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Crochet Death Star Pillow – “That’s no moon”

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).

That's no moon - Pops de Milk #starwars #crochet death star

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 patricia@popsdemilk.com.

That's no moon - Pops de Milk #starwars #crochet death star

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.

That's no moon - Pops de Milk #starwars #crochet death star

That's no moon - Pops de Milk #starwars #crochet death star

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
Materials:
-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.
Stitches 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!

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134 thoughts on “Crochet Death Star Pillow – “That’s no moon”

  1. Very awesome! And thanks for the link to the sphere calculator as well, I think that’s going to save me a lot of time and future headaches! ~____^

  2. Why had I not foreseen this… lol
    I see a great gift for my youngest nephew coming up!

  3. I found your blog by way of Craftster and am now following you on Bloglovin’…
    This Death Star is amazing!
    I love the size of it…I can feel a tractor beam pulling me in…..

  4. This is obviously one of the coolest patterns imaginable. How much yarn is required, please? Just the darker yarn yardage. The lighter is obviously negligible. 🙂

    1. Thanks 😀 For this pattern I used almost a skein of Bernat Super Value acrylic yarn, which is 426yds. I thought I would need quite a bit of yarn but surprisingly I ended up with leftover yarn.

  5. Love love love this. Now I just need to fit in making it, or maybe even making two as I’m pretty sure both my lads will want one. (and then one for me, that’s 3 I have to make now!)

  6. Love this idea, have already started it.
    One question — where do you work in the back loops? I don’t see any place in the pattern, but there are clearly lines near the center where you did. Is it the lines of the slip stitches?

  7. Any idea how much fiberfill you used? I’m trying to order some from eBay, but have no clue how much to get. Do you think 500g would be enough? Thanks!

    1. Hello! Honestly not sure how much I used (sorry!) but I do know I didn’t need the whole bag, which is about 500g and is called Poly-Fil by Fairfield. The amount of fill you use depends how firm or soft you want it to be and that will also determine the final size of the Death Star (the more fill you use the bigger/firmer it will be). I’d say you probably only need about 200g. I hope that helps 🙂

  8. WOW- amazing job! Thanks so much for all the work you put into this and for sharing with us. I would love to link to this in my next Crochet Roundup if you didn’t mind!

  9. Hello there!

    Did you use the standard magic circle to start with? Or how many chain sitches did you use to the beginning ring?

    Thanks!

  10. Is there anyway you could maybe post a video of you making the cushion? I am more of a visual learner lol. And I really want to make this sooooo bad!!

    1. Hi Stephanie, thanks for visiting! Making a video for future patterns is in the works. I’m also a visual learner so I can definitely see how helpful a video would be but in the mean time is there a specific part of the pattern that is confusing? I can try and help you out.

      1. Thanks for responding! What do the numbers next to the increases mean? Example: inc, 16, inc, 15, inc.

        1. You’re most welcome, I’m happy to help! Those are the number of single crochet stitches you need to make. As each round has a different number combination I thought it would be less cluttered and easier to read so it’s a shortened way of saying: sc in next 16 sts, inc in the next st, sc in next 15 sts, inc in next st, etc.

          1. Thank you so much! If I have anymore questions, I won’t hesitate to ask lol 🙂

  11. It turned out great, thanks for sharing the pattern! Any idea how long it took you to make?

        1. Depending on your stitch tension and how much stuffing you use the cushion is approx. 24-27 inches circumference. I used an even stitch and about 4-5oz of stuffing and it came out to about 26 inches. I should really figure out the gauge 😛

  12. Hi! Great pattern, thanks for sharing! Quick question, are these US or UK stitch sizes? Already got the wool to make it, looking forward to having a go!!

  13. Hi is there any chance you know the dimensions of this cushion finished? Fantastic work by the way x

      1. Thanks for visiting Jessi! Things start getting bigger as you go along as well as when you stuff the Death Star. Keep in mind that the size mentioned in the pattern is approximate and will vary depending on individual tension, hook size, yarn type, and amount of stuffing used. Hope that helps 🙂

        1. I think when I first read the pattern I thought it was 24 inches in diameter…24/26 in circumference makes a big difference…

  14. Thanks so much for the pattern for this. I saw it on Facebook and wanted to make one. I found yarn on sale and picked it up. When I got home I decided to try Google and YouTube to see if I could find a pattern. I was super surprised and excited when I found your video and link to the pattern on YouTube within five minutes. That was Tuesday. I completed it today and my kids love it!

  15. Love the pattern and the video, started mine tonight. One question: Does the front of the stitches or the back of them face outward in the sphere?

  16. Thanks so much for the awesome and easy to follow pattern. I’m a beginner and this came together so nicely! I just attached the gun this morning, to do the paneling detail this evening. My son and daughter LOVE it. Thanks again!

  17. I am currently making this for my cousin. He wanted it the size of a basketball (which is 29″ circ). I saw the finished size should be 28″. I’m doing it with the hook suggested 4.5 mm and finished circ is only 22 inches??

    1. Hi Maria, thanks for your message. Please make sure you are using the most updated version of the pattern as some changes were made and notes on sizes added.

  18. I am making this for my son and have reached the ‘decoration’ stage. I’m a little stumped as to how to anchor the end of the yarn lengths when making the lighter grey accents. How did you hide the knots? Your explanation of how to start the yarn lengths was great but won’t work when I run out of it. It’s a great pattern and I can’t wait to give it to him.

