Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Salacious Crumb - free pattern

My book, Star Wars Crochet, has just been republished in the US, and so should be available on Amazon and in other book and craft stores. When it was first released, earlier this year, it was also stocked on UK Amazon, so hopefully you'll be able to find it there soon as well.

The book includes the pattern for Jabba the Hutt, but there wasn't room to fit in his little pal, Salacious Crumb, so here it is for free! Salacious Crumb is a mischievous and annoying character, something between a monkey and a lizard, who is essentially Jabba's court jester. This crochet version is pretty small, only 2" tall when sitting, and is made all in one piece, with minimal sewing to complete him.

You will need:
Approx 5g beige yarn, double knitting weight.
Small amounts of black and russet brown yarn.
Tapestry needle.
3.5mm hook (US E hook).

ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
bob = bobble (see special stitch instructions)
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FO = fasten off

Note on yarn:
Double knitting (DK) yarn is standard in the UK, but in other parts of the world, such as the US, worsted weight is more commonly used. Worsted weight is a little thicker than DK but can easily be substituted and the pattern will still be in proportion, although you may find it necessary to use a hook one size larger.

Special stitch instructions:

2 dc bob: YOH (yarn over hook), insert hook into next stitch, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, YOH, insert hook into same stitch, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, YOH, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

3 dc bob: YOH (yarn over hook), insert hook into next stitch, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, *YOH, insert hook into same stitch, YOH and pull through loop, YOH, pull through 2 loops, repeat once from*, YOH, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Salacious Crumb is made in one piece in rounds from the top of the head down. Do not join rounds unless told to, use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). If you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.

Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.

Pattern Instructions:
Start using beige yarn.
Round 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 st.
Round 2: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times – 9 st.

Round 3: 2 sc in next st, [ear: ss into next st, ch 5, miss ch next to hook, ss into next 2 ch, sc into next 2 ch, ss back into original st], sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, [ear], 2 sc in next st, sc in next st - 12 st.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 15 st.
Round 5: Sc in next 7 st, change to black yarn 3dc bob in next st, change to beige yarn sc in next 7 st - 15 st.
Round 6: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st, 2dc bob in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, 2dc bob in next st, sc in next 3 st - 18 st.
Round 7: Sc2tog 9 times – 9 st.
Round 8: Sc in each st around - 9 st.
Round 9: Sc in next 3 st, [arm: ss into next st, ch 10, 3dc bob into 3rd ch from hook, ss into next 7 ch, ss back into original st], sc in next 3 st, [arm], sc in next st - 9 st.
Round 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 11: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 15 st.
Round 12: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] 3 times – 18 st.
Round 13: Sc in next 4 st, [tail: ss into next st, ch 15, miss ch next to hook, ss into next 14 ch, ss back into original st], sc in next 13 st - 18 st.
Round 14: Sc2tog, sc in next 4 st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, [leg: ss into next st, ch 11, miss ch next to hook, sc into next 2 ch, miss next ch, ss into next 7 ch, ss back into original st], sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, [leg], sc in next st - 15 st.

Stuff head and body. Push the bobbles on the face outwards and embroider eyes and mouth using black yarn.

Round 15: [Sc2tog, sc in next 3 st] 3 times – 12 st.
Round 16: Sc2tog 6 times – 6 st.

FO, leaving length of yarn. Sew up hole at bottom then take the yarn through the body to the head and sew a couple of stitches into base of ears to keep them closer to head.

To make the fluffy parts you will sew loops of yarn on the top of the head and around the neck. Thread a length of russet brown yarn onto your needle and take the yarn through the crocheted part, leaving a short length of yarn sticking out. Sew a stitch in the same place. Sew a loop next to this, then sew a stitch in the same place to secure it. Make 3-4 loops on the top of the head and 5-6 loops around the neck, leaving a gap at the front. Cut each loop and trim to length. Take the point of the needle through each strand to separate it and create a fluffy effect.


Bailey said...

Great it is back in stock.

Wanda Douglas said...

I don't like his smile that is not cute and beautiful. It's better to repair the smile, legs, and hands. You can shorten them and leave they bigger.

LucyRavenscar said...

Salacious Crumb isn't supposed to be cute and beautiful! He's slightly creepy and has a sort of beak. His arms and legs are simple because he is very small, to match with my Jabba the Hutt pattern, who ends up about 4.5" tall.

Karen Weber said...

I made it to go along with your book of Star Wars characters and love it! Any chance you will be creating patterns of characters from the new movie?

LucyRavenscar said...

Cool! I'd definitely like to do the new characters, it would be great if they wanted to do another book.

Unknown said...

Lucy, I bought your atar wars book and i'm completely i'm love. What about doing a Game of Thrones characters book? It would Be amazing.

