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Squirtle

Here’s this weeks pattern! Only a day late, I’m off to a good start haha. I always picked the fire-type starter (they’re always so cute!) so Squirtle was always my enemy, but a pretty cute enemy so you always end up liking him anyway. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do his tail, and I kept making his shell too big (it’s quite small now), but I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out!

I hope you guys like him too! If you don’t crochet yourself, you can buy this little guy at my Etsy.

You will need:

  • 3.0mm crochet hook
  • 2x 10mm safety eyes
  • Baby blue yarn
  • Cream/Butter yarn
  • Brown yarn
  • White yarn
  • Polyester filling

If you’re confused about how to read my patterns check out the FAQ. There’s also a link to a description of a variety of stitches for beginners 🙂

HEAD

1. (in 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 sewing. Insert safety eyes between rows 11 and 12, with about 7 stitches between them.

BODY

1. ( in Yellow/Butter) 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. (in Blue) 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. (in Blue) 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. (in Blue) MR 6 (6)
2. [ inc ]x 6 (12)
3. [ inc, sc ]x 6 (18)
4-6. sc 18 (18)
7. dec 6, sc 6 (12)
8-20. sc 12 (12)

Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing. Stuff the end of the tail so that it maintains it’s round sphere shape, but make sure that the rest of the tail (row 8 onwards) can be flattened. This is so we can create the swirl at the end of the tail.

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SHELL

1. (in Brown) 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. sc 24 (24)
6. (in White) FLO sc 24 (24)

Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.

That’s all the crocheting done! Now for the fiddly stuff.

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Stuff the head, body and legs. The tail doesn’t need anymore stuffing than it has at the end, and the arms are too small for it. When attaching the shell later, you can choose to stuff it, but I usually don’t because it holds its shape well without it.

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Next I like to pin all of the items in place to make sure they look right before sewing them on. I usually attach everything in this order: legs, arms, tail, head, shell.

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When attaching the tail, first attach it at the base of the body. Then, before you cut the length of yarn you’re using to attach it, thread the needle back through the inside of the tail (to hide the yarn) and pull it out about halfway through the tail. Then, curl the tail so it has the shape that you want it to, and go into the stitch next to the one you’ve just come out of, poking the needle through the entire tail end (picture below). Pull the yarn tight and do the same thing going back, so that the tail is now stuck in this shape. If you pull the yarn too tightly it will make a dent in the curl, so loosen it a little. You should be able to reach a medium where it will maintain it’s curl without denting.

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Pull the yarn back through the tail and body to hide it again.

Last thing left to do is attach the head and then the shell.

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This is the point where you can stuff the shell if you want, but I find it unnecessary. I attach the shell last because it only just fits between the head and the tail, and if you do the head first the shell will get in the way.

Done! I hope you like the pattern, let me know if you have any questions, and I’d love to see what you create! I follow the #53stitches tag on instagram and tumblr.

Charmander will be next week (hopefully on time :P)

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