Introduction: Crocheted Starship Enterprise


To boldly go where no ball of yarn has gone before.....

Here is my crocheted starship Enterprise, it is based on the Constitution class vessel (NCC-1701) seen in the original series.  I have to admit that I'm more of a Next Generation and Voyager fan but the original Enterprise is most recognizable (and easier to make). 

I used three colours of yarn and some red and black embroidery thread for detailing plus some wire to provide support for the saucer section and warp nacelles.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

  • Grey, red and white yarn
  • Black and red embroidery thread
  • Crochet hook (2.5mm)
  • Stitch marker
  • Thread (grey) and needle
  • Wire
  • Stuffing

Step 2: Make It So: the Saucer Section (Primary Hull)

Make two large circles in grey thread, use a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds, number in brackets is the the number of stitches in each round.

R1: Ch2, 6sc in second Ch from hook and sl st into first stitch (6)
R2: Ch1, 2sc in each Sc, sl st into first stitch (12)
R3: Ch1, sc in next st, 2sc in next st; repeat, sl st into first stitch (18)
R4: Ch1, sc in next 2st, 2sc in next st; repeat, sl st into first stitch (24)
R5: Ch1, sc in next 3st, 2sc in next st; repeat, sl st into first stitch (30)
R6: Ch1, sc in next 4st, 2sc in next st; repeat, sl st into first stitch (36)
R7: Ch1, sc in next 5st, 2sc in next st; repeat, sl st into first stitch (42)
R8: Ch1, sc in next 6st,2sc in next st; repeat, sl st into first stitch (48)

Step 3: Seconday Hull

At the front of the hull is the navigational deflector, which is a redish-gold coloured dish.  I used red thread for this part, the rest of the hull is grey.

In red
R1: Ch2, 6sc in second Ch from hook and sl st into first stitch (6)
R2: 2sc in each Sc (12)

Switch to grey thread
R3: Sc in next st, 2sc in next st; repeat, (18)
R4-R5: Sc in each sc (18)
R6: Sc in next 4, sc2tog in next st; repeat (15)
R7-R8: Sc in each sc (15)
R9: Sc in next 3, sc2tog in next st; repeat (12)
R10: Sc in next st, sc2tog in next st, repeat (6)

Step 4: Warp Nacelles

At the front of each of the warp nacelles(those engine thingies) are matter collectors which appear red, the rest of the nacelles are grey.  Make two.

In red
R1: Ch2, 6sc in second Ch from hook and sl st into first stitch (6)
R2: 2sc in each Sc (12)

Switch to grey thread
R3-17: Sc in each sc (12)
R18: Sc in next st, sc2tog in next st, repeat (6)


Step 5: Connecting Dorsal and Warp Nacelle Support Pylons

I had to do a fair bit of searching on the internet to find the name of these parts.  The connecting dorsal connects the 1o and 2o hulls and the pylons connect the nacelles to the secondary hull.  These are all in grey.  You will need two pylons.

Connecting Dorsal

R1: Ch12
R2:  Sc in each sc (12)
R3: Sc in next st, 2sc in next st; repeat, (18)

Warp Nacelle Support Pylons

R1: Ch2, 4sc in second Ch from hook and sl st into first stitch (4)
R2-6: Sc in each sc (4)




Step 6: Bridge and Navigational Domes

At the top centre of the saucer sits the bridge which I did in grey with the upper navigational dome (in white) at the centre.  The lower navigational dome (white) is on the bottom centre of the saucer.

Navigational Domes

In white
R1: Ch2, 6sc in second Ch from hook and sl st into first stitch (6)
R2: Ch1, 2sc in each Sc, sl st into first stitch (12)
Make two

Bridge

In grey
R1: Ch2, 6sc in second Ch from hook and sl st into first stitch (6)
R2: Ch1, 2sc in each Sc, sl st into first stitch (12)
R3: Ch1, sc in next st, 2sc in next st; repeat, sl st into first stitch (18)
R4: Sc in next 3
R5: Ch1, turn and sc in next 7

Sew one of the domes to the centre of the bridge and then sew the bridge onto the centre of one of the saucer pieces.
Sew the other dome onto the centre of the other saucer piece.




Step 7: Ship Registry Number and Other Detailing

With black embroidery floss I stitched the ship registry number (NCC-1701) at the front of the saucer section.  With red floss I added stripes on the sides of the secondary  hull and on the outer side of each nacelle.

