I’ve had a few dabbles at making Yoda in various forms over the years but most recently I was asked by someone I know if I could whip up a toy or something suitable for a baby as a gift.
It needed to be quick as she was off to visit them very soon and wanted to take it with her so I suggested a lovey, which if your not familiar is a mini blanket perfect for cuddling.
Not just any lovey would do though. So to jazz things up a bit we settled on a star wars theme with yoda as our main character.
I love how the blanket looks like his robes and the added detail of his belt.
I secured the belt on the back so it won’t pose a chocking hazard but can still be undone to allow the blanket to open up.
The head has been kept nice and simple with some little safety eyes and yoda’s recognisable ears taking centre stage.
The pattern is below if you’d like to have a go at your own cuddly yoda.
I’ve used US terms throughout and we are working in joined rounds unless stated. Your ch3 will count as your first dc.
Blanket (using parchment) –
1. Start with a magic circle and ch3, work 2 more dc into the circle, ch2 *3dc, ch2* repeat between * 3 more times. This should give you 4 clusters of 3dc and 4 ch2 gaps. Ss to top of ch3 to join
2. Ch3, dc in the top of each dc. In the corners work dc, ch2, dc
3. Repeat row 2 ten more times
4. Ch3, work a dc in each st. In the corners work 2dc, ch3, 2dc
5. Repeat row 4.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
I highly recommend blocking the square at this point. I popped it in the wash on a quick cycle and then pinned it to my ironing board and left overnight until dry but follow any method your comfortable with that’s suitable for acrylic yarn
Head (using pistachio) –
1. Starting with a Magic circle, work 6sc into the circle. Ss to the first sc to join.
2. 2sc in each st around (12)
3. Sc in first st, 2sc in next st. Repeat around (18)
4. Sc in first 2 stitches, 2sc in the next. Repeat around (24)
5. Sc in first 3 stitches, 2sc in the next. Repeat around (30)
6. Sc in each st around (30) repeat 6 times
7. Sc in first 3 st’s, dec (24)
Pop safety eyes in and start stuffing as you go. You want the head to be nice and firm.
8. Sc in first 2 st’s, Dec (18)
9. Sc in first st, Dec (12)
10. Dec around (6)
11. Stitch opening closed. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Ears (in pistachio) –
2. Sc in 2nd from hook, sc next, hdc, dc the next 4, 5dc in the last st.
3. Now working down the otherwise of your starting ch, dc the first 4 st’s, hdc, sc the last 2. Ss to the first sc to join.
Fasten off leaving a long end to sew onto head and then make a second ear.
Attach them as seen in the photos.
Arms (in pistachio) –
1. Start with a magic circle and work 4sc into it. Join with a ss to first sc.
2. 2sc in each st around (8)
3. Sc in each st around (8)
CHANGE TO PARCHMENT
4. Sc in each st around (8) repeat 6 times
5. Dec, sc in each st (7)
6. Sc in each st around (7) repeat 3 times
Stuff well and fasten off leaving a long tail for attaching.
Belt (in dark brown) –
2. Ss in the 2nd ch from the hook and across (42)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Sew the head on to the blanket right in the centre with the eyes facing one of the straight edges. Next sew the arms on each side of the head.
Now you need to fold the blanket so the two straight sides either side of the head fold in on the themselves to achieve the triangle you can see in the photos. You then tie the belt around the blanket under the arms. I decided to sew the back onto the blanket for safety.
And that’s it Yoda is complete and ready for cuddles.
As always make sure you tag me on social media if you have made Yoda.