Skull Cap Knit Pattern – Youth

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As promised, here is the knit pattern for the skull cap I told you about.  It is very similar to the design of the Jack Skellington character in the Nightmare Before Christmas movie.  In the original post I told you about my issues with the size.  I had originally intended the hat for a 9 year old boy.  Unfortunately, the first hat turned out to fit said 9 year old’s father just fine.  Well, I went back and reworked the hat and the second one came out to be the perfect size.  So this pattern is for the youth size hat.  That being said, you can work the skull pattern into any adult knit hat of your own very easily.

skull hat

  • Size – Youth, ages 8 – 14
  • Skills required – knitting in the round, intarsia (color pattern), intarsia in the round
  • Yarn – Caron Simply Soft in black and in white, or other 10 ply yarn equivalents
  • Yardage – don’t know, but I think about 60 yards?
  • Gauge – again, I am so sorry but I don’t know, I really am terrible at measuring gauge and no longer have the hat to check it
  • Needles – US size 4 DPNs, tapestry needle
  • Abbreviations:
    • K – Knit
    • P – Purl
    • k2tog – knit two stitches together as one
    • sts – stitches

There are three main sections to this pattern.  The Ribbing Section, the Skull Pattern, and the Decrease Section

Using black yarn, CO 100 sts using Jeny’s Stretchy Cast On method, place marker and join to work in the round, careful not to twist

Ribbing section:

K2 P2 all around every round (still in black) until piece measures 1 inch (about 8 rows)

The rest of the hat will be worked in ALL KNIT sts

Knit two rows (still in black)

Begin Skull Pattern (you will now be knitting back and forth using this method to knit intarsia in the round):

Beginning at stitch marker, knit 48 stitches in black before beginning the white bottom row of the skull pattern.  All white boxes inside the skull outline are white sts.  The shaded sts are black sts.


After the skull pattern is complete, return to knitting in the round with black only. 

When the piece measures 5.5 inches from beginning, begin bind off.

Decrease Section:

Row 1: *k8, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 2 (and all even rows until otherwise noted): K

Row 3: *k7, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 5: *k6, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 7: *k5, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 9: *k4, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 11: *k3, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 12: *k2, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 13: *k1, k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 14: *k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Row 15: *k2tog; *repeat until the end of the row

Cut yarn and weave in ends.  When knitting intarsia, there are usually a lot more ends to weave in!

Using black yarn, stitch on the mouth and nose.

Let me know if you have any questions or find any errors!

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