Saturday, December 24, 2011

Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar - The Finale

Every morning, it's a new gift. Open the box and see what new Lego model or minifigure awaits. The Girl was always especially excited with the minifigures. So was The Boy, but he enjoyed getting the different shuttles and starcrafts, too.

Slowly, but surely, the days drew us closer to Christmas Eve - closer to the finale. We were a bit surprised on December 23rd to get a Christmas Tree (a Star Wars Christmas Tree???), but I guess a tree had to be waiting...for Santa Yoda...




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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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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter's Arrival

The first full day of my mom's visit here happened too also be the first day of Winter. Mom always said most times she would visit, there would be snow - even in the normally mild North Carolina Winters. Well, the chances for snow were greatly increased when she hopped on a plane (in December) and headed here (to Colorado) less than a week before Christmas. Tonight with snow expected to start anytime, we took our usual "snow poll". (by the way, we did get about an inch of the frozen stuff a couple days ago, too)


For some reason, The Girl started referring to Mr. LH and I as "Ma and Pa" this week...I think maybe as a result of Little House on the Prairie overload. Funny enough, as soon as the guesses were all in, the snow started falling...around 6pm. by 10am the next day, we had 8 inches on the driveway. 10 1/4 inches in the grass (yowza!).


No matter...Mr. LH shoveled (and thank goodness he was home to do that),


and I started baking cookies with The Girl.


We started on the Gingerbread Men (and ladies).


Then we moved on to the peanut butter blossoms...


the Oatmeal Raisin (not really a Christmas-y cookie, but I had dough to use up) and more butter cookies.


And finally the buckeyes..."Santa's" request.


The "Pickles" spent some time outside getting sufficiently chilled.




Once our dinner of piping hot chicken stew and homemade crusty bread was finished, I set up the table for the "Pickles" to decorate the gingerbread cookies.



The Boys "one eyed alien" cookie
Even Mr. LH joined in with a gingerbread "State of Colorado" cookie (like the "snow capped Rocky Mountains"?).


They sure came up with quite an assortment of cookies!



In case you're wondering, that makes just over 34 inches of snow so far this season (since October).



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