For Día de les Muertos AKA Day of the Dead or Halloween if you want. Celebrate your loved ones by making this pattern 🙂 You can leave the flowers off to make just a skeleton.
4mm crochet hook. 4/Medium weight yarn in black, white, green, and any color you’d like for flowers/eye rings. 12mm safety eyes. Stuffing. Scissors. Tapestry needle.
This pattern is to make a super cute skeleton/sugar skull! We start by making his legs, then connecting them together, which forms the body and leads into the head. All of that is made in one piece. We then make the arms. After that we create and sew on all the head accessories. Finally, we make the bones and sew them on. You can even embroider a small heart if you want!
Legs: (Make 2)
Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 3-7: *Sc* all around (12)
Finish off the first leg. DON’T finish off second leg. Continue the following rounds with the second leg.
Round 8: *Inc, Sc 3* all around (15)
Round 9: Sc in next st on second leg. Replace st marker to Sc just made (Pic 1-5). Remove st marker from first leg. Now Ch 3 (Pic 6). Sc anywhere on first leg (Pic 7). Now on the first leg, Sc in next 14 st. Now we meet the 3 Ch (Pic 8). Sc along the next 3 Ch (Pic 9-11). Now we meet the second leg. Sc in next 15 st (Pic 12) (Stitch count: 36. Remember to count ch 3 on both sides)
Round 10-18: *Sc* all around (36)
Round 19: *Dec, Sc 4* all around (30)
Round 20-22: *Sc* all around (30)
Round 23: *Dec, Sc 3* all around (24)
Round 24-26: *Sc* all around (24)
Round 27: *Dec, Sc 2* all around (18)
Switch to White
Round 28: In Front Loop Only, *Inc, Sc 2* all around (24)
Round 29: In BOTH loops, *Inc, Sc 3* all around (30)
Round 30: *Inc, Sc 4* all around (36)
Round 31: *Inc, Sc 5* all around (42)
Round 32-40: *Sc* all around (42)
Round 41: *Dec, Sc 5* all around (36)
Round 42: *Dec, Sc 4* all around (30)
Round 43: *Dec, Sc 3* all around (24)
Stuff here. Insert safety eyes in between Round 35 and 36, 6 stitches apart.
Round 44: *Dec, Sc 2* all around (18)
Round 45: *Dec, Sc* all around (12)
Round 46: *Dec* all around (6)
Finish off and add any additional stuffing. Sew closed.
Arms: (Make 2)
Round 1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2: *Inc, Sc* all around (9)
Round 3-5: *Sc* all around (9)
Round 6: *Inc, Sc 2* (12)
Round 7-11: *Sc* all around (12)
Finish off and stuff. Pin and sew to the body as shown.
Insert needle with yarn going from the left to the middle of the eyes (Pic 1). Pull the yarn through, and reinsert needle back into original left area (Pic 2). Pull needle out to right area (Pic 2). Finally, reinsert needle into middle area between eyes (Pic 3). Pull through and weave in ends (Pic 4).
First, pin the smile as shown (Pic 1). With the ends of the yarn on both sides, sew them into the head. Now starting from one side of the mouth, insert needle with black yarn above the mouth (Pic 2). Insert needle below mouth, lining up with above insertion (Pic 3). Pull needle out about 1-2 stitches away, and repeat the process of making these lines until you meet the other side of the mouth.
Your skeleton should look like this now!
Eye Circles: (Make 2)
In Any Color
Make a magic ring but don’t close it shut. Sc 10 into magic ring (Pic 1). Now adjust the ring around the safety eye. We make it tighter and snug around the safety eye (Pic 2). Now take the ring off the eye. SlSt to the first Sc to shut the ring (Pic 3-4). Pin back on to the skull’s eye. The ring is now around the safety eye.
Flowers: (Make 3)
In Any Color
Row 1: Ch 20. Dc in 2nd Ch from hook. Dc in next 18 Ch. Roll this piece as shown to make a flower. Sew down the middle of the flower to secure. Pin as shown.Row 1: Ch 20. Dc in 2nd Ch from hook. Dc in next 18 Ch. Roll this piece as shown to make a flower. Sew down the middle of the flower to secure. Pin as shown.
Leaf: (Make 2)
Row 1: Ch 5. Sc in 2nd Ch from hook, Dc in next 2 st, Trc in last (Pic 2). Turn to the other side of Ch. Trc in next st, Dc in next 2 st, Sc in next 2 st (Pic 3).
Finish off and pin to the head as shown.
Adjust any placement you’d like to make now. Now sew on each piece and weave in ends.
Now we make the bones. These are optional of course.
Spine: (Make 1)
Row 1: Ch 15. Finish off and pin directly in the middle of the body.
Ribs: (Make 4)
Row 1: Ch 4. Finish off and pin two ribs on each side of the spine.
Leg Bones: (Make 2)
Row 1: Ch 7. Finish off and pin each leg bone to the middle of the leg.
Arm Bones: (Make 2)
Row 1: Ch 8. Finish off and pin each arm bone to the middle of the arm.
Sew each bone on. I sewed the first Ch and last Ch of the bone to the body, and the middle of the bone down. You can also sew on a red heart now if desired.