We interrupt our regular schedule…

Had a little break from crochet, then coming back had a little break from pokemon to make this one. Bluey is an adorable blue heeler in the cartoon of the same name. If you haven’t seen it, check it out, especially if you have young kids – we love it because it’s so true to life (although the parents are much better at joining in the games than we are!)

This pattern is available on Ravelry and comes with great video tutorials and lots of pictures. And there are two sizes (or you can make a little sister Bingo too! – that’s the next one on my list). It was a bit fiddly carrying the different colours but really well explained.

And here she is!

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#088 Grimer

It’s so cute! I love this little sludge monster. Another fantastic pattern from Crochet Fanatic Christjan Bee’s site, I really like how the mouth worked (although mine didn’t quite line up as neatly as I wanted), and I tried to oversew on the bottom lip to give a bit more definition. Not sure it worked but I don’t think it detracts from the whole.

Fairly quick and easy, which was nice – the hands, and incorporating the fingers into the hands, are probably the most fiddly bits after the mouth, but the rest was a doddle.

Time taken: 5 days
Rating: Squee!

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#066 Machop

Another random number generated, another Pokemon – but the only pattern I could find was a paid pattern, so in a rare break from normality, I have…

…written a new pattern!!!

I’d love to know what you think, and if anyone has a go at it I’d love to see how you get on! Also please let me know if you spot any mistakes or anywhere that isn’t clear!

Machop Pokemon amigurumi pattern

This pattern is written in US crochet terms and assumes an understanding of basic crochet terms.

Abbreviations used:

MRMagic ring
Chchain stitch
Slstslip stitch
Scsingle crochet
Hdchalf double crochet
Dcdouble crochet
Incincrease (two stitches in one stitch space)
Decdecrease (one stitch across two stitch spaces)
Hdc Decdecrease using hdc stitch
FOfasten off
FOLTfasten off leaving a long tail for attaching to another piece

You will need:

  • light blue yarn (I used Deramores Studio anti-pilling DK in Topaz)
  • grey yarn (I used Deramores Studio anti-pilling DK in Mist)
  • black yarn for nostrils and mouth (I used Hobbycraft Valuecrafts DK in Black)
  • white, red and black felt for eyes
  • stuffing
  • crochet hook (I used 3mm)
  • sewing needle scissors, stitch marker(s), pins for assembly, textile glue for eyes (or you can stitch them on)

Additional notes:

  • Gauge and hook size aren’t important beyond making sure stitches are tight enough that stuffing doesn’t show through.
  • For added tightness, I recommend the Yarn Under technique for all but the head frills.
  • The pattern (except the frills) is worked “in-the-round”, so the next round starts by crocheting into the first stitch of the previous round.
  • Square brackets are repeated sections – keep following the stitches in the square brackets for as many repetitions as stated or until the end of the row.
  • Stuff firmly as you go, but leave the hands unstuffed. When crocheting the arms and legs, there are small variations between left and right, which should be clear in the pattern. Check very carefully as you go!


Head/body (light blue)

Rnd 1: MR 6 (6)
Rnd 2: Inc around (12)
Rnd 3: [sc, inc] around (18)
Rnd 4: [sc 2, inc] around (24)
Rnd 5: [sc 3, inc] around (30)
Rnd 6: [sc 4, inc] around (36)
Rnd 7-12: sc around (36)
Rnd 13: sc 15, inc 6, sc 15 (42)
Rnd 14-16: sc around (42)
Rnd 17: sc 18, dec 6, sc 12 (36)
Rnd 18: sc 15, dec 6, sc 15 (36)
Rnd 19: [sc 4, dec] around (30)
Rnd 20: [sc 3, dec] around (24)
Rnd 21-22: sc around (24)
Rnd 23: [sc 3, inc] around (30)
Rnd 24-26: sc around (30)
Rnd 27: [sc 4, inc] around (36)
Rnds 28-30: Sc around (36)
Rnd 31: [sc 5, inc] around (42)
Rnd 32-41: sc around (42)
Rnd 42: [sc 5, dec] around (36)
Rnd 43: [sc 4, dec] around (30)
Rnd 44: [sc 3, dec] around (24)
Rnd 45: [sc 2, dec] around (18)
Rnd 46: [sc, dec] around (12)
Rnd 47: Dec around (6)
FO

Tail (light blue)

Rnd 1: MR 6 (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc around (6)
Rnd 4: [sc, inc] around (9)
Rnd 5-7: sc around (9)
Rnd 8: sc 2, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc 2 (12)
Rnd 9-11: sc around (12)
Rnd 12: sc 3, [inc, sc]x3, inc, sc 2 (16)
Rnd 13: sc round (16)
Rnd 14: sc 4, [inc, sc 3]x3 (19)
Rnd 15-16: sc round (19)
Rnd 17: sc 6, [inc, sc 2]x2, inc, sc 6 (22) FOLT

