Hey hey crochet lovers. I hope your 2018 is getting off to a good start. I’m keeping up with my creative resolution so far and this has been a busy week of crafting – assembling a new display shelf counts, doesn’t it?
Before Christmas I signed up to the new Solar System Blanket CAL by Two Hearts Crochet, and the first part of the pattern dropped this week. This is a bit different to most crochet-alongs, with its geeky theme and in-the-round construction – both of which suit me down to the ground. I’ve made a good start on the first part, and with a weekly release schedule on new sections, I don’t want to fall behind!
My ticked off, completed project of the week is an adorable Bellossom Pokemon I started on New Year’s Day. The pattern for this doll is from Sabrina Somers, who also designed the Hoppip and Pikachu patterns I have made previously. I think her patterns are excellent as they’ve got a great cuddly feel to them and represent the intended Pokemon very accurately – a key criteria for me.
There are quite a few elements to this one with all the leaves and petals, but none of those elements are very complex, so it’s an easy enough pattern for someone with a couple of Amigurumi under their belt.
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.
Pattern: Free from http://www.wolfdreameroth.com/2009/11/ampharos.html
Yarn: yellow, black, white and red cotton DK
Pattern: Free from http://www.wolfdreameroth.com/2010/08/umbreon-plushie.html
Yarn: Black and yellow cotton DK
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…
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.
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…
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.
Pattern: Voltorb pattern from http://www.wolfdreameroth.com/2009/04/voltorb.html
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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
Hey hey crochet lovers. With so many Pokemon to choose from, where do you even start with trying to crochet them all? I thought I’d try to focus on the original Kanto 250 for a while and Staryu seemed like one that wouldn’t take too long to pull together. And I don’t know why but I seem to find myself drawn to water and grass types.
This was a quick make and one of the few I’ve made that doesn’t have any needle felting at all.
Pattern: Free from Samantha Gibbs at https://xxbyamomentx.tumblr.com/post/149959770892/staryu-amigurumi-direct-pdf-download
Hey hey crochet lovers. Back when I started crocheting Pokemon my skills were pretty basic and there were some characters I never thought I would have been able to tackle.
Slowbro is one of those that was on the ‘too hard’ list for a long time but I’m pleased I’ve got to the point were I’m that bit more fearless. This is still quite a complex make, with lots of individual elements and essentially two full characters in one – punchy pink Slowbro and the grizzly grey Shellder biting down on Slowbro’s tail.
It’s quite satisfying watching all the pieces of a new character coming together, and with Slowbro there are a lot of pieces to connect.
This Slowbro pattern is a commercial design, so there’s a small cost involved but I think it’s worth it for the level of detail and the clear instructions it offers.
Pattern: $5.99 from Eugene Lau – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/470512752/pdf-pattern-slowbro
Yarn – pink, peach, cream and grey DK yarn, white, back, pink and red roving for needle-felting