Mini R2D2 Pattern

>>> Update (13/01/17):

Hi!! Recently, I had the oportunity to review this pattern and so I realized that it had too many pieces to crochet and sew together. When I first designed this pattern I tried to make R2 shapes exactly like the original, that’s why the pattern got too many pieces. However, now I have a different opinion about that. I think that it is better to have an easiest and more fun to make pattern, instead of a pattern with the exactly same shapes as the original character. That’s why I redesigned it.

This time I had to make an R2 to my friend’s baby, so I couldn’t use any felt pieces, aluminium foil and leds. I had to make R2 details embroidering some and others crocheting. Also, I used a different kind of yarn to this version. In the first one I used acrilic yarn, but in this new version I used 100% cotton yarn.

 

  • New Pattern

Materials:
– White, blue and gray yarn (I used 100% cotton yarn Barroco by Circulo, which is a bulky / 12 ply (7wpi));
– Thinner red, black and light yellow yarn (you will only use it to crochet the lights on his head) (I used 100% cotton yarn Anne by Circulo, which is a Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi));
– Fiberfill;
– 4mm crochet hook;
– 2mm crochet hook (you will only use it to crochet the lights on his head)
– Tapestry needle;
– Contact glue;
– Scissors;

Notes:

– I always do my crochet works using continuous rounds. I will let you know when you have to join rounds;
– Everytime I will do a crochet work, the first thing I do is take a look in the entirely pattern before start doing it, so, I can have an idea of how the pattern works. Well, I recommend you to do the same;
– For sewing the pieces together you will use the tapestry needle;

Pattern:

– R2D2 Body (work joining rounds):

There are two options to make R2-D2. In the first one you will make his details using felt and aluminium foil. In the second one you will embroider his details.
** For option number one (felt) start with grey yarn. For option number two (embroider) start using blue yarn.
R1: 6 sc in MR (6)
R2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
R3: sc, inc (18)
R4: sc 2, inc (24)
** If you are crocheting option number two (embroider), change the yarn to grey. If you are doing option number one (felt), continue with grey yarn.
R5: sc 3, inc (30)
R6: sc 4, inc (36)
R7: sc 5, inc (42)
R8: sc in each sc (42)
** If you are crocheting option number two (embroider), change the yarn to blue. If you are doing option number one (felt), continue with grey yarn.
R9-10: sc in each sc (42)
** If you are crocheting option number two (embroider), change the yarn to grey. If you are doing option number one (felt), continue with grey yarn.
R11-12: sc in each sc (42)
* For both options, change to white yarn.
R13-27: sc in each sc (42)
*start stuffing
R28: make one sc in each sc using back post single crochet (42)

R29: 5 sc, dec (36)
R30: 4 sc, dec (30)
R31-32: sc in each sc (30)
R33: dec (15)
R34: dec (7)
Finish off.

– R2D2 arms (make 2):
Round 1: 6 sc in MR (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: sc, 2 Sc in next Sc (18)
Round 4-7: sc in each sc (18)
Round 8: sc 4, dec (15)
Round 9: sc, dec (10)
Round 10-20: sc in each sc (10)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff them very lightly! Almost nothing!

-Base of the arms (make 2):
R1: ch 8, 2 sc in the second chain from hook, 5 sc, 3 sc in the last chain. Now work in the back of the chains. Make 6 sc (16)
R2: 2 inc, 5 sc, 3 inc, 5 sc, inc (22)
R3: sc, inc, sc, inc, 6 sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, 6 sc, inc (28)
R4: work only in back loops: (2 sc, dec) repeat 7 times (21)
R5: sc in each sc (21)
R6: (sc, dec) repeat 7 times (14)
R7: sc ineach sc (14)
R8: sc, dec, 2 sc, dec, (sc, dec) 2 times, sc (10)
Finish off.

– Base of the body:
R1: ch 6, 2 sc in the second chain from hook, 3 sc, 3 sc in the last chain, 4 sc (12)
R2: 2 inc, 3 sc, 3 inc, 3 sc, inc (18)
R3: sc, inc, sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, 4 sc, inc (24)
R4: work only in back loops: (2 sc, dec) repeat 6 times (18)
R5: sc in each sc (18)
R6: (sc, dec) repeat 6 times (12)
R7: sc ineach sc (12)
R8: (4 sc, dec) repeat 2 times (10)
Finish off.

