I have been living in India for almost 2 years, this year I made Ganesha amigurumi dolls to decorate my house and my husband’s family in Ganpati Chaturthi. Today I will share with you my Lord Ganesha free crochet pattern, as well as the free video tutorial on my Youtube channel.
The doll is small (12cm) but worthy to make, and you can adjust the size by using other types of yarns. This is the second version of my 2in1 Ganesha amigurumi pattern. The other version is baby crochet Ganpati with legs and two small hair buns, you can find the pattern in my shops.
Who is Ganesha?
As I am a daughter-in-law of India and a Hindu family, I think I need to introduce a bit about Lord Ganesha. Ganesha, also spelled Ganesh, also called Ganapati, elephant-headed Hindu god of beginnings, who is traditionally worshipped before any major enterprise and is the patron of intellectuals, bankers, scribes, and authors. In India, Ganesha is one of the most favorite God among people, who is also considered as a God of knowledge and an obstacle remover.
During Ganpati (Ganapathi) Chaturthi, people make huge and beautiful Ganesha statues in different forms and perform on the streets or temples. People sing, dance, and worship the god for a few days before dipping the clay statues into the rivers. The festival is extremely fun and meaningful. I still remember the first time I was there in India during Ganpati, those days became unforgettable moments of my life.
So, do you start the Ganesha free crochet pattern right now? Join me now!
Materials and tools
- DK yarns (equal to 2 mm yarn)
- 2.5mm hook
- Yarn needle
- Stitch marker
- Safety eyes 8mm
Abbreviations (I use symbol abbreviations based on US term)
You might not use all the abbreviations in the amigurumi crochet pattern but I still want to show you all just to refer. They are all easy to remember and follow.
MR: magic ring
X: Single crochet
T: half double crochet
F: double crochet
E: Triple crochet
V: Increase (make 2 stitches from 1 stitch) – W: Increase 2 (make 3 stitches from 1 stitch)
A: Decrease (make 1 stitch from 2 stitches) – M: Decrease (make 1 stitch from 3 stitches)
TV, FV, EV: Increase with half double crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet
TA, FA, EA: Decrease with half double crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet
BLO: Back loop only
FLO: Front loop only
SS: slip stitch
FO: Fasten off
Ganesha amigurumi free pattern- ARMS (Make 4)
1) MR 7sc (7)
2- 4) 7sc (7)
Change to orange yarn
5) 7sc (7)
Change to skin yarn
6-10) 7sc (7)
11) Fold in half, crochet through 2 opposite sts 3sc (3)
Ganesha amigurumi doll – HEAD
1) MR 6X (6)
2) 6V (12)
3) (X, V)*6 (18)
4-5) 18X (18)
6) (X, A)*6 (12)
Change to yellow yarn
7) 12X (12)Change to black yarn
8) (X, V)*6 (18)
9) (2X, V)*6 (24)
10) (3X, V)*6 (30)
11) (4X, V)*6 (36)
12) (5X, V)*6 (42)Change to skin yarn
13-16) 42X (42)
17) 16X, 6V, 20X (48) Mark st 17 and st 28, we will create the trunk
18) 16X, 6CH (skip 12 sts from st 17-28), 20X (42)Continue the head
19) 16X, on the chain 6X, 20X (42)
20) 42X (42)
21) (5X, A)*6 (36)
22) (4X, A)*6 (30)Insert the safety eyes size 8mm between rows 16-17, 2sts from the nose.
23) (3X, A)*6 (24)24) (2X, A)*6 (18)
Do not cut the yarn. Continue to body.
Ganpati Bappa crochet free pattern – BODY
|Skin yarn |
25) 4X, 3X through both body and arm, 6X, 3X through both body and arm, 2X (18)
26) (2X, V)*6 (24)
27) 6X, 3X through both body and arm, 9X, 3X through both body and arm, 3X (24)
28) (3X, V)*6 (30)
29) (4X, V)*6 (36)
30) (5X, V)*6 (42)
31) 42X (42)Change to yellow yarn (cut skin yarn)
32-33) 42X (42)Change to blue yarn
34-37) 42X (42)38) (5X, A)*6 (36)
39-40) 36X (36)
41) (4X, A)*6 (30)
FO. Keep the long yarn tail to sew.
Elephant God of India – TRUNK
Start from the right corner of the trunk
1-2) 18X (18)
3) (7X, A)*2 (16)
4) 6SS, 10X (16)
5) 6SS, A, 6X, A (14)
6) 14X (14)
Stop to stuff
7) 2X, A, 3X, V, 4X, A (13)
8) 5X, V, 5X, A (13)
9) A, 5X, V, 5X (13)
10) A, 5X, V, 3X, A (12)
11) 6A (6)
Stuff the trunk and use a yarn needle to close the opening.
BASE FOR THE LORD GANESHA BODY
1) MR 6X (6)
2) 6V (12)
3) (X, V)*6 (18)
4) (2X, V)*6 (24)
5) (3X, V)*6 (30)
Stuff the body
Keep the base under the body, crochet 30CH through body and base.
FO. Hide the yarn tail.
Lord Ganesh free crochet pattern – EARS (make 2)
1) 11CH, crochet at the second st from hook around the chain, 9X on the upper loops, V at the last st, 9X on the lower loops (20)
2) (V, 9X)*2 (22)
3) (V,10X)*2 (24)
4-7) 24X (24)
8) (3X, V)*6 (30)
FO. Leave the yarn tail to sew.
Sew ears to the head: Fold the ear and sew to the head from row 7
Sew buns to the head: Sew 2 buns at rows 3-6 of the head, opposite across MR. Face: Use crochet thread or 1 strand of 1mm cotton yarn to embroider the face as the photo:
Hey, we just have finished crocheting Lord Ganesha with my free crochet pattern! Did you enjoy the pattern? Keep the Ganesh doll in your house or your car to bring the protection of God. You can Ganesh flush toy for kids by using bigger yarn or create a crochet Ganesha keychain with smaller yarn. Be creative!
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From Joy with love!
So very cute!
Joy Pham Sontakke
thanks so much Malenie
Joy Pham Sontakke
Thank you a lot