Monday, October 1, 2018

Pocket Ghost

crochet white ghost with lights

Did you know?
Did you know a Pocket Ghost glows if you catch it? It's true! At first I didn't believe it, it sounded outlandish and, quite simply, untrue. Because I tend to not believe things unless I see them for myself, I set out into the woods to catch myself a Pocket Ghost.
What luck, I was only inside the woods for about 45 seconds when I spotted  them flying around in a  tight little group making strange little oooOOoing noises.
At first I tried to grab one but my hand went straight through it. I tried and tried again, no luck, it was like trying to catch air. I was about to give up when one of them stopped oooOOooing and asked me, "What do you want?" I explained that I meant no harm, that I just wanted to see if it were true that Pocket Ghosts glow when caught. He asked me to put out my hand, so I did, then he gently floated down and rested in the palm of my hand. He felt lighter than the smallest cloud that ever was and he began to glow like the sun was inside his chest. "Wow! You
are beautiful", I said to him. He giggled and replied, "No, I'm not. I'm Spooks!" Then he lifted off my hand and rejoined his friends in the air.

crochet ghosts in the woods.

The pattern,
I made 3 versions of this small Ghost. There's not much difference between them aside form the shape of the head. They all light up if you choose to add a light. They make safe, fun little night lights but are still super cute without the lights.

Spirit, Spooks & Spike:
I had to name them, of course! Spooks has the round shaped head. Spike has the little nub on top of his head and Spirit has a longer bit on top of his head. You will find all 3 individual patterns below.

3 white crochet ghosts sitting on hand

Video Tutorial,
I have filmed a video tutorial that goes over the majority of Spook's pattern. In the following order the video shows how to crochet the arms, which are the same arms for all 3 ghosts. How to decrease, including the inv dec. How to install the eyes, how stuff and shape the head, and how to work in FLO. How to stuff the body and install the tea light. How to sew the arms on and add a bit of color to the cheeks. The video is here

How to print the pattern,

There is a green print friendly button at the bottom of the pattern.

Copyright 2018 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved
 You may sell finished products. If you'd like to share this pattern please link back to it.


Supplies:
worsted weight acrylic yarn. I'm using Red Heart Comfort white/opal. It has some glitter in it but any worsted weight white yarn will work.
4mm hook
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors
polyester stuffing
7mm-8mm safety eye ~ you could use buttons or felt instead.
Black felt for the mouth and tacky glue to attach it.
Optional: battery operated tea light. I got mine at the dollar store.
Optional: Blush


Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
ch1 = chain one
FLO = front loops only
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

How to read the rows: add a maker at the end of row 2 and move that marker each time you finish a row. Each row has a sequence. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

Note: The arms are made the same way for all 3 versions of the Ghost.

Arms: make 2

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 4st (4)
2) 2sc in each st (8)
3) fold circle in half then sc through both sides to close up the circle. You should be able to put in 1sc across the edge 3 times.
f/o leaving a tail for sewing



Spooks' Head and Body: 
white crochet ghost patternStarting at the top of the head working down to bottom of body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4-8) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
install the eyes in between the 5th and 6th row with 3 visible stitch holes between them.
9) 1sc then 2tog (12)
10) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (10)
11) 2sc in each st (20)
12) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (25)
13) 1sc in each st for 1 row
stuff and shape head.
14) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (30)
15) 1sc in each st for 1 row
16) in the FLO, 1sc in the next 2st then 2hdc in the next st (40)
17) sl st next st, ch2 and fold row 16 down to expose the outer loops inside the body. Starting in one of the outer loops inside the body, 1sc then 2 loops tog (20)
18) working in both loops again, 1sc in the next 2st then 2tog (15)
If you will be using a tea light then f/o and weave in yarn tail. Stuff the body lightly then push the tea light  inside.
If you will not be using a tea light, stuff the majority of the body and carry on with row 19.
19) 1sc then 2tog (10)
f/o and weave in and out of the remaining stitches, stuff the body more as needed, then pull yarn tail to close gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail inside the body.

Spike's Head and Body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in the next st (9)
3) 1sc in each st for 1 row
4) 2sc in each st (18)
5-6) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in the next st (21)
8-9) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
10) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (18)
install the eyes in between the 7th and 8th row with 3 visible stitch holes between them.
11) 1sc then 2tog (12)
12) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (10)
13) 2sc in each st (20)
14) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (25)
15) 1sc in each st for 1 row
stuff and shape head.
16) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (30)
17) 1sc in each st for 1 row
18) in the FLO, 1sc in the next 2st then 2hdc in the next st (40)
19) sl st next st, ch2 and fold row 16 down to expose the outer loops inside the body. Starting in one of the outer loops inside the body, 1sc then 2 loops tog (20)
20) working in both loops again, 1sc in the next 2st then 2tog (15)
If you will be using a tea light then f/o and weave in yarn tail. Stuff the body lightly then push the tea light  inside.
If you will not be using a tea light, stuff the majority of the body and carry on with row 21.
21) 1sc then 2tog (10)
f/o and weave in and out of the remaining stitches, stuff the body more as needed, then pull yarn tail to close gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail inside the body.

Spirit's Head and Body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2-3) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
4) 1sc then 2sc in the next st (9)
5-7) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
8) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (12)
9) 1sc in each st for 1 row
10) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
11) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in the next st (21)
12-16) 1sc in each st for 5 rows
17) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (18)
install the eyes in between the 14th and 15th row with 3 visible stitch holes between them.
18) 1sc then 2tog (12)
19) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (10)
20) 2sc in each st (20)
21) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (25)
22) 1sc in each st for 1 row
stuff and shape head. Do not stuff the first 6 rows, stuff from row 7 downwards.
23) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (30)
24) 1sc in each st for 1 row
25) in the FLO, 1sc in the next 2st then 2hdc in the next st (40)
26) sl st next st, ch2 and fold row 16 down to expose the outer loops inside the body. Starting in one of the outer loops inside the body, 1sc then 2 loops tog (20)
27) working in both loops again, 1sc in the next 2st then 2tog (15)
If you will be using a tea light then f/o and weave in yarn tail. Stuff the body lightly then push the tea light  inside.
If you will not be using a tea light, stuff the majority of the body and carry on with row 28.
28) 1sc then 2tog (10)
f/o and weave in and out of the remaining stitches, stuff the body more as needed, then pull yarn tail to close gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail inside the body.

ASSEMBLY of arms:
Sew the arms on, refer to photos or the video. The flat edge is sewn, vertically, facing the back of the ghost.


Color the cheeks:

Add a bit of blush to the cheeks using a q-tip to rub it in. Start off lightly and build the color up to your liking.

Mouth:
Cut black felt for the mouth and use tacky glue to attach it. Play around with different looks.


You're done!
I hope you enjoyed making your own Pocket Ghost. I would love to see it! Post on instagram and tag me sharon_ojala or post it on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely.

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