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Pilot Sam and his Airplane – Crochet Pattern

One of my nephews’ birthday is coming up and I thought I would make him something special to celebrate it. Ben’s turning 3, and he loves aeroplanes and helicopters. But, his Dad is a pilot for Swiss, so I thought I would make him his very own Swiss plane, complete with a removable pilot to captain it.

And of course I though I had better write the pattern down, just in case you also know a little boy or girl that would love their own aeroplane!

Update: I’ve now also written some patterns for Pilot Sam’s Friends! So if you think your Pilot Sam needs a co-pilot, flight attendant and ground crew, check them out!

Materials

  • DK weight yarn in 5 colours. I used Red Heart Lisa yarn in:
    • White (main colour)
    • Mid-Grey Melange (engines and accent, pilot pants)
    • Fire (Red – plane tail)
    • Baby Blue (pilot shirt and hat)
    • Black (pilot glasses and accent)
  • Size 3.5mm Crochet Hook (E/4)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Pattern difficulty: Easy

Instructions

Pilot Sam

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Pilot Sam is made in a continuous spiral from the bottom-up. His body, head and hat are all made separately and joined together after stuffing.

Body (make 1):

Starting with grey yarn (or whatever colour you want for Pilot Sam’s pants)

Round 1: 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 3 STs* 6 times (30)

Round 6-8: SC in each ST (30)

Change to baby blue yarn (or whatever colour you want for Pilot Sam’s shirt)

Round 9-11: SC around (30)

Round 12: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 3 STs* 6 times (24)

Round 13: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (18)

Stuff the body firmly

Round 14: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (12)

Round 15: *SC 2 together* 6 times (6)

Finish off and weave through the sphere opening and tighten to close.

I have also given Pilot Sam a belt and some shirt buttons using black yarn at this point.

Head (make 1):

Using the white yarn (or whatever colour you want for Pilot Sam’s head)

Round 1: 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (24)

Round 5-7: SC around (24)

Round 8: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (18)

Stuff the head firmly

Round 9: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (12)

Round 15: *SC 2 together* 6 times (6)

Finish off and weave through the sphere opening and tighten to close.

I have also given Pilot Sam some sunglasses using the black yarn at this point.

Then join the head to the body.

Hat (make 1):

Using the baby blue yarn (or whatever colour you want for Pilot Sam’s hat)

Round 1: 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (24)

Round 5: SC around in back-loops only (24)

Round 6: SC around (24)

Round 7: *SC 2 together* 12 times (12)

Now we will be working in rows to form the peak of the hat.

From wherever you have finished your round, CH 2 and turn. 2 HDC in the next ST, 2 DC in the next 2 STs, 2 HDC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next ST.

Finish off and join the hat to the head.

At this point I have also created a hat-band by stitching black yarn around the hat (between the rim and the body of the hat). This helps to create the right “pilot hat” shape.

Now your Pilot Sam is complete! All he needs now is a plane to fly…

Plane

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Pilot Sam’s plane is made in 7 different pieces that are stitched together.

Body (make 1)

The plane body is made from the tail-up in the white yarn. It is worked in a continuous spiral except where specifically mentioned.

Round 1: 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST (12)

Round 3: SC around (12)

Round 4: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (18)

Round 5-7: SC around (18)

Round 8: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (24)

Round 9-11: SC around (24)

Round 12: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 3 STs* 6 times (30)

Round 13-15: SC around (30)

The next section (creating the cavity for the cock-pit) will be made in rows

Row 16-18: CH 1 and turn. 1 SC in 22 STs (22)

Row 19: CH 1 and turn. 1 SC in next 5 STs, 2SC in next ST, 1 SC in next 10 STs, 2SC in next ST,  SC in last 5 STs (24)

Row 20: CH 1 and turn. 1 SC in next 6 STs, 2SC in next ST, 1 SC in next 11 STs, 2SC in next ST,  SC in last 6 STs (26)

Row 21: CH 1 and turn. 1 SC in next 7 STs, 2SC in next ST, 1 SC in next 12 STs, 2SC in next ST,  SC in last 7 STs (28)

Row 22-24: CH 1 and turn. 1 SC in each ST

The next row will turn into a round when you join up the two sides you have created with a chain.

Row/Round 25: CH 8, bridge the gap you have created by joining chain to first SC with a SL ST. CH 1 and SC in the same ST. Then SC in the next 27 ST. Work 8 SC into the CH 8 space. (36)

Round 26: SC around (36)

Round 27: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 5 STs* 6 times (42)

Round 28: SC around (42)

Round 29: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 6 STs* 6 times (48)

Round 30-32: SC around (48)

Round 33: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 6 STs* 6 times (42)

Round 34: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 5 STs* 6 times (36)

Round 35: SC around (36)

Round 36: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 4 STs* 6 times (30)

Round 37: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 3 STs* 6 times (24)

Round 38: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (18)

Round 39: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (12)

Round 40: *SC 2 together* 6 times (6)

Finish off and weave end through the opening and tighten to close.

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Cockpit (make 1)

The cockpit will sit inside the cavity of the plane body. It creates a seat for Pilot Sam. It is worked in a continuous spiral in white yarn and then single-crocheted into the cavity of the plane body.

