FFVII: Red XIII


Bravery is Magic!

I’m exceedingly pleased with how Red came out, even though I couldn’t think of a good whatever is magic line for him. Ah well, he’s all about the bravery. So for the pattern, I can’t embroider and despaired at the thought of attempting a circle. I don’t even know if that’s possible. But the end result is no tattoo under his XIII. Also his tail is knit. It seemed like the easiest way to do it.

Red XIII

Materials

  • Red XIIILoops & Thread Impeccable Yarn
    • Rouge (orange)
    • Black
    • Burgundy
    • Heather (beige)
    • Navy
    • Silver Grey (grey)
    • Topaz
    • Claret (red)
  • KnitPicks Shine Worsted
    • White
  • 4.5 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2.75 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 mm double-pointed needles (2 for an i-cord)
  • Embroidery floss (Optional. You can also use yarn if you choose.)
  • Wire (26 gauge jewellery wire)

Skills Required

  • Chain (ch)
  • Crochet in the round (spiral and rounds)
  • Work on both sides of the chain
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Half double crochet (hdc)
  • Double crochet (dc)
  • Increase (2 in 1)
  • Decrease (2 tog) (knit and crochet)
  • Slip stitch (sl)
  • Front loop crochet (fl)
  • Back loop crochet (bl)
  • Popcorn stitch
  • Crab stitch
  • I-cord (knitting)
  • Embroidery

Pattern

Using orange, make one basic pony head, body and ears.

NoseNose

Round 1: With orange, begin in a magic ring; sc 6; continue in a spiral
Round 2: sc 2 in 1 around (12 sts)
Round 3: sc 2 in 1 around (24 sts)
Round 4: fl sc 24
Round 5-6: dc 24
Finish. Leave a long tail for sewing to the head.

Before sewing the nose to the head, embroider a black inverted triangle over the flat area of the nose.

Legs

I made Red’s legs a little bit shorter than the rest of the ponies’, and he’s also got toes. (THEY DID NOT TURN OUT SHORTER! 8O He’s like a centimetre shorter than the rest of them. Whatever. You can try all hdc rounds if you like.)

Right Foreleg

Round 1: With orange, begin in a magic ring; dc 12; continue in a spiral
Round 2: [dc 2 in 1] x11, hdc 2 in 1 (24 sts)
Round 3: bl dc 8, [pop 5, bl dc 1] x4, bl dc 7 (24 sts)
Round 4: hdc 24
Round 5: dc 11, dc 2 tog, dc 11 (23 sts)
Round 6: hdc 11, hdc 2 tog, hdc 10 (22 sts)
Round 7: dc 11, dc 2 tog, dc 9 (21 sts)
Round 8: hdc 11, hdc 2 tog, hdc 8 (20 sts)
Round 9: dc 11, dc 2 tog, dc 7 (19 sts)
Round 10: hdc 11, hdc 2 tog, hdc 6 (18 sts)
Round 11: dc 18
Round 12: hdc 18
Round 13: dc 18
Round 14: dc 2 in 1, dc 1, hdc 1, hdc 2 in 1, sc 6, hdc 2, hdc 2 in 1, dc 2, dc 2 in 1, hdc 1, sc 1 (22 sts)
Finish. Leave a long tail for sewing to the body.

Left Foreleg

Round 1: With orange, begin in a ring; dc 12; continue in a spiral
Round 2: [dc 2 in 1] x11, hdc 2 in 1 (24 sts)
Round 3: [bl dc 1, pop 5] x4, bl dc 16 (24 sts)
Round 4: hdc 24
Round 5: dc 3, dc 2 tog, dc 19 (23 sts)
Round 6: hdc 3, hdc 2 tog, hdc 18 (22 sts)
Round 7: dc 3, dc 2 tog, dc 17 (21 sts)
Round 8: hdc 3, hdc 2 tog, hdc 16 (20 sts)
Round 9: dc 3, dc 2 tog, dc 15 (19 sts)
Round 10: hdc 3, hdc 2 tog, hdc 14 (18 sts)
Round 11: dc 18
Round 12: hdc 18
Round 13: dc 18
Round 14: dc 2 in 1, dc 2, dc 2 in 1, hdc 2, hdc 2 in 1, sc 8, sc 2 in 1, sc 2 (22 sts)
Finish. Leave a long tail for sewing to the body.

