5 Little Monsters: Crocheted Halloween Witch

Friday, September 30, 2016

Crocheted Halloween Witch

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I have been working on a lot of Halloween themed projects lately and today's project is one of them. This little stuffed, crocheted witch is about 9" tall, which is a little bigger than I had originally pictured when I came up with the idea but I think it turned out to be a good size for setting out as a decoration or for playing with. My 8 year old daughter has already claimed this one for herself.



I decided to make the bottom part of her body black and purple stripes to kind of represent striped socks since she doesn't actually have legs. The top half is solid black and I added a little skirt around her waist. I gave her green skin to make her look a little more witchy. I planned to give her black hair but I ran out of black yarn and before running to the store to buy more I decided to try out orange to see how it would look. Honestly, I was kind of glad because it turns out that I liked the contrast of the orange hair against the black dress and hat better than I like the black hair. I gave her a nose by making a little bobble stitch on her face, then I added some safety eyes and an embroidered mouth. I added some weight to the base to help her stand up by filling a little fabric pouch with Poly-Pellets and sticking it in the bottom before stuffing. The head and body are crocheted in one piece and the arms and hat are sewn on separately.


How to Crochet a Halloween Witch

Finished Size approx. 9" tall

You will need:

  • worsted weight yarn in black, purple, orange, and green (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Black, Amethyst, Pumpkin, and Guava)
  • G crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • Poly-Fil Fiberfill
  • Poly-Pellets
  • scrap of fabric 10" square
  • needle and thread
  • 8 mm black safety eyes

Instructions:


First make the weighted pouch that you will put in the base of the witch. Take your fabric and cut a circle that is about 9-10" in diameter. With your needle and thread stitch a running stitch all the way around the circle. Pull the thread so that the sides scrunch up to make a bowl shape. Fill with Poly-Pellets. Pull thread to close and stitch to secure. Set aside.

Next you will make the witch's body.

The body is made by working in the round in a spiral, you do not need to join rounds. Begin with a magic ring. To switch colors when you make the last stitch of the round before you start a new color start the stitch as normal but when you yarn over to pull through at the end pull through the new color and you will be ready to work the next round with the new color. When working the stripes on the first half of the body do not cut your yarn after each color change, just carry it up the inside of the body. 

Round 1: with black yarn in mr, ch1, 6 sc (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch, switch to purple in last stitch  (12 sc)
Round 3: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next] repeat around, switch to black in last stitch (18 sc)
Round 4: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches] repeat around, switch to purple in last stitch (24 sc)
Round 5: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3 stitches] repeat around, switch to black in last stitch (30 sc)
Round 6: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4 stitches] repeat around, switch to purple in last stitch (36 sc)
Round 7: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 5 stitches] repeat around, switch to black in last stitch (42 sc)
Round 8: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 6 stitches] repeat around, switch to purple in last stitch (48 sc)
Round 9: sc in each stitch around, switch to black in last stitch (48 sc)
Round 10: sc in each stitch around, switch to purple in last stitch (48 sc)
Round 11: sc in each stitch around, switch to black in last stitch (48 sc)
Round 12: sc in each stitch around, switch to purple in last stitch (48 sc)
Round 13: sc in each stitch around, switch to black in last stitch, cut purple yarn (48 sc)
Round 14: sc in each stitch (48 sc)
Round 15: sc in blo of each stitch (you will work in the front loops later when you add the skirt) (48 sc)
Round 16: sc in each stitch (48 sc)
Round 17: [sc2tog, sc in next 6] repeat around (42 sc)
Round 18: sc in each stitch (42 sc)
Round 19: [sc2tog, sc in next 5] repeat around (36 sc)

add weighted pouch to the base of the witch and begin stuffing, continue stuffing as you work

