My Apologies

I’m so sorry guys. I really feel kind of terrible for not posting anything for so very long.
For some reason, life really caught up with me and I just couldn’t find the time to blog. To be honest, I didn’t think there was an awful lot to blog about.

But now, I will take some time to let you guys know what I’ve been up to!

First off, as usual, I’ve been working a lot. Right now we’re smack in the middle of vacation season, so we’re missing co-workers and the ones that aren’t on holiday need to work a little bit more. So that’s pretty busy. Next to that, last month it was time for Animecon 2014, one of the biggest J-pop culture conventions in the Netherlands and I’m one of the lucky people who help to organise the whole thing. It was a blast, but also a very stressful time, which left me pretty much exhausted. Luckily, my duties are mostly during the convention only, so the rest of the year is more peaceful. But that one weekend a year can sure take a lot out of me.

Then, there’s some great news: Boyfriend and I bought a house! We will get the keys in a couple weeks, so I’ll be pretty busy packing up all our stuff and moving. It’s all very exciting and a little bit stressful, but I believe it’s amazing that we are able to take this huge step in life together ^_^ Sadly, it will cut into my crocheting and blogging time though, but it’s the best reason I can think of. Plus, I get my very own room to work in, so I’m trying to get lots of inspiration for decorating it.

More exciting news: I joined a Dutch crafts group called Tegendraads (Dutch site!). They sell different kinds of handmade goods and usually give workshops at different conventions in the Netherlands. This august will be the first time I will try to sell my work, so I’m trying to figure out what to bring and how to price the items. Thankfully, the girls are really helpful with giving loads of tips. But it will always be a surprise what will sell well and what I will have to bring back home with me. I’ll keep you updated.

I’ve gotten in touch with a new craft at Animecon as well. Needle felting! I find that it’s almost therapeutic to stick a needle into a bunch of felting wool until it gets the shape you want it to have. I bought a small starting kit at the convention and really enjoyed working on it. So when I ran into some kits at a local story, I just couldn’t resist. I’m working on trying to make some really small creatures. Not sure why, but for some reason it seems like more of a challenge to make things as tiny as possible, while still being recognisable. Here are the ones I’ve made so far:

Bunny made with the starter kit

Bunny made with the starter kit

Tiny piglet :3

Tiny piglet :3

And a teeny, tiny blue Totoro <3

And a teeny, tiny blue Totoro ❤

Next to that, I am still crocheting of course!
Right now, I’m working on a teddy bear for one of my little cousins and of course the items I would like to try and sell for Tegendraads.
Pics or it didn’t happen:

Hedgehog made using a pattern from Zoomigurumi 3 and a Stone Washed yarn

Hedgehog made using a pattern from Zoomigurumi 3 and a Stone Washed yarn

Another African Flower Owl, this one will stay with me (hopefully)

Another African Flower Owl, this one will stay with me (hopefully)

This one was a commission for a friend. It's supposed to be the avatar from some YouTuber, but I wasn't familiar with the little dude until my friend asked me to make her one ^_^"

This one was a commission for a friend. It’s supposed to be the avatar from some YouTuber, but I wasn’t familiar with the little dude until my friend asked me to make her one ^_^”

Pokéballs! These are keyrings that I will try to sell :) The ultraball got cancelled by me though, it just wouldn't come out the way I wanted it to

Pokéballs! These are key-rings that I will try to sell 🙂 The ultra ball got cancelled by me though, it just wouldn’t come out the way I wanted it to

So yeah, busy times and I’m not taking the time I need to take to blog. But I will try to keep you all updated a bit more. As usual, if you happen to miss me for too long, check out my FaceBook page. It’s a lot easier to update, since I don’t feel the need to write long stories. I keep that one up to date with pictures of current projects!

So once again, my apologies for disappearing and hopefully I will be able to write to you guys a lot more in the future, with more original patterns to come!

Cheers, Lydia

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Pattern #9: Magikarp!

I can’t get away from making Pokémon patterns, but then again, it seems like it is easier for me when I know what the amigurumi should look like before I translate into crochet. I’m still having a hard time figuring out certain shapes, but I am also getting better. So after a friend of mine asked if I could make him a Magikarp, I first ventured onto the Internet to see if there was a pattern fitting for my needs already. I couldn’t find much really, apart from hats, so I decided to make my own.

