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Giant Charmander Crochet Pattern



Hello, all!

It's (once again) been a while since I've posted a pattern. But I have THREE lined up, which I'll be posting over the next three weeks.

With the pandemic still keeping me home, I have a bit more time on my hands. In between working on a few paid patterns, I really wanted to publish a few free ones for those of you who are also stuck inside.

The first patterns I shared on this blog were tiny versions of the original Kanto starters. My next three will be GIANT versions of them.

First up: Charmander.




Each of these next three patterns are made using Bernat Blanket yarn. I suggest that you use the recommended yarns, as I haven't tested with any other materials or weights.

If you do try out a different yarn, be sure to let me know how it went in the comments!


The Pattern



What You'll Need

6.5mm crochet hook

Bernat blanket Yarn in Pumpkin Spice

Felt in:

-Green

-Black

-White

-Beige

Tapestry Needle

Glue Gun

Scissors

Polyester stuffing

Acrylic yarn in:

-Red

-Yellow

-Orange




Pattern Notes:

Each new line is a new row, unless I say otherwise




Head and Body

SC 8 into magic loop

INC (16)

*SC, INC* x 8 (24)

*SC 2, INC* x 8 (32)

SC for 4 rows

INC 3, SC, INC 3, SC 25 (38)

SC for 3 rows

DEC 11, SC 10, DEC 3 (24)

DEC 5, SC 12, DEC (18)

Stuff Head

*SC 5, INC* x 3 (21)

SC 7, *SC, INC* x 7 (28)

*SC 6, INC* x 4 (32)

SC for 9 rows

DEC to close, stuff body before it's fully closed, FO




Legs

SC 6 in magic loop

INC (12)

SC

SC

DEC 4, INC 4 (12)

SC 6, INC 2, SC 4 (14)

SC 9, INC 2, SC 3 (16)

DEC 4, SC 6, DEC (11)

Stuff legs

DEC to close, FO




Arms

SC 5 into magic loop

INC (10)

SC 4 rows

DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC 3 (8)

FO

Stuff Arms




Tail

SC 4 in magic loop

INC 2, SC 2 (6)

SC, INC 2, SC 3 (8)

SC 2, INC 2, SC 4 (10)

SC 3, INC 2, SC 3, DEC (11)

SC 4, INC 2, SC 3, DEC (12)

SC 4, INC 2, SC 4, DEC (13)

SC 5, INC 2, SC 5, DEC (14)

SC 6, INC 2, SC 5, DEC (15)

SC 6, INC 2, SC 6, DEC (16)

Now to shape the tail, I did SC on the bottom (no increases or decreases), and slip stitched on the top. The top of the tail will be with that line of increases you made pointing up.

Should you not want to bother with this, you can just put some modeling wire in the tail to shape it.

I did 5 more rows after the increases and decreases.

Stuff Tail




Putting it all Together

At this point I made the flame for the tail. I took acrylic yarn in orange, yellow, and red, and unraveled it giving it a looser, softer look, I tied a large knot in it, and put it through the magic loop in the tip of the tail. If the loop was still too loose I tightened it at this point.


I then sewed the tail on, and cut the beige felt to size to cover the tummy and underside of the tail. Then I just glued it on.






Next sew your arms and legs on, weaving in all ends as you go (including the tail end.



For the eyes I examined many pictures of Charmander until I found my favourite design, and cut the pieces of felt out. Set them up before you glue them together to make sure they're perfect.





Glue the eyes together, and stick them on your Charmander.




And you're done!




Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, if I missed a step, or if anything was unclear. 



Stay safe and healthy <3  







A Child Pattern




Hello, all! This following pattern is unlabeled, and is the pattern only. I've made it for an educational
reference, and as such I can't provide step-by-step photos.
(I'm trying to avoid any issues with copyright, so I apologize if this is challenging for beginners to make.)

