Hand Grenade

Hand Grenade crochet pattern is the second pattern in my sarcastic series of #manlycrochet where I aim to crush the stereotypes associated with crocheting.

Finished size of the hand grenade is about 13cm high and 10cm wide and it fits nicely to an adult sized hand.

Materials

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • Dark green (ca), pale green (cb) and little bit of gray worsted weight yarn
  • Fiber fill
  • Needle for sewing

I don’t tend to keep track on how much yarn is needed to do these projects, since it’s usually not that much. If you are not just about to run out, you’ll have enough yarn.

Hand grenade base

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Rnd 2: color change to cb
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Rnd 5: pattern is 4 cb to 1 ca
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Rnd 6: pattern is 4 cb to 2 ca
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Rnd 7: from inside
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Rnd 7: from outside
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Rnd 16: third set of patterns
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Rnd 16: from the outside

Base of the grenade is done working in spiral. So do not join the rounds with slip stitches but just continue with the next round.

Switch colors by finishing the last stitch of a previous color by pulling through with the next color instead of the current one. To change colors in dc, first time pull through with the current color and the second time pull through with the next color.

Tip: Try to constantly think what is the next stitch in line, meaning which color you should finish the current stitch with. Also, before inserting the hook into the next stitch, make sure the end of the yarn is left hanging towards the inside of the work.

Pale green sections of the grenade pattern are supposed to “pop up” a little to the foreground so the grenade surface is not flat. This is achieved by stitching into back loop and front loops and using dc instead of sc.

Read carefully the pattern to keep track when to do what.

Use dark green yarn.

 Rnd 1: 6 sc into magic ring [6]
 Rnd 2: 2 sc into each st [12]

 Rnd 3: (dc blo w/ cb, sc w/ ca) around [12]
 Rnd 4: (inc dc w/ cb, sc w/ ca) around [18]
 Rnd 5: (inc dc w/ cb twice, sc w/ ca) around [30]
 Rnd 6: (4 dc w/ cb, inc w/ ca) around [36]

 Rnd 7: sc around [30]

 Rnd 8: (4 dc blo w/ cb, 2 sc w/ ca) around [36]
 Rnd 9:  (inc dc, 2 dc, inc dc w/ cb, 2 sc w/ ca) 
         around [48]
 Rnd 10: (3 sc, inc) around [30]
 Rnd 11: sc around, sl st [30]

 Rnd 12: (6 sc flo w/ ca, 2 sc w/ ca) around [48]

 Rnd 13: (6 dc blo w/ cb, 2 sc w/ ca) around [48] 
 Rnd 14-15: (6 dc w/ cb, 2 sc w/ ca) around [48]
 Rnd 16: (dec, 2 sc, dec w/ cb, 2 sc w/ ca) 
         around [36]

 Rnd 17: (4 sc flo w/ ca, 2 sc w/ ca) around [36]

 Rnd 18: (4 dc blo w/ cb, 2 sc w/ ca) around [36]
 Rnd 19: (4 dc w/ cb, dec w/ ca) around [30]

 Rnd 20: (4 sc flo, sc w/ ca) around [30]
 Rnd 21: (dec, sc) around [20]

Start stuffing with fiber fill. Stuff quite firmly and don’t worry too much about the shape. The grenade is not supposed to be a ball anyway. Also little bumps here and there might actually benefit the form of the grenade and help the pale green parts pop out more.

Pick up cb with a slip stitch. Bind off ca.

 Rnd 22: sc blo around w/ cb [20]
 Rnd 23-24: sc around [20]
 Rnd 25: (dec, 2 sc) around [15]
 Rnd 26: sc around [15]

End with a slip stitch and fasten off.

Stuff to the brim.

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Rnd 24: tightening the neck
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Rnd 24: with stuffing

Hand grenade handle

The handle of the grenade is worked in rows. The work is turned after each row and generally every row begins with a chain.

For the best possible look and to make the handle look symmetrical, we want the starting chain to be in the middle of the handle. So basically even though the handle is one continuous piece, it’s worked in two parts. See the next diagram for some clarification.

Hand Grenade Crochet Pattern

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Row 4: first side of handle
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Reinforcement pieces
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Sew reinforcement in place
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Longer part sewn
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Finished handle

Use dark green yarn.

Start with ch 31, turn
 Row 1: sc to 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, 
         turn [30]
 Row 2: ch, 28 sc, sl st, turn [29]
 Row 3: ch, 17 sc flo, dec flo, 8 sc flo, dec flo, 
         turn [27]
 Row 4: ch, sc, dc, sc, 2 sl st, 3 dc, dec blo, 
         sl st blo

Fasten off.

Attach a new yarn to the last chain of the starting chain.

 Row 5: sc each ch across, turn [30]
 Row 6: ch, 28 sc, sl st, turn [29]
 Row 7: ch, 17 sc blo, dec blo, 8 sc blo, 
         dec blo, turn [27]
 Row 8: ch, sc, dc, sc, 2 sl st, 3 dc, dec flo, 
         sl st flo

Fasten off.

Next do two rectangle parts which will be sewn on the inside of the handle. These two parts make the handle thicker and thus sturdier and help to keep the angle of the handle in better form.

Start with ch 7, turn
 Rows 1-3: ch and sc to each st across, turn [7]

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

Start with ch 17, turn
 Rows 1-3: ch and sc to each st across, turn [17]

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

Place the longer reinforcement piece on the inside of the handle and sew in place. Sew through the sides of the handle (rows 3 and 7). This way the sides are pushed tighter together.

Sew the smaller piece the same way on the inside of the top part of the handle.

Hand grenade pin

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The pin

Use gray yarn to do the pin. It’s crucial to make the chains as tight as possible or else the pin can look floppy. Also if your pin tends to curve out of shape, try to iron it carefully to make it flat again.

Use gray yarn.

 Rnd 1: ch 25, sl st into first ch, ch 2

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

Finishing the grenade

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Squeeze and sew the base
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Align the handle
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Sew through the base
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Attach the pin

And now to finish off your new weapon of fluffiness.

First pick up the grenade itself and make sure the base is stuffed firmly. At this point you can also align the stuffing so that the base gets a less round shape. Then squeeze the base gently between your fingers and sew it shut from side to side.

Next take the handle and place it on top of the base. Sew the handle in place by inserting needle from side to side through the base of the grenade. Sew firmly but avoid tightening the yarn too much.

Also attach the end of the handle to the side of the grenade. Again prefer to sew through the sides of the handle rather than straight through the top.

And finally place the pin to the side of the handle and sew in place through the last chain of the pin so it can hang freely.

All done!

Hand Grenade Crochet Pattern
Finished hand grenade!

WARNING: Although soft and fluffy, the crochet hand grenade can also cause serious damage if thrown with enough force inside a porcelain store. Use with caution.

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