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Topic: Darth Vader amigurumi [EDIT: Now with SUPER long and SUPER lame pattern on p3!]  (Read 26839 times)
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« on: November 25, 2007 01:26:19 PM »

"The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of crochet."

I am slowly creating a crocheted cast of Star Wars, and here's the latest addition. I have a vague plan for each one that I make, and I've been trying to work up a real pattern, but the shoulders always throw me! (Sorry, jmigs -- that's what's taking so long!)

Here's a bit of a close-up on his chest and belt. I thought this would be so easy to embroider and make it look great, but then everything I tried just looked lame. So after this version, I gave up and called it done.

I'm pretty pleased with his helmet, but if I had it to do over again, I'd make his head one or two rounds taller, because the helmet would look better if it sat up just a little higher off his shoulders. But I think the cape turned out really well.

Here's a photo with my hand to show size perspective, but it probably would have made more sense to show him with a ruler.

I would love to hear what you think (especially if you have any advice for writing up patterns!)! Thanks for looking!

« Last Edit: December 01, 2007 08:51:02 PM by mplsdeanna » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2007 01:29:17 PM »

Does anyone know why my photos are so small? Usually they're quite a bit larger.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2007 04:02:45 PM »

Your Darth Vader is fantastic! I think this is your best one yet Smiley 

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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2007 04:28:46 PM »

Are you going to make a book with all the patterns when you are finished?  I would buy something like that. Smiley
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2007 04:31:51 PM »

That is awesome!  I love it!  Great job!

« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2007 05:13:13 PM »

that's wicked!
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2007 05:15:29 PM »

Hi there, is there a way to get the pattern???
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2007 07:13:01 PM »

Okay, I fixed the photos so you don't have to squint!

As soon as I'm able to write the patterns in a way that makes sense, I'll post everything. (I don't think Lucasfilm would like me selling the patterns ... curse you, copyright law!)

I sort of freehanded the cape (does this happen to anyone else while you're, say, watching Bionic Woman ... it sort of gets away from you, then you have to rip out the weird bulge and try again?), but I took fairly good notes about the helmet, which I think is key to Darth Vader.

Thank you for your comments!
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2007 11:04:51 PM »

I love your Darth Vader! What a neat idea to crochet all the Star Wars characters.

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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2007 06:22:40 AM »

Oh he is fantastic...he's perfect!!  What a great gift for a Star Wars fanatic!!!  Grin

« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2007 06:40:49 AM »

Wow, I am amazed and in aww. That is so great. if you ever do post the pattern I would love to try it out. I have been dying to crochet something cute for my kids and one is HEAVILY into star wars, darth vader being his favorite character. That is just amazing without a pattern wow!!
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2007 08:23:53 AM »

Oh he is so awesome!! I think my crocheted Admiral Akbar wants to hang out with him!!
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2007 08:57:10 AM »

Wow!  That is fantastic!  I've been brainstorming for Christmas gifts for the kids of a dear friend who passed away this year, and something like that would be perfect for her son.

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« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2007 09:17:43 AM »

Great job.  He looks fantastic, now my only question is are you going to tackle chewy? or some furry little ewoks?

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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2007 10:39:39 AM »

now my only question is are you going to tackle chewy? or some furry little ewoks?

Actually, I've already done a couple.

Chewbacca: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170542.0

Princess Leia: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193292.0

Han Solo: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=172327.0

C-3PO: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168542.0

R2-D2: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=167291.0

I am also finishing Luke and Obi-Wan. And the completely awesome Ewok that started my obsession is by Angry Angel, and it's here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=130572.0. Of course, I still haven't mastered a single popcorn stitch, so I'll probably never crochet my way through "Return of the Jedi."    Smiley  I know I've seen a knitted Yoda around here ... and Jabba would be so cool ...
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« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2007 11:40:51 AM »

LOVE these! Hope you show us the rest of them... Grin

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« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2007 02:00:20 PM »


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« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2007 03:27:36 PM »

I have been wanting to do the same thing forever.  My boyfriend is a huge star was fan.  Great job.

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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2007 11:25:15 AM »

my brother is a huge star wars freak i need to make him one of those., and every other character... lol GOOD JOB!

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« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2007 03:38:11 PM »

I can't wait to see the tutorial on this, my BF and I are Star Wars obsessed!  Now if only someone would figure out how to do Darth Maul and the Emperor it would be a whole set!
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2007 05:33:40 PM »

The details on him are fantastic!