Right Hindleg

Round 1: With orange, begin in a ring; dc 12; continue in a spiral
Round 2: [dc 2 in 1] x11, hdc 2 in 1 (24 sts)
Round 3: bl dc 8, [pop 5, bl dc 1] x4, bl dc 7 (24 sts)
Round 4: hdc 24
Round 5: dc 24
Round 6: hdc 24
Round 7: dc 12, dc 2 tog, dc 10 (23 sts)
Round 8: hdc 12, hdc 2 tog, hdc 9 (22 sts)
Round 9: dc 12, dc 2 tog, dc 8 (21 sts)
Round 10: hdc 12, hdc 2 tog, hdc 7 (20 sts)
Round 11: hdc 12, hdc 2 tog, hdc 6 (19 sts)
Round 12: [bl dc 2 tog] x3, dc 6, dc 2 tog, dc 5 (15 sts)
Round 13: [fl dc 2 in 1] x3, dc 12 (18 sts)
Round 14: [hdc 2 in 1, hdc 5] x3 (21 sts)
Round 15: [dc 2 in 1, dc 6]x3 (24 sts)
Round 16: dc 2 in 1, dc 2, dc 2 in 1, dc 2, hdc 2 in 1, hdc 2, sc 16 (27 sts)
Finish. Leave a long tail for sewing to the body.

Left Hindleg

Round 1: With orange, begin in a ring; dc 12; continue in a spiral
Round 2: [dc 2 in 1] x11, hdc 2 in 1 (24 sts)
Round 3: [bl dc 1, pop 5] x4, bl dc 16 (24 sts)
Round 4: hdc 24
Round 5: dc 24
Round 6: hdc 24
Round 7: dc 3, dc 2 tog, dc 19 (23 sts)
Round 8: hdc 3, hdc 2 tog, hdc 18 (22 sts)
Round 9: dc 3, dc 2 tog, dc 17 (21 sts)
Round 10: hdc 3, hdc 2 tog, hdc 16 (20 sts)
Round 11: hdc 3, hdc 2 tog, hdc 15 (19 sts)
Round 12: dc 3, dc 2 tog, dc 8, [bl dc 2 tog] x3 (15 sts)
Round 13: dc 12, [fl dc 2 in 1] x3 (18 sts)
Round 14: [hdc 2 in 1, hdc 5] x3 (21 sts)
Round 15: [dc 2 in 1, dc 6]x3 (24 sts)
Round 16: dc 2 in 1, dc 2, dc 2 in 1, hdc 2, hdc 2 in 1, sc 18 (27 sts)
Finish. Leave a long tail for sewing to the body.

Bracelets (make 4)

BraceletsNote: these are done in rounds, not spirals.

With beige, ch 26 and sl st to join in a circle.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc 25, sl st to end round
Round 2: Ch 2, dc 25, sl st to end round.
Round 3: Repeat round 2.
Round 4: Repeat round 1.
Finish.

With topaz, crab stitch around the top and bottom, using the sc rounds as a guide. Use a darning needle to embroider Vs between the two crab stitch rounds. There should be the right number of stitches to have three stitches between each point on the Vs. (I don’t know how that math works, but it does.)

Tattoos

TattoosI cannot embroider. At all. To save my life. But I sort of faked it anyway. I despaired over the ones below his XIII and decided he didn’t really need them.

I used embroidery floss for the XII and black yarn for the ones on his butt. Symmetry is hard.

