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!

EDIT – I’m glad everyone loves this pattern.  I can no longer crochet or knit…..or stir a pot of soup.  Ugh.  Degenerative disks in my neck have really bothered my wrists.  So, I want you to make these, sell them, share them, and do whatever else you want to with them.  You have my permission.  You have my blessing.  You have my appreciation.  Happy crocheting to all of you!


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382 Responses to Day Of The Dead Skull Motif

  1. Donna says:

    Fab pattern! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Andrea says:

    Muchas gracias!!!!

  3. Nadia Massana says:

    Thank you for this cute pattern! I have physical issues (and mental health ones too) that make working impossible. So crocheting gives me purpose. If you can’t crochet, at least you have the heart to let others do it for you. You live through us. And maybe we can live through you! So very kind of you again. Many blessings to you and yours!

  4. Marcia says:

    Thanks for your generosity. Sorry for your pain.

  5. Ann says:

    I am a visiting nurse, I am sorry to hear that you can no longer crochet. I’m not sure what I’d do! I have taken care of people who find relief of the pain and numbness from spine/nerve issues with gabapentin oral. If it makes you sick or just doesn’t work there are pharmacies that compound creams and can make a cream with gabapentin, lidocaine etc. I have seen it help quite a bit. Recently a coworker found cbd cream (I believe it is a relative of cannabis but doesn’t get you high lol) and finds this works for her MS related pain. I hope your condition improves! Thank you!

  6. Monique says:

    Thank you so much for this beautyfull pattern I love it.
    It was very easy to make this skull.

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  8. Becca says:

    Thank you so much for the beautifully created and written pattern. For my sister who I can barely relate to, a crocheted hat with a sugar skull and some roses on it is just what Santa ordered.
    I read your disclaimer and I wanted to let you know how thankful I am for you sharing this with us, and I hope you have found some peace. Well wishes being sent your way.

  9. Leah says:

    These are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing. Your story has also touched my heart and I want to say that your life has now blessed mine and that of the child I am making this for.

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  11. Pattie Ferguson says:

    l want to try and learn this so l can make my daughter and her Fiancé a wedding gift. l was looking for a knit pattern but seem to only find crochet so l suppose we can teach this ol’ dog a new trick.😉 Anyway, thank you for the pattern and l will give it a go when my shoulder surgery heals up (16 days ago). Again, thank you for sharing. ❤

  12. summerbentonymailcom says:

    This pattern was very easy to read. I modified a bit by using #10 thread and a smaller needle, extending the teeth to make it a book mark. My sons loved it. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

  13. Theresa says:

    Sorry to hear about you not able to crochet any more. I would like to know if you did a diagram or a graphic pattern that can help better not all that smart on reading . I do appreciate it much thank you and again sorry to hear about your hands😔

  14. Charlotta says:

    Love this skull! The pattern was a great help to me. Sorry for your pain, I can’t imagine a life without crochet & knitting.

  15. Jennie Sapitula says:

    Thanks for this! Sorry to hear about the pain 😞

  16. Julie says:

    Thank you so much for this, it is super cute!!!

  17. Terri says:

    This pattern is perfect!! So easy to read and so well written! Thank you for sharing!!

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  20. caroline Cullimore says:

    Thanks so much I enjoyed making very much

  21. Jessica says:

    Thank you for this fun pattern. God bless

  22. sue Winters says:

    Instruction on assembling them all together for an afghan

  23. Shelby says:

    I have scleroderma and I fear the day that I can no longer use my hands to create. I’ve made 11 so far as halloween brooches. They have gone over huge for me. You have my thanks, respect, and empathy. Love always

  24. Gloria Magdaleno says:

    I hope you are feeling better, thank you for this pattern

  25. Laura L Rosario says:

    Love this pattern. I am using it to decorate my kittens halloween costume.

  26. George says:

    I just made two of these to appliqué onto some black hand warmers I’ve made. Awesome pattern and instructions. So easy to make!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You’re amazing x

  27. Kristine Fuller says:

    Thank you, this was easier than I thought. Bless you for sharing this pattern and visual instructions.

