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Spookles The Ghost
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Spookles The Ghost is a fun project that can be used as a wall or door hanging. I combined it with this really cool Welcome sign I made last Spring for the Pompom Bunny Welcome Sign decoration.
I love many different crafts and especially love when I can combine them into the same project or even better, when I can use projects in multiple ways! I made this wood Welcome sign with my Cricut Maker. I designed it to be used with different seasonal wall hangings so that I could easily spruce up my door (or wall) throughout the year by simply swapping out the hanging piece — Spookles The Ghost is the first swap out!
You will find the template and can see how I made the wood sign HERE but if you don’t have a Cricut Maker, no worries, you could always paint the lettering freehand and can still add this cute ghost to it!
Spookles The Ghost
Size: Approximately 13” wide; 18” tall (without fringe)
- Made with #4 worsted weight yarn, I used Red Heart Super Saver (364 yards per skein)
- White – 1 skein
- Orange – 75 yards
- Green -100 yards
- Black (for mouth) – 12”
- ¾” buttons – 2
- Poly FIL for stuffing head and pumpkin
- Hook US H/5.00mm
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch Marker (optional)
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Gauge: Gauge is not important for this pattern
Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl – slip
st(s) – stitch(es)
tog – together
- Beginning ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
- Number in ( ) at end of round indicates the number of stitches in that round.
- When a stitch is followed by a number, you will work that stitch in the number of stitches indicated. Example: hdc 3 means work a hdc in each of the next 3 stitches.
- When a stitch is preceded by a number, you will work that number of stitches in the next stitch. Example: 3hdc means work 3 hdc in the next stitch.
- Weave ends as you work.
The body of the ghost is worked in a spiral (do not join rounds). To keep track, I like to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round and move it up as I complete each round.
Body (worked in white):
Round 1: Start with a Magic Circle, work 4 hdc in center of circle. (4)
Round 2: [2hdc, hdc 1] 2 times. (6)
Round 3: [2hdc, hdc 1] 3 times. (9)
Round 4: 2hdc in each st. (18)
Round 5: Hdc 1 in each st. (18)
Round 6: [2hdc, hdc 1] to end. (27)
Round 7: Hdc 1 in each st. (27)
Round 8: [2hdc, hdc 2] to end. (36)
Round 9: Hdc 1 in each st. (36)
Round 10: [2hdc, hdc 3] to end. (45)
Round 11: Hdc 1 in each st. (45)
Round 12: [2hdc, hdc 4] to end. (54)
Round 13: Hdc 1 in each st. (54)
Round 14: [Hdc2tog, hdc 4] to end. (45)
Round 15: [Hdc2tog, hdc 3] to end. (36)
Round 16: Hdc 1 in each st. (36)
Round 17: [Hdc2tog, hdc 2] to end. (27)
Round 18: Hdc 1 in each st. (27)
Round 19: [Hdc2tog, hdc 1] to end. (18)
Rounds 20 & 21: Hdc 1 in each st. (18)
Round 22: 2hdc in each st. (36)
Round 23: [3hdc, hdc 17] to end. (40)
Round 24: [3hdc, hdc 19] to end. (44)
Round 25: [3hdc, hdc 21] to end. (48)
Round 26: [3hdc, hdc 23] to end. (52)
Round 27: [3hdc, hdc 12] to end. (60)
Round 28: [2hdc, hdc 9] to end. (66)
Rounds 29 to 32: Hdc 1 in each st. (66)
Round 33: [2hdc, hdc 10] to end. (72)
Rounds 34 to 36: Hdc 1 in each st. (72)
Round 37: [2hdc, hdc 11] to end. (78)
Rounds 38 & 39: Hdc 1 in each st. (78)
Round 40: [2hdc, hdc 12] to end. (84)
Rounds 41 & 42: Hdc 1 in each st. (84)
Round 43: [2hdc, hdc 13] to end. (90)
Round 44: Hdc 1 in each st. (90)
Round 45: Hdc 1 in each st, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off. (90)
Arms (worked in white) – make 2:
Round 1: Start with a Magic Circle, work 7 hdc in center of circle. (7)
Round 2: 2hdc in each st. (14)
Round 3: Hdc 1 in each st. (14)
Rounds 4 to 13: Repeat Round 3. (14)
Round 14: Repeat Round 3, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off leaving a 12” tail.
Pumpkin (worked in orange):
The pumpkin is worked flat with loops at the end of each row. The flat piece is seamed and a piece of yarn is woven through the loops on either end to close them tightly.
Row 1: Ch5, join with sl st in first ch (first loop made), ch17, sc in 5th ch from hook (second loop made) and each remaining sc to first loop.
Row 2: Ch5, turn, working in back loop only sc in each st to end.
Rows 3 to 32: Repeat Row 2.
Join Ends: Place two short ends together, lining up stitches, working through back loop only of each side, sl st across each sc to end. Fasten off.
Step 1: Cut a piece of yarn approximately 12”, using the tapestry needle, weave the yarn in and out of each loop on the end, pull tightly to close off hole and secure in place. Weave in ends.
Step 2: Stuff pumpkin lightly with Poly FIL.
Step 3: Repeat Step 1 on open end.
Step 4: Using the tapestry needle, flatten the pumpkin a bit and tack it in center to hold shape.
Curls (worked in green):
For top of pumpkin make 3 as follows:
Ch15, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3sc in next 4 chs, 3hdc in next 6 chs, 3dc in each ch to end. Fasten off leaving a 7” tail.
Tie the three curls together and secure to top of pumpkin.
Ch15, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3sc in next 4 chs, 3hdc in next 6 chs, 3dc in each ch to end;
Ch 45, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3sc in next 4 chs, 3hdc in next 6 chs, 3dc in next 3 sts;
Sc in each ch to next curl. Fasten off.
Step 1: Sew buttons in place for eyes and with black yarn, sew short straight stitches for the mouth.
Step 2: Lay ghost flat, lay arms in place as shown in photo and sew in place at the sides. Tack the hands together.
Step 3: Stuff head lightly with Poly FIL to form a nice shape. Place a stitch from front to back at center of neck to hold FIL in place.
Step 4: Sew pumpkin in place over the hands.
Step 5: Tie the necktie around the neck.
Cut pieces of yarn desired length (I cut mine 7”), holding two pieces of yarn together, fold them in half, insert the folded half around a stitch in the last round of the ghost and pull the loose ends through the loop. Pull ends tightly to secure in place.
Repeat every other stitch.
For a spooky look, take a pin or needle and fray the fringe.
I hung my Spookles The Ghost on a welcome sign to use as a door decoration. To do this I added a small yarn loop on the back, top of the head to hang the ghost and I made a long chain using 4 strands of yarn together to use as the hanger for the sign.
You can find the instructions for the wooden WELCOME sign HERE.
You will need the following materials:
- Small piece of wood (common board is fine), mine was a 12″ piece of 1″ x 4″ pine board
- Chop saw to cut wood or you can have your home improvement store cut it for you
- Hammer & wire brush for distressing (optional)
- 120 grit sandpaper
- Super fine steel wool
- 2 black tea cup hooks for hanging
- Minwax Dark Walnut wood stain plus sponge brush for application
- White chalk paint plus sponge brush for application
- Minwax Polyurethane or Polycrylic for weather proofing (optional)
- Cricut Maker or other cutting machine (you can also do this freehand if you like)
- Cricut vinyl for lettering template and transfer paper to move the template over
I hope you enjoyed this multi-craft project and will make your own!
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