Friday, December 6, 2013

Crochet skull pattern

The crochet skull pattern is one I came up with just before Halloween, and a lot of interest has been expressed in it.  

I'll admit that not entirely happy with it, But out does get the point across, and I do like it a bit better than those I  see on etsy.
Before we begin... I am in no way selling my original patterns... at least not as the moment.  I am however retaining the copyright.  Please don't claim them as your own and sell them.  That's just tacky. 

While you certainly have every right to crochet these up and sell the finished product... I would appreciate a credit or a shout out.  Thanks.

This is worked in standard knitting worsted with a size G hook.

And this is a smaller applique. 
The  above pic is the same pattern worked in standard crochet cotton, with a size 6 hook.  This one was sewn onto a black crocheted circle, but it could also be sewn onto a denim patch, an iron on patch, or used as a patch without any backing. 
These smaller pieces can also be sized with white glue to use as a component to hair bows, jewelry, etc.  You could also glue on a small pink bow, as that seems popular now...
Start with a magic circle.

Half circle for top of skull...
Row one:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc)  6 dc in circle.  Do not close ring with sl st.  ch3, turn {7 st total}

Row 2:  dc in first st.  *2dc in next st.  repeat from * across {14 dc total)  

Row 3: ch 3 turn, 1 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st,  * 2dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next st.  repeat from * across, ending with 1 dc in turning ch of prev row, {21 dc total)

Row 4:  ch 3, turn, 1 dc in first st. 1 dc in each of next 2 st,   *2 dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 st.  Repeat from * across, ending with a dc in turning ch of prev. row.  {28 dc total}  ch 1, do not turn.

Row 5:  working across flat side of semi-circle, * 2 sc in bar of dc across. repeat from star 4 times total.  1 sc in center of beginning circle.  repeat from * 4 more times. ch 1 turn.

Row 6:  1 sc in first st.  1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st.  Ch 8, skip next 4 sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, ch 8, skip next 4 sc, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 sc in next st,  ch 1, turn.

Row 7:  sc in next 2 st.  skip next st, 10 sc in ch 8 loop, sk next st, 1 sc in next st, sk next st, 10 sc in ch 8 loop, skip next st, 1 sc in next 2 st.

Row 8:  1 sc into 3rd st from hook, (that's the 1sc in ring) 1 sc into next 6 sc, ch 2, skip 3 st, 1 trblc into next st, ch 2, skip next 3 st, sc into next 7 st, sl st into end of row.  ch1, turn.

Row 9:  sl st across first 5 st.  ch 3 (counts as first dc) 1 dc into next 3 st, 2 dc into ch 2 sp, 1 dc into trblc, 2 dc into ch 2 space, 1 dc into next 4 st.  ch 3 turn

Row 10:  (ch 3 counts as 1s dc) 1 dc into next st, *ch 1,  1 dc into 2nd st from hook, repeat from * 5 times, end with 1 dc into turning ch of last row.  ch 3 turn. 

Row 11:  repeat row 10, ending with ch 1, turn.

finish:  work 1 sc in every st and space across, then continue working sc all the way around the skull, ending with a sl st into beginning ch 1 of this round.  tie off.   

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  1. Your design is extraordinarily beautiful. Scary looking but wonderful. It really pops on that black background. You know, your directions got me thinking about the original skull design(er). I wonder what those directions would look like?

  2. I love this pattern! I seem to be alittle confused on row 3 tho. I have completed one skull from this pattern but came out alittle lop sided and figured out why. on row 3 i cant seem to end the row with the 1dc in the turning chain. When following the directions exsactly i end with having to put 2dc in turning chain. What am i doing wrong? On the previous row i have 14sts ch3 turn like said dc in first st (i dont. i count ch 3 as first dc so i move to the next st) and 2 dc in that on then i try to follow the pattern to the end of the row but like i said i dont end with 1dc in turning ch i have 2 and it throws the whole pattern off. ive tryed a couple different things but nothing seems to work. i live the looks of this skull and would love to be able to make it right. can you please help me?

    1. Coffeediva... i seem to have made a mistake writing it... my problem is I just make them from memory now and writing it confuses me, lol... each row of the half circle tjat starts the skull is an increase. So turning chain counts as first dc, 1 dc in same stitch as turning ch, 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, q dc in next st, repeat from * across.... that should get your count right, and ill correct the pattern when I get to a real pattern.... let me know how that works out....

  3. Thank you so much!! Definatley gonna give this one a go again. I'll letcha know how it worked out for me. Again, thank you so much! :-)

  4. This is definitely the easiest and most appealing crochet skull I've seen and I've been searching for a while. Thank you for sharing your pattern!

  5. This is by far the best skull pattern I've been able to find. Easily read and worked and nice looking. Thank you so much for sharing it with us =)

  6. This may be the pattern I've been looking for! I am making,a one of a kind, Day of the Dead afghan for our daughter. She was born on Halloween.
    I wanted to suggest, you researching the 'link' stitch. I used this stitch using the double crochet and it is more solid, no spaces. If it is okay with you, I am going to experiment with this stitch where you use double crochet. I will let you know how it works.

    Wishing you well, a fellow crocheter (^_~)

    1. Anonymous... I've used link stitch before, it does make a nice solid fabric and should work fine. But with these small threads it's a bit problematic for me. But feel free to experiment away! And I'd love to see a pic of that afghan. Are you gonna aplique the skulls on? Or are you going to crochet around to make a square?

  7. Heyyy I love the pattern!! Much better than most that came up in searches. I am stuck though, on row 8. I did everything from row 7, made a chain 1 and turned.... And the first stitch is in the middle?? Help!!! Maybe I missed something... Thanks! Christina Didych

    1. Youre just skipping the first stitches and going to the stitches in the eye... i think that's what you're asking...


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