Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bulbasaur (Pokémon) Free Pattern and Tutorial

Bulbasaur is a small, quadruped Pokémon with green or bluish-green skin and dark patches. Its thick legs each end with three sharp claws. Its eyes have red irises, while the sclera and pupils are white. Bulbasaur has a pair of small, pointed teeth visible when its mouth is open. It has a bulb on its back, grown from a seed planted there at birth. The bulb provides it with energy through photosynthesis as well as from the nutrient-rich seeds contained within. source 

You are probably thinking, "Has she lost her mind?" or "What in the world is she talking about?" Did you know there are over 700 different Pokémon characters?  A while back I made my grandson Charmander here.  One of the ladies at work saw the pictures of Charmander and asked if I could make her son Bulbasaur.  I said, "sure" without even looking at the picture of him (Bulbasaur).

This is Bulbasaur:

For my hats I use SnappyTots Soldier Beanie pattern. In this pattern you do not join at the end of the rows, but I have.  It just depends on what I'm using it for. You can use any good basic hat pattern.  There are so many out there I am not going to try to out do all the wonderful designers out there. I used Impeccable / Aqua for the hat and the ears.

I created the pattern for the bulbs, ears, and spots.  I am happy to share them here with you, but please note this pattern is copyrighted to Toqua's Crafts and may not be copied for resale in part or whole. It is illegal to post this pattern online or share with others without written consent from Toqua's Crafts. (Pinning to Pinterest is allowed from this site only).  Items created from this pattern MAY be sold. Please include a link to if selling online.

Bulbasaur bulbs - 4 each

I used Red Heart Soft / Deep Sea for the bulbs
H hook 
Small amount of fiberfill for stuffing

Row 1: Magic loop, sc 4 pull closed
Row 2: sc 4
Row 3: sc in 2 sts, 2 sc in next 2 st (6 sts)
Row 4: *sc 1, 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (9 sts)
Row 5: *sc 2, 2 sc in next sc* repeat around (12 sts)
Row 6:  2 sc in ea st around (24 sts)
Row 7, 8, 9 : sc around (24 sts)
Row 10: *sc 3, 2 sc in next sc* (30 sts)
Row 11, 12, 13: sc around (30 sts)
Row 14: *sc 3, sc3tog*(20 sts)
Row 15: *sc 2, sc3tog*(12 sts)
  Pull starting tail through to inside
Stuff slightly
Sc3tog 4 times (4sts)
Close off.  Leave a 15” tail for sewing to other tail sections and the hat.

Once you have your bulbs created you need to sew them together with the tails you left:

Ears - 2 each

Ch 3
Sc 2nd ch from hook
Sc next ch
Sc other side of last st
Sc next 2 st  (5 sts)  Place marker.

2 sc next st
Sc next
2 sc next st
Sc next 2 st  (7 sts)

*2 sc next st, sc next 2 st* repeat between ** sc last st (9 sts)

2 sc, sc next 3 / 2 sc, sc next 4 (11 sts)

2 sc, sc next 4 / 2 sc, sc next 4  (13 sts)

Spots - 1 each
I used Red Heart Super Saver / Real Teal for the spots

Chain 5
2nd chain from hook sc and nest 2 chains  (3 sts) ch 1, turn
Sc 2 sts, ch 1 turn
Sc 1 st, tie off leave 15” tail for sewing spot onto hat.


Chain 8
2nd ch from hook sc and across  (7 sts) ch 1 turn
Sc 6 across ch 1 turn
Sc 4, sc 2 tog (5 sts) ch 1 turn
Sc across (5 sts) ch 1 turn
Sc 3, sc2 tog (4 sts) ch 1 turn
Sc 2, sc2 tog (3 sts) ch 1 turn
Sc 3 across (3 sts) ch 1 turn
Sc 1 sc2 tog ch 1 turn
Sc 2 tog ch 1 tie off leave 15” tail for sewing spot onto hat.

Once you have all the accessories created you need to sew them on.  The very first things I sewed onto the hat were the eyes. I cut the eyes out of felt and sewed them on with my sewing machine.  You can, however sew them by hand.  

I cut out what I thought resembled the eyes from paper, I then traced them onto felt of either red or white with my Sharpie.  Please note: If you use a Sharpie you need to be sure to get all of the black cut off

In this bottom picture you will see where I cut out the teeth.  I would highly recommend that you add more sewing room on the longest edge, like this:

That way you have the 'tag' to attach to the hat when you are sewing them onto the hat.

The second items I sewed onto the hat were the teeth.

If you will look close at the tooth that is on the left of the picture above it isn't on straight (I didn't have enough of a tag).  I took it apart and resewed it. 

I used this picture

                                 to help with placement.  If you will notice the bulbs are actually on the character's back, so they need to go behind the ears, and on the back of the hat.  You can also use these photos to help you place the spots (the smallest spot I just sewed directly onto the hat), and the ears.

Here is the new owner of this Bulbasaur hat.  Do you think he's happy about his new treasure?  Just look at that face!
Thank you Clarissa for allowing me to use these photos!
My oldest grandson has already placed his order for a Bulbasaur hat!  At least I know what to get him for Christmas.  :)

How many character hats have you made?  Have you ever considered creating your own pattern for something new?

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  1. How nice of you to share the pattern with us!

    I loved reading the background information on the Bulbasaur. I would have had no idea what it was, but knowing now that it is a Pokemon I already have a few possible recipients in mind.

    What exactly did you mean when you mentioned joining the ends of the rows on the hat crochet? How is that different than what you would normally do?

    The bulbs are so nice looking that I am trying to think of how else they could be used. I am curious to see if you have any ideas!

  2. Medusa Hair,

    Thank you so much for stopping by!

    When you crochet you can either do what they call 'crochet in the round' or you can 'join the ends'. When you crochet in the round your product can end up with somewhat of a slight spiral look to it (but truthfully you would have to look closely to see that). When you join the ends, you do one row and connect the beginning and the end of the row before you start a new row. When you use this method the rows stay flat or straight across (without getting that slight spiral look).

    I will have to think about the other uses for the bulbs! I hadn't even given it any thought! Thank you for giving me something to think about!


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