Skull Crochet Pattern

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Looking for a skull crochet pattern? You’re in luck, because you have found a great step-by-step skull crochet pattern tutorial.

In this tutorial you will learn how to crochet a skull applique.

This skull crochet pattern is perfect if you want to crochet something spooky for Halloween.

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Spooky Halloween Skull Crochet Pattern

If you’re looking for a Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) or a Spooky Halloween pattern, this skull motif may be just what you need.

This sweet little skull pattern is perfect for advanced beginners and is crocheted from the center outward using only basic crochet stitches.

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Materials & Tools For Crochet Appliques

To crochet appliques, you can use any size/mm crochet hook and yarn.

You can use any yarn fiber, like cotton yarn, wool yarn or acrylic yarn.

If you are attaching them to a crochet project, it’s great if you can use the same crochet hook and yarn as for the main project.

It’s common to use either 3 light yarn (dk weight yarn) or 4 medium weight yarn (aran or worsted weight yarn).

Here are a couple of yarns I’d recommend to crochet appliques:

These two yarns come in many beautiful colors & work for a range of applique patterns.

Next, you’ll need a crochet hook that matches the yarn weight.

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Best Tips for Crocheting Appliques

There are several factors that can help you have success when crocheting appliques.

  1. Count stitches: Make sure you got each round right by counting stitches after finishing one round.
  2. Block your appliques: Make sure you get a professional finish by blocking your appliques.

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How to Crochet A Skull

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Learn how to crochet a skull with this step by step tutorial. Use the crochet skull as a separate project like a crochet applique, turn it into a skull granny square or use your imagination to make something unique.
Cost $2
Total Time 15 minutes
Gauge NA
Sizes Depends on your crochet hook size and yarn.

Skill Level




We try our best to include all crochet abbreviations in the list above for the crochet pattern, but sometimes we may forget one or two.
Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.


  • Ch 3, counts as 1st double crochet + base chain.
    Round 1: dc 8 in 3rd ch from hook (base chain), ch 5, dc 1 in base ch, ch 3, dc 1 in base ch, ch 5, sl st in 1st st (=24 st).
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  • Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 1 in each of the 9 dc (including same place as sl st), sc 6 in next ch-sp, sl st in next ch-sp, ch 2, dc 3 in same ch-sp, ch 2, sl st in same ch-sp, sc 6 in next ch-sp, sl st in 1st st (=30 st).
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  • Fasten off and weave in ends with a yarn needle.
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  • This pattern is written in US terms (learn how to change to UK terms).
  • The crochet skull pattern is crocheted in rounds with the right side facing at all times.
  • This crochet skull can be crocheted with any crochet hook size and yarn. 
  • Use it as a full project itself, as a crochet applique or make many for a combined crochet project.

Skull Crochet Pattern Project Ideas

There’s so much you can crochet using the skull crochet applique.

The head part of the skeleton is a great crochet idea, here’s a few ideas how to use it:

  • Attach Crochet Skulls to a Halloween Costume
  • Add the Skull Appliques To a Trick or Treat Bag
  • Use it for Halloween Decorations
  • Use As Home Decorations for the Day of The Dead

Next, you can turn it into a Skull Granny Square and make:

  • Coasters
  • A Skull Scarf
  • Crochet Blankets

And there’s so many more ideas on the Skull Granny Square Tutorial!

Different Applique Crochet Patterns

Discover a few great applique crochet patterns:

  1. Crochet Flower Pattern
  2. Crochet Star Pattern
  3. Crochet Heart Pattern
  4. Crochet Granny Heart Pattern
Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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