The Legend of Zelda: Octorok pattern

A quick little pattern from me to you on this lovely Sunday!

I have to admit that once again, I did not thoroughly check the internet to see if there were any (free) patterns around.
Also, I’m not entirely happy with the mouth part, so I might revise in the future, if I will ever get to it. Enjoy, and if there are any problems with this pattern, let me know!

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Octorok Crochet Pattern

Materials
– Red and White yarn of your chosing
– Crochet hook that matches your yarn (I used a 3mm hook)
– White Felt
– Black acrylic paint
– Stuffing
– Needle with an eye big enough to pull the yarn through.

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
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 round

Pattern
Head/body
With red yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work the first round in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: inc around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: sc1 around (24)
R6: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)
R7: sc1 around (30)
R8: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R9-10 (2 rounds): sc1 around (36)
R11: *sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R12: *sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R13: *sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Start stuffing the body and continue until you finish off
R14: *sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R15: dec around (6)
FO, leave an end of yarn to close the hole.

Legs, make 4
With red yarn.
Start with a magic ring or chain 2 and work round 1 into the second chain from the hook.
R1: sc4 (4)
R2: *sc1, inc* repeat 2 times (6)
R3: *sc2, inc* repeat 2 times (8)
R4-6 (3 rounds): sc1 around (8)
FO and leave an end of yarn to sew the legs to the body. Stuff lightly and attach the legs to the body.

Mouth
This one is worked in rows, so chain 1 and turn at the end of the rows!
Start with red yarn, leave a tail to sew the mouth to the body later on.
Row1: chain 9
Row2: starting from the second chain from the hook, sc8, ch1 and turn (8)
Row3: sc8, change to white yarn, ch1 and turn (8)
Row4: ss8
Don’t FO just yet, but sew the ends together so you get a white ring at one end. Once you’ve done that, ss once more in the first st you come across to close the white ring properly. Then FO and sew the mouth to the body. Weave in the ends.

I made the eyes using white felt and black acrylic paint, but you could also use black embroidery thread for the pupils.

And there you have it, a little Octorok to enjoy, love, and care for ^_^ don’t get mad if he spits rocks once in a while, it’s just what they do ^_~

Remember, this character and all others connected to The Legend of Zelda games are copyrights and trademarks of Nintendo. Do not sell this pattern. Feel free to share, but please give credit and link back to my site. If you have any questions or difficulty with this pattern, don’t hesitate to contact me ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

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The Legend of Zelda: Deku Scrub pattern

As opposed to my last pattern, I did play the game this character comes from, many, many times. It’s a Deku Business Scrub from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. (sadly, I have never been able to finish the game, I just can’t get past the last boss T_T)

I was quite the late-bloomer when it comes to videogames, so many of my favorites come from the Gameboy Advance series. I still really like the style of these games, as opposed to the designs you find on the Wii or DS. Then again, maybe it’s just because the newer designs are already in (sorta) 3D and they leave little to the imagination when it comes to translating them into crochet. To each their own and I’m certainly not saying that new is always worse. (As you might have noticed with my Pokémon patterns, I am certainly not partial to the earlier games!) But putting all that aside, it’s time for a new pattern ^_^

This is a pattern that had been swimming around in my head since the start of the year. There are a couple more coming up, but with me, you never know when a pattern will just suddenly pop out ^_~

First off, I want to share the picture that I used as the base for this pattern:

Deku

Just so you know that if it doesn’t completely look like what you thought it has to look like, I had very little to work with besides my own memory and what few pictures there were to be found online. Many more where from later LoZ games and I just didn’t like the design. I much prefer the more cartoony look from The Minish Cap, since it’s easier to translate to crochet. It’s hard to make lifelike designs ^_^”

And now, without further ado, The Pattern!

Deku Scrub crochet pattern
Materials
– Brown, golden yellow, and green yarn
– Stuffing
– whatever hook to fit your yarn. I made mine using a 3mm crochet hook
– a yarn needle to sew the parts together

Abbreviations
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st – stitch
BLO – back loops only
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
Body
Using brown yarn, make a magic ring or ch2 and start working in the second chain from the hook
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: increase around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: *sc2, inc* repeat 6 times (24)
R5: *sc3, inc* repeat 6 times (30)R6: *sc4, inc* repeat 6 times (36)
R7: *sc5, inc* repeat 6 times (42)
R8: *sc6, inc* repeat 6 times (48)
R9-18 (10 rounds): sc in every st (48)
R19: *sc6, dec* repeat 6 times (42)
R20:*sc5, dec* repeat 6 times (36)
R21:*sc4, dec* repeat 6 times (30)
R22:*sc3, dec* repeat 6 times (24)
R23:*sc2, dec* repeat 6 times (18)
Start stuffing
R24:*sc1, dec* repeat 6 times (12)
R25: decrease around (6)
FO, close the hole with a tail of yarn and weave in the end.

