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Pirate, Punk, and Other Skull Motif Knitting Patterns

by | Jun 18, 2016 | Accessories, Featured

Knitting patterns for skull and crossbones for pirates and punks, most patterns are free

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…

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Mini Skull and Crossbones Tote

Mini Skull and Crossbones Tote

Felted clutch bag with handle and intarsia motif. Designed by Adrian Bizilia. Pictured project by jaknit

Free Knitting Pattern for Pirate Baby Hat and Booties

Pirate Bootie Baby Set

This matching set of baby hat and booties feature a skull motif that can be worked in intarsia, fair isle, or duplicate stitch. Designed by Patricia Lillie. Pictured project by bluenail

Free Knitting Pattern for Jolly Roger Poncho

Jolly Roger Poncho

This poncho features a skull and crossbones motif in intarsia. Designed by Nicky Epstein. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Skull Keychain

Skull Keychain

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Skull Baby Jumper Dress

Skull Baby Jumper Dress

A cute baby jumper with a skull motif knit from the bottom up. Designed by Malia Mae for 6 months to 1 yr.. Pictured project by dubeau-papillon

Free Knitting Pattern for Highway to Hell Shifter Cozy

Highway to Hell Shifter Cozy

This skull motif shift stick cover was designed by Cindy Murdock Ames

Skullkerchief Free Knitting Pattern and more free fun scarf knitting patterns


Knitty or Nice designed this tricky little kerchief that looks like an abstract design until you pull it over your face.

Free Knitting Pattern for High Functioning Cowl

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

Free knitting pattern for Snowball's Chance in Hell Fingerless Mitts

by onetomatotwo

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.

Free knitting pattern for Skull and Crossbones backpack Queen of the Pirates Booty Bag

The Pirate Queen’s Booty Bag

Webwench’s reversible, double-knit, felted bag features a skull and crossbones.

Free knitting pattern for Skull Hoodie with Hat

Skull Hoodie with Hat

Bernat pattern for children’s sweater and chullo style hat sized for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 years.

Free knitting pattern for Pirate Skull Pouch

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.)

Free knitting pattern for Skull Bottle Cozy

© BoatkrazysWife

Hoochie Cozies

What’s your poison? Diana Troldahl designed this skull and crossbones bottle cozy and several others including xXx, Rat Bile, Rot Gut, and more.

Free knitting pattern for Algormortis Skull and Crossbones Tea Pot Cozy

Algormortis Teapot Cozy

Vanessa Carter’s skull and crossbones cozy is perfect for pirates, Halloween, or just when you want to make a statement.

Free Knitting Pattern for Dark Mark Scarf

Harry Potter Dark Mark Illusion Scarf

Skull motif inspired by Harry Potter series and designed by Lindsay Henricks is only visible from certain angles. Pictured project by Golubka

Free Knitting Pattern for Pirate Mittens

Pirate Mittens

Mittens featuring skull and crossbones colorwork designed by Adrian Bizilia. Pictured project by HedvigHandarbetar

Free Knitting Pattern for Sherlock Lives Cardigan

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for We Call Them Pirates skull and crossbones hat

We Call Them Pirates

Adrian Bizilia’s beanie hat features skull and crossbones motifs in stranded colorwork.

Free knitting pattern for Ski Skulls chullo style hat

Ski Skulls

Scarlet Taylor designed this chullo style ski hat for Red Heart.

Free Knitting Pattern for a Skull Cable Design

Skull Cable

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.

Free knitting pattern for Skull Illusion Scarf

Skull Illusion Scarf

Designed by Cathy Munoz

Free knitting pattern for Pretty Punk Blanket

Pretty Punk Blanket

Afghan for the pirate or punk in your life from the Running Yarn. This blanket is knit in five long strips, like scarves, then seamed together at the end. Width: 5 feet Length: 7 feet.

Free knitting pattern for Chauncey Skull toy softie


Dee Frey designed this skull softie.

Free Yorick Scarf felted skull scarf


Kate Kuckro designed this felted skull scarf.

Free knitting pattern for Skull and Crossbones Lace

© Pipistrelle

Skull and Crossbones Lace

Sarah Bradberry designed a skull lace pattern that can be used for blankets, shawls, scarves, mitts, even kitchen curtains! The pictured project is a baby blanket by Pipistrelle

Free Knitting Pattern for Tricorn Hat

Tricorn Hat

Laura Thomas & Heidi Waterhouse given instructions for your own hat to top off your pirate costume, nautical outfit, or fashion statement.

Free knitting pattern for Ahoy Hat pirate bandana hat with patch

Ahoy Hat

Elizabeth Mautz-Redmann designed this hat inspired by a pirate’s kerchief headwrap with a detachable eye patch. Child and adult sizes.

Free knitting pattern for eye patch

A Felted Eye Patch

Designed by Jen Kubeck

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Day of the Dead Cowl

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

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Knitting Pattern for First Principles Blanket

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

Knitting pattern for Pirate Panda amigurumi plush toy

Pirate Panda Amigurmi

Amy Gaines designed this plush toy bear 9 inches long.

Knitting pattern for Skull and Crossbones baby booties

Pirate Baby Booties

Booties featuring skull and crossbones in sizes from Newborn to 24 months.

Knitting Pattern for Pirate Doll Costume

Pirate Doll Costume

One of 25 costumes for 18 inch dolls in Enchanted Knits for Dolls by Nicky Epstein

Knitting pattern for Dia de Los Muertos Infinity Scarf

Dia de Los Muertos Infinity Scarf

This stylish infinity scarf or cowl is double knit, fully reversible, and customizable to the length you want.

Knitting pattern for Dia de Los Muertos Tea Cozy

Dia de Los Muertos Tea Cozy

Sugar skull inspired tea pot cozy pattern to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

Knitting pattern for Flaming Skulls Scarf

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 Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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