Discworld update

Thank you so much for the Discworld love; I’m so happy you get what I was trying to do here. I also have some news: I contacted Terry Pratchett’s agent, to ask if there was any possibility that Terry could see my Discworld, and Colin kindly agreed to show the pics to Terry. And I have a reply from Colin about Terry Pratchett’s reaction:

He gave a quiet laugh and said, ‘Well, if you’re going to crochet Discworld then that’s the way to do it!’

Thank you, Terry! (And Colin.) This has made my day!

crocheted Discworld by planetjune

I thought I would share my happiness by revealing some more details of my Discworld project. I’ve had several requests from people wondering how I managed to accurately crochet in the landmasses of the Disc. I’m not intending this as a tutorial or method for you to follow – I just thought you might like to see the crazy method my mind came up with to crochetify the Discworld :)

First, I started by crocheting a plain blue circle for the underside of the Disc. I scanned this into the computer. Then I used the Discworld Mapp to sketch (with pencil and paper) a map of the landmasses and a rough guide for my colour changes. I scanned this into the computer too:

plan for amigurumi discworld plan for amigurumi discworld

I edited my sketch to remove the white background and darken the lines to black to make them easier to see. I resized the two images so they were the same size, and then layered the map over the crocheted Disc:

plan for amigurumi discworld plan for amigurumi discworld

Now for the slow part… but I figured it was better to make the mistakes digitally than to have to rip back when it came to the crocheting part. In my graphics software, I picked a paintbrush that was about the same size as one crocheted stitch, then began to colour in my map onscreen. I kept the coloured layer translucent, so I could still see the stitches beneath. Here’s a close-up, and the complete digitally-coloured map:

plan for amigurumi discworld plan for amigurumi discworld

Lastly I turned off the black sketch layer, and printed my ‘pattern’:

plan for amigurumi discworld

With all that work done, I just had to reproduce my digital crochet in reality! No secret method here – just careful counting and colour changes.

When I had finished, I crocheted both discs together around the edges, to keep it together and give a subtle Rimfall effect. I also stitched the two discs together at various points across the surface (with blue yarn in the blue areas only, so it doesn’t show), to avoid any problems with it trying to puff up in the middle – it’s called the Disc, not the Lens ;)

Oh, and you may also be able to see from this pic that I used a variegated green yarn, so I chose the lighter green parts of the yarn to be closer to the Hub, fading to darker green towards the Rim. I just thought it added a little more depth:

completed amigurumi discworld

That’s it! As I said before, it really was a labour of love, and it took much longer to design than to actually crochet! And now I can say it’s officially Pratchett-approved :)

You can, of course, buy the patterns for my Turtle and Elephants, if you are so inclined.

I hope you enjoyed this insight into the unusual way my mind works. Please leave me a comment if you did…

UPDATE April 2012: I’m very happy so many Pratchett fans like my Discworld – thank you for all your comments and emails! Please understand though that I made it for myself as a one-off fan art piece and it represents about a week’s worth of full-time work. If I were to make another one, the price tag would have to be astronomical to cover my time, and, even if you were willing to pay that price, I couldn’t sell a Discworld to you, as that would be unlicensed merchandising and I respect Sir Terry far too much to do that! So please don’t ask me to make one for you – I just can’t do it.

If you crochet, or know someone who does, you may buy my Sea Turtle and Elephant patterns. (You’ll need the bulky option for the turtle and the worsted option for the elephants – or hold 2 strands of worsted together to make the turtle, as bulky yarn is approx twice as thick as worsted.)

However, I can’t share a pattern for my Disc without permission. I did approach Terry Pratchett (via his agent) to ask for permission a couple of years ago, but I didn’t get an answer, so I’m afraid that’s the end of that idea too, unless I hear differently from the man himself. For your own version of the Disc, you could crochet a plain blue circle easily enough, and then add the land masses with embroidery, felt shapes, or fabric paint. I also recommend you insert a circle of plastic or cardboard between the two circles so the disc won’t sag.

69 Comments »

  1. haakdraakje said

    I bow in awe! The work and patience it must have taken to chart the world!

  2. marina said

    Hi!
    Just sent you a message on ravelry and only then found this post.
    As soon as I have he time I’ll attempt my own discworld :-)

    My compliments!

    Marina

  3. Elisha said

    Wow! This is awesome and amazing!!! (^_^) I knit, and can knit toys, but crochet eludes me as yet, but I love the adorable things you can crochet! (^_^)

  4. Megan said

    I just came across this on Pinterest. So impressive!

  5. Paine said

    Hi!
    That is GORGEOUS!!! I would like to buy one of you, seeing as I am a catastrophe at doing anything that isn’t food. Is that a possibility? Please contact me if I an. i would LOVE that! <3

  6. Gayle Williams-Brett said

    A friend just posted this on facebook. I am impressed with your creativity and attention to the fine details. Kudos!

  7. Heidi Durham said

    It it beautifully awesome! I’m so glad someone posted it on facebook so I could see it too. :^)

  8. Angela said

    Would it be possible to buy this in completed form? My joint condition precludes that much crafting (sadly), but I would love to get this for some dear friends. If you only have the one, how much would you charge to commission making another? This may all end up being just a discussion- sadly, fund are limited. But it is so fantastic. And you will get other requests soon. This post seems to be going locally viral in the craft/nerd subset. I’d love an email back from you if you get the chance.
    Thank you for you time, and your beautiful work!
    -Angie

  9. Sukeeta Fallstar said

    I would be seriously interested in purchasing one of these from you if you have the inclination to make anymore. My friend shared this on Facebook and I know she would be interested in getting her hands on one. Neither of us can crochet to save our lives. If we could, I would buy the patterns for Turtle and Elephant. Email me if you would consider making some for purchase :-)

  10. Jayne Wallace said

    This is an absolutely amzing work of art!
    I too have been a Pratchett fan since childhood and now as a school librarian take great pleasure in showing new minds the joy that is Discworld. Found your blog via Pinterest and will forward it on to others – especially the Random Salad Company who currently have a large scale model for their shows of Sir Pratchett’s works – I think they may look into this idea for a long term replacement.
    If you ever get permission to sell the pattern, shout it out as I know a fair few librarians and book shop people who would love this.
    Good work and keep turning the pages!
    Jayne Wallace

  11. Juanita Sales said

    I think it is so beautiful, I feel it is done with alot of love. It is so creative.

  12. Jennie said

    OMG….
    I would totally look at buying something like this!

    Will you crochet other Discworld characters?

  13. It’s awesome! Your mapping technique is genius.

    And I’m not surprised Colin gave you a positive response, because he also allowed me to post a free tutorial for my Discworld cake (http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/cakes/discworld/discworld.html). It’s wonderful when the mega-creators are so supportive of us fan-level creators.

  14. quicksilver7 said

    Your project is so amazing & impressive. I am making a Discworld soap cozy for the Ravellenic Games (Rav name given above) & I used your pictures here as a model/guide for making my own little Discworld. Yours is far more impressive. :-) But thank you so much for sharing this wonderful work & providing even the loosest of guides!

  15. Emma said

    Hi June,
    Thought I would say how much I loved your discworld! I used your patterns to make one of my own. It is one of my favorite pieces and lives on my mantle piece, and is much envied by my geekier friends.
    Here is a picture of it (http://imgur.com/a/HMYzF).
    Also you are right- it takes a LONG time to make!

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