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Friday, September 25, 2009

Meowth Plushie


I had to do Meowth eventually.  I put it off forever because I have the worst problems with mouths... and I have at least a dozen 'Meowth mouths' on my worktable that didn't make the cut.   I'm still not very happy with that one,  but maybe one of you talented crafters will be able to make a better one :D.

I adore Meowth because he's scrappy and intelligent and just generally fun to watch in action.  

As always,  if you find any problems with the pattern,  please let me know,  I'll fix it as soon as I can and if you have any questions just post 'em :)


MATERIALS:

WW yarn buff, medium brown, dark brown and small amount of gold
G Hook
Fiberfill
White, black and red felt scraps

NOTES:

Gauge isn't really important,  just make sure that your yarn choice and hook choice result in a fairly tight stitch so that stuffing won't show through. 

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

Read through the entire pattern before beginning to get familiar with how the pattern comes together.


HEAD:
using buff:

Rnd 1:  7 sc in magic ring  (7)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around  (14)
Rnd 3:  sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (21)
Rnd 4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (28)
Rnd 5:  sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (35)
Rnd 6:  sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (42)
Rnd 7:  sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (49)
Rnd 8:  sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (56)
Rnd 9-15:  sc in each sc around  (56)
Rnd 16:  sc in next 6 sc, dec over next 2 sc around  (49)
Rnd 17:  sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc around  (42)
Rnd 18:  sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around  (35)
Rnd 19:  sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around  (28)
Begin stuffing here, and continue to stuff as you go.  Stuff firmly shaping the head as you stuff.
Rnd 20:  sc in next 2 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (21)
Rnd 21:  sc in next sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (14)
Rnd 22:  dec over next 2 sc around  (7)
F/O leaving a tail and then using chopstick or back of crochet hook,  finish adding any stuffing you need and shape.  Weave in the tail and pull to close.

BODY:
using buff:

Rnd 1:  7 sc in magic ring  (7)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around  (14)
Rnd 3:  sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (21)
Rnd 4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (28)
Rnd 5:  sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (35)
Rnd 6:  sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around  (42)
Rnd 7-18:  sc in each sc around  (42)
Rnd 19:  sc in next 4 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (35)
Begin stuffing here, stuff firmly while shaping.  Continue stuffng as you go.
Rnd 20:  sc in next 3 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (28)
Rnd 21:  sc in next 2 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (21)
Rnd 22:  sc in next sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (14)
F/O and add any stuffing needed to finish out the shaping.

ARMS:
using buff: make 2

Rnd 1:  9 sc in magic ring  (9)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around  (18)
Rnd 3-5:  sc in each sc around  (18)
Rnd 6:  dec over next 2 sc around  (9)
Rnd 7-16:  sc in each sc around  (9)
F/O,  stuff arms to wrist,  leave 'paws' unstuffed.

Using dark brown yarn and yarn needle,  make 'claws' (two on each paw)  see photos to help with placement.

FEET:
Using medium brown: (make 2)

Rnd 1:  6 sc in magic ring  (6)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 3:  sc in next 3 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (15)
Rnd 4-10:  sc in each sc around  (change to buff yarn in last stitch of round 10)  (15)
Rnd 11-14:  sc in each sc around  (15)
Begin stuffing here.  Stuff moderately firm.  Continue to stuff as you go.
Rnd 15:  sc in next 3 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around (12)
Rnd 16:  dec over next 2 sc around  (6)
F/O leaving tail.  Add any stuffing needed to finish the shaping.  Don't overstuff.  Weave tail through last round and pull to close.

LEGS:
Using buff: (make 2)

Rnd 1:  6 sc in magic ring  (6)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 3:  working in Back Loops Only for this round,  sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 4-7:  sc in each sc around  (12)
F/O and stuff leg moderately firmly.  Don't overstuff. 

Sew the 'closed' end of the leg to the top of the foot at the back  (see photos for help with placement) 

Using dark brown yarn and yarn needle,  make 'claws' (two on each foot) see photos for help.