So without further ado:

Magikarp Crochet Pattern!

A wild Magikarp appeared!

A wild Magikarp appeared!

Materials
Orange, white, yellow, pink, and black yarn. 4.5mm safety eyes, stuffing.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Eyes (make 2)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (8)
Fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew the eyes to the body.

Body
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: 1sc in every st around (12)
Round4: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round5-6 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (18)
Round7: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round8-11 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
Round12: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round13-14 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (18)
Round15: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Round16: 1sc in every st around, front loops only! (12)
Fo, attach the eyes and stuff the body. Make sure not to stuff too tightly, since the body needs to be flattened a bit to get the right shape.

Mouth
To make the mouth, attach black (or in this case, dark grey) yarn to round 16 of the body, back loops only!
Round1: 1sc in every st around (12)
Round2: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends, closing the gap with an end of yarn.
Then, you attach pink yarn to round 16 of the body and sc1 all around (12) this gives you the lips. Fo and weave in the ends.

DSC05274Tail
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Switch to orange yarn, fold your work and crochet together with about 15sc. Fo, leave an end of yarn to sew the tail to the body. With black yarn, embroider two lines down the tail.

Now it’s time to work on the fins! Please note that these are worked in rows! Also, if you’re having trouble figuring this part out, you can always cut the right shapes out of felt and glue them to the body ^_^

Backfin
With yellow yarn
Row1: ch4, turn
Row2: starting from the second chain from the hook sc in every ch, ch1, turn (3)
Row3: 1sc in every st, ch3, turn
Row4: starting from the second chain from the hook sc5, ch1, turn (5)
Row5: sc2, ch2 turn
Row6: starting from the second chain from the hook sc3, fo and leave an end of yarn to sew the backfin on top of the body.
Your end result should look like this:

Backfin

Backfin

Bellyfin
With yellow yarn
Row1: ch3, turn
Row2: starting from second chain from the hook, sc2, ch1, turn
Row3: sc1, ch2, turn
Row4: sc2, ch1, turn
Row5: sc1, ch3, turn
Row6: sc3, ch1 but don’t turn
Row7: work a row of sc along the side of your work. Fo and leave a tail of yarn to attach the belly fin to the underside of the body.
Your end result should look like this:

Belly Fin

Belly Fin

Pectoral Fins (make 2)
With white yarn
Row1: ch7, turn
Row2: sc6, ch1, turn
Row3: sc4, ch3, turn
Row4: sc6, fo.
Attach orange yarn to the side of the fin and ss around the side and top of the fin. Fo and leave a tail of yarn to attach the fins to the sides of the body. using black yarn, embroider two lines across the fins.
Make sure you make a right and a left fin, by ss across a different side for each fin. Or else, the orange rim will be at the bottom of one of the fins!

The end result should look like this:

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For the feelers, cut a length of yellow yarn and make a nice big knot at the end. Thread it in a needle and insert the yarn through a gap between stitches. Make it come out through a stitch just below the eyes, so that the knot at the end stays firmly inside. Do the same on the other side and cut the ends to be the desired length.

Tadaa~, your very own Magikarp is done!

Note that Magikarp and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.
Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance! If you have any questions regarding this pattern, or just want to show off your work, feel free to contact me ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

Goomy, plz

The new Pokémon games were officially released all over the world yesterday! Many people managed to get them earlier, but Boyfriend, being the amazing guy that he is, got me Pokémon X yesterday ^_^ I’m instantly hooked!

To celebrate, a Pokémon group on Ravelry has announced that the theme for this months CAL/KAL (Crochet/Knit Along) will be any creature from the new games. (You can find the thread here.) I only know about it because the topic starter linked to my Dedenne pattern, but I felt like I couldn’t miss out on the fun. So I made some time in between building ponies to make a Goomy.

Goomy in the game

Goomy in the game

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My very own Goomy, getting all nice and warm by the fire, since it’s been very cold lately

I thought it looked really cute, so I couldn’t resist making a pattern. And here it is:

Goomy Crochet Pattern

Materials
White yarn, light purple yarn, light green yarn. One pair of safety eyes 4.5mm.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdb – half double crochet
db – double crochet
tc – triple crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

 

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Head
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7-13 (7 rounds): 1sc in every st (36)
Round14: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round25: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Attach the safety eyes in between rounds 5 and 6 with about 4 stitches in between.
Round16: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the head
Round17: *1sc in first st, dec1`* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round18: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends.

