While my son is not a pirate nor apsires to be one, he does love skulls, so I made him an afghan with a HUGE glow in the dark skull in the center for Christmas.
Scroll down to the bottom where you’ll see a picture of a crochet afghan (click on it to make it larger and easier to see) made up from the pattern - it includes directions. It’s pretty self explanatory if you crochet and can follow a chart.
Here's my list of materials:
Bernat Glow In The Dark Yarn (in white, of course!) for the skull (about $4-5/skein in most stores) – I lucked out and got mine on clearance for $1/skein!...or use a white 4 ply acrylic to match the black
Red Heart 4 ply acrylic (in black) for the background and border
Crochet hook, size I
Clothesline rope - the skinny kind from the dollar store
Note: PRESHRINK the rope by soaking it in hot water and letting it air dry or shove it in a pantyhose leg, knot the end and pitch it in the dryer on hot.
I pretty much did the afghan following the directions/outline on Domiknitrix’s page, but I changed the border. You may have to change the hook size depending on how loose/tight you crochet. Sorry that I haven’t included yarn amounts. I started with 17 skeins of the white Bernat and used nearly all of it, and the black was a Red Heart Super Saver so I still have lots of that left. Please note that some of my Bernat yarn was dirty so I had to cut parts out and the kitties stole one skein and wrecked most of that.
Using a smaller hook and sc would produce a smaller and more dense afghan or wall hanging.
Here’s my border:
You could also skip the corners when doing the border and tie the knots in the empty space – I think that would look cool!
There are lots of directions/tutorials on the web about how to follow a graph. Remember, Google is your friend!
This is a fun project for intermediate to expert crocheters. The possibilities for the border are endless! Next time I think I’m going to attempt doing a crossbones border!
For questions contact you can contact me (Cathy) at firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Here’s some info about Bernat Glow In The Dark Yarn
Care: Machine washable and dryable on low. Content: 70% Acrylic, 30% Polyester. Put-up: 1.40 oz. Length 72 yd.