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Little Skull and Crossbones Crochet Pattern

April 3, 2012

crochet skull and crossbones

My co-worker asked me if I could make her a skull and crossbones cuff, and of course I said, “Sure, why not?” I’d never made a skull before, so I thought it would be a fun little challenge. This motif works up really quick, and will make a great applique for just about anything . . . some Peasy Gloves, perhaps? Also, I could barely resist sticking some google eyes on this guy. I think google eyes are for me what glitter is to most other people. I love me some googly-eyes. Enough about me, let’s make some skulls!

crochet skull and crossbones

Firstly, this pattern will read a little strange, but it will make sense as you go. Second, I didn’t write a pattern for the black cuff part because it’s just rows of single crochet. Third, if you make some skulls, please post them in the Flickr group – especially if they have google eyes!

Okay, grab a 4mm hook and some regular-old-medium-weight yarn. For the skull:

  1. Ch 15 and join to the first sc, making a ring and being careful to not twist the chain.
  2. Make a sl st in the 8th ch from your hook. This sl st joins the two sides of your ring, and it will look like an “8″ at this point. The holes of this “8″ will become your eye sockets eventually.
  3. Make 7 sc in the first eye loop (make them around the chains, not through them). Ch 2 (this will become the nose hole). Make 7 sc in the next eye loop. Join to the first sc with a sl st.
  4. Ch 1. Sc in the same st as the one you just joined in, and in the next 5 scs. Sl st in the next sc (this is the last sc in the first eye socket). Make 5 dc and one sl st in the ch 2 space. Skip the first sc of the second eye socket.* Sc in the remaining 6 scs of the second eye socket. Join to first sc with sl st. Cut yarn, finish off, weave in your ends. If you want, make some teeth by whip-stitching a strand of yarn through the mouth part of the skull.

* The reason you make the second sl st in the ch 2 spc rather than in the first sc of the second eye socket is this: it eliminates a weird-looking thread hanger-outer in the nose hole.

crochet skull and crossbones

Let’s make some bones (make 2):

  1. With same 4mm hook and same kind of yarn you used for the skull, ch 4.
  2. Sl st in the first ch. Ch 4.
  3. Sl st in the same st as the last sl st you just made (two bone nubbins made). Ch 14.
  4. Sl st in the 4th ch from hook. Ch 4.
  5. Sl st in the same st as the last sl st you just made. Cut yarn, finish off, weave in your ends.

Sew your skull and bones onto anything that needs some instant bad-assery, and you’re done! As usual, please feel free to use this pattern for your own personal enjoyment or for gift giving, but please do not distribute the pattern itself or pass it off as your own. Thanks!

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. renee permalink
    April 3, 2012 9:28 pm

    Thanx this is great the kids will love it and a few older ones too i do love your site and designs it helps us soooooo much too have tutes( tutorials) by for now renee

    • April 4, 2012 6:29 am

      I wanted to have a photo step-by-step. But, I was on a time crunch and worked on it at night . . . so I hope it’s easy enough to follow the written instructions!

  2. April 4, 2012 3:49 am

    Hi! I’ve been following your website for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  3. April 4, 2012 5:27 am

    Haha this is so badass it’s cool! :-) I know just the friend who to make this for ;-)

  4. April 4, 2012 1:48 pm

    I love this! I’m a certified bad ass, so this is perfect for me :)

  5. April 4, 2012 1:53 pm

    This is awesome!!
    I know several little guys and even big guys that would kill for one of this!
    You Rock Heidi!!

  6. Anonymous permalink
    April 14, 2012 11:10 am

    hmm…now i need a pattern for a wristband!! I sooo need to make lots of these!!

  7. Anonymous permalink
    May 28, 2012 8:21 am

    Thank you so much for the pattern! I looked all over for one of these and yours is so cute! I am making a toddler ear flap hat with skull and crossbones and mohawk! Your directions were easy to follow and it turned out great!

  8. Randi permalink
    June 4, 2012 5:08 pm

    I just made this with black crochet thread and a size D hook for a small trinket box that my husband has and he loved it! Super simple pattern and lots of fun to make, thanks!

  9. Sev permalink
    June 29, 2012 4:12 pm

    Fantastic pattern, thanks! Can’t make enough of them now haha

    • June 29, 2012 5:33 pm

      Awesome! I find that making garlands is a great way to use up patterns that are addicting — the skulls without the bones would make a fantastically spectacular array . . .

  10. Terri permalink
    July 31, 2012 5:49 pm

    Love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing! I created a couple. The second one I modified the bottom for a longer jaw by using a treble stitch. I like it both ways. <3 Thanks!!

    • August 1, 2012 7:08 am

      Yes! That’s an awesome idea — I’d love to see pictures!

  11. August 22, 2012 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the pattern! Made some finger-less gloves for a friend’s daughter and she has a thing for skulls. Here’s a picture:

    • August 23, 2012 7:11 am

      Wow! Those turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing — I love to see projects!

  12. November 23, 2012 1:00 am

    My project is in progress, but here’s where I used your skull and cross bones pattern:

    Thank you for sharing!

    • November 24, 2012 9:01 am

      Wow — that looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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