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**Re-engineered Pattern! – Skull Scarf*

I made this pattern 10 years ago but I love it so wanted to share it with you all. It’s still one of my favourite knits and as the weather has turned so cold it’ll be coming out again very soon!

I absolutely love this skull and cross bones lace pattern, but I wanted to make it into a scarf.

You can find the original, fabulous lace pattern here.

To make it into a triangular shawl I immediately drew out the middle skull of the 3 skull charts. (follow the above link). This made it so much easier to follow and meant I didn’t get too confused over which skull to follow. It should also be noted that I worked the chart from the bottom up., and when it came to the YO on the chart for the eyes and nose I did an increase one (like a cast on stitch). This stopped the top of the holes poking up.

Skull Lace Shawl

Please note there is no way I would have made this shawl without the fabulous charts from here, courtesy of Sarah Bradbury (Thanks Sarah!)


KFB = Knit front and back to make 2 stitches where you had only 1

K2T = Knit 2 Together

YO = Yarn Over

SSK = Slip, Slip Knit. (slip one as to knit, knit the next stitch and pass the first slipped stitch over the just knitted stitch).

K = Knit

P = Purl

PM = place marker

CHART * = follow chart pattern row number *

Row 1: CO1

Row 2: KFB (2)

Row 3: (KFB) x 2 (4)

Row 4: KFB, K2, KFB (6)

Row 5: KFB, YO, K2T, SSK, YO, KFB

Row 6: KFB, K6, KFB

Row 7: KFB, YO, K2T, K4, SSK, YO, KFB (12)

Row 8: KFB, K to end, KFB (14)

Row 9: KFB, YO, K2T, K1, K2T, YO, K2, YO, SSK, K1, SSK, YO, KFB (16)

Row 10: KFB, K to end, KFB (18)

Row 11: KFB, K to end, KFB (20)

Row 12: KFB, (CHART 1), KFB (22)

Row 13: KFB, K1, PM, (CHART 2), PM, K1, KFB (24)

Row 14: KFB, K2, (CHART 3), K2, KFB (26)

Row 15: KFB, YO, K2T, K1, (CHART 4), K1, SSK, YO, KFB (28)

Row 16: KFB, K4, (CHART 5), K4, KFB (30)

Row 17: KFB, YO, K2T, K3, (CHART 6), K3, SSK, YO, KFB (32)

Row 18: KFB, K6, (CHART 7), K6, KFB (34)

Row 19: KFB, YO, K2T, YO, K2T, K3, (CHART 8), K3, SSK, YO, SSK, YO, KFB (36)

Row 20: KFB, K8, (CHART 9), K8, KFB (38)


KFB, K to marker, then follow chart, K to last stitch, KFB.


KFB, YO, K2T, K1, YO, K2T, K to marker, follow chart, K to 6 stitches before end, SSK, YO, KFB

After the first skull was finished I then continued, adding a further skull each side. And again on the next round… So that you end up with 1 skull at the bottom, 3 above that and 5 above that.

Hope you like my rehashed pattern, please drop me a message if you make one using my guidelines, and also if there are any mistakes!

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