Anime Pattern Pokemon


September 3, 2014

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 I’ve created a post to help make it easier “Reading patterns”! There are also a bunch of other guides and photo tutorials on stitches if you get stuck in the tutorial section.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!




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

Next week is Pikachu!

  • Reply
    December 1, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Do you know how to decrease this pattern to make a smaller figure? I’m trying to do it myself, and I’m having a hard time knowing what lines or stitches are essential.
    I’m wondering if I need to decrease the number of stitches on the MR? Or lower the amount of lines that are increases.
    I need to make the item half the size. I’ve tried decreasing the original amount of stitches on the MR and it becomes a cone head.

    Thank you for your time!

    • Reply
      December 5, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Hi Ariel! I haven’t tried shrinking a pattern before, but there are probably 2 different approaches I would take.

      Method #1: I have used this method in reverse to enlarge a pattern before – and it’s simply changing the yarn and crochet hook you’re using but following the pattern the same way. So instead of a 3mm crochet hook you could try and find one even smaller; and instead of 8ply yarn you could try using something thinner – like a 4ply or baby weight yarn. Then you would just follow the pattern the way it’s written but you would end up with a smaller doll.

      Method #2: This would involve a little bit more work and pattern adjustment. I’ve always worked in 6 increases per round to get circular shapes – I’m not sure what the magic math behind that number is, but it tends to be what I’ve seen around. So you’ll still want to keep 6 increases per round to keep the circular shape – if you halve them, you’ll end up with a narrower shape like you mentioned. Instead, you could reduce the number of rows you increase on before straightening out. So, for example, instead of doing 6 increases per round for round 1 – 6, you would do 6 increases per round for rounds 1- 3. Then on the fourth round you would start crocheting in each stitch (e.g. what happens in row 7-12, but there will be fewer stitches in the round because we didn’t add as many). Then you would half the number of rows that you do that for until you start decreasing again – so instead of doing that for 6 rows, you might only do it for 3 rows.

      I haven’t actually tried the above, that’s just the approach I would take if I was trying to shrink the pattern. It might get a little bit tricker to apply to things like the arms, legs and tail but I hope that helps give you a starting point!

  • Reply
    January 11, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    I’m currently doing the first method Overload suggested. I’m actually using size 5 embroidery floss and a tiny hook. So far I’d say he is about 2ish inches tall.

  • Reply
    July 28, 2021 at 1:43 am

    I loved this pattern I made it for my friend and he loved it thank you so much for this pattern

    • Reply
      July 28, 2021 at 1:44 am

      And I love everything you have made for us to do in our free time😀

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