Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pattern For Amigurumi Crochet Lego Minifigure




I had originally planned to test out this pattern before I posted it by making a new minifigure after the start of the New Year but with all the crafting I've done lately, I need a break. Testing the pattern will have to be pushed aside until I am sufficiently motivated. Therefore, I'm writing out this pattern exactly as I made it and have it in my notes (except the head...I did make a couple changes to the head pattern so he looks less like a conehead).


I'm not saying this is the best way or the fastest way to make a Lego minifigure, but it is the way I made one. Since I was unable to find a pattern for a Lego Minifigure, I thought even a rough pattern would be helpful to someone looking for one.



Just to throw another kink into it, and as full warning, I have to tell you that I have never written out a crochet pattern before...


Lego Minifigure

Materials:
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Cherry Red
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Lemon (yellow)
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Royal (blue)
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Black
Hook H/8 - 5.00 mm
4 12mm safety eyes (two will be used for the eyes and two will be used for the arm/shoulder joints)
Blunt tipped yarn needle to stitch pieces together
Plastic Canvas
Poly-fill or other stuffing

Terminology
MR - Magic Ring
SC - Single Crochet
SL - Slip Stitch
BL - Back Loop
FL - Front Loop
sc2tog - decrease
invdec - Invisible Decrease (can also use sc2tog instead)
2SC - 2 single crochet stitches in one stitch
FO - Finish Off


The pattern is for the Lego head on the left.

Head - YELLOW
Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed

MR, chain 1
1. 6 SC in ring
2. 2SC in each SC (12)
3. (2st, SC) 6 times (18)
4. (2st, SC, SC) 6 times (24)
5. (Optional. This puts a small rim around the top knob of the Lego head. If skipping, move on to round 6) in FL only, SL in each (24)

This picture shows Round 5. The stitches draw inward but it straightens itself later.

6. In BL only of round 4, SC in each (24) See images below for further explanation

The stitch marker shows where the first back loop of round 4 is.

SC through the back loops of round 4 all the way around.

This is what your piece will probably look like when Round 6 is completed

If you were to turn that last row under (which is the direction it will go anyway), your piece will look more like the top knob of the lego head.

7. SC in each (24)


8. In FL only (2st, SC, SC, SC) 6 times (30)



9. (SC, SC, 2st, SC, SC) 6 times (36)


10. (2st, SC, SC, SC, SC, SC) 6 times (42)


11. In BL only, SC in each (42)
12. (SC, SC, SC, 2st, SC, SC, SC) 6 times (48)


13-23. SC in each (48)


24. In BL only, (sc2tog, SC) 16 times (32)
25.In both loops, (sc2tog, SC) 10 times then sc2tog (21)
26. In FL only, SC in each (21)


27 - 28. SC in each (21)
SL in next stitch (this last stitch will mark the back of the head). FO leaving a long yarn tail to attach head to body.


Attach Safety Eyes to the head: on the front of the head (opposite the yarn tail) place the eyes just above the middle of the head (between rows 14 and 15) and in line with the outer edges of the top knob. Mine had 5 stitches between each eye. I recommend positioning both eyes BEFORE securing the backs to them.


Use your yarn needle and black yarn to stitch a smile on. Then firmly stuff with poly-fill.



Body/Torso - Front, Back, and surrounding piece that makes up the sides and the top

Body (Front & Back) - Make 2 - RED
Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed

Chain 21
1. SC in 2nd chain from hook and then across in each (20)
2-5. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch) then turn. SC in each (20)
6. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch) then turn. SC in 19 (19 plus 1 un-worked)
7. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch) then turn. SC in 18 (18 plus 1 un-worked)
8-11. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch) then turn. SC in each (18)
12. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch) then turn. SC in 17 (17 plus 1 un-worked)
13. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch) then turn. SC in 16 (16 plus 1 un-worked)
14-18. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch) then turn. SC in each (16)
(optional) SL around edges (I slip stitch around many of the edges to smooth them out and give me a nicer loop to stitch other pieces to. This step is totally optional.) 
FO

Body (Sides & Top - stitched as one piece) - RED
This piece makes up the sides and the top of the body/torso area. Certain rows are stitched through the back or front loops only which helps the resulting rectangle bend in the right direction at the shoulders.

Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed.


