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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341 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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  20. Grace says:

    What size crochet hook?

  21. Diana says:

    Thank you so much! Very easy instructions and I love the pictures 😊

  22. Saartje says:

    Don’t know if you still read this, but thanks for the pattern, it’s great and easy to follow!

  23. Aikaterini says:

    Thank you from all my heart. My best friend she loves skulls and I didn’t know how make one. Now I have the present for my best. Thank you again. God bless you

  24. Barbara says:

    Cute, very cute

  25. Theresa R. says:

    I’m making an early Halloween Crochet Round-Up and would like to add a link you to your pattern. Thank you for sharing this. I’m thinking of making a small scarf by making several skulls and attaching them together.

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  27. Melissa Miller says:

    Great pattern. The pictures really helped. I am making this the center of a dreamcatcher that I’m making for a friend.

  28. Kelly Walter says:

    Love this pattern, really easy to follow. I also love your FAQ’s, that’s the most straightforward way to say things than I’ve seen in a long time! You’re great and we all appreciate the patterns, keep em coming when you can!

  29. Sandi Kinion says:

    Hi Krisitn!!!
    I’ve fallen in love with your skull barefoot sandals (BooLu?), but I can’t seem to navigate to print out the pattern…any suggestions?

  30. Nanskepanske says:

    I’m Nanske from Belgium
    I have a FB group and my friends asked me if I would translate your wonderful Patterns into Dutch
    Can I please have your permission ??
    I will put the link to your webpage or blog on it or I give you the translation and put the link to it on my group 
    Greetings and Blessings 

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  32. Thank you! This is exactly what I have been searching for. Your patter is clear and easy to understand, worked up quickly, and looks just right for a Halloween skull! I am so excited to get started on my decorations now that I have a workable pattern!!

  33. Rachel Lim says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern and the easy(+entertaining) instructions. ^^

    Praying for you that your degenerating disk issues will go away miraculously, no pain and no discomfort. Take care~

  34. Amanda Taylor says:

    So terribly sorry about your degenerative disc disease, I have it in my lower back. It causes a lot of problems with my legs and internal organs. The pain is horrible and I’m shorter than I used to be, that really sucks because I was short to begin with!

  35. jan says:

    kristin….damn!! the pain you must have….and not being able to use your hands/body the way you did once………frustrating!!!! i was going to ask if you had a printer friendly version but i’ll deal……you need to do what you can and are told to do. rest easy.

  36. Vicki says:

    Thank you Kristin for this easy to follow and great looking skull pattern, I am making Christmas gifts this year and my daughter and son in law are devout scull lovers. I am making them matching scarves from this pattern. One is done and one to go! The more I make the better they look! Thank you again! ❤️👍🏻

  37. vonnes creaties says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have a chrochet tutorial channel on youtube in Dutch and I would really like do a tutorial on this skullpatern in Dutch. Do you give me permission to do so? It would be a great honour and ofcourse I will give the link to your paterns in the description box.

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  39. Mary says:

    I’m sorry about your neck, thank you so much for this pattern

  40. Thelma says:

    thank you, I appreciate. I hope all goes well for you

  41. When you ch 3 at the top of the skull & then dc in next 3 sts, how did you not get a huge space at the top of the skull? That happens to me.

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  43. Emily says:

    Thak you so much for the pattern!

  44. Faye Patten says:

    OMG!! I have the same problem but am able to have surgeries to fix me. I am becoming the bionic woman, neck fusion, lumbar fusion, Hand fusion, shoulder replacement and knees replacement. Thank God I can still crochet. I hope you can find a way to get back to it.
    This skull pattern is perfect. There is another one that just doesn’t work for me. I can this on the turn on evenly. I know they don’t have to be exact but this one will work.
    Maybe an occupational therapist could help you.

  45. Robin says:

    Kristin, thank you for your pattern instructions. I just made six in different colors. I love this pattern. Your instructions are so easy to follow for me. You did a good job. So sorry you can no longer crochet, but you are an excellent instructor. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  46. Kristiki says:

    Great ptn! I just made a scarf in candy corn colors. Super cute, easy fast ptn to follow thanks!!

  47. Nancy says:

    Love this pattern so much. Thank you for sharing. So very sorry you can no longer do things. Such a horrid disease.

  48. hannah says:

    Thanks for posting this, best looking skull I’ve found on pintrest, my first one wasn’t great but the second try turned out awesome! Great step by step instructions. 😀

  49. Patsy says:

    Thank you so much for pattern,I am working with a group that donates hats,etc to hospitals. Now and then we sell to give at Christmas to other seniors that are having a rough time,I have sold several potholders with these skulls

  50. Sunshine E Wood says:

    Thank-you so much for sharing your work amazing …love from Vegas …

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