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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Boba Fett's Mandalorian Helmet

The photo below is the first hat I made, the green is all wrong (it was all I had on hand) and I actually had to flip the image because I whoopsied and made it with the antennae on the wrong side!  DOH!  The pattern reflects the proper way to make the hat, I had to make three hats to get it tweaked just right.  This image also shows the optinal 'pointed bottom' that is referred to in the pattern.  I like how it looks-more true to Boba Fett, but it annoys me when I wear it. 

This is a fun little pattern, for personal use only and no selling of finished products is allowed.  I've seen a few patterns out there (for purchase, I have no idea if they have any permissions or not) but I didn't feel they were true to crochet-I prefer to make most of the embellishments of my items out of crochet-not felt...Felt feels like cheating.  ;)  So, I decided to come up with this little pattern for fun...And fun I have had!  Please keep in mind, most of my blogged patterns have not been tested for errors.  They are just my fun little projects I did and I'm sharing what I did with you to share fun.  If you find errors, please feel free to let me know and I'll be sure I fix it up.  I will most likely take this pattern down if people continue to take it too seriously.  When I said I made this for fun, and did not have it tested-I meant it.  I'm happy to include additional tutorials to make it easier for people to follow-but this is a free pattern that was meant for fun....

H hook
Worsted I used Red Heart Super saver for everything except the gold-for that I used caron simply soft because it was the best looking gold:  Green, red, yellow, black, gold, grey
Tapestry needle
Pipe cleaner
Polyfill stuffing
Gauge:  4”=10 dc

Adult sized hat (21.2” hat circumference)
1.       With green: Magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc in ring; join
2.       Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout at the beginning of each round), dc in same dc, *2dc in each dc around; join (24 dc)
3.       Ch 2, 2 dc in next dc,*dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around, join  (36 dc)
4.       Ch 2, dc in next dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from * around; join(48 dc)
5.       Ch 2, dc in next 7dc, *2dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc; repeat from * around (just dc in the remaining stitches-there is an odd number on this row); join (53 dc= 21.2”)
6.       Ch 2, dc in each dc around; join
7.       You will be keeping two strands for this round (when called for).  Simply drop the color you are not using and then pick it back up when you need it, dropping the other color.  Ch 2, Dc in 26 dc, join yellow, dc in next dc, * green dc in next dc, yellow dc in next dc, repeat from * 5 more times (7 yellow dc total) finish off yellow, green dc in the remaining  13 dc, ; join finish off green
8.       Join with red, ch 2, dc in each dc, ; join finish off red (53 dc)
9.       With green, ch 2, dc in 6 dc, in BL only:  dc in 26 dc, in both loops:  dc in last 20 dc; join
10.   Ch 2, dc in each dc, join
11.   Repeat round 10
12.   Repeat round 10
13.   Repeat round 10
14.   Repeat round 10; finish off
15.   (if you do not want pointed tip repeat round 10) Point on front of hat beginning: Skip 25 dc, sl st into next dc, sc in next 2 dc, hdc in next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, (2tr, ch 2, 2tr) in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, hdc in next 2 dc, sc in next 2 dc, sl in next dc
16.   (if you do not want pointed tip repeat round 10) Ch 1, sc in next 41 stitches, hdc in next 2 hdc, dc in next 2 dc and in next 2 tr  (dc, ch1, dc) in ch 2 space, dc in next 2tr and next 2 dc, hdc in next 2 hdc; join with sl st and finish off (unless you are not doing pointed tip-then carry on to 17)
17.   Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join; finish off

Face Shield
1.       In skipped loops from round 9, join with black in first stitch, ch 1, Sc in each of the 26 loops
2.       Sl in 5 sc, sc in 16 sc, sl in last 5sc; finish off
3.       Find the center of the front black stripe (you want to make sure this part is perfectly lined up to the point on the base of your hat so do be careful when choosing your center 5 stitches.  place stitch marker in center.  Count two stitches to the right of your stitch marker and then join black with sl st into that stitch.  Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in next 4 stitches
4.       Ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 dc
5.       Ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 dc
6.       Ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 dc
7.       Ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 dc
8.       Ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 dc
9.       Ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 dc (this should bring your black stripe to the bottom of the pointy edge-you don’t’ want to see the tip of the green-if you need to add an extra row that is ok, just repeat round 4), finish off leaving a small tail to tack that black strip into place-don’t go crazy sewing it down, you will do the final sewing in a little bit, using red. 