If you are going to embroider and make some of his details crocheting, here it is the pattern I used to his details:

– Black light (Join rounds):
Using a 2mm hook and a yarn proportional to this hook, make:
R1: 6 sc in MC (6)
R2: inc (12)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Red light (Join rounds):
Using a 2mm hook and a yarn proportional to this hook, make:
R1: 6 sc in MC (6)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Yellow light (Join rounds):
Using a 2mm hook and a yarn proportional to this hook, make:
– 8 sc in MC (8)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Camera (make 3 – gray yarn) (Join rounds):
R1: 6 sc in MC (6)
R2: work only in back loops, (sc, dec) 2 times (4)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Grey circle in the top of the arm (join rounds) (make 2)
R1: 6 dc in MC (6)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Blue detail of the arm (make 2)
R1: ch 3, sc 2 (2)
R2-9: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (2)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Small squares of the body (4 in total: one in blue in the front, two in grey in the back and one in blue in the back)
R1: ch 3, sc 2 (2)
R2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (2)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Big blue rectangle in the front of the body:
R1: ch 3, sc 2 (2)
R2-6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (2)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Small grey rectangle in the front of the body:
R1: ch 4, sc 3 (3)
R2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (3)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Big grey rectangle in the front of the body:
R1: ch 5, sc 4 (4)
R2-5: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (4)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Small blue circle in the front of the body:
R1: 6 sc in MC (6)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

The other details were embroided.

Assembly:

1. Sew R2-D2 arms to its bases;

2. Sew his arms to his body;

3. Sew the “base of the body” to his body;

4. Embroider the details  and sew the crocheted ones. Use original images from R2-D2 as reference to create the details. Here is how I made:

Top of his head

Front of his body

Back of his body

Arm

Head

Head

Head

It’s done! :)

 

  • Original Pattern:

Hi my dear friends!

Today I’m sharing a R2D2 pattern! This Mini R2D2 measures about 17cm. The idea to make R2D2 came from a birthday gift, precisely, I made it as a gift for a birthday of a friend, who really likes Star Wars.

This time I decided to innovate and so I had the idea to use some LEDs on R2D2, so, it works as a small lamp, lol. Well, if you don’t want to, you don’t need to do the electric part of R2D2, you can replace the LEDs for some buttons.

The difficult part of this pattern it isn’t the crochet, but the collage, because there are to many details to cut and glue! I recommend you to pay attention on the photos and to search on the web for R2D2 photos, so, you can have a good idea of what you will need to do.

Update (06.07.2015): For those who speak Spanish, Amigurumimania has translated this pattern: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.467297106765913.1073741830.426518964177061&type=3

 

Materials:
– White and Gray yarn;
– Navy felt;
– Aluminium foil or grey felt;
– Paperboard;
– Thin copper wire;
– Fiberfill;
– 4mm crochet hook;
– 2.5mm crochet hook;
– Tapestry needle;
– Contact glue;
– Scissors;
– Two round big white LEDs and 1 round small red LED;
– Three 68ohm resistors;
– Some wire for the electric part;
– Battery holder;
– One interrupter;
– Two 2A batteries;

 

Notes:

1. Work using continuous rounds;
2. For sewing the pieces together you will use the tapestry needle;
3. For doing the blue parts of R2D2 you will use the navy felt. Follow the photos to have an idea of the size and shape of the navy parts;
4. For doing the metallic parts of R2D2 you may use the aluminium foil or a grey felt. Follow the photos to have an idea of the size and shape of the metallic parts;
5. For doing the four copper hoses you may use a thin copper wire or another thing that you desire, such as a plastic hose. In the assembly topic, I will explain how to do it using a thin copper wire.
6. You will use the paperboard to make a round base for R2D2 body and also to make his three cameras. In the assembly topic, I will explain how to do it;
7. If you don’t want to make the electric part of R2D2, you can just replace the LEDs for some buttons.
8. In the assembly topic, I will explain how do you put the LEDS on R2D2 and how you should assemble the electric part.