Want to see how I make things? I often post progress photos in my instagram stories

If you enjoy my free patterns, please consider supporting me! (Button is in the column on the right.)
That way I can budget more time of my week designing new free resources. I'm also considering
re-opening my Patreon, so please let me know if you're interested in that down in the comments.



Abbreviations
SC = Single crochet
INC = Single crochet increase
DEC = Single crochet decrease
FO = Fasten off
CH = Chain
slst = slip stitch

*SC 3, dec* x 4 = single crochet for 3 stitches, decrease once. Repeat the directions in the **'s 4 times.

Supplies:
Needle felter
Loops and threads Charisma in: (I JUST FIXED THIS, I HAD THE WRONG NAME)
-Sage (1-2 balls)
-Pecan (1 ball)
-Taupe (1 ball)
Light pink roving
Dark brown roving
White Roving
Polyester stuffing
Scissors
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends/sewing doll together
18mm safety eyes
4mm crochet hook (this was used for everything)




Head


Rnd 1: Using the magic loop technique, CH 8 into it. (There’s tons of Youtube tutorials if you don’t
know what this is. 
Rnd 2: INC x 8 (16 stitches total)
Rnd 3: *INC 4, SC 4* x 2 (24 stitches total)
Rnd 4: SC 2, INC 4, SC 8, INC 4, SC 6 (32 stitches total)
*If you place stitch markers right in the middle of the increase sections on both sides, you'll know exactly where the sides of the head are. This helps with placing the eyes.
Rnd 5: SC 3, *SC, INC* x 3, SC 10, *INC, SC* x 3, SC 7 (38 stitches total)
Rnd 6: SC 7, INC, SC, INC, SC 16, INC, SC, INC, SC 9 (42 stitches total)
Rnd 7-13: SC
Rnd 14: *SC 5, DEC* x 6 (36)
Rnd 15: *SC 4, DEC* x 6 (30)
Rnd 16: *SC 3, DEC* x 6 (24)

Place eyes 11 rows down, about 10 rows apart. I also put an oval of dark brown felt behind the eyes.
(Although I ended up needle felting even more dark brown around the eyes later).
**Make sure the eyes are centered! (With the increase sections at the sides of the head)

Stuff the head.

Rnd 17: SC 3, DEC 4, SC 4, DEC 4, SC (16)
Rnd 18: SC (16)
Rnd 19: *SC 3, INC* x 4 (20)
Rnd 20: *SC 4, INC* x 4 (24)
Rnd 21: *SC 5, INC* x 4 (28)
Rnd 22: *SC 6, INC* x 4 (32)
Rnd 23-30: SC 
*Last row, make sure you SC to middle of back

Stuff the body/finish stuffing the head.


Divide for legs
You should be at the back.  SC at the front, so you now have two rounds of 16 stitches.

Here's an example of this technique from another pattern:


Leg Rnd 1-6: SC around (16 stitches total)
Rnd 7: *INC 3 (in 1 stitch), SC 2* x 3 across the front of the foot. SC across the back (25 stitches total)
Rnd 8: SC (25)
Rnd 9: DEC to close
FO


Repeat for the other leg, stuffing the body/legs as you go.


Arms


Rnd 1: CH 10, join with a slst. (to make a loop)
Rnd 2: *SC 4, INC* x 2 (12 stitches total)
Rnd 3-11: SC (12)


using the same technique as the divide for legs, make three fingers 4 around.  


For each finger you'll SC 3, DEC.  FO. You can also just make 3 magic loops (of 4 SC each)


Ears
Rnd 1: CH 16
Rnd 2: SC 7, INC 2, SC 7 (18)
Rnd 3: SC 8, INC 2, SC 8 (20)
Rnd 4-7: SC
Rnd 8: SC 9, DEC, SC 9 (19)
Rnd 9: SC 8, DEC, SC 9 (18)
Rnd 10: SC 8, DEC, SC 8 (17)
Rnd 11: SC 8, DEC, SC 7 (16)
Rnd 12: SC 7, DEC, SC 7 (15)
Rnd 13: SC 6, DEC, SC 7 (14)
Rnd 14: SC 5, DEC 2, SC 5 (12)
Rnd 15: SC 4, DEC 2, SC 4 (10)
Rnd 16: SC 3, DEC 2, SC 3 (8)
Rnd 17: SC 2, DEC 2, SC 2 (6)
close: DEC to close, FO



Sew the ears to the head, and the arms to the body (at the shoulders.)

