Chocobo Pattern

Kwehhh!?

Chocobos are one of my favourite parts of the Final Fantasy franchise, so without further ado, let’s go to the races!

Chocobo

Materials

Choco’s legs are made with i-cords. If you don’t know how to make them (or don’t want to knit), let me know and I’ll see if I can come up with something else. I used a grab bag of different yarns to get the colours I wanted. If you want a traditional yellow chocobo, you need a bright yellow, a darker yellow for the beak, and brown for the legs. I used:

  • ChocoboLoops & Threads Impeccable Brights – Sunny Day
  • Loops & Threads Luxury Wool – Yellow
  • Lion Brand Cotton Ease – Taupe
  • 4.0 mm crochet hook
  • 3.25 mm crochet hook
  • 3.5 mm double pointed needles
  • Polyfil
  • Residential electrical wire
  • 10 mm safety eyes (I used clear ones and painted them blue)

Pattern

Head

(bright yellow, 4.0 mm hook)

The posts on my safety eyes are really big and near impossible to get through the fabric when single crocheting. To get around this, I make a chain stitch where I want the eyes to go, skip the next stitch and carry on. This leaves a little hole that’s big enough for the eyes. These rounds are marked with asterisks, with the regular, non-giant backed safety eyes rounds repeated after.

Round 1: in a magic ring: sc 1, ch 4, sl st 3 back down ch, sc 5, continue in a spiral (6 sts)
Round 2: sc 2 in 1, ch 6, sl st 5 back down ch, sc 2 in 1 x5 (12 sts)
Round 3: sc 2 in 1, sc 1, ch 8, sl st 7 back down ch, [sc 2 in 1, sc 1] x5 (18 sts)
Round 4: sc 2 in 1, sc 2, ch 7, sl st 6 back down ch, [sc 2 in 1, sc 2] x2, ch 4, sl st 3 back down ch , [sc 2 in 1, sc 2] x2, ch 4, sl st 3 back down ch, sc 2 in 1, sc 2 (24 sts)
Round 5: sc 12, ch 4, sl st 3 back down ch, sc 8, ch 4, sl st 3 back down ch, sc 4 (24 sts)
Round 6: sc 24
*Round 7: sc 23, ch 1, skip next st (last st, move immediately to next round) (24 sts)*
Round 7: sc 24
*Round 8: sc 8, ch 1, skip next st, sc 16 (24 sts)*
Round 8: sc 24
Round 9: sc 2 tog, sc 2, ch 4, sl st 3 back down ch, [sc 2 tog, sc 2] x5 (18 sts)
Round 10: sc 2 tog, sc 1, ch 3, sl st 2 back down ch, [sc 2 tog, sc 1] x5 (12 sts) Insert safety eyes in the holes from rounds 7/8. Stuff.
Round 11: sc 2 tog x6 (6 sts)
Finish.

Beak

(darker yellow, 3.25 mm hook)

The beak is done in two sections, upper and lower. The lower section is sewn to the head, and the upper section fits over it.

Upper Section

Ch 9 (1 to turn)
Row 1: sc 8
Row 2: sc 2 tog, sc 4, sc 2 tog (6 sts)
Row 3: sc 6
Row 4: sc 2 tog, sc 2, sc 2 tog (4 sts)
Row 5: sc 4
Row 6: sc 2 tog x2 (2 sts)
Row 7: sc 2 tog
Finish.

Lower Section

Ch 2 (1 to turn)
Row 1: sc 2 in 1 (2 sts)
Row 2: sc 2 in 1 x2 (4 sts)
Row 3: sc 2 in 1, sc 2, sc 2 in 1 (6 sts)
Cut yarn and pull through.

With the chain end, sew up the sides of the triangle to make a point.

Sew the lower section over the last round of the head, then centre the upper section above it. There should be just enough room to fit it between the lower section and the last fringe bit. Sew it in place.

Body

(bright yellow, 4.0 mm hook)

Round 1: sc 6 in a magic ring (6 sts)
Round 2: sc 2 in 1 x6 (12 sts)
Round 3: [sc 2 in 1, sc 1] x6 (18 sts)
Round 4: sc 2 in 1, sc 2, [bl sc 2 in 1, bl sc 2] x3, [sc 2 in 1, sc 2] x2 (24 sts) (There will be nine front loops of the stitches showing here. You will use them later.)
Round 5: [sc 2 in 1, sc 3] x6 (30 sts)
Round 6-12: sc 30
Round 13: [sc 2 tog, sc 3] x6 (24 sts)
Round 14: [sc 2 tog, sc 2] x6 (18 sts)
Round 15: [sc 2 tog, sc 1] x6 (12 sts)
Stuff.
Round 16: sc 2 tog x6 (6 sts)
Finish

Tail Feathers

(bright yellow, 4.0 mm hook)

With round 1 of the body facing you, pick up and sc the nine front loop sts from round 4. Ch 1 to turn. This does not count as part of the chain sts for feather 1.

