Crafty Science and Geekery

After playing pokemon Sapphire a bit recently I decided to try my hand at making a Marill. Why a Marill you ask? Because it is made from very simple shapes, and the main complication (the tail) was a technique I had encountered before and could appropriate. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, and has been drifting around my desk since.

DSCN1650

A pattern for the Pokémon Marill. I used a 3.5mm hook and it is ~12cm long (~5 inch). I join my rounds unless otherwise indicated, but I think the pattern would still work if done in a spiral.

This pattern took me quite a few hours to design. I am happy for people to use the pattern for themselves (hence releasing it for free) but please credit me if you do. Please do not sell this pattern, and please do not post the pattern directly on your blog/site/etc, but link back to my blog: strangenessisconserved.wordpress.com

Pdf of pattern: PokemonMarill_Pyper_StrangenessIsConserved

Techniques

  • sc: single crochet
  • ½ sc: half single crochet
  • inc: 2 sc in one base loop
  • dec: sc two base loops together
  • ch: chain

There are several different stitch naming conventions. I use a sc as:

  • hook through next base loop
  • yarn over and pull through base loop
  • yarn over and pull through first loop on hook
  • yarn over and pull through both loops on hook

And ½ sc as:

  • Hook through next base loop
  • Yarn over and pull through chain
  • Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook

Materials

  • Blue yarn
  • Black yarn
  • White yarn
  • Stuffing
  • Black buttons (The ones I used are ~1cm across)
  • Hook, scissors, pins, etc
  • Needle for sewing with yarn.

Body

In blue:

1.       Magic circle 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]
3.       (inc, sc) x 6 [18]
4.       (inc, sc x 2) x6 [24]
5.       (inc, sc x 3) x6 [30]
6.       (inc, sc x 4) x6 [36]
7.       (inc, sc x 5) x6 [42]
8.       (inc, sc x 6) x6 [48]
9-15. sc x 48 [48]
16.   (dec, sc x6) x6 [42]
17.   (dec, sc x5) x6 [36]
18.   (dec, sc x4) x6 [30]
19.   (dec, sc x3) x6 [24]
20.   (dec, sc x2) x6 [18]
21.   (dec, sc) x6 [12]
22.   Dec x6 [6]

Stuff around row 19-20, and finish off

Legs

Make two, in blue:

1.       Magic Circle 6 [6]
2.      (sc, inc x2) x2 [10]
3-7.  sc x10 [10]
8.      sc x5

Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing

For row 8 sc 5 then finish off. This gives a half row, which will make it easier to attach the feet at the right angle to the body

Arms

Make two, in blue:

1.       Magic Circle 6 [6]
2.      (sc x2, inc) x2 [8]
3-6.  Sc x8 [8]
7.      Sc x4

Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing

For row 7 sc 4 then finish off. This gives a half row, which will make it easier to attach the arms at the right angle to the body

Tail

Using blue, then black:

The tail bob is made first out of blue:

1.       Magic circle 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]
3.       (inc, sc) x 6 [18]
4.       (inc, sc x 2) x6 [24]
5-8. Sc x 24 [24]
9.       (dec, sc x2) x6 [18]
10.   (dec , sc) x6 [12]
11.   Dec x6

Stuff around row 9-10, finish off ball, cut off blue and tie on black. The black should be coming out of the bottom “pole” of the sphere.

The tail zig-zaggy bit is in black:

  • Ch 18 (can be a bit longer if wanted, up to about 24)
  • In second chain from end sc x3
  • In each loop of the chain do sc x3 all the way back along the chain to the ball
  • In the last chain do not sc, but use it to tie off the black, leave a tail for assembly.

Ears

Make two, using red then blue:

1.       Red Magic Circle 6 [6]
2.       Red inc x6 [12]
Tie off red and change to blue
3.       Blue (inc, sc) x6 [18]
4.       Blue ½ sc x18 [18]
5.       (sc, dec) x 6 [12]
6.       Blue dec x6

Finish off, and hide the end. Squash the ears so the red curves in and the blue curves out.

Belly

In white

1.       Magic circle 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]
3.       (inc, sc) x 6 [18]
4.       (inc, sc x 2) x6 [24]
5.       (inc, sc x 3) x6 [30]
6.       (inc, sc x 4) x6 [36]

Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing

Assembly

Once all the components are made, pin them into position on the body. This may take a bit of fiddling around to get everything looking right. Sew them all into position once you have placed them. The ears will need a new blue wool thread to attach, as they are sewn at the base of each circle to the head, rather than where the yarn tied off.

Once the limbs are all attached place the button eyes. I used white thread to sew the buttons on through only one set of button holes (positioned at the top) to imitate the white gleam Marill is often shown having. The mouth is just stitched on with red wool.

DSCN1651

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: