On May 4th I posted a pattern for a Death Star pillow and after a reader brought up an issue with the trench stitches, I decided to double check the pattern. I made a very VERY small version and discovered that this reader was right (thank you!!). I adjusted the pattern but then went back and tried the original pattern’s instructions for the trench. The difference is that in version one, the trench is made up of slip stitches and in the second version (the one I posted) the stitches are single crochet in back loops only. For this mini Death Star I went with the first version. Normally, once I test a pattern I unravel and reuse the yarn for something else but….the tiny Death Star looked so cute I decided to add details and finish it.
I was in the middle of stuffing the sphere when I got an incredibly random thought: Usually when you look at images of the Death Star you see the superlaser but…what about on the other side?
“Oh, don’t mind me, I’m just a cute little Death Star, waiting to shoot my superlaser!”
And yes, the space station is blushing because that is what space stations do. Or maybe I was experimenting with blush on a crochet project. I found this great tutorial on Crafty is Cool for making face detail and one of the tips is how to use blush. What do you think? Little Death Star is so shy!
Download the PDF pattern here or find the pattern below.
Size: Approx. 9” circumference
-Size 3.00 and 3.50mm hook
-Worsted yarn in grey
-Fibrefill for stuffing
-Yarn needle for sewing
-Black and grey embroidery thread
-Optional: pink blush powder
Notes: Unless otherwise stated, this pattern is worked in continuous rounds using stitch markers to locate the beginning/end of a round. Work in somewhat tight stitches.
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Inc – increase
Inc3 – 3sc in same stitch
Dec – decrease
Sl st – slip stitch
Dc – double crochet
Using 3.50mm hook and True Grey yarn.
Round 1: start 5 sc in ring (5 sts)
Round 2: inc, inc, inc, inc, inc3 (11 sts)
Round 3: inc, 2, inc, 1, inc, 1, inc, 1, inc, 1 (16 sts)
Round 4: 1, inc, 2, inc, 2, inc, 1, inc, 2, inc, 2, inc (22 sts)
Round 5: 4, inc, 5, inc, 4, inc, 5, inc (26 sts)
Round 6: 2, inc, 4, inc, 5, inc, 4, inc, 4, inc, 2 (31 sts)
Round 7: 2, inc, 9, inc, 10, inc, 7 (34 sts)
Round 8: 7, inc, 10, inc, 11, inc, 3 (37 sts)
Round 9: inc, 11, inc, 11, inc, 12 (40 sts)
Round 10: 4, inc, 35 (41 sts)
Round 11: 24, inc, 16 (42 sts)
Round 12: sl s (42 sts)
Round 13: (working in sc sts from previous round) 4, dec, 36 (41 sts)
Round 14: sl st around (41 sts)
Round 15: (working in sc sts from previous round) 24, dec, 15 (40 sts)
Round 16: 6, dec, 11, dec, 11, dec, 6 (37 sts)
Round 17: 2, dec, 11, dec, 10, dec, 8 (34 sts)
Round 18: 7, dec, 10, dec, 9, dec, 2 (31 sts)
Round 19: 4, dec, 4, dec, 5, dec, 4, dec, 4, dec (26 sts)
Attach safety eyes and embroider smile. Begin to stuff with fiberfill.
Round 20: 1, dec, 5, dec, 4, dec, 5, dec, 3 (22 sts)
Round 21: dec, 2, dec, 1, dec, 2, dec, 2, dec, 1, dec, 2 (16 sts)
Round 22: dec, 1, dec, 1, dec, 2, dec, 1, dec, 1 (11 sts)
Round 23: dec 4 times.
Fasten off and sew opening shut.
Using 3.00mm hook and Bernat – True Grey
Round 1: 12 dc in ring (12 sts)
Round 2: ch1, sc inc in each st (24 sts)
Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.
With embroidery needle and grey embroidery thread, stitch vertical and horizontal lines around sphere and on superlaser – to help me with some of the line stitch placement I Googled photos of the Death Star and used them as guides. I left the face area free of lines but you can add them if you like.
Optional: apply a dab of pink blush to face, as pictured.