Step 8: Head to Spacedock for Assembly

I just used regular thread to sew together the pieces rather than yarn.
  • Sew the smaller end of the connecting dorsal to the front part of the hull, the dorsal should be flat (rather than stretched out into a circle).
  • Sew the larger end of the connecting dorsal to the edge (see image below) of the lower saucer piece.
  • Sew each of the pylons to the hull, they should be angled roughly 90o to each other and situated near the back of the hull..
  • Sew each pylons to each a nacelle, attach near the front of the nacelle (see image below for positioning)

Step 9: Structural Integrity Field (Wire Support)

I used two pieces of floral stem wire to hold the shape of the vessel as you can see from the previous step the pylons can't hold up the nacelles on their own.
  • Bend over the end of each wire.
  • Twist together the two wires at the end with the bend for a length of 2-3inches.
  • Feed the wire at the untwisted end through the saucer, into the connecting dorsal, into the hull, through the pylons, then into the nacelles and out the opening.
  • Repeat with the other free wire, trim off the excess wire and bend over the ends.
  • Bend the twisted end of the wire (this should be sitting in the saucer section) into a loop.
  • Adjust the shape of the wire so that it resembles the shape of the ship.

Step 10: Punch It... I Mean Stuff It

  • Sew the two saucer pieces together leaving an opening an inch long.  Stuff the saucer (not too full, you don't want it to look like a ball).  Sew up the opening.
  • Stuff the hull (you may need to use the crochet hook to get the stuffing around the wire).  Sew shut.
  • Stuff the nacelles (again, you may need the hook to get all of the stuffing in).  Sew shut.
  • Adjust the wire to get the proper shape.
Engage!




Comments

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rocketsurgery (author)2011-02-18

"Make it sew, Number One"... nice!

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TN777 (author)2013-02-24

You have boldly gone where no man (or woman) have gone before!

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femjo (author)2012-10-03

I made one :D http://femjo.deviantart.com/#/d5gqu3w Mine is a lot smaller though ;)

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ChrysN (author)femjo2012-10-03

It is really cute!

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Wonderlandknitter (author)2011-03-14

Congratulations! I'm glad that you made it to the finalist round--great job!

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ChrysN (author)Wonderlandknitter2011-03-14

Thanks!

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Creativeman (author)2011-03-04

The force is definitely with you!

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ChrysN (author)Creativeman2011-03-04

Thanks!

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copilarim (author)2011-02-25

I envy (in a positive way;P) you for having photos with every step you've made... I've worked in such a hurry and only had a few pics(all blurred... poor light) and i couldn't use them at all. =))
It's a great ship!! i bet it can fly:D

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ChrysN (author)copilarim2011-02-25

Thanks, I find it easier to explain instructions with pictures rather than words, if I make something that I plan to post I take pictures of everything.

Sure it can fly, but it can't quite break earths orbit! ;)

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john henry (author)2011-02-20

looks like it would be something from Little Big Planet.

It looks cool!

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ChrysN (author)john henry2011-02-20

Thanks!

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Let Me Knit (author)2011-02-20

Is the pattern using US directions or UK? Sometimes it can be hard to tell :)

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ChrysN (author)Let Me Knit2011-02-20

It's US directions.

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mdeblasi1 (author)2011-02-20

We bow before your ingenuity, and having seen your workspace, we bow before your lolsistant as well.

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agis68 (author)2011-02-20

mercy me!!!

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Wonderlandknitter (author)2011-02-19

This is so creative- I wish I could crochet!

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All you need are yarn and a hook or needles, if knitting is more your desire, and then look up "how to" videos on Google or even on here, there are thousands of them, and then a wee bit of patience. You should also look for groups of folks in your area that may be into yarnstorming or yarnbombing, there are always creative folks in those groups that are willing to teach their skills.

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ChrysN (author)Wonderlandknitter2011-02-19

LOL, I wish I could knit!

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wendeehart (author)2011-02-20

Set phasers to stunning!

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Stew2 (author)2011-02-20

This is full of Win! Awesome job :)

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lemonie (author)2011-02-19

"It's yarn Jim, but not as we know it."

L

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Paracord Ninja (author)2011-02-18

I know how to crochet and this will be the next thing I make thanks for sharing it

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LoneWolf (author)2011-02-18

Wow!!! Amazing job!!!

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Ninzerbean (author)2011-02-18

...to crochet what no one has crocheted before... this is really great!

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ChrysN (author)Ninzerbean2011-02-18

Thanks.

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cdawisconsin (author)2011-02-18

Great idea and I love the lead picture =)

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ChrysN (author)cdawisconsin2011-02-18

Thanks.

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abadfart (author)2011-02-17

haha do you think i would get funny looks sleeping with this in boot camp

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mikeasaurus (author)2011-02-17

Wow, looks great!
set phasers to awesome!

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perignon (author)2011-02-17

This is it. I'm taking up crocheting.

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