I could not find a single decent pattern for Gyarados crocheted, so I had to make one up. I'm really glad I did - this turned out fantastic! Can't wait to write the pattern down and do another one in red (one in the photo is 'shopped) for my younger son (this one was a special request from my oldest). Secret of the eyes - I started with a circle of black, surrounded by a circle of red (2 rows), 2 rows of white, then the blue. I did the whole thing in segments, consecutively sewn into position.
Do you have a pattern for this delightful fellow that I could purchase?
If you remember (I know it's been a while), how are the facial features made? I'm kind of new at this and tried to make up something, but it didn't turn out right. I love the rest of the pattern though!
Allright, I'm going to try to wing this. I had carpal tunnel surgery last year and my writing skills have suffered, so I'm just going to try typing this out from memory. Some day I'll try making another one of these and take photos of each step, but for now you'll have to read these instructions.
Some things you'll need to know how to do first:
Practice with basic shapes before attempting this pattern. Shapes you'll need to know are spheres, cylinders, triangles, and improvised triangles. Stitches used are primarily magic ring, single crochet (SC), double crochet (DC), half double crochet (hdc), treble crochet (TC), front post single crochet (fpSC) and slip stitch (ss). Please be aware that I improvised this design a lot, and even after the second one I did there were some changes made to the original. That being said, don't expect this to look the same as mine - which is okay! Make it yours. Make it unique.
Step 1 - The Head
I did the head as a basic sphere starting with a black circle, surrounded by a red circle, then finished it as a sphere in blue/red.
first, create a magic ring
R1 - with Black, 6 SC in magic ring. Join with ss.
R2 - with Red, chain 1 (counts as first SC) 2 SC in each SC from R1. Join with ss. You should end with 12 SC.
R3 - with White, *1 SC in the next SC from R2, 2 SC in the next SC from R2*. Repeat from * until you have 18 SC. Join with ss.
R4 - *1 SC in the next 2 SC from R3, then 2 SC in the next SC from R3. Repeat from * until you have 24 SC. Join with ss.
R5 - with Blue or Red, *1 SC in the next 3 SC from R4, 2 SC in the next SC from R4. Repeat from * until you have 30 SC. Join with ss.
R6 - *1 SC in the next 4 SC from R5, 2 SC in the next SC from R5. Repeat from * until you have 36 SC. Join with ss.
R7-9 1 SC in each SC from previous round.
Begin decreasing by 6 SC per row for each of the next
R10 - 30 SC
R11 - 24 SC
R12 - 18 SC
R13 - 12 SC
Step 2 - Thorax
R14 - fpSC in each SC from R13.
R15-18 Begin increasing again, repeating stitches from R3-R6. You should end R18 with 36 SC.
R19-26 1 SC in each SC from previous round. Each round should be 36 SC.
R27-29 begin decreasing again, same as before, but this time ending with 18 SC.
Step 3 - Abdomen
Here's where we start getting tricky, and this is where you might want to try improvising. Basically, I needed to make the stitches in such a way that the lower half of the body would start angling down from the thorax at a 45-90 degree angle. To do this, I added some extra rows to the upper half of the abdomen when starting, before continuing to work in the round again. Here are the basic steps.
R30 - fpSC in each SC from R29. 18 SC. Chain 1 and turn.
working back and forth for the next few rows.
R31 - *1 SC in the next 2 SC, 2 SC in the next SC. Repeat until you have 12 SC. Chain 1 and turn.
R32 - Skip the next SC, then 1 SC in the next 3 SC, 2 SC in the next SC, 1 SC in the next 3 SC, 2 SC in the next SC, 1 SC in the next 2 SC. Chain 1 and turn.
R33 - Skip the next SC, then 1 SC in the next 2 SC, 2 SC in the next SC, 1 SC in the next 3 SC, 2 SC in the next SC, 1 SC in the next 3 SC. Chain 1 and turn.
Stopping here will give you an approximate body angle of 45 degrees. To deepen the angle, continue this pattern for another two rows before switching back to working all the way around.
I'm going to pause here for now. I'll include more as time allows. Feel free to experiment and play with different colors.
Another thing - practice crochet sock patterns! These are very helpful for teaching yourself how to create bending forms when crocheting. Pinterest, Ravelry, and Lionheart Yarns are great resources for finding patterns.
I've been wanting to make one
Are you sharing or selling the pattern?
Still trying to figure put how to write the pattern. I drew picture diagrams of each piece and improvised a lot of it.
Haha that's still really cool! I actually just did my first piece that I made completely by myself. I used the skills that I've learned since I started. I'm quite proud of it too ^w^
Like I tell everyone - don't be afraid to experiment! Learn as many different types of stitches as you can, experiment with combining different shapes.
I think one type of project that has the potential to really help teach yourself how to shape these things is studying and practicing sock patterns. Shaping the heal and toes, using rib stitching, and mastering increases and decreases really help wrap your head around the different possibilities, and help you become a Fiber Artist.
Yes I wold like more experience, but working and playing is a lot of fun.
oh really? I never thought that socks would help so much! I've never really made a real pair of socks before.
this is amazing. ive been looking for a pattern like this for almost 2 months
I can't wait till you post the pattern! This is amazing
I want to make them!
I want to make them!
It looks GREAT!! will you be sharing the pattern?
As soon as I finish writing it.
now thats rad!