Lightning McQueen (CARS inspired) FREE PATTERN part 1


FREE pattern in two parts for Lightning McQueen from Cars for personal use only. Firstly we work on the basic car - part 1. Visit my youtube and watch the video.


Watch the video:


I haven't had the opportunity to test this pattern a second time yet, but when there is such a possibility, maybe I will make it with a different yarn and then I will check everything carefully again. In any case, I tried to explain everything to you as clearly as possible. It's quite advanced project, but I hope an intermediate person can do it with my instructions.


Himalaya Dolphin Baby (abbrev. HDB):

- red no 318 - 3 skeins  (the main yarn)
- dark grey no 320 - 2 skein (for the windows & tubes for PCV)
- white no 301 - 1 skein (for the front window)

- black no 311 - 1 skein

Yarn Art Jeans (abbrev. YAJ):
- black and blue - small amount (for the eyes)

- white (for the lights)

- dark grey (for the small lightning)

- black (for the lightning's edging)

Madame Tricote Paris - Merino Gold Batik no 835 - 1 skein

Crochet hook:
- 4 mm – for Himalaya Dolphin Baby
- 2 mm – for YarnArt Jeans and Madame Tricote

- 2.5 mm - for numbers on the top (to make them a bit bigger)

Additional materials:
- a piece of thick felt (thickness 4 mm) - dark grey for the bottom, black for the wheels; size 16 cm x 40 cm (adjust to the size of your car)

- PVC pipe: 20 mm in diameter, 8 cm long, 

- electrical tape to wrap around the pipe's ends

- tapestry needle
- markers (or piece of yarn to sketch some details)
- stuffing
- scissors 

- needle for felting

- yellow felting wool - for the lettering "Rusteze" on the hood

The size of finished toy:
- 45 cm /  17.72" long
- 20 cm /  7.87" tall


• st = stitch
• sl st = slip stitch
• ch = chain
• tch = turning chain (at the end of a row)
• sc = single crochet
• inc = increase (2 sc in one st)
• dec = decrease (sc2tog)
• (..) = repeat the pattern particular number of times
• [..] = complete number of st in the round / row
• rnd = round

• R = row(s)
• BLO = back loop only
• FLO = front loop only
color – change the color of yarn (before you crochet the next stitches)


Firstly crochet the red CAR HOOD.

Red HDB 

Work in rows, 1 turning chain in the end of every row (except for the row, where there is decrease at the beginning).

Row 1: ch 27, insert the hook in 2nd ch and work 26 sc [26]

Rows 2-38: 26 sc [26]

Now change to white - crochet THE WINDSHIELD through 8 rows.

Row 39: white, BLO 26 sc

Row 40: dec, 22 sc, dec [24]

Row 41: 24 sc [24]

Row 42: dec, 20 sc, dec [22]

Row 43: 22 sc [22]

Row 44: dec, 18 sc, dec [20]

Row 45: 20 sc [20]

Row 46: dec, 16, dec [18]

Change to red - crochet THE ROOF through 20 rows.

Row 47: red, BLO 18 sc [18]

Row 48-66: 18 sc [18]

Change to grey - crochet THE BACK WINDOW through 12 rows.

Row 67: grey, BLO 18 sc [18]

Row 68-78: 18 sc [18]

Czange to red - crochet THE TRUNK through 8 rows.

Row 79: red, BLO 18 sc [18]

Rows 80-85: 18 sc [18] 

Row 86: 18 sc, ch 5

Row 87: 4 sc (along the chains), 18 sc, ch 5

Row 88: 4 sc (along the chains), 22 sc [26]

Rows 89-90: 26 sc [26] 

Row 91: dec, 22 sc, dec [24]

Row 92: FLO, inc, 22 sc, inc [26] You will fold along the line later to get the sticking part.

Row 93-96: 26 sc [26]

Row 97: BLO, inc, 24 sc, inc [28]

Row 98: 28 sc [28]

Row 99: inc, 26 sc, inc [30]

Row 100-108: 30 sc [30]

Finally I added rows 103-108. In the photo the final rows are not added yet.


SIDE (x2)

Side is crocheted from top to bottom. Crochet 1 tch in the end of every row.

Row 1: Start with ch 67, insert the hook in 2nd ch and work 66 sc [66]

Row 2: 66 sc [66]

From the 3rd row I divided the number of stitches in three parts: 24 sc (the front fender, part I), 28 sc (the doors, part II), 14 sc (the back fender, part III). 

I used markers for marking definite parts of the side.


