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Vaporeon

I started this Eeveelution series with Espeon almost 2 years ago now. It’s taken a while, but it’s finally finished with last but not least: Vaporeon! I put off Vaporeon for so long because I thought it was going to be really tricky to work out the fins and the collar – but I made something up, and was lucky enough that it worked out!

Thanks for your patience and all of the love and kind comments I’ve gotten for these pokemon patterns. Enjoy~

As always, available in the shop as well 🙂

You will need:

  • 3.00 mm crochet hook
  • 2x 10.00mm safety eyes
  • Dark blue yarn
  • Light blue yarn
  • White yarn
  • Butter/cream yarn
  • Polyester filling
  • Yarn needle

If you have any problems reading the pattern, head over to the FAQ for a description of the shorthand I use to describe the stitches, and also for a photo-illustrated PDF download of all of the basic stitches / techniques for beginners.

HEAD

1. (in Light Blue) 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 for attaching to the body later. Insert safety eyes between rows 11 and 12, with approximately 7 stitches between them. Stuff firmly.

CAP

1. (in Dark Blue) 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)

Finish off, leaving a tail to attach to the head – but we’re not done yet. I forgot to take pictures of this bit, so I’ll use the same ones I used for Sylveon – I love how the different Eeveelutions share a lot of the same characteristics. In Sylveon we picked up 7 stitches, but for Vaporeon, we’ll only need 5, so ignore one stitch on either side in the photos.

In the top left picture we’re marking the stitches we’re going to pick up from – in this case, the stitches with the bobby pins in it mark the edge, we want to pick up the 5 stitches in the middle. The top right picture shows row 14 below. The bottom left picture is the finished triangle (through to row 17), and the bottom right is the tails hidden and the cap attached.

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14. (pick up 5 stitches opposite side of the tail) sc 5 (5)
15. dec, sc, dec (3)
16. dec3* (1)
17. ch to finish off (1)

*a “dec3″ is different to decrease 3 in a row – in a dec3 we want to join three stitches, instead of two stitches like we do with a normal decrease. Take a look at this tutorial if you haven’t done this before 🙂

You can use the tail from the point to secure the triangle, and the tail from the back of the cap to secure the cap to the head. It doesn’t need to go through every stitch. I usually secure it ever 6th or 7th stitch. Be careful not to pull too tightly, or the cap will have dents.

BODY

1. (in Light Blue) 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, no tail necessary.

LEG (make 2)

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

Finish off, leaving a tail for attaching to the body later.

ARM (make 2)

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

Finish off, leaving a tail for attaching to the body later.

EARS (make 3 – one is less of an ear and more of a mohawk)

*Note, wherever it says “ch 1, turn” the next stitch will be in the second stitch from the hook. The ch 1 is kind of like a buffer stitch to make room.

1. (in Butter/Cream) ch 5, ch 1, turn, sl st, sc, hdc, hdc, dc
2. ch 1, turn, sc 5

Finish off. Take the dark blue yarn and pick up a row of stitches across the first row (the one that seems longer – this will be the top of the ear/fin).

TAIL FIN (make 2)

1. (in Light Blue) MR 6 (6)
2. sc 6 (6)
3. [ inc, sc ]x 3 (9)
4. sc 9 (9)
5. sc 3, dec 3 (6)
6. dec 3 (3)

Finish off, leaving a long enough tail to attach to the tail. Pull the tail yarn back through the fin so that it’s coming out of the original MR.

TAIL

1. (in Light Blue) MR 5 (5)
2. sc 5 (5)
3. inc, sc 4 (6)
4. sc, inc, sc 4 (7)
5. sc 2, inc, sc 4 (8)
6. sc 3, inc, sc 4 (9)
7. sc 9 (9)
8. sc 4, inc, sc 4 (10)
9. sc 10 (10)

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

RIDGE

1. (in Dark Blue) ch 10
2. ch 1, turn, sc 3 in next st, sl st 2 (repeat 4 times)

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to attach to the body and tail later. I’ve created a bit of a step by step photo of this process so the instructions are a little clearer. Your finished product will probably curve quite heaving – mine did. This isn’t a problem, since we can just stretch it out and sew it in place on the body later.

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FRILL

1. (in White) ch 24, join
2. sc 24
3. sc, ch 2, hdc in second chain from hook, skip 1, sc (repeat until circle completed).

This was a bit of an adventure to come up with. Originally I tried making the collar with felt, since I didn’t think I would be able to create the shape that I wanted through crochet. In the end I couldn’t create the shape with felt! And it didn’t look as good. After trying a couple of things and using some of the techniques I discovered when creating Jolteon’s collar I came up with this solution.

There are some more detailed photos of the process below – the panels labelled with stitches show that stitch completed (I hope this helps, and isn’t confusing haha).

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After the collar is finished, it probably looks a bit small to fit around Vaporeon’s neck – luckily yarn is stretchy. I pull it over the body and then pin it down out of the way while I attach the head. At first I thought I might have to sew the gap that skipping a stitch leaves – but once it was stretched over the neck those gaps disappeared. You can sew them closed if you want to, I just leave it.

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And ta-da! You have finished with all of the crochet pieces – now for assembly. Vaporeon has so many different parts it can look a bit daunting. I usually separate them into items being sewn onto the body and items being sewn on to the head. I stuff all of the pieces that need stuffing – head, body, legs, tail – and then pin everything in place to get an idea of positioning.

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I find it easiest to attach the legs to the body first, then the arms to the body. Then I attach the tail fins to the tail.

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Attach the tail to the body, and then it’s time to attach the ridge. I pin this one in place as well, since it keeps trying to curve away. It goes from the back of the body to the tip of the tail. Once that’s done, the collar goes around the neck, and then I pin it out of the way to make room for the head.

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As for the head, I attach the cap first. Then I pin the fins in place and attach them, tidying up the loose tails first (my method of tidying tails is not particularly tidy – I haphazardly thread them through the work and then cut them as close as possible so they seem invisible. One day I might learn the correct way of doing it, but this works for now haha). If you really want to, you can iron or straighten the fins before attaching them to help them stay straight (I put baking paper between the iron and the wool, since the wool I use is acrylic most of the time and tends to melt). Sew the fins on and you’re almost done!

The last thing left to do is attach the head to the body. There should have been 18 stitches in both the last round of the head and the last round of the body. Simply line them up, and whipstitch closed!

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