Thursday, January 23, 2014

I am a Player...of Minecraft that is.


Steve is time consuming to make and is by no means the perfect version. I am willing to state that this may be the first and last time I will ever make this creation again, but it's nice to have the pattern to go to just in case. I hope you will give him a try. 
Please let me know if there needs to be any updates. 
It's always a work in progress.

Sincerely, 
~ S

( PS ~ When finished, Steve measures a chesty 5" across (from outer arm to outer arm) and 7 1/2 " tall. 
I think if I was to invest the time to make him again I would try using a sport or baby weight yarn 
and a size E-3 hook to see if I could get him a little smaller. 
Of course you would need to alter your cardboard sizes and headpiece too. Worth it? Maybe... )


Minecraft Steve

Notions:
A: Cream or Flesh colored WW yarn
B: Grey WW yarn
C: Indigo blue or “Jean” colored WW yarn
D: Turquoise WW yarn

Crochet hook size F
Measuring tape
Yarn needle
Sewing needle
Light-weight cardboard or plastic canvas
Scissors
Polyester fiber-fill stuffing
Brown, white, and blue felt
Fabric Glue
Small straight pins


Head:
With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 20 sc
Rnd 4: *sc in 4 sc; 3 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 28 sc
Rnd 5: sl st in next sc, ch 1, sc around TBL – 28 sc
Rnd 6: sc in ch-1 sp, then sc around as normal – 28 sc
Rnd 7 – 12: Repeat Rnd 6 – 28 sc
Fasten off with sl st . Weave in end.

Head Lid:
Repeat Rnds 1-4 above using A – 28 sc
Sl st to fasten off,  leaving a long tail to sew to head with.

Finishing head:
1. Using the Head Lid as a pattern, cut out 6 squares from light-weight cardboard. (I used a soda box. You could also use plastic canvas.)
2. Place one square inside the Head on the bottom. You may need to trim your square’s sides a bit. I also rounded the corners by snipping off the pointy tips.
3. Begin stuffing the Head. As you stuff, slide the 4 side pieces in as the stuffing gets to the top. The stuffing will hold the squares in place.
4. Take the Head Lid and begin sewing it to the top of the larger Head piece. When you get to the final side, slide the last piece of cardboard into the Head on top of the stuffing. Finish sewing the Head Lid on.Weave in end.  Set aside.



Body and Legs (make 2 legs):
Beginning with first leg, starting at bottom of foot,
With B, ch 2,
Rnd 1: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 8 sc
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, (sc, dc, sc) in next sc; repeat from * around. – 16 sc
Rnd 3: sc through back loop (TBL) around. Fasten B yarn off. – 16 sc
Rnd 4: Connect C to next sc. Sc around until piece measures 2 ½” from beginning.
Fasten C yarn off.
Repeat Rnds 1- 4 for other leg.
Rnd 5: Holding both legs along one side and using C, sc 30 around both legs, joining legs together.
Rnd 6 – 8: sc in each sc around – 30 sc
(Finished Legs and Hips)

Next:  Measure from bottom of foot to inseam. (Approx. 2 ½” x ¾”)  Using the measurements, cut 2 rectangles from the light–weight cardboard. Place cardboard down inside front and back of Legs. Do not place cardboard on sides of Legs.

(Begin Body section – the next 2 rows make Steve’s untucked shirt)
Rnd 9: sc in next 14 sc, change to D, sc 2, change back to C, sc in next 14 sc. – 30 sc
Rnd 10: sc in next 14 sc, change to D, sc 3, change to C, sc in next 14 sc. – 30 sc
Rnd 11: Change to D, sc in each sc around. – 30 sc
Rnd 12: Sc in each sc around until Body section measures 2 ½” long.
Fasten off.

Body Lid:
With D, ch 11.
Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 9 sc – 10 sc
Rnd 2: In same st as beginning, make 3 sc, then working in the back loops of ch, sc in next 8 loops. 
In last loop before end, make 3 sc. – 24 sc
Fasten off.