Row 3: inc, 4 sc [6]

Row 4: 6 sc [6]

Row 5: inc, 3 sc, dec [6]

Row 6: 6 sc [6]

Row 7: inc, 3 sc, dec [6]

Row 8-10: 6 sc [6]

Row 11: dec, 3 sc, inc [6]

Row 12: 6 sc [6]

Row 13: 5 sc, inc [7]

Row 14: 7 sc [7]


Skip 10 sts from part I and part III (marked with pink safety pins).

Insert the hook in the stitch where the pink marker is placed.

Row 3: 32 sc [32]

Row 4: dec, 28 sc, dec [30]

Row 5: 30 sc [30]

Rnd 6: dec, 26 sc, dec [28]

Rnd 7: 28 sc [28]

Rnd 8: dec, 24 sc, dec [26]

Rnd 9: 26 sc [26]

Rnd 10: dec, 22 sc, dec [24]

Rnd 11-14: 24 sc [24]


Start on the wrong side from the edge.

Row 3: 10 sc [10]

Row 4: dec, 8 sc [9]

Row 5: 9 sc [9]

Row 6: dec, 7 sc [8]

Row 7: 8 sc [8]

Row 8: dec, 4 sc, dec [6]

Row 9: dec, 4 sc [5]

Row 10: dec, 1 sc, dec [3]

Row 11: dec, 1 sc [2]

 After crocheting the sides, I crochet additional rows to rise the back (start from the brown yarn marker on the photo). Starting point = stitch near to the windshield on the right side of the car (pictures below).

In rows 2 and 4 I don't crochet the turning chain in the end and turn.

Row 1: 42 sc, 1 tch, turn [42]

Row 2: 22 sc, sl st, no tch, turn

Row 3: sl st, 21 sc, 1 tch, turn 

Row 4: inc, 13 sc, sl st, no tch, turn 

Row 5: sl st, 14 sc, 1 tch, turn

Row 6: 8 sc, sl st

Cut the yarn, fasten off.

Crochet the same way on the left side of the car (start crocheting from the wrong side near to the windshield - the brown yarn marker). The picture below presents the left side of the car.


Now join the top and the sides (part I and III; no middle part, because the windows are not ready yet).

I join the parts with slip stitches on the wrong side (the seam is on the wrong part).

I need to find common points, so I count 14 rows of the front side (part I) and the hood and join the points with a safety pin.

The back part's common point is the middle of the back window and the middle "stair" of the part III (side) (look at the photo below).




Window for the left side of the car

Insert the hook in the stitch where you found the common point to join the side (part III) with the back of the car (the orange yarn marker on the photo). 

Row 1: BLO, 28 sc, 1 tch, turn.  

Row 2: dec, 24 sc, sl st (the last stitch is unworked), no tch, turn [26]

Row 3: skip the first st, 25 sc, 1 tch, turn

Row 4: dec, 21 sc, sl st (the last stitch is unworked), no tch, turn [23]

Row 5: skip the first st, 22 sc, 1 tch, turn

Row 6: dec, 18 sc, sl st  (the last stitch is unworked), no tch, turn [20]

Row 7:  skip the first st, 19 sc, 1 tch, turn

Row 8: dec, 15 sc, sl st [17]

Now join the edge of the window and the roof.

In the last row of the window there is 17 sts, so count 17 sts from the beginning of the roof (marker on the photo). 


I join with single crochets (crocheting from the right to the left direction up to the windshield: segment "a" --> "b" ). You have to adjust the number of sts at the "a" segment (check how many sts is along the diagonal edge of the window and the roof; sometimes you need to insert the hook two times into the same stitch. I had 11 sts on the roof along the "a" segment, so I had to adjust it to the number of stitches along the "a" segment of the window.

Join the segment "c" at the front of the windshield. Thanks to that there is nice seam.

Window for the right side of the car:

Start from the wrong side in the point as for the left side of the car, crocheting in FLO. Pattern is the same as for the left side of the car.

Join the trunk parts (look at the markers on the photo)

Crochet sl sts along the folding line at the sticking part.

Wheel arch

The front stripe (x 2)

Row 1: ch 7, insert the hook in 2nd ch from the hook and work 6 sc [6]

Rows 2-34: 6 sc [6]

The back stripe (x 2) 

Row 1: ch 7, insert the hook in 2nd ch from the hook and work 6 sc [6]

Rows 2-31: 6 sc [6]

 Join the wheelarch with the sides - crochet single crochets, red HDB. PICTURE BELOW




Start with red HDB. 

Stuff while you go through the next rounds and cut the felt insert to add into the wheel (approx 10 cm in diameter - measure your wheel and adjust if needed).

Rnd 1: 6 sc in MR [6]

Rnd 2: 6 inc [12]

Rnd 3: (1 sc, inc) x 6 [18]

Rnd 4: (1 sc, inc, 1 sc) x 6 [24]

Rnd 5: (3 sc, inc) x 6 [30]

Rnd 6: 30 sc [30]

Change to black.

