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I have said it a many times, I’m not much of a holiday person. I just don’t get too excited about them. My favorite holidays, however, are the Fall ones. Halloween and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is all about being with family and eating (2 of the best things ever)! Halloween is all about dressing up in fun costumes and getting candy! I also love both of those things! More in the making costumes than wearing them but still.
I still plan to make costumes this year for my boys, even if we don’t really get to wear them anywhere. Adding some fun Halloween décor seemed like another way to get into the spirit.
This Ghost Pillow is one of three that I designed all with the same basic shape so they go together well. You can find the patterns for the Headstone and Monster Pillows on the site too. OR you can go for the Bundle PDF that comes with extra graph designs and all the details you need!
I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern and that I’ve made it easy enough to follow. If you have any questions you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org OR through the contact page on the site. I’d also love to see your finished creations! Connect with me on Facebook or Instagram!
A couple of disclaimers: This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are welcome to use the pattern to make and sell products, to keep for yourself, or to give away as gifts. I would appreciate receiving credit and a link back to the site. Please do not republish or distribute the pattern in any way, or use my photos in your listings.
- Big Twist Value Yarn, Medium Worsted Weight 4 (100% Acrylic, 371 yds, 6 oz) White, 1 skein- approx 250 yds; Black, approx 10 yds
- G/6 4.25mm hook
- Polyfil stuffing
Stitches/Terminology Used (US):
- FSC- Foundation Single Crochet
- Sl st- Slip Stitch
- Ch- Chain
- St(s)- Stitch(es)
- SC- Single Crochet
- BPSC- Back Post Single Crochet
- Skip- Skip next stitch
- Please read through the pattern in its entirety before beginning.
- The graphs are located at the very bottom of the PDF. They are full pages so they are easy to print off or view from a mobile device. There is also a thumbnail page so you can see the designs all at once.
- This pattern will have 2 pieces. They will each consist of a front panel with some side rounds. You will cross stitch your image onto one of the panels.
- I did my design in cross stitch, you can also do this as a graph with color changes as you go. I really enjoy the process of cross stitch and the look of the result but if you prefer to do the color changing go for it. I’ve included the graph for you to be able to follow.
- If you need extra instruction on cross stitching, you can find my tutorial HERE.
- If you choose to crochet the graph as you go, you will follow the graph from the bottom up, right to left, then left to right for the next row and so on. You don’t have to keep the back side very tidy as it will be hidden. But keep in mind a dark color is more likely to show up behind a lighter color.
- Panels are worked in rows. Each row will end with a Ch 1 and turn. Chains do NOT count as stitches throughout.
- The sides are worked in joined and turned rounds.
- Gauge for this project is not important. You want to make sure that your stitches are consistent and even though so that you have a good base for your cross stitching and that your stuffing doesn’t show through. My pillow came out to be about 10” wide x 12” tall x 4” deep.
1) FSC 35 OR Ch 36, starting in 2nd from hook, SC in each across. (35)
2-33) SC in each st across. (35)
34) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 31, Skip next st, SC in last. (33)
35) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 29, Skip next st, SC in last. (31)
36) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 27, Skip next st, SC in last. (29)
37) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 25, Skip next st, SC in last. (27)
38) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 23, Skip next st, SC in last. (25)
39) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 21, Skip next st, SC in last. (23)
40) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 19, Skip next st, SC in last. (21)
41) SC, Skip next st, SC in next 17, Skip next st, SC in last. (19)
42) SC, Skip next st, SC in next, Skip next st, SC in next 11, Skip next st, SC in next, Skip next st, SC in last. (15)
43) SC, Skip next st, SC in next, Skip next st, SC in next 7, Skip next st, SC in next, Skip next st, SC in last. (11)
Do NOT finish off. Continue to Sides.
This section will be worked in joined and turned rounds. I chose to turn the rounds so that the sides blend in more with the front and back of the pillow. You can do this in continuous rounds if you prefer but the look will be slightly different.
Continuing from Row 43-
1) Ch 1, Continue to SC around the edges, Place an extra SC in each of the bottom corners. Join with a sl st to the first SC of the edging.
The count for your edging doesn’t have to be exact but you should be placing about one stitch per row down the sides and one per stitch across the top and bottom. That should be about 132, with the extras in each bottom corner. If yours is off by a little don’t worry as long as you’ve kept the spacing even. Just carry this number through your edging and repeat on the other panel.
2-5) Ch 1, turn. SC in each st around. Join with a sl st to the first SC of the round.
Finish off Panel 1, weave in ends. You will continue off of Panel 2 to join the 2 together.
After finishing Panel 1, you may want to go ahead and cross stitch your design before crocheting Panel 2. That way, you can continue to join them right away when that second panel is finished. Or you can just set Panel 2 aside with your yarn still attached.
Continuing from Panel 2 you will join the two panels. I chose to do this with a SC round going through both panels. You want the “right side” of your SC joining round to be facing the front of your ghost so when you put your pieces together you will be going through Panel 1 first and then through Panel 2.
Continuing from Round 5 of the side, Ch 1, Insert hook through the front panel at the stitch that lines up with where your join is and through the first stitch of your side round, work a SC through both layers at the same time. Continue around the side. Stop about 4 inches from the end and stuff your pillow as firmly as you like. The more you stuff it the rounder the pillow will get. You want to give it enough filling that the shape holds but not so much that it becomes distorted. Once your pillow is stuffed, finish SC around. Join with a sl st to the first of the round. Finish off, weave in your ends.
Below you will find the graphed design for your Ghost face! You can also leave the mouth off and only do the eyes for another option. If you would like even more choices for designs you can check out the ad-free PDF download, there are 3 different faces PLUS a blank graph where you could create your own too!
If you need help with the cross stitch process you can check out my post on it HERE. You will also get all the cross stitch help included with the Ad-Free PDF version of the pattern which is available on Ravelry or ETSY.
– Black, or the color you choose for your design
– This is the base color for your ghost. I used White, your choice may vary.
– These are NOT part of your design. These are unused boxes of the graph.
And there you go! A plush Ghost pillow that’s not too spooky but still fits the season. If you would like to add more to your décor options check out the rest of the Spooky Halloween Pillow set!