Here is my original Jack Skellington pattern. Do not be deterred by the amount of time it took me to write, Jack is actually deceptively easy to make! (You definitely have time to make one or two before Christmas if you were wondering.)
White worsted weight yarn
Black worsted weight yarn
Black embroidery thread
Size F crochet hook
Size 7 crochet hook
2 pairs of wooden chopsticks
Some black fabric
Fray Check (if the fabric you use is the kind that might come unraveled more than you want it to.)
Note: Work in a spiral, using st markers at ends of rounds.
Skull (start at top, using white)
Round 1) sc 6 in magic ring
2) 2sc in each st around (12 sc)
3) *sc, 2sc in next st* around (18 sc)
4) *sc in each next 2 sc, 2sc in next st* around (24 sc)
5-6) sc in each st around
7) *sc in each next 3 st, 2sc in next st* around (30 sc)
8 ) sc in each st around
9) *sc in each next 3 st, sc2tog over next 2 sc* around (24 st)
10) *sc in each next 2st, sc2tog over next 2 st* around (18 st)
11) *sc in next st, sc2tog over next 2 st* around (12 sc)
12) *sc2og over next 2 sc* around 6sc
13-15) sc in each st around
16) 2sc in each st around (12 sc)
17) *sc in next st, 2sc in next st* around (18)
18) sc in next 3 st, 2sc in each next 3 st, sc in each next 6 st, 2sc in each next 3 st, sc in next 3 st (24)
19) sc in each next 3 st, 2 sc in each next 6 st, sc in each next 6 st, 2 sc in each next 6 st, sc in each next 3 st (36)
20-21) sc in each st around
22) *sc in next 4 st, sc 2 tog* around (30)
23) *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog* around (24)
24) sc in each st around
25) *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog* around (18)
26) *sc in next 7 st, sc2tog* twice (16)
Pants (switch to black yarn)
27-37) sc in each st around
38) *2sc in next st, sc in each next 7st* twice (18)
Stuff torso and top of pants
39) sc in next 9 st, sl st in 1st st of round, leaving remaining sts unworked
40-60)sc in each st around
61) sc2tog, sc in each next 7st (8)
62-82) sc in each st around
Attach yarn to first unworked st of row 38 and work as for leg 1.
Put one chopstick in each leg, there should be just a little bit of chopstick sticking out the bottom.
Feet (make 2)
1) ch 4, sc 2 in 2nd st from hook, sc in next st, 3sc in next st. On other side of chain, sc in next st, sc in last ch, sl st in first sc, ch 1
2) in back loops only, sc in each st around (8sc) sl st in first sc, ch 1
3) sc in each next 3 st, sc3tog, sc in each next 2st (6sc)
Fasten off, , stuff feet lightly and sew to bottoms of legs, weave in ends.
Using black thread and a running st, sew down the front of the Jacket to keep it closed, then remove the pin and trim the corner flat. If the jacket is too loose, turn Jack over and cut two vertical slits in the fabric. Pull the jacket tight around Jack so that some fabric will overlap, pin all the layers in place.
For this part, you just have to do whatever you think looks good. Trim the corners if you want, I just left them pointy and uneven and then stitched the edges up because I liked the patched-together. Another thing you could do is use a really long piece of fabric and leave long coattails like Jack has in the movie. I ran out of fabric on this one but think that it would look good on future Jack Skellington dolls. Basically, there is no exact right way that I have figured out to make this jacket so feel free to adjust and trim it as much as you want until you think it looks good.
For the collar, cut a thin strip of fabric and sew it around the top of the jacket, then fold it over. It might take a couple of stitches around the edge to make it stay there. If the fabric you used for the jacket is the type that could unravel, apply liberal amounts of Fray Check around all the edges that you don’t want to fray (unless you like the super raggedy look, then hold the Fray Check).
Using scraps from the jacket, cut 3 thin strips of fabric to the desired length and taper the ends. Sew these all together at the base of Jack’s neck like a bow tie.
The cat head is crocheted like so:
Use black embroidery thread and size 7 crochet hook. (I actually used yarn and the size F hook for this Jack’s bowtie but decided it was way too big, it will come out a lot smaller if you use the thread and smaller hook.)
1)ch 2, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn
2) 3 sc in 1st sc, ch 1, turn
3) 2sc in 1st sc, sc in next sc, 2sc in last sc (5sc) ch 1, turn
ear 1) sc2tog over first two sts, ch 1, fasten off
ear 2) reattach yarn in first st of round 3, sc2tog, ch 1, fasten off
Weave in ends, sew cat head in the middle of bowtie.
Arms (start with black for sleeves)
1) 6sc in magic ring
2-25) sc in each st around (6 sc)
Measure from shoulder to halfway down leg and cut chopsticks to that length, insert chopsticks into arms.
sc 9 in magic ring, join with sl st to first sc
ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, fasten off
reattach yarn, ch 7, fasten off middle finger
reattach yarn, ch 6, fasten off
reattach yarn, ch 4, fasten off
Weave in ends.
Work as for right hand but start with pinky and work fingers in backward order ending with thumb.
1) sc 5 in magic ring
2-3) sc in each 5 st around
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Sew hands to round 1 of wrists, pull other end of wrists over chopstick ends and sew to arms. Sew arms at shoulders as in picture.
Note: It is important to make the jacket before the arms or you won’t be able to get the jacket on.
For eyes: Cut two large ovals from black fabric, check to see how they look on Jack’s face and trim them to the desired size and shape if necessary, then drench in Fray Check (or use felt or something that won’t fray), let dry (only if you used Fray Check), and sew onto face.
For nose: Using black embroidery thread, embroider two short stitches as shown in photograph.
For mouth: Using black embroidery thread, embroider one long stitch for smile, then hold in place with a lot of smaller stitches across it.
That’s all, you now have your very own Jack Skellington!