Solar System CAL: Sci-Fi Themed Appliques

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Happy Easter, everyone!

Apologies for the delay in the release of these patterns; it’s been a hard week for me, so it took a little longer to put this post together.

But the wait is over! This week, we’re making a sci-fi themed applique for three of my favorite space-themed movies/tv shows: Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek! More specifically, we’re making a Death Star, a TARDIS, and the USS Enterprise. Each piece is reasonably small, but still detailed. For the most part, they are also made up of simple shapes, simple color changes, and simple stitching.

I’ve used a G/4.00mm crochet hook to make each of these three applique patterns, but you can use whichever size hook you’d prefer best. They’re not exactly proportional, but they’re all pretty awesome!

Ready? Let’s get nerdy!

star wars party hard GIF by funk


Sci-Fi Themed Bonus Appliques

Death Star – In “GRAPHITE” and “GREY” Colors

Main Station

Rnd 1) In GREY, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1, then work 6 sc into the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning with a sl st and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (18)

Rnd 4) *sc inc, 2 sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (24)

Rnd 5) *sc inc, 3 sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (30)

Rnd 6) *sc inc, 4 sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (36)

Rnd 7) *sc inc, 5 sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (42)

 

Superlaser

Rnd 1) In GRAPHITE, make a Magic Circle. Ch 1, then work 6 sc into the center of the Magic Circle. Join to the beginning with a sl st and ch 1. (6)

Rnd 2) *sc inc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3) *sc inc, sc* x 6. Join and ch 1. (18)

 

Finishing Details

Using the tail ends of your yarn and a needle, sew the superlaser onto the main space station.

Then, either use a separate strand of GRAPHITE yarn or one of your GRAPHITE tail ends from the main space station to stitch a small X onto the center of the superlaser. For extra effect, you can use a strand of GREY yarn and a needle to stitch on another small X over the GRAPHITE one, but place it at a little bit more of an angle so that the two X’s cross over each other.

Before you sew the Death Star to your blanket, you can use a strand of GREY yarn or one of the GREY tail ends from the superlaser to make the stitches onto the main space station. I recommend a few horizontal lines, broken up by a few randomly placed vertical lines within those horizontal sections. See photo for ideas on placement if necessary.

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TARDIS – In “ROYAL”, “GRAPHITE”, and “CREAM” Colors

Row 1) With ROYAL, ch 10. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 9 sc. Ch 1 and turn. (9)

Row 2) sl st, then work 7 sc, leaving the last st of the row empty. Ch 1 and turn. (7 + 1 sl st)

Row 3) 7 sc. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

Rows 4-7) 7 sc. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

At this point, you’ll start working some color changes. Read the next several rows carefully! Don’t forget to carry your “unused” color of yarn across the back side of your TARDIS.

In the rows with color changes, I’ve abbreviated the colors to R for ROYAL, C for CREAM, and G for GRAPHITE.

Row 8) 1 R sc, 2 C sc, 4 R sc. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

Row 9) 4 R sc, 2 C sc, 1 R sc. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

Row 10) 7 R sc. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

Row 11) 1 R sc, 2 C sc, 1 R sc, 2 C sc, 1 R sc. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

Row 12) 1 R sc, 2 C sc, 1 R sc, 2 C sc, 1 R sc. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

Cut the CREAM yarn.

Row 13) All in ROYAL, work a sc inc, 5 sc, sc inc. Ch 1 and turn. (9)

Row 14) 1 R sc, 7 G sc, 1 R sc. Ch 1 and turn. (9)

Cut the GRAPHITE yarn.

Row 15) All in ROYAL, work sc dec, 5 sc, sc dec. Ch 1 and turn. (7)

Row 16) Still in ROYAL, work 2 sl st. Then, leaving the last 2 stitches of the row empty, work 3 sc. Ch 1 and turn. (3 + 2 sl st)

Row 17) Still in ROYAL, work a sl st, then sc. (1 + 1 sl st)

At this point, you can either fasten off OR you can work one slip stitch in every stitch all the way around the TARDIS for a finished look.

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USS Enterprise – In “PARCHMENT” and “CLARET” Colors

The USS Enterprise is made up of 5 different pieces: the saucer section, the secondary hull, the propulsion unit, the support pylon, and the “neck” section that connects the saucer to the secondary hull.

You’ll make each of these section separately and then stitch them together using the tail ends of your yarn and a yarn needle.

 

Saucer Section

Row 1) In PARCHMENT, ch 16. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 15 sc. Turn and then, working into the other side of the chain, make 15 sc. Join to the beginning with a sl st and ch 1. (30)

Row 2) *6 sl st, 3 dc, 6 sl st* x 2. Join to the beginning with a sl st and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (30)

 

Secondary Hull

Row 1) In PARCHMENT, ch 4. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 3 sc. Turn and ch 1. (3)

Row 2) sc inc, sc, sc inc. Turn and ch 1. (5)

Rows 3-11) 5 sc. Turn and ch 1. (5)

Row 12) 3 hdc — leave the remaining two stitches of the previous row empty. Turn and ch 1. (3)

Row 13) 3 hdc. Turn and ch 1. (3)

Row 14) 3 hdc. Do not fasten off! (3)

To finish, slip stitch all the way around this piece of the USS Enterprise. Then fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving.

 

Propulsion Unit

Note: You’re going to make the main part of the propulsion unit first, then work two rows at the end in CLARET. See photos.

Row 1) In PARCHMENT, ch 3. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (2)

Rows 2-11) 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (2)

Row 12) 2 sc. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (2)

 

To make the red part at the end of the propulsion unit, insert your hook into the 1st st of row 1.

 

Row 1) With CLARET, ch 1, then work 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (2)

Row 2) sc dec. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (1)

 

Support Pylon

Row 1) In PARCHMENT, ch 3. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (2)

Rows 2-3) 2 sc. Turn and ch 1. (2)

Row 4) 2 sc. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (2)

 

“Neck” Section (Note: If anyone knows what this section of the ship is actually called, please let me know!)

Row 1) In PARCHMENT, ch 4. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 3 sc. Turn and ch 1. (3)

Row 2) sc inc, sc dec. Turn and ch 1. (3)

Row 3) sc dec, sc inc. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (3)

 

Finishing

Use the tail ends of your yarn and a needle to sew all of your ship pieces together. Note that the support pylon should overlap with the secondary hull piece. See photo for guidance.

 


For the final step, sew your sci-fi themed appliques to your Solar System Blanket. You can put them wherever you’d like!

You can either cut a strand of yarn in whichever color the applique is in (I suggest ROYAL for the TARDIS, PARCHMENT for the Enterprise, and GRAPHITE for the Death Star), or simply use the tail ends of your yarn from the appliques themselves to sew them onto the blanket.

 

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Please Note: Ready to line your blanket? Week 13 (a tutorial on how to line your blanket with fabric) is available here.


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