Kisses, Bárbara (from Brazil!)

Lucy Flores said...

Hi I have a question on wicket the Ewok. There's not a clear picture or instructions of his ears. Are they suppose to be folded before seeing on? Thanks...

Lucy Flores said...

Sorry that is suppose to be sewing on...

lizardart said...

Can we sell the items we make by using the patterns in your book?

LucyRavenscar said...

Lucy - I'm not sure what you mean by folding the ears. They are a very short tube shape, and the open end is sewn onto the head. I hope that makes sense!

lizardart - I don't own the patterns in the book, they belong to the publishers now, so I can't give permission to sell items made from them.

LucyRavenscar said...

Bárbara - Thank you! I love Game of Thrones, so I'd love to do GoT patterns.

Anonymous said...

They have these books at Costco for 12 bucks right now, also frozen, Disney princess and peanuts.

Sarah Weigel said...

Thank you so much for posting this :) have been hoping you would and yay to the book being back in stock! Very hard to find in the uk but may buy from amazon marketplace.

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks! It's not been published in the UK, so you can really only get it via Amazon at the moment.

Liz L said...

Hello Lucy! Is there any other place to go to for questions regarding the patters on the Star Wars book? I'm working on Jabba the Hutt and am stuck on the instructions between Rnd 18 and 19 (after eye application).

LucyRavenscar said...

I can try to help with any questions here, just let me know in detail what you're having problems with, but Ravelry's also a good place to ask, as it's easier for other people to find the answers if they have similar problems. Here's the link for the page for Jabba:

Joy said...

Hi Lucy! My kids (and my husband!) (and fine, me, too!) are obsessed with Star Wars, and I just got the Star Wars crochet book. Any recommendations on where I can find all the yarns that are called for? There are a lot of colors (28, I counted) and some of the colors are more obscure. In the book, you recommend getting them all from the same brand, but trying to find them all in the same brand of yarn has been just about impossible. Thanks!

LucyRavenscar said...

Hi Joy, it would be a bit awkward to put all the details in the reply here. I do have all the details, I'll sort out a separate post in the next couple of days with the information.

LucyRavenscar said...

I've just written a new post with all the details of the yarn I used to make the Star Wars characters:

Unknown said...

I bought your star wars crochet kit and love it.

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am a total newbie but just found in Costco tonight and couldn't resist the Star Wars and the Peanuts. I did see Frozen is there more available in Costco?

Also, where is Ja Ja Bings?

LucyRavenscar said...

I'm just responsible for writing the Star Wars patterns, I don't know anything about any other crochet books/kits or what shops they're in, I'm afraid. The publishers thought those twelve patterns would be most popular, they didn't ask for a Jar Jar Binks pattern.

twilightcupcake said...

Lucy congratulations on the books. I have been following you for years and started making the Mario characters. So glad to see your books at my local bookstore!! Good for you and all the hard work.

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you!

Michael Cummings said...

I'm excited and looking forward to this pattern - but I'm curious to know - would you have one available for a 'life-size' Salacious? - Or perhaps help me out extending the pattern? -- He's 0.7M, and I'd like to make him as life-size as possible.
thanks! (love your work!)

LucyRavenscar said...

I don't think there's an easy way to make this pattern bigger, because elements like bobble stitches won't scale up. You could make it a bit bigger by using a thicker yarn, but if you want it a lot bigger you'd need to design it yourself. You could take another pattern that has a similar shape, like my Little Folk pattern (, and change elements of that, but that's the only other thing I can think of.

Roosevelt Butler said...

I'm sorry to disagree but I have always considered Salacious Crumb to be cute and beautiful even if he is slightly creepy.

Roosevelt Butler said...

Where can I buy the beautiful Salacious Crumb?

LucyRavenscar said...

I'm afraid I don't make him to sell, I only provide the pattern for people to make him if they want.

Angela Laufenberg said...

Lucy I absolutely love these patterns and just finished the first 12 from the first book and pre-ordered the second one. Thanks for doing these, they are awesome! I am wondering for Salacious Crumb however how to do the fluffy parts. I have read the directions for that part so many times but still am having issues securing them for some reason. If you could offer any other tips on this I would greatly appreciate it.

Also, I saw your princess Leia in the gold bikini but didn't seem to find a pattern for it. Do you have a pattern for that one? Also, will you be doing a pattern for Greedo? I have been seeing that online but would like to continue with your patterns. Thanks!

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks! For the fluffy parts, I don't think I can describe it in words any better than I have in the pattern. Try leaving out the loop part and just sew one stitch at a time and then cut the yarn so you have two bits of yarn sticking out.

I am still selling the Slave Leia pattern on Etsy:

And yes, there is a pattern for Greedo in the new book.

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