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Skull Shaped Applique Free Pattern

An Original Design by Sandi Marshall

A crocheted skull shaped applique that can be handy as a Halloween decoration or at other times of year. Sew or glue these little skulls to other items to dress them up for a spooky Halloween look. The example is crocheted with thread and the actual size is only 1 1/2 inches tall.

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Materials Used In The Example:
Size 10 White Crochet Thread
Hook: US Size 7 steel crochet hook

Finished Size, when made with materials above:
Skull is 1 1/2 inches tall x 1 1/4 inches wide, at widest point

Gauge is not important for this project. The decoration is useful in any finished size.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain, dc = double crochet, ea = each, rnd = round
sc = single crochet, sp = space, sl st = slip stitch

Skip A Stitch Illustrated: http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa071804.htm
Crochet In A Chain Space Illustrated: http://crochet.about.com/library/blchainspace.htm
Repeats In (Parenthesis) Expained: http://crochet.about.com/library/blrepeats2.htm

How To Slip Stitch (sl st) = Insert hook in stitch, wrap yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook, at the same time. A slip stitch does not add any height and is used to join a chain or stitch to another place in the crochet piece. It can also be used to add a decorative ridge to the outside edge of a crocheted piece.

This free pattern is for your own personal use only (non-profit, non-commercial use). You may give the finished applique as a gift but you may not sell the applique (this includes adding the applique to a hat or other item). Also, per copyright law, you may not sell or give away reproduced copies of the pattern instructions. You may give out the pattern URL instead, to anyone who wants the pattern. Thank you for following these terms of use so that I may be able to continue making my original designs available as free patterns on the Internet.

Note: Starting with round 2, it may be helpful for you to mark the first stitch of each round so that you can more easily locate the correct stitch to work the slip stitch in when each round is finished. For a marker, you could use a safety pin, contrasting color strand of yarn, twist tie or a purchased stitch marker (when a round is finished and you have crocheted the first stitch of the next round, move the marker to that new stitch). If accidentally crocheting into the wrong stitch at the beginning or end of a round, it would incorrectly increase the number of stitches and throw off the pattern. If the placement of the eyes and mouth openings don't seem to be coming out right, try marking the first stitch of each round.

Starting Chain For Skull: Chain 4, join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: ch 1, 8 sc in ring, sl st in first sc, to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in ea of first 3 sc, ch 5 (for eye hole), skip next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, ch 5 (for nose), 2 sc in next sc, ch 5 (for other eye), skip next 2 sc, sl st in first sc of this round, to join.
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same sc as sl st just made, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) twice, 2 sc in next sc, 6 sc in ch-5 loop (eye), sc in ea of next 2 sc, 7 sc in next ch-5 loop (nose), sc in ea of next 2 sc, 6 sc in next ch-5 loop (other eye), sl st in first sc of this round, to join.
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same sc as sl st just made, sc in next sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in ea of next 2 sc) 4 times, dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in next sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, ch 2, dc in next sc, sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in ea of next 2 sc, sl st in first sc of this round, to join.
Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in same sc as sl st just made, sc in ea of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in ea of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in ea of next 4 sc, sl st in ea of next 5 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next sc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 2 sc, 4 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in ea of next 2 sc, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sl st in next sc, sc in ch-1 sp, sl st in ea of next 5 sc, sc in ea of next 2 sc, sl st in first sc of this round, to join.
Rnd 6: sl st in ea of next 16 sc, sl st in ea of next 5 sl st, sl st in ea of next 3 sc, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times, sc in ea of next 2 sc, sl st in ea of next 4 sc, sl st in ea of next 7 sl st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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