Halloween/Day of the Dead Crochet Skull Pattern

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Halloween/Day of the Dead Crochet Skull Pattern

Required Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn (I used Premier Just Yarn in Black and Aran)
  • I-9/5.50mm hook
  • Scissors (don’t run with them)
  • Yarn needle (or other means of weaving in ends.)

Stitch Definitions and Abbreviations:

  • Ch – Chain
  • Sl – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • Magic Loop – preferred but not mandatory
  • St/st – stitch (any type) abbreviated



Ch 12, Sl st into the first stitch making a loop. Ch 13 more stitches, and Sl st into the 12th stitch from the hook. You should now have 2 12 stitch loops (eye sockets) connected by a single chain between them (the bridge of the nose).


SC into the Ch 1 space between your loops. Now, make 24 SCs around the 12 stitch loop. Make these stitches NOT in the stitches (as you would usually) but around the chain. Be sure to “squish” or scoot the SCs back towards the “bridge of the nose” so they will all fit. SC in the middle (bridge) SC (technically, this will be the other side or bottom of the SC.) Now, make 24 SCs around the other 12 stitch loop. Sl st in the first SC you made to close. You now should have something that looks similar to a figure 8. (48 stitches)>


Ch 3, DC 6, HDC 3, SC 11, Ch 2, skip 9 stitches, SC 11, HDC 3, DC 6, Sl st in top of beginning Ch 3 to close. This will join the two sockets together with a nose hole.


Ch 3, DC 4, HDC 4, SC 6, HDC 3, DC 3, DC 4 in Ch 2 space, DC 3, HDC 3, SC 6, HDC 4. DC 4, Sl st in top of beginning Ch 3 to close.


Find the center of the four stitches you placed in the Ch 2 (nose hole), count over to the right 4 stitches, and attach your yarn. Ch 4, skip 1, DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC.


Ch 4 turn, skip 1, DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC.


Ch 1, turn, SC in each space and DC across. Sc in 3rd stitch of the beginning Ch 4 from previous row. 9 stitches.


Do not Ch 1, turn, SC2tog, SC 5, SC2tog.


Do not Ch 1, turn, SC2tog, SC, HDC, SC, SC2tog.


Turn skull on its side (top of skull should be to the left), Sl st in each row up toward the teeth(3), SC 2 in side of the bottom jaw/tooth space, SC 2 in the top tooth space. (4 sc)


SC in the same stitch the DC that created the teeth, SC around to the other side. SC in the same stitch as you attached your yarn, SC 2 in the tooth space, SC 2 in the next tooth space, Sl st in the next 2 rows.


Tie off. Weave in ends.


To complete a bunting, determine the length of the distance you need to cover, and the number of skulls you want to create. (I ended up with seven.) Chain a number of stitches to make 4 inches. Use that to determine the length/number of chains you will need. Keep in mind that the chains will stretch a bit with the weight of the skulls. Divide you number of chains by the number of skulls. (If you want a span of chains at the beginning and end, then divide by the number of skulls plus 2.) Attach your skulls at the appropriate places with SCs.



Christy R. Hall is the owner of Hand Cramp Crafts and fancies herself to be a String Wrangler, and an all-around fiber phreak. In her free time, she spins yarn (both literally spinning fiber into yarn, as well as, writing), crochets for charity, watches silly cat videos, looks at pictures of Corgis, and plays PC and console games. Her current (ongoing) favorites are Skyrim and Elder Scrolls Online.