Crochet sugar skull motif elbow patch

Cute Crochet Skulls

It’s the season for crochet! Hooray! Colder weather is always welcomed by yarn artists – but also, it’s holiday season so we have free themes to work with!

Recently, I was asked by the incredible Simply Crochet Magazine to design a pattern for their Hook to Hook challenge – a fun feature where they give two designers the same yarn and theme and let them loose to create their own unique patterns for the mag (and on Instagram you can win the yarn to make the designs by liking your favourite).

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I was lucky enough to be asked to design a pattern for the Halloween issue, using the beautiful Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. With my secret style icon being Morticia Addams, this was the perfect theme for me and of course, my signature collars.

If you’ve read the issue you will know my inspiration was along the lines of glamorous Gothic, taking style cues from the Victorian era. It was also important for me to create a design that wasn’t just for Halloween – if you’re going to spend time making something beautiful why only wear it once? That meant pumpkins were out, but skulls, skulls can be worn anytime – if you’re sartorially inclined that way.

Here is what I came up with – If you want to make it, it’s available in issue 62 of Simply Crochet Magazine

Crochet Skull Choker Collar

But it gets better!

To celebrate this magazine feature, I have made ANOTHER crochet skull design, this time a cute sugar skull style patch, and the free pattern is here! The good news is, I made this with scraps, it really doesn’t take that much yarn so perfect for sorting your stash.

This super cute motif can be used as a patch on your jeans, your elbows, your bag, your jacket – anywhere, or add a clasp to the back and make it a brooch! Personally I love it as elbow patches and it’s cute enough to wear not just for Halloween.


Crochet sugar skull motif

How to

(UK terms)


Rnd – Round
Ch – Chain
Ss – Slip stitch
Dc – Double crochet
Htr – Half treble
Tr – Treble

In white

Rnd 1: Ch 9, 9 tr in 4th ch from hook, 1 htr in next ch, 1 dc in next 4, ch 1, (working up the other side of the chain) 1 dc in next 4, 1 htr in next, join to 3rd ch of starting ch 3 (which is the last 3 chains of your starting 9)

Rnd 2: ch 2, 1 htr in same, 2 htr in next 9, 1 htr, 1 dc in next 3, 3 dc in next, 1 dc in ch 1 sp, 3 dc, 1 dc in next 3, 1 htr, join to 2nd ch of starting ch-2.

Rnd 3: ch 2, 1 htr in next 5, 2 htr in next, 1 htr in next 2, 2 htr in next, 2 htr in next, 1 htr in next 2, 2 htr in next (mark this last stitch), 1 htr in next 6, 1 dc in next 5, 3 dc in next, 1 dc in next 3, 3 dc in next, 1 dc in next 5, join to starting ch-2, fasten off. (43)

In black

Join to last rnd at stitch marker.

(1 dc, ch 1) 9 times, skip next stitch, (1 dc, ch1) 3 times, (1dc, ch1, 1 dc, ch1) in next, (1 dc, ch 1) 5 times, (1dc, ch1, 1 dc, ch1) in next, (1 dc, ch1) 3 times, skip next stitch, (1 dc, ch 1) 19 times, join to start, fasten off. (43)


In orange

Flip work so wrong side is facing. Join yarn with ss through any black stitch, working under the vertical bars of the dc (see picture below), ch 1.

(1 ss around next black dc, ch 1) repeat all the way around, join to start. (86)


stitch detail


In green

Join with ss anywhere into black rnd in any ch-1 sp.

(ch 3, ss in next ch-1 sp) repeat all the way around, join to start, fasten off.


Eyes (make 2)

Rnd 1: In black – make a magic circle, 6 dc in circle, join to start, fasten off. (TIP: leave tails long to use to attach to skull)

Rnd 2: In any other colour – join to any stitch of previous rnd. Ch 4, ss in same space, ss into next dc, ch 4, ss into same space – repeat around another four times (creating 6 petals), join to start, fasten off.

Attach eyes to skull – I pulled the black tails through, one on either side of a tr stitch, tied them together then sewed them in.

Using a length of black yarn sew on teeth.



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