Free Pattern Fridays – Rocket Ship Reprint!

Unfortunately, I’ve decided that I can’t keep up the Free Pattern Friday feature every week.  I know the patterns seem to materialize out of thin air, but as anyone who has ever written a pattern before can attest to, they take up a large chunk of time.  Between designing and perfecting the new toys, knitting them, transferring pattern note scrawl into a usable pattern, typing it up, reknitting the item for in-progress pictures and doing a finished toy photo shoot, it simply is taking up too much of the time I need for designing items for my Etsy shop, particularly as the busier holiday season rolls around.  That’s not to say that there won’t be occasional free patterns here, and none of the older patterns are going anywhere, I simply can’t justify spending the time designing free patterns every week, particularly when I start to feel like my blog has become a “grab-and-go” pattern service to most of its audience, instead of the thriving, toy-loving community I’ve been striving to create.

This week I’m reprinting the very first Free Pattern Friday rocket ship pattern here on WordPress for those of you who may not have been able to access it on Tumblr.  When I initially decided to do a blog, I didn’t know anything about them or popular hosting sites, so I just signed up for the first one I found, which was Tumblr.  However, I quickly began to feel like an old “fuddy-duddy” around there.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Tumblr, it’s just that anytime I’m on there, the generational gap becomes painfully apparent. 😀  So, I moved over here to WordPress in the hopes of attracting a broader audience.  I still share all posts here with that blog, but this is my “home base” now.  Since I believe Tumblr requires registration to view posts, I fear that some of you may not have been able to access that first pattern, so I thought it might be beneficial to repost it here.  Anyway, it’s still one of my favorite patterns, fun to knit, with some cute pictures that will look good on this new blog!  I hope you enjoy the revisit!

(Reprinted from my Tumblr blog)


Let’s get this blog started with an adorable free pattern for a small (about 3” tall) rocket ship softie!

I don’t know what it is about the classic retro-style rocket design.  Maybe it’s because the lines are so clean and elegant, or maybe it’s because I grew up watching low budget old sci-fi flicks late at night on our public access tv station.  Whatever the reason, I just adore the look.

Quick to knit, I think this tiny rocket has a multitude of decorative uses.  Use them as place card holders/favors for a space/sci-fi themed party, string a bunch together (in different colors, or the same color) to make an awesome garland, or just display them individually in random locations around the house.  Have fun with it!  If you do make some cool craft with your rockets, feel free to send me pictures!  I’d love to see them!  This is also a wonderful stash-buster because it uses a very small amount of yarn!

(If this whets your appetite for more rockets, I also have a large rocket ship pattern available for purchase at my Etsy shop! ( ))

Mini Rocket Ship Pattern

by Ilana Marks


  • Worsted Weight White Yarn (Main Color – MC)
  • Worsted Weight Red Yarn (Contrasting Color – CC)
  • Worsted Weight Blue Yarn (Accent Color – AC)
  • Worsted Weight Orange Yarn (optional)
  • Polyester Fiberfill Stuffing
  • One Set Size 6 Double Pointed Needles (dpns)
  • Crochet Hook (Size F or thereabouts) (optional)
  • Tapestry Needle

Main Body

With White or MC yarn, co 8 stitches, leaving a short tail.  Divide the stitches onto 3 dpns and proceed to work in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 2: (kf&b, k1) X4 (12 st)

Rnd 3-4: Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 5: (kf&b, k2) X4 (16 st)

Rnd 6-13: Knit 8 rounds.

Rnd 14: (k2tog, k2) X4 (12 st)

Rnd 15-16: Knit 2 round.

Rnd 17: (k2tog, k1) X4 (8 st)

Rnd 18: Knit 1 round.

Cut the white (MC) yarn and continue with red (CC) yarn.

Rnd 19: Knit 1 round.

Stuff the piece

Rnd 20: (k2tog) X4 (4 st)

Rnd 21: Knit 1 round.

-Cut the red yarn, leaving a short tail.  Thread the tail into a tapestry needle, then draw it through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.  Weave in the end.

-You may add a little more stuffing through the open cast-on edge if necessary, then use the cast-on tail to cinch that opening closed.  Weave the end you used to cinch up the piece back up through the now-closed hole into the body, pulling tightly to flatten out the base of the ship.  Weave this tail back through the piece a few more times to secure.



Turn the rocket ship so that the red nose tip is on your left.  Beginning just to the left of the first increase row and using Red or CC yarn, pick up and knit 5 stitches onto one dpn, heading toward the nose.  Turn the ship so that the nose is on your right and, using a second dpn, pick up 5 more stitches parallel to and about 1 row over from the first 5.  Continue to knit these 10 stitches in the round.


Rnd 1: Knit 1 round.

Rnd 2: kf&b, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, kf&b (10 st)

Rnd 3-4: Repeat Round 2.

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for seaming.  Ensure that the 10 stitches are evenly distributed on two needles, with the tail coming off the rightmost stitch on the back needle.  Place a small pinch of stuffing in the fin, then seam the fin closed using Kitchener Stitch (grafting).  Weave in the ends.  (You can even off the overhanging end from the Kitchener stitch by weaving the tail back into the piece and pulling tightly)


-Make another fin in the same manner, beginning to pick up stitches for the second fin about 4 stitches to the right (when the nose is facing away from you) from the first fin.

-Make a third fin in the same manner, beginning to pick up stitches about 4 stitches away from the second fin.  You should have three evenly-spaced fins, and the ship will be stable when placed on a flat surface.


Using Blue or AC, cast on 8 stitches onto 3 dpns, leaving a tail for seaming, and proceed to knit in the round.

Rnd 1-2: Knit 2 Rounds.

Cut the yarn, leaving a short tail.  Thread the tail into a tapestry needle and draw through all stitches on the needles, pulling tightly to close.

Place this knitted circle about halfway between the top of a fin and the color change at the nose of the ship.  Using the cast on tail, begin seaming the window to the ship body using mattress stitch.  Add a tiny pinch of stuffing before finishing the seam.  Weave in the ends.


Fire (optional)

-Cut 4 – 5” strands of orange yarn.

-Thread a crochet hook under a stitch at the base of the rocket ship.  Wrap a strand of orange around the crochet hook and pull the loop under the stitch.  Bringing the hook and loop above the stitch, grab the tail ends of the orange yarn and pull them through the loop.  Pull the tail ends tight to secure.

-Repeat with the other orange strands, attaching them to evenly-spaced stitches on the base.

-Using one blade of a pair of scissors, split the plies of the yarn tails to give a fiery look.

-Trim the fire pieces to the desired length.

Weave in any remaining ends and enjoy your rocket!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you continue to visit me, even though the free patterns may be several weeks apart from now on.  You can click the “follow” button in the sidebar to receive e-mails when I update the blog or follow me on Twitter or Facebook for updates (links also in the sidebar.)  I’m busily working on some new vehicles for the shop, which will eventually be part of future Land and Air Pattern sets.  Some samples of what I’m working on – a cement truck, a small fire engine and a small single engine Piper-style aircraft:

cement truck1 small fire engine2 piper comanche done1

Be sure to check out Etsy and Ravelry for more toys and patterns!

Have a great weekend!



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