May the Fourth be with you…
As Star Wars Day 2014 hovers before us, we can only wonder how many fancy dress shops have sold out of stormtrooper costumes, and how many people there are, all over the world, practising their conversational Wookie? Here in the Loveknitting office, we have been looking out the best free Star Wars knitting patterns we can find, so that you can knit the Star Wars fans in your life something special this weekend!
“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope!”
How many of you have dreamt of having Princess Leia’s hair? Well now you can knit your own Princess Leia wig! This little beauty uses a chunky alpaca. You could knit it beautifully with two balls of Katia Peru, which comes in black and a range of gorgeous browns and tans for an authentic Princess Leia Danish pastry look! (Obviously, don’t forget the lip gloss for an authentic look!)
It may be, that a Rebel Alliance Cushion is the perfect accessory for your sofa (or indeed a little boy’s bedroom.) This free pattern would work well with an acrylic yarn, and Red Heart Nikki in Magenta and Nature or Beige – two balls of each, knitted on 4mm needles to make the cushion fabric firm and resilient. This pattern uses the intarsia method – if you haven’t tried it before, this YouTube tutorial from Very Pink Knits is a fantastic introduction. You can use bobbins to hold small amounts of yarn, or indeed just make little balls up yourself.
No Star Wars day would be complete without a knitted light saber, and of all the patterns we found, this was the most true to life. Dare we suggest you choose some block colour Sirdar DK yarn for the handle, and some Rowan Kid Classic in Willow, Lime or Feather for the fluffy saber itself!
Of course, you don’t have to follow a brand new pattern to bring Star Wars into your knitting – there are trillions of lightyears’ worth of charts available for free download, that you can incorporate into a scarf, hat, jumper or cushion. These Fair isle charts are easy to follow, but this KnittingHelp fair isle tutorial video will introduce you to the method.
It barely seems possible that someone actually took the time to write a pattern to knit lifesize R2D2, but they did – and to make this your own, you will need Hayfield Bonus Aran, in Denim and Celtic Grey, with scraps of red, black and silver for embellishments. This pattern was designed as a yarn bomb, and was measured to fit over a concrete bollard!
Based on the rather cruel belief that all babies have the potential to look like Yoda, we found this fabulous felted Yoda hat, which will transform any bonny baby into the Jedi Master himself. You will need a 100% wool that will felt, such as Twilleys Freedom Wool in Meadow (two balls), which, although a heavier weight, will felt beautifully here.
Last, but definitely not least, is a crochet pattern for Chewbacca from Epic Soup. The brilliant Red Heart Las Vegas yarn in Pumpkin looks ideal for an authentically toffee coloured wookie, and you will need a few embellishments for eyes, nose and his special wookie bag.
May the force be with you ….
Last updated: May 5th, 2014.