Round 20: [sc2tog, sc in next 4] repeat around (30 sc)
Round 21: sc in each stitch (30 sc)
Round 22: [sc2tog, sc in next 3] repeat around  (24 sc)
Round 23: sc2tog around, switch to green yarn, cut black yarn (12 sc)
Round 24: 2 sc in each stitch (24 sc)
Round 25: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3 stitches] repeat around (30 sc)
Round 26: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4 stitches] repeat around (36 sc)
Round 27: sc in each stitch (36 sc)
Round 28: sc in first 18 stitches, 3 dc cluster in next stitch, sc in next 17 stitches (35 sc, 1 dc cluster)
Round 29-31: sc in each stitch (36 sc)

add safety eyes a couple of rows above the nose

Round 32: [sc2tog, sc in next 4] repeat around (30 sc)
Round 33: [sc2tog, sc in next 3] repeat around  (24 sc)
Round 34: [sc2tog, sc in next 2] repeat around (18 sc)
Round 35: [sc2tog, sc in next stitch] repeat around (12 sc)
Round 36: sc2tog around (6 sc)
finish off, cut yarn, weave in end, embroider mouth on face


Add the skirt to the body

With the black yarn begin working in the front loops left in round 15.

Round 1: join yarn in any stitch, ch 3, dc in same stitch, [2 dc in first stitch, dc in next stitch] repeat around, slip stitch to ch 3 to join (72 dc)
Round 2: ch 1, sc in same stitch, skip 1, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 1, [sc in next stitch, skip 1, sc, skip 1, 5 dc in next stitch, skip 1] join to first sc
finish off, cut yarn, weave in end


Add the hair

Cut several pieces of orange yarn about 10" long. Add the hair around the head by folding a strand in half, insert your hook through one of the stitches on the head and pull the folded end through. Pull the cut end through the loop and pull to tighten. Continue adding stands all the way around the head. The top of the head will be covered by the hat so you don't have to fill it all in.


Make the hat

With black yarn, begin with magic ring

Round 1: ch 1, 4 sc (4 sc)
Round 2: [2 sc, sc] repeat (6 sc)
Round 3: [2 sc, sc in next 2] repeat (8 sc)
Round 4: [2 sc, sc in next 3] repeat (10 sc)
Round 5: [2 sc, sc in next 4] repeat (12 sc)
Round 6: [2 sc, sc in next 5] repeat (14 sc)
Round 7: [2 sc, sc in next 6] repeat (16 sc)
Round 8: [2 sc, sc in next 7] repeat (18 sc)
Round 9: [2 sc, sc in next 8] repeat (20 sc)
Round 10: [2 sc, sc in next 9] repeat (22 sc)
Round 11: [2 sc, sc in next 10] repeat (24 sc)
Round 12: [2 sc, sc in next 11] repeat (26 sc)
Round 13: work in front loop only, 2 sc in each stitch around (52 sc)
Round 14: sc in each stitch around (52 sc)
finish off and cut yarn leaving long tail for sewing

Hat band

ch 26, join in circle, slip stitch in each ch around

slip over the hat and pull the tails through to the inside of the hat. Tie the tails in a knot to secure. Add a little bit of stuffing inside of the hat and sew to the top of the witch's head.


Make the arms

Make 2, starting with green yarn and magic ring

Round 1: ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)
Round 3: 1 sc in each stitch, switch to black yarn, cut green yarn (12 sc)
Round 4-11: 1 sc in each stitch (12 sc)
finish off and cut yarn leaving long tail for sewing, sew an arm on each side of the body


The last step is to enjoy your new little Halloween Witch.


You may also be interested in these other Halloween or Fall patterns:
Crocheted Pumpkins

Crocheted Ghost

Jack o' Lantern
Black Cat



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1 comment :

  1. This witch is adorable! She looks friendly which is perfect for Halloween with little kids. (Mine are 6 and 2, so we're are NOT fans of super scary stuff.) ;-)

    I'd love to have you share at my weekly Yarn Fanatic Party! This week's party can be found here: http://www.thephilosopherswife.net/2016/10/yarn-fanatic-party-63.html

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