The next trilogy of one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time opens tomorrow night, Dec. 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens , complete with Han Solo, Princess Leia, C3PO, Chewbacca, R2D2, and, presumably, Luke Skywalker, is the most anticipated movie of the year for multiple generations. For those of us who grew up with the original trilogy, this is Christmas wrapped up in a box with a giant red bow, and we’re more than willing to buy tickets ahead and brave the crowds to see it in the theater. Our family has our tickets, does yours?
For us knitters, the Star Wars franchise has resulted in a multitude of fantastic patterns for hats, sweaters, scarves, and even amiguri dolls. Here is a quick source guide to several Star Wars knitting patterns. Patterns listed here are inexpensive or free; some patterns will knit up quickly enough to even give as Christmas gifts.
Storm troopers, Death Star, Millennium Falcon, light sabers and more adorn this beautiful double-knit scarf. Perfect for your favorite fan. Find the pattern here: http://notanicedragon.tumblr.com/post/102031845339/the-double-knitting-technique-is-great-it-has-a
Star Wars Knitting Charts
In addition to the charts included in the above scarf, different Fair Isle charts are available for free from different sources. You can easily add them to your own favorite hat, scarf, and sweater patterns. Check out these sources:
A perfect gift for R2D2 fans. Find the pattern here: http://mary202.blogspot.com/2008/01/r2d2-knit-hat-pattern.html
More than 10 years ago, our son went as Yoda for Halloween. My mom made the whole costume. He was about 4 years old and walked and talked in character all night. He wore the beige fleece robe until he could no longer get his arms into it. I do wish we had had such easy access to online knitting patterns back then. Our son’s green felt Yoda ears were on a hair band covered with angel hair for Yoda’s hair. Unfortunately, they didn’t cover his towhead blonde hair. These knit ears are perfect and cover the hair beautifully! The pattern does say that it can be altered for adult fans. Find the pattern on for free on Ravelry.com, courtesy of Nancy Lutz (picture credit goes to knitressnancy, too). http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/you-seek-yoda-hat
No list of Star Wars knitting can be complete without a link to a pattern for a Princess Leia Bun hat. This pattern is available at craftsy.com: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/princess-leia-bun-hat/121423?_ct=rbew&_ctp=150845
I love these tiny Star Wars dolls! They are perfect gifts for fans of all ages. Ravelry.com offers a free downloadable pattern for this darling Yoda amigurumi (photo credit: wanderingcat, Ravelry). http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yodagurumi
Last but not least, this Boba Fett hat knits up quickly for the hard core Star Wars fan in your life. http://krafty-katie.blogspot.ca/2011/03/boba-fett-hat-pattern.html
Finally, be sure to check out my earlier Sci Fi / Star Wars post (it includes a crocheted Ewok amigurumi and a Baby Leia Bun Hat).
I’ll continue to add more patterns and sources as I find them. In the meantime, May the Force Be with You!