Today, I wanted to share a pokémon pattern that every trainer needs: a crochet Pikachu! After I made Charizard, Snorlax and Articuno for my niece & nephews, I had to make a crochet Pikachu. This crochet pattern is really easy and it works up quickly. The body and head is made up of simple shapes, but I wanted the tail to really stand out. So, I made sure that it was sturdy enough to stand up on its own and that the zigzag shape of the lightning bolt was really defined. Usually, I post my pokémon patterns directly to my Etsy shop, but I wanted to share my crochet Pikachu one for free, so here it is!
Crochet Pikachu Pattern
- Worsted weight yarn in yellow, black, red, and brown. I used Big Twist for the yellow and held 2 strands together to make it …plushier?
- 6.00mm crochet hook
- 4.00mm crochet hook
- Locking stitch markers
- Polyfil stuffing
- Felt & paint for the features
- Hot glue
- Pipe cleaners (optional)
Arms (make 2):
1. Create a magic loop and work 5 SC into the loop. Pull the loop closes and place a marker for the beginning of the round.
2. Increase in each space by working 2 SC into each (10).
3-12. SC around for 10 rounds. Bind off.
1. Start by creating a magic loop. Work 8 SC into the loop and pull the loop closed. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
2. Work 2 SC into each stitch to increase (16 stitches).
3. *SC, increase in the next* repeat everything between * and * all the way around (24).
4. *SC 2, increase in the next* and repeat this all the way around (32).
5. *SC 3, increase in the next* and repeat this all the way around (40).
6. SC around for 1 round.
7. *SC, increase into the next* for a total of 4 times, SC 12, then *increase, SC* another 4 times, and SC 12 to the end of the round (48).
8. *SC 6, decrease*, repeat this around (40).
9-13. SC around for 5 rounds.
14. *SC 5, decrease* around (32).
15-17. SC around for 3 rounds.
Now to attach the arms to the body:
18. Pin the arms to the sides of the body with the stitch marker. SC across the top 5 spaces of the arm, SC to the next arm, SC across the top 5 spaces of the arm and SC to the end of the round. The 4 stitches under each arm will be sewn closed later. You should have 42 stitches.
19. *SC 6, decrease* all the way around (35).
20. SC around for one round. Add stuffing to the body and a little bit into the arms.
21. *SC 5, decrease* and repeat around (30).
Legs (make 2):
1. Create a magic loop and work 4 SC into the loop. Pull the loop closed and place a marker for the beginning of the round.
2. Increase in each space by working 2 SC into each (8).
3-10. SC around for 8 rounds.
11. Decrease 4 times (4 stitches left). Close the opening and bind off, leaving a long tail.
Position the legs under the body and place them so that they are stable. You want it to be able to stand on its own. Then use the tails to sewn them into place. hide the ends inside the body and trim the excess yarn.
1. Create a magic loop and work 8 SC into it. Close the loop and mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.
2. Increase into each space (16).
3. *SC 1, increase* around (24).
4. *SC 2, increase* around (32).
5-6. SC around for 2 rounds.
7. *SC 3, increase* around (40).
8-13. SC around for 6 rounds.
14. *SC 6, decrease* around (35).
15. *SC 5, decrease* around (30).
16-17. SC around for 2 rounds. Add in the stuffing to the head.
18. *SC 4, decrease* around (25).
19. *SC 3, decrease* around (20).
20. *SC 2, decrease* around (15).
21. *SC 1, decrease* around (10).
22. Decrease around (5). Finish adding the stuffing and bind off. Weave in the ends and trim the excess yarn.
Cheeks (make 2):
1. With red yarn and a 4.00mm hook, create a magic loop. Work 6 SC into the loop and pull the loop closed.
2. Work 2 SC into each space (12).
3. *SC1, increase* around (18). Bind off and leave a long tail for sewing it on.
Ears (make 2):
1. With yellow and a 6.00mm hook, chain 11, leaving a long tail. Without twisting the chain, slip stitch to the first space to form a ring.
2-8. SC around for 7 rounds (10 stitches).
9. Switch to black yarn and SC 1 round.
10. Decrease 5 times (5 stitches left).
11. SC around once and bind off.
1. With yellow yarn, chain 16. Turn and SC 15, starting with the 2nd space from the hook (15).
2-9. SC for 8 rows (15).
10. SC 7, chain 1, turn (7).
11. SC 7, chain 8 and turn. SC 15, starting from them 2nd space from the hook.
12-16. SC across for 4 rows (15).
17. SC 8, chain 1, and turn (8)
18-22. Switch to brown yarn and SC for 5 rows (8).
23. SC 8, chain 6 and SC across starting from the 2nd space from the hook (13).
24-25. SC for 2 rows.
26. SC 6, chain 1, and turn (6).
27-31. SC for 5 rows and bind off (6).
To make the tail sturdier, hold a length of pipe cleaner to the edge of the tail where you just ended and SC around, securing the pipe cleaner to the crocheted piece. Fold the pipe cleaner as you go around the angles of the tail and use yellow yarn for the yellow and brown for the brown. Once you’ve gone all the way around, bind off and leave a long tail for sewing it onto the crochet Pikachu body.
For the Face:
Cut out two circle and the shape of the mouth from pieces of felt. Paint thee eyes black with a little dot of white for reflection and paint the mouth a dark pink. Add the lines to frame the mouth and let it dry.
Add some stuffing to the ears and sew them onto the smaller side of the head (since it’s an egg shape). One ear should go up to the side and the other flops down. Use hot glue to attach the eyes and mouth to the face. Once they’re dry, place the cheeks on either side of the mouth and use the long tails to sew them into place. Finally, embroider on a little nose and you are done with your crochet Pikachu!
I absolutely love how he turned out and hope you do too. There is an ad-free PDF of this pattern available in my shop if you want to print it out and have a nice copy to take with you. If you want all 3 pokémon patterns (Snorlax, Pikachu, and Articuno), get this Trainer Bundle for 10% off the individual prices.
I love how this crochet pikachu turned out. The minute I gave to my nephew, they were off having pokemon battles. My niece and nephews are always pushing me to create things. They have so many ideas and even if they think crocheting is a “grandma” hobby, they love it. I am always making something, but I especially love crocheting for them because they play with the things I make. They give me requests and they light up when I present it to them. It brings me so much joy to see how much they appreciate it and how they can see things in stores and recognize them as crocheted. In fact, since I released my course The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, my 12 year old niece has been using it and learning.