amigurumi evil pea
I posted recently about the Evil Pea I made for my son, whose class has been reading the fantastic Supertato books as part of their Superheroes theme for the term. If you would like to know how to make your very own Evil Pea, then look no further!
You will need four colours for your Evil Pea – green, red, black and white. I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn which has a great range of shades. I used kelly green for his body, arms and legs, matador for his cape, black for his mask, and white and black again for his eyes.
I used a 3.25 mm hook for the body, arms and legs, a 3.75 mm hook for slip stitches on edge of the mask. The larger hook helps to differentiate the mask from the rest of the body. If you don’t have quarter size hooks, you can use a 3.5 mm hook for the body, and a 4 mm for the slip stitches.
I used a 4 mm hook for the cape. The bigger hook gives it a bit of flexibility without being flimsy.
The pattern is written in US terms. The abbreviations are as follows:
CH – chain;
SL ST – slip stitch;
SC - single crochet;
INC - 2 SC in the same stitch;
DEC - SC decrease. I use the invisible SC decrease (insert hook into front loop only of next two stitches, draw up a loop through both stitches (two loops on hook), draw a loop through both loops on hook).
Notes and Techniques
Evil Pea's body, with mask and eyes, is made as one piece, and stuffed with toy filling. The arms, legs and cape are made separately and sewn on. Make sure you attach all parts firmly and securely so that your Pea will withstand the attentions of any small children that may want to play with it.
The body, arms and legs are worked in continuous rounds, except where the pattern specifically states to join the end of a round.
The pattern includes starting with a magic circle, finishing with an invisible join (on the body), and crocheting into the ‘bump’ of the chain (on the cape). If you haven't used these before, have a look at the how to guides here.
There are two different types of colour change for the body. When changing from green to black, and then from black back to green, I finished off the row and cut the yarn, before starting the next row with the new colour.
The other colour changes are from black to white to make the eyes. These are your typical colour changes: don't finish the previous stitch, leave the last two loops of the stitch on the hook, drop the working yarn, wrap the new colour around the hook and pull through a loop to finish the stitch. Then the next stitch is crocheted in the new colour. I used two separate short bits of white yarn, one for each eye, rather than carrying one white thread back and forth between the two eyes.
To add more definition to the eyes, I sewed around the edges of the white area using the white yarn tail, and also sewed over a couple of noticeable bits of black yarn in the eyes. I did the same with the black yarn: I wove the yarn tail across to the eye area, and sewed around the edges of the black.
Use the black yarn tail to add the pupils to the eyes. Sew two or three times per pupil to get a good solid shape. I then wove the black yarn tail back to the start, and tied it to the other end with a triple knot before trimming. I also tied off each white yarn tail to the other end of the thread to secure and trim in the same way.
The arms and legs are fiddly, especially after the decreases in round 4. To help with this, I used a paperclip (my preferred choice of stitch marker!) to keep hold of the tops while I crocheted around. This photo shows what this looked like as I crocheted round 4, putting a marker in each DEC as I went.
Use green yarn, and start with the 3.25 mm hook.
Start with a magic circle.
Row 1: 6 SC into magic circle (6)
Row 2: INC around (12)
Row 3: [SC, INC] around (18)
Row 4: [2 SC, INC] around (24)
SL ST into next two stitches, cut yarn and finish the green yarn with an invisible join.
With black yarn, using the 3.75 mm hook:
Row 5: SL ST around, (24)
Join with a SL ST and CH 1
With the 3.25 mm hook, work the next row into the last row of green SC, NOT the black SL ST:
Row 6: [3SC, INC] around (30)
Row 7: 10 SC, DEC, (switch to white yarn) INC, (black) 5 SC, (white) INC, (black) DEC, 9 SC (30)
Row 8: 9 SC, DEC, (switch to white) 2 SC, INC, (black) 3 SC, (white) INC, 2 SC, (black) DEC, 8 SC (30)
Row 9: SC, [INC, 2 SC] three times, SC, (white) 3 SC, (black) 4 SC, (white) 3 SC, (black) [2 SC, INC] three times (36)
Row 10: SC around (36)
With the 3.75 mm hook:
Row 11: SL ST around (36)
To finish the black, SL ST into the next stitch (which was the first SL ST of row 11), cut yarn, leaving a long tail, and work an invisible join to finish off.
Use the yarn tails from the black and white yarn to neaten the eyes, and add the pupils.