Day Of The Dead Skull Motif


Alrighty folks, this is JUST a guide.  I’m going to give you the step by steps on how I got these results.  This is not the only way you can do it, it’s just the way I did it.  Everyone crochets differently, so please adjust this to fit your style.  You may need to add or remove stitches, depending on how tightly you crochet.  Also keep in mind that using thicker or thinner yarn will alter your results.  To define the teeth portion of the skull, you may want to block it.  Check YouTube for blocking videos if you’re unsure of how to do it.  At some point I hope to get a simple photo tutorial up about it, but I’m just not feeling it right now.  I’ll be happy to help through email or comments though.

What you need to know (in American terms) –

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch

What you need to have –


Yarn, hook, yarn needle, scissors, and stitch markers (not shown) if you need them.

Here we go –

Start with your basic slip knot and chain 12.  Make a circle and sl st into the first chain.  This forms your first eye socket.  Mmmmm eye socket.


Continue without breaking your yarn and chain 13.  Sl st into the 12th chain from the hook.  This makes your second eye socket.  You should have two circles with one chain separating them.


Chain 1, sc into the next chain (the one that’s between your eyes), and then place 20 sc in the circle.  You will be making these single crochets around the row of chains and NOT crocheting into the chain itself.  Again, this is just a guide.  You may decide you want more stitches here.  20 worked for me.


sc into the bottom of the middle stitch (between the eyes) and place 20 sc in the second circle.  If you decide you need more stitches, just make sure you do the same amount in each eye.  That’s the basic rule for this whole project. What you do on one side you will need to repeat on the other side.


I did not join to start the second round.  If you’re a stickler for joining, go right ahead.  If you’re a crochet rebel like me, skip it.  Place 2 dc in next stitch (if you joined, chain 3 and put one dc in the same stitch).  Dc in the next 3 stitches, hdc in the next 2 stitches, and sc in the next 7 stitches.  This starts to form the shape of the skull.

(The photo below shows the yarn needle in the 4th stitch from the end of the circle.  We aren’t going to work any stitches into this spot.  So, if you’ve adjusted your count to work better for your style of crochet, just keep in mind you need to leave some stitches blank to allow for the nose hole.  Yep.  Nose hole.  I’m classy.)


hdc in next 2 stitches, dc in next 2 stitches, chain 2.  We are going to skip a total of 9 stitches, 4 going up the circle, the middle stitch, and 4 going down the second circle.  (NOSE HOLE!)


Join your chain 2 to the 10th stitch (the 5th stitch in the second circle) with a dc.  Now we will do exactly what we did in the first circle, only backwards.  1 more dc, 2 hdc, 7 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc.


NOW you can join.  Chain 3.  dc into next 3 stitches, hdc in the next 4 stitches, sc in the next 4 stitches, hdc in the next 2 stitches, dc into next 2 stitches.  This should get you back to the chain 2 you made to create the nose.  Place 4 dc into that space.


And we’re ready to repeat it all backwards.  2 dc, 2 hdc, 4 sc, 4 hdc, 4 dc.  Sl st into the top of the chain 3 that started this round.  Cut your yarn leaving a tail to weave in and secure.  You have a skull head, but something is missing.  TEETH!

In the photo below, the yarn needle is showing the middle of the skull.  It’s not exact, but it’s close enough.  Count over 4 stitches to the left and reattach your yarn.

12 13

Chain 4, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, chain one, skip the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, chain one……do you see what’s happening here?


When you’ve made 4 teeth, chain 4 and turn your work.  Dc into the dc in the previous row and chain one.  Do this across to get the second row of teeth.


And there ya have it.  It’s a skull.  Cut your yarn, secure it, weave in the ends.  It’s NOT as hard as you think.  You got this!


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240 Responses to Day Of The Dead Skull Motif

  1. erika says:

    thank you so much for this pattern. I love it. I made already two of them.
    ; )

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  3. Tammy says:

    These instructions are both super easy to follow and fun to read! Hubs thought I had lost it when I started giggling at my smarty-pants-phone as I crocheted. Well done & thanks for sharing! =)

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  6. Cindy artz says:

    Why does my teeth end up on the top of the head? Lol

  7. Lizbeth says:

    I love your pattern. Thank you for sharing. I know you posted this a while ago. But I was wondering if you would tell me where you got the pattern for,the bow and flower on your day of the dead skull. Thank you again.

  8. Lizbeth Davis says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern. I love it. I was hoping you could tell me where you got the pattern for the tiny bow and flower. They are so sweet. Thank you again.

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  10. Lisa says:

    So cute! How do you make the little roses and bows?

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  12. Kathy says:

    First one was rough, but I’ve got it now! Making my daughter a scarf. Thank you so much for sharing 😊

  13. Christy says:

    I just completed my first skull and your instructions were amazingly easy to follow! Especially with the pictures it definitely helped, thank you so much!! I love it!! Now to make about 100 more of them, I can’t wait!!

  14. janni says:

    Hello kristin,
    Ur work is wonderful. …i wont to try & make ur day of the dead sskull motif it seems easier then any I have came acrosd…I do not know if I over lookd the hook size or not what # did u do urs in ? Im goin to try & make a scarf out of them & she wonds soft yarn if I can fine it so what size do u think I should use for the softer yarn to?….ty for sharing this :)…..hope u have a wonderful day/nite & ty again


  15. Liz says:

    I made a lot of these things and attached them to granny squares and made a goth blanket for my niece.

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  18. Melissa A. Redmond says:

    Does anyone know how I would convert this pattern to left handed, I’m really struggling to make this come together right and I think it’s because I’m trying to do it left handed. I’m fairly new at crochet and don’t really know how to convert.

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