“That’s no moon.”

It’s Star Wars Day everybody! And look what I created this past week:

That's no moon - Pops de Milk

It was Jay who suggested I make a Death Star cushion and I eagerly accepted the challenge.

Death Star on couch - Pops de Milk

The first several attempts at making this crochet space station were frustrating because I couldn’t get the right spherical shape. This is where the internet (as usual) saved me from pulling out my hair. I found this really awesome sphere pattern calculator and all I did was enter the circumference in stitches (96) and it came up with a pattern for an ideal sphere. The only difficult part was counting and making sure I had the right number of stitches per round because the formula isn’t like your usual increase every x number of stitches by y number of times. So for this project I followed the calculated pattern and then added slip stitches made single crochet stitches to the back loops of the middle rounds to create the trench.

Death Star - Pops de Milk

Thats no moon - Pops de Milk

Download the Death Star PDF pattern here and May the 4th be with you!

*Update* The pattern has been adjusted as I received quite a few questions about what the numbers in the pattern mean. I have also (hopefully) cleared up any confusion on how to start the first round in the Death Star and the super laser. But if there’s still anything that is unclear please send me an email popsdemilk@gmail.com

*Another Update* I’ve made a video that explains the first couple of rounds, how to make the trench, and how to make the surface stitches. Check out the youtube video here. 

49 thoughts on ““That’s no moon.”

  1. Very awesome! And thanks for the link to the sphere calculator as well, I think that’s going to save me a lot of time and future headaches! ~____^

  2. I found your blog by way of Craftster and am now following you on Bloglovin’…
    This Death Star is amazing!
    I love the size of it…I can feel a tractor beam pulling me in…..

  3. This is obviously one of the coolest patterns imaginable. How much yarn is required, please? Just the darker yarn yardage. The lighter is obviously negligible. :)

    • Thanks :D For this pattern I used almost a skein of Bernat Super Value acrylic yarn, which is 426yds. I thought I would need quite a bit of yarn but surprisingly I ended up with leftover yarn.

  4. Love love love this. Now I just need to fit in making it, or maybe even making two as I’m pretty sure both my lads will want one. (and then one for me, that’s 3 I have to make now!)

  5. Love this idea, have already started it.
    One question — where do you work in the back loops? I don’t see any place in the pattern, but there are clearly lines near the center where you did. Is it the lines of the slip stitches?

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    • Hello! Honestly not sure how much I used (sorry!) but I do know I didn’t need the whole bag, which is about 500g and is called Poly-Fil by Fairfield. The amount of fill you use depends how firm or soft you want it to be and that will also determine the final size of the Death Star (the more fill you use the bigger/firmer it will be). I’d say you probably only need about 200g. I hope that helps :)

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  11. WOW- amazing job! Thanks so much for all the work you put into this and for sharing with us. I would love to link to this in my next Crochet Roundup if you didn’t mind!

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  13. Hello there!

    Did you use the standard magic circle to start with? Or how many chain sitches did you use to the beginning ring?


  14. Is there anyway you could maybe post a video of you making the cushion? I am more of a visual learner lol. And I really want to make this sooooo bad!!

    • Hi Stephanie, thanks for visiting! Making a video for future patterns is in the works. I’m also a visual learner so I can definitely see how helpful a video would be but in the mean time is there a specific part of the pattern that is confusing? I can try and help you out.

        • You’re most welcome, I’m happy to help! Those are the number of single crochet stitches you need to make. As each round has a different number combination I thought it would be less cluttered and easier to read so it’s a shortened way of saying: sc in next 16 sts, inc in the next st, sc in next 15 sts, inc in next st, etc.

          • Thank you so much! If I have anymore questions, I won’t hesitate to ask lol :)

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  18. Hi! Great pattern, thanks for sharing! Quick question, are these US or UK stitch sizes? Already got the wool to make it, looking forward to having a go!!

  19. Thanks so much for the pattern for this. I saw it on Facebook and wanted to make one. I found yarn on sale and picked it up. When I got home I decided to try Google and YouTube to see if I could find a pattern. I was super surprised and excited when I found your video and link to the pattern on YouTube within five minutes. That was Tuesday. I completed it today and my kids love it!

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