Crochet Pattern – Solid Body Skull Scarf

Crocheted Solid Body Skull Scarf

©Copyright 2015 Stitch Noir/Amanda Hyde All videos, patterns and posts have been created, and/or modified from other patterns, by me. If you want to share this information with someone, please credit me (and the patterns that inspired my work, if applicable), by sharing the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post or sell this pattern. Thank you.

Versions of this scarf are often available in my Etsy store 🙂 https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/226205354/funky-skull-scarf-red-black-and-ready-to

Welcome to my very first available pattern!  Please, please let me know if you come across any mistakes or have any suggestions for changes.  This is the first time I have written out a pattern for others.

(Nov 2015: Pattern is now available in German/Deutsch!  PDF can be downloaded here
March 2016: Pattern is now available in French/Français!  PDF available here)

There are many versions of this skull pattern out there.  I have been playing with it for over a year now and modifying it a bunch of different ways.  I will be adding pictures of the various versions I create at the bottom of this post.

For this particular pattern, credit has to be given to some other folks who served as inspiration.  This is a modified pattern of two existing free patterns:
Crochet Skull shawl/Döskallesjal pattern by kungen och majkis http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skull-shawl-doskallesjal
and
Narrow Crochet Skull Scarf: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/narrow-crochet-skull-scarf


I love this skull pattern and have played with it a dozen different ways. I really like creating it as a solid piece like in this pattern as it really makes the skulls *pop*! 🙂  Details on the yarn I used etc can be found on my Ravelry page.

If you are interested in the scarf pictured, it’s for sale in my Etsy store 🙂

(Nov 2015: Pattern is now available in German/Deutsch!  PDF can be downloaded here
March 2016: Pattern is now available in French/Français!  PDF available here)

EDIT NOTE: Many people have trouble with a bulge appearing after row 4.  Some solutions to this are to 1) create more than 10 chain stitches to allow for a bit more stretch.  2) Adjust the number of chains in each set of chain stitches.  Try adding a couple more to allow for more stretch.  3) Check the comments for solutions by readers. 4) Block your piece after you have completed it.

Materials I used:

2.75 mm (C) hook
500 yards of 4-ply fingering weight yarn (I used Darling by Katia) will give you a 9”wide 80” long scarf

Abbreviations:

CH – chain
SL ST – slip stitch
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
STS – stitches

NOTES:

The CH 3 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
At the beginning and end of each skull section, you should have 46 sts.

Make two identical halves and connect them at the top with loose slipstitches or single crochets across. This allows the skulls to be upright on both sides. My scarf has 6 skulls per side but you can make it as long or short as you wish be adding or removing skulls.

PATTERN:

Loosely CH 49. (You can go up one hook size to CH)

Row 1 – DC in 4thCH from hook, DC to end of row. Turn (46 sts)
Row 2 & 3 –CH 3 (does not count as a stitch), DC across to end. Turn (46 sts)

Row 4 –CH 3, 18 DC, CH 10, skip 10 sts, 18 DC. Turn

Row 5 –CH 3, 15 DC, skip 3 DC and CH 6, 4 SC around the chain-10 from previous row, CH 6, skip 3 DCs, 15 DC to end of row. Turn

Row 6 –CH 3, 12 DC, skip 3 DC and CH 6, (1 DC, ch1, 1 DC, ch1, 1 DC, ch1, 1 DC) in the 4 SC from the previous row, CH 6, skip 3 DC, 12 DC to end of row,. Turn

Row 7 –CH 3, 9 DC, skip 3 DC and CH 6, (11 SC on the four dc/ch from previous row as follows: 2 around chain, 1 in first DC, 1 around the chain, 1 in the second DC, 1 around the ch, 1 in the third DC, 1 around the ch, 1 in the 4th DC, 2 around the chain), CH 6, skip 3 DC, 9 DC to end of row. Turn
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Row 8 – (making the eyes) CH 3, 7 DC, skip 2 DC and Ch 8, 4 SC in the first 4 SC from previous row, Ch5, skip 3 SC, 4 SC in four remaining SCs from previous row. Turn.
Ch10, 1 SC around the 5ch space in the middle, ch10 and sl st in the first SC you made. Turn.
10 SC around each “eye” (or each 10 chain space), sl st in final stitch to end the eye. CH 8, skip first 2 DC, 7 DC to end of row. Turn.