Now for the details. I used needle felting, but without step-by-step photos here, I strongly recommend you use reference photos.

Here's a video on needle felting for those of you who are beginners:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHxeOBl3Luc

To needle felt ears, I simply took some light pink roving, and slowly added layers. I wanted a faded effect, so many layers is best! When needle felting I also find it helpful to step back and look at my work.

The face was the trickiest part. To achieve ridges/raised areas you need to make many layers. I find it helpful to make loose "sausages" from the felt, and felt that in with my needle felter. Then I'll add thinner layers to blend everything together.
* If you can't find felt in the same colour as your face, use your yarn and just unravel and brush it!

Felt can be REALLY packed down, so if something doesn't look right, just continue to felt until the shape is correct.

Worst case scenario, pry the felted layers off and start fresh.

I also like to add more eye details, like little white accents at the outside corners.


A Little Jacket
with brown yarn
Row 1: CH 38
Row 2: In 3rd CH from hook DC. Continue to DC across. (36 stitches)
Row 3: CH 2, DC 9, CH 4 (skipping 4 stitches below), DC 9, CH 4 (skipping 4), DC 10. (36 stitches)
This makes the arm holes
Row 4-10: DC across (36 stitches)
FO

Going back to the top of your work, attach your beige yarn to the start of Row 1, and work across as follows:
Row 1a: CH 3, TC 8, DC 6, SC 8, DC 6, TC 8
This will start to make a beige collar
Row 2a-3a: DC across
FO

For the arms, reattach the brown yarn at the arm holes, and DC around 12. DC 2 more rounds.
DC 1 round at the end in beige. FO

Weave in all ends, and you've made a little jacket!



This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not share it as your own, or sell it or any parts of it.







Giant Blanket Tutorial






Hello all!  I haven't posted for a while, but I'm planning to change that in the next few months.

I have a few more free Pokemon patterns in the works, and you can follow along with that progress on my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loop.tee.loops/


I've gotten many questions about how to make these blankets, so below you'll find both written and video instructions.

Happy creating! :)

Materials:

8-9 Balls Bernat Blanket Big
Scissors

Abbreviations:

CH = Chain
Slst = Slip Stitch 

Written Instructions

Chain Row: 
As shown in the video, start by making a slip knot.  Then CH the number of stitches to get your desired length (I did 42 for a 68'' blanket).  

*pause video*

Row 1: 
Starting in the 2nd CH from your hand, insert your fingers, grab your working yarn, and pull through both loops (the one on your hand, and the one you just put your fingers into.)  Repeat until the end of the row, being careful not to twist the yarn.  

*pause video*

Row 2-end:
CH 1 to start the row.  You'll see two loops making up that row you just did.  You want to crochet in the back loops.  Those are the loops furthest away from you. (Watch video for guidance in this).  
Crochet to the end of the row, and repeat!  

* I realize that I never gave guidance in the video on how to start a new skein of yarn.  Once you come to the end of your ball, leave about 8 inches.  With the loop still on your hand as usual, insert your hand into the next stitch, and pull through yarn from your new ball instead (also leaving a 8 inch tail.)

You can then tie these together for extra durability, and weave all the ends in at the end - tucking and twisting them into your project so they can't be seen.  

Fastening off:
When you get to the end of your project, simply cut the yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail.  Pull the yarn through your loop, and pull tight - fastening off your work.  