Small Horns (make 2)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat once more (6)
Round3 and 4 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (6)
Round5: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat once more (4)
FO, leave a tail of yarn to pull the hole closed and sew on top of the head.

Big Horns (make 2)
With white yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat once more (6)
Round3-7 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (6)
Round8: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat once more (4)
FO, leave a tail of yarn to pull the hole closed and sew on top of the head, right behind the small horns.

Body
With light purple yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: 1sc in every st, back loops only! (36)
Round8: 2sc, hdc, 2dc, sc, ss, sc, hdc, dc, 2tc in same st, dc, hdc, sc, ss, 3sc, hdc, 2dc, sc, ss, sc, hdc, dc, 2tc in same st, dc, hdc, sc, ss, 2sc This creates a wavy line.
FO and leave a long tail for sewing the body to the head.

Attach light purple yarn to the loops left over on Round7 of the body
Round1: 1sc in every loop (36)
Round2: *sc, hdc, sc, ss, sc, dc, sc, ss* repeat around to make a wavy underside to the body.
FO and weave in the end.

Eyes (make 2)
With light green yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
FO, leave a tail of yarn to sew the eyes to the sides of the body.

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Your very own Goomy is done!

Note that Goomy and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.
Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please do give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance! And, of course, feel free to send me pictures of your work ^_^

If you have any questions about this pattern, or notice that something is off, please let me know!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to a certain game ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

New pattern: Dedenne!

It has been a while since I’ve posted a pattern of my own, but today, I finally finished a new one! I’ve been keeping up with news about the new Pokémon games X and Y (I desperately need X once it comes out!) and fell in love with this little guy:

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Dedenne

Luckily, I had all the colours I needed in my stash already, so I could get to work as soon as I’d finished all the other projects I’d set out for myself.

And here’s the result:

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Some parts came almost naturally to me and others I had to frog over and over again to get them right. Some parts can be replaced by felt (like the whiskers and back stripe) but I really kind of wanted to try to make some more difficult shapes with yarn. And I have to say, I believe I succeeded pretty well ^_^

Well, without further ado, here’s the pattern, so you can make one of these cute little guys yourself! If you do, feel free to share your work with me, I would love to see what you can make! Sometimes I really wonder if people use my patterns at all >_<”

Dedenne crochet pattern

Materials
Golden-brown yarn, (fuzzy) black yarn, orange yarn and off-white yarn. Black and white felt, wire.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdb – half double crochet
db – double crochet
tc – triple crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Head
With golden-brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: *1sc in first 5st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (42)
Round8-17 (10 rounds): 1sc in every sc (42)
Round 18: *1sc in first 5st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round19: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round20: *1sc in first 3st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round21: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the head
Round22: *1sc in first st, dec1`* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round23: dec6 (6)
Fo and weave in the ends.

Body
With golden-brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: *1sc in first 5st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (42)
Round8: *1sc in first 6st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (48)
Round9-13 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (48)
Round14: *1sc in first 6st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (42)
Round 15-19 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (42)
Round 20: *1sc in first 5st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Fo, leave a long tail of yarn to sew the body to the head. Stuff the body and sew the head on top.

Ears (make two)
With black yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5-7 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st (24)
Round8: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round9: 1sc in every st (18)
Round10: *1sc in first st, dec1`* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Flatten the piece and stitch the hole closed with 5 or 6 sc.
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the ears to the body.

Inner Ears (make two)
With off-white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the inner ears onto the ears.

Fold the ears a bit so that they get a bit more rounded at the bottom and sew them onto the top of the head.

Tummy
With off-white yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (36)
Round7: 1sc in first 12st, *1sc in next st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 5 times, 1sc in next 12st (42)
Round8: 1sc in first 18st, 2sc in next 6st, 1sc in next 18st (48)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn and sew the tummy onto the body. Make sure the round end is on the bottom of the body, so that the pointed end is right beneath the head.

Cheeks (make two)
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn. Sew the cheeks on the sides of the face.

