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Key Terms I use:
Magic Circle/Adjustable Ring
SC- Single Crochet (US) [sc x 3- do a single crochet in each stitch for the next three stitches]
2SC- Two Single Crochets in the same Stitch (Increase)
DEC- Crochet two stitches together (Decrease)
Insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull through the stitch (two loops on hook at this point), insert hook into second stitch, yarn over, pull through the stitch (three loops on hook at this point), yarn over and pull through all three loops. [If you know how to do an invisible decrease, you can do that too]
Head/Body- This is all crocheted in one piece, in the round. Start out with a magic circle/adjustable ring with 6 stitches in it.
R1: (2scx2, 1sc) x 2
R2: 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1scx2, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1scx2
R3: 2sc, 1scx2, 2sc, 1scx3, 2sc, 1scx2, 2sc, 1scx3
R4: 1scx2, 2sc, 1scx3, 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx3, 2sc, 1scx2
R5: 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx6
R6: 1scx3, 2sc, 1scx5, 2sc, 1scx5, 2sc, 1scx5, 2sc, 1scx4
R7: (1scx6, 2sc) x 4, 1scx2
R8- R14: 1scx34
R15: (1scx6, dec) x 4, 1scx2
R16: 1scx3, (dec, 1scx5) x 3, dec, 1scx4
R17: 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx6
R18: 1scx2, 2sc, 1scx3, 2sc, 1scx4, 2sc, 1scx3, 2sc, 1scx2
R23: (1scx3,2sc) x 4, 1scx2
R24: 1sc, (2sc,1scx4) x 4, 1scx5
R25: (1scx5,2sc) x 4, 1scx2
R26: (2sc, 1scx6) x 4, 1scx8
R27: 1scx4, (2sc, 1scx7) x 4, 1scx5
R28 - R37: 1scx38
R38: (dec, 1scx7) x 4, dec
R39: 1sc, (dec, 1scx6) x 4
R40: (dec, 1scx5) x 3, dec, 1scx4, dec
R41: 1scx2, (dec, 1scx3) x 4, dec
R42: 1sc, (dec, 1scx2) x 4, dec
R43: dec x 7
Finish off and close off the end by sewing into each stitch that’s left. Don’t worry about how it looks because you’re going to be sewing the tail over this.
Tail – This is all crocheted in one piece, in the round. Start out with a magic circle/adjustable ring with 4 stitches in it.
R1: 2sc, 1sc x 3
R2: 2sc, 1sc x 4
R3: 2sc, 1sc x 5
R4: 2sc, 1sc x 6
R5: 2sc, 1sc x 7
R7: 2sc, 1sc x 8
R9: 2sc, 1sc x 9
R11: 2sc, 1sc x 10
-I would start stuffing here so that it isn’t as difficult once you finish crocheting this piece-
R14: 2sc, 1sc x 11
R18: 2sc, 1sc x 12
R22: 2sc, 1sc x 13
Finish off, leave a long “tail” of yarn, this will be used to sew Salamence’s tail onto the body (I leave about 12 inches)
Feet/Paws – This is all crocheted in one piece, in the round. Start out with a magic circle/adjustable ring with 6 stitches in it. [Make 4 of these]
R1: 2sc x 6
R2: (2sc, 1sc) x 6
R3: 1sc x 18 in BACK LOOPS only.
R4: 1sc x 18 [return to crocheting in both loops like usual]
R5: 1sc x 18
R6: 1sc x 18
R7: 1sc x 18
R8: 1sc x 18
R9: 1sc x 18
R10: 1sc x 18
Based on the yarn you use and how bulky it is, you might need to add another row or two of single crochet.
Finish off and leave a long tail, this will be used to sew the feet onto the body.
-Stuff firmly but not to the point of stretching out the stitches, you can also add pellets into the feet to make it feel like a beanie, if you do this, make sure they're encased in something so they don't fall through the stitches when squishing the plushie. I like to use very thin mesh fabric to make a little pouch.-
Face fin thingies – These are all crocheted in one piece, in the round. Start out with a magic circle/adjustable ring with 4 stitches in it. You will make four of them that are rounds 1-7 and two of them that include the extra round #8
R1: (2sc, 1sc) x 2
R2: (2sc, 1scx2) x 2
R3: (2sc, 1scx3) x 2
Make four of the fins and finish them off at this point. For the other two fins you will continue to do single crochet for one more round.
-I didn’t stuff these at all-
Wings – These are crocheted a little differently than everything else. Start out by chaining 21 stitches. You will then single crochet into the second stitch from the chain and then into the remaining stitches, giving you 20 stitches in that row. I’ve included some pictures to help with any confusion. The wings are supposed to be red, I’m crocheting in green because it is easier to see what I’m doing with this yarn. [Make two of these]
R1: 2sc*[this is the increase I show in the pictures], 1scx18, 2scx2, 1scx19
R3: dec, 1scx19, decx2, 1scx18 [Don’t worry if this appears to be molded the wrong way, once you finish all the rounds it will look right]
R4: decx2, 1scx15, decx2, 1scx15, dec
R5: dec, 1scx14, decx2, 1scx13, dec
R6: decx2, 1scx9, decx3, 1scx7, dec
R7: (dec, 1scx2) x 4, dec, 1sc
Finish off and leave a long tail, this will be used to sew the wings onto the body.
Since the head and body are one piece, it makes it easier during the assembly process. When you crocheted the head/body, you started with a magic circle as the nose. You finished off at the butt, so you’ll want to sew the tail over the area that you finished off at.
Next, you’ll want to arrange the legs around the body before sewing any on. After you have them where you want them you can either pin them and sew them onto the body or simply sew them on. Some crocheters prefer pinning, but I usually avoid doing it because I have a tendency to stab myself.
Next you’ll want to sew the wings to the body, refer to my picture of Salamence to see the placement.
Last, you’ll want to take the face fins. The longer ones should go in the center. I sewed the fins together (only at the bottoms) before sewing them onto Salamence’s face.
After assembling everything, you’ll want to cut out the felt for all the detailing, I simply held the felt over the body parts and then cut them out to fit each part of the body. You’ll want the underbelly in white, under the jaw in white, under the legs in red, under the tail in red, and under the neck in red. I used a simple whip stitch to secure these, but it’s up to you how you’d like to attach them. Needlefelting is one of my favorite methods of attachment, but I learned how to do it after I wrote this pattern.
Embroider the eyes on last.