This free crochet skull pattern is perfect for Halloween. It measures just 7 x 5cm, so you could make it into a brooch or hair decoration, or attach lots of them to a long crochet chain to make some spooky bunting.


This free crochet skull pattern may look a bit tricky to complete beginners, but it actually only uses simple stitches and some clever starting chains - you can easily hook it up in no time at all! We've shown this skull crochet pattern made up in classic white dk yarn, but you could always make them in bright primary colours for a 'day of the dead' theme!

If you're after more spook-tacular makes, check out the list of our 30+ Halloween crochet patterns, or why not try your hands at a range of crafty projects from our lists of 35 DIY homemade Halloween decorations or 45 easy Halloween crafts for kids.

You will need

James C. Brett Craft Cotton DK or alternative DK cotton yarn - 1 ball of White

A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook


The free crochet skull pattern begins with 2 chain loops joined in the centre with 1 ch, which will form the eye sockets.


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This free crochet skull pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

Free crochet skull pattern

Free Crochet Skull Pattern

With White and a 3mm hook, ch8, ss to the first ch to form a ring, ch9, ss to the eighth ch from the hook.

Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), dc into the joining ch, 12dc into the first ring, dc into the other side of the joining ch, 12dc into the other ring, ss to first dc to join. [26 sts]

Round 2 Ch3 (counts as tr), tr in each of the first 2 dc of the first ring, continue working in each of the sts of the first ring as follows: 2htr, 3dc, 2htr, tr, ch3, skip next 5 sts (now working in the second ring) tr, 2htr, 3dc, 2htr, 2tr, ss to top of beg ch-3. [21 sts and ch-3 sp which will form the nose socket]

Round 3 Ch3 (counts as tr), tr, 3htr, 2dc, 2htr, 2tr, 4tr in ch-3 sp, 2tr, 2htr, 2dc, 3htr, tr, ss to top of beg ch-3.

Fasten off.

If you're a fan of creepy crochet, then why not have a go at this amazing crochet skull jumper by Pony McTate. The filet skull design is super-fun to hook up, and the pattern is now available in sizes 8-36! You can find the pattern on Ravelry!

Rejoin yarn to the last tr before the ch-3 sp on Round 3, and work back and forth in rows:

Row 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc, turn.

Row 2 Ch4 (counts as tr, ch1), skip dc at base of ch, (tr in next dc, ch1, skip 1 dc) twice, tr in last dc, turn.

Row 3 Skip first tr, dc in next ch-1 sp, htr in each of next 2 sts, dc in next st, ss in next st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you liked this free skull crochet pattern, we've got plenty more classic Halloween crochet makes for you to hook up! Stitch up a spectre with our Free crochet ghost pattern, or hang our with our Free crochet bat pattern.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet skull pattern. Don’t forget, if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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