Spooky Skull Crochet Hand Warmers

A fun Halloween project to keep your hands warm and cozy.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Available Sizes | Adult Small & Adult Large


About this Pattern

If you’re looking for quick and fun Halloween project but you still want to learn something new, you’re in the right place. Kick back with your favorite Halloween movie and make something that’ll keep your hands cozy this year.

With our spooky skull crochet hand warmers you’ll learn how to use a colorwork knitting technique on Tunisian knit stitches; the duplicate stitch. This is a great way to incorporate words and images in your projects without the need to crochet with two or more colors at once. Learn it with this project but use it for others in the future!

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our spooky skull crochet hand warmers from start to finish.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 120 yds total; Mary Maxim Woodlands
  • Color A: Ecru; approx 60 yds
  • Color B: Charcoal; approx 60 yds
  • 5 mm Crochet Hook
  • 6 mm Tunisian Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details


This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

  • BLO Back Loop Only
  • Ch Chain
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sk Skip
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • Tks Tunisian Knit Stitch
pattern notes

Additional Notes

Finished Size
  • Adult Small | 7.5″ circumference; 6.25″ length
  • Adult Large | 8″ circumference; 7″ length

15 sts x 20 rows = 4″
(Tunisian Knit Stitch)

This pattern is worked using a standard crochet hook and a Tunisian crochet hook, starting with the band and working through the hand. The skulls are added afterwards using the duplicate stitch technique.

Additional Notes: Instructions for sizes are given as follows: Adult Small(Adult Large)

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the pattern

Written Instructions


Row 1: With color A and smaller crochet hook, ch 9(10). Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. Ch 1 and turn. (8,9 sts)

Row 2: Sc in the BLO of each st. Ch 1 and turn.

Repeat: Rep last row 26(28) more times. Don’t fasten off.

Rotate work to evenly space 28(30) sc along long edge of band. Turn. Don’t fasten off.


Next Row Forward Pass: Pick up working loop with Tunisian crochet hook. *Insert hk in next st, YO and pull up a loop. Rep from * to end of row. (28, 30 loops on hk)

Return Pass: YO and pull through one loop. *YO and pull through two loops. Rep from * until only one loop remains on hk.

Repeat: Rep last row forward and return pass until work measures 6.25(7)” from band edge. Don’t fasten off. Pull up on working loop and leave it while embroidering.

Make another using color B.

Adult Small Color Diagram
Adult Large Color Diagram

Step 1: Use diagram on the next page to guide duplicate stitch placement in the contrast color for each hand warmer. The top of the diagram represents the top of the hand warmer.

Step 2: Start with the bottom corner of the first skull, working a duplicate stitch for each colored square of the diagram. Work the first row of the diagram from one side to the next, then continue one row up working in the opposite direction. This side to side, bottom to top approach will provide the best results.

Step 3: When you complete all four skulls, pick up the working loop with the smaller of the two crochet hooks. Fold the hand warmer in half. Insert hk in first stitch on opposite side and slip stitch.

Step 4: Slst in the next 8(9) sts catching both layers of the hand warmer.

Step 5: Slst in the next 7(8) stitches working in only one layer of the hand warmer. For the left hand warmer, slst in the layer closest to you. For the right hand warmer, slst in the layer furthest from you.

Step 6: Slst in remaining sts of hand and band catching both layers.

Step 7: Fasten off and weave in end

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see how it’s done

Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Left-Handed Tutorial on YouTube

Right-Handed Tutorial on YouTube


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