Update (06.06.2015): Hi Guys! I want to thank you all for being so kind and for all the kindly words you sent me by comments or email! Recently, I’m having a hard time to answer all the questions sent to my email and the comments. I’m sorry that I’m not able to answer your doubts. However, if you have any doubt, I’m sure that it is worth to leave a comment here, because even if I can’t answer you, I’m sure that someone in the community will try to help you out ^^

 

Crochet Pattern:

– R2D2 Body:
*start using the gray yarn until the Round number 11 (eleven)
Round 1: 6 sc in MR (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: sc, 2 Sc in next Sc (18)
Round 4: sc 2, 2 sc in next sc (24)
Round 5: sc 3, 2 sc in next sc (30)
Round 6: sc 4, 2 sc in next sc (36)
Round 7-11: sc in each sc (36)
*change to the white yarn
Round 12-28: sc in each sc (36)
*start stuffing
Round 29: dec (18)
*place in the body the paperboard base

Round 30: dec (9)
Round 31: dec 4 times, sl st.
Finish off.

 

– Thinner part of the body:
Round 1: 6 sc in MR (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: sc, 2 Sc in next Sc (18)
Round 4: sc 2, 2 sc in next sc (24)
Round 5: sc 3, 2 sc in next sc (30)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

– Half circle between the body and the base bellow the body (use a 2.5mm hook and make 2)
Row 1: ch 2, 3 sc in the 2nd chain from hook (3)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each sc (6)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
*Sew them together.

-R2D2 base bellow the body:
**trapezius from the sides (make 2)
Row 1: ch 8, sc 7 (7)
Row 2: dec, sc 3, dec (5)
Row 3: dec, sc, dec (3)
Row 4: sc in each sc (3)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

**Front and back trapezium (make 2)
Row 1: ch 7, sc 6 (6)
Row 2: dec, sc 2, dec (4)
Row 3: sc, dec, sc (3)
Row 4: sc in each sc (3)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

** Down rectangle
Row 1: ch 8, sc 7 (7)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc (7)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

** Top square
Row 1: ch 4, sc 3 (3)
Row 2-3: sc in each sc (3)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
*Sew all the parts together and stuff to make the hexahedron, like that:

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– R2D2 arms (make 2):
Round 1: 6 sc in MR (6)
Round 2: 2 Sc in each Sc (12)
Round 3: sc, 2 Sc in next Sc (18)
Round 4-8: sc in each sc (18)
Round 9: sc 4, dec (15)
Round 10: sc, dec (10)
Round 11-20: sc in each sc (10)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
When stuffing, leave the round part without fiberfill, just stuff lightly the rest of the arm.

– Metallic circle between the arms and the body (make 2):
** use gray wool
Round 1: sc 6 in Mr (6)
Round 2: inc (12)
Round 3: sc, inc (18)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
* Sew this part to the arm and stuff it lightly.

 

-Base of the arms (make 2):
**trapezius from the sides (make 2)
Row 1: ch 12, Sc 11(11)
Row 2: dec, sc 7, dec (9)
Row 3: dec, sc 5, dec (7)
Row 4-5: sc in each sc (7)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

**Front and back trapezium (make 2)
Row 1: ch 6, sc 5 (5)
Row 2: sc 2, dec, sc (4)
Row 3: sc, dec, sc (3)
Row 4-5: sc in each sc (3)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

**Down rectangle
Row 1: ch 12, sc 11 (11)
Row 2-5: sc in each sc (11)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

**Top rectangle
Row 1: ch 8, sc 7 (7)
Row 2-3: sc 7 (7)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew all the parts together and stuff to make the hexahedron.

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-Rectangular part located on one side of the arm(make 2):

**Front and back rectangles (make 2):
Row 1: ch 9, sc 8 (8)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

**Top and bottom rectangles (make 2):
Row 1: ch 5, sc 4 (4)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

**Side rectangle (make 2):
Row 1: ch 9, sc 8 (8)
Row 2-4: sc in each sc (8)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

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– Some details of R2D2 to help on the assembly:

Assembly:

1.  Sew all the parts of R2D2 together;

2. Cut the pieces of navy felt and glue them to R2D2. Attention! Don’t glue the three pieces of felt where are located the three LEDs!! You will glue it after putting the LEDs in the right place!

