#078 Rapidash

Okay, this one has been a project and a half! But I really genuinly think it’s one of my best yet. There aren’t any obvious free Rapidash patterns that I could find, but I thought, well, how hard could it be? How different is Rapidash from any unicorn/horse crochet pattern – but I didn’t much like any of the free ones of those either!!

So I did something I’ve not done for this quest before – I paid for a pattern. It’s a bit of a fail in one sense, becasue I wanted to link to all the free patterns I used or make my own so that everyone else could have access (and then we’re not breaking IP law, y’all). But this pattern isn’t a Pokemon, so it’s not breaching copyright, and I really loved it. It’s for a Standing Unicorn, and it’s by an amazing designer called Megan Lapp.

It’s flipping difficult, and even with the pictures there were lots of places where I went wrong, and I just cannot crochet in the round except in a spiral, which meant that some things went slightly wonky. And I didn’t have thick enough wire for the legs so they’re very, very wobbly – think new born foal, not mighty stallion! – but even so, I can sometimes get it to stand up by itself!

Rather than using her design for the horn (which I tried and it came out far too big so I’ll use it on a narwhal or something), I did MR4, sc round a couple of rows, then a single increase and round a couple more rows, and so on until it hit the right size and shape.

Horn too big – Rapidash for comparison!

Then came the mane and the tail and the flamey hooves – a lot of work! For these I threaded lots of appropriate coloured yarns and then borrowed a felting kit from a friend to try this out for the first time – I’m fairly happy how that went.

Then it was time for the final details – embroidering some nostrils in black, glueing felt for the eyes and inside the ears and ta-da! One Rapidash! What do you reckon?

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#086 Seel pattern – now written out properly!

A comment about the basically useless splurge of numbers and letters on my Seel pattern finally spurred me to write it out properly. Hope it’s correct! I’d love to know if you have a go – I’ve just recently posted my own Seel out to a friend’s child, so it will be interesting to see what they think of it!

Seel Amigurumi

You will need:
White yarn
Cream yarn (for cheeks)
Pink yarn (for tongue)
Black yarn (for nose)
Stuffing
Black felt for eyes (and nose unless you sew it)
White felt for fangs and eyes
Crochet hook
Embroidery needle
Fabric glue (or thread for stitching felt)

All in white yarn and crocheted in the round unless otherwise stated

Head (make 1)

  1. Magic ring (6)
  2. [Inc] round (12)
  3. [Inc, sc] round (18)
  4. [Inc, 2 sc] round (24)
  5. [Inc, 3 sc] round (30)
    6-8. Sc round (30)
  6. [Dec, 3 sc] round (24)
  7. [Dec, 2 sc] round (18) Begin stuffing at this point
  8. [Dec, sc] round (12)
  9. [Dec] round (6)
    Weave yarn through row and FO leaving tail to attach to body.

Body (make 1)

  1. Magic ring (6)
  2. [Inc] round (12)
  3. [Inc, sc] round (18)
  4. [Inc, 2 sc] round (24)
  5. [Inc, 3 sc] round (30)
  6. [Inc, 4 sc] round (36)
    7-11. Sc round (36)
  7. 4 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 24 sc (34)
  8. 4 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 22 sc (32)
  9. 4 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 20 sc (30)
  10. 4 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 18 sc (28) Start stuffing and continue to stuff as you go
  11. [5 sc, dec] round (24)
  12. Sc round (24)
  13. [4 sc, dec] round (20)
  14. Sc round (20)
  15. [3 sc, dec] round (16)
  16. Sc round (16)
  17. [2 sc, dec] round (12)
    FO leaving tail to attach to tail (if that makes sense…)

Flippers (Make 4)
(These are worked flat, not in the round)

  1. Ch 14, turn
  2. Slst into 2nd loop, 3 slst, 4 sc, 5 hdc, ch 2, turn
  3. 5 hdc, 4 sc, 4 slst, ch 1, turn
  4. Repeat rows 2-3.
    FO leaving tail to attach to second flipper
    Sew two flippers together, with a light amount of stuffing between, then attach to body

Tail (make 4)
(These are worked flat, not in the round)

  1. Ch 10, turn
  2. Slst into 2nd loop, 2 slst, 3 sc, 3 hdc, ch 1, turn
  3. 3 hdc, 3 sc, 3 slst, ch 1, turn
  4. Repeat rows 2-3.
    FO leaving tail to attach to second tail
    Sew two tails together, with a light amount of stuffing between
    Join both tail halves together with a round of sc before attaching to end of body

Horn (make 1)

  1. Magic ring (4)
  2. Sc 4 (4)
  3. Sc 3, inc (5)
  4. Sc 2, inc, sc 2 (6)
    FO leaving tail to attach to head, stuff lightly before attaching

Tongue (make 1)
In PINK

  1. Ch 4
  2. 2 sc into sc, sc, 3 sc into sc (going around to the bottom side of the chain), sc, sc into the same hole as your first 2 sc (8)
  3. Sc around (8)
    FO leaving tail to attach to head, stuff lightly – don’t attach just yet!