    1. Hi! Thanks for visiting and making the Death Star! For the knots I sort of wove the yarn in and around the stitches, inserted the needle and pulled it through a stitch (any stitch) far away from where I inserted the needle – or as far as the needle will reach without getting lost inside the Death Star haha – then I pulled on the yarn end trimmed the excess (I hope that makes sense). Please let me know if you need more explanation 🙂

      1. I think so but just to be clear, no real knots at the ends of the lengths, (just at the beginning)just using the binding aspect of the single strand through the crochet stitches. This has been a puzzle to me on other projects so it’s great to get feedback. Thanks for the fast reply as I really want to finish this and move on to the boot slipper pattern. Really like your blog

        1. That’s right, no knots when you’re at the end of the yarn just weave it in several times and you’re good. Thanks again for trying out the pattern and glad you’re liking the blog 😀

  19. Hey guys, I know this is late, but I never buy fiberfill. It’s basically the same stuff as you find in Pillows. For a cheaper trick, go to the store, buy a 3-5$ pillow, and just rip it open, you get TONS of filling for your projects, plus its nice and soft.

  20. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing the pattern! My son in law is a huge star wars fan. I plan to make this for him for Christmas.

  21. Hi,
    I’m having trouble with round 42. I have my 58 stitches, but I’m one short to start the next round. I’ve done it 3 or 4 times and can’t figure out what I’ve done wrong.

    Thanks!

  22. That is pretty flipping awesome! Found it on pinterest and my almost 6 year old said I absolutely have to make it. Thank you for your generosity in sharing the pattern!

    1. That would be an amazing costume and I have wondered the same thing…a hat is technically (almost) half a sphere so, why not? If you do end up making a Death Star hat I would love to see it!

  23. I love this pattern and I’m dying to make it! My issue is this: My phone will not let me download the pattern. Would it be possible to email a pattern to me? I would be so grateful and my husband who has no idea yet! faile1@gmail.com

  24. When a row starts off with a number and a comma, does that mean that many number of sc? For example, in row 7: it starts off 4, inc, 5sc, etc. Does that mean start row 7 with 4 sc’s and then increase in the next stitch?

  25. Hello and wow what talent we find on the net and many thanks for sharing 🙂 I recently made some Star Wars theme hats for a school open day and came across your totally amazing Death Star!!! B-) I took inspiration from your design and creative vision and did what I could to create a hat that hopefully my school parents, teachers and children would love. I also made a Yoda hat adapted from a pattern created by Stitch11.com if you haven’t seen it have a wee look and who knows maybe you two could pardon the pun … And use the force together to come up with something literally out of this world!!! Please do pop to see me on Instagram and see my version of the death star inspired by you the only problem I had was the child models head wasn’t quite big enough to fit the hat but still it was well worth the effort. Oh and you should see my own creation – princess Leia hat boy was this warm and comfortable and what a stir this caused 🙂

  26. My son of 10 is fond of or rather addicted to this space aventure out of age and when he told me that the black star famous Lego 450 euros box was on his wish list,I thought it would remain a long time on this list.. by chance I saw you creation this morning -on Tricotin -a french website for yarns addicts-and my son will have a beautiful surprise for Christmas …

    You are our lucky-star-crocheter…
    great ideas and thank you to share them
    Marie

  27. I am almost done making this, I will likely make more! Thank you for the pattern. I found a tip in a crochet group that helps keep fiberfill from poking through my stitches: large pantyhose! I cut out and knotted the thigh portion of black pantyhose (size E), I’ll save the rest of the stocking for smaller amigurumi projects.

    1. OMG thank you for that tip, Amy! That’s so helpful and I’m so going to remember that for the next amigurumi. I really love the part about using the rest of the stocking for smaller projects 😀

  28. Thanks ever so much for this pattern!!! I took your pattern; did two halves and then fit them over a couple of pliable plastic bowls; drilled holes in the bowl; stitched each half per bowl and made a carrying case for my Star Wars characters. It turned out sooooo gooood that others are asking for one for them. Again ‘Thank You’!

    1. OH MY GOD! That is by far the coolest thing ever!!!!! I would love to see your death star case, it sounds so awesome 😀

  29. I am so impressed with you Death Star cushion. In fact I was tickled! I used your pattern for the two halves, attached them to plastic bowls, added a hinge and clasp, and a handle to make a carrying case for all the characters that I’ve made. It worked beautifully. I’ve been able to adapt the pattern to different sizes of bowls and made several. Thank You!!!

  30. I made this pillow and absolutely love it! I wanted to share the pattern with my sister-in-law but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Help!!!

  31. Just finished 2 pillows for my grandsons and I love the way they turned out. I made a few alterations to add a string of tiny led lights on the inside. I put the battery pack in a small pocket inside the pillow, under the round addon, easily accessible. Thank you for the pattern!

  32. Was wondering how long it takes to actually get the pattern. I purchased this a few hours ago and it said payment went through but still have yet to receive the pattern. Sent you an email also. Thanks

      1. Thanks Patricia, just finished it and it is really cute but came out way smaller then I thought it would. Also starting around round 40 I kept getting the wrong stitch count. Redid it like 3 or 4 times and finally just kept going so that could be it also. Thanks again for your pattern.

        1. That’s awesome! Thanks for your feedback – I’ll check out round 40 and see what’s going on there 🙂

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