Feet/legs (light blue) – make TWO

Rnd 1: MR 6 (6)
Rnd 2: Inc around (12)
Rnd 3: [sc 3, inc 3]x2 (18)
Rnd 4: sc 5, inc 3, sc 6, inc 3, sc (24)
Rnd 5: sc around (24)
Rnd 6: sc 6, hdc, hdc dec 2, hdc 2, hdc dec 2, hdc, sc 6 (20) (Read this carefully!)
Rnd 7: sc 6, dec, hdc dec 2, dec, sc 6 (16)
Rnd 8-13: sc around (16)
Rnd 14-15: sc 7, hdc 6, sc 3 (16) (The hdc on these rows make the knee, so feel free to adjust it a stitch or two to make it line up with the front of the foot)
Rnd 16-17: sc round (16)
Rnd 18: [sc 7, inc]x2 (18)
Rnd 19: sc 4, inc, sc 8, inc, sc 4 (20)
Rnd 20: [sc 9, inc]x2 (22)
Rnd 21: sc round (22)
Rnd 22: sc 5, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 5 (24)
Rnd 23 for LEFT leg: sc 18, TURN
Rnd 23 for RIGHT leg: sc 6, TURN
Rnd 24 (back to both legs again): starting from 2nd stitch from hook, sc 10, TURN
Rnd 25: from 2nd stitch, sc 9, TURN
Rnd 26: from 2nd stitch, sc 6, dec
FOLT

Thumbs (light blue) – make TWO

Rnd 1: MR 4
Rnd 2-3: sc around (4)
FO

Hands/arms (light blue) – make TWO

Rnd 1: MR 5 (5)
Rnd 2: Inc around (10)
Rnd 3-5: sc around (10)
This is the fiddliest bit, where you need to join the thumb to this row with two stitches, and the next row with two stitches. If it’s too complicated, just sc around for these rows and sew the thumb on afterwards.
Rnd 6: sc through thumb (from inside) and hand 2, sc 8 (10)
Rnd 7: sc through thumb (from outside) and hand 2, sc 8 (10)
Rnd 8: sc around (10)
Rnd 9: [4, inc]x2 (12)
Rnd 10-13: sc around (12)
For LEFT arm:
Rnd 14: sc 2, hdc 5, sc 5 (12) (The hdc on these rows make the elbow, so feel free to adjust it a stitch or two to make it line up with the hand)
Rnd 15: sc 2, hdc 5, sc 5 (12)
Rnd 16: sc around (12)
For RIGHT arm:
Rnd 14: sc 10, hdc 2 (12)
Rnd 15: hdc 3, sc 7, hdc 2 (12)
Rnd 16: hdc 3, sc 9 (12)
Back to BOTH arms:
Rnd 17: sc around (12)
Rnd 18: [sc 5, inc]x2 (14)
Rnd 19: sc around (14)
Rnd 20: [sc 6, inc]x2 (16)
Rnd 21-22: sc around (16)
For the shoulder, my hook was in the correct place in the left arm, but I needed to crochet around to the same position on the right shoulder (about sc 11), TURN
Rnd 23: sc 11, TURN
Rnd 24: starting from 2nd stitch from hook, sc 9, TURN
Rnd 25: from 2nd stitch, sc 8, TURN
Rnd 26: from 2nd stitch, sc 11 (this takes you past the row and down the shoulder), TURN
Rnd 27: from 2nd stitch, sc 14 (up to the row and down the shoulder the other side). Hopefully you have a slightly cupped shoulder now!
FOLT

Short head frill (grey) – make TWO

Row 1: chain 12, TURN
Row 2: starting from the 2nd stitch from the hook, sc 4, hdc 3, sc 4, TURN (11)
Row 3: starting from the 1st stitch from the hook, slst 2, sc 2, hdc inc 3, sc 2, slst 2 (14)
FOLT

Long head frill (grey)

Row 1: chain 13, TURN
Row 2: starting from the 2nd stitch from the hook, sc 4, hdc, dc 2, hdc, sc 4 TURN (12)
Row 3: starting from the 1st stitch from the hook, slst 2, sc 2, hdc inc 4, sc 2, slst 2 (16)
FOLT


Assembly

  • Using light blue yarn, roll up the hands into fist shapes with the thumb on top (you don’t want your Machop to break their thumb when punching!) and secure in place with a few stitches.
  • Pin everything carefully and make sure you’re happy with placement before you attach anything permanently!
  • Sew larger pieces first as they won’t bend out of place so easily.
  • Cut out white, red and black shapes for eyes using pictures as a guide, and stitch or glue on.
  • Embroider nostrils and mouth.


    Ta-da! Your Machop is ready for action!

Machop character and Pokémon are copyright The Pokémon Company.

This pattern is an original pattern by Diana Caulfield (May 2021). 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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#109 Koffing

One of the best things about lockdowns and working from home is going to meetings with your camera off, right? Today I was attending an amazing conference, which was full of great talks that I could listen to without having to do anything further (I did make a few notes of some particularly interesting points though). Which meant I could get my crochet on and participate and not bother anyone with my handiwork. So…

Ta-da! It’s a Koffing!