3. Cut all the metallic pieces and glue them to R2D2;

3.1. For making the metallic tubes located on its arms you should use a very thin plastic hose or anything cylindrical that you have and cover it with the aluminium foil. Like this:

3.2. For making the three cameras you should use a cylindrical paperboard or any other thing cylindrical that you have and cover it with the aluminium foil in the same way of the previous step;

4. For making the copper hose you will use something thin and cylindrical that you have, for example, I used a hard copper wire. Take this thing and wrap the thin copper wire on it to make a spring, like this:

5. To put the LEDs the first thing to do is create a place for them on the R2D2 body. Attention! Don’t glue the LED to the body yet! You will just create a place for it in this step! It won’t be necessary to create a place for the red LED, because of its size, which makes possible to simple put it through the stitches. The white LEDs are the problem, because they are big and you won’t be able to simple put it through the stitches. That’s why we need to create a place for them. What you will need to do, is to position the LED where you think it is the best place and, then, see which stitch is on his way, so, you will cut this stitch! But, first, before cutting the stitch, you will need to put some glue on the place to guarantee that the stitches won’t dismount. Then, after putting the glue, cut the stitch, which is in the way, and put some glue around the edges of the hole to guarantee that the stitches won’t dismount. See the picture bellow:

That’s it! Now give it some time to dry.

6. Finally, the last step! Now we are going to make the electric part. For doing it you will use the 2 white LEDs, one red LED, three 68ohm resistos, one interrupter, one battery holder, two 2A batteries. Follow this steps:

a) Join each resistor to its respective LED. Remember to join the resistor to the anode, which is the longer leg of the LED;

b) Join an small wire to the cathode of each LED. Doesn’t need to be a long wire, because you will join these three small wires into one bigger, which will come out on the bottom of R2D2’s back;

c) Join each resistor to a small wire. Doesn’t need to be a long wire, because you will join these three small wires into one bigger, which will come out on the bottom of R2D2 back;

d) Put the red LED and the white LED of the front in the respective place. The wires of both LEDS should come out on the place where it will be the white LED of R2D2’s back; See the picture bellow:

e) Now, join the three small wires of the cathode of each LED to one bigger, which needs to be long enough to pass inside R2D2 body and come out on the bottom of his back;

f) Join the three three small wires of the resistors of each LED to one bigger, which needs to be long enough to pass inside R2D2 body and pull out on the bottom of his back;

g) Isolate the cathode and the anode of each LED with some adhesive tape for preventing a shorted;

h) Now, put the white LED of R2D2’s back in its place and pass the wires thought R2D2 body until it pull out the bottom of his back;

i) Join the “on/off” interrupter to the anode of the series;

j) Join the cathode and the anode of the series to the right place on the battery holder;

k) Put the batteries on the place and that’s it!

If you wish, you can use a “plug” to connect the battery holder to the series, like I did, see the photo bellow:

Here it is an image explaining the LED’s connection into the series:

I did not created this character, R2D2 is copyright of Disney!!

This Pattern was created by Ana Amélia Mendes Galvão.

1. Please do not claim my pattern as your own;
2. If you use this pattern, please, give me the credits;
3. If you wish to share this pattern, you may create a link to my blog, but please do not post it on your site;
4. You may not sell any of my patterns;
5. You are free to adapt this pattern, you can build another upon this one, but you must give appropriate credit to me for the original pattern;

58 Responses so far.

  1. I’m up for a challenge. :) Thanks for leaving the original pattern posted. When I get through my current project lineup, this will be a fun one to try, even with the felt and pieces. My husband loves Star Wars and playing with LEDs, so this would be great for him!

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  3. K G says:

    This pattern is awesome! I am going to make it for my brother. So at the very beginning of this pattern are you supposed to form a ring with the chain stitch and then single crochet or just chain and then single crochet? (Please do not email me )

  4. Jordi says:

    This little guy is so great! I’d love to try to make one, but I have to admit it seems a little daunting. Do you think this is something a novice would be able to put together, or would it be better if I had some more practice under my belt?

    • I think it is going to be hard for a novice. The crochet part it is no the problem, the problem is that this pattern has too many pieces. I see that many people are having trouble about sewing the pieces together.

  5. Ronna Melton says:

    How tall is this R2D2….in inches, please?

