Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Free Amigurumi Pattern

Sugar skulls are the most popular symbol of the Day Of The Dead (Dia de los Muertos in Spanish). It is a holiday for honoring those who have passed...and the perfect excuse to get hook and yarn in hand. Plus, my posting of patterns for Halloween is way overdue anyway.

I present to you, Martina, the Amigurumi Sugar Skull.

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Regardless if you celebrate this holiday or not, I hope you agree with me that Martina is seriously cute. And now you can make one too. Just don't call her Martina, 'coz this is THE Martina.

Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Amigurumi

You will need:

  • Yarn in off white and black (or colors of your choice, I used soft worsted weight)
  • Crochet hook (I used size 4.0 mm or "F" for everything)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Embroidery thread
  • Optional: buttons, other embellishments

Note: This pattern is worked in a spiral. Do not join rounds. Use a stitch marker to identify the beginning of the round and move it from round to round as you progress. Standard US abbreviations apply.

Skull (make 1)

With the off-white yarn:

Round 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. [6 sts]

Round 2: 2 sc in each st [12 sts]

Round 3: 1 sc, inc in next st. Repeat around. [18 sts]

Round 4: 2 sc, inc in next st. Repeat around. [24 sts]

Round 5: 3 sc, inc in next st. Repeat around. [30 sts]

Round 6: 4 sc, inc in next st. Repeat around. [36 sts]

Rounds 7-12: Sc around [36 sts]

Now begin shaping the head:

Round 13: 9 sc, dec over next 2 sts. *3 sc, dec over next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round. [30 sts]

Round 14: 9 sc, dec over next 2 sts. *2 sc, dec over next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * once more. 5 sc, dec over next 2 sts. Repeat from * to * once. [25 sts]

Round 15: 9 sc, dec over next 2 sts. *1 sc, dec over next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * once more. Dec over next 2 sts. Repeat from * to * twice. [19 sts]

Stuff firmly.

Round 16: 9 sc, *dec over the next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the round. [14 sts]

Round 17-18: Sc around [14 sts]

Round 19: Dec around using only the back loops. [7 sts]

Cut yarn, leaving a tail about 6 inches long, and pull through. Add more stuffing if you like (difficult but doable). Thread a tapestry needle. Stitch through the front loop of every one of the 7 remaining sts. Pull the yarn to close the hole. Weave in ends.

Eyes (make 2) and Face


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With the black yarn: 10 dc into magic ring. Finish off, leaving a tail to sew onto the head. Alternatively, you could weave in the ends and sew them onto the head using embroidery thread, which is what I did. You could also glue them on, your choice.

For a more colorful touch, sew on (or glue) buttons on the eyes before attaching them to the head.

Use embroidery thread to make the mouth and the nose.

Now pick a gender, or go genderless, and decorate your newly Crocheted Sugar Skull Amigurumi. Go crazy embroidering with colorful thread as you want, like I did on Martina's cheeks with yellow and orange swirls and a purple "something" on her forehead. Then I made the following flower for her.

Flower (optional, I made 1)


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I followed the following pattern from user Creative Crochet on YouTube. Very well explained and easy to follow. It is for a head band with a flower. I just followed her instructions for the flower, using my 4.0 mm ("F") hook, and made it with 6-petals, then added the leaves and a button for extra color.

This is the video for the Left-Handed version (flower instructions start at 7:26):



This is the video for the Right-Handed version (flower instructions start at 7:26):



Leaf (optional, I made 2)


Ch 7. Sc on second ch from hook. Hdc on next ch. Dc on next two ch. Hdc on next ch. Sc on last ch, then sl st on same st. Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing it onto the bottom of the flower.

Now attach the flower to the head using yarn, thread, or glue, your choice.

AND you are done ;)

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Don't forget to show me your creations!

XOXO