Row 9 – CH 3, 5 DC, skip 2 DC and CH 10, 16 SC centred on skull (count 8 from the middle in each direction), ch10, skip 2 DC, 5 DC should bring you to end of row. Turn.

Row 10 –CH 3, 8 DC (5 DC and 3 DC around chain), CH 6, 12 SC centred on skull, CH 6, 8 DC (3 DC around chain, 5 DC in stitches from previous row). Should bring you to end of row. Turn

Row 11 –CH 3, 11 DC (8 DC and 3 DC around chain), CH 6, 8 SC centred on skull, CH 6,11 DC (3 DC around chain, 8 DC in stitches from previous row). Should bring you to end of row. TurnIMG_9561

Row 12 -CH 3, 14 DC (11 DC and 3 DC around chain), CH 6, 6 SC centred on skull, CH 6,14 DC (3 DC around chain, 11 DC in stitches from previous row). Should bring you to end of row. Turn

Row 13 -CH 3, 17 DC (14 DC and 3 DC around chain), CH 6, 4 SLST centred on skull, CH 6, 17 DC (3 DC around chain, 14 DC in stitches from previous row). Should bring you to end of row. Turn

Row 14 -CH 3, 20 DC (17 DC and 3 DC around chain), CH 6, 20 DC (3 DC around 6 chain from previous row, 17 DC in remaining DCs from previous row). Should bring you to end of row. Turn

Row 15 –CH 3, 20 DC, 6 DC around chain space, 20 DC. Turn (46 sts)

Row 16 & 17 –CH 3, DC across to end, turn (46 sts)

Repeat Rows 4 – 17 for each additional skull until desired length. Weave in ends.

Next, create the second half of the scarf the same way.

Connect them across the top with loose slipstitches or single crochets. This allows the skulls to be upright on both sides. My scarf has 6 skulls per side but you can make it as long or short as you wish be adding or removing skulls.

(Nov 2015: Pattern is now available in German!  PDF can be downloaded here)

©Copyright 2015 Stitch Noir/Amanda Hyde All videos, patterns and posts have been created, and/or modified from other patterns, by me. If you want to share this information with someone, please credit me (and the patterns that inspired my work, if applicable), by sharing the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post or sell this pattern. Thank you.

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91 thoughts on “Crochet Pattern – Solid Body Skull Scarf”

  1. I accidentally didn’t but 500 yards… Is that an over estimate? The yarn I bought is 438 yards :(… I probably would have to remove one skull?

    1. It’s hard to say as it depends on the yarn, how tight you crochet…..
      You could play with how many solid rows to start and how many in between each skull.
      You could also weigh the skein and divide it in halves so that when you are close to running out, you know that half is almost done. 🙂

        1. I’ve made several of these great little scarves. To block them, I just pin them down all over (slightly stretching to get skulls just right). Then I spray with water and let dry.
          I have also lightly ironed them with a towel on top and low iron setting. Spray with water first. These ways work for me.

  2. Amanda, thank you SO much for creating this pattern and sharing it for free!! I had to try to make one for my sister-in-law who is a HUGE Pittsburgh Steelers fan (American football team). They have a fan group called the “Stiller Gang” and its symbol is a skull (https://www.dropbox.com/s/4jzw463ll2m8r0q/Photo%20Oct%2006%2C%2011%2034%2048%20PM.jpg?dl=0)–clearly I had to make this scarf for her!!