Next: Before sewing Body Lid to Body, measure length from inseam to top of Body and across the Body from side to side. (Approx. 3"x 2 ½") Cut 2 squares from the light-weight cardboard using measurements. Place cardboard down inside front and back of Body. Do not place cardboard on sides of Body. Sew Body Lid to Body.


Arms:
Beginning with first arm, starting at top of arm.
With D, ch 2,
Rnd 1: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 8 sc
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, (sc, dc, sc) in next sc; repeat from * around.
 – 12 sc, 4 dc
Rnd 3: sc through back loop (TBL) around. – 16 sc
Rnd 4 - 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: Change to A, sc around TBL. – 16 sc.
Rnd 7+: Sc around as normal until arm measures 2 ¼” from beginning.
Fasten off.
*  Cut 4 pieces of lightweight cardboard measuring 3/4" x 2" and a square for the top of the arm measuring ¾” x ¾”.
*  Place the square down into the bottom (blue end), begin stuffing, then slide each side piece down inside until the bottom is reached. Finish stuffing. (see pictures) - Remember: you can trim the cardboard to fit the space.

Arm Lid:
With A, repeat rnds 1-2 as above.
Sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
*  Sew Lid to Arm using long tail. 

 Now it's time to make Steve's hair piece:
1. Cut 4 squares of brown felt, 2 x 2. Cut 1 rectangle 1 x 2.


2. Take the right side piece (on the right of center piece above) and the top 
(center piece where the needle is) and place them wrong sides together. 


3. Using the brown embroidery thread and blanket stitch, sew the side piece to the top piece.



Repeat across.


4. Take the back hair piece (the one above the center piece), place wrong sides together, 
and continue sewing across that too.


When you have finished sewing on the three sides your hair piece should look something like this:


5. Now, you will need to sew on the "bangs". Take the smaller rectangle piece and sew it to the top like this:


6. At this point it is easiest to cut your iconic Minecraft shape into the hair piece. 
I googled a picture of Steve and came up with this motif for the hair:


You can copy it or make up your own. 
Steve's hair is a little shorter in the back, so you'll need to give it a trim as will.

7.  Sew up the two side seams between side 1, back, and side 2. It is easiest to begin at the corner and work down. You will also need to sew up the sides between side 1, 2 and bangs.


8. Grab your head piece.


9. Place the hair piece right on top just to make sure it fits. It should fit snug and well.




10. If everything looks good to you, glue the hair piece in place with your fabric glue. I use small straight pins to hold everything in place. Add a little bit more if the edges don't stay down and pin in place. 
I let the glue dry overnight.





11. Add Steve's eyes, nose and mouth. I cut small rectangles of white and small squares of blue for the eyes.
Then, two small rectangles of brown for the nose and mouth. Glue in place.


12. Sew on the head.
Center it on the body piece and stitch just around and under where the head meets the body.
It will overhang in the front and back by a 1/2" or so.


13. Sew on the arms.
Pin the arms up by the shoulders and sew completely down where the body and arm pieces meet. 
This keeps the arm from becoming to floppy.


14. Enjoy your new Steve! 
(didn't want to end on 13....)

This is Steve standing up. Go Steve!
Here's a shot of the back. Shhhh, he wouldn't want me to show you.

4 comments:

  1. Wow, you put a lot of effort into making him exactly like the game, awesome, thank you for the tutorial and pattern. Lots of time and work went into making and designing him, much appreciated.

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  2. thank you so much im going to use your pattern as a base to make one of my daughters favorite minecraft characters Stampylonghead took a while to find a pattern that was free and yours is the best ive seen thank you for sharing

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  3. Thank you so much for the simple pattern! I did alter it the slightest bit (colors, to make him with diamond armor.) I crocheted this for my little brother's birthday, He is HUGE mine craft nerd and has a thing for plushies. He LOVED it. Thanks!

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  4. Made this for grandson and he really liked his birthday present - thank you - I did the head completely crocheted no sewing or felt

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