Introduction: Crochet Locutus


Recently the two part episode of Star Trek the Next Generation called  Best of Both Worlds was released on DVD.  If you are a fan of Star Trek :TNG you would remember this episode as the one were Captain Picard is assimilated by the Borg and becomes Locutus.  As I was watching these episodes I was inspired to make a crochet Locutus.  My Locutus has a working laser on the side of his head and his arm prosthetic has a small motor that spins a claw (see video below).


Step 1: What You Will Need

Yarn weight 4:
  • Black
  • Off-white colour
  • Small amount of grey yarn or embroidery thread (for eyebrows)
Other:
  • 2.25mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needles
  • 5mm doll eyes and small piece of grey felt
  • Black felt
  • Silver and gold metallic paint
  • Black wire
  • Glue
Electronics
  • Small laser pointer
  • 3V (CR2016) and two 1.5V button battery (LR44H and LR1120)
  • Black wire
  • Battery holder
  • Electric tooth brush (I used a Oral-B Cross Action)
  • Needle nose pliers, soldering iron
Here is the nomenclature that I used for the crochet pattern (these are US stitches see link for conversion to UK):

            Rnd         round
            ch(s)       chain stitch(s)
            sc            single crochet
            fp            front post
            hdc          half double crochet
            bp           back post
            sl st         slip stitch
            st(s)        stitch(s)
            sc2tog    decrease by crocheting 2 stitches together

Step 2: His Head

Head

With off-white yarn.
Rnd 1: Magic Circle 6
Rnd 2: 2sc in each (12sts)
Rnd 3: 2sc in first sc, sc in next, repeat (18sts)
Rnd 4-8: sc in sc (18sts)
Rnd 9: sc2tog in first, sc in next, repeat (12sts). Stuff head.
Rnd 10: sc2tog in each
Fasten off. Leave tail.

Step 3: His Torso

Torso

With black yarn.
Rnd 1: Magic Circle 6
Rnd 2: 2sc in each (12sts)
Rnd 3: 2sc in first, sc in next, repeat (18sts)
Rnd 4: 2sc in first, sc, sc, repeat (24sts)
Rnd 5-11: sc in sc (24sts)
Rnd 12: bpsc in each sc (24sts)
Rnd 13: sc2tog in first sc, sc, sc, sc, repeat (18sts)
Rnd 14 sc2tog in first sc, sc, sc, repeat (12sts). Stuff torso
Rnd 15: sc2tog in rest
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Step 4: His Arms

Arms:

First arm:
Start with off-white yarn and *switch to black.
Rnd 1: Magic Circle 4
Rnd 2: 2sc in sc (8sts)
Rnd 3-12: *change colour, sc in sc (8sts)
Stuff it. Fasten off. Leave tail.

If you don't want to make the prosthetic arm make two of the above.

Second arm:
With  black.
Rnd 1: Magic Circle 4
Rnd 2: 2sc in sc (8sts)
Rnd 3-8: *change colour, sc in sc (8sts)
Stuff it. Fasten off. Leave tail.
(you may need to adjust length to accomadate prosthetic arm)

Step 5: Legs

Legs:

Using the black yarn, make two.
Rnd 1: Magic Circle 4
Rnd 2: 2sc in each (8sts)
Rnd 3-5: sc in sc (8sts)
Rnd 6: 4hdc in next 4sc, sc in sc in rest (8sts)
Rnd 7-18: sc in sc (8sts)
Stuff it. Fasten off. Leave tail.

Step 6: Assemble

Sew each of the parts to the body.  Head on top, feet on bottom etc.  The shorter arm should be on the right side.

Step 7: Face

Nose
chs 2
Rnd 1: 2sc in 2nd ch(s) from hook
Fasten off. Leave tail.    

Attach the nose to his face and add the doll eyes.  I thought the 5mm eyes were a bit small for the head so I used two circles of grey felt under the plastic eyes. Use the grey yarn to stitch eyebrows above the eyes.

Step 8: Armor

I used some images I found on Google to determine what his armor looks like.  I cut out the pieces from black felt and painted them with silver metallic craft paint. For the abdominal armor I embroidered lines with black thread to imitate abdominal muscles.

Step 9: Borg Prosthetic Arm

To make the Borg arm I needed a small dc motor.  I took the motor from an Oral-B toothbrush (here is some instructions on how to get the motor unit out:https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Better-Bristlebot/ ).  I extracted the whole unit from the toothbrush which includes the switch motor and battery holder.  I modified the battery holder from an AAA to hold a small button/cell battery.  I then painted the unit black.  I attached two small metal pieces (to form a claw) with Super Glue to the spinning part of the motor.  I then stuffed the battery end of the unit into the crochet arm leaving the switch accessible.

Step 10: Head Piece

For the head piece I layered two pieces of felt and added some silver metallic paint around the edge.  I attached two loops of black wire by sticking the ends into the felt and gluing them in place.  I painted the hot glue gold then sewed the piece onto the side of his head.  I also sewed another small piece of felt to the other side of his head.

Step 11: Laser

I used a small laser pointer cat toy which can be found at a dollar store.  Caitlinsdad has some great instructions on how to extract the laser module in step 2 of this instructable :https://www.instructables.com/id/Star-Trek-USS-Enterprise-Phaser-Red-Shirt/.  I extracted my laser module leaving the switch intact).  I connect it to the battery holder with black wires long enough to stretch from his head to his pants.  I solder the wires in place.  The laser requires 4.5v to operate so I used a 3v CR2016 and a LR1120.  I was able to fit both into the battery holder (one on top of the other).  I stuffed the battery holder into his pant armor and sewed the felt around it to keep it in place.  I then sewed the laser to the head (looping the thread around the laser module).

To finish off I added some more armor pieces to the arms and shoulders and added black wire around the arms and legs.

Comments

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Ninzerbean made it! (author)2013-08-08

I love Jean Luc and I love this

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-08-09

Thanks, he is my favorite Star Trek captain.

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Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2013-08-10

When I was pregnant I told people I was going to name the baby Jean Luc, boy or girl.

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astroboy907 made it! (author)astroboy9072013-08-10

Hahaha... Did you do it? I keep telling people if I had kids, I would probably end up naming them Kirk, Picard, or Janeway. Maybe Archer if I had a lot of kids (forgot DS9 names... oh well). But so far, Picard is my favorite captain. I feel so weird liking a television series more than 10 years older than me... :)

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Han_Solo_Order66 made it! (author)Han_Solo_Order662015-11-14

what about guinan?

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Ninzerbean made it! (author)Ninzerbean2013-08-11

I know some people who named their daughter Dax and they had never seen DS9. And no, I didn't do it, if I had been prescient I would have named my son Q.

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Han_Solo_Order66 made it! (author)Han_Solo_Order662015-11-14

the best part of that is that it works

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NameAnxiety made it! (author)2015-03-01

I am Locutest, of Borg.

Seriously though, this is amazing. The electronic bits were a nice touch.

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astroboy907 made it! (author)2013-08-10

Crochet Jean-Luc is pretty awesome. Nuff said.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-08-10

Thanks!

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ccase iii made it! (author)2013-08-07

Congrats, you just won instructables! Fantastic work.

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)2013-08-07

How can something so adorable want to assimilate Earth?
I think this came out great, and I loved this episode of TNG. What an original idea!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-08-07

Thanks! That is the problem with crochet, everything ends up looking cute.

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bram2202 made it! (author)2013-08-07

I've got one word for this.. Epic!!!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-08-07

Thanks!

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-sharpie- made it! (author)2013-08-07

Just saw this and loved it!!!

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