BB-8 (Free Patern)

I saw ‘Star Wars’ over Christmas. Soooo good. And I’m not even a huge Star Wars geek (although I know enough to know that the first three movies don’t actually exist). I really loved the feminist kick to it (although don’t even get me started on Darth Snape). I also really loved this little guy:

Everyone in the crochet community must have gone nuts the second they saw BB-8 right? He’s practically designed to be Amigurumified! (One day I will attempt Chewie too, but til then do you like my backpack?) They pretty much gave us the challenge – BB-8 is probably the new Minions. So of course I crocheted him. And so can you – free pattern after the jump.

The Essentials:

Hook: 3.5mm

Yarn: DK or Worsted Weight in white, orange and silver.

Also needed: Single 6mm safety eye, single 12mm safety eye.

Finished Size: approx 6” tall, and 4″ wide

Terms (US Terminology):

CH = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

INC = Increase

DEC = Decrease

SL ST = Slip Stitch

FO = Finish Off

BLO = Back loops only (adds a 90 degree turn to the work)

Head – Base

Magic Ring in white

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
Round 7: {5sc, INC} repeat around [42]
Round 8: {6sc, INC} repeat around [48]
Rounds 9-11: Sc around [48]
Round 12: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [42]
Round 13: BLO {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 14: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 15: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]
Round 16: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]

Add safety eyes – 12mm in between rounds 8 and 9 or 9 and 10, and 6mm two rows down.

Stuff firmly – make sure to roll the piece around to keep it in a ball shape.

Round 17: {1sc, DEC} repeat around [12]
Round 18: DEC around [6]

BB8 Amiguruthi (4)

FO leaving a long tail for sewing. Use the tail initially to put a dimple in the bottom of the head – run the tail out of the bottom, pull up to the top and keep pulling to form a small recess. Secure this with a small stitch to the head, then run the tail back out the based of the head. This dimple will help the head to sit neatly on the body.

BB8 Amiguruthi (2)

Head – stripes.

Top silver stripe – CH43 in silver, join with a SL ST to create a loop. FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew loop around the head in line with round 6/7 (depending on personal tension).

BB8 Amiguruthi (7)

Second orange stripe – CH44 in orange, starting with a long tail for sewing. FO leaving a long tail for sewing.

Attach the start of the CH at one side of the 12mm safety eye, attach the other end at the other side of the 12mm safety eye, and sew around to secure.

BB8 Amiguruthi (9)

Third orange stripe – sew around in orange in line with the 6mm safety eye. Use a mixture of running stitch and back stitch (3 running stitches, the first slightly longer, then a line of back stitches before three more running stitches, the final one slightly longer). There should be a gap over the distance of both safety eyes.

Forth silver stripe – sew a line of back stitches around below the BLO line of round 13.
See above for photo

Body – main base

Magic Ring in white

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
Round 7: {5sc, INC} repeat around [42]
Round 8: {6sc, INC} repeat around [48]
Round 9: {7sc, INC} repeat around [54]
Round 10: {8sc, INC} repeat around [60]
Round 11-19: Sc around [60]
Round 20: {8sc, DEC} repeat around [54]
Round 21: {7sc, DEC} repeat around [48]
Round 22: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [42]
Round 23: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 24: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 25: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [24]
Round 26: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [18]
Round 27: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [12]

Stuff firmly. Roll the whole piece in your hands to ensure a consistently round sphere.

Round 28: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [6]

BB8 Amiguruthi (15)

Body – Orange panels (make 6)

So BB-8 actually have six very different panels. For simplicity I have just used the colours as inspiration (so basically, I’ve made it up…). If you want to stagger the colour changes differently then go for it – you do you!

Magic Ring in silver

Round 1: 6sc into centre of magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12] COLOUR CHANGE TO WHITE FROM THE SEVENTH STITCH (so half the round is silver, half white).
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Colour change to orange.
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]

FO leaving a very long tail for sewing.

BB8 Amiguruthi (17)

This image is missing the final orange round because I changed the size after making the forth one and in my excitement forgot to rephotograph it…

Sew your circle panels in place on the body – one on the top, one on the bottom, and four around the middle spaced equally. Stitch them around the edge first to secure, then add four longer stitches lapping over round three (pretend your circle is a clock and stitch at 12, 3, 6 and 9 if you’re confused about placement).

To Finish

Using the end tail, secure the head on top of the body ball. You can put it on top of a circular panel or position it between, whatever you think looks best.

Getting the map piece inside BB-8 is on you – grab a fancy jacket and an X-Wing and get going!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “BB-8 (Free Patern)

    • Hi Edith. If I had the time I would love to do that for all my patterns – it may be a long term plan. For now, the best advice I can give is to copy the text onto a word document and delete my photographs and then it would take it down to a much more print friendly size x

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