Mane

ManeI used Esshaych’s method as usual with the burgundy yarn. I made the mane narrow (two columns wide), then attached three additional, longer strands beside it just behind the ears on both sides. I tied them off with a spare bit of yarn so they wouldn’t get mixed up. I also made the mane a bit wider towards his forehead.

I cut the main section of mane about 4 cm long, and the section in front maybe 5 or 6 cm. I styled it by rubbing a bit of clear Elmer’s between my fingers and dragging it through.

For the long sections on the sides, I just wrapped the grey yarn around a bunch of times, then repeated with the blue to make a bead-looking sort of thing.

Feather (make 2)

Feathers 1The Shine Worsted is closer to what I’d call a DK weight yarn. Any white that’s a bit lighter weight than your main yarn should work well. I just didn’t want the feathers turning out really thick.

Feathers 2

 

With white and 2.75 mm hook, ch 14 (1 to turn). Leave a tail long enough to sew to the head.

 

Row 1: sl st 2, sc 4, dc 4, sc 2, sl st 1
Do not turn. Instead, continue on to the other side of the chain.
Row 2: sl st 1, sc 2, dc 4, sc 3, sl st 3, ch 1
Finish

Paint the tips of the feathers black, then sew them in place just behind his ears.

Other Details

Blind eyeRemember that Red is blind in his right eye. I forgot, but it turned out pretty good anyway. I painted over his coloured eye with grey, so you can kind of see the eye behind it. I used the same colour as his mane (burgundy) to stitch a scar overtop of where I had glued it on.

I used a different red (claret) to stitch his war paint on just below his eyes.

Tail – DO THIS LAST!

Unless you’re not unduly violent while embroidering.

I did an i-cord for the tail. I apologize if you don’t knit. If necessary, I’m sure that I can come up with something using a hook.

I used two 4 mm dpns.

Tail 1With orange, cast on 4 sts, leaving enough of a tail so you can sew it on.

I-cord for approximately 5 cm.
Next row: k1, k 2 tog, k1 (3 sts)
Continue with the i-cord for another 5 cm or so.
Just before the tail is the length you want: k 2 tog, k1 (2 sts)
Do two or three more rows, then bind off, leaving a tail about 5 cm long.

Tail 2I used wire to make the tail poseable. I used 26 gauge jewellery wire; anything heavier than that is probably too thick, but I don’t see why a different type of wire wouldn’t work. This was just what I had.

I may have reinvented the wheel, so if you know how to get wire into an i-cord, or want to take 5 minutes on google to look it up, go for it. There are probably far easier ways. I cut a length of wire that was a fair bit longer than the tail, then started around where I decreased down to two sts. It doesn’t really matter, you can go either direction.

Tail 3I took one of the dpns and poked it through a single side of the ‘v’ formed by one of the stitches to loosen it up, then I poked the wire through. I repeated all the way up the tail, then continued down to the bottom using the other end of the wire. I bent over the wire at the end and kind of tucked it in as best I could. It shows, but whatever. I didn’t attach it to Red yet, but instead added the flame.

To do this, I took a variety of short lengths of yellows and reds and tied them to the end of the tail (I also used the yarn from tying of the end of the tail. Then I unravelled the yarn and pulled a pin through it repeatedly until it went all floofy and I had a nice flame shape.

Tail 4Next I chose where I wanted to attach the tail and wrapped the end of the wire through a few stitches there, then I sewed on the tail, hiding the end of the wire as best I could so it wouldn’t stab me.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Talia L
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 19:11:18

    Hello there I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check it out here!
    http://taliaonthehook.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=491&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    Reply

  2. ffixblog
    May 08, 2013 @ 10:16:40

    Very cool! :)

    Reply

  3. PeachyF1
    May 29, 2013 @ 06:39:20

    This is amazing! Red XIII is one of my favourite video game characters (probably only second to Garrus from Mass Effect) thank you so much for putting this pattern online :)

    Reply

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