This free crochet skull pattern is perfect for Halloween. It measures 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. 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!
You will need
- Any Cotton DK yarn (we’d recommend James C. Brett Craft Cotton DK)
1 ball of White
- A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook
The skull crochet 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 pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.
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.
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 1st 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.