Kerbal (Free Pattern)

Amiguruthi is boldly going where no amigurumi has gone before (probably) – SPACE.

Or near space anyway.

Let me explain.

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by a lovely bloke in the states for a commission. He’d seen my Readers Gallery and was interested in the Kerbal I’d featured. We discussed it further, during which I’d said I didn’t make the featured Kerbal and offered to put him in touch with the original crocheter, however he decided he’d like to commission a whole new amiguruthi original from me instead, making a slightly bigger Kerbal for a near space balloon project (one of those where they send up a balloon to the edge of space to take photos). Yup – my yarny creation is going to be an almost astronaut!

Here’s the first result (Yarndango 40):

Amiguruthi Kerbal Amiguruthi Kerbal Amiguruthi Kerbal

 

This one is called John. His new owner liked him so much he commissioned a second one too, this one with a screaming face:

Amiguruthi Kerbal Amiguruthi Kerbal Amiguruthi KerbalHe’s called Glenn (Yarndango 41?). I hope his screaming isn’t portentous for the mission. Although Kerbal’s are meant to die horrible painful deaths in space travel related crashes…

Free pattern is after the jump if you fancy making your own.

The Essentials:

Hook: 3.5mm

Wool: Orange, white, black, yellow and mint green.

Also needed: Black and dark green embroidery thread; white, red and pink felt (depending on chosen face); 6mm safety eyes; detergent doser (from laundry detergent – one of those plastic cup things you measure out the liquid with)

Finished Size: approx 4” tall

Terms:

CH = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

INC = Increase

DEC = Decrease

BLO = Back Loops Only

Head

In green, magic ring

Round 1: 6Sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {Sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4: {2Sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5: Sc around BLO [24]
Round 6-10: Sc around both loops [24]

Change to black in the last stitch of round 10.

Round 11-12: 18Sc black, 2Sc green,2Sc black, 2Sc green [24]

Change to black in last stitch of round 12 and work in black only from now on. If you’re using safety eyes, add them now. They should sit just above half way up the head.

Help with the eye positioning.

Help with the eye positioning.

Round 13: {2Sc, DEC} around [18]
Round 14: {Sc, DEC} around [12]
STUFF
Round 15: DEC around [6]

Finish off and weave in tails.

At this point, you can also add your Kerbal expression. John is smiling (make sure the mouth is quite low down the face) and Glenn is screaming. I used green embroidery thread even around the scream to look like lips. I also added eyebrows on Glenn to increase the scared look. Oh and apparently the accepted Kerbal name is Jebediah, I’m just going with what my customer has elected to call his!

Body

In orange, magic ring

Round 1: 6Sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {Sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4: {2Sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5-6: Sc around [24]
Round 7: {2Sc, DEC} around [18]
Round 8: {3Sc, DEC} three times, 3Sc [15]
Round 9: {3Sc, DEC} around [12]
Round 10: Sc around [12]

STUFF

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the open neck under the chin of your Kerbal. Embroidery a zip line down the front of his body in black embroidery thread.

Feet and Legs (x2)

In black, CH4

Round 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook, Sc around the chain [6 – 3 per side]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {Sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4-5: Sc around [18]
Round 6: {Sc, DEC} around [12]

Change to orange in the last stitch of round 6.

Round 7-9: Sc around [12]

Change to yellow in the last stitch of round 7.

Round 10: Sc around [12]

STUFF

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew in place at the bottom of the body (make sure you get your feet the right way round – they’re slightly oval and you want them long ways forward).

Arms and hands (x2)

In orange, magic ring

Round 1: 6Sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: {sc, INC} around [9]
Round 3-14: Sc around [9]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Flatten the closed end slightly and stitch it flat (around round four or five). Stuff, and sew in place on the body. They will stick out a bit. This will look less obvious with the helmet and backpack.

Thumbs (x2)

In orange, CH3

Row 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook, Sc along [2]

Finish off leaving a tail for sewing. Sew to the bottom of each flattened hand, slightly to the front of your Kerbal.

Helmet (optional)

Firstly, find one of these:

Credit: Good Housekeeping

Mine was more blocky than round, but that’s ok. The following is a guideline only, since your doser will probably be a different size to mine.

In white, magic ring

Round 1: 6Sc into the centre of the magic ring
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {Sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4: {2Sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5: {3Sc, INC} around [30]
Round 6: {4Sc, INC} around [36]
Round 7: Sc around BLO [36]
Round 8: Dc around both loops [36]
Round 9: 20 Dc STOP. Ch2 and turn. [20]
Round 10: 20 Dc STOP. Ch2 and turn. [20]

Insert your plastic cap into the work now. Repeat row 10 as many times an needed to reach the bottom of your cap, then instead of stopping at the end of your 20 Dc, CH16 and join to the beginning of the round with a Slip Stitch.

Round [11]: {4Sc, DEC} around [30]
Round [12]: DC around BLO [30]

Finish off and weave in the tail. Make sure your plastic cap is positioned within the work so that you can see through it clearly at the front (so you can’t see the measurements if it has them printed on). Secure around the edge of the face panel using a glue gun (optional).

Cut two long strips of red felt and glue them across the top running backwards down the helmet. Cut two shorter strips of red felt and glue them to the sides.

Pop your helmet on your Kerbal and we’re almost finished.

Backpack

Or I suppose it’s actually compressed oxygen really.

In white felt, cut a cross shape as shown below:

amiguruthi kerbal

 

Sew this up the edges to create a cube shape. Stuff it slightly before sewing up the final edge.

In black, Ch 10 (approximately – check on your own Kerbal).

Sew one end on the chain to the bottom corners of your backpack facing your Kerbal’s back, and the run the chain around the arms and sew to the top corners of your backpack facing your Kerbal’s back to create straps.

Kerbals finished and ready to be splattered on the moon!

Amiguruthi Kerbal

I’ll be asking for updates on the near space balloon project, and they’ll also be blogging it here. Watch this space!

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9 thoughts on “Kerbal (Free Pattern)

  1. Oh these are too adorable! I absolutely love the one with the screaming face although I do hope he doesn’t have use for it other than for cute purposes in his upcoming adventure. It’s so wonderful to be recognized for your work and get special requests like you’ve gotten with these guys! So happy for you and proud too! I don’t know ANYone else whose creations are getting into near space – you’re famous!!!

    • Thanks Mad! I must say it was really unexpected but such a fun little project. I can’t wait to see the photos they take. In my mind it’ll be these little guys pressing the shutter (shh, I know it’s a timer but I can imagine lol). x

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  3. Hi! I’ve been working on this pattern, and I’m curious on the thumb…should it really be [12]? Or [2]? Adorable pattern, by the way! My husband is very, very excited. 😉

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