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Charmander

This weeks pattern is for Charmander, my absolute favourite starter of all time!

I’ve added a bunch of new photos to my Etsy, so you can find this little guy and my other Pokemon at either of those.

Hope you enjoy the pattern!

You will need:

  • 3.00mm crochet hook
  • 2 x 10mm safety eyes
  • orange yarn
  • red yarn
  • yellow yarn
  • pale yellow felt
  • fabric glue
  • pet hair brush, for brushing out yarn

If you’re confused about how to read my patterns head over to the FAQ. There’s also a link there to a photo-tutorial of all the stitches used for beginners 🙂

HEAD

1. MR 6 (6)
2. [ inc ]x 6 (12)
3. [ inc, sc ]x 6 (18)
4. sc, [ inc, sc 2 ]x 5, inc, sc (24)
5. [ inc, sc 3 ]x 6 (30)
6. sc 2, [ inc, sc 4 ]x 5, inc, sc 2 (36)
7-12. sc 36 (36)
13. [ inc, sc 5 ]x 6 (42)
14-15. sc 42 (42)
16. [ dec, sc 5 ]x 6 (36)
17. sc 2, [ dec, sc 4 ]x 5, dec, sc 2 (30)
18. [ dec, sc 3 ]x 6 (24)

Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing. Insert safety eyes between rows 12 and 13, with about 7 stitches between them.

BODY

1. MR 6 (6)
2. [ inc ]x 6 (12)
3. [ inc, sc ]x 6 (18)
4. sc, [ inc, sc 2 ]x 5, inc, sc (24)
5. [ inc, sc 3 ]x 6 (30)
6-8. sc 30 (30)
9. [ dec, sc 3 ]x 6 (24)
10-12. sc 24 (24)

Finish off.

LEG (make 2)

1. MR 6 (6)
2. [ inc, sc ]x 3 (9)
3-6. sc 9 (9)

Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.

ARM (make 2)

1. MR 6 (6)
2. [ inc, sc 2 ]x 2 (8)
3-4. sc 8 (8)
5. dec, sc 6, (7)
6. sc 7 (7)

Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.

TAIL

1. MR 5 (5)
2-3. sc 5 (5)
4. inc, sc 4 (6)
5. inc, sc 5 (7)
6. inc, sc 6 (8)
7. inc, sc 7 (9)
8. sc 9 (9)
9. inc, sc 8 (10)
10. inc, sc 9 (11)
11. sc 11 (11)

Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.

To create the fire effect for the tail, we’re going to take some scrap pieces of yellow and red yarn.

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Insert your crochet hook into the hole at the end of the tail and poke it back out through a stitch in the first round. Fold one of the pieces of scrap yarn in half, put it on the hook, and pull it out the end of the tail. Then grab the tails with your hook and pull these through the loop, pulling the yarn tightly to make sure it’s attached firmly.

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Do this around the entire tail, alternating between yellow and red scraps. I like to trim the scraps before brushing them out. Take the pet brush and start brushing the red and yellow scraps so that they become fuzzy. You may end up with a bunch of yarn in the brush, but don’t panic, that’s normal.

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Tada! A fuzzy, fiery tail.

Now you have all of the pieces ready for assembly. Stuff the head, body, tail and legs. The tail and legs don’t need much stuffing to maintain their shape.

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Next I like to pin all of the body pieces into place so that I can make sure they’re positioned properly before using the tails to attach them. I usually find them easiest to attach in this order: legs, tail, arms, head.

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The last thing left to do is his belly. Take a small piece of pale yellow felt and cut it into a wide oval, or curved rectangle shape. The size of this piece will depend on your doll, so adjust as necessary, and glue in place!

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Done!

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I hope you like him, tag your creations #53stitches on tumblr or Instagram so I can check them out 😀

Next week is Pikachu!