My Chubby Ghost pattern is my newest plush amigurumi free pattern!
Read on to learn more about my design process and inspiration, or scroll to the end to get the free pattern. If you’re in a hurry and need to take this pattern offline, grab the beautifully formatted, ad-free, PDF pattern from Etsy here.
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The easiest NO-SEW crochet ghost ever!
This super sweet and cuddly crochet ghost is an amazing project for fall or to get you excited about Halloween.
It’s a great beginner pattern for anyone who wants a quick easy project to practice working ball-shaped amigurumi. Since it uses plush yarn I would say that it’s not the best project for complete beginners, but if you’re looking to get some experience with chenille yarn it’s a good place to start.
This project is completely no-sew. You’ll create a ball shaped body with a simple back loop only technique which leaves a round of horizontal bars for us to work onto later.
When you finish the body, you’ll work a shell stitch border onto the back loop only round of the body, which gives you a convenient place to attach the border onto.
If you don’t like using plush yarn, I have a pattern for a similarly shaped chubby ghost made using acrylic yarn (below!). It’s also a great project for those starting out since it’s relatively fast and super cute!
If you’re more of a visual learner, I have a video tutorial from start to finish to help get you through all the tricky parts like working the shell stitch, stuffing, embroidery the mouth, and finishing off!
Tips for working with plush yarn!
If you’ve never worked with plush chenille yarn before, here are a few tips to get you going on your way. Generally, chenille yarn isn’t too big a step up from regular cotton or acrylic yarn, so it’s a good first “novelty” yarn for novices to try.
- Chenille yarn sheds very easily when frogged. Because velvet/chenille yarn generally is made up of a lot of tiny bristles stuck onto a central string, if you frog it, the friction can easily lead to a lot of shedding and stray yarn pieces. The best solution to this is to try to avoid frogging, and also working in a place that can be easily cleaned.
- Working the magic ring can be really tricky when using plush yarn. The best way to avoid breaking the yarn is to make the magic ring extremely small at first — about the size of a dime — and before you’re done working the first round, continuously tug on the tail to decrease the size of the magic ring. This will ensure that the magic ring is as small as possible so that you don’t have to pull as hard later and risk breaking the yarn. If the yarn sheds significantly so that there’s no more fluff on the center string, I would recommend restarting completely since it’s likely that it will break later on.
- If your chenille crochet fabric is too loose and you can see the stuffing poking through, size down your crochet hook so that it’s tighter. If it’s too tight and the crochet stitches are warping or too stiff, size up your crochet hook to get that perfect balance.
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- If you want to take this pattern offline, grab the beautifully formatted, ad-free, PDF pattern from Etsy here!
This cute and cuddly ghost pattern is a breeze to work up and is super cute! It’s a no-sew pattern, so it’s great for working in chenille yarn. You can make this pattern with jumbo velvet yarn for a giant ghost or you can downsize it with super bulky yarn like I used here. This pattern is accessible to beginners because it just uses simple stitches!
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- Baby Snuggle by Hobbii (super bulky)
- (<1 skein) White
- Size F 3.75mm Clover Amour hook
- 6.0mm safety eyes
- black embroidery thread
- embroidery needle
- fiberfill stuffing
- stitch markers
- BLO: back loop only
- ch: chain
- dec: decrease
- inc: increase (work two single crochets in one stitch)
- MR: magic ring
- rnd: round
- sc: single crochet
- sk: skip
- x sc: work x number of single crochets
- sl st: slip stitch
- st(s): stitch(es)
- (x sts): total number of stitches for the round
- (…) x: work all steps within parentheses x number of times
- Crochet in continuous rounds, unless specified otherwise. Use a stitch marker or piece of yarn to keep track of the last stitch in each round.
- Plush yarn breaks very easily, especially when making the MR. To minimize breakage, make the MR as small as possible and tug the ring closed as you work stitches into it.
- Minimize frogging of chenille yarn as much as possible to prevent shedding.
- It is difficult to see stitches with plush yarn. Consider using a stitch marker to keep track of the halfway point of each round.
- This pattern is optimal for super bulky chenille yarn. If you use acrylic or cotton yarn, the proportions of the finished project may vary.
- Shell stitch: skip two stitches, work a double crochet stitch into the third stitch. Work four more double crochet stitches into the same stitch for a total of five stitches. Skip the next two stitches and slip stitch into the third stitch.
4″ x 4″
BODY (in white)
- Round 1: 6 sc in MR (6 sts)
- Round 2: inc x6 (12 sts)
- Round 3: (sc, inc) x6 (18 sts)
- Round 4: (2 sc, inc) x6 (24 sts)
- Round 5: (3 sc, inc) x6 (30 sts)
- Round 6: (4 sc, inc) x6 (36 sts)
- Round 7: (5 sc, inc) x6 (42 sts)
- Round 8-13 (6 rnds): sc around (42 sts)
- Insert safety eyes between rnds 9-10, 4 stitches apart. Embroider a “v” shaped mouth using black embroidery thread on rnd 10, 1 stitch wide (tutorial here).
- Round 14: BLO, sc around (42 sts)
- Round 15: (5 sc, dec) x6 (36 sts)
- Round 16: (4 sc, dec) x6 (30 sts)
- Round 17: (3 sc, dec) x6 (24 sts)
- Round 18: (2 sc, dec) x6 (18 sts)
- Round 19: (sc, dec) x6 (12 sts)
- Round 20: dec x6 (6 sts)
- Finish off and weave in end.
RUFFLE BOTTOM (in white)
The ruffle bottom will be worked around rnd 14 of the body, which should have horizontal bars all around from the BLO stitches. Hold the body so that the top (rnd 1) is pointing towards you and the bottom (rnds 20) is pointing away from you.
Attach yarn, then shell stitch all around: sk two sts, work a dc stitch into the third st. Work four more dcs into the same st for a total of five sts. Sk the next two sts and sl st into the third st. Repeat all the way around. In the last shell stitch, skip 3 sts before and after the dc cluster to accommodate the two extra sts in the round.
Finish off and weave in the ends.
See the photo tutorial below (shown in non-plush yarn for clarity) on
how to do the shell stitch.
Your Chubby Ghost amigurumi is all done! I hope you enjoyed crocheting it and found the pattern helpful. I would love to see your finished amigurumi, so share a picture on Instagram with me by using the #littleworldofwhimsy and tagging me @littleworldofwhimsy.