Monday, May 22, 2017

Star Wars Crochet

Although my mom used to crochet, she didn't teach me how to do it since I'm left-handed and she's right-handed. I finally taught myself how to do it from books. It was easier to learn how to crochet right-handed than figure out how to reverse patterns, so that's what I do. I've made sweaters, pillows, an afghan, a baby outfit for Alex, and even a stuffed cat, but lately I've moved onto smaller projects: stuffed Star Wars characters.

Since I don't know how to create a crochet pattern, let alone for something as complicated as Yoda, I use crochet kits such as this one and a sequel. The kits come with materials to make two of the patterns, but you have to buy your own yarn to make the others. I think the red yarn is a different weight than the other two, which is why the red stormtrooper is bigger than Yoda and the regular stormtrooper. (If you're wondering why I made a red stormtrooper, it's supposed to be a magmatrooper from the Battlefront game. My son has a red suit of armor.) The books provide step-by-step instructions for not just the patterns, but also the stitches used, so even a beginner can figure out how to make them. It does take some practice getting the expressions right, however. They work up pretty quickly, so even with my busy schedule, I can create one in less than a week. Currently, I have another stormtrooper and a Jawa in the works.

I plan to make several of these for my son, but others will be given away as gifts to other kids. Currently I'm working on a Jawa and another stormtrooper. There are patterns for Princess Leia (I made one, but I don't have a picture), Luke, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader (IMO, his face doesn't look like the character), R2-D2, Rey, Finn, BB-8, and several other characters. I'll sure be busy making them all!

What character do you think would be hardest to crochet? Who's your favorite Star Wars character? Feel free to share in the comments.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well done! Those look challenging.
Han Solo will always be my favorite.

Pat Dilloway said...

Those are cute.

Sandra Almazan said...

I haven't tried Han Solo yet, Alex.

Thanks, Pat!

Maria Zannini said...

My dear, sweet neighbor taught me to crochet. At first she couldn't understand why I couldn't grasp the concept until I explained to her that my brain needs to do it left handed first before I can do it right handed. I was meant to be left handed, but teachers back in the day forced us to be right handed.

Wonderful lady that she was, taught herself how to crochet left handed and then taught me. I was never very passionate about it, but she wanted to teach me and I wanted to please her. :)

You're way more talented than I could ever be!

Sandra Almazan said...

That's one dedicated teacher, Maria! And thanks!

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