    When I tried the first motif tonight, I created quite a pucker/bulge. Thank you for your helpful instructions on blocking–I just wondered if you could give me your opinion on whether or not I should expect blocking to be enough to straighten it all out? Before I continued with the piece then had to frog it all, I thought I’d check with you. Here is a picture of mine, completely unblocked: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rpdx3ek7zm9ryqe/Photo%20Oct%2006%2C%207%2030%2059%20PM.jpg?dl=0. Thank you in advance for your time and again for the pattern!!

    1. I would play with the number of chain stitches that create the bottom of the bulge. Perhaps try less than the number called for in the pattern.

      Also just a reminder that blocking will help with natural fibers. If it’s acrylic I would pin it down and then steam it with an iron.

  3. I researched the yarn I didn’t seen any in those colors did you use different skeins or a certain on with all the colors in a skein?

    1. It was a variegated skein with all the colours in it. I think the colour is discontinued though. I had to search far and wide to find a few more skeins to make another one.

  4. Hi there! I love this scarf and have started my own today with my hand spun and dyed wool I found at a craft fair. I have a question though, should I block the scarf all in one or will it be easier to make these skulls into sections,block the sections and then join them? I don’t normally work with wool except for when I make up things that get felted after, but I loved this pattern and had to give it a try

  5. This pattern and display of your scarf is absolutely AWESOME!!! I don’t ever leave comments but this was fantastic so had to. Well done!!

  6. Beautiful work! I would like to do a curtain for my daughter with the skull pattern. Any suggestions for a horizontal repeat of the skulls for the width? Multiples of 49?

    1. Sorry Susan! I just saw your comment! I have notes at home on a variety of alternative approaches to this pattern so I may have some instructions that would help with a curtain. Can look them up and share if you still need them 🙂

  7. Hi fabulous scarf by the way. I’m making one now trial and error. What kind of yarn do you use that has that rainbow effect? 🙂

  8. I have finished my black version. Hope my best friend will enjoy it…..
    Don’t know how to post picture….
    Thanks for the pattern 😊💀

  9. Am I reading row 6 wrong? It looks like there are only 43 stitches in that row instead of the original 46. Row 7 looks like it only has 42 stitches. Everything starts to pucker in row 6 & seems to get worse at the end of row 7. I must be doing something wrong. Help.

    1. Row 6 is 12 DCs on either side and has a dc/ch/dc/ch pattern in the middle to make the teeth of the skull.

      A lot of people have noticed the pucker. One solution to this is make more than 10 chain stitches in row 4. Try 12 or 13 and that should release the pucker. The bulge in my scarf disappeared once I blocked it.

  10. To eliminate the bulge between skulls, I decreased the stitches to 43 instead of 46, and skipped 7 instead of 10. Much better!

  11. May I please ask your procedure for blocking this scarf? I love it and found the pattern to be very well written and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Great to hear! 🙂
      I use Eucalan or another soap for delicates and soak the scarf in lukewarm water for 20-30 mins.
      Then I gently squeeze out the water (don’t wring or twist), roll up the wet scarf in a towel and then actually step on it to soak out even more water.
      While damp, I pin it down, stretched to size, to dry. I have a few pieces of flooring that look like puzzle pieces. They are cushioned and usually used for kids playrooms etc. that’s what I pin it to. I tend to leave it pinned for a couple of days 🙂

  12. I am completely lost on row 7! When you get to the center! Around the chain then in SC then around the chain again? ? It does not look right! What am I doing wrong? Help please! Thanks!

    1. Row 7 –CH 3, 9 DC, skip 3 DC and CH 6, (11 SC on the four dc/ch from previous row as follows: 2 around chain, 1 in first DC, 1 around the chain, 1 in the second DC, 1 around the ch, 1 in the third DC, 1 around the ch, 1 in the 4th DC, 2 around the chain), CH 6, skip 3 DC, 9 DC to end of row. Turn

      You should have 4 DCs in the centre, each with one chain in between them. Those will be the mouth or the teeth of the skull. After you chain 6, you SC twice around the chain (before the DCs), then SC into the first DC, SC around the one chain before the second DC, SC into the second DC, SC around the chain before the third DC, SC in the third DC, SC around the chain before the final DC, SC twice around the chains after the final DC. Then continue with…..”CH 6, skip 3 DC, 9 DC to end of row. Turn”

      Hope this helps?