Rnd 7: black, (2 sc, inc, 2 sc) x 6 [36]

Rnd 8: (5 sc, inc) x 6 [42]

Rnd 9: (3 sc, inc, 3 sc) x 6 [48]

Rnd 10: BLO, 48 sc [48]

Rnd 11-12: 48 sc [48]

Rnd 13: BLO, (3 sc, dec, 3 sc) x 6 [42]

Add felt insert (my size is 10 cm in diameter) and start stuffing (I stuff the wheel at the front part).

Rnd 14: (5 sc, dec) x 6 [36]

Rnd 15: (2 sc, dec, 2 sc) x 6 [30]

Change to red (if you want to you may continue crocheting the black yarn too).

Rnd 16: red, (3 sc, dec) x 6 [24]

Rnd 17: (2 sc, dec) x 6 [18]

Rnd 18: (1 sc, dec) x 6 [12]

Rnd 19: 6 dec [6]

Rnd 20: 3 dec [3]


Pin the wheels to the dark grey stripes (wheel arch).


Crochet ch 14 between both sides of the car to keep shape and measure the PVC pipe between wheels (my pipe is 8 cm long). PICTURE BELOW


The pipe is 2 cm in diameter, 8 cm long.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in MR [6]

Rnd 2: 6 inc [12]

Rnd 3-16: 12 sc [12]

Insert the pipe.

Rnd 17: 6 dec [6]

Fasten off, close the opening.

Sew the tube with PVC to the wheels.

Crochet the bottom part (dark grey).


dark grey HDB


Crochet bottom:

Felt insert - size:

Crochet in rows.


Row 1: ch 27, insert the hook in 2nd chain from the hook and work 26 sc [26]

Rows 2-7: 26 sc [26]

Fasten off. Then I number next rows (PART B), starting from 1.


Start in 7th stitch from the edge of PART A and work:

Rows 1-13: 14 sc [14]

Row 14: 14 sc, ch 7

Row 15: insert the hook in 2nd ch from the hook and work 20 sc, ch 7

Row 16: insert the hook in 2nd ch from the hook and work 26 sc


Rows 17-39: 26 sc.

Fasten off. Then I number next rows (PART B), starting from 1.

Repeat PART B (rows 1-13).


Row 14: 14 sc, ch 9

Row 15: insert the hook in 2nd ch from the hook and work 22 sc, ch 9

Row 16: insert the hook in 2nd ch from the hook and work 30 sc


Join the bottom and sides around with single crochets. 

Sew the wheelarchs to the bottom.

Stuff the car before you close the opening.

The basic car is ready.
In next part we work on the details!
See you on Saturday! :)

This pattern is for personal use only. It cannot be sold. If you crochet project based on my pattern, share the photo and please attach information on the source - link to my blog, YouTube and hashtag #amilittlecreature. I work really hard to prepare tutorials and written patterns. I hope you will understand it and be fair. 
Thank you!


  1. Wow! Pięknie! Nabieram ochoty! 🤩🤩🤩

  2. Hello!
    I just finished making this for my nephew's birthday. It was a very popular gift!

    I thought I would leave you some notes about the pattern:
    - it would be helpful if you left the yarn information in the materials (weight, yardage, etc.) so that one can find comparable yarn available in their country.
    - For the sides, you should actually chain 68, and work 67 stitches. I also did not understand how you broke the stitch count for the sides up into 24, 28, and 14.
    - You often refer to working from the wrong side, but it is not clear what you mean by this.
    - The instructions and photos for assembly could be clearer as they were difficult to figure out.
    - When assembling the tail, it is unclear where you should slip stitch to create the "sticking part". More instruction would be useful here.
    - It is unclear how to attach the wheels to the car - you mention pinning them, but how do they stay on permanently?
    - When attaching the bottom, there would be 4 large gaps near the wheels that the suffing would fall out of. Are the wheels supposed to spin instead of be stationary? if so, how do you keep the stuffing from falling out? More information on this would be helpful (I ended up improvising and sewing everything together)

  3. Hello, thank you very much for your suggestions. As I wrote, the pattern wasn't tested, so such things might happen and that is great you improvise. I supposed crocheters will find Himalaya Dolphin Baby on the Internet and find the yardage etc. I did the project a long time ago, so I'm not able to answer all you questions now. I cannot add more instructions right now. I should crochet the car once again to check it. Wrong side means the inside part of the car. Have you watched my video presentation for the car? I tell in the video about the wheels that are sewed with grey yarn to the bottom and I also tell useful informations about specific steps I made to crochet it. I recommend you to watch. Thank you for sharing :) All the best.


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