Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jack Skellington (pattern)

Crochet pattern for a Jack Skellington ball

Tools needed:
H hook
K hook
Darning needle
Stitch marker (an off colored piece of yarn can work for this if you don't have a marker)

Yarn needed:
White worsted weight yarn
Black worsted weight yarn

Estimated difficulty and time needed:
Very easy. Takes about an hour to make one, depending on your ability.

Note: This is done in amigurumi style. There is no joining with a slip stitch at the end of a row and then chaining one like working in rounds usually goes. When you have completed a row, you just keep going into the next row with the next sc, so your work ends up looking more like a spiral instead of a circle. Use the stitch marker at the end of each row to mark your spot if you are afraid you will lose count with your stitches.

(This makes 1/2 the ball. Make 2 of these)

With K hook SC 6 on with the Magic Adjustable Ring.

ROW 1: 2sc in each stitch (12 stitches)
ROW 2: 2 sc in each stitch (24 stitches)
ROW 3: *1 sc, 2 sc* repeat 13 times (36 stitches)
ROWS 4-6: 1 sc in each stitch (36 stitches)
ROW 7: 1 sc in each stitch. FO after last stitch. (36 stitches) Leave a long tail so that you can use it to sew the two 1/2 of the ball together later.


Eyes (make 2)

With H hoook CH 4
ROW 1: 2 DC in the first chain (4 ch from hook)
ROW 2: ch 1. Fasten off. Leave a long tail so that you can use that to sew it on later.


Now you have 2 halves of a ball and 2 eyes created. On one of the halves, line up the eyes how you would like them and use the tails to sew them onto the ball.
Put some black yarn on the darning needle and sew two small lines on for his nose. Sew a mouth onto the face.

Now turn the other half ball inside out and place it over the face so that they are cupped one in the other. Line them up so that the long pieces of tail are about 1-2 inches from each other. Thread one of the tails onto the needle and start sewing the one 1/2 of the ball to the other. When you get almost all the way around and there is only 1-2 inches left of open area (and you have reached the other long tail) knot/fasten off. Now turn the ball right side out. Stuff it tight with polyfil or whatever stuffing you choose. I even put a rattle type thing in the center of mine to capture the baby's attention even more. Use the last piece of tail to sew up that last 1-2 inches left open. Knot/fasten off and weave in ends.

Enjoy Jack Skellington!

COPYRIGHT - Catrina Usher - 2008


  1. Thanks for the cute pattern.
    My son (who is 24) wants me decorate the yard for Halloween using 'The Nightmare before Christmas' theme so this is one step toward it!

  2. Thank you so much for this pattern!
    My niece, who is in the Army is a big fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I plan to make this so that she can keep it in her pocket and know that we are thinking of her and love her.

    Again thank you so much.

  3. Thank you for this pattern. My honey is deployed right now, and I'm obsessed with nightmare before Christmas, so he saw this before he left, and is now begging for a jack "stress ball" which is what he calls it. I have to make two as one of his sgts is obsessed with NBC as well. Lol. A great gift for them to have. And quick to stitch, and small enough to send! Thank you so much for sharing it