Tutorial: Dem Bones, The Day of The Dead Skull Square

Here is the pattern for the skull square in my Day of the Dead Blanket (see archive for more on that beauty). I used nasty neon DK for my blanket, but any highly contrasting colours would work just as well. You could probably use this pattern to make some decorative Halloween bunting if you were so inclined.  Hmmmn, there’s an idea!

These squares employ a kind of Fair Isle technique I guess, in that you are working more than one colour, and so need to carry the colours you are not using with you as you crochet, twisting them behind the stitch so you are ready to pick them up at any time. This can seem a little complicated at first, but just as with most of these things, you’ll soon get the hang of it. Once you’ve made one of these skull squares you’ll be able to make as many as you like.  They are a bit addictive.

You will need: 1, 3.50mm crochet hook, DK in 3 contrasting colours

Colour 1 (colour of skull)

Colour 2 (colour of eyes, nose and mouth)

Colour 3 (background)

Pattern

1. Colour 1, chain 4 and join with ss to form a ring,

Ch2, 2 dc in ring, ch1, (3 dc in ring, ch1) x2, join colour 2, 3 dc in ring, ch 1, bring colour 1 forward, join with ss to form a round.

2. Ch2, 2dc in corner, ch1, bring colour 2 forward, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 1 forward 3dc in corner space, ch1, bring colour 2 forward 3dc in same corner space, ch1, 3dc in last corner ss to join and form a round.

3. Bring colour 1 forward, ch2, 2dc in corner, ch1, 3dc in same corner, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, bring colour 2 forward (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner,  bring colour 1 forward, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, bring colour 2 forward, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 1 forward, 3dc in next gap, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in corner space, ch1, 3 dc in next space, ch1, join with ss in top of chain to form a round. Cast off.

4. With colour 1, 1sc in 1st gap following the bottom right corner, ch2, 2dc in gap, 1ch, 3dc in next gap, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap,ch1,  (3dc, ch1,3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in  next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, join colour 3, 3dc in corner, ch1, join colour 2, 3dc in same corner space, ch 1, 3 dc in next gap, ch1, 3 dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, 3dc in same corner space,  ch1, join with ss to form a round. Cast off. (you’re now only working with colours 1 and 3.

5. With colour 1 sc in central gap on right hand side, ch2, 2dc in same space, 1ch, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space,  ch1, join colour 3, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, bring colour 1 forward, 3dc in next space,  ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, join with ss to form round.

6. Ch2, 2dc in gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1,bring colour 1 forward, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, 3dc in next gap, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, (3dc, 1ch, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, bring colour 1 forward, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, bring colour 3 forward, 3dc in next space, ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next corner space, ch1, 3dc in next space, ch1, join with ss in top of ch2, cast off. Hide ends with bodkin.

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5 comments on “Tutorial: Dem Bones, The Day of The Dead Skull Square

  1. fabiola says:

    darn nice!!!!

  2. Hmm says:

    Why duck face?

  3. […] For bonus credit, I knocked up about a half-a-dozen afghan squares using a recipe from the interesting and clever Ursula Glitch. She writes about crocheting, and creates patterns which she kindly shares, and some other stuff which must be driving the mister crazy by now. “Ursula Glitch said” is becoming my unofficial slogan of February. She wrote a post on 5 ways to maximise your creativity which was a list of ideas that I already knew, but needed to remember. So, thank her for this cool bastard, and you can create your own with her recipe here. […]

  4. mary says:

    was this done in american terms or english terms?

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