Free Halloween Amigurumi Pattern –
My son started preschool this year and with Halloween being our favorite holiday, you know we’re going all out. If there is one thing I have learned through the years of crocheting, it’s that kids LOVE the amigurumi jellyfish. There’s something about those curly tentacles that children just can’t get enough of. My son loves grabbing one curly cue and swinging his jellyfish like a helicopter over his head.
Because of this, I knew I wanted to make some Halloween themed jellyfish for his classroom. I plan on packaging these in little treat bags with some candy and giving them out at his school’s Halloween party.
Halloween Themed Jellyfish
Here are the completed patterns for other themed jellyfish:
Mummy can be found here (free)
(More will be added as they are designed)
Size: Approximately 9.5″ from top of hat to bottom of longest tentacle.
Difficulty: Beginner +
This amigurumi uses basic stitches, mostly single crochet. At one point you will need to crochet in the front loops only. A familiarity with creating doll hair is beneficial but not required. I have detailed how to create the base of the hair with multiple pictures along the way.
This pattern is written in a way that assumes you know the basics of amigurumi. In some instances, I will go into detail on how to stuff the body parts and how to attach them. For the most part though, I have written this pattern with the assumption that you are familiar with these techniques. If not, here is a great video showing how to stuff amigurumi and how to sew amigurumi pieces together.
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Worsted Weight Yarn – in colors Aran , Orange , Green, Black
Crochet Hook – 3.25 mm Crochet Hook
Safety Eyes – 9 mm black safety eyes
Stuffing – Poly-fil
Sewing Needle – Yarn Needle
Optional: If you choose to embroider the face instead of using safety eyes then you will need black embroidery thread
Magic Circle – This pattern starts with a magic circle, alternatively you can chain 2 and create the first row of sc into that first chain. Find a tutorial on how to create a magic circle here.
Continuous Rounds –This pattern is worked in continuous rounds without joining (unless otherwise stated). I suggest using either a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to keep track of where one round ends and the next one begins.
Increases and decreases – When creating amigurumi it is best to make invisible increases and invisible decreases. I don’t specify this throughout the pattern in order to keep it more simple. But in general, it is best practice to always use invisible inc/dec. A tutorial showing you how to do these stitches can be found here.
Choosing a Color – This pattern uses the traditional witch scheme of black, orange and green. But feel free to play around with these colors. Instead of orange hair, try white. A dark purple to replace the black or even make the witch’s face green!
Stuff As You Go – Add stuffing to your amigurumi as you work throughout the pattern. There will be reminders throughout to stuff but it’s always best practice to stuff as you go. Make sure you are finished stuffing before working too many rows of decreasing stitches. Refer to the video linked above on how to stuff your amigurumi.
Safety Eyes – Remember that safety eyes are not recommended for any children under the age of three. So if you are creating this project for a young child or baby please embroider the face instead.
Tension – For amigurumi projects, it is best to keep your tension tight. This creates smaller stitches and prevents stuffing from showing through. If you crochet loosely, it may be best to go down a hook size.
Note: I do use a slightly bigger hook for this pattern than most do when making amigurumi. That’s because I plan on making several of these for my son’s class and using a smaller hook would have hurt my hands too much.
You are welcome to sell finished items made from this pattern. A credit to “Thoren’s Corner” as the designer is greatly appreciated, but not required. A link back to this post is even more loved! <3 You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own. Do not copy & paste this pattern. Do not use my photos to sell your completed work.
Aran – Body Color
Green – Accent Color
Orange – Hair Color
Black – Hat Color
With body color:
1. mr 6
2. (Inc) x6 
3. (Sc, inc) x6 
4. (2 sc, inc) x6 
5. (3 sc, inc) x6 
6. (4 sc, inc) x6 
7. (5 sc, inc) x6 
8-13. Sc in each stitch around 
14. (5 sc, dec) x6 
Insert eyes between rows 10 and 11, eight stitches apart
15. (4 sc, dec) x6 
Begin stuffing and embroider nose on row 12 between the two eyes. I went across three stitches with the body color multiple times to create the nose. A video showing how to embroider the nose can be found here.
16. (3 sc, dec) x6 
17. Sc in each stitch around 
Change to accent color to create the ruffles
18. 5 HDC in FLO in each stitch around to create ruffles. You should end up close to 120 HDC stitches but the count doesn’t matter as much, as long as you create that ruffle affect. Finish off and weave in ends.
