Crochet Revolution Armband

Oct 4, 2007
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Kim P Werker


It's time to add as much fuel as possible to the CROCHET REVOLUTION! Show your pride and solidarity by wearing your very own revolutionary armband. In true DIY style, stitch one up however you'd like. Not a fan of colourwork? Ditch it. Never tried it before? Give it a shot! And don't even think of showing up to a Crochet Me book event without one. (Just think of all the blog photos of armband-clad crocheters! Pretty revolutionary!)

Materials List

  • Yarn: Tahki Dream (80% wool, 20% nylon; 262 yds/242 m per 1.75 oz/50 g): #008 Emerald Green (MC), 1 ball; #001 White (CC1), 1 ball, #012 Fuschia (CC2), 1 ball. Yarn distributed by Tahki Stacy Charles.
  • Hook: 3.5mm. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Customizable. The armband shown is about 4" wide when laid flat and about 2.5" long. The pattern is written in one size; for a larger or smaller version, add or subtract an even number of stitches when you begin. The skull is worked over the center 14 stitches regardless of how large or small you make the armband.


Approximately 6 sts and 7 rows = 1" in sc


Although any fingering-or-lighter weight yarn or thread can be substituted, the high wool content in the recommended yarn gives the armband a lovely amount of stretch. Using a 100% cotton yarn or thread might not produce an armband that will actually stay put on your arm.

There are two ways to begin the pattern. Option A, involving foundation stitches (see the Spring 2007 Interweave Crochet), is preferred, since it results in a stretchier foundation row than a traditional foundation chain.

Armband is worked in the round, turning after each round. Turning prevents the skull design from becoming terribly skewed.

Be sure to carry the unused yarn on the WS of your work.

[Big thanks to Elin for modeling all over Vancouver with me for this project.]

Close-up of armband


The Pattern

Option A:
Foundation Rnd: With MC, work 50 fsc, sl st in first fsc to join, being careful not to twist the sts, turn.

Option B:
With MC, ch 51.
Foundation Rnd: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across, sl st in first sc to join, being careful not to twist the sts, turn—50 sc.

Now cont as foll:

Rnds 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st in first sc to join, turn.

Rnd 4: Cont in sc, begin to work skull chart over the center 14 sts, turn.

Rnds 5-17: Work even in sc, working skull chart over center 14 sts, turn.

Rnds 18-19: Work even in MC, turn.

Rnd 20: Work even in MC. Fasten off.

Skull Chart


Weave in all loose ends. With yarn needle and CC2, embroider outline of skull as desired; embroider bursts around skull as desired. Block lightly if desired; this is not required.

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Kim Werker wrote
on Oct 9, 2007 1:40 PM

Eek. Somehow the finishing instructions got lost in the fray when I posted this originally. They're there now! Sorry about that.

Fueling the crochet revolution...

PirateLady2 wrote
on Oct 21, 2007 6:58 PM

Great pattern! As a member of a historical re-enactment group set in the Caribbean in the Golden Age of Piracy, I think this pattern is going to be used frequently! Especially the motif!

Kim Werker wrote
on Oct 21, 2007 8:48 PM

That's awesome! You'll have to take lots of pictures. :)

Fueling the crochet revolution...

SaraJ@11 wrote
on Oct 23, 2007 4:18 PM

I love it! I have to make a ton for gifts!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Emily A wrote
on Nov 8, 2007 2:56 PM

Just finished mine! Now my stepson wants a scarf with a skulls on it! I'm thinking just a skull on each end. Does anybody have any thoughts on how to do this? I'm VERY much a beginner so I'm not comfortable yet modifying patterns! HELP!

Dlconcidine wrote
on Dec 13, 2007 5:33 PM

That is awesome! As soon as I learn to crochet I am going to try it. : P

RuthS@17 wrote
on Jan 6, 2008 11:27 PM

I have been looking for an arm band to wear to memorialize my brother Calvin who recently passed away from lung cancer at the age of 48. I am not ready to deal with all the grief it has caused but I wanted a way to commemorate him. I was crocheting a chemo cap for him, but he passed away before I could finish it. Anyway thank you so much for this pattern it will help me begin to deal with the pain of losing him.

RuthS@17 wrote
on Jan 6, 2008 11:31 PM

(See previous post) Since I will make this as a memorial for my brother, instead of the skull I am going to crochet his name. Any suggestions on how to do this? Thanks all.

FaithF wrote
on Jan 18, 2008 11:32 AM

I would suggest simply embroidering his name on it in some contrasting thread once you have finished crocheting the band itself--it'd probably be much easier for you.

MaryangelaA wrote
on Mar 3, 2008 4:29 AM

I've finally learned how to do the sc foundation row, and it's really awesome. I can't figure out how to join the ends of the row with the slip stich. It just refuses to get alined! Could any give me some help on it? Please? Thanks.

Kim Werker wrote
on Mar 3, 2008 12:11 PM

Do you mean that when you make a sl st in the first fsc, there's a gap between the stitches? That's to be expected; when I weave in my beginning tail, I use it to sew that gap closed. Let me know if that doesn't answer your question.

Check out Interweave Crochet and the Crochet Me book!

Lilly Flower wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 8:06 AM

I think instead of a skull, I'll do a flower. It's easier...

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on Aug 20, 2009 4:08 AM
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