Star Wars Crochet Patterns – Round Up of Free Patterns

Star Wars Crochet Patterns – Round Up of Free Patterns

May the Fourth be with you!  Today is, you guessed it, Star Wars Day!  Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars franchise back in 2012 pretty much ensured that there will be many more Star Wars films in our future.  Along with installments of the final trilogy of the Star Wars saga we’ve been treated to a couple of stand alone movies such as Solo and Rogue One.   Of course this has sparked a new generation’s interest in the franchise and is creating many new fans.

The new Star Wars movies have sparked lots of conversations and speculations in our family, such as “is Rey somehow how related to Luke and Leia?” or “who is Finn?  Is he Landau’s son?”.  I’m sure these conversations are occurring in many households, after all every household has at least one Star Wars fan, right?

As a rule Star Wars has always been popular pretty much since it first opened 40 years ago.  But the new  movies make the Star Wars franchise soar to even higher levels.  Specially given that Disney now owns it and has been marketing each movie months before they premier.

This past Christmas we ran into many Star Wars toys, puzzles, shirts, and other merchandise.  In fact we bought some for the boys.  I thought with the renewed popularity of Star Wars it would be a great idea to round up a few crochet ideas for Star Wars themed projects.  There are many out there!

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So if you’re a big Star Wars fan, or knows someone who is, these ideas will come in handy.

I love this blanket by Not All Who Wander Are Lost 32!  I’m sure it’s a labor of love!  But what Star War fan wouldn’t love it?    Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Pops de Milk

This Death Star Throw Pillow from Pops de Milk is another one of my faves!  It would be awesome with the blanket!       Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Unwrapping Mommy

If you don’t want such a big project this cute Yoda Coffee Cup Cozy from Unwrapping Mommy is a quick project.  All Star Wars fans will love it!     Click here for pattern.

 

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Crochetverse

Your little Star Wars fan (or maybe not so little) will love this BB-8 Hood by Crochetverse!          Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Mia’s Atelier

Everyone loves R2D2!  Here’s an amigurumi of our favorite droid from Mia’s Atelier.    Click here for pattern.

R2D2 is a popular guy, here’s a beanie by Jen Spears on Ravelry.     Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Dearest Debi

Here’s something practical for Star Wars fans, a Light Saber Pencil case from Dearest Debi.

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Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Dearest Debi

Another idea from Dearest Debi are these Light Saber Hilts, perfect for holding light saber ice pops! Great idea for a Star Wars themed party!       Click here for pattern.

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Storm Trooper Throw Pillows are super cool!  Here’s a pattern by That Farm Girl Teacher on Ravelry.     Click here for pattern.

Your little Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader will love this Light Saber by Alli Hartley on Ravelry!

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Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of The Happy Hooker

One of my favorite characters is Yoda.  I love this baby Yoda hat from The Happy Hooker!  Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Alu Ka on Ravelry

Here’s a cute Yoda baby blanket to go with the hat by Alu Ka on Ravelry.  (They call it a blanket, I would call it a snuggly)  Whatever you call it, it’s still super cute!     Click here for pattern.

Han Solo Amigurumi from Geek Central Station for Star Wars fans of all ages!  Click here for pattern.

You can’t have Han without Leia!  Here’s a Princess Leia Amigurumi also by Geek Central Station.

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Making Math Fun For Life

Making Math Fun For Life

Spending time with your children or grandchildren can be a real joy, but it’s also a golden opportunity to help them learn without even realizing it. With the latest exam data showing that just 42% of Hawaiian public school students are reaching proficiency targets in Math – the same percentage as in the previous two years – helping your child to be confident in numeracy is really important. Whether they’re following a delicious pancake recipe with you or working out how to make their Lego pieces fit together, kids need numbers. Thankfully there are lots of fun ways to support your child at home and build strong math foundations for life.

Laying fun foundations

Teaching professionals have found that simple math games can help to introduce your kids to mathematical principles in a fun way. Card games like Uno can teach them about matching colors and numbers, and counting the cards you need to pick up. Classic board games such as Monopoly help them learn to count numbers on dice, move spaces and count money; you could even get the Hawaiian edition to brush up on their local knowledge too. These traditional games are also wonderfully sociable and easy to play with less active members of the family too.

