Yes, here it is! As promised, this is my Skull crochet pattern.
You can use any yarn you like, in any weight, just match your hook size to your yarn :-)
You can do lots of fun things with your crocheted Skull. You could make a bunch of them and join them on a long crocheted chain to make some Skull Bunting, you could attach one to a chain to make yourself a necklace, you could use it as an applique and sew it onto to something fun, you could join them together, end to end, to make a VERY clever scarf :-) (check out my pictures for some examples :-)
Skull Crochet Pattern
Approx 5-10m of yarn (this could differ depending on your yarn choice, but it will still be a very small amount)
Appropriate size crochet hook for your yarn choice.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
Tension/gauge is not essentially important to this pattern, however I like to make mine a little tighter than the normal tension you would use for your chosen yarn. For example, when I made some skulls using 8ply/DK weight cotton, I used a 3.5mm hook instead of the recommended 4mm or 4.5mm hook for this particular yarn.
I found that the tighter your tension/gauge the more stable your skull is & it holds it's shape better :-) but it's up to you! if you're going to make a scarf by joining your skulls end to end, then you might like to have a looser tension/gauge, so that your scarf drapes nicely :-)
Abbreviations (the pattern is written using standard British/Australian crochet terms, with a conversion explanation in the abbreviations below for U.S. crochet terms):
dc = double crochet (U.S. sc = single crochet)
htr = half treble (U.S. hdc = half double crochet)
tr = treble (U.S. dc = double crochet)
dtr = double treble (U.S. tr = treble)
st/s = stitch/es
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc to end. Turn. (7sts)
Row 2: 2ch (to count as 1htr), 1htr into st at base of 2ch, 1 htr in each of next 5 sts, 2htr in last st. Turn. (9sts)
Row 3: 2ch, 1htr into st at base of 2 ch, 1 htr in each of next 7 sts, 2htr into last st. Turn (11sts)
Row 4: 2ch, 1htr into st at base of 2 ch, 1 htr in each of next 9 sts, 2htr into last stitch. Turn (13sts)
Row 5: 2ch, htr to end. Turn (13sts)
Row 6: As Row 5.
Row 7: 1ch (to count as first st), sl st in next st, 5ch, sk 2 sts, sl st across next 5 sts, 5 ch, sk 2 sts, sl st to end. Turn.
Row 8: (3htr, 7tr) into 5 ch sp, sk next st, 1dc in next st, (7tr, 3htr) into next 5ch sp, sl st into last st. Turn.
Row 9: sl st across first 4 sts, 1dc in each of next 4sts, 1ch, 1dtr in dc of previous row (in-between "eyes"), 1ch, sk 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 4 sts. Turn. (This row may appear uneven, but it will even out in the end :-)
Row 10: 2ch (to count as 1 htr), 1htr in each of next 2 sts, 1htr in 1ch sp, 1htr in next st, 1htr into 1ch sp, sk next st, 1htr in each of next 3sts. Turn (9sts)
Row 11: 3ch (to count as 1htr, 1ch), *sk 1 st, 1htr in next st, 1 ch* repeat from *to * 3 times, 1 htr in last st. Turn. (9sts)
Row 12: As Row 11. (Do not cut yarn)
Now work 1 round of dc around the entire skull, doing 2 dc in each top corner, and 3 dc in each bottom corner. This helps the skull to lay flat :-)
Weave in ends. Finished!
To make the necklace pictured above I used a 4ply (Fingering weight) cotton and 2.5mm hook and it measures approximately 7.5cm (3") tall. So that it could be worn as a necklace, I attached it to a chain during the last round of dc, carrying the chain along with my work at the top of the skull.
To make the bunting pictured above and below, I used 8ply or DK weight cotton and a 3.5mm hook and each skull measures approximately 10cm (4") from top to bottom. I made 10 skulls, then joined them using the following method: using the same size hook & yarn, I made 90ch, then slip stitched across the top 7 stitches of the skull, then did 32 chain, I repeated this until all skulls were attached, then I finished with 90 chain :-) The bunting is approximately 2.5 metres long. I hope the bunting instructions makes sense!
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