Over the last few months, it’s been Pokemon fever around me. Not only am I obsessed with the game, but my niece and nephews have all been really into Pokemon lately too. A while ago, my youngest nephew asked if I could make him a pokemon and he chose Charizard. I found a great crochet pokemon pattern for him and ended up with something I was super proud of and excited about. You can see that pattern and the review I did here. But, afterward, all the kiddos wanted crochet pokemon too! Since then, I’ve made Articuno and Snorlax. And now Pikachu, which is the pattern I’m sharing with you today.
This crochet pokemon pattern is really easy and it works up quickly. The body and head are 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. It was actually much easier to get the zigzag than I thought it would be, so that’s always a plus!
The best part about making things like this crochet pokemon pattern is that the kids I make them for are so excited by the results. My niece and nephews considered crochet to be a “grandma” hobby like most people, but one I gave them something they loved and recognized, they were sold. To them, crochet is cool now; my nephews challenge me to make other things and my niece even started learning! I love seeing how amazing they are that something like this was made out of yarn.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- Worsted weight yarn in yellow, black, red, and brown. I used Big Twist for the yellow and held 2 strands together to make it squishier
- 6.00mm crochet hook*
- 4.00mm crochet hook*
- Locking stitch markers*
- Polyfil stuffing*
- Felt & paint for the features
- Hot glue
- Pipe cleaners (optional)
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- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: About 15 inches tall
- Gauge: 3 sts/inch x 3.5 rows/inch
Pikachu Crochet Pokemon Pattern
We’re going to start by making all of the body pieces first. Then, we’re going to sew them together and make sure everything is aligned how we like it. Finally, we’re going to make the face with paint and a little bit of embroidery.
Arms (make 2):
Round 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.
Round 2: Increase in each space by working 2 SC into each (10).
Rounds 3-12: SC around for 10 rounds and then bind off.
Round 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.
Round 2: Work 2 SC into each stitch to increase (16 stitches).
Round 3: *SC, increase in the next* repeat everything between the *s all the way around (24).
Round 4: *SC 2, increase in the next* and repeat this all the way around (32).
Round 5: *SC 3, increase in the next* and repeat this all the way around (40).
Round 6: SC around for 1 round.
Round 7: *SC, increase into the next* for a total of 4 times, SC 12, then *increase, SC* another 4 times, and then SC 12 to the end of the round (48).
Round 8: *SC 6, decrease*, repeat this around (42).
Rounds 9-13: SC around for 5 rounds.
Round 14: *SC 5, decrease* around (36).
Rounds 15-17: SC around for 3 rounds.
Now to attach the arms to the body:
Round 18: First, 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, and then SC across the top 6 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 48 stitches.
Round 19: *SC 6, decrease* all the way around (42).
Round 20: SC around for one round. Now, add stuffing to the body and a little bit into the arms.
Round 21: *SC 5, decrease* and repeat around (36). Bind off.
Legs (make 2):
Round 1: Create a magic loop and work 4 SC into the loop. Pull the loop closed and place a marker at the beginning of the round.
Round 2: Increase in each space by working 2 SC into each (8).
Rounds 3-10: SC around for 8 rounds.
Round 11: Decrease 4 times (4 stitches left). Close the opening and then 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 sew them into place. Hide the ends inside of the body and then trim the excess yarn.
Round 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.
Round 2: Increase into each space (16).
Round 3: *SC 1, increase* around (24).
Round 4: *SC 2, increase* around (32).
Rounds 5-6: SC around for 2 rounds.
Round 7: *SC 3, increase* around (40).
Rounds 8-13: SC around for 6 rounds.
Round 14: *SC 6, decrease* around (35).
Round 15: *SC 5, decrease* around (30).
Rounds 16-17: SC around for 2 rounds. Then add the stuffing to the head.
Round 18: *SC 4, decrease* around (25).
Round 19: *SC 3, decrease* around (20).
Round 20: *SC 2, decrease* around (15).
Round 21: *SC 1, decrease* around (10).
Round 22: Decrease around (5). Finish adding the stuffing and then bind off. Weave in the ends and then trim the excess yarn.
Cheeks (make 2):
Round 1: With red yarn and a 4.00mm hook, create a magic loop. Work 6 SC into the loop and pull the loop closed.
Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space (12).
Round 3: *SC1, increase* around (18). Then bind off and leave a long tail for sewing it on.
Ears (make 2):
Round 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.
Rounds 2-8: SC around for 7 rounds (10 stitches).
Round 9: Switch to black yarn and SC 1 round.
Round 10: Decrease 5 times (5 stitches left).
Round 11: SC around once and then bind off.
Round 1: With yellow yarn, chain 16. Turn and SC 15, starting with the 2nd space from the hook (15).
Rounds 2-9; SC for 8 rows (15).
Round 10: SC 7, chain 1, turn (7).
Round 11: SC 7, chain 8 and turn. SC 15, starting from the 2nd space from the hook.
Rounds 12-16: SC across for 4 rows (15).
Round 17: SC 8, chain 1, and turn (8)
Rounds 18-22: Switch to brown yarn and SC for 5 rows (8).
Round 23: SC 8, chain 6 and SC across starting from the 2nd space from the hook (13).
Rounds 24-25: SC for 2 rows.
Round 26: SC 6, chain 1, and turn (6).
Rounds 27-31: SC for 5 rows and then 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. Next, fold the pipe cleaner as you go around the angles of the tail and use the 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 body.
For the Face:
Now, cut out two circles and the shape of the mouth from pieces of felt. Paint the 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 then just 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. Then 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 that’s it!
You are done with your crochet Pikachu!
I love how this crochet pokemon pattern turned out. The minute I gave Pikachu to my nephew, he was off having pokemon battles. If you liked this, you might also like my patterns for Articuno and Snorlax, along with the Charizard I made using a pattern from a great designer! This crochet pokemon pattern was so much fun to make and I had a blast with it. In the comments below, tell me who your favorite (or your kid’s favorite) pokemon is!
Thanks so much for reading and hanging out with me today. This pattern is great for beginners. Although, if you need a little help or want to practice crochet in general, check out my free ebook The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet. It’s full of tutorials, videos, and patterns designed for beginners so you’ll be crocheting in no time. My little niece who’s 12 is using it right now to learn and it’s so crazy to see her watching my lessons and creating something she’s proud to show off! You can grab your copy here, and I will see you soon!
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