Transform your living room couch into an imperial space port with this planet-destroying Star Wars crochet Death Star pillow! This terrifying imperial weapon has been recreated as an adorable, yet awe-inspiring and fully operational couch pillow. This crochet Death Star can be made to be any size (see the super cute little Death Star for an example).
This project is great for experienced crocheters, it will take you between six and ten hours to make.
Because it uses simple stitches, it’s also great for beginners as well. Despite its simplicity, when I first embarked upon making my first Death Star crochet pillow, I hit a couple stumbling blocks and found a few useful tools that I explain in this post. So get your favourite crochet hook ready, let’s make your next nerdy home accessory!
As with all my patterns, I have made this crochet Death Star pillow several times and so many of you have tried as well. But if you run into any problems in the pattern, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first several attempts at making this crochet space station were frustrating because I couldn’t get the right spherical shape. This is where the internet saved me from pulling out my hair, as usual.
I found this really awesome sphere pattern calculator and all I did was enter the circumference in stitches and it came up with a pattern for an ideal sphere. The only difficult part was counting and making sure I had the right number of stitches per round because the formula isn’t like your usual increase every x number of stitches by y number of times. So for this project I followed the calculated pattern and then made single crochet stitches to the back loops of the middle rounds to create the trench.
You can use the sphere pattern calculator to create a crochet Death Star pillow of any size. For this pattern, I made the sphere 96 stitches in circumference, which ended up being approximately 1 foot in diameter.
The full crochet Death Star pattern PDF is available for purchase in the Pops de Milk Shop. You can follow me in the youtube video below as I stitch this frightening instrument of destruction together! The video highlights some of the key elements of this pattern, like getting started, keeping track of rounds, triple stitch increases, working in the back loop, and crocheting in the round. If you get the pattern from the shop, I strongly recommend using the video with the pattern.
Size: Approx 24-27” circumference
-Size 4.50mm and 3.50mm hooks
-Worsted yarn in grey, 1 7oz/426yd skein and small amount of lighter grey. I’m using Bernat – True Grey for sphere and Soft Grey for surface stitches.
-Fibrefill for stuffing, approx. 5-6oz
-Yarn needle for surface stitches.
Notes: Numbers in pattern represent number of single crochet stitches to make.
Round 4: 2sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 2sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 2sc, inc (22 sts)
Round 4: sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st (22 sts)
Unless otherwise stated, this pattern is worked in continuous rounds using stitch markers to locate the beginning/end of a round. Sizes will vary depending on stitch tension and how much stuffing is used.
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Inc – increase (2sc in same stitch)
Inc3 – 3sc increase (3sc in same stitch)
Dec – decrease (sc2tog)
Dec3 – 3sc decrease (sc3tog)
BLO – back loop only
Dc – double crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Once you’ve crocheted the Death Star, use a yarn needle and Soft Grey yarn to stitch vertical and horizontal lines around sphere and on superlaser – to help add the effect of trenches and buildings on the surface of the Death Star. I googled photos of the Death Star and used them as guides for the trenches. Enjoy your new crochet Death Star pillow!