Marth – Super Smash Saturday 08

Two months of Super Smash Saturday completed! Today’s character is Marth. I love the Fire Emblem games, so I had a lot of fun with this one.

His hair didn’t turn out exactly as I had imagined, but I’m still satisfied with it. I especially love the little cape I gave him.


Next up is Mr. Game and Watch! He is the last one for this first row 🎉 I have no idea how I’m going to make him yet, so this should be interesting.

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Mr. Game and Watch for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

Pikachu – Super Smash Saturday 07

Today’s Super Smash Saturday character is Pikachu!

Next week’s character is Marth! I love the Fire Emblem games, so I’m definitely excited for next week’s character 😀

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Marth for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

The Devil’s in the Details

So, details! For me, the details are what makes my crochet pieces come alive and feel complete. Like Deku’s freckles, or Fox’s belt, or the Pokeball centers. Small things like that can make a huge difference in how the finished piece looks! In this post, I’ll go over some of my favorite ways to add details.

One of my go to methods for adding details is to use felt! Felt comes in all different colors, is easy to cut, and can be made into intricate shapes that are difficult to crochet. In addition, felt works great for details that are super small. To attach the felt, I use hot glue. Hot glue is like my best friend when it comes to adding details. It saves me so much time, you just have to be careful not to add too much. If you do, you might end up with the hot glue showing, which doesn’t look that great.

Another way to add details is to use fabric markers or fabric paint. It may sound like an odd choice, but it actually works really well! I use it for fun facial expressions (like on my mini octopus/takochus) and face details like scars or freckles. I’ve also used it for blush and color patterns, like my cheshire cat.

Yet another way to add details is with needle felting! I don’t use this method as often, but it comes in handy for things like eyebrows.

Lastly, I will sometimes use a colored pencil to add blush. You can also use makeup or pastels, but a colored pencil works just fine for me. It gives just a hint of color to the characters and makes them look a little sweeter.

And that about wraps it up! I think the details are what makes a character recognizable, so it’s always fun to see it come together.

Does anyone have any other methods for adding details? Share it in the comments!

Fox – Super Smash Saturday 06

Phew, the first row of characters is already almost done! I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by, does anyone else feel that way?

But anyway, today’s character is Fox! I didn’t have the exact color for him, but got it close enough. He reminds me a little bit of my red panda for some reason, I think it’s the eyebrows 🤔

I also decided to not make his jacket, I liked how he looked without it.

Next up is Pikachu!

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Pikachu for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

Game On Expo 2019

This past weekend I attended Game On Expo as a vendor! It was my first time at this convention, and I will definitely be attending next year as well. It was tons of fun; I got to meet some cool new people and play old school arcade games.

With each convention I go to, I learn a little more about how to improve. From learning what sells, what to add to my inventory, how to better display my crochet, and more! As they say, practice makes perfect 👌

Next up is Tucson Comicon in November, and I’ll be plenty busy restocking and making new items until then!

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Table setup
Table setup
Glaceon and Umbreon hoodies I made for me and my sister to wear. It kept us warm when the vendor hall got cold ❄
Fast and the Furious arcade game! They had a ton of games, like Pacman, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Rampage
The last day of the expo, rocking my casual Link cosplay 🍃

Kirby – Super Smash Saturday 05

This Saturday, it’s Kirby! I’ll admit, it was kind of a rush job since I’ve been preparing for Game On Expo all week and am attending the expo this weekend. But! I didn’t want to skip a week of Super Smash Saturday. So, the solution was to make something simple and quick: and thus the Kirby coaster was born, ready to hold all of your drinks with his massive appetite 😆

I may also release the pattern for this Kirby coaster 🤔

Next up on the roster is Fox 🦊

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Fox for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

Takochu (Octopus) Pattern

These takochus are not only fun to say, they’re fun to make! They are so easily customizable, and each one has it’s own personality.

This is also a really good pattern to use up small scraps of yarn that are too small for larger projects 🙂


Takochu Pattern

Materials:

  • 1 yarn color for the body and tentacles
  • 1 contrasting yarn color for the mouth
  • Stuffing
  • 8mm safety eyes
  • Hook size – G & E hooks (1 larger and 1 smaller)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Fabric paint (optional)

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Inc = increase
  • Dec = decrease
  • Sl = slip stitch
  • * = repeat around

Body:

  • Using the G hook & in the yarn color of your choice…
    • R1: Sc 8 in MC (8)
    • R2: Inc * (16)
    • R3: Sc 1, inc * (24)
    • R4: Sc around (24)
    • R5: Sc around (24)
    • R6: Sc around (24)
    • R7: Sc around (24)
    • R8: Sc 1, dec * (16)
  • Place the 8mm safety eyes between rounds 5 & 6, about 5 stitches apart – stuff!
    • R9: Dec * (8)
  • Finish off with a sl stitch – leave a tail to sew the opening closed

Tentacles:

  • Using the E hook & in the yarn color of your choice…
    • R1: Sc 8 in MC (8)
    • R2: Dc 4 in the next stitch, sl in next * (You should end up with 4 “shells” or “tentacles”)
  • Finish off – you can either leave a tail to sew on, or cut it short and hot glue it to the body

Mouth:

  • Using the E hook & in the contrasting color…
    • Ch 6, use a slip stitch to join the first and last stitches together, creating a circle
  • Finish off – you can either leave a tail to sew on, or cut it short and hot glue it to the body

Details:

  • You can use fabric paint to create different faces! >.<
  • Hot glue can be used to attach the pieces together – personally I find this easier (and faster) than sewing the pieces together

These takochu are super customizable, so mixing up the colors in all different combinations is super fun!

If you use this pattern and post the result on Instagram, please tag me @tokyodragon.crochet (you can also post it in the comments here)! I would love to see what you all make 😀

If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to leave a comment!

Samus – Super Smash Saturday 04

I can’t believe its already the fourth week of Super Smash Saturday! This week’s character is Samus. I was tempted to make a zero suit Samus, but went with the suited version in the end.Next up is Kirby!

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Kirby for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet

Crochet Pattern – Red Panda

Hello everyone, today I am announcing the release of my red panda crochet pattern! It is now available in my Etsy shop.

If you create a red panda of your own, I would love to see your creations! You can share them with me here, or tag me on Instagram @tokydragon.crochet

Link – Super Smash Saturday 03

Hey! Listen! The character for this week is Link, from the Legend of Zelda series!

I’m deciding to combine this week with Toon Link, because the designs would end up turning out very similar. So for Toon Link’s week, I’ll do something else 🤗

If I don’t play as Ike in Smash Bros, Link is my next choice. He’s one of my all time favorite video game characters, so I was super excited to make Link this week, and I’m just as excited at how he turned out! I love his fluffy hair and cute elf ears ☺

Next week’s character is… Samus! Not sure yet how I’ll accomplish it, so I’ll be doing some brainstorming 🤔

This event is a CAL/weekly challenge, so if anyone wants to join in and create your own version of Samus for next Saturday you are more than welcome to! Use #supersmashtokyo to share your projects and tag me on Instagram @tokyodragon.crochet