Cheeks (make 2)
In CREAM

  1. Magic ring (6)
  2. Inc round (12)
  3. If this is the first cheek, FO
  4. If this is the second cheek, join with sc into the last row of the tongue, sc along the top of the tongue and join to 1st cheek with sc, slst and FO
  5. Attach another piece of cream yarn to the first cheek to do the same along the bottom of the tongue
  6. FO leaving tail to attach to head
  7. Attach black yarn to middle of top row to make nose
    Attach to head

Add eyes and fangs as in picture – I usually glue the felt on with fabric glue – et voìla!

Seel character and Pokémon are copyright The Pokémon Company.

This pattern is an original pattern by Diana Caulfield (April 2016, edited August 2020). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.

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Free Pattern – Hey Duggee!

If you’ve got children under the age of 5, you’ve probably come across this charming fellow. My nearly-two-year-old absolutely adores Hey Duggee, and will willingly stop everything else to go and watch an episode – can’t wait to see their face when I give them this!

It’s not the world’s best pattern, I think in hindsight I made the head too long, the mouth too narrow, and I just could not get the right colour for the trousers, but on the whole I’m pretty pleased. I think I might have to invest in a lightbox set up soon though – my pictures look terrible!

You will need:

  • Yarn – mid brown (body), gold (shirt), dark gold (trousers), yellow (neckerchief), mid blue (woggle), spice (muzzle) and black (nose and eyes)
  • Felt – I didn’t have purple so used dark pink instead, other colours are yellow, black, brown, grey, red and light pink
  • 2mm crochet hook and darning needle
  • Stuffing

Duggee works up to about 9-10 inches long

Where you see curly brackets are where I’ve repeated that pattern.

(This pattern is in US terminology – for UK, simply substitute sc for dc)

Body

In mid brown
1: Magic ring (6)
2: Inc in sc round (12)
3: {sc, inc} round (18)
4: {2 sc, inc} round (24)
5: {3 sc, inc} round (30)
6: {4 sc, inc} round (36)
7-10: sc round (36)
11: {11 sc, inc} round (39)
12-15: sc round (39)
16: {12 sc, inc} round (42)
17-20: sc round (42)

Change to yellow
21-23: sc round (42)

Change to gold
24-29: sc round (42)
30: {13 sc, inc} round (45)
31-32: sc round (45)

Change to dark gold
33-34: sc round (45)
35: {5 sc, dec, 6 sc, dec} round (39)
36: sc round (39)
37: {4 sc, dec, 5 sc, dec} round (33)
38: {9 sc, dec} round (30)
37: {3 sc, dec} round (24)
Begin stuffing firmly
38: {2 sc, dec} round (18)
39: {1 sc, dec} round (12)
40: dec round (6)
Weave end through last ring and FO

Ears (make two)

In mid brown
1: Magic ring (6)
2: Inc in sc round (12)
3: {sc, inc} round (18)
4-12: sc round (18)
13: {7 sc, dec} round (16)
14: {6 sc, dec} round (14)
Flatten the round, then stitch across to join the two sides together (7 ish)
FO leaving tail for sewing.

Arms (make two)

In mid brown
1: Magic ring (6)
2: {inc, sc} round (9)
3: {inc, 2 sc} round (12)
4: sc round (12)

Change to gold
5-15: sc round (12)
16: turn, sc 6 halfway round to create a slight shoulder
FO leaving tail for sewing, and stuff firmly.

Legs (make two)

In mid brown
1: Magic ring (6)
2: {inc, inc, sc} round (10)
3: sc round (10)

Change to dark gold
4-12: sc round (10)
FO leaving tail for sewing, and stuff firmly.

Muzzle

In spice
1: ch 5, turn
2: 3 sc, then 3 sc into last ch working around to the other side
3: 2 sc, then 2 sc into last ch, slst to join
4: ch 1, inc, dec, inc, sc, inc, inc, inc, sc, inc, slst to make a jelly bean shape
FO leaving tail for sewing.

I found it easiest to embroider the mouth here rather than after the muzzle was attached to the face.

Nose

In black
1: Magic ring (6)
FO leaving tail for sewing.

Neckerchief

In yellow
1: ch 4, turn
2: 3 sc, turn (3)
3-7: ch 1, 3 sc, turn (3)
8: even decrease by doing a dec between 1 and 2, and 2 and 3 (2)
9: dec (1)
FO leaving tail for sewing.

