Two new friends to start the year… Ampharos and Umbreon

 

Hey hey crochet lovers, and a happy new year to you all. One of my 2017 resolutions was to create something every week, and I acquitted myself pretty well with 24 crocheted Pokemon, two Porgs, six Christmas gnomes, and three sewn garments. Not quite the 52 creations I hoped for but an excellent haul, as our cluttered spare room attests to.

Now that the calendar has flipped forward to 2018, I’m renewing my commitment to creating something every week and I’ll attempt to blog my progress weekly too.

For week 1 of 2018, I bring you my two latest creations – an Ampharos completed at the end of December and a coordinating Umbreon that ticks off my first project for January. Both followed patterns from Linda Potts – the fabulous WolfDreamer, who has published an superb range of Pokemon patterns.

Ampharos was a fiddly pattern but worth the effort

Pattern: Free from http://www.wolfdreameroth.com/2009/11/ampharos.html

Yarn: yellow, black, white and red cotton DK

Hook: 3.5mm

Height: 25cm

Umbreon reminded me how little I enjoy working with black yarn

Pattern: Free from http://www.wolfdreameroth.com/2010/08/umbreon-plushie.html

Yarn: Black and yellow cotton DK

Hook: 3.5mm

Height: 20cm

I already have my next project well under way, and would have finished it by now had I not run out of yarn. I’ve also made a start on a new challenge, which I can’t wait to share with you soon…

From a galaxy far, far away… it’s a Porg

Hey hey young padawans. I resisted the urge to crochet any Christmas presents this year until the absolute last minute, when I finally surrendered to the power of the Force. The Porgs are a fluffy breed of birds that infest the planet of Ahch-To in The Last Jedi – the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise. While completely redundant to the plot, they add a cuteness and levity that’s hard to resist.

I made this first Porg the day before Christmas as a gift for my brother and sister-in-law. It’s one of the quickest makes I’ve done, as it’s so tiny, which made it a perfect last-minute gift. I’ve since made another one for us too as they’re just too adorable.

All I want for Christmas is Porgs

Pattern: $1 from Heather Jarmusz https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/star-wars-porg

Yarn: White, honey, brown and yellow DK cotton from Patons and Sirdar

Hook: 3.5mm

Danger! Danger! High voltage! It’s Voltorb and Electrode

Hey hey crochet lovers. With so many Pokemon to choose from, I’ll take inspiration where I can get it to guide me to my next project. The last makes off my hook were a family of Christmas gnomes, and the red and white cotton I used for those was really nice to work with. Electrode and Voltorb were the perfect pair to pick to keep using the white and red cotton, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re super quick to make either.

Electrode and Voltorb lent a hand with the Christmas decorating by powering the fairly lights

The Voltorb pattern is another from Linda Potts, AKA Wolfdreamer, who has designed a fabulous range of Pokemon. I find her patterns work up easily and look great, so I’d well recommend them. Not that you can go far wrong with a sphere though…

Voltorb is a quick make with just a little needle-felting required

For Electrode, I simply added a few extra increase rows to the Voltorb pattern to create a larger sphere. As my increases are still much neater than my decreases, I swapped the yarn colours round too, so I could keep the neat rows in white where they would be most visible.

Electrode is a bigger and cheekier version of the Voltorb pattern

Pattern: Voltorb pattern from http://www.wolfdreameroth.com/2009/04/voltorb.html

Yarn: Red, white and black Patons DK cotton

Hook: 3.5mm

Bad to the bone… It’s Cubone

Hey hey crochet lovers. Take a browse through a Pokédex and you’ll find some strange back stories behind a few of the little fellows. Cubone has one of the saddest stories and tells of a Pokemon pining for its mother and weeping in memory when it looks at the moon. Some even say Cubone wears the skull of its own mother in memory.

Needless to say it’s cheery and whimsical details like these that made me choose Cubone for my next life study.

Is it a Cubone or a Charmander?

This was a delightful pattern to work on and has a lovely shape to it. Part way through it bears a striking resemblance to a Charmander, but once the tail spikes and skull slip in place, there’s no denying it’s a Cubone.

