Beginning Knitting Project for Kids: Knit a Pikachu

February 10th, 2015 by Dionna | 6 Comments
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Carnival of Natural Parenting, Children, Eclectic Learning

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Welcome to the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants are teaching us how to make something useful or try something new.

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2015-02-08

My 7-year-old son, Kieran, recently started knitting. Like many beginning knitters, his first project was a square. We were both amazed when he used the square to make a bunny rabbit (thanks to the “square knit bunny tutorial” from Lebenslustiger.com). He loves that bunny!

My husband suggested that he knit a square in yellow to create a Pikachu. Kieran went to work immediately, and I talked him into letting me take video for a tutorial. Check out the simple written instructions below our video. Enjoy!

  1. Knit a yellow square. Using only the knit stitch (garter stitch), knit your square. Kieran’s square was about 30 x 30. For our beginning knitting projects, we use cheap Red Heart Super Saver yarn, we have it in every color of the rainbow. (We used this simple cast on method, and we both knit using the continental method. Here’s a tutorial on how to bind off.)
  2. Sew a big triangle. Cut a length of yarn about four times as wide as your square. Thread a tapestry needle, and using a running stitch, sew a triangle on the top third of your square. This triangle will eventually form Pikachu’s ears. You’ll need to have a couple of inches of yarn hanging off the beginning and end of your triangle. (This YouTube tutorial for a knit bunny square has an example of how to do a running stitch about 4:15 in.)
  3. Sew a smaller triangle. Turn your work over. Cut another length of yarn about four times as wide as your square, and sew another triangle on the other end of your work, about the bottom fourth of your square. You should not see your big triangle from this side – you’ve flipped your work. This triangle will eventually form Pikachu’s feet. Again, you need yarn to hang off the beginning and end of your triangle.
  4. Create Pikachu’s head. Go to the bigger triangle. Get some poly-fil, cotton balls, or scrap fabric to use for the head stuffing. Put the stuffing on your triangle, fold the sides around the stuffing, and gently pull on the strings. This will create the neck. Weave one end of the neck yarn all the way around the neck and tie the two pieces of yarn in a knot.
  5. Sew Pikachu’s ears. Using one of your yarn pieces, fold the sides of one ear together and sew the edges so that it looks more like a tube or rectangle. Thread the other yarn piece and sew the other ear the same way. Now thread the yarn pieces back down through the ears (through the ear, so that the yarn is hidden), and if necessary, sew in between Pikachu’s ears and tie a knot (we had some poly-fil poking through). Do not cut this yarn yet!
  6. *Note: When you are sewing Pikachu’s ears, body, feet, etc., sew into stitches next to each other. Don’t sew into a stitch 2 inches away, or else you’ll have a weird, random length of yarn running across your finished Pokemon.

  7. Create Pikachu’s feet. Go to the smaller triangle and start pulling. You’re going to get an idea here of how big the feet are, but you’ll finish them up after the next step.
  8. Finish Pikachu’s body. Once you’ve starting pulling the feet tight, you’ll see the shape of Pikachu’s body form. Stuff it with poly-fil (or whatever you’re using), then use one of the pieces of yarn left over from his ears to stitch the body closed. Just make simple stitches along the edge of his back, being careful not to pull too tight. If you don’t have enough yarn to stitch his back closed, don’t worry, just grab a new piece of yarn, stitch his back closed, then you’ll tie knots in both ends (one end to an ear tail, the other end to a foot tail). Again, do not cut the yarn tails yet.
  9. Make Pikachu’s feet. Now that Pikachu’s body is done, arrange his feet the way that you want them, then thread your tapestry needle with one of your yarn ends and stitch the feet. We stitched across his “ankles,” and we stitched the edges down to the bottom of his feet.
  10. Weave in your ends. Now that you’re done sewing, you need to weave in the yarn pieces. Don’t just cut them after knotting them, because those knots can come undone, and then your work can unravel. Thread a yarn piece on your needle, then stitch through several stitches, hiding the yarn under the stitches. First one way, then the other. Then you can snip the ends of the yarn.

Optional Additions:

Kieran wanted some embellishments added to his Pokemon, so we added a few things. The more experienced knitter (Dionna) added the details. I’ve linked to tutorials below so that you can figure out how to do your own.

  • Make Pikachu’s arms. Kieran decided he wanted arms for his Pikachu. I crocheted a 9 stitch chain, folded it over, sewed the two sides together, and sewed them on the body with the ends. (YouTube beginner crochet chain tutorial)
  • Give Pikachu eyes and a nose. For eyes, I used a fingering weight black yarn. Here’s what I did:
    CO 2
    K, KF&B, K
    K, K2Tog
    Bind off

    Then I sewed the eyes on with the ends. (YouTube tutorial on how to KF&B – knit front and back; another tutorial on how to K2Tog – knit two together)

    For his nose, I just took a short length of black thread on my needle and wrapped it a couple of times around a stitch.

  • Give Pikachu a mouth. I had some worsted weight red yarn for the mouth. Here’s what I did:

    CO3
    K, K2Tog
    K2
    Bind off

    Then I sewed it on with the ends.

  • Make Pikachu’s tail. The last detail Kieran wanted was a tail. I didn’t get too fancy.
    CO 4
    K4
    P4
    K4
    P, P2Tog, P
    K3
    P, P2Tog
    Bind off

    I sewed the tail on with the ends, weaved in all of my ends, and Pikachu was done!

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6 Responses to:
"Beginning Knitting Project for Kids: Knit a Pikachu"

  1. Life Breath Present   LB_Present

    How neat! I think it’s really great that Kieran not only wants to, but is knitting. It’s neat to share our crafting abilities with a child. The process of learning is just wonderful! :)

  2. How cute!!! I can’t wait until my son is old enough to be interested in knitting. Good to have ideas for those practice squares; I know I made a lot of them when I was first learning!

  3. Lauren @ Hobo Mama   Hobo_Mama

    Oh, my gosh, I’m dying from the adorableness! I knit, but Mikko’s so far shown no interest. I knit, but Mikko so far has shown no interest. This can be on our list of possibilities for the future.

  4. Deb @ Living Montessori Now   DebChitwood

    Wow! Kieran is really talented at knitting! What a great activity for fine-motor coordination and concentration. :)

  5. Cute! I never learned to knit but made several stuffed animals by sewing, and my 10-year-old son has made some. They are so much more special than a mass-produced toy.

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