Red Heart Super Saver Sugar Skull Garland

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by Brenda K.Black Anderson, Red Heart

Red Heart Super Saver Sugar Skull Garland

Create a garland of delightful sugar skulls and flowers for Halloween and Day of the Dead decorations!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:4 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of Rounds 1 through 8 of skull (4 inch) to crochet garland that measures approximately 44 inch long (each skull measures about 5-1/2 inch long). Be sure to check your gauge. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches to match the gauge, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if it takes you more stitches, try a larger size hook or needles. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere.
    Special stitches and abbreviations:
    hdc2tog = [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook.
    adjustable-ring = Wrap yarn into a ring, ensuring that the tail falls behind the working yarn. Pinch ring and tail between middle finger and thumb. Insert hook through center of ring, yarn over (with working yarn) and draw up a loop. Work stitches of first round in the ring. After the first round of stitches is worked, pull gently on tail to tighten ring.
    covering-sc (covering single crochet) = Place a slip knot on hook (1 loop on hook). *Take working yarn over ring to back of ring. Insert hook from front to back through center of ring. Yarn over with working yarn and draw loop to front (2 loops on hook). Bring working yarn back over top of ring to front. Yarn over and draw through both loops on hook (one covering-sc made); repeat from * until the specified number of sc have been worked.
    Notes:
    The main section of each skull is worked in continuous rounds (spiral). Do not join rounds with a slip stitch and do not turn rounds. The jaw is worked back and forth in rows.
    Flowers, nose, and teeth are worked separately and sewn to skull.
    Each skull and flower motif is backed with a piece of felt. The felt backing stiffens the pieces, hides the stitching on the back side, and keeps each piece from curling.
    The garland can be made longer or shorter by making more or fewer skull and flower motifs.
  • 2
    Skull (make 3):
    With Aran, make an adjustable ring.
    Round 1 (right side): Work 6 sc in ring; do not join with sl st, work in continuous rounds (spiral)—6 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
    Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around—12 sc.
    Round 3: [Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times—18 sts.
    Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times—24 sts.
    Round 5: [Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times—30 sts.
    Round 6: [Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times—36 sts.
    Round 7: [Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times—42 sts.
    Round 8: [Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times—48 sts.
    Round 9: [Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] 6 times—54 sts.
    Round 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts] 6 times—60 sts.
    Round 11: [Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] 6 times—66 sts. Do not fasten off.
    Jaw:
    Row 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), turn, hdc2tog, hdc in next st, sc in next 6 sts, hdc in next st, hdc2tog; leave remaining sts unworked—10 sts.
    Row 2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts, hdc in last 2 sts.
    Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
    Edging Round (right side):
    Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last st; work 4 sc evenly spaced across side edge of jaw, slip st in next 54 sts around top of skull; work 4 sc evenly spaced across other side edge of jaw; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
  • 3
    Eye Flowers (make 6 – 2 per skull; 2 each with Shocking Pink, Pumpkin, and Gold):
    Make an adjustable ring.
    Rounds 1–3: Work same as Rounds 1–3 of skull—18 sts.
    Round 4: [(Sc, hdc) in next st, (hdc, slip st) in next st (petal made)] 9 times—9 petals. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • 4
    Eye Flower Center (make 6 – 2 per skull):
    With Black, make an adjustable ring.
    Round 1: Work 6 sc in ring; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • 5
    Forehead Flowers (make 3 – 1 per skull; 1 each with Shocking Pink, Gold, and Blue Suede):
    Round 1 (right side): Work same as Round 1 of skull—6 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
    Round 2: [Slip st in next st, ch 5, working into back bumps of chain, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next ch, slip st in next ch (petal made)] 5 times, 2 sc in last st—5 petals.
    Slip st in next st and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • 6
    Forehead Flower Center (make 3 – 1 per skull; 1 each with Shocking Pink, Paddy Green, and Blue Suede):
    Make same as eye flower center.
  • 7
    Nose (make 3 – 1 per skull):
    With Black, make and adjustable ring.
    Round 1: [Sc in ring, hdc in ring, sc in ring] 3 times; join with slip st in first sc—9 sts.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • 8
    Teeth (make 3 – 1 per skull):
    With Black, ch 12.
    Row 1: Working in back bumps of chain only, dc in 6th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as one foundation ch, first dc and first ch-1 space), [ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch] 3 times—4 ch-1 spaces and 5 dc.
    Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), turn, skip first ch-1 space, dc in next dc, [ch 1, skip next ch-1 space, dc in next dc] 2 times, ch 1, skip next ch of turning ch, dc in next ch of turning ch. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • 9
    Large Flower (make 4 – 1 each with Shocking Pink, Pumpkin, Gold, Blue Suede):
    Make an adjustable ring.
    Round 1 (right side): Work 5 sc in ring; do not join with slip st, work in continuous rounds (spiral)—5 sc. Place marker for beginning of round and move marker up as each round is completed.
    Round 2: [Slip st in next st, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 ch (axis made)] 5 times—5 axes.
