You guys know The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, right? The famous poetic Dr. Seuss book about a hairy green fellow who was just such a… GRINCH!
He hated Christmas and all the spirit and joy that swept through Whoville during the holidays. He stayed up on his snowy mountain and refused to take any part in Christmas traditions.
Needless to say, he wouldn’t have liked our little Crochet-a-Long one bit!
It’s a good thing he’s not here to ruin our fun, I would have to channel my inner Cindy Lou-Who! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about get off your computer/tablet/smartphone right now and read the book. Do not proceed, pass go, or collect two hundred dollars. I’m not kidding.)
THE TRADITION: This tradition is twofold (or it will be at my house!). Devote the day to finding the Grinch in your life and brighten their day. That person can be someone with a particularly Grinch-y attitude while out shopping, or the fella in the office next door who always looks like a grump.
Whomever your Grinch is, take a moment to show them some Christmas cheer. Pick up an extra sandwich on your lunch break for them, or let them skip ahead of you in the long checkout line. Just try to make them smile!
In addition to finding a Grinch and trying to un-Grinch them, we will be watching Jim Carrey’s movie version of the Grinch as well as reading the story! Because at my house it’s not Christmastime without a little bit of green, grouchy Jim Carrey.
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–Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in grass, yellow, and black
–Size C 2.75 mm crochet hook
*Don’t join rounds, use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round and move it with each round
With grass, make a magic ring, Ch 1, 6 Sc inside ring (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each around (12)
Round 3: 2 Sc, Sc, repeat around (18)
Round 4: Sc in next 5, 2 Sc in next, repeat around (21)
Round 5: Sc in next 6, 2 Sc in next, repeat around (24)
Rounds 6-8: Sc in each around (24)
Round 9: Sc in next 6, 2 Sc in each of next 5, Sc next 8, 2 Sc in each of next 5 (34)
Round 10: Sc in next 6, *2 Sc, Sc, repeat from * 4 more times, Sc in next 8, *2 Sc, Sc, repeat from * 4 more times (44)
Rounds 11-12: Sc in each around (44)
Round 13: Sc in next 6, *Sc decrease, Sc, repeat from * 4 more times, Sc in next 8, *Sc decrease, Sc, repeat from * 4 more times (34)
Round 14: Sc in next 6, Sc decrease 5 times, Sc next 8, Sc decrease 5 times (24)
Round 15: Sc in each around (24)
*I stop here and proceed with eyes and embroidery stitches (details below) while the opening is big enough to maneuver easily. Once finished with those parts, stuff with polyfil and proceed
Round 16: Sc decrease around (12)
Round 17: Sc decrease around, finish off, weave ends (6)
With yellow, Ch 5, sl st in 2nd Ch from hook, Sc, Hdc, and 4 Dc in last, (working back down the other side of the Ch) Hdc, Sc, Ch 2, sl st into first st of the round, finish off leaving a long tail for sewing
– Add safety eyes where your last Ch stitch was (where your 4 Dc lie)
– Sew onto your Grinch head
Smile, nose, and eyebrows:
– With black yarn and a tapestry needle, embroider a wide smile, a small nose, and arched eyebrows
– Using your 24/7 Cotton in grass, cut a piece about 6 in. long, weave it through your starting magic ring (of the head) and tie it on in a knot. Pull the yarn ply apart to make it look messy
– Repeat this four or five times
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I love this little Grinch, he will always remind me to channel my inner Cindy Lou-Who! Who will you cheer up today?
Shirley moore says
Hello, I’ve started the grinch the minute I saw him! However I don’t have enough stitches on round 9 (have 34) I would end up with 61 stitches what am I doing wrong? This is how I read the row
1sc in next 6 stitches, continue * 2sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch 9 times from * 1sc in next 8 stitches, continue *2sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch 9 times from *
Any help greatly appreciated
Editing the pattern now, so sorry about this ladies!
Is the pattern now correct about to start the Grinch?
Should be! If you run into any difficulty don’t hesitate to ask 🙂
In round 10 where you have 2 sc, sc rpt 4 times do you mean inc, sc rpt 4 times?
I must be doing something wrong. I can’t get round 10 to come out right.
So sorry ladies, you caught my typo! I’m editing the pattern to be correct now. Thanks for catching this!
No worries. Thank you for the quick reply. I think there’s 2 stitches missing from row 13. I added 2 sc to the middle, hopefully I added to the right spot. He’s looking cute so far!!
Okay, thanks for your input! I make the whole thing then wrote down what I did (mind you, pretty late at night) and I think I missed a few stitches here and there! I’ll alter the pattern as I receive feedback 🙂
I LOVE the Grinch, thanks for making him.
Heather Tipper says
What size safety eyes did you use?
6mm. If you click the link in the materials list, I have the exact ones I buy linked 🙂
Heather Tipper says
Thank you so much 🙂
SOO adorable (can the Grinch BE adorable? I think so!) I will be making this for my younger grandson, who will be 1 year on Dec 28th, and loves all the stuffed toys I make him 😉 I will be embroidering the eyes for him.
Thank you for the pattern!!
Hello again. I can’t seem to get row 10 correct. It seems that I have 2 stitches left over after I do the last
2sc 1sc 5 times. What am I doing wrong
Marie Stepanek says
Hi, would it be possible to make just the front face and not the back. I want it to lay flat. Where would I split the pattern directions, if possible.
I’m not sure you could split the pattern as it would need to be constructed completely differently if you were making a flat piece. I would say start with a starting Ch and try to follow the shape of the head (larger on one end with increases and decrease to smaller on the other end) as best you can. Good luck!
I have an odd question. How many Grinch ornaments do you think you could get from a ball of yarn? I was wanting to make several and was not sure how many balls to order.
Conservatively, I would say four. But I haven’t made several from one skein so I’m just guessing!
Thanks for the pattern! It was easy to follow and my kids love the ornament on our tree. I posted a picture of it here:
Do you happen to have a video of making one?
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