CH 9
Row 1. In 2nd chain from hook, SC. SC across (8)
Rows 2 through 18. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
Row 19. Ch 1, Turn, through BL only SC across (8)
Rows 20 through 36. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
Row 37. Ch 1, Turn, through BL only SC across (8)
Rows 38 through 54. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
(optional) SL around edges (I slip stitch around many of the edges to smooth them out and give me a nicer loop to stitch other pieces to. This step is totally optional.)

FO

Stitch the surround piece to one of the front/back pieces and then the other with the opening at the bottom (waist). Do not stuff yet.


Position the head on top of the torso and stitch in place. You may want to keep stuffing poly-fill into the head as you go.




Arms - Make 2

Arms - make 2 - RED & YELLOW
Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed

1. In YELLOW, MR with 6 SC (6)
2. 2sc in each (12)
3. BL only, SC in each (12)
4. SC in each (12)
5. In RED, FL only (2sc then SC) 6 times (18)
6. BL only, SC in each (18)
7 - 10. SC in each (18)
11-12. SC in next 5, SL in next 8, SC in next 5 (18)
13. SC in next 8, invdec, SC in next 8 (17)
14 - 16. SC in each (17)
17. Invdec, SC in next 8, invdec, SC in next 5 (15)
18. (invdec, SC) 5 times (10)
Insert safety eye between round 17 and 18 for arm joint. DO NOT SECURE WITH THE PLASTIC WASHER YET. Make sure the arm bends toward the front and the safety eye is on either the right or left side of the arm depending on which arm you are working on. Firmly stuff with polyfill.
19. invdec 5 times
FO. Use yarn needle to weave in the yarn end.




Hands - Make 2

Hands (make 2)- YELLOW
There are no wires or plastic canvas in these hands. They can get deformed during play, but can be easily reformed to their proper "Lego hand" shape.

Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed

1. Chain 15
2. SC in 2nd chain from hook and each across (14)
3. Chain 1, turn and SC in each across (14)
4. Chain 1, turn and SC in 6, sc2tog, SC in next 5, 3 SC in last stitch (15)
5. Turn corner and SC in open loops with 3 SC in corner (4)
6. Turn corner and SC in 5, sc2tog, SC in next 5, 3 SC in last stitch (14)
7. Turn corner and SC in open loops with 3 SC in corner (5)
8. Turn corner and SC in 4, sc2tog, sc2tog, SC in next 5, 3 SC in last stitch (14)
9. Turn corner, SC in 3, 3 SC in last stitch (6)
10. Turn corner and SC in 5, sc2tog, sc2tog, SC in next 6 (13)
FO

Stitch hands to wrist areas on the arms.


Completed hand attached to the arm

Attach the arms. Push safety eye pins (the ones previously inserted into the arms) through the torso sides about one or two rows down from the shoulder:


Inside the body, secure the safety eyes with the backings/plastic washers that came with the eyes:


Lego Minifigure with arms and head attached


Base/Hip area

Base (Hip Section)- BLUE
Note: On my finished minifigure, this area seemed a bit small. You may want to widen it by another few stitches and lengthen it by a couple rows.

Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed

MR chain 1
1. 6 sc in ring (6)
2. 2 SC in each (12)
3. (2SC in 1st then SC) 6 times (18)
4.  (SC then 2SC then SC) 6 times (24)
5. (2SC, SC, SC, SC) 6 times (30)
6. In BL only, SC in each (30)
7-23. SC in each (30)
24. In BL only (SC, SC, sc2tog, SC) 6 times (24)
25. (SC, invdec, SC) 6 times (18)
Stuff with polyfill
26. (invdec, SC) 6 times (12)
27. invdec 6 times (6)
FO

Base/Hip area - in progress

Stuff the torso area and stitch to the blue hip piece. Stitch the red shirt about halfway down the blue hip piece:





Each leg is made of three pieces - 2 sides and a "leg surround". The top remains open and stitches to the hip area.