Feather 1: ch 5, sc 2, sl st 2, sc 1 in next st (1st st)
Feather 2: ch 6, sc 3, sl st 2, sc 1 in next st
Feather 3: ch 7, sc 4, sl st 2, sc 1 in next st
Feather 4: ch 8, sc 5, sl st 2, sc 1 in next st
Feather 5: ch 9, sc 6, sl st 2, sc 1 in next st
Feather 6: rep feather 4
Feather 7: rep feather 3
Feather 8: rep feather 2
Feather 9: ch 5, sc 2, sl st 2, sl st into last st
Finish, pulling the yarn ends through the body to hide them. Tug on the individual feathers to straighten them out a bit. If they’re still too curly, ironing with lots of steam works.

Neck

(bright yellow, 4.0 mm hook)

Leave a long tail for sewing to the head. Chain 11, join in a circle.
Round 1-2: sc 10
Round 3: sc 3, dc 1, dc 2 in 1 x2, dc 1, sc 3 (12 sts)
Round 4: sc 3, dc 1, dc 2 in 1, dc 2, dc 2 in 1, dc 1 sc 3 (14 sts)
Finish, leaving a long tail to sew to the body.

Pin the neck to the body and stitch in place, then stuff firmly and attach the head.

Wings

(make 2) (bright yellow, 4.0 mm hook)

Note: I left a long tail for the magic ring, secured it so the ring wouldn’t come loose, then pulled it through to the right side of the fabric so I could use it to attach the wing.

Round 1: sc 6 in a magic ring
Round 2: [sc 2 in 1, sc 2] x2 (8 sts)
Round 3: [sc 2 in 1, sc 3] x2 (10 sts)
Round 4: [sc 2 in 1 , sc 4] x2 (12 sts)
Round 5-6: sc 12

When you smoosh the wing flat, there should be six stitches on either side, lining up all nicely. You’re going to stitch the opposite stitches together as you’re forming the feathers.

Feather 1: sc the next st together with its opposite, which is lamentably the one just behind it, ch 4, sl st 3.
Feather 2: sc the next st with its opposite, ch 5, sl st 4
Feather 3: sc the next st with its opposite, ch 6, sl st 5
Feather 4: sc the next st with its opposite, ch 7, sl st 6
Feather 5: sc the next st with its opposite, ch 5, sl st 4
Feather 6: sc the next st with its opposite, ch 4, sl st 3
Sl st down into the side of the wing somewhere.
Finish and sew the wings to the body.

Feet

(make 2) (brown, 3.25 mm hook)

Ch 7 (1 to turn)
Sc 6, ch 7 (1 to turn)
Sc 5, sc the last ch together with the side of the chain from the previous ch 7 together, ch 7 (1 to turn)
Sc 6, sl st to form a smooth edge.
Cut the yarn and pull through, leaving a very long tail. You should have a sort of Y shape. The last ch/sc is the bottom of the Y and back claw of the foot.

Cut two pieces of wire (I used the black, coated one because it’s less slippery. Lay one out on the bottom of the foot so it lines up with the bottom and one arm of the Y. Sew the Y arm in place: starting in the middle, work up to the top of the Y, then go back down so the wire is as covered as you can get it. Lay the second wire so it lines up with the bottom and the other arm of the Y (two wires on the bottom of the Y). Sew the bottom two wires in place by working down from the centre and back up. Finally, sew the last arm wire in place. It’s not tremendously elegant, but it works.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Legs

(make 2) (brown, 3.5 mm dpns)

Cast on 4, leaving a long tail.
I-cord for 18 rows.
Cast off and cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

Attaching the legs

Cut a piece of wire as long as both legs, plus some extra. Bend over the smallest amount of wire that you can and flatten it down as much as possible. Poke it through the centre of the i-cord tube. Sew the bottom of the leg onto the middle of the foot. If you can bend the wire a little and sew it down so it doesn’t fall back out the other way, that’s awesome.

Attaching the legsStab the free end of the wire through the chocobo in approximately the 7th or 8th round of the body, and centre it, leaving about three sts between. Or whatever you think would look best. Bend the wire at the leg that’s attached, then stitch it in place.

Cut the remaining length of wire to fit the second leg, then spear it on. Attach the foot in the same manner as the previous leg. I found it a bit easier to sew the leg in place, then attach the foot.

It’s a bit tricky to get him balanced and in a nice chocobo pose, but it is possible.

Off to the races!

Off to the races!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Snail of Happiness
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 04:22:45

    I have no idea what a chocobo is, but the result is great!

    Reply

  2. amigurumibb
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 07:56:17

    What a great work! I wish I have more time! Really looking forward to start making dolls out of your patterns. Will fit just great to my collection :D
    Chocobo is awesome! Thank you!

    Reply

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