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Pac-Man and his ghosts!  This started as a project to just crochet Pac-Man.  Then this expanded to making the ghosts, then to making the ghosts with movable eyes, and lastly to adding in covers to make the ghosts switch to dark blue.  I am most pleased with how the ghosts turned out.  Hope you enjoy!


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Step 1: Making Pac-Man

Pac-Man is really simple.  The main body is Yellow and his mouth is Black.

Body: (in Yellow)
  1. Magic Ring 5, ch 1, turn (I tried to do this with just chaining 2 and then crocheting 5 sc. into the second st. from the end, but this caused a big hole to show so I think a magic ring works better because it makes the stitches tighter)
  2. Skip first st., Inc across (10) ch. 1, turn
  3. Skip first st., [Sc. in next st., inc. in next] Repeat (15) ch. 1, turn
  4. Skip first st., [Sc. in next 2 sts., inc. in next] Repeat (20) ch. 1, turn
  5. Skip first st., [Sc. in next 3 sts., inc. in next] Repeat (25) ch. 1, turn
  6. Skip first st., [Sc. in next 4 sts., inc. in next] Repeat (30) ch. 1, turn
  7. Skip first st., [Sc. in next 5 sts., inc. in next] Repeat (35) ch. 1, turn
  8. Skip first st., [Sc. in next 6 sts., inc. in next] Repeat (40) ch. 1, turn 
  9. Skip first st., [Sc. in next 7 sts., inc. in next] Repeat (45) ch. 1, turn (It might help later to keep a marker here)
  10. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn
  11. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn
  12. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn
  13. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn
  14. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn
  15. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn
  16. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn
  17. Sc. across (45) ch. 1, turn (It might help later to keep a marker here)
  18. Skip first st., [sc. in next 7 sts., dec.] Repeat (40) ch. 1, turn
  19. Skip first st., [sc. in next 6 sts., dec.] Repeat (35) ch. 1, turn
  20. Skip first st., [sc. in next 5 sts., dec.] Repeat (30) ch. 1, turn
  21. Skip first st., [sc. in next 4 sts., dec.] Repeat (25) ch. 1, turn
  22. Skip first st., [sc. in next 3 sts., dec.] Repeat (20) ch. 1, turn
  23. Skip first st., [sc. in next 2 sts., dec.] Repeat (15) ch. 1, turn
  24. Skip first st., [sc. in next st., dec.] Repeat (10) ch. 1, turn
  25. Skip first st., dec. (5) slip stitch closed and tie off
Mouth: (in Black)
  1. Chain 8, turn
  2. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  3. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  4. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  5. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  6. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  7. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  8. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  9. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  10. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  11. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  12. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  13. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  14. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  15. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  16. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  17. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  18. Sc. across (7) ch. 1, turn
  19. Sc. across (7), tie off
You will have to decide how long the mouth piece needs to be based on how big your Pac-Man's body ends up being.

To attach the mouth on the body, start at one corner of the black piece and one corner of Pac Man's mouth.  I single crocheted around with yellow yarn.  If you marked where you stopped increasing and started decreasing you should be able to match up the corners of the black piece easily to the corners of his mouth.  To make it easier and make sure the piece attaches evenly, use paperclips to hold the mouth to his body.  It will look like he has many lip piercings.

I put in some stuffing when I started to make it easier to grab him and then finished stuffing him before I finished crocheting him up.

Step 2: Ghosts

I really like crocheting the ghosts.  Especially the little ghost feet!  You will need your Pink, Turquoise, Red, and yellowish Tan color yarns.

Body:
  1. Magic Ring 6
  2. Inc. around (12)
  3. Sc. in first st., inc. Repeat (18)
  4. Sc. in first 2 sts., inc. Repeat (24)
  5. Sc. in first 5 sts., inc. Repeat (28)
  6. Sc. in first 6 sts., inc. Repeat (32)
  7. Sc. in first 7 sts., inc. Repeat (36)
  8. Sc. around (36)
  9. Sc. around (36)
  10. Sc. around (36)
  11. Sc. around (36)
  12. Sc. around (36)
  13. Sc. around (36)
  14. Sc. around (36)
  15. Sc. around (36)
  16. Sc. around (36)
  17. Sc. around (36)
  18. [sl. st., sc., inc. dc., inc. dc., sc., sl. st.] Repeat (48)
  19. [sl. st., sl. st., sc., inc. dc., inc. dc., sc., sl. st., sl. st.] Repeat (60) tie off
Ghost's Bottom:
  1. Magic Ring 6
  2. Inc. around (12)
  3. Sc. in first st., inc. Repeat (18)
  4. Sc. in first 2 sts., inc. Repeat (24)
  5. Sc. in first 3 sts., inc. Repeat (30)
  6. Sc. in first 4 sts., inc. Repeat (36) sl. st. closed and leave a tail to use to sew to body

