Crochet Your Own Sad AT-AT

Lately my significant other had stumbled over a crochet pattern for a really cute baby AT-AT from Star Wars. Although it was low priced I thought I could figure out how to crochet my own AT-AT and make some adjustments to my liking. Finally I’m ready to share the result and a free crochet pattern with you to show you how to crochet this sad little AT-AT:

 

What you will need:

  • light grey wool
    (I used cheap acrylic wool from a discounter, thread size 3-4 mm)
  • two other colours of wool for the applications
    (I chose a dark grey and a very light lilac, thread size 4,5 mm)
  • black and white wool for the eyes, thread size 4,5 mm
  • scissors and wool needle
  • crochet hooks fitting your thread size
  • cotton wool, or any other kind of stuffing
  • stitchmarkers
  • eventually: little Funko Pops, who will help you stuffing and crocheting

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As you can see in the picture above I made a little scribble. The finished AT-AT though looks a bit different and is less detailed. The stitches I used are mainly single crochet stitches and some things are done with slip stitches. Only the eyes require half and double crochet stitches. You should know how to decrease and increase stitches to be able to make the various shapes. I have collected some YouTube videos for you, which you can find below this article, that show you some of the used techniques.

Please let me know if my instructions are unclear and I’ll be happy to help you 🙂

1. The Feet

For the feet we will do four hemispheres. Start with 6 single crochet stitches (sc) into a magic ring. This is your first round. Proceed as follows:

Round 2: 12 sc (2 sc in every stitch)
Round 3: 16 sc (increase every third stitch)
Round 4: 20 sc (increase every fourth stitch)
Round 5: 24 sc (increase every fifth stitch)
Round 6: 28 sc (increase every sixth stitch)
Round 7: 32 sc (increase every seventh stitch)
Round 8-10: 32 sc without increasing

Fasten off the thread. Repeat this three times till you have four empty hemispheres.

For the base plates make another magic ring with 6 sc.

Round 2: 12 sc (2 sc in every stitch)
Round 3: 18 sc (increase every second stitch)
Round 4: 24 sc (increase every third stitch)
Round 5: 30 sc (increase every fourth stitch)
Round 6: 36 sc (increase every fifth stitch)

Fasten off the thread. Repeat this three times till you have four base plates. Now join the base plates with the hemispheres using slip stitches, as seen in the fourth picture below. Join all two loops of the two pieces together. Don’t forget to stuff the feet before you reach the end 🙂

2. The Legs

The legs will be crocheted directly onto the feet. Start by crocheting a round of 20 sc on top of round four of the feet. If you end up with more than 20 stitches this is absolutely fine. Now crochet 15 rounds or spirals (use stitchmarkes to count the rows then) upwards.

 

3. The “Toes”

For the toes I used the lilac and dark grey wool. Start wherever you like and crochet five slip stitches onto the rim of the foot. Make 5 rows of slip stitches into the back loop. Fasten off the thread and crochet three more of these flaps evenly distributed around the foot. Then finish with a dark grey slip stitch row into the front loops around the whole foot.

Repeat this for all four legs.

 

4. The Body

For the body we will make a square from rounds. The idea is to have 3 single crochet stitches in each corner and only one single crochet in each single crochet stitch on the sides. To achieve this start with another magic ring, but this time only with 4 sc. Finish every round as usual with a slip stitch and begin the next row with a chain stitch. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of every row. The beginning of every row will be right in the middle of one side of the square, thus on the beginning of each row you will only have to do half of the sc counted below on the first side (you will do the other half of this side when finishing the row):

Round 2: 3 sc in every stitch –>  12 sc
Round 3: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 2 x 1 sc on the sides –> 20 sc
Round 4: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 4 x 1 sc on the sides –> 28 sc
Round 5: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 6 x 1 sc on the sides –> 36 sc
Round 6: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 8 x 1 sc on the sides –> 44 sc
Round 7: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 10 x 1 sc on the sides –> 52 sc
Round 8: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 12 x 1 sc on the sides –> 60 sc
Round 9: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 14 x 1 sc on the sides –> 68 sc
Round 10: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 16 x 1 sc on the sides –> 76 sc
Round 11: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 18 x 1 sc on the sides –> 84 sc
Round 12: 3 sc in every corner stitch and 20 x 1 sc on the sides –>92 sc

 

 

The Square is finished now. Crochet 92 sc into the back loop only for the next round. This will produce a nice brim. Proceed with another 33 rounds with 92 sc. This time as usual into all two loops of the sc.

To close the body shape make another brim, i.e. crochet the next round again into the back loops only. This time the idea is to decrease in the same manner as we have increased the square before. This means now to crochet 3 sc in the corners together and have 20 sc on the sides for the first row.

Round 2: 3 sc together in every corner and 18 x 1 sc on the sides–>  84 sc
Round 3: 3 sc together in every corner and 16 x 1 sc on the sides–> 76 sc
Round 4: 3 sc together in every corner and 14x 1 sc on the sides–> 68 sc
Round 5: 3 sc together in every corner and 12 x 1 sc on the sides–> 60sc
Round 6: 3 sc together in every corner and 10 x 1 sc on the sides–> 52 sc
Round 7: 3 sc together in every corner and 8 x 1 sc on the sides–> 44 sc
Round 6: 3 sc together in every corner and 6 x 1 sc on the sides–> 36 sc
Round 6: 3 sc together in every corner and 4 x 1 sc on the sides–> 28 sc
Round 6: 3 sc together in every corner and 2 x 1 sc on the sides–> 20 sc
Round 6: every 3 sc together –> 12 sc

Don’t forget to stuff the body before closing it too much 🙂

 

Make a nice border around the edge by using the dark grey wool in slip stitches. Also produce a nice brim  in the same manner on the bottom.

