Friday, September 14, 2012

Free Pattern: Halloween decoration

Crochet Plarn Ghost

You could make these little guys out of yarn, but why not re-purpose some plastic grocery bags and have some fun Halloween decorations? The best part is, there is absolutely no waste with this project!
Adjust the size of your project by adding or subtracting an even amount of stitches and rows. Example: If you increase the number of stitches in a row by 5, then you will add 5 rows. 
The ghost shown here is 13 inches corner to corner.
Unfolded square is 10 inches by 10 inches.

Skill level:
Beginner

Materials:
About 8 plastic grocery bags cut into plarn about 1 1/2 inches wide
Scraps from cutting bags
Crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Permanent markers

Stitches Used:
Chain, slip stitch, single crochet

Gauge:
(not important) 12 stitches and 12 rows in 4 inches with hook size I/9.

Note:
If you are unfamiliar with plarn, see here:
http://crochetistheway.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-09-14T18:57:00-04:00&max-results=1

Directions:
Chain 26. Or begin row 1 with 25 Foundation Single crochet.

Row 1:
Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (25 sc)

Row 2:
Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3-25 :
Repeat row 2.
Bind off.

Edging:
Join plarn in any corner sp. Ch 2. *1 sc in next sp, ch 1*. Repeat from  * to * around all 4 sides of square. Join with a sl st in 1st ch of beg ch-2. Weave in ends.



Finishing:
Stuff plarn scraps in the middle to make a ball.  Fold square corner to corner. 
















Thread plarn on tapestry needle. Sew closed around ball. 



Using permanent marker, draw eyes and a mouth. With hook, join plarn in top center of ball. Ch 8. Join with a slip stitch. Fold corners upwards, or leave as they are.

Abbreviations used:
Ch- chain
Sl St- slip stitch
Sc- single crochet 
Sp- space



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