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Skulls - Flowers - Pompoms: Crochet for Day of the Dead

by Bobbie Matela

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead or All Souls' Day, is a day of celebration and remembrance of friends and family who have passed away. This November 1 tradition is part of the culture in Mexico and Latin America, and it has become popular throughout the U.S. during the Halloween season.

What could be more personal and unique than your own Day of the Dead decorations to bring your own celebration to life? The designer of our Sugar Skull Family, Jessie Rayot, has used brilliant colors with a sugar skull theme for a sense of authenticity and fun. From crocheted sugar skull headpieces for the adults and children to necklaces, party décor and banner, you might just want to celebrate Day of the Dead every month of the year!

Brenda K.B. Anderson (garland and pillow), Michele Wilcox (cozies), and Andee Graves (earrings) also contributed patterns.

Sugar Skull Men's HatSugar Skull Men's Hat Free Crochet Pattern LW5402
Sugar Skull Woman's HeadpieceSugar Skull Woman's Headpiece Free Crochet Pattern LW5401
Sugar Skull Child's HeadpieceSugar Skull Child's Headpiece LW5398
Sugar Skull Toddler's HeadpieceSugar Skull Toddler's Headpiece Free Crochet Pattern LW5400
Day of the Dead NecklacesDay of the Dead Necklaces Free Crochet Pattern LW5403
Flower WristersFlower Wristers Free Crochet Pattern LW5399
Skull Party Sticks & PompomsSkull Party Sticks and Pompoms Free Crochet Pattern LW5394
Sugar Skull GarlandSugar Skull Garland Free Crochet Pattern LW3744
Day of the Dead CoziesDay of the Dead Cozies Free Crochet Pattern LW4920
Day of the Dead PillowDay of the Dead Pillow Free Crochet Pattern LW4904
Day of the Dead EarringsDay of the Dead Earrings Free Crochet Pattern LC3252

Ten of these patterns -- all except the earrings -- are made with colorful, economical, easy-to-crochet Super Saver. If your local store does not have the colors you need, you can order yarn from when you download the pattern. The earrings are made in Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread Size 10, which you can also find in your local stores and on

For more information on how to do Sugar Skull makeup, please go to and search Sugar Skull makeup for many creative ideas. Here is one video of applying sugar skull makeup on a child that I enjoyed watching.

Skulls - Flowers - Pompoms: Crochet for Day of the Dead