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Princess Leia, Free Crochet Pattern with Pictures!

A third winter in a row we go to the cinema to watch a new episode of Star Wars! We all grew up with the first movies and we really love them! And now our favourite characters come back! I know, I know, many people dislike the new movies… But maybe it inspires us to make ourselves comfortable on the sofa, grab a huge cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the very first Star Wars movies? In any case I was inspired to crochet my own Star Wars Set! And the first character I want to present is Princess Leia. She is so unlike all other female characters in movies, she is one of a kind that’s why she was Number 1 of my “Star Wars To Do” list!

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You will need:

  • 3.00 mm crochet hook
  • Beige, white, dark brown and grey yarn
  • 10 mm safety eyes
  • Scissors and sewing needle
  • Light pink embroidery floss for the mouth
  • Fiberfill
  • Wires (optional, if you want to Princess Leia certain arm postures)

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • exdc – extended double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 (or any other number) – repeat 6 (or other number) times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown in brackets

Before you start have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi. I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

Head (work with beige yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2: inc X 6 (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Round 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc) X 6 (36)
Round 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc) X 6 (42)
Round 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc) X 6 (48)
Round 9-17: sc in all st (48)
Round 18: (sc in next 6 st, dec) X 6 (42)
Round 19: (sc in next 5 st, dec) X 6 (36)
Now it’s time to insert the safety eyes (I did it between rounds 12 and 13, 8 st between the eyes) and embroider the face (I made the nose between rounds 14 and 15, the mouth – rounds 17 and 18).
Round 20: (sc in next 4 st, dec) X 6 (30)
Round 21: (sc in next 3 st, dec) X 6 (24)
Round 22: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 6 (18)
Round 23: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing, stuff the head.

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Hairs (work with brown yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2: inc 6 times (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Round 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc) X 6 (36)
Round 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc) X 6 (42)
Round 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc) X 6 (48)
Round 9-13: sc in all st (48)
Round 14: (sc, hdc, dc, exdc, tr in next 7 st, exdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st) 2 times (32)
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

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Buns (make two, work with brown yarn):
Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Round 2: inc 6 times (12)
Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)
Round 4: in back loops only: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)
Round 5: in back loops only: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30)
Round 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc) X 6 (36)
Round 7-8: sc in all st (36)
Round 9: (sc in next 4 st, dec) X 6 (30)
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing the buns to the hairs.

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Arms (make two, work with beige yarn):
Round 1: 9 st in magic ring (9)
Round 2: sc in all 9 st (9)
Round 3: (sc in next st, dec) X 3 (6)
Round 4-15: sc in all 6 st (6)
Fasten off and hide the end.

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Sleeves (make two, work with white yarn):
16 ch, join with sl st
Round 1: 18 sc in the ring (18)
Round 2: (sc in next st, dec) X 6 (12)
Round 3-8: sc in all 12 st (12)
Round 9: (sc in next 2 st, dec) X 3 (9)
Round 10-12: sc in all 9 st (9)
Put the arm into the sleeve and insert the hook through both layers.
Round 13: sc in all 9 st through both layers (arms have only 6 st in the upper round, but don’t worry about it, just crochet every 3rd st to the previous st of the arm one more time)
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

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Legs (start with brown yarn):
7 ch
Round 1: inc, sc in next 4 st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, inc (15)
Round 2: inc, sc in next 5 st, inc, sc in next st, inc, sc in next 5 st, inc (19)
Round 3: inc, sc in next 8 st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st, inc (23)
Change to white yarn.
Round 4: crochet in back loops only! sc in all 23 st (23)
Round 5: sc in next 6 st, (dec)X5, sc in next 7 st (18)
Round 6: sc in all 18 st (18)
Round 7: sc in next 4 st, (dec)X5, sc in next 4 st (13)
Change to beige yarn. Stuff the foot.
Round 8: sc in next 11 st, dec (12)
Round 9-19: sc in all 12 st (12)
Change to white yarn.
Round 20-21: sc in all 12 st (12)
Cut the yarn, stuff the leg. Crochet the second leg and don’t cut the yarn, we will continue crocheting further.
Crochet sc in next 8 st, make 1 ch and crochet sc in the first leg (on the side) and crochet sc in next 8 st of the first leg. Now we are on the back side of the first leg and here we start to crochet the body.

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Body (start with white yarn):
Round 1: sc in next 4 st, sc in next ch, sc in next 12 st, sc in next ch, sc in next 8 st (26)
Round 2: sc in all 26 st (26)
Round 3-4: in back loops only! sc in all 26 st (26)
Round 5: sc in all 26 st (26)
Round 6: (sc in next 11, dec)X2 (24)
Round 7: sc in all 24 st (24)
Round 8: (sc in next 6, dec)X3 (21)
Round 9: sc in all 21 st (21)
Round 10: (sc in next 5, dec)X3 (18)
Round 11: sc in all 18 st (18)
Round 12: (sc in next 4, dec)X3 (15)
Round 13: sc in all 15 st (15)
Change to beige yarn.
Round 14: sc in all 15 st (15)
Round 15: (sc in next 3, dec)X3 (12)
Round 16: sc in all 12 st (12)
Fasten off and stuff the body.

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Collar (work with white yarn):
Start crocheting from the middle of the back of the body in front loops of Round 13.
Round 1-3: sc in all 15 st (15)
Fasten off and hide the end.

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Skirt (work with white yarn):
Start crocheting from the middle of the back of the body in the front loops of Round 2. Hold the body upside down, crochet in the direction of the feet.
Round 1: sc in all 26 st, join with sl st (26)
Round 2: 2 ch, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, join with sl st (30)
Round 3-5: 2 ch, dc in next 29 st, join with sl st (30)
Round 6: 2 ch, dc in next 7 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 14 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 st, join with sl st (32)
Round 7: 2 ch, dc in next 7 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 15 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 7 st, join with sl st (34)
Round 8: 2 ch, hdc in next 33 st, join with sl st (34)
Fasten off and weave in the end.

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Belt (work with grey yarn):

15 ch, 6 sc in the 14th ch,  sc in next 2 st, sl st, 5 ch, 8 sc in the 4th ch,  sc in next 3 st, sl st, 5 ch, 6 sc in the 4th ch,  sc in next 2 st, sl st, 13 ch.

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Now all parts are finished! It’s time for sewing, take a sewing needle.
Sew the buns to the hairs (stuff them, but not full), sew the hairs to the head.
Cut short pieces of wire and put them in the arms (to form arm postures), sew arms to the body.

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You can also put a small wire into the neck so the head holds better. Alternatively you can stuff the neck very full before sewing the head to the body.
Sew the head to the body and sew the belt between the upper body and the skirt.

Your Proncess Leia is finished!

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Was it fun to crochet with this tutorial? Have a look at my other patterns, maybe you will find something you like there!

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