Maybe the skull graph was the first intarsia crochet that I ever did. It was definitely the first design that I put on a graph, and the only one that was sold as a pattern. It’s very old, and it’s very awesome. I’m redoing the entire thing and re-releasing the pattern… including the graph and instructions on how to make a 12 X 12 pillow and some talk about the different ways the graph can be used (including for knitters, weavers, and bead slingers).
I’m not sure what happened to this pattern. I used to have it up in my shop, then suddenly it wasn’t there anymore. I didn’t even notice. Fast forward to a few months ago… I found the original skull while cleaning out my craft room (cough*closet*cough). It made its way upstairs with me and that was the beginning. I have a giant bag of natural brown Romney fiber that I bought last fall, and I thought that would be just perfect for the skull. I also picked up some natural white Leicester roving, that once I dyed it sky blue became the official background for the skull. I have a thing for brown and blue together. I also need a cool, handspun, skull pillow for my bed. Win. Win.
The first step was to prepare and spin up the yarn. I ended up with I don’t know how many yards (I wrote it down somewhere) of the Romney and 148 yards of the Leicester. I’m not sure if it’s going to be enough to also do the back of the pillow (just a plain 50 sc X 50 sc square with a flap for buttons), so I may have to spin up some more yarn… either just the brown Romney or maybe a blend of both. It’s all going to depend on how I’m feeling when I get there.
This pillow is crocheted in fair isle style. I did the first one in intarsia crochet (except for the teeth), but I want an accurate amount of yarn used, so that if I start making kits for these, I’ll know how much yarn is needed. (Yes. There’s lots of talk about kits lately. I’m working up to having them, my patterns, and my finished monsters be the meat and potatoes of KBG. I’m tired of making cat butts and monster ornaments, but they’ll be around for at least this year.) I also won’t have to worry about the crocheter using fair isle, intarsia, or tapestry methods and then running out of yarn, because I didn’t take into account the different ways to crochet the graph.
I’m excited to finish up the crochet skull. Once I got to the color change, it reminded me how much I enjoy crocheting off of a graph. Something about color changes gets my hook moving faster. I want to get the pattern back out to everyone. How do you think you’d crochet this graph? What would you make? Would you play with different yarns and hooks to get different sizes of skull motifs?
*EDIT – The pattern is available here.