Trim of shield

1.       With red, join in 1st loop (the same one that you began for the face sheidl), sc in next 3 stitches, hdc in next 3 stitches, dc in next 3 stitches, Tdc in next stitch, 3TDCCLUSTER over next three places (the edge you are currently on, the corner and the side), over the side posts evenly place: 2dc, 2hdc, 6 (or 8 if it is pointed) sc; finish off
2.       Join in opposite corner (right across from where you ended on the base of the black stripe)  over the side posts evenly place: 6 sc (or 8 if it is pointed), 2 hdc, 3 dc, TDCCLUSTER over the side you are currently working on, the corner and the edge), dc in next 3 sttiches, hdc in net 3 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, sl st in last stitch; finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.  This is where you will sew around the face shield to make it stay in place.  Don’t sew it too tightly because it looks fun with a little 3-d effect. J

High Definition sound/motion sensors (gold base of antennae):

1.       With gold, ch 10, sc in 2nd chain and next 7 chains,  (2sc, ch 1, 2sc, ch 1, 2sc) in last chain, sc in next 7 loops, (2sc, ch 1, 2sc, ch 1, 2sc) in beginning loop, join
2.       Ch 1, sc in same sc, sc in next 8 sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch 1 space, sc in next 3sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc,  sc in next 10 sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc; join

3.       Ch 1, sc in same sc and next 9 sc, (2sc, ch 1, 2 sc)=shell in ch 2 space, sc in 4 sc, shell in next ch 1 space, sc in next 11 sc, shell in next ch 1 space, sc in next 4 sc, shell in next ch 1 space; join and finish off gold leaving a tail. 
Pinch together the two sides of round 1 and whip stitch around that little ridge.  That will give you a nice ridge on your sound/motion sensor.  Continue on with the Binary encoder activation codes

Binary encoder activation codes

4.       With grey, join in top corner, sc in top 8 sc (leave rest of the stitches unworked-you are only adding detail to the little top part
5.       Ch 1, turn, sc in 6 sc; finish off grey, continue on to broadband antennae unit
Broadband antanna unit (black part above High definition sound/motion sensors):
6.       With black, join in last stitch from row 5, ch 1, sc in 8 sc
7.       Sl in first sc, dc in next sc, 3TDC in next sc, dc in next sc, sl in last 2 sc; finish off black

Edging around antennae base:

Join with red in any stitch, sc around putting 3 sc in each corner of the base of the antennae to give a nice crisp corner.  The top part should be rounded so no need for making corners there. ;  finish off, leaving a nice tail for sewing.  Don’t sew on yet, you want to finish the rest of the antennae first
Rangefinder power conduit (the post of the antennae): Worked in a continuous round-do not join
1.       Magic ring, 5 sc in ring
2.       Sc in each sc around
3.       Repeat round 2 until your antennae post is 4.5” long; finish off, leave a tail for sewing
Double up a pipe cleaner and push through the post to keep it stiff.  Sew both ends closed. 

holographic targeting display, targeting range finder (the black and grey rectanglish thing on top of the antennae):
1.      With Black, Ch 5, sc in 2nd chain and next 3 chains (4)
2.       Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc
3.       Repeat round 2
4.       Repeat round 2
5.       Ch 1, turn, in BL only, sc in each sc (this creates an edge)
6.       Ch 1, turn, in FL only, sc in each sc (this creates another edge)
7.       Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc; finish off black leave tail for sewing 
8.       With grey, ch 1, turn, sc in each sc
9.       Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc
10.   Ch 1, in FL only, sc in each sc (this creates another edge)
11.   Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc; finish off
Lightly stuff your holographic targeting display and whipstitch closed.

laying flat:
 Lightly stuffed:
 Fold over (grey part is the bottom-the black is the side-think of it is a sort of triangle-the top will angle downward)
 after whip stitching (of course I was in a hurry and my whip stitching is awful here but you should get the gist).

 Attach to the top of the post and then attach the top of your post to the base of the antennae.  (see pictures for placement).  Lightly stuff your antennae base and stitch onto hat. Use photo for placement.  If you try to stitch the base any higher on your hat it will wind up curving due to the curvature of the head-do not put it any higher than shown, or the force will not be in balance. If the base is a little longer than your hat, that's OK, just fold it under at the bottom and stitch closed-no one will know but you. ;)


  1. This is a fun pattern. Thanks for sharing. :)


    1. You are very welcome! :) I hope it makes sense. I'm a newbie at writing patterns for others. Let me know if you encounter any problems, I'll do my best to better explain myself. :) May the yarn be with you.

