As of this writing, the latest film entry into the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, has been released onto DVD (at least in the United States). I have a feeling that most, if not all, of my readers know of someone who absolutely loves Star Wars.
It so happens that I have a friend who is a Star Wars fanatic; I also have a daughter who claims this title for herself. (When I told her that my friend might be as big of a Star Wars fan as she is, she answered, “No. She’s almost as big a fan as I am.” Well then!)
I’m sure it would not surprise you to learn that a tremendous number of Star Wars-themed knitting patterns have thus popped up. Happily, many of these are free!
Also as of this writing, Ravelry currently shows a whopping 55 free knitting patterns for Star Wars-themed items! Here you’ll find a collection of 12 of the most fun and most popular patterns available.
In addition, there are so many Yoda-themed patterns that a future post will be dedicated solely to Yoda patterns! Excited I am. Excited I hope you are too.
Free Knitting Patterns: Star Wars Edition, Episode 1
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist tacking “Episode 1” at the end. Silly Star Wars joke…)
The Force Awakens Hat: This is by far the most popular Star Wars-themed knitting project on Ravelry. Over 1,000 knitters have already at least started this pattern; over 800 have actually finished! One look at this pattern and you’ll see why it’s so popular: it’s cute, it’s fun, and it uses colorwork that is a lot easier than it looks.
Remember that Star Wars-obsessed friend of mine? I actually made her this hat myself! Check it out…
And now you know how I can be certain the colorwork is far easier than it looks. This is the most colorwork I’ve ever attempted in a single project, and I think it turned out great!
Star Wars Double Knit Scarf: Personally I think this scarf should be called “The Force Scarf” because it has a light side and a dark side (get it?) thanks to double knitting. The link here goes to a blog post with 3 charts, which you’ll click to one at a time, from left to right. Click the “double knitting technique” link at the beginning of the post for a refresher on double knitting.
R2D2 Beanie: Earlier I called “The Force Awakens Hat” the most popular Star Wars-themed pattern online; this one might just top that if you go by the designer’s plea for mercy at the beginning of the blog post where this pattern appears. Apparently she received so many requests to knit the hat that she eventually had to cry “uncle!” and beg readers to either find someone near them who would be willing to knit it for them, or learn to knit themselves. Now that’s a popular pattern!
It’s as easy to see why this beanie is popular as it was to understand for “The Force Awakens.” R2D2 is an adorable droid, and this beanie – complete with 3D elements – is a worthy representation.
Storm Trooper Beanie: It’s a beanie with Storm Trooper motifs created through stranded knitting. This is probably easier than “The Force Awakens” since there are more repeating elements, so if you want to try stranded knitting for the first time, this would be a good hat to knit.
Star Wars Knit Charts: A collection of Star Wars motif square charts, these can be used as anything from singly as coasters or washcloths to sewn together into a scarf or an afghan. In addition to the one linked to above, you can find another web page with more Star Wars charts here.
BB8 Droid from Star Wars: My personal favorite character in The Force Awakens was this little droid, and now you can create him as a cuddly stuffed toy. A perfect gift for a child (or an adult unashamed to own his/her own personal Star Wars mascot).
Lightsaber Chapstick Cozie: Why not make your lip balm 100% cooler by popping a lightsaber cozy over it?
Pick Your Side Cowl: A reversible cowl (thanks to double knitting); one side shows off the dark side of the Force, while the other shows the light side. A great way to let everyone know what mood you’re in…
Felted Lightsaber: How cute is this! Makes a great toy for kiddos or a prop for a Halloween costume.
Mace Windu’s Jedi Lightsaber: Another lightsaber pattern, but this one isn’t felted. A good choice for those who don’t like felting (or don’t have wool yarn on hand).
Lifesize R2D2 Cozy: Yes, you read that right. This pattern actually creates a life-sized R2D2! Well… sort of. This is designed to be a yarn bomb of a bollard. (Don’t know what a bollard is? I didn’t either. This is a good page to look at for photos of bollards.) You could, of course, stuff it instead to create a life-sized R2D2 for a child. Or an adult. (We are talking Star Wars after all!)
BB8’s Brother BB9 Beanie
I had to add this one because I just made this one myself! I call it a “bonus pattern” because it isn’t actually free. But in my opinion it’s the best BB8 beanie pattern available, and it sells for just $3. Check it out! (Below is my finished object.)
Stay tuned for the second post of this series, where you’ll get all the Yoda knitting you can handle!