Whiskers (make two)
With black yarn, ch16
Round1: working your way back along the chain ss2 then ch3, ss in second ch from hook, ss and return working along the original chain. Ss2, ch2, ss in second ch from hook and return working along the original chain. Ss along the rest of the chain (should be about 11ch left) and continue on the other side of the chain. Ss10, ch2, ss in second ch from hook and return working along the original chain. Ss2 then ch3, ss in second ch from hook, ss and return to original chain, ss2 and fo, leaving a tail of yarn.
Fold the whiskers in half and sew them onto the cheeks so that the halves without the antennae are at the bottom.

I’m sorry, but I can’t find an easier way to make the whiskers using crochet. You could of course always substitute these with felt whiskers, which should be a lot easier to make ^_^”

Front paws (make two)
With golden-brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (8)
Round3-6 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st (8)
Stuff the paws lightly, flatten the piece and stitch the hole closed with 3 or 4 sc. Leave a tail of yarn and sew the paws onto the body, just beneath the head and to the sides of the tummy.

Feet (make2)
With golden-brown yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3-7 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st (12)
Round8: *1sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round9: 1sc in every st (9)
Round10: *1sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 times (6)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the feet to the body. Flatten the piece and pull the tail of yarn through the feet to the top, then sew the feet to the bottom of the body, a little bit apart and pointing slightly outwards.

Back stripe
With black yarn, ch22
Work your way back along the chain, starting from the second ch from the hook.
Round1: 1sc in first 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1tc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1sc in next 3st, continue on the other side of the chain, 1sc in first 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1tc in next 3st, 1dc in next 3st, 1hdc in next 3st, 1sc in next 3st (42)
Round2: *1sc in first 6st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 5 times (48)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn. Sew the stripe to the back, starting at the 6th round of the body and ending about halfway on the head.

Tail
Start with fuzzy black yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round3: *1sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 times (12)
Round4-5 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st (12)
Round6: dec6 (6)
Change to normal black yarn, ch1 and turn (this is so you don’t have to turn the fuzzy yarn ‘right side out’ since most of the fuzz tends to go on the ‘wrong side’ of the piece. The normal black yarn is turned ‘right side out’ by turning your work)
Round7-57 (51 rounds): 1sc in every st (6)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn to sew the tail to the body. You don’t have to stuff the tail, but I did insert a length of wire so that it is pose-able.  Sew the tail to the bottom of the back stripe.

Cut two ovals out of black felt and glue them onto the face, in between the cheeks. Then cut two small circles out of white felt and glue them on top of the black ovals. Cut a small tooth out of white felt and the shape of the mouth out of black felt and glue them onto the face. Either embroider the nose onto the face or make it out of a tiny piece of black felt.

Your very own Dedenne is done!

Note that Dedenne and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.

Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance! And, of course, feel free to send me pictures of your work ^_^

Also, if you find anything wrong with this pattern or if you can’t figure something out, feel free to contact me 🙂

Some more pictures to finish up!DSC03979

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Cheers, Lydia

Mudkip crochet pattern

I herd U liek them ^_____^ 
Being the ‘nerd’ that I am, I could not resist making a Mudkip. They’re probably some of the weirdest Pokémon out there, but there is something about that huge mindless grin that attracts me to them. 

This one came out small enough to function as a keychain. Simply attach a ball chain or keychain to the body or back of the head and this little guy is ready to travel the world with you.

As usual, if you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Mudkip crochet pattern

Mudkip

Mudkip crochet pattern

Materials
Dark blue yarn, light blue yarn, black embroidery thread, two 6mm black safety eyes, orange felt.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Head
Using dark blue yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5-7 (3 rounds) : 1sc in every st around (24)
Change colour to light blue
Round8: 1sc in every st around (24)
Attach the safety eyes between round 4 and 5, roughly 5 stitches apart.
Round9: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the body
Round10: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round11: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leave a tail of yarn to close the hole and sew the head to the body.

Embroider the mouth over the line where the colours change. Cut two small circles out of orange felt and glue or sew them over the ends of the mouth (on the sides of the head). Cut the gills out of orange felt and glue them onto the circles. Feel free to use a little extra glue and make sure to press them on tightly.

Head crest
Using dark blue, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3-8 (6 rounds): 1sc in every st around (12)
Round9: dec 6 times (6)
Flatten the piece and stitch the hole shut with 3sc.
Fo and leave a tail of yarn to sew the crest tot the head.
Sew the crest on top of the head.

