Crochet Your Own Deadpool Pikachu aka Pikapool aka Deadchu aka AWESOMESAUCE


Deadpool is awesome.
Pikachu is awesome. 

Putting these two things together seems about as natural as cheese and chimichangas! 

I designed this pattern to be a bastardized amalgamation of a pre-existing Pikachu pattern and all the things that make Deadpool Deadpool. Cool mask? Check. Utility belt? Check. AWESOME FREAKIN SWORDS?! Double check!! I didn't come up with this mash-up concept, obviously, but I wanted to put my own spin on it. People seem to love it so much that even Deadpool creator, Rob Liefeld, approves! See here:

YAS!

Now I'm going to show you how I put this bit of awesome together using yarn, crochet hooks, felt, and maximum effort!

Materials:
4mm (G) crochet hook for the main body and all the parts
3.5mm (E) crochet hook for some of the small details
Red yarn, regular worsted weight (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red--you'll need at least half a skein)
Small amount of black yarn, regular worsted weight.
Small amount of white yarn, regular worsted weight
Small amount of light brown/tan yarn, regular worsted weight (I used Vanna's Choice in Honey)
Small amount of black and white felt for the eyes
Small amount of light gray yarn for the swords
Thin wooden skewers or thick jewelry wire for the swords
Craft or Fabric glue (I use Aileen's)
Tapestry needle

The Pikachu I used as the basis for this is by a great crocheter named Sabrina Somers. Her pattern is available free on her website, but I bought a PDF from her as a show of thanks and I urge folks to do the same for this or her other patterns if you can. Visit the link for the pattern and then follow my instructions below for all the other bits to make Pikachu into PikaPool.

To make the PikaPool, I used Sabrina's pattern for the big head/body piece, ears, arms, legs, and tail, but with the following changes:

1. All parts in the ears and head/body that use yellow yarn should use red. The ears get black tips, per usual.

2. I made the feet all black so they looked more like boots.

3. Deadpool has various areas of black on his arms/shoulders. To mimic that, I did one round of black in Round 4, switched back to red, and then back to black again for the last two rounds.

4. For the tail, I used red for the main part, but I used the tan yarn for the upper part of the tail, as I think it just looks really good against the red.

5. For the eyes, cut the felt into shapes like Deadpool's eyes. I basically did large ovals and then cut a notch in the top part of the oval to give them that unique Deadpool shape. For the whites of the eyes, you can go with a variety of shapes, as the character's eyes are very expressive. I went with narrow ovals to make him look fierce, but follow your bliss. Set these pieces aside. We won't glue them on until the very end.

Once you have the head/body, ears, arms, legs, ears, and tail made, assemble your PikaPool according to the original pattern instructions!

And now for the customization!

Belt
Using black yarn
Chain 60 (depending on how fat your PikaPool winds up being around the middle, you may have to add or take away a couple of chains. Just make sure the ends meet around the fattest part of his belly). 
Hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and for every stitch until the end. 
F/O and leave a long tail for sewing.
Sew belt onto the body using the tail.

Belt Buckle
Using red yarn

1. Magic Ring 6 (6)
2. Inc around (12)
3. Sc in first stitch, Inc in second stitch; repeat all the way around (18)
Sl st to finish off and leave a long tail for sewing and for adding the red line down the middle
Set aside

Using black yarn
1. Magic Ring 6 (6)
2. Inc around (12)
Sl st to finish off and leave a tail for sewing

Sew black disc to red disc. Then use the red tail to sew a red line down the very middle of the piece to make it look like the picture above. With a small amount of white yarn, sew on some white eye detail. Using the remainder of the red tail, sew the belt buckle to the center of the belt. I sew all around the outside to ensure it stays in place.

Belt Pouches (Make 2)
Using brown/tan yarn and E crochet hook

1. Chain 16
2. Sc into 2nd chain from the hook and finish off, leaving a tail for sewing. Ch 1, Turn (15)
2. Sc into each stitch (15)
F/O

Roll the strip up in more or less in thirds, making sure the top flap is a bit shorter so it looks like a pouch. Secure the flap in place with some gray yarn to mimic a button. Sew the pouches onto the belt on either side of the buckle.

Swords (Make 2)
Using gray yarn and E crochet hook
(Note -- Some may argue that Deadpool's swords are in black scabbards, so you can do this whole piece in black. I think that looks boring, personally, but I've also seen some illustrations of him with silver swords on his back. Either way, do what you like color-wise.)

1. Chain 5
2. Sc in 2nd chain from the hook and in the remaining chains (4)
3. Chain 1. Turn. Sc in each st. (4)
Repeat Step 3 for the next 18 rows
4. Chain 1. Turn. Sc in first st. Sc2tog. Sc in last st. (3)
5. Chain 1. Turn. Sc in each st. (3)
6. Chain 1. Turn. Sc3tog.

F/O, leaving a long tail for sewing. Take your wooden skewer or jewelry wire and place in the middle of the gray piece. Cut the skewer or wire about a half-inch or so longer than it needs to be (this extra bit will be for your handle, which we'll cover with black yarn below). Fold the gray around your skewer and sew along the edge to close it inside

Sword Handles (Make 2)
Using black yarn and E crochet hook

1. Chain 5.
2. Sc in 2nd chain from hook and the remaining 2 chains. (4)
3. Chain 1. Turn. Sc in each stitch. (4)
Repeat Step 3 for the next 5 rows

F/O Wrap the black piece around the extra piece of skewer sticking out of the sword piece and sew along the edge. Cut off any remainder of skewer or wire you might have and sew the top shut. F/O

Take both of your swords and cross them together as shown in the picture above. Using a long length of red yarn, wrap where the swords meet so that they're good and secure. Then sew this whole bit to the back of your PikaPool, placing it so you can see the sword handles over his shoulders.

And now, the eyes!

Take your cut pieces of felt and glue to the face. Be generous with the glue, but don't be too crazy with it. The glue should dry clear, so if white is showing through the black felt, it will likely be invisible in a few hours when the glue is dry. If you still have a little white flecks showing after the glue dries, just paint over them with a little black fabric paint. 

And there you have it! Your very own PikaPool friend!



If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at allison@allisonmdickson.com. If you share this pattern, don't forget to credit me for the Deadpool parts and Sabrina Somers for the original Pikachu pattern. 

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