Monday, 28 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

It's almost Halloween, my favorite holiday!  I thought I'd open my blog with a celebratory free pattern.. my favorite skull!

This is THE best skull pattern you'll find.. at least in my opinion, because I tried all the others and they didn't have that certain something.  So I designed my own.

This pattern is designed for crochet thread so I can't guess what will happen with yarn, and hasn't been tested by anyone but me!  I thought I'd add some photos to help people follow along since it could get confusing with just text.  Hopefully the photos make it clear enough.

Abbreviations:

sc = Single Crochet
dc = Double Crochet
trc = Triple Crochet
ch = Chain
sl st = slip stitch


For the example I used a size 10 cotton crochet thread and a 2.10mm hook.



Start by chaining 19.  Sc in the 7th chain from the beginning.


Chain another 6 and slip stitch into the first chain.  You just formed the eye holes!


Ch1, sc 8 along this 6ch eye section, then sc 16 in the next eye section.  Tip:  hold the yarn end together with the chain and sc around both of them.  When you're finished you can snip it off and avoid weaving it in.


Coming back around to the first eye section sc another 8 and sl st to the first sc.


Along the 8 stitches on top of the head now ch1 and sc, sc in next st, 2 half double crochet, dc, 2dc, dc, 2dc trc.  You should be at the middle now.  trc, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc, 2 half double crochet, 2 sc


Around the bottom of the eyes sc 6


Now chain 5


Slip stitch in the 3rd chain from hook, and chain 2 more.  This will form the nose.


Skip the 4 middle stitches and sc 6.  Sl st into first sc of round.


TURN, sl st in next 3 sts, sc in next 3.  Now you'll do two sc on each 'side' of the nose.  The little nub on the nose wants to point DOWN (in relation to the skull), so make sure to hold it UP as pictured when you do the next 4 sc.  sc in the next 3 spaces, sl st in next st, TURN


Sl st in next two spaces, ch 3


6 dc, ch 3 and sl st in next space, TURN


3 sc in 3ch space, sc 6, sc 3 in ch 3 space, sl st to the same space as the ch 3 came from.


 There's your skull!

I hope you enjoy your skull.  This particular one I'm going to make into a pin to wear for Halloween!

Feel free to use this pattern however you like, just please give credit with a link to this blog!

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