Drone Pattern

Drone Pattern uav

This pattern was made for a video project as part of my summer video arts class. When I eventually get to filming, I’ll be sure to add a link. I’ve been interested in drones, uav, for a while after hearing about them in the news a lot lately. In particular I was intrigued by the technology that could be used to do 3-D printing of patterns, to make building of large machinery much more accessible while in other countries. I’ve already seen a lot of 3-D printing used in art, so I am interested in the implementation of such a feat on a large scale.

Leaving political opinions out of the matter, lets just say I was drawn to this idea of a pattern and how it might be transferred digitally to another country. In many ways it parallels with a lot of my interests, such as open source patterns (in that regard it’s totally different), and sharing of information to another individual (in that regard the audience would also be more limited).

So today I am sharing a pattern for your very own drone, open source and free to the public. This little model is not fully operational, but that’s okay, because it’s only used for surveillance anyways.

Materials

-yarn in grey, dark grey, black, white, pink, and yellow (red heart or caron simply soft, something of this general weight)

-G hook

-stitch marker

-yarn needle

-stuffing

-old wire coat hanger or thick wire

Main Body

Using grey and stuffing as you work.

R1: magic circle 6sc – 6sc

R2: 2sc in each st – 12sc

R3: 1sc, 2sc in st* repeat – 18sc

R4: 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 9 1sc – 23sc

R5: 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 11 1sc – 27sc

R6-10: sc in each st around – 27sc

R11: 7 sc2tog, 13 1 sc – 20sc

R12-14: sc in each st around – 20sc

R15: 5 sc2tog, 10 1sc – 15sc

R16-35: sc in each st around – 15sc

R36: 4 1sc, 5sc, 5sc, 9 1sc – 23sc

R37-40: sc in each st around – 23sc

Tie off.

Drone Pattern uav

This gives you an idea of why I had you do those groups of 5sc. It creates a bump at the top of the drone. Taking some yarn and your yarn needle (after stuffing the body) and stitch on both sides of this extra area to make it raise up like a fin. You don’t want to make it too thin, it needs to be softly rounded.

Bottom Propeller

This piece will finish off the body and will be attached to it from the bottom.

Use grey yarn and stuff once you’re done.

R1: magic circle 6sc – 6sc

R2: sc in each st – 6sc

R3: 2sc in each st – 12sc

R4: sc in each st – 12sc

R5: 1sc, 2sc in st* repeat – 18sc

R6: sc in each st – 18sc

R7: 4 1sc, 5sc, 13 1 sc – 22sc

Tie off. Stuff slightly and attach to main body while keeping the bumped out part towards the top. Carefully stitch the two together.

For the blades of the propeller you are going to make chains that come off of the bottom propeller. Pick a row, about the 3rd or 4th from the center and chain 6. Then sc in each st back and tie off. You’ll make three of these and they’ll naturally curl a little like a blade.

Drone Pattern uav

Wings

The wings are also going to be done in grey. I didn’t stuff them, I just stretched the fabric over an old coat hanger wire. You’ll make one large piece and fold it in half and stitch it together.

R1: ch 9

R2-5: sc in each st – 8sc

R6: 2sc, 6 1sc, 2sc – 10sc

R7-10: sc in each st – 10sc

R11: 2sc, 8 1sc, 2sc – 12sc

R12-15: sc in each st – 12sc

R16: 2sc, 10 1sc, 2sc – 14sc

R17-20: sc in each st – 14sc

R21: 2sc, 12 1 sc, 2sc – 16sc

R22-25: sc in each st – 16sc

R26: 2sc, 14 1sc, 2sc – 18sc

R27-30: sc in each st – 18sc

R31: 2sc, 16 1sc, 2sc – 20sc

R32-35: sc in each st – 20sc

R36: 2sc, 18 1sc, 2sc – 22sc

R37-45: sc in each st – 22sc

R46: sc2tog, 18 1sc, sc2tog – 20sc

R47-50: sc in each st – 20sc

R51: sc2tog, 16 1sc, sc2tog – 18sc

R52-55: sc in each st – 18sc

R56: sc2tog, 14 1sc, sc2tog – 16sc

R57-60: sc in each st – 16sc

R61: sc2tog, 12 1sc, sc2tog – 14sc

R62-65: sc in each st – 14sc

R66: sc2tog, 10 1sc, sc2tog – 12sc

R67-70: sc in each st – 12sc

R71: sc2tog, 8 1sc, sc2tog – 10sc

R72-75: sc in each st – 10sc

R76: sc2tog, 6 1sc, sc2tog – 8sc

R77-80: sc in each st – 8sc

Shape coat hanger or wire into general shape of a long narrow triangle. Gradually stitch the long sides together from the outside into the middle. Slide the wire into the triangle then finish stitching it off.

Attach the wings to the bottom of the drone with the flat edge towards the back (propellers).

Don’t forget to draw a cute little smiley  on the front (on the bottom) for surveillance.

Drone Pattern uav

Drone Pattern uav

Rutters x2

These are pieces you are going to attach to the bottom and back of the drone.

R1: ch 5

R2-10: 4 1sc

Tie off and attach to bottom slightly flared out.

Stabilizer x1

R1: ch 4

R2-5: 3 1sc

Tie off and attach to bottom in middle.

Now that you have your drone, it’s time to arm it, for surveillance. Drones typically fly in a formation of two with a second drone as back-up. They also carry slightly different equipment. So I’ll provide how to make two different types of surveillance missiles.

Side Winder Missile (Yellow tipped)

Start with yellow.

R1: magic circle 4sc – 4sc

R2: 1sc, 2sc* repeat – 6sc

Switch to white.

R3-13: sc in each st – 6sc

Tie off, but don’t close off or stuff opening.

There will be a 4 little “fins” and 4 large “fins” on the side of the missile.

Little Fin x4

Using dark grey.

R1: Close to the front you are going to do a slip stitch into the side, then 2 1sc

R2: sc, sl

Tie off.

Large Fin x4

Using dark grey.

R1: Close to the middle/back you are going to do a slip stitch into the side, then 3 1sc

R2: 2 1sc, sl

Tie off.

Drone Pattern uav

Drone Pattern uav

Then for a touch of flare, you’ll add some fringe to the edge that was left open.

Harpoon Missile (Pink tipped)

Start with pink.

R1: magic circle 4sc – 4sc

R2: 2sc in each st – 8sc

Switch to dark grey.

R3-13: sc in each st – 8sc

Tie off, but don’t close off or stuff opening.

There will be a 4 trapezoid “fins” and 4 back “fins” on the side of the missile.

Trapezoid Fin x4

Using black for 2 and white for 2.

R1: Close to the middle you are going to do a slip stitch into the side, then 4 1sc

R2: 2 sc2tog

Tie off.

Back Fin x4

Using black for 2 and white for 2.

R1: Close to the middle/back you are going to do a slip stitch into the side, then 3 1sc

R2: 2 1sc, sl

Tie off.

When you attach these the black and white fins are going to be opposite each other. So 180 degrees from the other one.
Don’t forget to add fringe to your missile.
Now you can sew the missiles onto the bottom middle of your wings and you’re ready to go.
Drone Pattern uav
Feel free to use this pattern, make them, sell them, gift them, just make some sorta reference back to me.
Vale.

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