    Round 3: [Skip next sl st, working in chains at base of sts of next axis, slip st in next 2 ch, sc in next 2 ch, hdc in next ch, 3 hdc in next ch; working in sc on other side of same axis, 3 hdc in first sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, slip st in last 2 sc (petal made)] 5 times—5 petals.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • 10
    Large Flower Center (make 4 – 1 each with Shocking Pink, Pumpkin, Gold, and Paddy Green):
    Make same as eye flower center.
  • 11
    Flower Background (make 4 – 1 each with Shocking Pink, Pumpkin, Paddy Green, and Blue Suede):
    Rounds 1–5: Work same as Rounds 1–5 of skull—30 sts.
    Round 6: [Sc in next st, hdc in next st, (dc, tr) in next st, (tr, dc) in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st] 5 times—40 sts. Fasten off.
  • 12
    Connector Rings (make 8):
    With Paddy Green, leaving a long beginning tail, work 16 covering-sc into ring; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. With yarn needle, weave the ending tail through 8 of the sc stitches so that it is positioned opposite the beginning yarn tail.
  • 13
    Finishing:
    Block pieces if needed.
    Prepare Felt Backings: Cut one piece of felt to the size and shape of each of the skulls and each of the flower backgrounds. Set aside.
    Skulls:
    Arrange eye flowers, forehead flowers, and forehead flower centers on skulls using the following color combinations:
    Skull #1:
    Eye flower: Gold
    Forehead flower: Blue Suede
    Forehead flower center: Shocking Pink
    Skull #2:
    Eye flower: Pumpkin
    Forehead flower: Shocking Pink
    Forehead flower center: Paddy Green
    Skull #3:
    Eye flower: Shocking Pink
    Forehead flower: Gold
    Forehead flower center: Blue Suede
    Using photograph as a guide, pin teeth, nose, eye flowers, and forehead flower to each skull. With yarn tails, sew around all edges of each of the pieces to secure them to the skull. Pin eye flower centers and forehead flower centers to the center of the eye flowers and forehead flowers, respectively. With yarn tails, sew around edges of the centers to secure them in place. With Black, sew several stitches on each eye flower center that radiate outward from the center toward the scalloped outer edges of the eye flower.
    Flower Motifs:
    Arrange large flowers and flower centers on flower backgrounds using the following color combinations:
    Flower Motif #1: Background: Shocking Pink
    Large flower: Pumpkin
    Large Flower center: Paddy Green
    Flower Motif #2: Background: Blue Suede
    Large flower: Shocking Pink
    Large Flower center: Pumpkin
    Flower Motif #3: Background: Paddy Green
    Large flower: Gold
    Large Flower center: Shocking Pink
    Flower Motif #1: Background: Pumpkin
    Large flower: Blue Suede
    Large Flower center: Gold
    Using photograph as a guide, pin each large flower to a flower background. The center of the flower should be directly on top of the center of the back ground and the bumps around the outer edge of the flower back ground should fit between petals of the large flower. With tails, sew around the edges of the large flowers to secure them to the backgrounds. You will not be able to sew the tips of the large flowers to anything as they stick out past the edges of the background. Pin large flower centers to the middle of the large flowers. With tails, sew around the outer edges of the centers to secure them in place.
  • 14
    Assemble Garland:
    Skulls, connector rings, and flower motifs should be arranged and sewn together in the following order:
    Connector ring, flower motif #1, connector ring, skull #1, connector ring, flower motif #2, connector ring, skull #2, connector ring, flower motif #3, connector ring, skull #3, connector ring, flower motif #4, connector ring.
  • 15
    Connector Rings:
    With tails of connector rings, sew one connector ring to each side of each skull as follows:
    Slide yarn needle into the side edge of the skull near the top of the eye flowers. Be careful not to let your stitches show on the right side of the skull. The edging round of slip stitches will help mask your stitches. Weave yarn needle back and forth through the loops on the wrong side of skull to anchor your stitches. Make sure that the ring is pulled up next to the side edge of the skull, and there is no space between the ring and the edge of the skull. Once you have woven the yarn in securely, trim excess. Once you have sewn a connector ring to each side of each skull, you can sew a flower background to the unsewn side of the connector rings, by sewing the flower background to the connector rings, in the same way. There should be one extra connector ring on each end of the garland for hanging. Weave in any remaining ends.
  • 16
    Felt Backing:
    Glue each felt piece to the back of the appropriate crochet piece and allow to dry. Using photograph as a guide, glue four rhinestones or sequins above each eye flower, in an angle that slopes downward toward the center of face. Use glitter fabric paint to outline each flower and each flower center.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:4 hours

Project Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Aran 104212433
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Black 104212432
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Shocking Pink 104212533
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Pumpkin 104212583
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Gold 104212442
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Paddy Green 104212475
  • Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Blue Suede 104666070
  • Susan Bates Aluminum Silvalume Crochet Hook 5 mm H8 104236320
  • Nicole™ Crafts Rhinestones Jewelry Connection™ 120 pc. Round Multi-Color 7 mm 104240533
  • CPE The New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Black 104276464 (3)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint Value Pack 10 pc. 104136877
  • Aleene's 4 oz. Original Tacky Glue 104148018
  • Removable Stitch Markers
  • 1 inch Plastic Rings (8)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Sewing Pins
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