Step 3: Ghost Eyes and Putting Them Together

Eyes:
  • Cut out 8 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch square pieces of black felt
  • Cut out white circles about 1 1/4 inch in diameter (I used a botton as a guide) (Picture 4)
  • Put a dab of hot glue on the head of the brad and stick it to the center of the back square.  Do this for all of the back pieces.  Hot glue is the best because it dries fast (Picture 5)
  • Fold over and glue the four corners of the black square. (Picture 6)
  • Fold over and glue the four corners you just created by folding over the other corners.  Be very careful.  I dabbed on a bit of hot glue and let it cool a bit, then pushed it down and held it with your finger, but you should of course not do this because you will burn yourself (Picture 7)
  • Take one of your circles and cut out an "X" off to the side but not too close to the edge
  • Stick the brad through the hole and you have your eye (Picture 9)
  • I lined up the black brad with one of the front feet and went down about 8 rows.  Make sure you like up the black brads together or the eyes will look odd (Picture11)
  • Bend the back of the brads inside the body, but not right next to the body. (Picture 12)  You want there to be a little room so you can move the white part of the eye.
Sewing Ghost Together:

Sew the circle to the bottom of the ghost.  Not counting row 19, count up 3 rows and sew the circle to that row only sewing to the inside of the stitches so they cannot be seen from the outside of the ghost.  I lined up the points of the circle (since it is more of a hexagon with the dips of the ghost feet (Pictures 18 - 21).  It helped to turn the ghost feet out as in Pictures 22 and 23.  Don't forget to stuff the ghosts.

Pictures 13 - 17 show how you can move around the white part of the eye to make the ghost look in any direction.

Step 4: Blue Ghost Cover

You need the dark blue yarn for the ghost cover.  It is pretty much the same as the ghost except you expand to 42 stitches around, you crochet 3 extra rows of 42, and you add an extra double crochet (dc) to the center of each foot in each foot row.


Blue Ghost:
  1. Magic Ring 6
  2. Inc. around (12)
  3. Sc. in first st., inc. Repeat (18)
  4. Sc. in first 2 sts., inc. Repeat (24)
  5. Sc. in first 5 sts., inc. Repeat (28)
  6. Sc. in first 6 sts., inc. Repeat (32)
  7. Sc. in first 7 sts., inc. Repeat (36)
  8. Sc. in first 5 sts., inc. Repeat (42)
  9. Sc. around (42)
  10. Sc. around (42)
  11. Sc. around (42)
  12. Sc. around (42)
  13. Sc. around (42)
  14. Sc. around (42)
  15. Sc. around (42)
  16. Sc. around (42)
  17. Sc. around (42)
  18. Sc. around (42)
  19. Sc. around (42)
  20. Sc. around (42)
  21. Sc. around (42)
  22. [sl. st., sc., inc. dc., dc., inc. dc., sc., sl. st.] Repeat (54)
  23. [sl. st., sl. st., sc., inc. dc., dc., inc. dc., sc., sl. st., sl. st.] Repeat (66) tie off
Face:
  • I used a button again to trace and cut out the yes for the ghost
  • Draw out a squiggly mouth
  • Sew on all your pieces
  • Make sure the eyes are level with each other
Putting the blue ghost over a regular ghost:
  • I turned the ghosts' eyes so they were looking up, this will make it so you won't damage the white part of the eyes
  • Slip the blue ghost over the colored ghost (Picture 6)
  • Once it is on, tuck up the colored ghost's feet so they don't show (Pictures 8 and 9)
  • Done!

Step 5: The Whole Gang!

Now you have the whole gang ready!
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Loren Ver2 months ago

Thank you for Instructable! My son loved it :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Loren Ver2 months ago

Awesome :D

Hello, in row 18 of the ghost I don't understand " inc. dec.". First I thought that it was increase and decrease, but if I do that, at the end of the row I can't complete the "cycle" ( i mean: sl. st.,sc., inc. dec., inc. dec., sc. , sl. st.) and I stil have 36 stitches.

