As I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of PokemonGO in the last few weeks, it’s really reawakened my love for the little pocket monsters. I have been playing Pokemon in one form or another for almost twenty years, so seeing all this love for Pikachu makes me all nostalgic inside. So I was thinking: how about mixing my two passions here? Knitting and Pokemon? There’s gotta be some good patterns, I thought, as I looked on Ravelry. Well, mostly it’s a bunch of strange creations that don’t really look like Pokemon (I think they’re inherently suited for something like a sewn stuffed animal, rather than crocheted or, ugh, knitted patterns). I think the issue is that you really have to adapt their design for crochet, rather than try to make a huge stuffed animal that tries to emulate the original design. But hey, I’ve never designed stuff like that so who am I to judge!
Anyway, I thought I’d share some interesting patterns in case you’re thinking of creating a creature for yourself or a Pokefan in your life.
- Magikarp Pokemon by Nichole’s Nerdy Knots – an adorable representation of everyone’s favorite useless Pokemon. Crochets up fast!
- Chubby Squirtle by Justine Dalipe – the perfect round shape
- Pokemon: Pikachu by i crochet things – I think this is the best shaped Pikachu in the entire Ravelry library. Look how perfect his cheeks are! And his head is a nice oblong, rather than a sphere.
- Shellder Amigurumi by Seo Roh – Ingenious. Rather than design a black sphere with eyeballs, the designer suggests Shellder’s inner body by just hinting with the shadow of the two shell halves.
- Chikorita by Justine Dalipe – Another perfectly shaped Pokemon by this designer. All her stuff is great, but I’m partial to both Squirtle and Chikorita as they were my starters in those generations.
- Pokemon Milotic Amigurumi by Jose Luis Blanco Machinea – What a work of skill and beauty. I won’t be creating this one, but I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.
- Pokemon: Gengar by i crochet things – This Gengar is even more wonderful than the Pikachu above. I tend to dislike patterns that use felt appliques for features on amigurumi, as I think it’s very hard to get to look right. But this one looks great!
- Karpe Diem: Useless Goldfish by Akabeko Botan – Love the name. This would be perfect for a little kid. And I love how they suggested Magikarp’s scales on his tail.
I wish there were more options other than amigurumi on Ravelry though. My favorite Pokemon products are things like stationery, bags, and other trinkets where a Pokemon has been added subtly to the design. Like a handkerchief with a small Pikachu silhouette. I’m not a six-year-old boy, I don’t need to broadcast my love of a 20-year-old franchise to the world. So I wish there was like, a sweater with a subtle Onix or Goldeen motif or something. …Maybe that’s something I’ll have to make myself!