Pikachu Crochet Pattern with Video Tutorial

This was one of my first patterns and I didn’t take a lot of photos. When I first started making tutorials, I didn’t have any intention of providing written patterns so I didn’t think I needed to take photos. I really regret not taking more photos because this is one of the first things I ever made.
If you’re just starting your crochet journey, don’t make the same mistake I did. Take lots of photos, even if you don’t think it looks good. I really enjoy looking my first projects and see the progress I’ve made, so make sure you take lots of photos!
All of the photos in this post are from the same pattern, but have a different arrangement for sewing on the parts.

Also, if you like this pikachu, make sure to check out my Kimono Pikachu pattern!


MATERIALS:

  • Medium – 4 worsted weight yarn in yellow, brown, red and black
  • 1 pair of 15 or 18 mm safety eyes
  • Tapestry needle large enough to fit your yarn
  • Toy stuffing

TERMS:

  • CH: Chain
  • FL SC: Front loop single crochet
  • FO: Finish off
  • INC: Increase (Single Crochet 2 in 1 stitch)
  • INV DEC: Invisible decrease
  • SC: Single Crochet
  • SLST: Slip stitch
  • ST: Stitch


HEAD and BODY:
Yellow
CH 4, SLST in first chain to make a ring
1. SC 6 in the center of the chain ring
2. (INC) x 6 (12)
3. (SC 1, INC) x 6 (18)
4. (SC 2, INC) x 6 (24)
5. (SC 3, INC) x 6 (30)
6. (SC 4, INC) x 6 (36)
7. (SC 5, INC) x 6 (42)
8-14. (SC 42) X 7 rnds, 294 ST total (42)
15. (SC 5, INV DEC) x 6 (36)
16. (SC 4, INV DEC) x 6 (30)
17. (SC 3, INV DEC) x 6 (24)
18. (SC 2, INV DEC) x 6 (18)

  • Sew on the smile spanning 5 stitches between rows 13-15.
  • Attach eyes 4-5 stitches from the corner of the smile between rows 13 and 14. Refer to the video for more details


19. FL SC INC x 18 (36)
20-24. (SC 36) x 5 rnds, 180 ST total (36)
25. (SC 4, INV DEC) x 6 (30)
26. (SC 3, INV DEC) x 6 (24)
27. (SC 2, INV DEC) x 6 (18)
28. (SC 1, INV DEC) x 6 (12)

  • Stuff the body.
  • Sew the bottom shut with your yarn by sewing through the front loop of every stitch and pulling it tight until it closes.
  • Thread your tapestry needle with brown yarn and sew two stripes on the back


ARMS (make 2):
Yellow
CH 4, SLST in first chain to make a ring
1. SC 6 in center of the ring
2. (SC 1, INC) x 3 (9)
3-6. (SC 9) x 4 RNDS (9) (36 st total)
FO, Stuff the arms

LEGS (make 2):
Yellow
CH 4, SLST in first chain to make a ring
1. SC 5 in center of the ring
2. (INC) x 5 (10)
3-4. (SC 10) x 2 RNDS (10) (20 st total)
FO, Stuff the legs

EARS (make 2):
Black
CH 4, SLST in first chain to make a ring
1. SC 6 in the center of the chain ring
2. (SC 1, INC) x 3 (9)
3-4. (SC 9) x 3 rnds, 27 st total (9)

  • Change to yellow yarn

5. (SC 2, INC) x 3 (12)
6-7 (SC 12) x 2 rnds (12)
8. (SC 3, INC) x 3 (15)
9-10. (SC 15) x 2 rnds (15)
FO, stuff the ears

SPOTS (make 2):
Red
CH 4, SLST in first chain to make a ring
1. SC 6 in the center of the chain ring
2. (INC) x 6 (12)
FO

TAIL:
Brown
1. CH 3, turn
2. SC 2, CH 1, turn
3. SC 2, CH 1, turn
4. SC 2, CH 3, turn
5. SC 3, Change to yellow yarn , SC 1, CH1, turn
6. SC 4, CH 1, turn
7. SC 2, CH 1, turn
8. SC 2, CH 1, turn
9. SC 2, CH 5,turn
10. SC 6, CH 1, turn
11. SC 6, CH 1
FO


ASSEMBLY:
There are two options for sewing the parts on. The photos above show both ways. The first photo is how I did it in the video, but I made the second version later and prefer that one.

The video doesn’t really describe how to sew, but below is a description of how I did it. The description makes it sound more complicated than it is. Don’t worry, as long as everything gets attached, you should be good to go!

ARMS:
1. Thread your tapestry needle with yellow yarn.
2. Before you sew on the arm, refer to the photo above. Make sure you squeeze the top of the arm together, as shown in the photo, so that it can move around a little once it’s sewn on. Pin the arm in place.
3. Use a whip stitch and sew through both sides of the arm into the crease between the neck and body.
LEGS:
1. Thread your tapestry needle with yellow yarn and pin the legs in place as shown in the photo above.
2. Sew on the legs by threading your yarn up through a stitch on the body then directly up into the leg.
3. Thread the yarn through the back of the leg, then come out through the front.
4. Thread the yarn back into the same stitch on the body where you originally came out.
5. Move over to the next stitch and repeat until the leg is completely sewn in place.
EARS:
1. Thread your tapestry needle with yellow yarn and pin the ears in place as shown in the photo above.
2. Sew on the ears by threading your yarn up through a stitch on the body then directly up into the leg.
3. Thread the yarn through the back of the ear, then come out through the front.
4. Thread the yarn back into the same stitch on the body where you originally came out.
5. Move over to the next stitch and repeat until the leg is completely sewn in place.
SPOTS:
1. Thread your tapestry needle with red yarn and pin the spots in place as shown in the photo above.
2. Sew on the spots by threading your yarn up through a stitch on the body then directly up into the leg.
3. Thread the yarn through the back of the spots, then come out through the front.
4. Thread the yarn back into the same stitch on the body where you originally came out.
5. Move over to the next stitch and repeat until the spot is completely sewn in place.
TAIL:
1. Thread your tapestry needle with brown yarn and pin the tail in place as shown in the photo above.

2. Sew the tail on using a whip stitch

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