September 21, 2017

Chibi Squirtle

By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
This tiny turtle pokemon draws its long neck into its shell to launch
incredible water attacks with amazing range and accuracy.

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

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: Turqua (23yds), Cream (13yds), Light Brown (6yds), Beige (2yds) & White (2yds)
*Fiberfill
*Felt: Black, White & Pink
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Tapestry Needle
*Matching Thread
*Hot Glue

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.

SPECIAL STITCHES
Half Triple or Half Treble Crochet (htr) - Y/O hook twice, insert hook into stitch & pull up a loop (4 loops remaining), Y/O hook & pull thru 2 loops (3 loops remaining), Y/O hook & pull thru the 3 remaining loops.
Surface Slip Stitch - this VIDEO explains how to do this technique that we'll be using on the shell in the assembling process.
Squirtle have been known to form gangs and go around terrorizing humans.

HEAD/BODY starting with turqua
  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 8-10: sc in each st around, in last st of rnd 10 change to cream (39)
  Rnd 11-13: 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.

SHELL starting with light brown
  Rnd 1: 5sc in magic ring (5)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (10)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (15)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (20)
  Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st around (25)
  Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, htr in next st, hdc in next st* repeat from * to * 4 more times, in the last st change to white (25)
  Rnd 7: working in the front loops sc in each st around, sl st into 1st st (25)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

FEET with turqua, make 2
  Rnd 1: 5sc in magic ring (5)
  Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sc in last st (7)
  Rnd 3: working in back loops for this round only sc in each st around (7)
  Rnd 4: sc in each st around (7)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

ARMS with turqua; make 2
  Rnd 1: 5sc in magic ring (5)
  Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around (5)
  Rnd 4: sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts (4)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

TAIL with turqua
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: sc in next st, 2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next st (8)
  Rnd 3-12: sc in each st around (8)
No need to stuff the tail.
  Row 1: flatten to match up the stitches and sc across, ch1, turn (4)
  Row 2: sc2tog across (2)
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.
     STRIPES on BODY...using either beige yarn, thread or embroidery floss, make lines on the body. Make these however you like, the possibilities are endless.
  FEET...if you haven't already, stuff them lightly. Place them in round 15 and 17; approx. 1.25" apart.
     ARMS...there's no need to stuff them. Place them on round 11, just above the legs.
     TAIL...roll up one end (not the flat area, we created) and sew it to keep it in place.
Find the center of the back of the body and place the tail on round 14. The roll up part should be facing down.
     SHELL...use the surface slip stitch to make the lines on top of the shell with black thread or embroidery floss. They don't need to be perfect; these can be done however you like.
Stuff it moderately firm. Place it over on the back of the body between round 6 and 14. Leaving the white part (round 7) unsew.
     EYES...using black felt make 2 oval shaped eyes. With felt make 2 tiny circles. Place the black ovals on round 8 and 9; approx. 1" apart. The tiny white circles go on the top of the black ovals.
     CHEEKS...using pink felt make 2 tiny circles. Place them in round 10 on each side of the eyes. Or you can use makeup blush and apply some.
     MOUTH...using thread or embroidery floss make its mouth on round 10. You can play around with it and make it however you like, the possibilities are endless.

GLOSSARY:
ch/s: chains/s || sc: single crochet || hdc: half double crochet || htr: half triple crochet || sl st: slip stitch
st/s: stitch/es || sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together || rnd: round || f/o: finish off || y/o: yarn over



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Have a nice crochet time!
- Janet

Squirtle 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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