When Zombies Attack!

PvZ_Pictures.doc2When zombies attack you need to be prepared and no one knows that better than my kids!!!  My boys are huge Plants vs. Zombies (other wise known as PvZ)  fans (Plants vs. Zombies is a registered trademark of PopCap Games).  They loved the computer game so much we had to get it for the Xbox and my son’s Nintendo 3DS.  When they are not playing the game, they are acting it out.  One kid will pretend to be a plant and the other will be a zombie and then they have at it.  They read Plants vs. Zombies books and collect PvZ stickers.  Last year, Santa brought them PvZ figurines to play with because that’s all they wanted for Christmas.  They are totally obsessed with the game and have been, for what seems like years.  I have searched high and low for PvZ Crochet Patterns and have come across a few really nice ones, but I have yet to find a pattern for the Cherry Bomb which is my youngest son’s favourite plant in the game, so I thought I’d have a go at it and try and write up a pattern for him; this is what I came up with.

I hope the pattern makes sense.  Please let me know if there are any mistakes and I’ll address them right away

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Cherry Bomb inspired by Plants vs. Zombies

© Nyela d’Endel 2014

 

Materials needed

  • Worsted weight (4) yarn in Red, Brown, Green, and a little Black for the mouth
  • H/8-5.00mm hook
  • G/7-4.25mm hook
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Black, white and green felt (for eyes and teeth)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Chain marker
  • Fabric glue

No gauge required

Abbreviations

  • Rnd = round
  • Ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = triple crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st(s) = slip stitch(s)
  • dec = decrease
  • F/O = fasten off

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The Cherries

Make 2

Using your H/8-5.00mm hook and work in rounds. Place a stitch marker in last st of every rnd and move the marker up at the end of each rnd.

Note I crocheted one cherry with normal tension and the other cherry with tighter tension making one cherry ever so slightly smaller than the other

Rnd 1 – Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook (6)

Working in back loops only

Rnd 2 – 2 sc in each sc (12) Place stitch marker here and move up at the end of each rnd.

Rnd 3 – 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st repeat from * to * (18)

Rnd 4 – 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 2 sts repeat from * to * (24)

Rnd 5 – 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 3 sts repeat from * to * (30)

Rnd 6 to 10 – 1 sc in each sc (30)

Rnd 11 – 1 sc dec with next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 3 sts repeat from * to * (24)

Rnd 12 – 1 sc dec with next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 2 sts repeat from * to * (18)

Using the black white and green felt, cut out and glue on the eyes.  Sew on the mouth with black yarn and cut out 2 small square teeth with white felt and glue into place. Stuff the ball using polyester stuffing.

Rnd 13 – 1 sc dec with next 2 sts, 1 sc in next st repeat from * to * (12)

Rnd 14 – 1 sc dec with next 2 sts repeat from * to * (6)

Rnd 15 – 1 sc dec with next st, 1 sc dec with 4th st.  F/O leaving a long tail and secure.

With a tapestry needle, pull excess yarn through to the bottom. Insert the needle in the next gap and pull back up to the top pulling taught, repeat this step once more. You should end up with a little indent on the top. Hide excess tail inside the Cherry.

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The Stems

Crochet with the G/7-4.25mm hook and brown yarn

First stem, for larger cherry

Ch 17, 1 sl st in second ch from hook and continue slip stitching across (16)

F/O and leave a long tail for attaching to cherries. Attach this stem to the larger, looser crocheted cherry.

Second stem, for smaller cherry

Ch 21, 1 sl st in second ch from hook and continue sl sts across (20)

F/O leaving a long tail for attaching. Attach this stem to the smaller, tighter cherry

Attach the 2 stems together by slip stitching through both stems at the very top twice.  F/O and weave in ends.

 

The Leaves

Make 3
Crochet with the G/7-4.25mm hook and green yarn

Ch 10, 1 sl st in second ch from hook, 1 sl st in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch.  Do not turn, instead work on bottom loops of the chain and 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 sl st in next ch, 1 sl st in next ch and 1 sl st into first sl st.
F/O leaving a tail long enough to fasten the stem.
Attach by sewing all 3 leaves to the top of the stem (where they are connected) and weave the extra tails into the leaves.

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Nyela d’Endel xoxo

 

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4 thoughts on “When Zombies Attack!

  1. You are so very clever, artistic and industrious. Your kids are very lucky, as well, to be so loved and attentive to their passions. Save all you can of your creations, despite all the play-use. One day they will want to know the extent of your endeavors. And you…you will be so amazed at your own accomplisments. Don’t forget to be prepared to remember.
    Cordially,
    Terry

    • Oh my goodness, thank you so very much for your extremely kind words. I will take your advice and save my used creations so that one day We may look back and be reminded of the joy my boys got playing with the toys I made them.

  2. Thanks much for this pattern!! This is perfect!! Our granddaughter asked me to make her a cherry bomb….a million destructive images came to mind while I said “Huh?, where did you hear that?”. Then she showed me the game she was playing. Needless to say, I didn’t have a heart attack and went on the hunt for crocheted cherries. I survived another day!

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