Friday, September 2, 2011

Free Pattern Friday! Ms. Pac-man

Happy Friday! I love Friday before a long weekend! Labor Day is Monday, everyone can sleep in, there's lots going on and I should be getting a lot of crochet time in too!

This month's free pattern is inspired by the recent SUPER iam8bit show in LA. When I was little, the arcade on the square (yes, I'm from a really small town) had Ms. Pac-man. I always wished the in-game Ms. Pac-man more closely resembled the voluptuous technicolor creature painted on the side of the game console. The round yellow ball with a red bow on one side was just a tiny bit less realistic.

Ms. Pac-Man
Here's what you'll need:

Worsted weight yarn (yellow, red and black)
Black felt
Polyester fiberfill

Size E crochet hook (or your favorite size)
Yarn needle
Embroidery needle
Craft glue

ch: chain 
sc: single crochet 
sl st: slip stitch 

R1: With E hook and yellow yarn, make and adjustable ring. Ch 1, and sc 6 into the ring. Pull ring closed.
R2: Work 2 sc into each st around (12)

R3: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep to end of the round (18)
R4: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 st)* rep to end of round (24)
R5: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 st)* rep to end of round (30)
R6: (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 st)* rep to end of round (36)
R7-8: Sc into each st around (36)
R9: Sc into next 18 st, sl st into remaining 18 st (36)
R10: Repeat R9
R11: Ch 18, skip next 18 st, sc into next 18 st (18)
R12: Sc into next 18 ch, sc into next 18 st (36)
R13: Sc into each st (36)
R14: (Sc2tog, sc into next 4 st)* rep to end of round (30)
R15: (Sc2tog, sc into next 3 st)* rep to end of round (24)R16: (Sc2tog, sc into next 2 st)* rep to end of round (18)
R17: (Sc2tog, sc into next st)* rep to end of round (12)
R18: Sc2tog around (6)
Fasten off yarn with a slip stitch. Cut yarn tail and weave into last row of stitches, pulling tightly. Set the body aside.

Mouth (Make 2)
R1: With black yarn, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into the ring, and pull closed (3)
R2: Ch 1, turn. 2 Sc into each st (6)
R3: Ch 1, turn. (2 Sc into next st, sc into next st)* rep across row (9)
R4: Ch 1, turn. (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 st)* rep across row (12)
R5: Ch 1, turn. (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 st)* rep across row (15)
R6: Ch 1, turn. (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 st)* rep across row (18)

After making the two mouth pieces, you will have two semicircles. Seam them together to make one larger circle. 
Sew the seamed black mouth insert into the opening of the body. Stuff as you close up the last few stitches. 
Cut two small circles (about the size of a pencil eraser) from black felt. Cut two eyelash pieces from black felt. They should be shaped as shown in the photo. Glue the eyelash pieces to the back of each eye, then glue the assembled eye to each side of the body. 
Embroider lips onto the body. Starting in the middle of the mouth opening, make several long stitches going to the left and the right. Repeat for the bottom lip.
Use black yarn to embroider a beauty mark on one side of the body. A French knot will make quick work of this.

Red Bow Tie:
With red yarn, ch 4.
R1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn (3)
R2: Sc2tog, sc into next st, ch 1, turn (2)
R3: Sc into each st, ch 1, turn (2)
R4: Sc2tog, ch 1, turn (1)
R5: 2 Sc into next st, ch 1, turn (2)
R6: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next st, ch 1, turn (3)
R7: Sc into each st, fasten off, leaving a long tail (3)
Weave long tail through to middle of bowtie. Wrap center of bowtie with yarn tail and then weave tail back into bowtie. Use the yarn tail to sew the bowtie to body. Weave starting tail through bowtie and hide within body. 

Cute, right? You want to PLAY Ms. Pac-man? Here you go!


  1. I love your Ms. Pac-Man! Thank you for posting the pattern!!

  2. I'm lovin your blog and all your crochet :D

    Greetings from Polish.

  3. That is Cute! :) and I love that is simple so even I can make ;)

  4. I think I have parents who would LOVE this for Christmas....they just bought a old video arcade machine; thanks for the pattern :)

  5. Thank you for this great pattern!
    I have to knit one ^^

  6. That is amazing, I love it to bits. I added it to my pacman crafts list.

  7. Great tutorial. i love it, thanks for sharing

  8. I'm having problems with the body at round 11.... When I get there I have just finished slip stitching and then I ch 18 and then ch into the sl st ... I'm so lost... Help! Please!

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  10. Having a pacman arcade machine is such a nice way to incorporate fun and profit into your business. With many to choose from, there is one that will be able to fit into your business to add fun and money for you.

  11. Hello, first of all thank you for the free pattern. I just finished the male version using this pattern, but I had a little problem. At R9 and R10, when slip stitching, my pacman was left with some kind of belt on the back, so it doesn't look really round. It's one of my first projects, so I could be to blame for it, but I wanted to let you know anyways. Thanks again.

    1. same problem here. I think there is a typing error. however, I edited the pattern this way
      R9: Sc into each st around (36)
      R10: sl st into next 18 st,Sc into remaining 18 st (36)
      so sl sts correspond to lip.
      no more belt. very rounded pacman :)

    2. Thank you! I thought I was going crazy. Lol. Came out great.

  12. This is great, they're coming out super cute. Thanks to Anonymous for the pattern fix. I'm just wondering how to sew the mouth on like you did? When I sew it on, either with black or yellow yarn and do sort of a whip stitch around to attach the mouth, the contrasting colors don't look very good. How did you make the stitches invisible to attach the mouth? Or if anyone has any ideas on how to do it? Thanks :)

  13. Hi, thanks for giving us this very cool pattern. I have a big question: which means "(Sc2tog" I am Spanish and translation in google translator is not very good at this kind of thing and do the male pacman do not understand really well. can anyone to help me,please? Thank u so much.Kisses!!

  14. Brilliant pattern. It took me right back to my childhood! I featured it in a round-up on my website!

  15. Thank you for posting this. I have been trying to find how to include an open mouth on a head on a crochet project of mine and came across your PacMan post, it was very helpful! Thank you!

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  20. Big error in the pattern. I also got the belt look across the back of the body. Ripped out my work and corrected row 11 on my own.start with 18sc, not the 18 ch. Fixes the problem and looks like the picture. This turns out really small. I'd like to try my hand at this with plush yarn to make it bigger.

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