Skull beanie

First post! Yay! Please check out the tabs above to get the back story on this blog, but let’s jump right in and start with a crochet project!

Skull Beanie

This is one of the few pieces that I can claim is mostly my design (which means that I am going to ask nicely that you don’t publish it without my permission. Not that I know anyone working on a crochet book, but still). This is the first example of this hat that I have made, and this is the first time that I’ve written out any pattern– in other words, it’s not perfect. But it is still super cool! I made this before my Grandma died with yarn in my own stash, unlike the other works that I am going to post on here, but I thought it would be a nice way to start out the blog.

Aaron is totally rocking the Skull Beanie. Real men wear pink!

Skill level: Intermediate

You will need: 

Caron Simply Soft yarn: 1 skein in Black and 1 skein in Watermelon

Size H/8 (5 mm) hook

A tapestry needle

Note: All stitches will be using single crochet stitch

Here is what a clean color change should look like.

Useful tip #1: For a clean color change: when you have two loops on hook, just before completing a single crochet stitch, put the new color on your hook and pull that color through the two loops. The picture on the right should help you visualize what I am talking about.

Useful tip #2: When working with the two colors, just carry the yarn of the unused color across the skull pattern so that you can rejoin it at the end of the skull. When you’re back to the main round color, let the skull color hang loose until you need it again, then pull it across to restart the skull. Because you are working in the round, all of the “carried” yarn will be on the inside of the hat. Here is an example of what it kind of will look like. I do recommend sewing these down with like-colored yarn when you are done, just so they don’t cause any problems for the wearer.

Chain (Ch) 96 stitches (st) and join with slip stitch (sl st) in first ch with Black yarn.

Round (Rnd) 1: Ch 1, Single Crochet (sc) in each st around, sl st to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 2-5: Same as Rnd 1. 96 st

Pattern for the skull design. Dots = single crochet in Watermelon stitches.

Note: The skull pattern above will be your best guide for making the skull rather than the exhaustive description below, but I included it anyway for the sake of being thorough.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in each st for 44 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 7 st, (Black) sc in each st for 45 st, sl to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 7: Same as Rnd 6.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in each st for 42 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 11 st, (Black) sc in each st for 43 st, sl st in Watermelon to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 9: Using Watermelon for stripe, Ch 1, sc in each st for 39 st, (Black) sc in each st for 2 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 5 st, (Black) sc in each st for 3 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 5 st, (Black) sc in each st for 2 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 40 st, sl st in Black to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 10: (Black), Ch 1, sc in each st for 40 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 7 st, (Black) sc in each st for 1 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 7 st, (Black) sc in each st for 41 st. 96 st

Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in each st for 40 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 15 st, (Black) sc in each st for 41 st, sl st to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 12: Ch 1, sc in each st for 40 st, (Watermelon) sc in each sc for 3 st, (Black) sc in each st for 2 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 5 st, (Black) sc in each st for 2 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 3 st, (Black) sc in each st for 41 st, sl st to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in each st for 40 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 2 st, (Black) sc in each st for 4 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 3 st, (Black) sc in each st for 4 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 2 st, (Black) sc in each st for 41 st, sl st in Watermelon to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 14: Using Watermelon for stripe, Ch 1, sc in each st for 38 st, (Black) sc in each st for 2 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 2 st, (Black) sc in each st for 4 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 3 st, (Black) sc in each st for 4 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 2 st, (Black) sc in each st for 2 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 39 st, sl st in Black to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 15: (Black) Same as Rnd 12.

Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc in st for 41 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 13 st, (Black) sc in each st for 42 st, sl st to join in ch. 96 st

Rnd 17: Ch 1, sc in each st for 42 st, (Watermelon) sc in each st for 11 st, (Black) sc in each st for 43 st, sl st to join in ch. 96 st.

Rnd 18: Same as Rnd 6.

Rnd 19: Ch 1, *(sc in each st for 5 st, single crochet two together (sc2tog) over next 2 sc). Repeat from * to end. 80 st (Moment of honesty: I’m not quite sure if it will be exactly 80 st. I rely on the pattern of sc in each st for 5 st, sc2tog, repeat. Same goes for the rest of the reducing rounds).

Rnd 20-22: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to join. 80 st

Rnd 23: Ch 1, *(sc in each st for 4 st, sc2tog over next 2 sc). Repeat from * to end. 64 st

Rnd 24-29: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to join. 64 st

Rnd 30: Ch 1, *(sc in each st for 3 st, sctog over next 2 sc). Repeat from * to end. 48 st

Rnd 31-32: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to join. 48 st

Rnd 33: Ch 1, *(sc in each st for 2 st, sc2tog over next 2 sc). Repeat from * to end. 32 st

Rnd 34: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st to join. 32 st

Rnd 35: Ch 1, *(sc in each st for 1 st, sc2tog over next 2 sc). Repeat from * to end. 16 st

Rnd 36: Ch 1, sc2tog around 8 times. 8 st

Rnd 37 (if there is a big enough hole at the top): Ch 1, sctog around 4 times. 4 st.

Fasten off (I usually weave extra yarn to close the hole at the top tighter, which helps give it a more finished look).

Finishing (if you want– I’m just anal): Using Watermelon yarn and a tapestry needle, use a Chain Stitch to outline the outside of the skull (except for the teeth). You can see a picture of what this should look like here— it literally looks like a chain stitch on the surface of the fabric, except that you’re using a needle to create it. Then use Black yarn to outline the insides of the nose and eye sockets. Unfortunately with using this skull pattern in the round, the pattern shifts a little bit as you move along. The Chain Stitch helps minimize the obviousness of this shift.

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