Round 1: 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 2 STs* 6 times (24)

Round 5: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 3 STs* 6 times (30)

Round 6: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 4 STs* 6 times (36)

Round 7: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next 5 STs* 6 times (42)

Round 8-9: SC around (42)

Round 10: *Sc 2 together, 1 SC in next 5 STs* 6 times (36)

Assembling the plane body and cockpit

Stuff both ends of the plane firmly. Sit the cockpit into the cavity of the plane body. Starting with a SL ST already on your hook, SC the cockpit into the cavity.

SC around 3 of the 4 sides, then put your hook down and stuff the rest of the plane. Be sure not to over-stuff under the cockpit.

SC around the last side, then finish off and weave in ends. There should by one SC in each of the 36 STs of the cockpit joining it to the cavity.

Optional accent row: To deepen Pilot Sam’s seat in the cockpit, and to add a bit of interest, I have added an accent row in grey. To do this, just join your yarn and SC around (36). Finish off and weave in ends.

Tail (make 1)

The tail of the plane is made in rows and then folded in half and stitched together. It is worked from the bottom-up. I have made this tail in white and red yarn. But feel free to choose whichever colours you wish.

Starting with white yarn, CH 21

Row 1: SC in second CH from hook. SC in each ST. CH1, turn (20)

Row 2: SC across. CH 1, turn (20)

Change colour here to red (or whatever colour you want for the tail)

Row 3: BPSC across, CH 1, turn (20)

*Note* I am using BPSC as it creates a nice line between the red and the white. We will be using the “wrong” side of the BPSC to create this effect.

Row 4: SC 2 together, 1 SC in each of next 16 STs, SC 2 together. CH 1, turn (18)

Row 5: SC across, CH 1, turn (18)

Row 6: SC 2 together, 1 SC in each of next 14 STs, SC 2 together. CH 1, turn (16)

Row 7: SC across, CH 1, turn (16)

Row 8: SC 2 together, 1 SC in each of next 12 STs, SC 2 together. CH 1, turn (14)

Row 9: SC across, CH 1, turn (14)

Row 10: SC 2 together, 1 SC in each of next 10 STs, SC 2 together. CH 1, turn (12)

Change colour here to white

Row 11: BPSC across. CH 1, turn (12)

*Note* I am using BPSC as it creates a nice line between the red and the white. We will be using the “wrong” side of the BPSC to create this effect.

Row 12: SC 2 together, SC in each of next 8 STs, SC 2 together, CH 1, turn (10)

Row 13: SC across, finish off leaving a tail long enough to join the two sides (10)

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Embellishing the tail and attaching to the plane body

Now fold the tail in half and mark the centre. Stitch on whatever embellishments you’d like (I have used the Swiss flag) to both sides of the tail. Remember that the side of the tail that will face out is on the reverse of the BPSC. You should be able to tell the difference as the side we want has a nice smooth line between the red and the white colours.

Once you have done that, SC around the top and down the side of the tail to join. Don’t join the bottom of the tail as it will make it harder to stitch to the plane.

Now stitch the tail to the end of the plane (the thinner end) firmly.

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Wings (make 2)

The wings are made in white in a continuous spiral from the end to the tip.

Round 1: 4 SC in a Magic Circle (4)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST (8)

Round 3: 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 3 ST, 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 3 STs (10)

Round 4: 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 4 ST, 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 4 STs (12)

Round 5: SC around (12)

Round 6: 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 5 ST, 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 5 STs (14)

Round 7: SC around (14)

Round 8: 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 6 ST, 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 6 STs (16)

Round 9-10: SC around (16)

Round 11: 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 7 ST, 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 7 STs (18)

Round 12-13: SC around (18)

Round 14: 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 8 ST, 2 SC in next ST, SC in next 8 STs (20)

Round 15-17: SC around, finish off leaving a tail long enough to attach wing to plane. Set aside (20)

Engines (make 2)

The engines are made in grey and white in a continuous spiral from the front to back.

Starting with grey yarn:

Round 1: 6 SC in a Magic Circle (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each ST (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in same ST, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (18)

Change colour to white here

Round 4-6: SC around (18)

Stuff the engine firmly

Round 7: *SC 2 together, 1 SC in next ST* 6 times (12)

Round 8-10: SC around (12)

Round 11: *SC 2 together* 6 times (6)

Finish off and weave end through the opening and tighten to close.

Assembling the engines and the wings

Any way you do this, it will be a little tricky. I prefer to attach the wings to the plane body first, and then attach the engines to the wings. But you can also do it the other way around. Either way, use white yarn to whip stitch the pieces together

Some ideas for embellishments

I have kept my project quite simple, but if you’re interested, here are some ideas for embellishments:

  • Windows: you could create little port-hole windows on the sides of the plane. You could either embroider these on, or create little circles (using a MC with 6 SC) and stitch them to the sides of the plane
  • Fighter plane markings: if your Pilot Sam is a fighter pilot, you could create fighter plane markings on the wings. Using red yarn, make a MC with 6 SC, then using blue yarn increase around until you have 12 SC in the round. Stitch to the top of the wings.
  • Propeller plane: Turn your plane into a propeller plane by making the engines all one colour and attaching them to the bottom of the plane instead of the wings. Then hook together a propeller by creating a centre (MC with 6 SC), then creating the blades by doing multiple rows of 3 SC in a row until you get your desired length. Then attach the propeller blades to the centre and sew to the nose of your plane.

The end! I hope you  enjoy your Pilot Sam and his Airplane! I had so much fun playing with mine (I mean, my nephew’s 😀 ) that I even made a story slide show…

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