Math on the move

In a recent vacation survey, 64% of families were planning road trips as an affordable, easy way to travel. If you need something to keep the kids entertained, having some simple math games to hand can really help. Counting cars of matching colors is a nice easy game for all ages. You could also prepare colorful flash cards to test each other on your times tables as you travel.  

Mother Nature’s math class

For a really easy way to make math part of everyday life, simply step outside. As a local study finds that the average Hawaiian youth spends 3 hours a day on video games, make it your mission to step away from screens and get out into nature. Children can learn to spot shapes in nature, count petals, birds or study the shapes of different types of leaves. For a fun craft project, teach them to make a kite.

Math doesn’t have to mean sitting at a table with sums; you can use it when you bake together, make crafts or visit the park. By making numbers fun, approachable and relevant, you can remove some of the barriers which may make children feel less confident about the subject. Whether the child in your life is going to be an astronaut or sell their own paintings, math is at the core of life; help them find a little joy in it.

Thick and Fluffy Santa Hat – Free Pattern

Thick and Fluffy Santa Hat – Free Pattern

There are many patterns for Santa Hats out there. This is one of my favorites.  I love the thick and fluffy trim!

I made two of them for my twin grand kids, Harper and Sadi. Loved it so much I made some for the other grands and my sister-in-law’s grandkids as well.  I used the free pattern from Creatiknit which I accented with Holly Leaves and Berries.  I added a cute gingham bow to Harper’s hat. I tied a large jingle bell at the tips so the kids jingle when they walk.  FUN!

The pattern uses #6 worsted yarn and a Size N hook, the stitches work up very quickly!  Instead of using #6 worsted yarn for the hat body I used one strand of #4 yarn in red and one strand of #4 Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in sparkle red.  I held both strands together while making the hats.  For the white trim I used Bernat Baby Blanket Super Bulky #6 yarn in white.  I used this for the pompom too.  The holly leaves and berries are made with #4 yarn in green and red.  I made the bow using 5/8″ ribbon.

Hook Size N 9mm

#4 worsted yarn in red, sparkle red, and green

#6 bulky yarn in white

Yarn needle

Click here for Santa Hat Pattern from Creatiknit!

Click here for Holly and Berry Pattern from Ravelry!

 

Santa HatDon’t have time to make this hat?  No worries check out my Etsy Shop!  I’d love to custom make one for you!
Want a thinner Santa Hat?  Here’s another free pattern I used to make a thinner version, click here!

 

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

Elephant Snuggly

I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi.  I made them these cute elephant snugglies.  They are very simple to make, they’re basically an over-sized granny square with a stuffed elephant head attached to the middle.  It took me just a few hours to make each one.

I used the free pattern from DenDennis Amigurumist but added my own border.   For the blue border I used a simple slip stitch/chain 1 pattern all the way around; for the pink one I used a picot type pattern to make it look lacier.

All the parts start with a “magic circle”.  Click here to learn how to make a “magic circle” from Crochet Me.

The Granny Square is made with clusters of 3 double crochet stitches with a chain 1 in between and chain 2 for the corners.  The Elephant head is an amigurumi using single crochet.  Instructions for granny square and elephant head are from DenDennis Amigurumist.  Lacy border trim is optional, instructions are at the bottom of this post.

Click here for basic instructions from DenDennis Amigurumist.

Elephant Snuggly

Blue Border Trim:

The border trim is the 14th. round and is repeated all the way around the square.  Complete granny square as instructed but do not fasten off.  Instead proceed to round 14.

Round 14:  slip stitch into first sc on round 13; *chain 1, slip stitch into next sc; Repeat from * all the way around; slip stitch to first slip stitch on this round.  Fasten off.

Elephant Snuggly

Pink Lacy Picot style trim:

Complete granny square as instructed but do not fasten off.  Instead proceed to round 14.