  2. OMG! My soon-to-be 9yo son will LOVE you for this pattern! Guess what he's getting for his birthday in May? lol

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. That's GREAT! :) I envy you for having a son that would appreciate such a hat. ;) I do have a nephew that is into Star Wars so I must live vicariously through him. ;) My kids want nothing to do with it. grrr! Wish your son a Happy Birthday (in May) for me! :)

  3. I think that if I don't make this, my husband may leave me... LOL! Awesome pattern, thanks for creating it!

    1. You are very welcome! :) AND lucky to have a hubby that appreciates Star Wars Yarn Art! ;)

  4. I just came across this on pintrest and I love it!! I am a newbie at crocheting (any pointers would be nice) this looks like a fun project, thank you for sharing! :-D

    1. Hi Jena! If you are fairly new to crochet, this hat might be a bit tricky. I suggest starting with some small easy projects first and then work your way up to the more complicated stuff. Are you on Ravelry? There is a great group for crocheters there and there are loads of people that love to help out if you have questions with this wonderful craft. I'm dragonbird over there so if you make it there look me up. There are so many wonderful patterns (many free) that would be very nice for you to get under your belt to build up your skills! :)


  5. Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. Boba Fett is my nephew's favorite character, and yours was the only free pattern I could find. Perfect Christmas gift! Thank you, thank you, thank you, and Merry Christmas!

    1. You are very welcome! My nephew's favorite character is Boba Fett as well! ;) I made him one last year and he loved it! May the force be with you and yours! :) A very Merry Christmas and Wonderful New Year to you as well!

  6. made this for my son for Christmas and he loved it!

  7. omg thank you for sharing this pattern my little boy will be SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!!!

  8. Thank you for the pattern my nephew loves his new hat

    1. You are very welcome! I'm thrilled he loves his hat! :) :)

  9. Okay I have been working on this hat and have gotten to the antenna part and am completely stomped. This is confusing. I consider myself to be a very experienced crocheter.

  10. I am a bit stumped as to how to make it bigger? I'm making it for a teen (he has a good sized noggin)... any tips? I'm afraid enlarging it will cause trouble with yarn changing when new colors are introduced?

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  12. Ok. I ran into confusion. Round 9 isn't very clear. I tried it, but the point ended up under the yellow stripe. Gonna remake it. I love the basic pattern. Thank you.

    1. Which parts are you unclear on? I'll see if I can help... Round 9: With green, ch 2, dc in 6 dc, in BL only: dc in 26 dc, in both loops: dc in last 20 dc; join

      So broken down, basically, the first 6 dc are in both loops, the next 26 dc are in the Back loops only, and the last 20 dc are in both loops. this is setting you up so that you have some free front loops to use for the face shield. Does that help at all?

    2. Yes, thank you. The punctuations are What messed me up. I thought the first 6 were no only. I guess it's the way I was taught to read patterns. Again, thank you, ma'am!

    3. Awesome, glad that helped! Happy crocheting!

  13. Thank you very much for sharing!

  14. I'm going to try this for my son! He's been asking for a boba fett hat! Hope I can pull off! Thank you for the pattern!

    1. :) My pleasure! Hope it works out for you! The world needs more galactically awesome hats! :)

  15. I love this hat, thank you for posting a pattern. I'm trying to do the gold base of the antenna but I don't really understand the instructions the way you've laid them out

    1. I have included photos for each step of the gold base as well as the written wording.

  16. Do you have it written for a larger head. I got a third if the way through and it disnt fit my husband. I have been promising to make it for him. I have no idea how to adjust it for his head. It works great for my 6 year old who also lovea it.

  17. Sorry, but I only made this hat for the one size. To adjust for a larger size, you'll need to make more increases in the beginning of the hat base based on your gauge.

  18. Is the tDC Tunisian double crochet?

  19. Does anyone know if there is a knit Patten to this? I have tried to crochet so many times and I just can't get it, super frustrating cause there are so many fantastic crochet patterns

  20. I'm understanding rnd 1? Where you say join chain 2?

  21. Thank you for the free pattern. Could you please tell me what the Tdc and Tdc cluster are?
    Thanks again.

    1. Treble crochet. My Grammy used to call it triple double crochet, so my early patterns, like this one call it tdc instead of tr sorry about that!