Body
Using dark blue, ch2
Round1: 5sc in second chain from hook (5)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (10)
Round3: *sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 4 times (15)
Round4-9 (6 rounds) 1sc in every st around (15)
Start stuffing the body
Round10: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 4 times (10)
Finish stuffing
Round11: dec5 (5)
Fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew the hole shut.

Sew the head onto the body between round 1 and 4. The face should point straight ahead.

Belly
With light blue yarn, ch6
Round1: 2sc in second chain from hook, sc in next 4 st, continue on the other side of the chain, 2sc in first st, sc in next 4 sc (12)
Round2: 2sc in first st, sc in next 4 st, 2sc in next 2 st, sc in next 4 st, 2sc in last st (16)
Round3: 2sc in first st, sc in next 6 st, 2sc in next 2 st, sc in next 6 st, 2sc in last st (20)
Fo, leave a tail of yarn to sew the belly to the underside of the body.

Feet (make 4)
With dark blue yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2 and 3 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Fo and leave a tail of yarn to sew the feet to the body. Stuff the feet lightly and attach them to the underside of the body.

Tail
With light blue yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (12)
Round3: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4-6 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (18)
Round7: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 5 times (12)
Round8: dec6 (6)
Flatten the piece and stitch the hole together with 3sc, fo leaving a tail of yarn and sew the tail vertically to the back of the body.

Your very own Mudkip is all done and ready to go!

Note that Mudkip and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.
Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please do give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance!

Vulpix crochet pattern

A wild pattern appeared! Lydia used ‘Crochet’. It’s super effective!
Yes, another Pokémon pattern, simply because they are all so very lovely to make ^_^ I’ve got a few more up my sleeve, but for now, you’ll have to make due with Vulpix.

If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to contact me. Do note that I have slightly altered this pattern since I made my Vulpix, so if anything doesn’t come out quite like the picture, it’s because this one is based on the old pattern. The biggest changes are that the body is less fat (my Vulpix is a little chubby) and the hind legs have been altered to look more sleek.

Vulpix crochet pattern

Vulpix

Materials
Light pink yarn, dark pink yarn, orange yarn, white and black felt, one 9mm black safety nose (or black embroidery thread if you want to embroider on the nose)

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern
The pattern is worked in rounds unless it says otherwise. You do not need to join rounds.

Ears (make 2)
With light pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 1sc in every st around (6)
Round3: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round4: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round5 and 6 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (12)
Fold your work flat and stitch together with 5sc. Fo and leave a tail of yarn for sewing the ears onto the head.

Inside of the ears (make 2)
With dark pink yarn, ch2
Round1: sc6 in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in first 3 st, sc in next 3st (9)
fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew onto the inside of the ears.

Head
With light pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from hook (6)
Round2: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round3: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round4: *sc in first 3st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (15)
Round5: *sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (18)
Round6: *sc in first 5st, 2sc in next sc* repeat ** 2 more times (21)
Round7: *sc in first 6st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (24)
Round8-12 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st around (24)
Attach the safety nose between round 3 and 4.
Round13: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Start stuffing the head
Round14: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round15: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the hole shut and for sewing the head to the body.

Cut two almond shaped eyes from black felt and two tiny half circles out of white felt. Glue the white pieces onto the black ones and glue an eye on each side of the head. See picture.

Hair roll
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in the second chain from the hook.
Round2: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round3 and 4 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Round5: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round6: *sc in first 2st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round 7 and 8 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Round9: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (6)
Fo, leaving a long tail of yarn. Close up the hole, flatten the piece and roll it up tightly, sewing it together so it doesn’t unroll.

Flat hair

The flat hair is worked in rows, so back and forth instead of in rounds.
With orange yarn, ch6
Row1: starting from the second chain from the hook sc 5, ch1 turn (5)
Row2: sc4, ch1, turn (4)
Row3: sc3, ch1, turn (3)
Row4: sc2, ch1, turn (2)
Row5: sc1, ch1, but do not turn! (1)
Sc all around the edges, so you get a nice clean edge, then fo, leaving a tail of yarn to sew the flat hair to the top of the head.

Sew the hair on top of the head with the point of the triangle pointing towards the nose then attach the hair roll on top of the base of the triangle.

Put together the ears and sew one on either side of the hair.