Round 14:  slip stitch into first 2 sc on round 13; *chain 3; go BACKWARD and slip stitch into first sc on round 13; go Forward skip stitch (this would be the 2nd. slip stitch made before you went backward); slip stitch into next 2 sc on round 13; Repeat from * all the way around; slip stitch to first slip stitch on this round.  Fasten off.

Elephant Snuggly
Elephant Snuggly
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Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket

Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket

cluster stitch crochet baby blanketMy sixth grandchild was born just a few days ago.  As I’ve done for my other five grandchildren I made this grandson a crocheted blanket, actually I made him a couple of blankets.  This one is a simple Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket.

I found this free pattern by Leelee Knits.  It’s simple and easy to make, easy enough for beginners!

For this Cluster Stitch Crocheted Baby Blanket I used 3 skeins of  Lion brand Ice Cream yarn in Cookies and Cream color.  I love the variegated colors of that yarn!

I pretty much followed the pattern, but I used a size K 6.5mm hook instead of the size J 6mm hook the pattern calls for.  I wanted the stitches to be a little bigger and a bit looser.  I tend to make my stitches tighter and I find that using a larger sized hook makes my stitches looser.  But really you can use any size hook to make your cluster stitch crocheted baby blanket.

I also added 2 extra rounds for the border so my cluster stitch crocheted baby blanket came out just a bit bigger than the one in the pattern.  Really you can make this blanket whatever size you want using any color you want.

cluster stitch crocheted baby blanket

 

Click here for the free pattern from Leelee Knits!

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Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket

Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket

chunky yarn baby blanketI’m in Vicenza, Italy welcoming my sixth grandchild.  Of course I had to make him a baby blanket,  just like I did for all my other grandchildren.  This time I decided to work with this lovely 100% cotton yarn made here in Italy.  I choose a dark gray color to coordinate with his solar system themed layette set from Crate & Barrel.  The yarn is so soft and silky that I decided the yarn itself should be the the focus of this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket.

In short I wanted a simple design so that one could focus on the look and feel of the yarn.  So no fancy stitches for this chunky yarn baby blanket! Just a plain double crochet with a single crochet border.

This Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket is so easy to make and it because the yarn is so thick it works up pretty quickly.  If you have the time you can actually finish this project in a day!

The only down side, sort of, to this  project is that the cost of the yarn can quickly add up.  I used very good quality 100% cotton machine washable yarn that came in 100 gram balls that cost more than $10 each.  I used 12 balls so this blanket cost me about $120.  But the cost is easily cut by either using a less expensive yarn like Bernat Blanket yarn that is sold in 10.5 oz. skeins for about $7 a skein.  Or you can make the blanket smaller.  Mine measures 36″ x 24″.  Because of the yarn weight it’s actually a good idea to keep this chunky yarn baby blanket on the smaller side, it can get heavy!

chunky yarn baby blanketHere are the directions to make this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket.

Supplies:

Size  K 6.5mm crochet hook ( I use a wooden bamboo hook but use a hook you’re comfortable with.

Chunky Yarn – any brand any color

You’ll need about 6 skeins minimum, more for larger blankets

Yarn Needle

Scissors

 

Directions:

Stiches:   CH – chain

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

SL – Slip Stitch

CH 63

Row 1:  Double Crochet in 4th. CH from hook (CH counts as first DC of this row), DC in each stitch across, CH 3, turn.  60 DC

Row 2: DC in each stitch across until you get to the 3CH on the row below, DC in the 3rd. CH, CH 3, turn. 60DC

Repeat row 2 until the blanket is the length you want it to be. Then the next row will be the beginning of the boarder.

Border Round- CH 2 (counts as 1 SC), *SC to the the last stitch, (SC, CH 2, SC) in the last stitch of the row, this will be your corner, Turn work and SC evenly down the side until you reach the last stitch,  (SC, CH 2m SC) in last stitch of the row, this is your next corner*, Turn work Repeat between **, SL to the top of the CH 2 at the begining of the boarder round.

Repeat – Border Round 2 times, fasten off.

Weave yarn ends and joins into the blanket using the yarn needle

Hope you love this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket!  Share your creations we’d love to see them!

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