Video Tutorial:

(It's silent because I'm really, really bad at narrating what I'm doing.  So watch it along with the written instructions.)


Good luck!  And let me know in the comments if you have any questions :D


Pikachu!

I've been wanting to post this pattern for a while!  I started this blog with the three original Kanto starters, but never quite completed the set.  With today's pattern you can finally make Pikachu! 



Abbreviations:
Sc = single crochet
Inc = increase
Dec = decrease
FO = fasten off
CH = chain

Head
Row 1:Sc 8 in loop
Row 2 Inc x 8 (16)
Row 3: *Sc, Inc* x 8 (24)
Row 4-6: Sc
Row 7: Sc 7, Inc, Sc 8, Inc, Sc 7 (26)
Place eyes 5 apart, 6 down (I used 8mm safety eyes)
Row 8: Sc  (26)
Row 9: Sc 3, Dec x 10, Sc 3 (16) 
Stuff head
Row 10: Sc 6, Dec x 2, Sc 6 (14)
Continuing and making the body
Row 11: Sc 2, inc, Sc 3, inc, Sc 3, inc, Sc 2, inc(18)
Row 12-16: Sc 
Dec to close
FO with a slip stitch

Arms
Row 1: CH 5 in loop
Row 2-3: Sc 

Legs
Row 1: CH 6 in loop
Row 2-3: Sc

Ears
Yellow
Row 1: CH 6
Row 2: Sc, Inc x 3
Row 3-6: Sc
Black
Row 7: Sc 
Row 8: *Sc, Dec* x 3
Row 9: Dec to close

Tail
Brown
Row 1: CH 3
Row 2: Sc 2, turn work  
Row 3: Sc 2, turn work 
Yellow
Row 4: CH 3 from work, turn, in starting in 2nd chain from hook, Sc 3, turn
Row 5: Sc 3
Row 6: CH 3 from work, turn, in starting in 2nd chain from hook , Sc 4, turn
Row 7: Sc 4

Attach felt details (stripes and cheeks), and sew on tail, ears, arms, and legs.  

Enjoy the pattern, and if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Want more patterns?  A pattern to make this guy is available on my Patreon right now. 


Back in the 90's he was in a very famous TV show.

Today's pattern is:

BoJack Horseman!




Abbreviations 
Sc = single crochet
inc = single crochet increase
dec = single crochet decrease
FO = fasten off
slst = slip stitch
ch = chain
BLO = Back loop only

What You'll Need
2.75mm crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn in:
Brown
Blue
Black
Red 
White
Sock weight yarn in:
Grey
Felt in:
White
Pink
Black
12mm safety eyes
Scissors
Tapestry Needle
Glue Gun
Polyester stuffing


Head
Using brown yarn
Row 1: SC 8 in magic loop 
Row 2: Inc x 8 (16)
Row 3: *Sc, inc* x 8 (24)
Row 4: *Sc 2, inc* x 8 (32)
Row 5-11: Sc x 32 (32)
Row 12: *Sc, Dec*. x 7, Sc 11 (25)
Row 13: Sc
Row 14: *Sc, Dec* X 3, Sc 13, Sc, dec (21)
Row 15-18: Sc x 21 (21)
Row 19-close: Dec to close, FO
Now you can add the felt details as seen in the picture.  For the eyes you can either use safety eyes like I did (12mm), or use felt.  I looped black yarn through the stitches, and fastened it off.

