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How to crochet: A Skull


Pattern 2 for Halloween! I'm a huge fan of this time of year, so to celebrate I've got a few new patterns for you guys! I've never yet seen a really good pattern for a crocheted skull online, so I figured I'd make one for you guys!







Materials:

(basically any 100% cotton works)
-Needle to sew in ends with

Abbreviations:
-sc = Single Crochet
-inc = Increase (sc 2 in one st)
-dec = Decrease (sc 2 together)
-ch = Chain
-st / sts = Stitch or stitches
-Rnd = Round

Rnd 1: sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, don’t turn (6) 

Rnd 2: sc 3 in first st, 2 in next st (aka inc), 1 in next st, repeat once (12) 

Rnd 3: sc in first st, inc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, inc in next 3 sts, sc in last two sts (18)

Rnd 4: sc in each st around (18)

Rnd 5: sc in next 10 sts, *split

*Split (See video here for detailed instructions: http://youtu.be/3zAu8LMsQac)*
Pull one loop through in black and one in white
Using white: working in front loops only, sc in next 2 sts leave loop here and go back to color black.
Using color black: working in back loops only, sc in the back loops of the next 2 sts. Cut a long end and pull through, go back to white.
Back to white: sc in both loops of the next 3 sts (around the thread of black to hide it)
Repeat this process one more time, pull one loop through in black and one in white
Using white: working in front loops only, sc in next 2 sts leave loop here and go back to color black.
Using color black: working in back loops only, sc in the back loops of the next 2 sts. Go back to white.
sc in both loops of the next next st. (18 [+4])

Rnd 6: sc in next 9 sts, sc in the back loop of the next st, change to black, working into black sts sc in next 2 sts, change back to white, sc in next 3 sts, change back to black, working into black sts sc in next 2 sts, sc in back loop of the next st. (18)

Rnd 7: sc in next 10 sts, change to white/black, sc in next 2 sts, change to white, sc one, change to black, sc in back loop of next st, change to white, sc in next st, change to white/black, sc in next 2 sts, change to white sc in next. (18)

Rnd 8: sc in first st, dec in next st, repeat twice more, sc in next st, sc in the back loop of the next st, sc in next 2 sts, change to white/black, sc in next 2 sts, change to white, sc in next st, sc in the back loop of the next 2 sts. (15)

Rnd 9: dec in the next 2 sts, carry a second strand of yarn with, dec in next, sc in next, *split*

*Split
Pull one loop through in white1 (yarn A) and one in white2 (yarn B)
Using yarn A: working in front loops only, sc in next 8 sts leave loop here and go back to yarn B.
Using yarn B: working in back loops only, dec 4 times in the back loops of the next 8 sts.


dec in next 2 sts. cut, stuff, and sew closed.


Now go check out last weeks free pattern for how to make a witches hat! I use this pattern for the witch, Gandalf, and even for Link!
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