This crochet skull pattern is fun to make and personalize, and there are lots of things you can do with them! Sew one onto a pillow or tote bag, work up a whole bunch for a garland, or frame a favorite like I did.
Crochet Skull Pattern Supplies:
- Worsted weight yarn in white, black, and an accent color (I used pink)
- Crochet hook size I
- Needle and thread or fabric adhesive
- Rhinestones and beads
Start by making a magic loop.
Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as a dc), 11 dc in loop, sl st to join (12).
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around, sl st to join (24).
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next stitch, *1 dc, 2dc, repeat from * around, sl st to join (36).
Rnd 4: Ch 3, 1 dc, 2 dc, * 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, repeat from * around, sl st to join (48).
Rnd 5: Ch 3, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, * 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, repeat from * around, sl st to join (60).
The rest of the base will be worked in back and forth in rows.
Row 1: Ch 3, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 7 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, ch 2, turn.
Row 2-5: Hdc across, ch 2 turn, (repeat row 3 times – 4 total)
Row 6: Hdc decrease, 11 hdc, hdc decrease, ch 2, turn,
Row7: Hdc decrease, 9 hdc, hdc decrase, finish off, weave in ends.
To make the sugar skull face, you will need to crochet flower eyes, a nose, and two cheeks.
Cheek Pattern (Make 2)
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in loop, sl st to join, (12).
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, 2 sc in next st, * sc, 2 sc, around, sl st to join (24). Finish off, weave in ends.
Eye Pattern (Make 2)
Rnd 1: Ch 3, (counds as dc,) 9 dc in loop, sl st to join, (10).
Rnd 2: Ch 3, skip one stitch, sl st in the next stitch, repeat from * four times (makes 5 ch 3 spaces).
Rnd 3: Sl st to first ch 3 space, work in ch 3 space: sc, dc, trc, dc, sc; *work in next ch 3 space: sc, dc, trc, dc, sc; repeat from * 3 times, sl st to join (5 petals). Finish off, weave in ends.
Nose Pattern (Make 1)
Ch 3, all stitches worked in first ch
2 dc, 2 hdc, ch 1, trc, ch 1, 2 hdc, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st, finish off, weave in ends.
Next, we will add detail to the skull using surface crochet.
To add surface crochet, pull up a loop of yarn through any hole in the piece. Insert your hook into another hole in the direction you want your surface crochet to go. Pull up a loop of yarn through the fabric. Pull that yarn through the other loop on the hook as if you were working a slip stitch. Continue in this way to create all kinds of designs and details.
Use surface crochet to create the skull’s mouth.
Use surface crochet in a spiral pattern over the flower eyes to give them a dark center
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.