 

5. The Head

Start with a chain of 5 chain stitches (+1 ch st for the first round). Crochet around this chain with sc, crocheting 5 sc into the first and the last chain stitch and only one sc in every ch st in between. You should have a round with 16 sc now. Proceed now like with the square for the body. Remember the idea is to have 3 sc in every corner to produce a rectangular shape.

  • Round 2: 3 sc in every corner stitch, 5 x 1 sc on the long sides, 1 x 1 sc on the short sides–> 24 sc
  • Round 3: 3 sc in every corner stitch, 7 x 1 sc on the long sides, 3 x 1 sc on the short sides–> 32 sc
  • Round 4: 3 sc in every corner stitch, 9 x 1 sc on the long sides, 5 x 1 sc on the short sides–> 40 sc
  • Round 5: 3 sc in every corner stitch, 11 x 1 sc on the long sides, 7 x 1 sc on the short sides–> 48 sc

The rectangular shape is ready now. Crochet 48 sc into the back loop only for the next round. Like we did for the body. Proceed with another 19 rounds with 48 sc. This time as usual into all two loops of the sc.

To close the head shape we will not make a rectangular ending but a square one instead. We ended with 48 sc in our last round. Mark the middle of the short side you are at with a stitchmarker.This is the beginning of the first round. Crochet into back loops only. Start with 4 sc, then crochet together 3 sc for the first corner. The next side is 9 x 1 sc, 3 sc together for the second corner, again 9 x 1 sc for the third side, 3 sc together for the third corner and 9 x 1 sc for the fourth side, 3 sc together for the last corner and 5 x 1 sc to finish the first round. Crochet the next rounds as usual into all two loops of the sc.

Round 2: 3 sc together in every corner and 7 x 1 sc on the sides
Round 3: 3 sc together in every corner and 5 x 1 sc on the sides
Round 4: 3 sc together in every corner and 3 x 1 sc on the sides
Round 5: 3 sc together in every corner and 1 x 1 sc on the sides
Round 5: every 3 sc together

Sew the remaining hole together and again don’t forget to stuff the head before doing so 🙂
Again you can add a nice dark grey brim on the front and back side of the head. Like we already did for the body.

 

6. The Neck

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Start with a magic ring and 6 sc.

Round 2: 12 sc (2 sc in every stitch)
Round 3: 18 sc (increase every second stitch)
Round 4: 24 sc (increase every third stitch)

The next round will be 24 sc into the back loops only. Make another two rounds with 24 sc this time as usual into all two loops of the sc.

 

7. The Eyes

The eyes are a bit tricky. Start with a magic ring (again… I   know…) Do 4 half double crochet (hdc) with the black wool and another 4 hdc with the grey wool in the same round. Close the ring with a slip stitch. Proceed the next round with the white wool (always 2 stitches in every hdc): 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 double crochet (dc). 2 hdc and 2 sc. Finish the other half of the round in the same sequence with the grey wool.

Repeat these steps for the second eye.

 

9. The Laser Guns

For the laser guns of our sweet little baby AT-AT make a chain with 21 chain stitches either with the lilac or the grey wool. On the back row crochet 20 slip stitches into the back loops only. Repeat the same for the next row. Now change to the other colour and do another 2 rows in the same manner. Repeat this 2 more times with colour change. Then fold it together and join the sides with slip stitches. Probably you will not have to stuff the guns as they should be quite firm already. If you use a thinner thread size you maybe have to stuff them a little.

 

Now that you have made all the parts you can either crochet the parts together with slip stitches or as I recommend sew them together using the light grey wool and a wool needle.

Et voilà!

Here is your own baby AT-AT, who looks a bit like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh!

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Like in my first tutorial for the Jeyne Cobb hat, here are some useful YouTube videos teaching you the used techniques:

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Moni says:

    I just finished and I’m super happy! It will be a birthday present for a Star wars Fan.
    I learned a lot during this project. There was a problem with the seam in the body, so everything was Kind of crooked and the corners, that were supposed to be opposite, really weren’t. I tried so many different ways but couldn’t find a solution. I ended up doing three parts and then Crochet them together: a top and a bottom square and the sides, which is basically a big rectangle whose sides were sewn together to Make a pipe shape.
    Thanks for this awesome idea, the great instruction and all the Photos, that really helped a lot.
    All The Best!

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    1. Nadja Mayer says:

      Hey Moni,
      Wow, I’m super excited. You’re officially the first to crochet anything after my instruction. Thank you for your trust and braveness 😊

      The body part is really tricky, I’ll see if I can make that part a bit clearer.

      I’d love to see your baby AT-AT! Did you take any pictures maybe?

      Lots of love and best wishes!
      Nadja

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      1. Moni says:

        Hej Nadja,
        Sorry for my belayed answer. I would love to show you some pictures, but I just don’t know how to upload them here and I didn’t find an email address. But while searching for your mail address I found out, that you live in Cologne, and… Well, me too 😀
        So if you would like share knowledge about embedding a picture in a WordPress comment or even your mail address, please let me know 🙂

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      2. Nadja Mayer says:

        Hey Moni, das ist ja lustig, dann können wir ja auch auf Deutsch weiterschreiben 🙂 Hättest Du Lust mir ein Foto, auch gerne mehr, von Deinem ATAT an meine Email zu schicken? mayer.nadja@web.de

        Ich würde sie dann gerne in den Blogpost integrieren, wenn ich darf 🙂

        LG
        Nadja

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