Pirate, Punk, and Other Skull Motif Knitting Patterns
Want a versatile fashion choice? Try a skull and crossbones! This fun, expressive motif can mean pirate or punk or poison, Halloween or Dia de los Muertos or everyday goth accessory. I’ve also included a few other pirate patterns…
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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Jolly Roger Poncho
This poncho features a skull and crossbones motif in intarsia. Designed by Nicky Epstein. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Quick project for a felted skull motif that can be made key chains used for patches on hats, bags, or scarves.. Designed by Teresa Murphy of Knituition who said it took her about 20 minutes to knit one. Great for scrap yarn! Pictured project by surfinsandy
High Functioning Cowl
This cowl inspired by the BBC Sherlock series features a skull motif and the Baker Street wallpaper design. Designed by Professor Fonz. Pictued project by stephisanerd
Snowball’s Chance in Hell Mitts
A snowflake transforms to a skull in Renée Rigdon and Zabet Stewart’s design of fingerless armwarmers. Length: 17”. Design is done with duplicate stitch but I think you could adapt for double knitting or other colorwork.
Pirate Skull Pouch
Put your treasures in majapi’s bag with skull and crossbones duplicate stitch. (Note: I’m a blogger for Craftsy but they did not ask me or pay me to promote this pattern.)
Sherlock Lives Cardigan
Professor Fonz’s sweater was inspired by the BBC show Sherlock and incorporates Moriarty’s skulls, the wallpaper pattern in Sherlock’s flat, and a secret message on the sleeve.
Adrian Bizilia designed a skull cable that knitters have used on hats, sweaters, arm warmers, and other projects. Note that this is just a pattern for the cable design. Pictured project by roko but there isn’t a pattern.
Gina Davidson’s intarsia beanie has a panel to cover the yarn floats on the back.
Dee Frey designed this skull softie.
Elizabeth Mautz-Redmann designed this hat inspired by a pirate’s kerchief headwrap with a detachable eye patch. Child and adult sizes.
A Felted Eye Patch
Designed by Jen Kubeck
Patterns for Purchase
Day of the Dead Cowl
Available as a pattern or a kit. Stranded colorwork forms the sugar skulls on this bright cowl for Día de los Muertos. Instead of changing colors every few rows, let a self-striping yarn do the work! Designed by Tanis Gray. Pictured project by edmoejewel
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Interweave
- Get the kit in white or gray on Interweave
- Also available in Love of Knitting Fall 2016
Ghost Rider Beanie
Hat with flaming skulls in sizes from toddler to adult.
The Punisher Fingerless Mitts
Skull emblem of The Punisher.
First Principles Baby Blanket
This is the perfect blanket for a post-apocalyptic or punk baby with warning symbols including an all over pattern of radiation hazard symbols surrounded by a border of skulls and another border of running figures. One of the patterns in Doomsday Knits. Pictured project by canaandogknits
Double knitted headwrap by Butzeria.
Pirate Panda Amigurmi
Amy Gaines designed this plush toy bear 9 inches long.
Pirate Baby Booties
Booties featuring skull and crossbones in sizes from Newborn to 24 months.
Pirate Doll Costume
One of 25 costumes for 18 inch dolls in Enchanted Knits for Dolls by Nicky Epstein
Dia de Los Muertos Infinity Scarf
This stylish infinity scarf or cowl is double knit, fully reversible, and customizable to the length you want.
Dia de Los Muertos Tea Cozy
Sugar skull inspired tea pot cozy pattern to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
Flaming Skulls Infinity Scarf or Cowl
Designed to be knit to your desired length, this flamin’ hot infinity scarf or cowl pattern is double knit and fully reversible.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!