Skulltastic Skull Scarf (& Pattern!)

So I finally finished up the skull scarf and have put together the pattern for it, so I’m here to share pictures and a pattern!

Since my husband Dain and I are sort ofcompletely obsessed with Halloween, I thought that this was a perfect photo opportunity. So he gathered up all of the skulls he could find and I set them up and took some pictures, I also asked Dain for help with ideas for pictures of the scarves with our hearses (yes, plural, we each have one), as well as helping me capture a couple of the pictures because he’s got a great eye and some of these shots needed two bodies and four hands.

This scarf was one of the first things that I’ve created on my own. I looked at pictures of other crochet skulls, but wasn’t satisfied with how any of them looked, so I set out to make my own, and I like how it’s come out. I’ve made coasters from just a singular skull and I’ve made two scarves. I hope that someone can get some good use of this pattern! It’s the perfect time of the year for it! I hope you all enjoy!

What you will need for this scarf:

  • Any weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn!”, which is aran weight) PLEASE NOTEThe lighter weight yarn will create a smaller skull.
  • Any size crochet hook (I used a US J/6.0mm hook, but please know that I usually need to use two hook sizes bigger than what is recommended, also realize that the smaller the hook the smaller the skull, and the larger the hook the bigger and more spaced out the skull will be)
  • Tapestry needle.

Special Terms:

Pattern:

  1. FHDC 8 sts, turn
  2. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  3. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  4. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  5. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  6. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  7. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  8. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  9.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  10. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  11. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  12. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  13. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  14. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  15. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  16. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  17. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  18. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  19. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  20. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  21. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  22. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  23. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  24. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  25. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  26. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 15-27 until scarf is half the length you desire
  27. Go back fo FHDC and join yarn, CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  28. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  29. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  30. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  31. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  32. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  33. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  34.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  35. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  36. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  37. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  38. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  39. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  40. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  41. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  42. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  43. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  44. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  45. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  46. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  47. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  48. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  49. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  50. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  51. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 27-51 until scarf is same length as other half, break yarn, Finish off
  52. OPTIONAL: SC evenly around scarf, slip stitch to first SC, finish off, weave in ends.

I hope you all enjoy this pattern! Thanks so much for checking it out!

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Finished it Friday: The Lone Duo

Unfortunately with this post, I don’t have any pictures, and in the last week, I’ve only finished two projects.

A friend of mine approached me a few weeks ago with a picture of a skull scarf that he thought he needed. I searched for a pattern and I found it, but I wasn’t completely sold on how it looked, so I decided to come up with my own! I asked if he wanted one for his son, who I love to see in pictures and watch videos posted of him as well as getting to hear about how he’s progressing with school and life in general. He said he would! We decided to to a trade because he does some pretty awesome embroidery stuff. So I set out to start on these scarves, and I just put the finishing touches on them a few minutes ago. I can’t wait to take pictures of them and share them, and then write up the pattern to share!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

My life has been kind of crazy lately. If you want to be exact, since the 26th of August, which happened to be my 26th birthday. Anyway, my life has been busy with doctor’s appointments and as I’d mentioned briefly in my introductory post, I have something called Marfan Syndrome, and these appointments have to do with that. Which isn’t a big deal, by any means – I’ve dealt with this my entire life and it’s not going to change any time soon, and my commute to get to these appointments has shortened greatly since I’ve moved in with my husband and his family all those years ago, but it’s still an hour commute one way with exorbitant parking fees and early mornings, of which I am not typically thrilled about. It is worth it, however, because I get to see some of the best doctors in the world, of which not everyone is so lucky to be able to do, even if they have something similar to or worse than what I have. I could always have it worse!

So – what’s happenin’…
In my personal life:

  • MRI Scan with contrast into my hip tomorrow (9/25)
  • Consultation with the Orthopedist concerning MRI results and talking about what to do next
  • Husband’s cousin’s “sweet 16’s” birthday party on Saturday
  • It’s fall around here and the colors are changing, which means it’s time to take pictures!
  • Starting to prepare for Halloween!
  • I will finally get to finish and send out all of the projects that I’ve finished for family members and friends
  • I will get a chance to write back to all of my penpals

With my book status:

  • I have started to read The Demonology of King James I by Donald Tyson, but am currently unsure if I’m going to continue, not for lack of  enjoying the book or it’s contents, but I just don’t know if it’s what I want to read right now. I’m considering re-reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, because … Gaiman.

In relation to my hooks:

  • I have recently found the Crochet Guild of America and have decided that when I have a spare $35, I will become a member and reap the benefits.
  • I am also toying with the idea of attempting the Master Crochet Program. I definitely think that I’m cut out for it, and it would definitely be a challenge! Still mulling it over.

With my hooks and some yarn:

I have found over the past few months that having multiple projects going at once gives me the opportunity to change up what I’m doing and keep my sanity a little bit longer (oh wait, I’ve never had my sanity! Well, you get what I’m saying anyway)!

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This project has been a lot of fun, and one of the first that I’ve come up with on my own. This is for a friend who has some really great tastes, and what’s even better, is when I’m done with this adult sized scarf, I get to make one on a smaller scale for his son! You can’t ever go wrong with skulls, especially this close to Halloween (or really, any other time of the year.

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While this sweater is technically done as far as crocheting goes, I still have to add a couple of buttons so that it will stay closed, but I am so happy with this little sweater that I kind of wish that I were a one-year-old so I could wear it. Not to mention all of the naps that I’d get to take if I were that age again!
What’s that yarn?: Malabrigo Rios Superwash (worsted weight) in English Rose and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash (worsted weight) in Merina

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This Crescent Turtleback Sweater is a long, ongoing project, but it is so much fun to work up and it’s even more fun to see it come to fruition. It’s been awhile since I’ve actually picked this one up and worked on it, but I think that might change as I find myself having to travel to my upcoming appointments, as the smaller skeins of yarn are easier to carry around than some of my bigger skeins.
What’s that yarn?: Knit Picks Comfy Sport in black

In my yarn heavy future:

  • A restocking of some yarn as I’m running low!
  • Making an infinity scarf for myself and my mother-in-law
  • Finding something to do with the little bits of Cascade 220, and Berroco Vintage that I have left
  • Take inventory of my yarn and reorganize it
  • Plan out holiday gifts and start on them

 

Well folks, that’s about all that I’ve got for this week. I hope you’re all doing wonderfully and enjoying this time of year!