8th Day Of Halloween: Crochet Skull Motif

Welcome back to day 8 of our happy crochet haunt-fest. Skulls are a girl best friend, which is why I made this awesome looking crochet skull motif! You can put this skelly just about anywhere you want, but I have a few ideas on ways to use your finished skull after the pattern.

I was going for a more realistic look to it while keeping the pattern in rows. I’m very happy with the result! In fact, I keep finding them around the house, I think my cat is stealing them. Let me know in the comments how you want to use this skelly, I’d love to hear from you.

Supplies

  • worsted weight (4) yarn in an color
    • I’m using Premier Just Yarn worsted in Mushroom
  • H/5.mm hook
  • Snips
  • yarn or tapestry needle

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • trc = treble crochet
  • slst = slip stitch
  • <> = total number of stitches in row.

crochet skull motif pattern

row 1 of crochet skull motif

Foundation Row. Ch 6.

Row 1. Work into the 2nd ch from the hook, put 1 sc in each st. <5 scs>

I find it neater to work into the back bone of the st.

row 2 of crochet skull motif

Row 2. Ch 1, turn, put 2 scs in that same st, put 2 scs in each st. <10scs>

row 3 of crochet skull motif

Row 3. Ch 1, turn, sc in that same st, put 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, put 2 scs in the next st, put 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. <11 scs>

row 4 of crochet skull motif

Row 4. Ch 1, turn, put a hdc in the same, put 1 hdc in the next, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in the next 2 sts. <7 hdc>

row 5 of crochet skull motif

Row 5. Ch 1, turn, put a hdc in the same, put 1 hdc in the next, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, hdc in next, ch 1, sk 1, 1 hdc in the next 2 sts. <7 hdc>

row 6 of the crochet skull motif

Row 6. Ch 1, put hdc in the same st, put 1 hdc in every st including the ch spaces. <11>

You can just work around the ch spaces rather then working in the top v of each ch.

row 7 of crochet skull motif

Row 7. Ch 1, sc in same, put 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, ch 4, sk 3 sts, put 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. <8 scs>

row 8 of crochet skull motif

Row 8. Ch 1, put a sc in the same st, put 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, put 4 scs in the ch space, put 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts. <12 scs>

row 9 of crochet skull motif

Row 9. Ch 9, turn, put 1 dc in the 5th sc of the previous row, put 1 dc in the next st, ch 9, slst t the last sc of the row. <9 chs, 2 dcs, 9 chs>

row 10 of crochet skull motif

Row 10. Ch 1,turn, these sts will be put in the ch 9 space, 3 scs, 1 hdc, 6 dcs, put 1 trc in the first dc of the previous row, 1 trc in the next st, working into the next ch 9 space, put 6 dc, 1 hdc, 3 scs, slst to the ch sp. <23 sts>

Row 11. Ch 1, turn, put 1 sc in the first sc, (skip the slst) 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, put 2 dcs in each of the next 2 sts,

Row 11. part 2. 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, slst to the last sc of the previous row.

Cut your tail, tie of your tail, and weave in your ends.

Done. Isn’t it cute!

Ways to use this crochet skull

I had a few ideas on how to used this skelly and I figured I’d share them with you.

  • Use Them As The Coasters
    • You can glue or sew the motif on to a square or circle of felt to use as a coasters.
  • On Clothing
    • Sew or glue these to a shirt, hoodie, hat, or a pair of jeans.
  • Make It An Ornament
    • You can starch* it to make it stiff and hang them around the house or on a holiday tree.
  • Make Them Like Sugar Skulls
    • Decorate them with embroidery thread, beads, sequins, felt, or fabric markers to look colorful in honor of Día de los Muertos (The day of the dead) celebration on November 1.
    • (I would suggest using cotton yarn if you’re going to use fabric markers. Even then the color will most likely fade when washed.)
  • Sew Them Together
    • You can sew them together chin to the top of the head and widest side point to widest side point (temporal lobe to temporal lobe for my anatomy nerds :push glasses up nose:)
  • It’s A Patch
    • Pin them with safety pins to your clothes, bags, hats, or whatever to use as a patch. (you can decorate them first obviously)
  • Make this pattern and then tag me on Instagram so I can see what you made! I’ll share your post in my story!
*If you go to my tutorial on how to make snowflakes I show you how to stiffen them with epsom salt. Crochet Snowflake Ornament

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