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Crochet Tutorial: Sugar Skull Ski Mask

This Halloween season I’ve been seeing a lot of these Sugar Skulls on display, and they are seemingly becoming more and more popular.

The Sugar Skull originates from a tradition born in Mexico. Skulls are decorated in bright colors and would be filled with chocolate candy or other sugary treats. This is a symbol of life, taking something that is commonly associated with death, decorating it with beautiful accents. Thus giving it a new lease on life, such as life after death. It’s a celebration commemorating Dia De Los Muertos.

Sugar Skull
This is my crocheted version of the Sugar Skull. Feel free to get as creative and decorative because everyone is different and there is such a great variety in this art! Enjoy the free pattern at the end of this blog to make different sizes! The video tutorial shows size LARGE ADULT.

Sugar Skull
Follow along with this video to learn how to make the Sugar Skull:

Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver White, Black, Shocking Pink, Turqua, Spring Green
-Adhesive Gem Jewels (I got mine from Michael’s Craft Store)
-Size H-5.00mm crochet hook (You could use I-5.50mm crochet hook)
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors

NOTES:

Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Round 1: With WHITE, ch 3, 9 DC in 3rd chain from hook, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (18 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (27 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around (36 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC, DC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)
Round 7: DC around (54 DC)
Round 8-10: DC around (54 DC)
(See video for visual instructions. You may need to add or subtract rows before row 11 to make the eye holes. Try on the hat and to be sure the eye holes can be made)
Round 11: DC in first 20 sts, ch 5, sk 5 sts, DC in next 4 sts, ch 5, sk 5 sts, DC in last 20 sts.
Rnd 12-14: DC around (54 DC)
Fasten off.
Starting bottom portion of skull, working in rows.
Count 28 sts evenly across front of face, mark each stitch on each side (see video for visual instructions)
Row 15: Attach yarn to first marked st and work 1 dc in each st until the next marked stitch. Ch 2, turn,
Row 16: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the next 2 sts, DC in the rest of the sts until there are 6 sts left, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1, turn.
Row 17: Repeat Row 16
Row 18: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the rest of the sts across until there are 4 sts left, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1 turn.
Rows 19 & 20: Repeat row 18.
Row 21: SC across
Fasten off
Change to BLACK yarn and sc around entire hat.
SC around eye holes with BLACK yarn.

Size: Child
Round 1: With WHITE, ch 3, 9 DC in 3rd chain from hook, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (18 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (27 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around (36 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC, DC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)
Round 7: DC around (54 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 8, repeat around (60 DC)
Round 9-12: DC around (60 DC)
(See video for visual instructions. You may need to add or subtract rows before row 13 to make the eye holes. Try on the hat and to be sure the eye holes can be made)
Round 13: DC in first 23 sts, ch 5, sk 5 sts, DC in next 5 sts, ch 5, sk 5 sts, DC in last 22 sts.
Rnd 14-16: DC around (60 DC)
Fasten off.
Starting bottom portion of skull, working in rows.
Count 30 sts evenly across front of face, mark each stitch on each side (see video for visual instructions)
Row 17: Attach yarn to first marked st and work 1 dc in each st until the next marked stitch. Ch 2, turn,
Row 18: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the next 2 sts, DC in the rest of the sts until there are 6 sts left, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1, turn.
Row 19: Repeat Row 18.
Row 20: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the rest of the sts across until there are 4 sts left, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1 turn.
Rows 21 & 22: Repeat row 20.
Row 23: SC across
Fasten off
Change to BLACK yarn and sc around entire hat.
SC around eye holes with BLACK yarn.

Size: Teen/Adult
Round 1: With WHITE, ch 3, 9 DC in 3rd chain from hook, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (18 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (27 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around (36 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC, DC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)
Round 7: DC around (54 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 8, repeat around (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC, DC in next 29, repeat around (62 DC)
Round 10-14: DC around (62 DC)
(See video for visual instructions. You may need to add or subtract rows before row 15 to make the eye holes. Try on the hat and to be sure the eye holes can be made)
Round 15: DC in first 22 sts, ch 6, sk 6 sts, DC in next 6 sts, ch 6, sk 6 sts, DC in last 22 sts.
Rnd 16-18: DC around (62 DC)
Fasten off.
Starting bottom portion of skull, working in rows.
Count 30 sts evenly across front of face, mark each stitch on each side (see video for visual instructions)
Row 19: Attach yarn to first marked st and work 1 dc in each st until the next marked stitch. Ch 2, turn,
Row 20: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the next 2 sts, DC in the rest of the sts until there are 6 sts left, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1, turn.
Row 21: Repeat Row 20
Row 22: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the rest of the sts across until there are 4 sts left, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1 turn.
Rows 23 & 24: Repeat row 22.
Row 25: SC across
Fasten off
Change to BLACK yarn and sc around entire hat.
SC around eye holes with BLACK yarn.

Size: Large Adult
Round 1: With WHITE, ch 3, 9 DC in 3rd chain from hook, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (18 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (27 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around (36 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC, DC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)
Round 7: DC around (54 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 8, repeat around (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC, DC in next 9, repeat around (66 DC)
Round 10-15: DC around (66 DC)
(See video for visual instructions. You may need to add or subtract rows before row 16 to make the eye holes. Try on the hat and to be sure the eye holes can be made)
Round 16: DC in first 24 sts, ch 6, sk 6 sts, DC in next 6 sts, ch 6, sk 6 sts, DC in last 24 sts.
Rnd 17-19: DC around (66 DC)
Fasten off.
Starting bottom portion of skull, working in rows.
Count 32 sts evenly across front of face, mark each stitch on each side (see video for visual instructions)
Row 20: Attach yarn to first marked st and work 1 dc in each st until the next marked stitch. Ch 2, turn,
Row 21: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the next 2 sts, DC in the rest of the sts until there are 6 sts left, SC in next 2 sts, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1, turn.
Row 22: Repeat Row 21
Row 23: 2 SC2TOG, sc in the rest of the sts across until there are 4 sts left, 2 SC2TOG, ch 1 turn.
Rows 24 & 25: Repeat row 23.
Row 26: SC across
Fasten off
Change to BLACK yarn and sc around entire hat.
SC around eye holes with BLACK yarn.

Decoration around eyes: Make 2
Ch 25 or an amount that will fit around eye hole, sl st to first ch to form a circle, *ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sk next ch, sl st into next ch, repeat from * around, sl st to beginning and fasten off with a long tail for sewing.
Sew to hat (use photo/video for visual instructions)

Facial Decorations: (Make as many as you want. I made 3 in Turquoise and 2 in Green)
(See video for visual instructions)
Ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, HDC in next 2 ch, DC in next 2 sts, Sl st in the same ch as the last DC, Fasten off with long tail. Sew onto hat.

Flower:
ch 2,
Rnd 1: 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first sc, ch 1 (10 sc)
Rnd 2: 4 DC in next st, sl st to next st, repeat from * around until you have 5 petals. (see video for visual instructions). Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Inner portion of flower:
Repeat Rnd 1 of flower. Fasten off with long tail, sew to flower.

Nose: (Crocheted nose is optional, you can cut and sew on felt like I did in the video)
ch 2
Rnd 1: 12 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to first sc, ch 2
Rnd 2: HDC in same st, 2 DC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, SC in next 2 sts, SC & HDC in next st, HDC & SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts, 2 HDC in next st, 2 DC in next st, HDC in last st, ch 2, sl st in same st. Fasten off with long tail. Sew to hat.

Add as many jewels as you’d like to make your hat fancy.

Enjoy!!

***You can always contact me if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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