Leg (sides) - Make 4 - BLUE
Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed

1. Chain 13
2. SC in 2nd chain from hook and SC across (12)
3. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch), turn and SC across (12)
4. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch), turn and SC across (12)
5. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch), turn and SC in next 8 (8 plus 4 un-worked stitches)
6 - 12. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch), turn and SC across
13. Chain 3 (does not count as stitch), turn, DC, HDC, SC, SL, SL, SC, HDC, DC (this forms a curved top to fit against the curve of the hip/waist)
FO

Leg Surrounds - Make 2 - BLUE
This piece makes up the back, front and base of each leg/foot. Certain rows are stitched through the back or front loops only which helps the resulting rectangle bend in the right direction to follow the outline of the leg side pieces.


Stitch through both loops unless otherwise directed

CH 9
Row 1. In 2nd chain from hook, SC. SC across (8)
Rows 2 through 13. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
Row 14. Ch 1, Turn, through BL only SC across (8)
Rows 15 through 24. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
Row 25. Ch 1, Turn, through FL only SC across (8)
Rows 26 through 27. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
Row 28. Ch 1, Turn, through BL only SC across (8)
Rows 29 through 31. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
Row 32. Ch 1, Turn, through FL only SC across (8)
Rows 33 through 41. Ch 1, Turn, SC across (8)
FO - leave long tail

The leg surround starts at the top back of the leg. The end of the leg surround is the top of the front of the leg.

Stitch one leg side to the long surround. Before stitching the second side to the surround, cut a piece of plastic canvas to fit the foot and insert it into the base:


Then resume stitching the second side on. Fill with Poly-fill:


Sew the leg tops to the hip section, stuffing any yarn tails into the leg. Once you're to the second leg, I found it easier to stitch on the inner leg seam first. It allows you to push the rest of the leg aside allowing you to see better.


Here are some links to finished projects from readers. Thank you guys so much for sending me these links!

Deblau: Minifig LEGO de amigurumi
Anonymous: 1980 Something Space Guy
Loopsan: Valentine's Lego Man
Leen: Leuke man
Sofie: Lego Man... and Lego "Woman"

Also, if you're on Ravelry, you can check out other LEGO Minifigure versions people have made from this pattern: Lego Minifigure Project Gallery.



If you find an error, please let me know so I can correct it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'll help you as best I can. Eventually, I will test this pattern myself and will possibly rewrite some areas as well. But I hope the pattern as is will help you create your own Lego mini-figure without too much guesswork.


The following are posts made during the creation of the Lego Minifigure. There isn't much instruction, but there might be some helpful info in the posts anyway.


Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: The Head
Part 3: The Body
Part 4: The Arms
Part 5: The Hands
Part 6: The Legs



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49 comments:

Ramya said...

Amazing!!! Trish,this is fantastic. My lego mad son's bithday is coming up, I know what to make him now....if I went up hook sizes and the type of yarn ,could I size him up,do you think?

Thank you again for thsi fabulous pattern.

Hugs,
Ramya

Trish said...

Thanks! I think you could try to up the hook size and use a bulkier yarn, though I'd watch the progress carefully. I tried changing up yarn on one pattern a couple months ago and the head wound up more elongated than I expected or wanted.

LeahS said...

Found your blog while looking for another crochet pattern and the lego caught my eye. my girls love legos too. We also spent 30 years in warm climate before moving high and cold, So-cal to Idaho. Didn't catch any of your posts but snooped a little at the titles. Warm wishes for your fam.

Trish said...

Thanks, Leah! We've had to make some big adjustments (though not as big as moving from Southern California!) but we love it here. Idaho is beautiful, too! Enjoy!

Krista said...

I found your blog looking for crochet patterns, and I cannot believe you have this! My son is a LEGO MANIAC! I can't wait to make it & I'm totally excited to read your blog! Thank you for sharing!

Trish said...

Thank you, Krista! I hope you enjoy it! The pattern is the first one I've written so let me know if you have any questions about it.

Carole said...

Hello your pattern is great am busy making but having trouble with the hands - could you explain a bit more about the 'turn round corner' please. Your help will be invaluable! Many thanks.

Trish said...

Hi Carole! The hands are basically a rectangle with the decreases in the two longer sides (this makes them draw inward curving the hand). Make three SC in each corner SC. When I say "turn corner", it's just to let you know you're working on a different side of the rectangle. It might be easier if I just took out that wording completely :)

Becky W said...

Hello. Let me start out by saying I LOVE THIS GUY!! I have tried the head about 5 times following your directions and mine NEVER comes out looking like that. I dont know what I am doing wrong. Do you have a you tube video maybe?