Body
With light pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5-14 (10 rounds) : 1sc in every st around (24)
Round15: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round16: 1sc in every st around (18)
Start stuffing the body
Round17: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round18: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leave a tail of yarn to close the hole and sew the body to the head.

Fasten the head onto the body, roughly between round 16 and 14.

Hind legs (make 2)
With dark pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2-5 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Change colour to light pink
Round6-8 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Round9: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round10: *sc in first 2st, 2sc in next st* repeat ** 2 more times (12)
Round11: 1sc in every st around (12)
Stuff the leg, not too tight, flatten the piece and start working back and forth.
Row1: sc the opening closed with 5sc, ch1, turn (5)
Row2: sc in the first 3 st, ss in the next and finish off (3sc and 1ss)
Leave a long tail of yarn to attach the hind legs to the body.

Front legs (make2)
With dark pink yarn, ch2
Round1: 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2-5 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Switch colour to light pink
Round6 and 7 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (6)
Round8: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round9: 1sc in every st around (9)
Round10: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (6)
Fo, leaving a long tail of yarn to close the hole and sew the front legs to the body.

Attach the front legs on the underside of the body, below the head and sew the hind legs to the sides of the body at the back.

Tails (make 6)
With orange yarn, ch2
Round1: 3sc in second chain from the hook (3)
Round2: 2sc in every st around (6)
Round3: 1sc in every st around (6)
Round4: *sc in first st, 2sc in second st* repeat ** 2 more times (9)
Round5-19 (15 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Stuff the tail slightly while working these rounds, but do not stuff all the way to the top!
Round20: *sc in first st, dec1* repeat ** 2 more times (6)
Fo, leaving a long tail of yarn. Close the hole and roll up the top of the tail like you did for the hair roll, but leave the first seven rounds unrolled. Make sure to fasten the rolled up part tightly so it will not unroll itself. Thread the rest of the yarn through the tail to the tip (round1) and use it to fasten the tails to the body. Fan them out evenly (two should point straight upwards, while the other four are spaced out evenly on the sides)

And there you have it, your very own little Vulpix!

Note that Vulpix and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.
Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please do give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance!

A Pattern!!!

Just in time for the holidays, I managed to type out the first pattern I ever wrote down!
It’s Charmander, from the anime (and game) Pokémon.
Pokémon is one of the first games I really got addicted to and it is a dream of mine to one day crochet every single creature from this game. Well, the first 150 at the very least, since I believe there are about 800 different ones right now -_-‘ still, it would be awesome to “crochet them all”!

I looked for a decent pattern for this guy online, but all I could really find were either pictures of crochet Charmanders without a pattern, paid patterns, or patterns that just didn’t really seem to work for me. So I decided to base my pattern on pictures I found, but work it out on my own. So I hereby want to apologise if my pattern is similar to another one out there. If you happen to have a pattern online similar to this one: I did not copy your work, but your pictures could have been my inspiration, so thank you for that!

It isn’t the easiest pattern out there, so remember that you will have to have some skill when making this. Not so much because it uses a lot of difficult stitches (cause it doesn’t ^_^) but because the parts can be pretty small.
I used a 3,5mm crochet hook and the finished project became about 10 to 15 cm in height.
Sorry I don’t have more info or pictures, but I gave the little dude to my sister-in-law for her graduation. If you have any questions or notice any typo’s or other strange things in the pattern, feel free to comment or contact me!

Cheers, Lydia

~Pattern time

Charmander Crochet Pattern

The finished product:

Crochet Charmander

Materials
Orange yarn, Yellow/Crème yarn, a little bit of Red yarn, Blue, White and Black felt, White and Black embroidery thread or a bit of White and Black yarn.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
st – stitch
fo – finish off
repeat ** – repeat what is in between **
(x) – x is the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

The Pattern

Head
With orange yarn
Round1: Ch2, 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 3st*, repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round6-12 (7 rounds): 1sc in every st around (30)
Round13: 1sc in first 12 st, 2sc in next 6 st, 1sc in next 12st (36)
Round14: 1sc in first 12 st, *1sc in next st, 2sc in following st*, repeat ** 5 times, 1sc in next 12st (42)
Round15: 1sc in every st around (42)
Round16: 1c in first 12st, *1sc, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times, 1sc in next 12st (36)
Round17: 1sc in first 12st, dec 6 times, 1sc in next 12 st (30)
Round18: *1sc in first 3st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Start stuffing the head
Round19: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round20: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Finish stuffing
Round21: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the hole shut.