What do I do?

In the middle there it should be inc. dc. (increase double crochet). Was that where the confusion is?

MamaBell065 months ago
I want to make this for my son. I taught myself to crochet(partially from memory and some ypu tune to refresh) at the beginning of 2014. I made my kids halloween costumes and just made my daughter a new vday dress. My queation is do you think iy would be too hard for me to make the ghosts "reversible" instead of the blue cover???? Like make the bottomof the ghosts blue to be the head instead of matching the ghosts original colors......
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  MamaBell065 months ago

I think you could make them reversable, but then you wouldn't be able to stuff them, so it would be more of a shell of a ghost. I think it could work, you would probably make a ghost of each color and then sew them together, but I would have to try it myself to see if it would work. If you try it out, you should comment again and let us know how it went!

***some you tube to refresh**** my mom had taught me when i was about 8, how to do a simple single crochet, so i just went from there.

The inc stitch is where you put 2 sc in one sc right? Also is step 19 the one that ruffles/scallops the edges?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  PsychoticHatter11 months ago

Yes, 2 sc in one sc increases.

Step 18 and 19 both make the ruffle/scallop edge :)

Thank you!

Manderson1091 made it!1 year ago

http://manderson1091.deviantart.com/art/Pac-Man-an...

Thanks for your awesome instructions! My brother loved his Christmas present!

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OMG! They look sooo awesome! Thanks for sharing the picture!

Hulk5051 year ago

This is the awsomeness crochet pac-man and ghosts I have seen

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Hulk5051 year ago

Thank you :) I'm thinking of doing another version of pac-man!

char711 year ago

I can't print the pattern. What I'm I doing Wrong?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  char711 year ago

Only Pro members can download the PDF, but the pattern is all right there and you can copy and paste it if you are interested in printing it off.

I have a question: I followed your instructions but I keep getting just a half moon instead of the iconic pac-man. What am I doing wrong??? Please help!

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Hmmm, I think maybe your yarn is smaller or your hook is. It looks like your stitches are much smaller than mine. I would say you should start it like my pattern, with the circle, and then with the first row after that, just go until you get the right initial shape. You might need to increase by another stitch and do 3 stitches in each one for that first row (after the magic ring) and see how that goes.

cheshire542 years ago
My daughter would LOVE to have these but doesn't know how to crochet. I can get her going, but she wants to know how to change pattern to create the ghosts too???
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  cheshire542 years ago
Yeah, I have the pattern for the ghosts in there too! Make sure you click view all at the top of the page and you can see all the steps. I show how to make the ghosts in Step 2 and the Blue Ghosts cover in Step 4 :)
mtorres262 years ago
I want to make this:)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mtorres262 years ago
I hope you do!
really cute!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  twinkleshine2 years ago
Thanks :)
I've almost finished Pac Man! I can't wait to give the finished project to my brother for Christmas. :D
Your instructions are so easy to follow! This is the first crochet design I've been able to work from. Thank you!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Manderson10912 years ago
That's awesome! I'd love to see how it turns out! It's nice to know my directions aren't too hard to follow :) Be sure to let me know if you run into anything that doesn't make sense!
navyfamily43 years ago
love it so wish I could crotchet.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  navyfamily43 years ago
Thank you! It's not too hard. When I first started trying to crochet I just used one of those teach yourself to crochet books, and just keep doing it over and over again. And to learn the magic ring, which I can do better than normal straight crocheting, I actually watched this video :) 

Good Luck :)
yamayka3 years ago
Sooooo cute!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  yamayka3 years ago
Thank you :)
alexsmaue3 years ago
Adorable!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  alexsmaue3 years ago
Thanks!
dollarcraft3 years ago
These guys are adorable!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  dollarcraft3 years ago
Thanks! They are so cute to look at :)
Englee3 years ago
sweet
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Englee3 years ago
Thanks!
wold6303 years ago
I really really wish I knew how to read a crochet pattern. I want those!!
try this: http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-read-a-crochet-pattern/
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  wold6303 years ago
It's not too hard. I tried to write it out how I think others are written out. Let me know if there is something I can do to make it more clear!
Jetpack53 years ago
So cute!
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