Trish said...

Hi Becky! I'm so sorry the pattern is giving you so much trouble!

The pattern should make the knob on top of the head more defined. I am making a head right now and taking pictures as I go along. Hopefully that will help. I will say this, the head always looked misshapen until was almost done and then didn't look really "right" until I stuffed it.

I did notice that round 6 said "In BL only of round 5, SC in each (24)" and it should read "In BL only of round 4, SC in each (24)". I have corrected that part.

I'm on round 15 right now with my head. I'll try to get it done today/tomorrow and post the images for you.

Have you made any of the other parts? If so, did the pattern work out for you?

Trish said...

Hi Becky! Almost done, but I wanted to mention that I noticed round 25 was missing. That decreases the neck size by another 11 stitches...big difference!

Becky W said...

I have not tried it again yet, was waiting to hear back from you. Thank you so much for mentioning that it always looks wrong until you stuff it. That was part of the reason I undid it all the time. Also, I was never able to get the top to look like yours. I will try it again tonight. I can't wait to see your new pictures. Again, thank you.

Becky W said...

DUH!! Didn't even notice the new pictures were up already!! haha. Like I said, I will try it again tonight but my biggest problem before was mine would look like a funny circle. I could never get the top part to look legoish like yours. I am hoping I can get it right. We are going to LegoLand in Florida in a month and I want to surprise my son with this.

Becky W said...

Ok, I am sorry for posting so many times in a row but I just had to tell you.. I got to excited and could not wait until tonight so I am working on it right now. It is turning out EXACTLY like your pictures!! I did not know before that I had to turn it "inside" out at step 6 or 7 and now that I did it looks just like a lego head. Thank you SO much for redoing the directions. My son will love you for life!! haha YOU ROCK!!!

Trish said...

Oh, I am so glad, Becky! And thank you for questioning the pattern. Making the head again got me to not only correct a couple things in the pattern but also started me making a Lego minifigure for my new nephew :)

Trish said...

And have a GREAT time in Legoland! My son keeps asking when we can go.

Becky W said...

Sorry to post again, I just wanted to ask a question and possibly offer a bit of advice. I am left handed, I have noticed that where you say BL or FL that I have to do the opposite. Is that normal for a lefty when following a pattern from a righty? Or am I the one that is backwards?? lol I am still new to crocheting in general and have always made hats. This is my FIRST attempt at something else.

Trish said...

Hi Becky! I'm pretty sure the back loops and front loops will be the same whether you are right handed or left handed. Just the direction you are stitching would be changed. Here's a website I like that has some tips for crocheting amigurumi (and I think she's left-handed) but she does address left and right handed instructions: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/

me again said...

Ok, I am feeling HORRIBLE for asking so many questions but I have one for the arm. Where you make the elbow, yours actually looks like the arm is bent a bit. Mine on the other hand puffs out. I was just wondering if we were supposed to SL into the front loops or something. Sorry for all of the questions and thank you for all of your help.

Trish said...

Please don't feel bad for asking questions! You SL only in certain stitches in rounds 11 and 12. This creates the bend in the arm - and it is only a slight bend. Round 13 has a decrease which minimizes any "poof" in the upper arm. Once the arm is stuffed (stuff it very full), you can manipulate the shape of the arm more. My first try gave me an arm with a bulging bicep. You can see the difference here: http://coloradohomefront.blogspot.com/2011/11/amigurumi-lego-mini-figure-arms.html

Becky W said...

I AM DONE!! I AM DONE!! For being my first anything other than a hat I think he turned out pretty cute. I have a hard time with the sewing parts together but I think I did a good job if I say so myself. Thank you so very much for he pattern and the help along the way.

Trish said...

That's wonderful, Becky! Congratulations! Are you hiding him from your son until your trip or are you giving it to him right away? If you post a picture of him online, let me know. I'd love to see him!

Becky W said...

I was going to wait but couldn't. lol I gave it to him when I finished,,, he LOVES it!! I have a picture on my facebook. Wish I could post one here. Now both of my girls want ones so I am doing it in girly colors. I think I am going to attach hair for them.

Trish said...

I'm in the same boat here. Since my son got one and I'm making one for my nephew, my daughter wants one too...in purple. I'll have to figure out the removable hair part...and the lips...oh geez...LOL

Anonymous said...