For the eyes, cut two large ovals out of blue felt, two slightly smaller ones out of black felt and two small ovals out of white felt. Glue or sew them on top of each other and attach them to the head.
Embroider on a mouth and two slits for the nostrils with black thread.
Embroider two small teeth on the bottom of the mouth with white thread.
See picture if you get stuck.

Body
With orange yarn
Round1: Ch2, 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: 1sc in every st around (24)
Round6: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 3st*, repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round7: 1sc in every st around (30)
Round8: 1sc in first 12 st, 2sc in next 6 st, 1sc in next 12st (36)
Round9-13 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st around (36)
Round14: *1sc in first 4 st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (30)
Round15-17 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (30)
Round18: *1sc in first 3st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round19 and 20 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (24)
Round21: *1sc in first 2st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
fo, leaving a length of yarn, stuff the body and sew it to the head.

Front paws (make two)
With orange yarn
Round1: ch2, 5sc in second chain from the hook (5)
Round2: 1sc in every st around (5)
Round3: 2sc in every st (10)
Round4 and 5 (2 rounds): 1sc in every st around (10)
Round6: *1sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st*, repeat ** 1 time (12)
Round7-11 (5 rounds): 1sc in every st around (12)
Stuff the paws
Round12: dec 6 times (6)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the hole shut and to sew the paws to the body.
Embroider three small claws on the front of the paws with white thread.

Tail
With orange yarn
Round1: ch2, 5sc in second chain from the hook (5)
Round2: 1sc in every st around (5)
Round3: 2sc in every st (10)
Round4: 1sc in every st around (10)
Round5: *1sc in first 4st, 2sc in next st*, repeat ** 1 time (12)
Round6-15 (10 rounds): 1sc in every st around (12)
Round16: 2sc in first 4st, dec 4 times (12)
Round17: 1sc in every st around (12)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the tail to the body with the decreases of round 16 facing upwards. Stuff the tail and sew it onto the lower back of body.

Hind legs (make two)
With orange yarn
Round1: Ch2, 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4-6 (3 rounds): 1sc in every st around (18)
Round7: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 5 times (12)
Round8: *1sc in first 4st, dec1* repeat ** 1 time (10)
Round9-12 (4 rounds): 1sc in every st around (10)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the feet to the legs.
Stuff only the bottom part of the legs! You need to flatten the top part a bit and sew it to the sides of the body.

Feet (make two)
With orange yarn
Round1: Ch2, 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st*, repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round3-8 (6 rounds): 1sc in every st around (9)
Stuff feet slightly
Round9: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 2 times (6)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the hole shut.
Embroider two claws on the feet with white thread and sew the feet to the legs.

Tummy
With yellow or crème yarn
Round1: Ch2, 6sc in second chain from the hook (6)
Round2: 2sc in every st (12)
Round3: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next*, repeat ** 5 times (18)
Round4: *2sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st*, repeat ** 5 times (24)
Round5: *1sc in first 9st, 2sc in next 3st*, repeat ** 1 time (30)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to sew the tummy to the front of the body.

Underside of the tail
With yellow or crème yarn
ch16, start from the second ch from the hook
1sc in first 7ch, 4hdc, 4dc, ch3 and continue on the other side of the chain, 4dc, 4hdc, 1sc in next 3ch, 1ss, fo leaving a length of yarn to sew to the underside of the tail.

Flame
With orange yarn
Round1: ch2, 4sc in second chain from the hook (4)
Round2: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st*, repat ** 1 time (6)
Round3: *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st*, repeat ** 2 times (9)
Round 4 and 5 (2 rounds) 1sc in every st around (9)
Stuff the flame a bit
Round6: *1sc in first st, dec1*, repeat ** 2 times (6)
fo, leaving a length of yarn to close the hole and sew the flame onto the tip of the tail.
Using red and yellow threads of yarn sew loops onto the flame to create a fiery look (see picture). You can off course also use bits of red and yellow felt and sew or glue them onto the flame.

And your Charmander is all done!

Note that Charmander and all other Pokémon are copyright of Nintendo.
Please do not sell or publish this pattern as your own. If you do use it, please do give credit to me and link back to my site, thank you in advance!