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.
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?