Free Pattern – Ghostly Garland

Spooky, or cute? Whichever your Halloween decorating style, these little ghosts will fit right in! Make this Ghostly Garland in any size, with any weight of yarn. Decorate a staircase, mantle or wall with a long garland, or make just the ghosts to hang individually. A video tutorial is included below!

Ghostly Garland - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n

The Ghostly Garland was designed for the 2018 Halloween Crochet Along hosted by Underground Crafter and Oombawka Design Crochet. Visit the main 2018 Halloween Crochet Along post for more information on the event, links to the patterns, and instructions for entering the giveaway.

Halloween Crochet Along on Underground Crafter

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  • Worsted weight yarn – about 50 yds per ghost.  (See Size and Gauge for information on using other size yarns)
  • Size H / 5 mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiber fill (enough to stuff the heads as desired)


Skill Level:

Intermediate – increases, decreases, picots.


Each ghost is roughly 6 to 6.5 inches tall.  The 3-ghost garland is about 24 inches long (6 inches long per ghost, plus an extra 6 inches). You can make more or fewer ghosts for a longer or shorter garland. You can also use any size yarn or thread that you like, but the size of your ghost and the yardage needed will vary accordingly.


Exact gauge is not critical. Use any size hook that you are comfortable with, as long as the stitches are tight enough for the head so that stuffing won’t fall out.

Abbreviations used:

(Pattern is written in US terms)

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • inc = invisible increase (see Special Stitches)
  • dec = invisible decrease (see Special Stitches)
  • sp = space
  • ch sp = chain space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)

Special Stitches:

Invisible increase (inc): Sc in back loop only of indicated st, then sc in both loops of same stitch.

Invisible decrease (dec): Insert hook into front loop only of both of next 2 stitches, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.

insert hook - invisible decrease - StitchesnScraps.comdraw up loop - invisible decrease - Finished decrease - invisible decrease -

This is an alternative to a single crochet 2 together (sc2tog) stitch. If you prefer, you can use the standard sc2tog instead.

Picot: Ch 3, sl st in top of the previous stitch you made.

method 1 slip stitch - Picots 2 Ways Tutorial on


(Scroll down for video tutorial)

Ghost (make as many as desired)

Leave an 8 inch starting tail.


Ch 6, join with sl st to form a circle.


Entire ghost is worked on the right side, do not turn your work. Head is worked in continuous rounds. Mark the first stitch of each round, and do not join at the end of the round.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in same ch where you joined for loop. (6 sc)

Fold loop forward so you can continue to work around it.

Start of Rnd 2 - Ghostly Garland - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: (Inc in next st, sc in next st) around. (18 sc)

Round 3 - Ghostly Garland - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n

Rnds 4-7: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 8: (Dec, sc in next st) around. (12 sts)

Rnd 9: Dec in each st around. (6 sts)


Rnd 10: Inc in each st around, join with sl st to first st of round. (12 sc)

Rnd 11: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in first st, (ch 1, sk next st, 3 dc in next st, ch 2, 3 dc in next st) 3 times, ch 1, sk next st, 3dc in next st, ch 2, join with sl st to first st. (24 dc, 4 ch-2 sps, 4 ch-1 sps)

Remainder of body, is a classic granny square. Work only into ch-sps, skipping any stitches. You can remove your stitch marker now if you like. 

Rnd 12: Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp (the last one before the join), *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * twice more, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in starting ch-2 sp, ch 2, join with sl st to first st.  (36 dc, 8 ch-1 sps, 4 ch-2 sps)

Rnds 13-15: Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across to next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * twice more, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) across, 3 dc in starting ch-2 sp, ch 2, join with sl st to first st. (72 dc, 20 ch-1 sps, 4 ch-2 sps).


Rnd 16: Ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *(sk next st, sl st in next st, sk next st, 5 dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times, sk next st, sl st in next st, sk next st, **(4 dc, picot, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * around, eding at** on last repeat, (4 dc, picot) in starting ch-2 sp, join with sl st to first st, fasten off.

  • Stuff head. Make sure starting tail sticks out through the stuffing at the neck, on the inside of your work. Loop should be sticking up on top of the head.
  • Using starting tail, sew neck closed.
  • Weave in both tails.


  • Ch 4, join with sl st to form a circle (loop made), (ch 20, sl st into a loop from a ghost) until all ghosts are attached, ch 24, sl st in 4th ch from hook (loop made).
  • Fasten off, weave in all ends, hang as desired, using the loops.


Ghostly Garland - a free crochet pattern on Stitches n

Ghostly Garland – Video Tutorial:



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    • Pia Thadani

      Thanks! I sent you an email in reply to your question 🙂

      Basically, yes, I’d love for you to teach classes with my patterns! I only ask that each student access the pattern individually (free or paid version), rather than one person making copies for everyone.

  • Alexandra

    These little ghosts are absolutely adorable! Love that they are strung to be garland. Would also be perfect around a Halloween themed tree. Pinned.

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