EARS:
Using Dark Brown: (make 2)

Rnd 1:  6 sc in magic ring  (6)
Rnd 2:  sc in next  sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (9)
Rnd 3:  sc in next 2 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (12)
Rnd 4:  sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 5:  sc in next 3 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (15)
Rnd 6:  sc in each sc around  (15)
Rnd 7:  sc in next 4 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (18)
Rnd 8-10:  sc in each sc around  (18)
F/O.  Do not stuff,  flatten ear.

Ear INSET:
Using med brown: (make 2)

Row 1:  Ch 6,  sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (5)
Row 2:  sc in each sc across  (5)
Row 3:  sc in first 3 sc,  dec over last 2 sc  (4)
Row 4:  sc in first 2 sc,  dec over last 2 sc  (3)
Row 5:  sc in first sc,  dec over last 2 sc  (2)
Row 6:  dec over 2 sc  (1)
F/O.  Weave in ends.  Position and sew the 'inset' to the center bottom of the ear  (see photo for placement)


TAIL:
Using buff:

Rnd 1:  9 sc in magic ring  (9)
Rnd 2:  working in Back Loops Only for this round,  sc in each sc around  (9)
Rnd 3-9:  sc in each sc around  (9)
Rnd 10:  sc in next 2 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (12)
Begin stuffing here if you haven't already.  Stuff tail moderately firmly.  Don't overstuff.
Rnd 11:  sc in each sc around,  change to medium brown in last stitch of round  (12)
Rnd 13:  sc in each sc around  (12)
Rnd 14:  sc in next 3 sc,  2 sc in next sc around  (15)
Rnd 15:  sc in each sc around  (15)
Rnd 16:  sc in next 3 sc,  dec over next 2 sc around  (12)
Rnd 17:  dec over next 2 sc around  (6)
F/O leaving tail.  Finish adding stuffing if needed to complete shape.  Don't stuff the end too firmly.  Weave tail through final round and pull to close,   using tail,  curl the end around on itself  (see photos)  and secure.  Weave in ends.


CHARM:
using gold color yarn:

Rnd 1:  4 sc in magic ring  (4)
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around  (8)
Rnd 3-9:  sc in each sc around  (8)
Rnd 10:  dec over next 2 sc around  (4)
F/O,  do not stuff.  Flatten charm.   Using dark brown thread or embroidery floss,  create lines every other row of the charm  (see photo).  Those lines are purely optional,  but the charm on Meowth has them,  so I added them.


WHISKERS:
Using buff:

Make 2 of the following  (these go at the top of the head between his ears)

Row1:  Ch 13,  slip stitch in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs.  Sc in next 6 chs,  HDC in last 3 chs. 
F/O

Make 4 of the following:

Row 1:  Ch 11,  slip stitch in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs.  Sc in next 5 chs,  HDC in last 2 chs.  F/O

ASSEMBLY:

I recommend pinning parts together before you sew,  to make sure you have them in the placement you want before making it permanent. 

Sew head to neck of body.  Sew arms to sides of body,  making sure that the paws are both facing the right way.  Sew legs to bottom of body,  either in sitting or standing positions.  Sew ears to the top of the head as shown,  charm goes between his ears so that it stands up.  Sew the 'whiskers' to the head...  the two longer whiskers go on top of the head between the ears,  the other four are sewn to the sides of the head as shown.

Using paper,  cut out facial features before using felt ...  it will save you ALOT of time.  Pin the facial features on before sewing,  to make sure you have the right sizes and placements.  The mouth is outlined with dark brown yarn as shown.

Don't forget to cut out and sew on his little fangs...  he's just not meowth without the hardware!

I positioned his paws up by his face...  my girls wanted him that way, and I like it...  he looks kind of like he's about to pounce on you.  Any way you make him,  Meowth is just adorable  :)



MEOWTH and POKEMON are copyright Nintendo.

This pattern is an original pattern by Linda Potts (September 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. 


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