Piranha Plant Crochet Pattern

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11/06/2020 UPDATE: I have made a youtube tutorial to assist you if there are any parts of this written tutorial that you need help with. There are three parts in total, you can watch part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE and part 3 HERE

Introducing Super Mario’s Piranha plant! I had so much fun with this pattern…if I’m completely honest I have so much fun creating all of my patterns. But, I liked this one specifically because unlike some of my other patterns the making of it went seamlessly.
Sometimes I have to frog my projects so many times before it turns outright. However, recently my projects have been painless. I think that means that I am getting better and have a growing understanding of what sequences of stitches gives me the shape that I want.
That being said, let’s talk more about the pattern itself. The Piranha turned out bigger than I intended. I wanted to keep the size inline with the other characters that I have made, but I made this fella in the car on a drive up to Wales. So, I had no characters with me as a reference point. At a later date, I do intend to alter the pattern for a slightly smaller Piranha. Thankfully, regardless of the size my Piranha Plant still looks good alongside all the other characters.

Another obstacle that I came across when making this, is that I had initially just stuffed the pipe with fibrefill. But as some of you may be able to foresee (which I didn’t! haha) is that when I attached the stalk and head it resulted in the whole thing just toppling over! Once I figured out that I would have to weigh down the pipe, I started rummaging through the house and managed to find some popcorn kernels.
Another thing with this pattern that I had to do differently, is that I had to sort of make a contraption with the wire to keep the head up. I ended up hot glueing the wire to cardboard. Don’t worry all of the steps that I took will be depicted in pictures below. If you can think of an easier way to finish your piranha you are more than welcome to do it. These are just the steps that I took in the moment to solve the issues that I ran into.
Overall, all the effort was worth it and I am in love with the result. I am sure that you will be just as pleased with yours too.
The approximate measurements using DK yarn and 3mm hook are 14 inches tall (neck straightened), 4 inches wide (head).
The approximate measurements using 4ply yarn and 2mm hook are 10 inches tall (neck straightened), 2.75 inches wide (head).

Materials

  • DK yarn (forest green, leaf green, red, white and black)
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fire retardant Fibrefill
  • White Felt
  • Pink felt
  • White 2mm or 3mm craft foam
  • Craft wire
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Card
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Popcorn kernels (or something to weigh down and fill the pipe)
  • Pins (optional)
  • Stitch marker (optional)

Abbreviations

  • MR# – magic ring with the specified number of single crochets
  • SC – single crochet (double crochet English)
  • HDC – half double crochet (half treble crochet English)
  • DC – double crochet (treble crochet English)
  • INC – single crochet increase
  • dcINC – double crochet increase
  • DEC – invisible decrease
  • BLO – back loop only
  • FLO – row is front loop only
  • SSJ – slip stitch join
  • CH1T – chain 1 stitch, then turn your work
  • 3IN1 – three single crochets in the same stitch
  • *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
  • ST/STS – stitch/stitches
  • FO – fasten off

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You are now complete! How did you find it? Was it an easy pattern to follow and did you enjoy making it? I would love to see how yours turned out.
Until the next post, happy crocheting!

Chantelle X

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