LMAO! My 7 year old wants a pink and purple one and my 3 year old wants an all pink one. I am going to just attach the hair by tying knots inside and pulling it through. It wont look ENTIRELY like a lego girl that way but I am sure they will not care. lol

María Magnética said...

Hi! Thanks for this gorgeous pattern, I'm just finishing it and I love it.

Just in case you would like to correct it (because it is in no way important), at the end of the pattern, where it says "Rows 23 through 41.", it should say 33 to 41.

Thanks again!

Trish said...

Thank you, Maria! I made the correction. Glad you like the pattern!

Deblau said...

Hi! Thanks for this georgeus pattern!!! I made it!!! If you want to see it I posted in my blog:

http://deblaucrafts.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/minifig-lego-de-amigurumi.html

Thanks!!! ;)

Trish said...

Thank you, Deblau!It's fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What are the measurements of this once it is complete?

Trish said...

It is about 14" tall when completed

Bron Heslop said...

Trish, this is fabulous! Thank you for sharing your pattern. I have two Lego-crazy sons who will love this. Much appreciated. Bron

April dawn said...

I can't wait in making this!! I will have to make two because my nephew gonna wanna take my sons home lol
Thanks for the awesome pattern!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. I thought you might like to see the '1980 something space guy' that I created using your pattern. http://i39.tinypic.com/255rp8h.jpg

Trish said...

Your 1980 Something Space Guy looks fantastic! Great job!

Fiber Flux said...

Hi there!

I just included this cute guy in a Lego-Inspired Crochet Pattern roundup! Love it and the instructional photos are great :)

You can see the roundup here:

http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2014/02/roundup-time.html

Have a lovely day!

Jennifer @ Fiber Flux

Telma said...

Hi Trish,
Thank you for this pattern.
My grandson asked me an Emmet lego in crochet and I'm trying to find explanations. Yours are great.
I've a doubt: when you say "Turn corner and SC in open loops with 3 SC in corner", what means exactly "open loops". Is the lateral loop of the work?
thanks for your attention. Telma

Trish said...

Hi Telma,

That just means you will SC in each stitch across and stitch 3 SC in the last on the row (the corner stitch since you will be turning the corner and stitching. Since you are making a rectangle, the last spot on each row is the corner stitch.

Loopsan said...

Hi Trish,
thank you sooo much for the pattern! I made a Valentins version for my boyfriend :) You can have a look here how he turned out :)
http://www.loopsan.com/crochet/valentins-lego-man
San

Carla said...

This is so great! Just like you, I wanted to make a lego mini-figure for my son, but I could not find the pattern, so I made one by myself. As a coïncidence I used exactly the same colours as you did. I would like to show you, I was convinced that I put the pattern online, but it turned out I didn't. However, your 'mini' figure looks great and I might just make another one following this pattern.

vrolijk by Leen said...

Dank je wel voor het superleuke patroon!!
http://vrolijkbyleen.blogspot.be/2014/07/leuke-man.html
Groetjes,
Leen

Trish said...

You are very welcome, Leen! I'm glad you like it!

Sofie said...

My first lego man!
http://lekkerbekkenmaar.blogspot.be/2014/07/lego-man.html
Thx for the pattern ;-)
Greets Sofie

Trish said...

You are quite welcome, Sofie! Thank you for sharing your link so we can all see your finished project! Well done!

Sofie said...

And my second one is ready ;-)
http://lekkerbekkenmaar.blogspot.be/2014/08/nog-een-lego-vrouw.html

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I am so excited to have found this pattern, I have not crocheted in a while and this is my first stuffed toy. I was hoping you could explain how to do step 3 for the head, I am not sure what (2st, SC) 6 times means. Thanks so much, can't wait to finish this for my son :-)

Trish said...

Hi! Sorry about the confusion. This is the first pattern I've ever written so I find I still have to work out some kinks and explain some things.

The (2st, SC) means 2 SC in one stitch then a SC in the next stitch. You are increasing stitches here to make the head wider so "(2st, SC) 6 times" means you would do 2 SC in one stitch, then 1 SC in the next hole, then repeat 5 more times. You should wind up with 18 stitches total for that round.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! That's what I thought, thank you so much for the explanation. I just finished the head and can't wait to complete the rest:-D Thanks again!