Woggle

In mid blue
1: ch 5, turn
2: 4 sc, turn (4)
3: ch 1, 4 sc (4)
FO leaving tail for sewing.

Assemble as per the top picture, and embroider eyes in black. Glue on felt badges, et voìla! If you do have a go at making him, I’d love to see how you get on!

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#060 Poliwag

Ta-da! I had the excuse that I was still waiting for some bits in order to tackle the one I was supposed to be doing, so in the meantime I happened upon this one and thought it would be a nice quick easy one to do!

Well, it should have been, but I was using up some really yucky scratchy acrylic yarn, which was really splitty (mental note: don’t let mum do the yarn shopping!), and a metal 2.5mm hook with a handle that was only 5 inches long and kept digging into my hand – in the end I wrapped a cotton rag round the end to stop it tearing my hand into ribbons! I also had some yucky white yarn which claims to be DK but is a much smaller hand than the blue, so ended up having to do more rows of the white to compensate (mental note: don’t let me do the yarn shopping either!).

I made some small adaptations to the design by LoopyCathrine – so the extra ring of white on the belly, and instead of using felt for the whites of the eyes, I crocheted a couple of ovals in the thin white yarn. Less because I wanted to crochet and more because I don’t have a lot of white felt and I’m also terrible at cutting regular shapes (I don’t have any decent left-handed scissors for textiles). If you want to do the same it’s dead easy:

  1. Magic Ring 6
  2. Inc all the way round (12)
  3. 3 sc, 3 inc, 3 sc, 3 inc (18)
  4. Slip stitch and FO with long tail for sewing

I think it worked pretty well!

I’m now getting to the point where I have more pokemon than I have space for – I’m toying with the idea of selling them. It’s not so much to make any money (particularly given the characters are in copyright), but more to recoup some of the cost of materials and to cover postage at least. Maybe I should open an Etsy shop?

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#005 Charmeleon

According to the random number generator (or as those of us in the know like to call it, the Random Nethack God) I should have been working on a different Pokemon. But I wanted something a little smaller and easier as work is being a bit difficult, and I didn’t want my hobby to be giving me headaches at the same time!! So I don’t quite know why I settled on Charmeleon – maybe I felt inspired by the glorious spice-coloured yarn? But I had a lovely pattern available from the awesome Christjan Bee, and a weekend later, here we are!

Spicy charmeleon!

So if I was going to do it again, I’d probably adapt the pattern a bit. I feel like the neck is too long, and the legs feel too small. But I love how the claws were incorporated into the limbs, so once again there was very little finishing off required at the end as it was all done as I went! A far cry from my companion cube, which involved a lot of assembly once all the crocheting was done.

Still, very happy. And maybe now I have the spoons to tackle the tricky one I was supposed to be doing?…

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#144 Articuno

Okay, I’m pretty impressed with how this one turned out. This was a fabulous pattern, from Crochet Fanatic, and one of the best things about the pattern is that it’s all joined as you go, so you don’t get all the fun stuff done then you’re left with all the stitching at the end. I think I need thicker floral wire though – I used 0.35mm and even doubled over it’s just not holding up to the weight of the yarn.

Here’s Articuno!

I also ran out of the light blue yarn, and the colour match on the wings isn’t quite right, but I think I can live with it. I love the construction of the feet and the wings!

The colour match (or lack of it) is a lot more noticeable at the back

I also found it quite tricky to add the wire to the tail without it poking out. This is really crucial when you have young children who will get into anything. In the end I crocheted a smaller, thinner version of the tail and sandwiched the wire between the two parts – this obviously makes it more bulky and heavy. This wasn’t a problem with the wings except the ends, but I just stitched over those.

Headshot!

In hindsight I’d also like to have put wire in the feet themselves, but overall, as I say, I’m pretty pleased!

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Free Pattern – Go-Jetters Grimbot!

Grimbot Pattern

If you have children under the age of 5, you will probably know about the Go-Jetters. My kids are absolutely nuts about them and have most of the toys. But given how well they lend themselves to amigurumi form, I couldn’t believe that there weren’t any patterns on Ravelry. How hard can it be? I thought, and this weekend I had a go at making a Grimbot.
Grimbots are the cute little hench-robots that work with Grandmaster Glitch, the villain of the show. They are too adorable! At some point I might have a go at the other characters, but this was enough to be going on with..

This pattern is written in US terminology and assumes that the crocheter can do magic ring, slip stitch, single crochet (US), increase and decrease.


You will need:
Pale grey or stone-coloured yarn
Orange yarn
Darker grey yarn for the circle outline on the top of the head
Scraps of light green, red and yellow yarn for the buttons on the chest
Black and white felt or yarn for eyes (I use felt and a hefty dose of fabric glue)
Stuffing

Gauge isn’t important as long as you can stitch tight enough to avoid gaps.