  28. Shiy Sheppard says:

    Hello! I just want to thank you for sharing your skull pattern. I am extremely particular about…well, everything actually. With so many different skull styles on the web I have struggled to find one that I absolutely, positively, simply agree with and am willing to incorporate into other patterns. This is the one! Those stupid ones with only one row of teeth? No. Ew. Next.
    I felt the need to reach out to you when I read your edit note at the end of the pattern. It broke my heart. Now I’m not here to send my sympathies or pity, I imagine that’s not what you need, or want for that matter. I am sending you my upmost appreciation, gratitude, admiration, respect, awe and understanding. I have rhuematoid arthritis and there are times when I cant even hold a hook in my hand. Those times are a direct contribution to the decline of my sanity.
    What do you do with your time now? How do you keep your creativity spinning? Whatever it is, I’m sure you’re kicking ass at it.
    So from one hooker to another, I say thank you. Seriously, thank you!

  29. cindymcb says:

    I love your sense of humor and I love you for sharing this pattern! I’m sorry you can’t crochet due to your degenerative disc in your neck. I have the same in my lower back so I know your pain. I hope you are able to get some relief! Again thank you for this pattern!

  30. Belzabett says:

    Good bless you. Sorry for your pain and thank you for sharing

  31. Gaile Bryan says:

    I am So very sorry you are unable to enjoy crocheting anymore. Hopefully you have found a new hobby. Thank you for sharing this pattern. Perfect for g sons Christmas presants.

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  33. Mandy Riddle says:

    So sorry for your pain and loss of motor skills! Thank you for sharing!

  34. Yvette says:

    I am sorry to read of your health difficulties. I have PsA which has greatly effected my ability to crochet as well. You are an angel to share. Thank you for that selflessness and may God bless you!-y

  35. Michelle Murdock Poat says:

    What kind of stitch did you use to make blocks around the skulls?

  36. Laura says:

    First if all, I want to say that I am very sorry to hear that you are unable to crochet and knit anymore. I feel your pain ~ literally. I’ve recently been diagnosed with arthritis in my neck and hands and, while crochet sometimes helps keep my hands limber, it does nothing for my neck pain….. except make it worse. I bought a cervical brace to wear when my neck hurts too much. I just can’t imagine not having crochet to get me through the tough times.
    Anyway, I hope this finds you well and thank you so much for sharing this pattern.
    Best wishes ~ Laura
    “The Crochet Crone”

  37. Snejuna says:

    God bless you! Thank you for the pattern, my son is very happy with the scull I made as a decoration for his hat.

  38. Mary Fleming says:

    Thank you for pattern. Love it. Hope you have more good days than bad. God bless you.

  39. Rashauna KovacichZarr says:

    Thanks very much for sharing! Generosity ranks right up there with love in my book, cuz sharing is caring! So sorry to hear about your neck discs n pain. I took suffering from degenerative disc disease and suffer most days through with horrific sciatica pain. Down my low back n legs, this kind of thing causes numbness, n just crabbiness altogether! Am I right, I hope someday the “experts” Will figure out a way to help us. back /neck pain n the headaches that accompany the neck issues are nothing I’d wish on anyone. My prayers to you. Thanks for sharing (and making them easy!)cool patterns! I’m a beginner and also very broke, this was just what I was looking for! Thanks so much. 😊 ✌🏻🌞🌈

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  41. plymouthmaid says:

    Thank your your skull pattern. I am sorry to hear that you can no longer knit or crochet. Best wishes to you from Devon, UK. Tina.

  42. Maria Agosto says:

    Your skull pattern seemed easy enough for me, so, I decided to try it. I felt sad when I read that you cannot crochet anymore. I hope there is something that will make you feel better. Thank you for your gift of this pattern (never let go of your humor)

  43. Abi says:

    Thank you so much for your pattern, I’m currently teaching my sisters how to crochet, I had bouts (I have M.E. and Fibro) where I couldn’t crochet, I think the longest was near enough a year, so I understand how frustrating and sad it probably makes you feel not being able to do this anymore, I hope you will find something that will help ease your pain enough so you are able to crochet, Knit and stir a pot of soup once more. Big gentle hugs to you. Thank you again for your awesome pattern and your permission to use it. Thank you 🙂

  44. Shantell Moses says:

    This is so great and thanks for sharing it i have been looking for a great Dia de las muertas pattern

  45. Sherrill says:

    Does anyone have the pattern to add the rose and bow?

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  47. Kat Sanchez says:

    Bless your heart for sharing this wonderful pattern with no strings attached. You’ve given many people a wonderful blessing by doing so.

  48. susan says:

    Thank you and sorry you are no longer able to crochet…feel better soon!

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