WIP Wednesday: Crochet Charizard

Hey, everyone! I’m pretty excited about the project I’m sharing with you today and I think you’re going to like it. I mentioned before that my niece and nephews LOVE Pokèmon and I recently made a bunch of pokèballs for them. Well, that same day, we talked about how cool it would be to make the actual monsters and my nephew asked if I would make him a crochet Charizard. So, I did just that.

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This is the kind of project that I love. It’s something different and creative. It has lots of parts and pieces, but they’re all worth it when you get something this cool in the end. I had so much fun making this and sharing the progress on my Instagram and Facebook Page, and now I can finally show the finished result and tell you a little bit about it!

Crochet Charizard

Pattern:

The original pattern for this is from Mia Atelier. I did plan on creating a pattern myself, but when I saw this on Pinterest, I decided to go with Mia’s. It was absolutely perfect and so detailed that I didn’t feel the need to change much. And the things I did change were personal preferences that didn’t have much to do with the actual pattern.

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Related: How to Make a Crochet Pokèball

MY Changes:

The only things I really changed was the main body color and the wires used to give it support.

For the color change, I felt like the light orange she used was too bright. From other pictures of the character, it decided that I wanted my crochet Charizard to have a deeper shade of orange for its body. So, I used I Love This Yarn in Burnt Pumpkin.

The other thing I changed was Mia’s use of the wire. At first, I missed it entirely because it wasn’t listed in the materials. But I read through the pattern and the last few steps use a thick wire to help join all the pieces and support their weight. Because I was making this for a little kid that I know is going to actually play with this crochet Charizard, I was reluctant to put a heavy wire inside it. I didn’t want it to come out and poke him or anything. So I skipped that for most of the Charizard and instead I used pipe cleaners in the wings and tail. I wanted the wings and tail to be posable and still stay up on they’re on, but not be so sturdy that it might hurt the kid. And I think the thicker pipe cleaners work really well for that.

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A wild Charizard has appeared!

While I was making this, I couldn’t quite see how it would work out and where all the pieces would go. But I decided to make all of the body pieces first, pin them together to be sure everything looked right, and then sew them together. Then, I made all the little facial features and positioned them. The last thing I added was the eyes and it brought the whole thing together.

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Final Thoughts

I love Mia’s version of the crochet Charizard. More importantly, my nephew loved it. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. She even had a video on how to do the head because it got a little bit tricky there. After looking around her site a little bit, I saw a bunch of other great amigurumi patterns, including a black version of Charizard. You can get the pattern for this one (and the black one) right here.

So one Pokèmon down and  a few more to go! I’m making a Snorlax soon for my other nephew and the Legendary Birds for my niece, so look forward to that! In the meantime, you can take a look at some of my other crochet patterns.

Related: Totoro and Friends Free Crochet Patterns

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  • OMG this is the cutest thing ever! I really wish I knew how to crochet just so I could make me one, that my kids will try to steal. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase party!

    • haha thank you! I gave this to my nephew and it sort of sparked a crochet Pokemon craze, so I’m making more Pokemon for all the other kids in my family!

  • This. Is. Awesome.

    I’m not even into Pokeman and I absolutely love this! Your craftsmanship is spot on. I love crocheting amigurumi creations, but sometimes they feel like they take forever. I know a lot of time went into making this. Great work!

    I’d love to have you join my weekly Yarn Fanatic Party. This week’s party can be found here: http://www.thephilosopherswife.net/2016/10/yarn-fanatic-party-65.html

    • Thank you so much! A lot of time did go into this, but I can’t take all the credit since the pattern was someone else’s. This is one of my favorite types of projects though, so even though they take forevverrr, I love seeing the finished product in the end! I’ll be sure to check out your party, it sounds so fun!

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  • HAHA…LOVE this! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  • WOW you are very talented! I tend to congratulate myself when I manage to crochet a blanket that’s actually square lol. Thanks for linking up at Share the Wealth Sunday!

    • lol! Thank you, Carly. I have those days too though, where no matter what, things are a just little skewed lol.

  • My son would LOVE this! He’s going to be Charizard for Halloween this year. I need to learn how to crochet so I can make one for him!

    • That’s awesome! It would be so funny to see kids dressed as Pokemon running around on Halloween lol. This pattern uses really basic stitches, so it isn’t difficult, but it does have a lot of parts and takes some time. Worth it though!

  • He’s just brilliant. I like how you made him suitable for play, thats important for kids, I’m sure your nephew would rather a slightly floppy Charizard he can play with to one that he wasn’t allowed to touch!

    • Thanks Julie! He took a while to make but it was definitely worth it to see my nephew playing and getting excited about it 🙂