My boyfriend's like "Why don't you make me anything like that?"

« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2007 08:19:27 PM »

Wow, thank you so much, everybody! I am completely motivated to write up the pattern, no matter how crappily I manage to explain those shoulders! I think I'll be able to do it this weekend. Thank you!
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2007 06:13:09 AM »

I am an avid fan of all of your Star Wars characters! Great job! I eagerly await patterns!! And I'm clicking this ROCKS! Click!
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« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2007 07:59:57 AM »

He looks really good - you did a great job on him! The detail on the face is perfect, & I'm very impresed with the helmet. Surely you're joking when you say you can't do popcorn stitch?!

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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2007 08:16:39 AM »

this is really,REALLY good!!!

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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2007 02:22:45 PM »

Thank you!

Angry Angel, I am totally serious about the popcorn stitch. I've watched a really good tutorial about it online several times ... and I totally end up in knots. I can never get a magic ring to work, either -- so I start with a chain and always end up with a bald spot on top or on the bottom of whatever I'm working on.
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2007 05:45:20 PM »

Woh....truly awesome work.
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« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2007 07:22:05 PM »

Wow...awesome! I have a friend who would love this!

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« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2007 08:52:49 PM »

Whos ready for a voyage into Untested Pattern Land? Ive opened a bottle of wine and found my notes, and Im eager to try to get this down. Its my very first time writing down a pattern, so please bear with me. This is my basic pattern for figures, how I have made almost every member of my Star Wars family, mostly by varying the colors to make the clothes (black boots and navy pants for Han, gold Glitterspun yarn for C-3PO, etc). Add some embroidery or other details, and youre set.

Im not entirely sure I have these stitch counts right. If it starts to feel wrong, go with your gut. If anyone has any advice at all on writing up patterns, I would LOVE to hear it!


Make two of these:

If you can do the magic loop thing, then rock on! I cant, so I start by chaining 3, slip stitching into the first stitch, and then using that little ring Ive just made as my not-so-magic loop. Also, I work in spirals because I can never join a round without it looking stupid. So do it however you like.

1: 6 sc into the loop (total: 6 stitches)
2: 2 sc into each of the 6sc (total: 12 stitches)
3: [1 sc into the 1st sc, 2 sc into the next sc] x 6 (total: 18 stitches)
4: Work 18 sc
5: [2sc dec] x 2, 1sc into each of the next 15 sc
6: [2sc dec] x 2, 1sc into each of the next 13 sc.
7: [2sc dec] x 2, 1sc into each of the next 11 sc
8 - 15: Work 13 sc. (more for taller guys, like Chewbacca)

If youre going to change color for boots, this is a good time to do it. I always switch at the back of the leg so its less noticeable. So change colors, then make another 10 rounds for the thigh. Leave a long enough tail so that you can sew the leg onto the body. Stuff.


Make two of these:

Chain 3 and join into a ring, or use a magic ring.
1: 6 sc into the loop (total: 6 stitches)
2: 2 sc into each of the next 6 sc (total: 12 stitches)
3: Work 12 sc
4: [2sc dec] x 6 (total: 6 stitches)
5: Work 6 sc

If youre going to change color from skin to clothing, this is a good time to do it. Then make another 8 rounds for the arm. Maybe one or two more for Chewbacca. Leave a long enough tail so that you can sew the arm onto the body. Stuff.


Chain 3 or make the ring.

1: 6 sc into the loop (total: 6 stitches)
2: 2 sc into each of 6 sc (total: 12 stitches)
3: [1 sc into the 1st sc, 2 sc into the next sc] x 6 (total: 18 stitches)
4: Work 18sc
5: Work 18 sc
6: Work 18 sc
7: [2 sc dec, 5 sc] x 3 (total: 15 stitches)
8: [2 sc dec, 2 sc] x 6 (total: 12 stitches)
9: [2 sc dec] x 6 (total: 6 stitches)
10: Work 6 sc
11: 2 sc into each of 6 sc (total: 12 stitches)

Now heres where you have to endure my inability to figure out exactly what I did. The head needs to be bigger than the body, but if we increase evenly around the shoulders/torso, then were going to end up with sort of tubular-looking figure. Imagine a ping-pong ball for a head, and a cardboard tube for the body. I love tubular as much as the next person, but lets try to give this figure shoulders. This means we only increase at the sides. See how Han Solo below has shoulders:

I usually figure that I end a round at the back of the figure, which means Im working across the figures back from left side to right side, then from right to left across the front, and then across the back again. (Imagine the figure lying down on the table in front of you, face up. You are lined up to look at the top of the figures head. I work counter-clockwise from that view.) So to get us around to the first shoulder area (the right shoulder), we need to make 2 sc.