Neck
Using brown yarn
Row 1: Ch 15, join with slst
Row 2: Sc x 15 (15)
Row 3: *Sc 4, inc* X 3 (18)
Row 4: Sc 18 (18)
 Using blue yarn 
Row 5: *Sc 4, inc 5* X 2 (28)
Row 6: Sc x 28 in the BLO (you want it to look like a collar)
Row 7: Sc x 28
Row 8: *Sc 8, inc* X 2, Sc 9, inc (31)
Row 9-11: Sc x 31 (31)
Row 12: Sc 5, *Sc 5, inc* x 4, Sc (35) 
Row 13-14: Sc X 35 (35)
 Using teal yarn 
Row 15-17: Sc x 35 (35)
Now you're going to make the legs!  I've attached a picture for how this process should look (although it isn't the proper amount of stitches, so don't let that throw you off)




For you, you want to have the legs be 17 stitches.  That means there will be one extra (with your round of 35).  I just left it in the middle, and sewed it closed once the legs were done.  
So starting on the legs you will repeat this process for the other one:
Once your work looks like the picture, 
Row 18-22: Sc around (17)


Feet
 Using red yarn 
Row 23: Sc around, but you're going to put an increase in each of the 8 front stitches.  This will make it look like shoes/feet (25)
Row 24-25: Sc x 25 (25)
 Using whiteyarn 
Row 26: Sc x 25 (25)
Row 27: In the BLO *Sc 2, Dec*x 6, Sc (19)
Row 28 to close: DEC to close, FO
Repeat this for the other leg, and then stuff the body from the neck.  
Sew the head onto the neck.  
At this point you can also embroider the black X's onto his sweater.  

Arms
 Using blue yarn 
Row 1: Ch 8 in loop
Row 2: *Sc 3, inc* X 2 (10)
Row 3-11: Sc x 10 (10)
 Using brown yarn 
Row 12: *Sc, inc* X 5 (15)
Row 13: Sc x 15 (15)
Row 14: *Sc, Dec* X 5 (10)
Row 15 to close: Dec to close, FO
Stuff the arms, and sew them onto the body.


Coat
 Using fingering weight grey yarn 
Row 1: Ch 38
Row 2-8: Sc x 39 (39)
Row 9: Sc 5, Dec, Sc 25, Dec, Sc 5 (37)
Row 10-14: Sc x 38, FO (37)
Now you have a rectangle that should wrap around his body under his arms.  You're going to crochet a smaller rectangle on the top of this, that will sit between his shoulders.  
Row 15(ish): Count 13 stitches (we're crocheting across the wide part of the rectangle), and put your hook into the 14th.  Sc 11 starting there.  When you finish, there should be another 13 stitches left on the other side.  
Row 16-17(ish): Turn your work, ch 1.  Sc x 11
FO
Now you should have a raised rectangle on top of your larger rectangle.  Now you're going to direct your attention to those two lower spaces with 13 stitches.

Start of collar/jacket lapel 
Row 1 (but still attached to the other piece): Choose either, and starting in the 1st stitch, Sc 7
Row 2: Sc x 7 (7)
Row 3: Sc 5, Dec (6)
Row 4: Dec, Sc 4 (5)
Row 5: Sc 3, Dec (4)
Row 6-30: Sc x 4 (4)
Row 31: Inc, Sc 3 (5) 
** you want your increases to be on the same side as your previous ones.  If they aren't for some reason, just reverse these next 3 rows to make it right.**
Row 32: Sc 4, inc (6)
Row 33: Inc, Sc 5 (7)
Row 34-35: Sc x 7 (7)
FO

Sewing the collar on.  
You'll be sewing it to the other side (the other 13 stitches that you didn't start on)  Starting on the edge, sew your work to the 7 stitches.
*Attaching it to the middle raised rectangle*
Count 12 rows, in the 13th sew across the 11 back stitches. Really, you just want to be sewing the middle of this piece to that raised rectangle.  

Those 6 stitches on the large rectangle that weren't worked/sewed in are now the openings for the arm holes.  

Jacket Arms
Row 1: Crocheting onto the arm hole space, Sc 17 around. 
(you will have to do some decreases to make the crocheting look smooth.  I just eyeballed it and it worked fine. )
Row 2-8: Sc x 17 (17)
Row 9: Sc around, but dec 1 under the arm to shape the sleeves.  (16)
Row 10-17: Sc x 16 (16)
Weave in all ends, and sew the lapel and collar down.  
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