September 7, 2017

Chibi Spheal

By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
Because its body is poorly shaped for swimming and can only walk slowly, it moves primarily by rolling across ice floes.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 3"height x 3.5"length

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: Bright Blue (37yds) & Cream (15yds)
*Fiberfill
*Felt: Black & White
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Matching Thread
*Tapestry Needle
*Hot Glue
*Black Sharpie

PATTERN NOTES - must read...
 Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round/row indicate the total number of stitches.
 Always use stitch markers to mark your rounds.
 There's no need to sl st and/or ch when going to the next round unless stated to do so.
 Always do the 1st stitch where you slip stitch from the previous round.
 The chain, in the beginning, does NOT count as one stitch unless stated otherwise.
 You slip stitch on the first sc, not on top of the chain 1.
When happy or cheerful, such as when eating in a group, this pokémon will clap its fins.

HEAD/BODY with bright blue
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (12)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (18)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (24)
  Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st around (30)
  Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st around (36)
  Rnd 7: sc in next 11 sts, 2sc in next st around (39)
  Rnd 8-13: sc in each st around (39)
  Rnd 14: sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog around (36)
  Rnd 15: sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog around (30)
  Rnd 16: sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog around (24)
Start stuffing the head/body moderately firm.
  Rnd 17: sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog around (18)
  Rnd 18: sc in next st, sc2tog around (12)
  Rnd 19: sc2tog around (6)
F/O and leave a tail for closing. Add any bits of stuffing need it to finish shaping the head/body. Weave in the tail through the final round and draw up tight to close. Secure and weave in the ends.

TUMMY SPOT with cream
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (12)
  Rnd 3: 2sc in next st, sc in next st around (12)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (18)
  Rnd 5: 2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts around (24)
  Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st around (30)
  Rnd 7: 2sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts around (36)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

MOUTH with bright blue
  Row 1: ch9, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc+dc in next st, dc+sc in next st, sl st in next 2 sts, sc+dc in next st, dc+sc in next st, sl st in last st (12)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

SIDE FINS with cream; make 2
  Rnd 1: 4sc in magic ring (4)
  Rnd 2: 3sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts (6)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 3sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts (8)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts (10)
  Rnd 5-6: sc in each st around (10)
  Rnd 7: sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts (9)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

EARS with bright blue; make 2
  Rnd 1: 4sc in magic ring (4)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (8)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

BACK FIN with bright blue
  Rnd 1: ch12, 2sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 9 chs, 3sc in last ch, other side of the foundation chains sc in next 10 chs (24)
  Rnd 2: sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog (20)
  Rnd 3: sc in each st around (24)
  Rnd 4: sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog (16)
  Rnd 5: sc in each st around (16)
  Rnd 6: sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog (12)
  Rnd 7: sc in each st around (12)
No need to stuff the back fin.
  Row 1: flatten to match up the stitches and sc across, ch1, turn (6)
  Row 2: sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog (4)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.


ASSEMBLE
    I recommend pinning the pieces in place before sewing them to make sure you have them in the position you like best before sewing. (Most people like to use the yarn at the end of the finished pieces to sew them in place, but I personally like to use matching thread).
    TIP...For anything that I’m going to be using felt, I like to first sketch it out on a white paper and make a stencil of what I need. Then cut it out. Then tape the stencil to the felt and cut it out.
     TUMMY SPOT...place it between round 10 and 18.
      MOUTH...place it on round 10. It will be overlapping the tummy spot by a bit.
     EARS...place them diagonally from round 4 to 6; approx. 1" apart from round 4.
     SIDE FINS...place them on the bottom part of the tummy spot; the flat side of the fins should be facing outwards.
     BACK FIN...we will be shaping it by doing the following steps:
1. Using black thread, yarn or embroidery floss, insert the needle on the right side in round 6.
2. Go over the tail and pass it through round 6.
Repeat process 1 and 2 on the left side; leaving 3 stitches apart.
Now, place the back fin on round 15 of the head/body. Sew only the 2 flat rows that we created after round 7.
   THE SPOTS on the side of the BODY...using white felt make 4 circles and 2 slightly smaller circles. With a sharpie, you will want to outline each one of them. Try to make the outline as thin as possible. Place them on the side of the head/body like in the picture below.
     FANGS...using white felt, make 2 small triangles. Glue them underneath the mouth like in the picture below.
     EYES...using black felt make 2 circles. With white felt, make 2 slightly smaller circles than the black ones. Place the black circles between round 7 and 8; approx 0.75" apart. The tiny white circles go on top of the black circles.
     NOSTRILS...using black thread or embroidery floss, make 2 diagonal lines in round 9.

GLOSSARY:
ch/s: chains/s || sc: single crochet || dc: double crochet || sl st: slip stitch || st/s: stitch/es
sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together || rnd: round || f/o: finish off



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- Janet

Spheal and Pokémon are copyright by The Pokémon Company.
This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (September 2017). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use. Please do not resell or distribute it.

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