Eyes (make 2)
With golden yellow yarn, make a magic ring or ch2
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: sc1, inc, sc2, inc, sc1 (8)
FO and leave a tail of yarn to sew the eyes onto the body.

Mouth
The mouth is basically a long tube with the open ends sewn together to make a ring shape.
With golden yellow yarn
R1: ch8 and form a ring with a ss (8)
R2-16 (15 rounds): sc1 in every st (8)
FO and leave a long tail. You don’t have to stuff the mouth, but if you want it to stay a bit round, you can stuff slightly.
Sew the open ends together and then sew the mouth to the body.

Detail of the mouth and eyes

Detail of the mouth and eyes

Rings
The best way to describe this part is that it’s the rings on top of the head that keep the leaves together. It’s made out of two long tubes with the ends sewn together to create rings. Stuff these slightly as you go, or else they will lose their ring shape when you put them together.
With golden yellow yarn
Part 1
R1: ch6 and make a ring with a ss (6)
R2-30 (29 rounds): sc1 in every st (6)
FO and leave a long tail to sew the ends together and to attach the ring to part 2

Part 2
R1: ch6 and make a ring with a ss (6)
R2-35 (34 rounds): sc1 in every st (6)
FO and leave a long tail to sew the ends together and to attach the ring to the head.

The long tube to make the ring

The long tube to make the ring

Open ends sewn together

With the ends sewn together

Leaves (make 5)
With green yarn, start by making a magic ring or ch2
R1: sc3 (3)
R2: increase around (6)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 3 times (9)
R4: sc1 in every st (9)
R5: *sc2, inc* repeat 3 times (12)
R6-10 (5 rounds): sc1 in every st (12)
R11: *sc2, dec* repeat 3 times (9)
R12-15 (4 rounds): sc1 in every st (9)
R16: fold your work in half and sc through both layers to close.
FO and leave an end of yarn to sew the leaves together.
Stuff one of the leaves before you crochet it closed, this will become the middle one.

Sew the leaves together before attaching them to the head. After they are on the head, put the biggest ring (part 2) over them and sew it to the head. Then put the smaller ring (part 1) on top of that and sew them together.

All the leaves, with the middle one stuffed slightly

All the leaves, with the middle one stuffed slightly

Sew the unstuffed leaves around the stuffed one to make a bundle

Sew the unstuffed leaves around the stuffed one to make a bundle

Sew the bundle of leaves onto the top of the head/body before the rings!

Sew the bundle of leaves onto the top of the head/body before the rings!

Detail of the leaves and rings on top of the head/body

Detail of the leaves and rings on top of the head/body

(As you can see, I stuffed the rings a little too tightly, so be sure to really only put in a little stuffing!)

Feet (make 2)
With golden yellow yarn, make a magic ring or ch2
R1: sc6 (6)
R2: increase around (12)
R3: *sc1, inc* repeat 6 times (18)
R4: BLO, sc1 in every st (18)
R5: sc1 in every st (18)
R6: sc5, dec, sc1, dec, sc1, dec, sc5 (15)
R7: sc5, dec3, sc4 (12)
R8: sc1 in every st (12)
FO, stuff and sew to the underside of the body.

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Sideview. It might take a few tries, but if you position him just right, this Deku Scrub is able to stand on his own ^_^

Sideview. It might take a few tries, but if you position him just right, this Deku Scrub is able to stand on his own ^_^

Voilá, one Deku Business Scrub for you to make and enjoy ^_^

Remember, this character and all others connected to The Legend of Zelda games are copyrights and trademarks of Nintendo. Do not sell this pattern. Feel free to share, but please give credit and link back to my site. If you have any questions or difficulty with this pattern, don’t hesitate to contact me ^_^

Cheers, Lydia

Lemmings

For a lot of people the Lemmings games are something they grew up with. I have to admit, I am not one of them, but I did buy the game for PSP a few years ago. It can be pretty addictive, but then again, if you fail a level thirty or more times, it gets really frustrating.

