I am a nerd. This is not news to most people, but every now and then there’s someone in my life who hasn’t noticed. I like Star Trek, and Dungeons and Dragons, and lots of other cute nerdy things. And I have fond memories of Pokemon from my childhood. But they had pretty much fallen off my radar over the years, until the release of Pokemon Sun/Moon, when my boyfriend, who happens to be equally nerdy, had to get a copy. And all of a sudden I wanted to play.
Disclaimer: I didn’t finish the game and have no idea what actually happens. But I did have fun wandering around and catching Pokemon. So when I needed new ideas for making little critters, I decided to go with making Pokemon. Not one or two Pokemon, but tons of little Pokemon. The goal here is to make every Pokemon included in the Alola Pokedex, just because. It will probably take a long time, because there are 302 of them, but I’m in no rush.
I love little critters, so I decided that I would do each Pokemon fairly small. The idea, as you may have guessed, is that each one should fit in the palm of your hand…approximately. More detailed Pokemon might have to be a little bigger to really capture their essence.
And of course, there’s an outside chance that some of you may want to come along for the ride, so I’m going to be posting patterns for each pokemon I make, as I make them, right here. You can sign up for Pokemon Alerts in the sidebar to receive emails whenever I post a new Pokemon pattern.
So, today, we get started with mini-Vaporeon. I actually ran out of dark blue, so mine is missing the dark part at the back of the head, but I’ve included instructions for how to make it. I made one in a different dark blue, but it looked worse than having nothing, and I won’t be in Pembroke for yarn for a while now, so for now, my little guy looks a little bare.
Dark blue yarn, white yarn, and blue-green yarn
I used worsted weight yarn and a 3.75 mm hook, I recommend a 2.75mm hook for a sport weight yarn if you want something smaller. My little guy’s about 4.5 inches long and 4 inches high (at the top of his crest). You can adjust hook size and yarn weight if desired.
Safety eyes (I didn’t used to use these, but I do like the cute look they give your critters)
Abbreviations and Notes:
Work in continuous rounds, without slip stitch joins.
Legs do not need to be stuffed.
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half-double crochet
dc – double crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together – you can use a standard decrease, or an invisible decrease (worked in the front loops only of the stitches)
Body(Worked in one piece, beginning from the tail):
Round 1: Work 5 sc in a magic ring.
Rounds 2-4: sc in each stitch around (5 sts)
Round 5: Work 2 sc in each of the first two stitches, and 1 sc in each of the remaining three stitches (7 sts)
Round 6 & 7: sc 4, hdc 3
Round 8: sc 4, hdc, 2 hdc in next stitch, hdc (8 sts)
Round 9: (2 sc in first stitch, sc in next) repeat once. (2 hdc in next stitch, hdc in next) repeat once (12 sts)
Round 10: sc in each stitch around (12 sts)
Round 11: sc in each of the first 6 stitches, 2 sc in each of the remaining 6 stitches (18 sts)
Round 12: 2 sc, sc2tog, 14 sc (17 sts)
Round 13: sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, (3 sc, sc 2 in next stitch) 3 times (18 sts)
Round 14-17: sc in each stitch around (18 sts)
Round 18: (sc, sc2tog) twice, 10 sc, sc2tog (15 sts)
Round 19: (sc2tog) twice, 9 sc, sc2tog (12 sts)
Round 20: (sc2tog) six times (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the head on with.
Round 1: 6 sc in a magic ring (6 sts)
Round 2: (2 sc in next stitch) three times, 3 sc (9 sts)
Round 3: sc in each stitch around (9 sts)
Round 4: (2 sc in next stitch) three times, 6 sc (12 sts)
Round 5: (2 sc in next stitch, sc) three times, 6 sc (15 sts)
Round 6-7: sc in each stitch around (15 sts)
Round 8: (3 sc, sc2tog) three times (12 sts)
Round 9: (sc2tog) six times (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Front Legs (Make 2)
Round 1: Work 5 sc in a magic ring
Rounds 2-6: sc in each stitch around (5 sc)
Back Legs (Make 2)
Round 1: Work 5 sc in a magic ring
Rounds 2-5: sc in each stitch around (5 sc)
Row 1: In white, ch 16
Row 2: sc in second chain from hook. 3 sc, 2 sc in next chain, (4 sc, 2 sc in next chain) twice. Ch 1. Turn. (18 sts)
Row 3: *sc, hdc, (1 dc and 1 hdc in same stitch)** Repeat * to ** six times (24 sts)
Head Crests (Make 3)
Row 1: In dark blue, ch7
Row 2: change to white, sl st in second ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch. Ch 1, turn. (6 sts)
Row 3: 2 hdc, 2 sc, 2 sl st. Ch 1, turn. (6 sts)
Row 4: 3 sl st, 1 sc, 2 hdc
Round 1: work 6 sc in a magic ring (6 sts)
Round 2: work 2 sc in each stitch around (12 sts)
Round 4: (3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) three times (15 sts)
Round 5: sc in each stitch around (15 sts)
Tail Fins (Make 2)
Row 1: ch 4
Row 2: starting in second chain from hook, sc, hdc, sc (3 sts)
I worked surface slip stitches alternating with sc up the centre of the back for the ridges. Alternatively, in dark blue, make a chain the length of the body, and repeat (slip stitch, sc, hdc, sc) along the chain, then sew it down the back where the spine would be.
Begin by attaching the head to the body, and then sewing on the head cap. It should cover roughly from where the head meets the body to the top of the head. Then sew on the neck ruff around the join between the head and the body. I attached the legs next, playing with their position a little until he sat up on his own, then the head crests and tail fins, but that’s just a personal preference.
Hopefully you have as much fun with this little guy as I did. Stay tuned over the next few days to meet the first of his friends.