Hey hey crochet lovers. The onset of Autumn brings with it a desire to nest and huddle down and enjoy the warmth inside. Few Pokemon embody the cosy desire to hibernate, and the colours of the Fall, like a shiny Cyndaquil.
This crocheted critter was another one created as a trophy for our friendly Pokemon Go Community Day challenges, so she’s now off living with the winning trainer. I never seem to win these challenges but I don’t mind, as I like to make the trophies then send them out into the world. Plus, I’ve probably got more than enough crochet in the house already!
The basic construction of Cyndaquil was pretty easy – you can’t really go wrong with a Sabrina Somers pattern – and it’s features are about as simple as Pokemon faces get. The fun part on this one was bringing its flames to life with ample needlefelting.
Pattern: €4.80 from Sabrina Somers – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cyndaquil-pokemon
Hey hey crochet lovers. I’ve started a tradition amongst our Pokemon Go circle of friends. For each Community Day, we have a friendly competition to see who can catch the most shiny Pokemon. Whoever wins takes home a shiny Pokemon trophy that I’ve crocheted just for the occasion.
For the recent Larvitar Community Day, I hunted far and wide for a decent pattern I could use as a starting point. Let’s just say there are far fewer patterns for the rock skin Pokemon than there are for the Kanto starters, so there wasn’t much in the way of choice.
The pattern I picked required a few tweaks and I wouldn’t say I was completely happy with the final result. The legs at least were an improvement on the original – I took those from the Cubone pattern I made some time ago. As is often the case, the needle-felting makes all the difference in bringing Larvitar to life, especially his devilishly emo eyes. I’ve stuck with tradition in using the Scheepjes Twinkle yarn for my shiny trophies, as I love the solid sparkle it brings.
As with all the Community Days since I started the tradition, I’ve failed to bring home the prize, so little shiny Larvitar is off now to level up with his new trainer.
Pattern: £2 from https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pokemon-larvitar
Hey hey crochet lovers! After making a couple of shiny Charmanders for the May Pokemon Go Community Day, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to tackle a shiny version of another of the Kanto starters.
I’ve followed a lot of Pokemon crochet patterns now and this has to be one of my favourites in terms of faithfulness to the original creature. It’s a perfect blend of cute, accurate and sturdy to boot, and I couldn’t be happier with this little fella. While it is not a free pattern, like many, the step-by-step instructions and photos are superb and I’d certainly consider more patterns from Aradiya Toys.
Hey hey crochet lovers. Every month on Pokemon Go, the developers run a special Community Day where one type of Pokemon is available in huge numbers and there’s a chance to catch rare Shiny versions. This month was the turn of fan-favourite Charmander.
To celebrate the May Community Day, I decided to make some special Pokemon to be given as prizes for whoever caught the most and the strongest Shiny Charmanders.
For these special Pokemon I wanted some metallic yarn that would give an extra-special look to the finished creatures. I opted for Scheepjes’s Twinkle yarn, as there’s a great range of colours and strong sparkle running throughout.
The yarn is a cotton, polyester blend and has a slightly crunchy feel when you’re working with it. I’m so happy with the end result, as it crochets evenly and is much easier to work with than an eyelash yarn. The finished plushies are far from cuddly though, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you want something soft and huggable for a child’s toy.
A fun time was had on Community Day and the prize Pokemon are now happily living with their new trainers. I’ve already stocked up on some more Twinkle for more Shiny treasures in the future.
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.
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.
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…