Things I love: a straightforward shape (a glorified globe, let’s be honest) and again very few colours. The pattern, from Loopy Cathrine again, is very clear and apparently my tension isn’t too terrible because my sphere came out pretty spherical! I didn’t bother with felting, but I did create paper templates for the shapes and then cut them out of felt – I think it really helped, particularly using one template for both eyes. The vents were a little bit of a faff – 14 of them!! – but I was listening to some research about racism in library services, so it wasn’t the hard slog it could have been.

One thing I did like is that presumably the creator is based in the UK. Which meant that when they state what yarn they used, what weight and colour – I was able to source exactly that! We don’t have red heart here, and sometimes I wonder if we miss out…

Time taken: 2 days
Rating: Yay!!

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#011 Metapod

A lovely pattern from Frog and Fasten, entertainingly written and very clear, meant that this was a sheer joy to complete. Metapod is only three colours (I used kiwi, black and white) and only crochet and sewing together, no felt, no glue, dead easy and for a cocoon I think she’s got bags of character!

Did I change anything? Not really. The body and horns are all the same as in the pattern. The eyes, instead of making the circles in white then adding black on top, I chose to start in black for the first two rings, then switch out to white for the outer two rings – I think it’s a bit quicker and it doesn’t look too shabby, although obviously placing the black on top will give a smoother circle shape for the pupils. The only thing I really had to change was the eyelids, because my tension yielded this shape instead:

Not quite the semi-circle I was hoping for! So after a few trials and errors, I went with making them 4 stitches instead of 3 at the beginning and expanding proportionally from there, and that seemed to work for me!

So all in all, I’m really happy with how this one came out. I love the colour, the design, it was quick and easy to make and I’m already onto the next one!!

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#046: Paras

The mushroom pokemon! Not sure what made me pick this one (so obviously must have been the random number generator..) but I had two patterns to choose from for this one; Dippycatcrochet‘s and James Bartolotti‘s (link to his Ravelry page). I really liked both for different reasons, so I incorporated elements of both, but mainly used Dippycatcrochet because I really liked how delicate the legs were. Of course, then I added my own twists where I felt like it!

So what did I do different? Firstly, possibly most obviously, I stuck with red rather than pink for the mushrooms! I liked James’s Paras’s mouth, so what I did was do 6 sc into a magic ring in black, fasten off and sew on, then embroider over that with the cream yarn to make the mandible bits (or whatever they are – my insect anatomy is not good!).

I didn’t use wire in the legs to pose them – I thought it would be difficult and fiddly and given there were four of them, I wanted an easier and quicker solution. What I ended up doing was when I attached the legs to the body, I ran the excess yarn down the inside of each leg and tightened it up to make the leg bend, then fastened it securely. It seems to work, though it probably won’t hold up to seriously rough treatment! But the added benefit of it is that it’s also easily repairable (or even redoable), so if the yarn stretches with age, I can do it again, whereas trying to reinsert wire in a leg? Forget it!

Dippycatcrochet recommended using the foundation chain method on the mushroom stalks, and I would definitely second that. I find joining a chain in a circle surprisingly difficult, and this made it a little easier. I also went down from 3.5mm to 2.5mm, using DK yarn, to make the hook a bit more mobile through the yarn. Not sure whether it helped or not, as obviously it also makes the stitches smaller!

So here we are. I wouldn’t say it’s cute exactly, but it’s maybe cute the way a tarantula is cute? Definitely more cute than the ants that like to find their way up to my desk are, anyway! -_-

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#026 Raichu

It’s been a while, and I just needed to do something straightforward, where the pattern was already written out for me. And a cute character, if I could help it, because there’s an added incentive to finish!

So I trawled through my saved patterns on Ravelry and found Raichu by Linda Potts (aka WolfdreamerOTH). As you’d expect, a clear and well written pattern, with nothing horrendously challenging. For some reason my balls work up shorter than hers, so I added a few more rows in the head and body, but everything else I followed meticulously.

Colours aren’t amazing, I’ll be honest, but I couldn’t be bothered to go for a major dig in my stash to find better colours, so I used most of the ones I’d bought when making my Hey Duggee – so it’s come out looking a little darker than I’d like, but I think that’s barely worth complaining about! I added a pipe cleaner to the tail, and floral wire to the lightning bolt to hold its shape – I think that worked pretty well, although it makes the joins look far too floppy!

And here we are: Raichu!

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We interrupt our regular schedule…

So it’s not a Pokémon, I know, but I’m still excited to present to you:

At least 20% more awesome!

It’s Rainbow Dash! Isn’t she amazing? Thanks for this pattern go to Ceefax and KnitOneAwesome (I should really get them a coffee) and I think it’s absolutely brilliant.

The wings are super-fiddly, and that’s where I hibernated for about two months because I couldn’t be faffed with them for a while, but I picked up again and carried on and to be honest it didn’t take as long as I was expecting. Unfortunately in that time my tension has changed completely because I’ve been producing cotton octopodes for preemies (tension has to be through the roof so there aren’t any holes!), so one wing is sliiiiightly bigger than the other – but be honest, can you actually tell?

I’ll get back to the Pokemon now…

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#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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