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Friday, March 27, 2009

POLIWHIRL WITH PATTERN


Despite the fact I know his swirl is backwards, here's my version of Poliwhirl. This is one of the dolls the kids fought over, so I had to make several LOL. I never did get that swirl to go in the right direction (clock-wise) .... I guess Im 'swirl' challenged! :)

POLIWHIRL

Materials
WW weight yarn in Blue (I used RHSS Windsor Blue) and White
Size G Crochet hook
Small amount of black ww yarn
Fiber Fill
Yarn needle

NOTES:

Guage isn't important here. Just ensure that hook and yarn weight plus your tension result in even, moderately tight stitches.

I tend to prefer to join rounds, you may prefer using continuous rounds with stitchmarkers. Either way is fine. Use whichever method is most comfortable for you.

Poliwhirl is supposed to have a clockwise swirl on his belly. I guess I have 'swirl' issues, because try as I might, every swirl I do is 'counter clockwise'. If you can make the swirl go clockwise, you should. :)

Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round or row are the total number of stitches that should be in that rnd/row.


BODY:

Beginning with white:

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (16)

Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)

Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (32)

Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (40)

Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (48)

Rnd 7: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around. Switch to blue yarn in the last stitch of this round. (56)

( I find it easiest to embroider swirl on at that point. Using black yarn and yarn needle use backstitch to add swirll to belly, see notes on that above)

Rnd 8: sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (64)

Rnd 9: sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (72)

Rnd 10: sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (80)

Rnd 12-18: sc in each sc around (80)

Rnd 19: sc in next 8 sc, dec over next two sc around (72)

Rnd 20: sc in next 7 sc, dec over next two sc around (64)

Rnd 21: sc in next 6 sc, dec over next two sc around (56)

Rnd 22: sc in next 5 sc, dec over next two sc around (48)

Rnd 23: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next two sc around (40)

Rnd 24: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next two sc around (32)

(begin stuffing body at this point, continue as needed while finishing up the closing)

Rnd 25: dec over the next 2 sc, dec over the next two sc around (24)

Rnd 26: sc in next sc, dec over next two sc around (16)

Rnd 2: dec over next two sc around (8)

F/O leaving tail for sewing. Finish out any stuffing needed. Weave tail thru final round and pull tight to close off. Tack firmly.


ARMS:

(hands)
With white:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (16)

Rnd 4-9: sc in each sc around (16)

Rnd 10: dec in next two sc around (8)

Rnd 11: working in Front Loops Only for this round- 2 sc in each sc around (16)

Rnd 12: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)

F/O weave in tail.

(arm)
With blue:

Attach blue to one of the unworked loops from Rnd 11.

Rnd 1: sc in each of the unworked loops around (8)

Rnd 2: sc in next sc 2 sc in next sc around (12)

Rnd 3-9: sc in each sc around (12)

F/O leaving long tail for sewing.

Stuff the arm (but leave hand portion unstuffed). Flatten the hand and curl closed to resemble fist. You can tack it into a fist shape if you want.

LEGS AND FEET:

Foot-

With blue:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3: sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc around, 2 sc in next sc (16)

Rnd 5-11: sc in each sc around (16)

Rnd 12: dec over next two sc around (8)

F/0 and sew opening closed. Foot is flattened but not stuffed.

Leg-

Repeat rnds 1 and 2 of foot.

Rnd 3: working in Back Loops Only for this round- sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 4-8: sc in each sc around (12)

F/O ... Stuff leg moderately firmly. Sew the open end centered over the last few rows of flattened foot.


EYES:

eyeball-

with black:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring, change to white in last sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3: sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 4: dec over next two sc around (6)

F/O leaving tail for sewing. Stuff firmly to round shape. Use yarn needle to weave tail through the last row of stitches, pull tightly to close.

eye socket-

With blue:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3-5: sc in each sc around (12)

F/O weave in tail. Insert eyeball with front facing out. adjust eyeball to whatever position desired.

eyelid-

with blue:
Ch 6. sc in 2nd ch from hook. HDC in next ch, DC in next ch, HDC in next ch, sc in last. (5)

F/O tie the two 'tails' together and sew the lid to the eye socket as shown in the picture. the 'rounded' side (top of the stitches) should be sewn to the lid, while the foundation ch side (straighter side) goes across the eyeball.


ASSEMBLY:

I recommend that you pin all pieces in place as show in the picture before sewing. This allows you to make final adjustments and get everything exactly as you want it before making it permanent. Sew firmly to body when satisfied with placement.


Poliwhirl and Pokemon are copyright Nintendo.

This pattern is an original pattern by Linda Potts (March 2009). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.

14 Comments:

Selena K said...

I think the only way you could get the swirl going the right way is if you turned him inside out. Nice job though--it looks just like him!

Rachael said...

It looks more like a poliwrath than a poliwhirl. Poliwhirls tend to look more cute and poliwraths look meaner and a poliwrath's swirl is the opposite of a poliwhirl's.

WolfDreamer said...

You're thinking of Poliwag. But your'e right, Poliwag is cuter and the swirl goes in the opposite direction. :)

Zoey said...

I'm planning on making one of these, and I was wondering what size needle you used, and how much of each type of yarn you used? Thanks. :)

Zoey

WolfDreamer said...

Well I've made several Poliwhirls actually, and I've made them using both an F and G hook. Neither of them took more than a half a skein of either yarn color(blue and white). Either size hook works great, the G hook will give you a slightly larger doll.

Zoey said...

Thank you! I will be sure to keep that in mind.

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

These Pokemon patterns are fantastic! You are a genius.

WolfDreamer said...

Thanks! I don't know so much about the genius part, but I'm glad you like the patterns :D

Brodie's Mom said...

I haven't tried this, but, maybe you could get the whirl to go in the other direction if you used a reverse crochet? Or if you were really serious about it, crochet with the left hand for an added challenge! Don't know if it would work, but it's a thought. Your work is awesome, though, and I couldn't care less what direction the whirl is in! :]

scrappinmagic said...

I was thinking the same as Brodie's Mom....crochet left-handed if you can! That will get it going in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

What size crochet hook do I need?

WolfDreamer said...

I always use a G hook for the dolls unless otherwise noted (however, somehow the hook didn't make the materials list, I'll fix that.)

Anonymous said...

I love it . Could you make a snubble? That's my favorite Pokemon :)

Anonymous said...

Yea can you make a snubble

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