Last year Big Hero 6 dominated the big screen as well as the hearts and minds or everyone who saw it. Its breakaway star was the kind and lovable hero, Baymax. Baymax’s non-threatening, huggable design has been replicated in these easy to follow crochet patterns.
Rainbow Loom Baymax
The Rainbow Loom is a plastic board that is comprised of pushpin-type pegs over which small, colored rubber bands are looped and pulled by a crochet hook. Many Rainbow Loom designs out there are 2D projects that are simply pulled off the pegboard at completion. What makes this 3D Baymax interesting is that it starts on the Rainbow loom, but it is quickly pulled off. Also, the bands are treated almost like yarn and they are crocheted together to create the doll (this process has become more popular, but wasn’t common when the product was first released).
The bands required for this project are 1020 white bands, 5 black bands (if you are using them for eyes). You can also jazz it up with glow in the dark bands in place of the white.
Crochet Yarn Baymax
If you are not interested in using a Rainbow Loom, there are also some more traditional crochet Baymax patterns out there. This one from Nichole’s Nerdy Knots is particularly nice.
The instructions include how to make him XL by adjusting your hook size. This XL size makes him the ideal snuggling companion.
The instructions detailed in this pattern are very similar to other amigurumi crochet patterns, now popular among crocheters the world over. Learning the techniques outlined in this pattern will open a treasure trove of fun new crocheting adventures!
Amigurumi (編みぐるみ ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll… The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities, usually termed a chibi style outside of Japan. Amigurumi may be used as children’s toys but are generally purchased or made solely for aesthetic purposes. Although amigurumi originated in Japan, the craft has become popular around the world.
A quick safety note: If making this for a younger child be sure to avoid button eyes. You can use the Magic Ring crochet technique (demonstrated in the video below) to make your own round yarn eyes instead.