BB8 Plush

Crochet BB8 Droid
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I know this may not be the best thing to admit on a blog that talks a lot about geek things, but I have not watched all of the Star Wars movies. AH! I know. I definitely watched the first three (which were actually episodes 4, 5, and 6 apparently…) and I might have seen Episode 1. I seem to remember seeing that terrible Jar-Jar character but I don’t remember the details. I didn’t even attempt the next two. But for some reason when the Force Awakens came out I actually went to see it and thought it was great. Although, I didn’t want to like the BB8 character because there was no way he could be as good as R2D2. No droid could replace R2 but BB8 was a good addition. 

As with most things I like, I needed to make a crochet version. I put it at the bottom of my to do list (which seems to get longer the more things I cross off, weird) but then had a friend ask for one so he got bumped up. 

Overall, he’s pretty simple to make. One ball, one half ball, and 6 circles. Some of the stitches and color changes would fall into a more advanced category but you could simplify those if you prefer. 

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I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below OR email me at auburnelephant@gmail.com OR through the contact page on this site. I’d also love to see your finished creations! 🙂

BB8 Plush

Supplies Needed:

Red Heart Super Saver, Worsted Weight 4 (100% Acrylic, 7 oz, 365 yds) Orange-1 skein, White-1 skein, and Grey- 1 skein

G/6 4.25 mm Hook

15 mm Safety Eye (1)

10 mm Safety Eye (1)

Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

Polyfil

Stitches Used:

Ch- Chain

Sl st- slip stitch

SC- Single Crochet

2SC- Single Crochet Increase, 2 SC in same stitch to increase

HDC- Half Double Crochet

2HDC- Half Double Crochet Increase, 2 HDC in same stitch to increase

Special Stitches:

HDC DEC- Half Double Crochet Decrease- Using the Invisible Decrease technique, Yarn over, insert hook up through front loops of next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through front loops, yarn over, pull through all loops to complete decrease.

BPSC- Back Post Single Crochet- Insert hook around the post of the next stitch-from back to front, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through to finish stitch.

BPSC DEC- Back Post Single Crochet Decrease- Insert hook from back to front around post of next stitch, yarn over, pull through, insert hook around next post, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 3 loops finishing the SC.

SC DEC- Single Crochet Decrease- Using the Invisible Decrease technique, Insert hook up through front loops of next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through front loops, yarn over, pull through all loops to complete decrease.

HDC Spike- Worked the same as a regular HDC except that you insert your hook into the top of the stitch a row down from where you are.

Body-

Note: This section is worked in a continuous round. You will not join. You should use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds. I usually just use a scrap piece of yarn.

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring) HDC 7. (7)

2) 2HDC in each around. (14)

3) *HDC in next, 2HDC in next* Repeat from * to * around. (21)

4) *HDC in next 2, 2HDC in next* Repeat from * to * around. (28)

5) *HDC in next 3, 2HDC in next * Repeat from * to * around. (35)

6) *HDC in next 4, 2HDC in next* Repeat from * to * around. (42)

7-12) HDC in each around. (42)

13) *HDC in next 4, HDC DEC* repeat from * to * around (35)

14) *HDC in next 3, HDC DEC* repeat from * to * around (28)

15) *HDC in next 2, HDC DEC* repeat from * to * around (21)

16) *HDC in next, HDC DEC* around (14)

STUFF with polyfil

17) HDC DEC around (7)

Leave long tail. Close up the hole but do not finish off yet. I used this tail to attach the head at the end. You could also leave a long tail on the head piece and use that to attach. I felt like the connection would be stronger if I did it this way.

Head-

Note: Worked in joined rounds. Each round begins with a Ch 1 and ends with a sl st to the top of the first stitch. Chains do NOT count as stitches.

Starting with White

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring) SC 8. (8)

2) 2SC in each around. (16)

Change to Grey

3) SC in each around. (16)

Change to White

4) *SC in next, 2SC in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

Change to Orange

5) SC in each around. (24)

Change to White

6) *SC in next 2, 2SC in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around. (32)

7) SC in each around. (32)

8) *SC in next 7, 2SC in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around. (36)

9-11) SC in each around. (36)

Change to Grey

12) SC in each around. (36)

Change to White

13) *BPSC in next 7 stitches, BPSC DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (32)

14) *SC in next 2, SC DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

Stuff and place Safety Eyes. Put the 15mm eye so that the top touches the Orange round. The 10mm eye goes down and to the right of the big eye. 

15) *SC in next, SC DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (16)

Stuff more, if needed.

16) SC DEC around. (8)

Finish off. Leave tail to sew close the hole. Weave in end. (Or leave it long if you chose to weave in the end on the body section.)

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Circle Plates

You need 6 plates total. You can mix and match how many of each you do. I did not make mine to be exact and true to BB8 form. I came up with a variety and mixed them up. The color changes can be a little tricky if you aren’t practiced at it. If you want to do all Circle A or D that would be fine too.

These are all worked in joined rounds so you will start each round with a Ch 1 and end with a sl st to the top of the 1st stitch. Chains do NOT count as stitches.

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Style A-

With White

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring) SC 8. (8)

2) 2SC in each around. (16)

3) *SC in next, 2SC in next* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

Change to Orange

4) *HDC in next 2, 2HDC in next stitch, HDC in next 2,  (HDC and HDC Spike in next stitch)* Repeat from * to * around. (28 HDC, 4 HDC Spikes) –

Finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

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Style B-

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring) SC 6, Change to Grey, SC 2. (8)

2) Change back to white, 2SC in each of next 6, Change to Grey, 2SC in each of next 2. (16)

3) Change to White *SC in next, 2SC in next* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

4) Change to Orange *HDC in next 2, 2HDC in next stitch, HDC in next 2,  (HDC and HDC Spike in next stitch)* Repeat from * to * around (28 HDC, 4 HDC Spikes) 

Finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

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Style C-

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring) Starting with white, SC 4, Change to Grey, SC 4. (8)

2) Change to white, 2SC in each of next 4, Change to Grey, 2SC in each of next 4. (16)

3) Change to White *SC in next, 2SC in next* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

4) Change to Orange *HDC in next 2, 2HDC in next stitch, HDC in next 2,  (HDC and HDC Spike in next stitch)* Repeat from * to * around (28 HDC, 4 HDC Spikes) 

Finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

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Style D-

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to the first ch to form a ring) Start with Grey, SC 8. (8)

2) 2SC in each around. (16)

3) Change to White *SC in next, 2SC in next* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

4) Change to Orange *HDC in next 2, 2HDC in next stitch, HDC in next 2,  (HDC and HDC Spike in next stitch)* Repeat from * to * around. (28 HDC, 4 HDC Spikes) 

Finish off. Leave long tail for sewing.

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Assembly

Once you have all the pieces made, you can start assembling. The circle plates should be evenly spaced around. If you think of your ball as a cube (confusing, I know) you’ll put one circle on each side. I chose to offset my circle plates since BB8’s body rotates (the real BB8 not my plush version, although that would have been cool). I started with a circle off to the side of the last round at the decreased end of the ball (where I was going to put the head). Then spaced them out from there. It doesn’t matter what order you put the different styles of circles. I probably do it differently every time. 

After the circles are on, take a long (like pretty long) strand of grey yarn and embroider the joints between the circles. 

Once the body it done, you can attach the head. I would suggest testing out where the head will “look” when you attach it to make sure that he leans the right way. My first one tends to be leaning forward so I guess it looks like he’s moving but I like the more relaxed lean back. 

Give this little droid a try! He’s pretty helpful.


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