Picture of Crochet Gandalf the Grey
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gandalf and smaug.JPG
In this instructable I will show you how to crochet Gandalf the Grey.   He has a staff that lights up and the bowl of his pipe glows in the dark.  My Gandalf is as was described in the book The Hobbit: old man with a staff. He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, a silver scarf over which a white beard hung down below his waist

This is before he found his sword, Glamdring and his staff is like the one he has in The Hobbit (movie) which looks slightly different from the one he has in LOTR.

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Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
Yarn (weigh 4): Embroidery thread:
  • Light grey (scarf)
  • Brown (belt)
  • Light brown (satchel strap)
  • Red (mouth)
  • 1.15mm and 2.25mm crochet hooks
  • Yarn needles
  • 5mm doll eyes and small piece of blue felt
  • Iridescent thread (scarf)
  • small piece of fabric or felt (satchel)
  • Small white stone or bead (staff)
  • 5mm white LED
  • 3V button battery
  • Wire
  • Push switch
  • Straw, tape and brown paint
  • Clay and wire
I used the 2.25mm crochet hook for everything except the belt and satchel strap in step 9 where I used the 1.15mm hook.
Here is the nomenclature that I used for the crochet pattern (these are US stitches see link for conversion to UK):

            Rnd         round
            ch(s)       chain stitch(s)
            sc            single crochet
            fp            front post
            hdc          half double crochet
            bp           back post
            sl st         slip stitch
            st(s)        stitch(s)
            sc2tog    decrease by crocheting 2 stitches together

Step 2: Gandalf's head

Picture of Gandalf's head
finished head.JPG

With off-white yarn.
Rnd 1: Magic Circle 6
Rnd 2: 2sc in each (12sts)
Rnd 3: 2sc in first sc, sc in next, repeat (18sts)
Rnd 4-8: sc in sc (18sts)
Rnd 9: sc2tog in first, sc in next, repeat (12sts). Stuff head.
Rnd 10: sc2tog in each
Fasten off. Leave tail.
abarskiy1 year ago
only one word for this.... BRILLIANT !!!!!
ChrysN (author)  abarskiy1 year ago
Kuronue1 year ago
This is just fantastic. Thank you for the detailed and clear explanation about which stitches you used and how to tie everything together. (And the warning about fitting the clothes - it didn't even occur to me that would be a problem 'til you said something.) I can't wait to try this out!
ChrysN (author)  Kuronue1 year ago
sunshiine1 year ago
He is so cute! I need to learn this craft! thanks for sharing!
ChrysN (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks Sunshiine! I really enjoy crochet and it is easy to learn, you should give it a try.
AmyCat591 year ago
Squeee! SO cute!
ironsmiter1 year ago
Gheesh, first the balrog, and now Smaug(is he a variation of "dragon eating Icecream?) shall not pass?
What does that wizard have against fire breathers anyhow?

Awesomeness all around.
With that pattern, now I know what to be for holloween!
("Dear, will you please crochet my life-size amigurumi Gandolf costume too, while you're making this? Please?")
ChrysN (author)  ironsmiter1 year ago

A life-size Amigurumi Gandalf costume for Halloween -better get started now!
Super Cute :) I love every detail.
ChrysN (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
canida1 year ago

Looks like you've got a theme going. Who/what is next?
That is so awesome! I just love the hat and the hair and the beard!
ChrysN (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks, I was lucky to find the right yarn for the hair and beard.
iceng1 year ago
Very Cool Wizard and lit staff including the LED ( Crystal ) encasement.