  6. Erica Pal says:

    Hi, this is the 1st pattern I’ve found for R2D2, it looks great but for a beginner it looks complicated, I was wondering if I could make it without using all the electrical parts etc. How would I, or should I even try to simplify it. Thanks for your help.

    • yellow says:

      Hello :)
      I also made R2D2 without using the electrical parts and it’s not that difficult (and I was a beginner too when I made it).
      Just get started, you’ll see it’s easy :)

  7. drmegs says:

    Thanks for the pattern, it’s great!! I made one for my boyfriend. You can see him here: https://drmegs.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/r2d2/. I linked back to your page so others can find the pattern :-)

  8. Jessie says:

    What diameter LED’s did you use?

  9. Piggy says:

    This is very well done. U have i spired me to think beyond yarn. I like the light. So I was thinking that w/ a step motor I might be able to make him roll as well. It wouldnt be remote control but an on off switch like u used. I will make this after Christmas sometime and try to post u pics

  10. BETTY says:

    You are so talented, Thank you for upload.

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  14. Gary says:

    Excellent pattern Mia, I’m halfway through. What do you mean when you say “make 3 rows of sc on the back part of the arm in order to make it inclined”?

  15. Briley says:

    Can’t seem to get The lights to stay. I know you said glue them but wit what glue ?

    • Gary says:

      I used a hot glue gun which you can get from any craft store. Don’t go too crazy with the glue though as otherwise it bunches the fabric up and makes it tight. I glued mine from the inside as well before I stuffed and sewed it up. The LEDs I used weren’t that wide so I didn’t cut any stitches but it was snug enough that it sat in place while I glued it.

  16. Amanda says:

    Where did you buy the electrical parts? I am trying to make this for my husband for Christmas. I have all the parts sewn and just need to buy the electrical parts. Did you go to a Hobby Lobby or Lowes stores? Thank you so much for the pattern, it looks great! :)

    • Nancy Rudy says:

      I got mine at a model airplane shop – here called Hobby Haven (in Des Moines).. the LED I got at Radio Shack, but could have gotten them at the hobby shop – look around to see if there is a place that specialized in airplanes and ships.. they will know what you need

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  18. Nancy Rudy says:

    I’ve got all the pieces made but still need to get all of the LED/wiring. I’ll post a pic of the finished product on my Ravelry project page. I am sending this to Ryan Kelly (of Celtic Thunder) who is a big Star Wars fan – sent him a Yoda last summer

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    • Priscila says:

      Hi mia! Im not really sure of where does that half circle go, can you please tell me where? Ive seen a lot of pictures of r2d2 and your photos like million times but i just dont get it :( im almost done , just the leds and some felt :) thankyou!! And thanks for all he patterns your share wih us they are beautiful, and may i say perfect! :)

  20. Menwy Pace says:

    The awesomeness of this is epic in proportion :)

  21. Fran says:

    I tried to asamble the pieces and it wasa desaster! Gonna give it another try do, i really want this as a present to my boyfriend.

  22. maddie says:

    i am making this right now XD awesome pattern :)

  23. Dee says:

    what does Retangulos de cima e de baixo mean?

  24. Dee says:

    Wow. This is awesome. You do amazing work!

  25. Alex says:

    Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    I Just need to learn how to crochet..

    • Thank you, Alex!! ^^ You’re welcome :)
      Haha, don’t worry, it isn’t difficult, just watch some videos on you tube and look for some tutorials on the internet :) Internet is a bless to learn things! ^^

  26. Linda El-Koury says:

    Thanks for the pattern. My son is a Star Wars collector & he wants me to make as many as I can find. So far, I have Princess Leia & Han Solo, now R2D2 thanks to you!

  27. This pattern is great! Thank you for sharing. I have posted a link to this free pattern on my blog

    http://crochetcricket.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/monday-free-pattern-find-r2d2/

    Have a great day!

  28. HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME! you did a really great job with this, i’m totally making one!!! thanks for sharing the pattern :)

  29. Cool…..I was going to make a crocheted Enterprise for my dad and this makes me want to light it up also…thanks bunches for the inspiration!

  30. SarahBoo says:

    OHMYGOODNESS! You are inspired and inspiring <3

  31. Amanda says:

    Love it!!! Thanks for posting this! :)

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