Basically, what you need to do is get a certain amount of your lemmings safely from one side of the level to the other. Sounds simple enough, but there’s a catch: the lemmings will continue walking in a straight line as long as nothing blocks them. This means they will easily walk off a cliff and dive to their deaths if you don’t do something about it. This is why you can assign special abilities to your lemmings. There are eight different abilities: Climber, Blocker, Miner, Digger, Floater, Basher, Builder and Bomber.

A while back I came across a pattern online for so-called Mop Top Mascots by PlanetJune. The first thing that came to mind when I saw her pictures was: “those are Lemmings!” And sure enough, when I’d read a bit more, I found she’d actually made a set of five, including the little accessoiries needed for them to use their skills. There wasn’t really a pattern for the accessoiries, more like notes on how to make them. But the pictures are very clear and makes them easy to reproduce (for the little more advanced crocheter that is, I think).

The full set of five

I have to say, making these little guys is almost as addictive as the game! They’re fun and easy to make, although they did make my hands hurt. The pattern calls for 3.5mm and 5mm hooks and approximately 8mm eyes, but I used a 2.5mm hook with thinner yarn than I usually use and a 4mm hook for the fuzzy stuff, so my lemmings came out a bit smaller than they were supposed to be. Therefore, I had to use 4mm eyes, which were a nightmare to fasten.

I had two  pairs of safety eyes with metal washers, which slided on like nothing, but then I had to use new sets, which came with plastic washers. After battling with them for a full afternoon, I very nearly gave up on making the whole set. First I decided to order some new eyes with metal washers, but then, I need to  wait for them to come in the mail and I wanted them done ASAP. Then I tried to find out if there was a surefire way to get the washers to click into place. It’s pretty hard to find tutorials on fastening eyes, I must say. Only a few tips could be found online. I tried soaking them in hot water to make the plastic more bendable, but only ended up with a bit of a mess and washers that were still as hard as a rock. Then I read that you could push them on using something like a screwdriver that has a hole in it to switch heads. Of course, I have no such thing in the house, but I decided to look for something similar. I ended up taking a pen apart and using the clicky-top, which just happened to have the perfect sized hole to go over the pens of the eyes, but not entirely over the washers. It was still pretty hard to get a grip on it, since the clicky-top is pretty small as well, but it gave just the extra leverage I needed to push on the washers. So succes was mine and I could move on to making all the lemmings the pattern provided for!

And here’s the result:

Your everyday, average Lemming, designed to just walk and walk and walk until it either reaches the goal or plumges to its untimely death...

Your everyday, average Lemming, designed to just walk and walk and walk until it either reaches the goal or plunges to its untimely death…

The Blocker, stopping Lemmings from walking too far. When a Lemming comes across a Blocker, it turns around to walk in the opposite direction.

The Blocker, stopping Lemmings from walking too far. When a Lemming comes across a Blocker, it turns around to walk in the opposite direction.

Busy doing his job ^_^

Busy doing his job ^_^

This is what the Lemmings see when they approach the Blocker, would you pass that?

This is what the Lemmings see when they approach the Blocker, would you pass that?

The Digger, capable of digging a safe, slanted way down, so nobody falls to their death straight down!

The Digger, capable of digging a safe, slanted way down, so nobody falls to their death straight down!

Digger, with his mighty pick-axe

Digger, with his mighty pick-axe

The Builder, building stairs to get to a whole new level

The Builder, building stairs to get to a whole new level

A bit of wire provides the lift crochet can't give it

A bit of wire provides the lift crochet can’t give it

Its little backpack for storing those building blocks

Its little backpack for storing those building blocks

The Floater, floating down to safety using its trusty umbrella.

The Floater, floating down to safety using its trusty umbrella.

From the top, a bit of wire makes a great standard, though the wire I used is a bit too thin, so I have to carefully place the Lemming to avoid it falling over.

From the top. A bit of wire makes a great standard, though the wire I used is a bit too thin, so I have to carefully place the Lemming to keep it from falling over.

The pattern is available for free on PlanetJune’s blog, but you can also make a donation to her and get the pattern in a handy PDF file. It will only cost you what you want to give for it and it helps her keep her creativity available for the world!

The set I made will be going to a game-crazy friend. And my boyfriend already requested a Floater ^_^ Normally, I’m not much for repeating a pattern, but these little guys are so much fun to make that I wouldn’t mind making another set and maybe even figuring out the accessoiries for the other skills…

Cheers, Lydia