains
  • dc: double crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • flo: front loop only
  • inc: increase (2 sc in the next stitch)
  • dec: decrease (single crochet 2 together, see “invisible decrease” instructions)
  • FO: Fasten-Off
  • mc: magic circle
  • Rnd: Round
  • sl st: slip stitch 
  • st(s):  stitch(es)
  • sk: skip
  • sc: single crochet 
  • ( ):  repeat instructions within parenthesis as many times as directed
  • [ ]: stitch count in a round

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Crochet Ghost Pattern Instructions

Cute Crochet Ghost Pattern

Here are the instructions on crocheting your one-piece (no-sew) ghost. Although the hat is optional, I think you should make it. It will give your finished ghost such an adorable witch character.

Total Time: 3 hours

  1. Top/head (White Yarn)

    white yarn and crochet hook

    Rnd1: sc 6 in a mc
    Rnd2: (inc) 6 times [12]
    Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 6 times [18]
    Rnd4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times [24]
    Rnd5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times [30]
    Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times [36]
    Rnd7-12: sc around [36]

  2. Place the Eyes

    white yarn and crochet hook

    Now, it’s a perfect time to place the eyes. Flatten your already made piece, keeping it upside down with the first stitch of the last round on your right side, in the corner. 
    This will be important for placing the arms in the crochet ghost pattern later. Then, place the eyes centered between rounds 10 and 11, 6 stitches apart. 

    Rnd13: (inc, sc in next 11 sts) 3 times [39]
    Rnd14: sc around [39]
    Rnd15: (inc, sc in next 12 sts) 3 times [42]

  3. Make holes for arms                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    white yarn and a stitch marker

    In the next round, you will make the holes for your crochet ghost pattern arms. Then, you will finish the body and come back afterward to attach the yarn and make the arms, one at a time. 

    Rnd16: sc in next 19 sts, ch 6, sk 6 sts, sc in next 15 sts, ch 6, sk 6 sts
    Rnd 17: sc in next st (place the st marker in that sc st – it will be the 1st st in this round), sc in next 14 sts, sc in blo of next 6 chs, sc in next 15 sts, sc in blo of next 6 chs [42]
    Note: For the pattern to work in rounds 16 and 17, you need to move the st marker forward once you are done with rnd16, don’t worry about counting the stitches before you move the st marker. After the 2nd set of 6 chs in rnd16, follow the instructions in round 17. Then, you count the sts from that 1st sc st, which will make 42 sts.

    Rnd18: (inc, sc in next 6 sts) 6 times [48]
    Rnd19-21: sc around [48]
    Rnd22: (inc, sc in next 15 sts) 3 times [51]
    Rnd23-25: sc around [51]
    Rnd26: (inc, sc in next 16 sts) 3 times [54]
    Rnd27-29: sc around [54]

  4. Start decreasing and stuffing

    white yarn and stuffing fiber

    You will crochet the next round in blo and return later to make the ruffled bottom.

    Rnd30: (dec in blo, sc in blo of next 7 sts) 6 times [48]
    Rnd31: (dec, sc next 6 sts) 6 times [42]
    Rnd32: (dec, sc next 5 sts) 6 times [36]
    Rnd33: (dec, sc next 4 sts) 6 times [30]
    This is a perfect time to add stuffing.
    Rnd34: (dec, sc next 3 sts) 6 times [24]
    Rnd35: (dec, sc next 2 sts) 6 times [18]
    Rnd36: (dec, sc next st) 6 times [12]
    Rnd37: dec 6 times [6]

    Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull it through the last st. Use the long tail to weave into the front loops of all 6 sts, pull it tight to cinch, and close the opening. 
    FO. Weave in the tail to hide it, ensuring a neat and professional finish.

  5. Arms

    white yarn and crochet hook

    To start, attach the yarn to any armhole. Halfway through the stitching, add some stuffing fiber to the base of the arm, tucking it into the “shoulder” so the arms point down. The rest of the arm can be left empty.

    Rnd1-6: sc around [12]
    Rnd7: (dec) 6 times [6]

    Once you’ve cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, pull it through the last stitch. This long tail is important as it will be used to weave into the front loops of all 6 stitches. Pull it tight to cinch and close the opening. This is the final step. Yay! You’ve completed your arm. Now, weave in the tail to hide it and your arm is ready.

  6. Ruffled Bottom

    white yarn and crochet hook

    You will crochet this round in the leftover loops of round 29. Attach the yarn to any stitch to start and ch 1.

    Then hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc, *sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc, rep from the asterisk 7 more times. FO. Cut the yarn. Weave in the ends.

  7. Hat

    crochet ghost with purple witch hat

    This unique hat will add a charming touch to your crochet ghost pattern. Begin with the vibrant purple yarn.

    Rnd1: 3 sc in a mc
    Tip: Remember, the first 3 stitches should be loose, making it easier to crochet the next round.
    Rnd2: (inc) 3 times [6]
    Rnd3: sc around [6]
    Rnd4: (inc, sc) 3 times [9]
    Rnd5: sc around [9]
    Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 3 times [12]
    Rnd7: sc around [12]
    Rnd8: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 3 times [15]
    Rnd9: sc around [15]
    Rnd10: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 3 times [18]
    Rnd11: sc around [18]
    Switch to black yarn to crochet rounds 12 and 13. When you finish round 13, you do not need to cut the previous yarn, drop it, and pick it back up.
    Rnd12: (inc, sc in next 5 sts) 3 times [21]
    Rnd13: sc around [21]
    Switch back to purple yarn. Cut black yarn. FO. 
    Rnd14: (inc) 21 times [42]
    Rnd15: (inc, sc in next 13 sts) 3 times [45]

    Cut the yarn. FO. Weave in the ends. Attach the hat to the ghost’s head by stitching it with white or purple yarn scrap.

  8. Mouth

    crochet ghost

    With pink yarn scraps (or any other color you like), tread the tapestry needle and embroider the mouth on the crochet ghost pattern.

    Weave in any leftover ends. 

Estimated Cost: 10.00 USD

Supply:

  • Medium weight yarn (#4)

Tools:

  • 3.5 mm (US E) hook, Stuffing tool (optional) like a hemostat, Tool for placing safety eyes (optional)

Materials: Stitch Marker, a pair of 8mm or 10mm safety eyes, stuffing fiber, tapestry Needle

Your crochet ghost pattern is all done. I hope you enjoyed making it and it was exactly what you expected.

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frank wilkins

Friday 29th of September 2023

For round 16, the stitches do not add up. Round 15 says you have (42) stitches when finished, round 16 has 46 stitches (19+15+6+6)=46. So the pattern is incorrect. Can you please elaborate, thank you!

Maggie

Friday 29th of September 2023

Hi Frank. Thanks for reaching with your questions, I am happy to help. For the pattern to work you need to move the stitch marker forward once you are done with round 16, don't worry about counting the stitches before you move the stitch marker. Here is how you do it: after the second set of 6 chains in round 16, ou will then sc to start round 17 and move the stitch marker forward 4 stitches (which will land in the sc you just did to start round 17). Then you count the stitches from that first stitch, which will make 42. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you still need help. Maggie

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Thank you for providing such a detailed pattern with hints for stuffing, eyes, etc. Even a beginner should be able to follow this and create a fun ghost. I appreciate you taking the time to add those hints-and not say, "Hey, this is not a beginner pattern." I have many that I have had to add my notes to remind myself when I need to start stuffing, or adding items.

Maggie

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice feedback, I really appreciate it. I myself remember before I started writing and publishing my own patterns how confusing it was not to have those directions. I'm so glad you liked it!

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