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Leafeon

I promised this guy a couple of weekends ago, so thank-you for waiting patiently! Here’s Leafeon! I’ve never actually played the generation of Pokemon games that Leafeon and Glaceon are from, but I absolutely love the colours on Leafeon. Trying to work out a technique to get the leaf-like notches in the ear and the tail was a challenge but pretty fun at the same time.

He’s available in the shop today!

Hopefully he’s been worth the wait, let’s get started!

You will need:

  • 3.00 mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • polyester filling
  • glue
  • brown felt
  • green yarn
  • cream yarn
  • brown yarn
  • 2 x 10mm safety eyes

I managed to find some really pretty brown safety eyes for this doll from glasseyesonline – I’ve been trying to find solidly coloured safety eyes for a long time, but only ever managed to find red ones. The place I found these ones has red, yellow, blue, brown, green and more! I grabbed a bunch of them, and might go back and remake some of the other’s with coloured eyes while I build up stock for Brisbane Supanova in November. I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the results!

If you have any trouble reading the pattern, head to the FAQ for a more detailed explanation of my pattern notation, and to find a downloadable PDF photo tutorial of the stitches used 🙂

HEAD

1. (in Cream) 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)
7-10. sc 36 (36)
11. [ inc, sc 5 ]x 6 (42)
12-13. sc 42 (42)
14. [ dec, sc 5 ]x 6 (36)
15. sc 2, [ dec, sc 4 ]x 5, dec, sc 2 (30)
16. [ dec, sc 3 ]x 6 (24)

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to attach to the head later.

BODY

1. (in Cream) 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. sc 24 (24)
11-12. (in Cream) sc 24 (24)

Finish off, there’s no need to leave a tail.

LEG (make 2)

1. (in Brown) MR 6 (6)
2. [ inc, sc ]x 3 (9)
3. sc 9 (9)
4-6. (in Cream) sc 9 (9)

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to attach to the body later.

ARM (make 2)

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

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to attach to the body later.

The ears and tail can start to get tricky with skipped stitches, so I’ve got some photos if you’re struggling.

To create the notches in the tail and ears, we’re going to chain and skip a few stitches. You want to try and position the notch so that it’s at the edge of the ear. When you reach the chains in round 8 of the tail, press the piece flat so that the next four stitches (which we’ll be skipping) are at the edge of the ear (two on either side). Then chain 4. The next sc will be worked into the tail again, but it will be the 5th stitch from the start of round 8. The picture in the bottom left shows what the tail looks like after row 8 has been finished.

TAIL

1. (in Green) MR 4 (4)
2. [ inc, sc ]x 2 (6)
3. sc 6 (6)
4. [ inc, sc ]x 3 (9)
5. sc 9 (9)
6. [ inc, sc 2 ]x 3 (12)
7. sc 12 (12)
8. ch 4, skip 4, sc 8 (12)
9. sc 12 (12)
10. dec, sc 2, dec, ch 3, skip 3, dec, sc (9)
11. sc 9 (9)
12. (in Cream) [ dec, sc ]x 3 (6)
13. sc 6 (6)

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to attach to the body later.

RIGHT EAR

1. (in Green) MR 4 (4)
2. [ inc, sc ]x 2 (6)
3. sc 6 (6)
4. [ inc, sc 2 ]x 2 (8)
5. inc, ch 2, skip 2, sc, inc, sc 3 (10)
6. sc 7, ch 3, skip 3 (10)
7-8. sc 10 (10)
9. (in Cream) [ dec, sc 3 ]x 2 (8)
10. sc 8 (8)
11. [ dec, sc 2 ]x 2 (6)
12. sc 6 (6)

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to attach to the head later.

LEFT EAR

1. (in Green) MR 4 (4)
2. [ inc, sc ] x 2 (6)
3. sc 6 (6)
4. inc, sc 2, inc, ch 2, skip 2 (8)
5. inc, ch 3, skip 3, inc, sc 3 (10)
6-8. sc 10 (10)
9. (in Cream)[ dec, sc 3 ]x 2 (8)
10. sc 8 (8)
11. [ dec, sc 2 ]x 2 (6)
12. sc 6 (6)

The left ear has the notches in slightly different locations, just to make the ears a little less symmetrical! Finish off and leave a tail long enough to attach to the head later.

Get some brown felt and cut out a pointed oval shape for the inside of the ears. Then glue in place.

And that’s all of the crocheting done!

Now onto assembly. Stuff the head, body and legs. I find the arms are so small that they don’t need any stuffing, and the ears and tail are pressed flat, so they don’t need to be stuffed either.

I like to pin all of the pieces in place to make sure of placement before I get started, and to make it a little bit easier to make sure everything stays where I’ve planned it to go while I’m sewing. If you’re unsure of how to attach pieces, have a look at the great tutorials that Planet June offers – I still use the techniques I learnt from her when I started crocheting.

I usually attach all of the pieces in the following order: legs to body, tail to body, arms to body, ears to head, and then finally, head to body. For this particular doll though, we don’t want to rush into attaching the head just yet.

Once you have the arms and legs attached to the body, take a length of green yarn and embroider on some of the flicking leaf detailing that Leafeon has. I usually just poke the needle through the body and out the arm, then knot the yarn loosely to give it a bit of volume, and pull it back through. Hopefully you can see what I’m talking about in the pictures. I usually do one or two on opposite sides of each arm and leg, but hey, feel free to mix it up – I’m sure not every Leafeon in the Pokemon world is exactly alike.

For the fluffy green part on the chest, cut a short length of green yarn and latch it onto the chest. Similarly to how we’ve attached Eevee’s collar or Charmanders tail in previous patterns. Then, as with those patterns, take a metal pet brush or comb, brush out the green yarn until fluffy, and then twist it to help it keep its curly, pointy shape. For an even neater look where it attaches, needle felt the end in place on the chest (I’m not sure how secure this would be though).

Then we want to do the same attaching/brushing out/twisting to shape method with the larger fluffy hair-do on the top of Leafeon’s head, as well as the smaller pieces in the same cream used on the doll at the top of the head and below the ears. The red pins mark the cream coloured yarn, and the green pin will be green.

Once you’ve got those shaped the way you like, it’s time to attach the head. Both the head and the body had 24 stitches in their last rows, so all you need to do is align the head with the body and whipstitch closed. I often get halfway and realise that the head is very crooked at the front – that’s fine, undo the stitches, adjust the head, and try try again!

And that’s Leafeon done! Despite how long it took me to get this one out, I enjoyed it a lot more than Glaceon, and unexpectedly really loved how the colour combination looks.

Now there are only 3 left in the Eeveelution series. As always, tag your creations #53stitches on Instagram or Tumblr, I love to see how creative everyone gets!