Time for explosives

A couple of years ago I made a miniature blue crocheted bomb as a gift for a friend, since a blue bomb is part of the logo of our favorite orchestra. I improvised it as I went that time, but I did make some notes. This weekend I tried to recreate it, using those notes, and failed. Or rather, I didn’t like the result much, so I redid it and this time wrote down the pattern more clearly. Basically it’s just a standard amigurumi ball, the only addition being the knob where the wick is attached.

Here’s the how-to, for my fellow bomb enthusiasts.

Mini bomb 1 Mini bomb 2

Mini bomb
The pattern starts at the top in a row by row fashion, but once it hits the body of the bomb it continues in amigurumi style (spiraling instead of joining). Use a stitch marker or a bit of thread to keep track of the first stitch of the row.

Yarn: Any yarn will do. If you want the wick to be a contrasting color you’ll need a small amount of yarn for that too.
Hook: One that will crochet tightly with the yarn you’ve chosen, so that the stuffing won’t show.
Gauge: Doesn’t matter.
Additional materials: Something to stuff it with, like fiberfill or scraps of fabric and yarn.
Tip: If your decreases of 2sctog result in holes, try decreasing by only crocheting through the front loops. Works for me.

Wick
The wick is made as a simple twisted cord, also called a monk’s cord. Don’t know how? Look here. I used 4 strands, so when it twists together the resulting cord has 8 strands. I made it about 5 cm long, but of course that’s up to you. Tie a nice fat knot at the end of your cord and cut off the strands a bit below.

Bomb

  1. Start with an adjustable ring, 8 sc in ring and join with sl st. Don’t pull it too tight yet. (8)
  2. ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in first st, 2 sc in every st around, join with sl st. (16)
  3. ch 1 (counts as first sc), 2 sc in next st, *sc, 2sc in next st* repeat around, join with sl st. (24)
  4. ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in next 3 st, 2sctog in next 2 st, *sc in next 4 st, 2sctog in next 2 st* repeat around, join with sl st. (20)
  5. ch 1 (counts as first 2sctog), skip next st, 2sctog in every 2 st around, join with sl st. (10)
  6. ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in last st. (12) Mark first stitch of row, amigurumi from here.
  7. *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. (18)
  8. *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. (24)
  9. *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. (30) This is a good time to attach the wick. Use a crochet needle to pull your wick cord trough the starting ring from the inside out. The knot should prevent it from going through entirely. Use the end to pull the ring as tight as possible. Stuff the wick part.
  10. *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. (36)
  11. *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around. (42)
  12. sc in each st around. (42)
  13. sc in each st around. (42)
  14. sc in each st around. (42)
  15. sc in each st around. (42)
  16. sc in each st around. (42)
  17. sc in each st around. (42)
  18. *sc in next 4 st, 2sctog in next 2 st* repeat around. (30)
  19. *sc in next 5 st, 2sctog in next 2 st* repeat around. (36)
  20. *sc in next 3 st, 2sctog in next 2 st* repeat around. (24)
  21. *sc in next 2 st, 2sctog in next 2 st* repeat around. (18) Stuff as much as possible, if necessary continue stuffing as you crochet the last rows.
  22. *sc in next st, 2sctog in next 2 st* repeat around. (12)
  23. 2sctog in each 2 st around. (6) Fasten off and string end trough the remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight and weave in.

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