Pattern: $5 from https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cubone-pokemon

Yarn: russet and grey DK wool, cream cotton DK

Hook: 3.5mm

Go big or go home… It’s Snorlax

Hey hey crochet lovers. This latest update has been a long time coming but I’m super proud to bring you the one, the only… Snorlax. It took me a full month to crochet Snorlax from start to finish, and that was with a few stops in between to finish some smaller pieces.

Testing out the first addition to the Cuddle Collection

For this latest critter, I stepped things up considerably from my usual palm-sized Pokemon. I like to think of Snorlax as part of the Cuddle Collection, and his special move – hug – is certainly effective.

My biggest Pokemon makes friends with my smallest

Pattern: http://www.miahandcrafter.com/atelier/snorlax-pattern/

Yarn: Patons navy, white and cream cotton DK

Hook: 3.5mm

A festive crochet interlude

Hey hey Christmas elves. I’ve taken a little break from beavering away on Pokemon to crochet a few festive fellows for our team at work.

To create a Scandinavian wonderland, I whipped up a range of cute little festive gnomes, using a pattern from https://missneriss.com/2015/12/03/crochet-christmas-gnome/ – I created a few that were pretty true to the original pattern then mixed it up with a lady gnome, a striped hat and a few larger friends.

Rufus the Reindeer pattern from Crochet Now 22

To finish off the set, I turned to the latest issue of Crochet Now magazine and an adorable pattern for Rufus the Reindeer by Tracey Coldwell. This issue comes with a Brian the Bear yarn kit and Rufus is one of the alternative makes for the kit in the magazine. I swapped out the green yarn for his jumper with some spare white and grey yarn from the gnomes.

The finished Rufus the Reindeer

 

Can I get a Woop, Woop! It’s Wooper

Hey hey crochet lovers. My apparent obsession with water type Pokemon continues with my next creation – the adorable, if a little dopey looking, Wooper.

Wooper joins the water type family

This isn’t my most impressive bit of needle-felting – I don’t know why one simple smile proved so challenging. At least his little axolotol antennae worked out well.

Say hello to Wooper

Pattern: http://www.wolfdreameroth.com/2010/06/wooper-plushie.html

Yarn: Patons blue DK cotton plus a little dark blue and mauve yarn

Hook: 3.5mm

Bugging out with Venonat

Hey hey crochet lovers. Sometimes the right yarn demands a Pokemon be made. Hunting through the amazing range at my local yarn store – Abakhan in Manchester – I happened upon this amazing purple eyelash yarn from King Cole. It’s colour and delicately fluffy texture are a perfect starting point for a Venonat.

Did someone order a ball of fluff?

The King Cole Moments yarn was easier to work with then I expected, and it gets quite warm in the hand when you’re working with it.

How can a bug be so cute?

It’s funny how his simple  features manage to convey so much cheeky character. In fact, I was so charmed by him I mad him a little shiny friend…

I loved the yarn so much I made a smaller shiny Venonat

Pattern: http://nathalienuisement.wixsite.com/mylittlecuteamis/single-post/2016/09/19/PokemonGo-CrochetGo-048-Venonat-Mimitoss-free-amigurumi-crochet-pattern

Yarn: King Cole Moments in purple plus pink, white and beige DK yarn

Hook: 3.5mm

Twinkle, twinkle Omastar

Hey hey crochet lovers. It’s back to the water we go for the next tiny creation, and this one is particularly tiny. It was one of the quickest makes I think I’ve done, even with his little tentacles and horns. I needed something I could finish at this point as I was mid way through a very intensive and hefty make, which I’ll be revealing very soon,

Omastar is so tiny he makes Igglybuff look big!

Needle-felting the features onto such a small face was particularly challenging, and the star-shaped mouth gets a bit lost under his body but I swear it is there!

Though he may be but small, Omastar has a big personality.

Pattern: $3.99 from https://www.etsy.com/listing/457579946/omastar-amigurumi-crochet-pattern

Yarn: blue and cream cotton DK

Hook: 3.5mm