In hat color
1. mr 5
2. inc, 4 sc
3. 1 sc, inc, 4 sc
4. 1 sc, inc, inc, 2 sc, dec
5. 2 sc, inc, 5 sc 
6. 3 sc, inc, inc, 3 sc, dec
7. 3 sc, inc, 6 sc
8. 4 sc, inc, inc, 4 sc, dec
9. 4 sc, inc, 7 sc
change to accent color
10. 5sc, inc, inc, 5 sc, dec
change to hat color
11. (inc) x15 
12. (sc, inc) x 15 
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
Pigtails (Make 4)
In hair color
1. ch 16
2. 3 sc in each stitch across until the end
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew later.
The witch’s hair is created by multiple chains going from the top of the head to the bottom, and then back up again.
To begin, we will first attach the hair color directly onto our doll. I wanted my witch to have a slight part so I attached my yarn about three stitches to the right of the center stitch.
Now, chain 15.
Insert your hook onto the bottom part of the head and make a slip knot into that stitch. This will connect the ch. 15 from the top of the head to the bottom. Then ch. 15 again and slip stitch it back into the top of the head. Ch. 15 again, slip stitch back into the bottom of the head. Continue to do this for the entire head.
I wanted pigtails for my witch, so just in real life, the hair will be pulled together at one spot on the head. You achieve this by bringing each of the chains down to the same point at the base of the head. Use the below photos as reference. The stitches attached at the top of the head will continue down a straight line until you reach the base of the neck. While the stitches attached at the bottom will cluster together towards the side, to give the illusion of the hair being pulled together. I attached the strands across 4 stitches at this cluster point, so you will have multiple strands in a single stitch at the bottom attachment point.
You won’t always need to ch. 15 for each strand, only the ones at the front of the head will need to be this long. As you work towards the back of the hair line you will chain less and less (because there is less distance between the starting point to the ending point at the base of the head). Below is a diagram showing how many I chained at each section of the head. This can vary for you based on your tension, yarn, and hook used. You don’t want your strands to be too loose or your body color will poke through and be visible.
So to summarize, the “top” strand will be attached to the crown of the head and move in a straight line to the base of the head. While the “bottom” strand will be attached to fewer stitches on the side of the head. This is where the pigtails will be connected to the head.
Once you complete the first section of hair, repeat and do the same for the second section. Since this section is smaller, to create a part in the hair, you won’t need to chain as many starting out. I started the smaller section by chaining 10, and then decreasing as needed.
Once you complete both sections you may notice that there is a small gap between the hair parts. To fix this, I ended at the base of the head and cut the yarn leaving a long tail. I then used that tail and weaved it back up the head in a zig zag motion bringing the hair line closer together, closing the gaps.
Now that you have the hair on the witch’s head complete, it’s time to attach the pigtails. Each side will get two pigtails each, attaching them side by side at the base of where the hair comes together. (Sorry, I forgot to get a photo of the pigtails before attaching the hat).
Stuff the hat slightly so it keeps it’s shape. I wanted my hat to be a little off to the side when I attached it to the head, but feel free to attach the hat wherever you prefer. It can be in the middle of the head or on the other side. Just make sure that you attach it through the base of the hat, where the first row of increases after the accent color is, and not at the brim. We want the brim to stick out a bit from the head as a hat would, so we do not want it to be sewn down flat.
Base and Tentacles
The base and tentacles are created as one piece to minimize the amount of sewing needed.
In hat color
1. mr 6
2. (Inc) x6 
3. (Sc, inc) x6 
4. Now we are going to start creating the row of tentacles. First, sc in the first stitch, then sc in the next, ch. 36 and put 3 sc in each chain until the end. Once at the end, slip stitch into the same stitch, sc into next stitch, sc into next stitch, ch. 36. 3 sc in each stitch until the end and then sl st into the same stitch, sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch. Repeat this until you have a total of 8 curly tentacles, ending with a sc in the last two stitches.
5. (2 sc, inc) x 6 
Be extra careful when doing this row as you will be crocheting into the stitch that contains the tentacles from the previous row.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
With accent color
1. Attach yarn to a stitch in row 3 between two tentacles.
2. ch. 36
3. (3 sc, sl st) until the end of the row
Weave in ends.
Note: I added the accent color after sewing my head and base together, but it’s easier if you add them before connecting the pieces . This way you can tie the yarn tails on the “inside” part of your base. They will be hidden inside the doll and this is easier than weaving them through the tentacle.
For this project I only wanted two accent tentacles so I attached one on the right side and one on the left. Feel free to add more if you prefer.
Attach Base to Head
Place the base and body together and sew along the base into the back loops of the head. Stuff the head more as you go. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
You are now done with your witchy jellyfish! She will make the perfect gift for a child’s Halloween bucket, to give out in treat bags, or even put a rattle box in her head to make a rattle for a baby’s first Halloween!
Create her friend the mummy! to complete the set.
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