TOP AND BOTTOM OF GRIMBOT (MAKE 2)
Start in ORANGE
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30)
Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (36)
Switch to PALE GREY
Rnd 7-10: sc around (36)
FO

 

Now this is where I tried to make the sharp angle between the sphere and the bit with the face on. It didn’t really work terribly well, but I haven’t come up with anything better yet.


“CLOSING OFF” OF TOP AND BOTTOM PARTS (MAKE 2)
In PALE GREY
Rnd 1: Ch 24 (24)
Loop yarn around so that the next round starts at the beginning of the chain again.
Rnd 2: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30)
Rnd 3: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (36)
Rnd 4: Pick up edge of TOP/BOTTOM hemisphere and join to this disc, sc around so that you’re closing the hemisphere (36)
FO

 

FACE
In PALE GREY
Attach yarn to the inside of the closing off disc of the BOTTOM
Rnd 1-5: sc around (24)
FO leaving tail for sewing parts together.

Stuff both halves firmly, then attach the top of the FACE to the inside of the closing off disc of the TOP (24) – I sewed, but sc around might work.

 

LEGS (MAKE 2)
In PALE GREY
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)
Rnd 4: sc around in BACK LOOPS ONLY (18)
Rnd 5-7: sc around (18)
Rnd 8: sc in next 7 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (16)
Rnd 9: sc in next 6 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (14)
Rnd 10: sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (12)
Rnd 11: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (10)
FO, stuff firmly, and sew to BOTTOM

 

ARMS (MAKE 2)
In PALE GREY
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3-6: sc around (12)
Rnd 7: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (10)
Rnd 8: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (8)
FO, stuff firmly, and sew to BOTTOM

 

HANDS (MAKE 2)
In PALE GREY
Attach yarn to the end of the ARM
Ch 3, then 2 sl st back along the chain and sl st to the ARM. Do this three more times for fingers and thumb.
FO

 

FINISHING OFF
Embroider round armholes in ORANGE (I liked backstitch but YMMV)
Add small scraps of RED, YELLOW and LIGHT GREEN yarn to chest as in picture for buttons
Sew/stick eyes and eyebrows in BLACK and WHITE felt or yarn

 

Ta-da! Hope you enjoyed my pattern! Please let me know if you spot any errors, or if you need help with any of it.

 

GRIMBOT and GO-JETTERS are copyright CBeebies and others.

This pattern is an original pattern by Diana Caulfield (June 2020). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.

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#052 Meowth

Second Pokemon project of lockdown complete, and I’m really happy with how it came out! I used WolfDreamer off the hooks’s pattern (available here and through Ravelry) and like all her patterns it’s great and very clear. I love her description: “I adore Meowth because he’s scrappy and intelligent and just generally fun to watch in action.” – that just sums him up doesn’t it? He’s a fluffy ball of scratch and you just want him in your corner, don’t you?

I’m gonna give you a cuddle!!

The pattern as I said was fantastic, though for some reason my stitches are still squatter than (most) other people’s, so I did a few more rows on the feet and tail to compensate – wish I’d done the same on the body! Nonetheless, I adore him, almost as much as the toddler did – she whipped him away as soon as I showed him to her and now he’s gone forever!!

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#63 Abra

I’m baaaaack! I started this one back in July last year, I think, and shelved it while we moved. I picked it up again when a group of friends at work said how much we missed crafting, and since the lockdown it’s been really important to us, staying in touch and crafting both.

This is a pattern from Jhonie’s crochet lair, so I’m very grateful, because it was a very fiddly Pokemon to make! Some of the stitches were quite complicated, and the pictures weren’t the most high definition, but I think I muddled through okay!

So now, check out Abra!

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I’m still here!

I’m not dead – wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since the last post (and I have done very little crochet since then)! In that time I had another baby, and you thought my productivity was down after the first one? Down exponentially after the second!

Still, we’re getting to a point where I’m getting a few evenings back. Soon we’ll hopefully be moving to a bigger place, and I’ll be able to unpack all my yarn. In the meantime, I did this for a friend, and while it’s not a Pokémon, it’s an amigurumi, so I figured I’d share it here anyway:

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It’s a Hedwig!! Thank you Aldi for the kit ^_^

She’s cute, right? Complete with Hogwarts letter! I was so tempted to put something inside the envelope, as this one’s for a friend of mine, but didn’t bother in the end because I managed to sew it shut pretty tight and she wouldn’t have been able to get it out anyway..

The pattern is pretty good, although the shaping of the head & body was a bit weird (the increases weren’t regularly spaced, but I couldn’t work out an obvious front or back, or in fact any reason for irregularly spacing the increases). The other drawback is she won’t stand up by herself, but I think that’s a very minor niggle.

Hopefully this will mark a return to crocheting soon, and normal service will resume shortly!

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