Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dalek Amigurumi Pattern - Free!


I'm a long time fan of Doctor Who - I started watching Jon Pertwee in the 1970s when I was very little, and I've loved it ever since, old series and new. The Daleks are a brilliant creation, scary and iconic, and I just had to crochet them. I made three a few years back, two for swaps and one for a present, but I never made any for myself. With the new season of Doctor Who just starting (and with the first episode featuring a selection of different types of Daleks) I knew I had to make them again.




I tweaked my original pattern a bit and came up with a design I'm really happy with. It's quite fiddly to make, but it has most of the essential details. I've made a classic grey and black Dalek from the 1970s and a bronze and gold one from the new series. However fearsome the real Daleks are, when they're reduced to 7 inches tall and made of yarn, they're suddenly much more cute and cuddly, and fun to play with. One of mine found a wig I'd made for something else and decided he'd look good in it. I can't decide if he looks like Boris Johnson or if it's one of Captain Kirk's!


The pattern is free - make as many Daleks as you like for yourself, friends or family, but please don't sell them. You can download the PDF from Craftster or Ravelry

27 comments:

Mariella said...

I am a Doctor Who fan too and my childrens too.
They will go crazy with a crochet dalek.
Thank you so much for creating it!

Mariella

sooz said...

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for the pattern, I'm going to make myself one, then some more for my Dr-Who-loving friends!

kniterly said...

ahh ahh ahh! Too excited for words!

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks guys! Have fun with the pattern, I'd love to see the Daleks you make.

Teena said...

I love these!!! I love that two of my favorite amigurumi artists are doing Dr. Who. Did you see that Crafty is Cool is starting a series of all the Doctors? So far she's done up to number two (http://instagram.com/p/Puch_lG6dG/).

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks! I hadn't seen Crafty is Cool's first and second Doctors - they're amazing! I love the detail she puts in.

Jenny said...

I LOVE it! I have been wanting a crochet Dalek but have no idea how to make a pattern. You're awesome!

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you very much Jenny!

Kikki said...

Thank you,, thank you!

Unknown said...

I'm so, so happy to find this pattern - thank you for sharing it!. It will be great present for a dr who fan-friend!!!!

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks!

Claudette said...

Thanks a lot for sharing this pattern! I'm working on it right now...

I have a question... I'm ready with row 20 and beginning with round 21... But, do I have to work in the back loop remaining from row 20? from the ss row?
Or the back loop remaining from row 19? Because, it is not mentioned and it is so difficult to work in de back loop from the slip stitches... I hope my question is clear enough... hoping you can answer this... Thanks again!

LucyRavenscar said...

Hi Claudette,

Row 21 should be worked into the back loops of round 20, but round 20 is sc, not ss, so it shouldn't be too difficult. The last ss round was 17, so perhaps you've jumped a few lines on the pattern.

Hope that helps!

Claudette said...

Thanks Lucy so much for your quick answer... You are right! I made a mistake! I was jumping lines :) Now I can continue the right way... This one is gonna be for my little new born nephew... I hope for a nice result... I'm so excited! Thnx!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lucy,
I'm doing this pattern but everything seems to turn out inside out :/ what am I doing wrong?
For example when doing the black and grey dalek head with the grey stripes, the correct stitches turn out in the inside rather than the outside... If you could help that would be great!!
Thanks, Duana

LucyRavenscar said...

Hi Duana,

It sounds like you might be working inside-out. When you work in the round and you start crocheting a round shape, like the top to the Dalek, the right side is the side facing you. As it turns into a bowl shape you should be working at the edge of the 'bowl' with most of the 'bowl' away from you. If you work inside-out, a lot of the details just won't work properly.

Zeneth Thobarony said...

Hi Lucy,,

I'm a huge fans of Dalek also Whovian and I got struck in first sight. lol. Though I started enjoy Doctor Who in new series.
When I found your blog from Doctor Who Tumblr, I just like "WHOOOWWWWW" so exciting.
Thx for your pattern sharing, I'll try making one dalek.

Regards, Zeneth

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks Zeneth! Have fun making your Dalek.

Amanda Campbell said...

Thank you for the Pattern!! Mine didn't turn out quite as well as yours did, but he still turned out super cute.I'm not too experienced with amigurumis, but even so your pattern was easy to read and very helpful! Thank you again! <3

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks Amanda! I think it's quite a complicated pattern, so you obviously did a good job with it.

Megan said...

Hi! What a cute pattern! Do you use anything to weight the bottom of your bigger creations so that they sit upright more easily?

DMC said...

Hi when I get to the row 23 I get loads more than 90 stitches at the end instead of 52 - I have counted them several times from the pattern and it still seems to add up to more than 52. Please tell me what I am doing wrong:)

LucyRavenscar said...

Megan - thanks! I don't weight them, they stand up just fine on their own, but it might depend on where you want to put them. Of course, you could weight them a lot and use them as door stops!

DMC - my first thought is that you're consistently working the fpsc around a stitch, then doing a sc into the same stitch (or the other way around.) Read the section before the pattern that explains the fpsc and be sure you're following it carefully. Let me know if that doesn't help.

Anonymous said...

hy,
Just for say thanks !!!
My family and me are Doctor Who fan ; and a friend of my mother, who have the shop "D├ęcorama", asks me if I can do Daleks for pub in her shop... Imagine, your Daleks for pub in a shop ! They don't be sell of cours.

LucyRavenscar said...

That sounds really cool!

Marloes en Dieuwke said...

Wow! Thank you so much for offering us this pattern for free!! It is so incredibly detailed, that must have cost a lot of work. I am certainly going to try this one out! Again, thank you!
Dieuwke

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks, have fun making it!