Now 2 sc into each of the next 2 sc. This is the beginning of the right shoulder area.
Now work 4 sc. This takes you across the front of the chest and over to the figures left shoulder area.
Now 2 sc into each of the next 2 sc. This is the beginning of the left shoulder area.
Now work 6 sc. This will get you across the back and at the right shoulder area again.
2 sc into each of the next 2 sc. If my counting is right (dear God, please let it be right, amen), we are now increasing into the stitches that we had increased in the last round, making the shoulders spread out.

Okay, my notes stopped making sense right here, but can you see how it is? Work sc into sc all across the front at the back, and when you reach the sides (where youve increased the previous round), you sort of figure out the two stitches that are on the outermost edges, and make 2 sc into each of those.

I think I only did this for three full rounds. Once youre happy with the broadness of the shoulders, stuff the head, and then just work sc into sc for the length of the torso, or about 17 rounds. Chewbacca is going to be taller, so another round or two for him. Leave a long tail. Stuff and sew shut at the bottom.

NOTE: One thing you might notice is that the figure seems a little barrel-chested. Eventually I decided to do one decrease on the front of the chest (think sternum) and one decrease on the back (think spine) in the round right after I finished broadening the shoulders. You might want to try that.

Holy crap! Thats it! Sew it all together and add some details like hair, face, belt, etc. Darth Vaders details include a small square on the front with some colored lines, and a belt (which was just a long chain, then scd into each loop) with some colored lines.

This I did NOT work in spirals. I tried, but then it turns out all lopsided. So for this, slip stitch to join the rounds. (Again Im just not positive Ive got the stitches counted correctly. If it seems wrong, it most assuredly is.)

Chain 3
1: 6 sc
2: 2 sc into each of 6 sc (total: 12 stitches), sl st to join
3: [1 sc into the 1st sc, 2 sc into the next sc] x 6 (total: 18 stitches), sl st to join
4: Work 18 sc, sl st to join

So far weve made the top of the helmet. Now we need the back part that flares out.

5: Work 10 sc, ch 1, turn (this is not a round; now youre working in rows)
6: [2 sc into first sc, then 1 sc into next sc] x 5. (total: 15 stitches) (This row makes it fan out.)
7: [1 sc into next sc, then 2 sc into next sc] x 10 (total 20 stitches). Ch 1, turn.
8: Work 20 sc.

Sc around the entire thing. Try it on your Vaders head. If you like it, sew it on. If you dont, try putting a little bit of stuffing or yarn between Vaders head and the helmet. I found that helpful. If you totally hate the helmet, try to figure out where I led you astray, and adapt the pattern accordingly. Its pretty easy to remake the helmet, and thats the coolest part of the figure, so you want it to turn out well.


This was totally trial-and-error-and-rip-it-out-and-try-again. See how his cape is attached around the back and sides of the neck, but then sort of sweeps back to follow the shoulders and reveal the chest panel.

I wish I could find a simple way to do this, but crochet (at least row after row of sc) doesnt drape very well. So start with a chain that fits around the side, back, and side of his neck, and then start increasing as needed. Once you get down past the belt or so, though, its just straight working sc into sc.

Again, Id really like to hear your advice. And if you end up making one, please post! Id LOVE to see it!
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« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2007 06:10:18 AM »

love this, i do

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« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2007 07:31:09 AM »


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« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2007 09:53:58 AM »

I am most definetly trying this out. Thanks so much. Just one question what size hook did you use to get the size that you got. THANKS again, I've never done anything but hats and scarves, can't wait to try it out....hmmm wonder if I can put off doing housework to make him!! Smiley
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2007 10:44:28 AM »

Just one question what size hook did you use to get the size that you got

Oh -- sorry! I used a G hook. I used an F hook with the Glitterspun for C-3PO. And I'm a Sugar & Cream gal, so what is that called? Worsted weight? Or is that something else? Anyhoo. I've had a hard time getting all the colors I need at Michaels, but yarn stores and craft stores (woo hoo, Crafty Planet in Minneapolis!) have had everything I've ever needed.
« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2007 07:07:57 PM »

OH MY GOD, I AM MAKING ONE RIGHT AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, my friend will flip out when she sees this, wonderful!!!!!!!!1 Grin Grin Grin
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