  13. Beautiful Scarf!!!

    Row 5 is confusing me a little. The 4 sc around the chain 10, are you chaining 4 or doing 4 sc in each sc?

    I will play around until I hear back from you. And THANKS!! 🙂

    1. I apologize…wordpress hasn’t been notifying me of comments to this post. 😦

      The 4SC around the chain 10 is actually making your single crochets around the chain. Hook under the chain, yarn over, pull back, yarn over on top of the chain and single crochet around it.

      Does that help?

  14. Hi there.
    i don’t understand what you need to do on row 7. I don’t know what ‘2 around chain’ means’
    Cheers

    1. Row 6 –CH 3, 12 DC, skip 3 DC and CH 6, (1 DC, ch1, 1 DC, ch1, 1 DC, ch1, 1 DC) in the 4 SC from the previous row, CH 6, skip 3 DC, 12 DC to end of row,. Turn

      Hmmm, I can try and explain it. Otherwise I can make a short video this weekend. 🙂

      So you chain 3 and then DC in the next 12 DCs from the previous row. This leaves you 3 DC from row 5. Skip them and CH 6.
      In row 5, you SC around the chain 4 times. Now you are going to put a DC in each of the four SCs, with 1CH in between each of them, so it will be DC in the first SC, CHAIN 1, DC in the second SC, CHAIN 1, DC in the 3rd SC, CHAIN 1, DC in the last SC.

      Chain 6, skip over the first 3 DCs from row 5 and DC in the remaining 12 DCs.

      Does that help?

  15. omg Love love this. I’m only a beginning crocheter but have to try this it is gorgeous. My daughter would love that she’s been wanting one. Thanks a bunch for sharing the battery. 😘

  16. Did you have to do any blocking of the finished product? I’m finding no matter how many times I start and redo, the pattern gets tighter/narrower in the middle of the skull then gaps at the top loop of each skull. Do you have any hints on how to correct this with this pattern?

    1. If I understand what you mean, I would play with the length of the chain attaching to the middle of the skull. If you add one or two chains on either side that should help the tension.
      The top loop – I assume you mean the final set of chains before you dc 46 across? – again I would play with the number of chain stitches but be sure that you have 46 stitches in the following row.
      I hope this helps. I am in transit but try to word it better when I’m home again later tonight

    2. I forgot to add that I did block it and that help flatten out everything quite a bit. Prior to blocking it wasn’t flat at all, and was bunching in the middle. When I make another one I’ll try and take pictures of the process.

  17. One question- when you get to the end, chain 3 and turn, do you DC in the 4th chain from hook and then on across?

        1. Yep, I checked and that’s how I did mine. I found that having the extra CH 3 on either side helped to even out the edges.
          You could also count it as a DC and skip the first DC in the row below. Just stop and count your stitches/spaces every so often to ensure each row has the same amount 🙂

          1. When you chain 3 at the beginning of each row, do you actually do the first stitch in that stitch (4 th ch from hook)? Thanks love the scarf. Made 2 of the open mesh type.

          2. I typically do put the first stitch in the 4th chain as you say, thereby ignoring the ch3 at the start. I like the way it looks a little better. You could consider the ch3 a stitch and move on to the 2nd stitch if you wanted. Personal preference.

          3. Thanks for your help. I am chaining 2 then dc in the same stitch and I have finally gotten my count right. Am I allowed to sell this scarf if anyone wants one? If so, what would you recommend the price be? Thanks so much

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          4. My prices vary depending on the yarn I have used and other considerations. If you are going to sell your scarves, I would ask that you please credit Stitch Noir for the pattern.

          5. I definitely will give you credit with a tag on it with your link. Not sure if I’m going to yet

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