Pokemon Amigurumi: Raticate

Amigurumi Raticate, front view

Here’s the winner of last week’s vote, Raticate! It turned out pretty well if I say so myself.

I had a feeling that this pokemon would win against yungoos, but it only won by a few extra votes. I’m thinking it was either because it’s popular from a nostalgic point, or that some thought it would be a challenge to make; it was challenging for sure!

Raticate concept doodles for amigurumi

Much like Gyarados, Raticate’s face is hard to define from the official art alone; I practiced drawing it before I even posted the vote up – you can see the difference between my drawing from memory vs the practiced one. I couldn’t fully grasp where the mouth sat in its relatively potato-shaped body; the lower jaw seems to sink into the body without a trace.

Raticate sprite art from pokemon gold version
Comparison between raticate doodle from memory and raticate doodle with reference

Eventually, I drew the shape and added some grid lines to get a better idea about its body; once I figured out that the top of the face was a flat wedge forming into a potato, the rest of the body parts were easier to conceptualize. The only pieces that were not so straightforward were the hands, because the art hides its tiny arms; for the longest time, I thought the hands poke out directly from the body.

Amigurumi Raticate, side view of the body base

I reused some techniques from last week’s plush; I am still enjoying the combination of chaining and crocheting with an open magic ring, which is what I used for the hands. I still use double crochets to gently shape the body; the half-increase and half-decrease rounds are better suited to more intense shaping, like a hind leg.

Amigurumi Raticate, completed pieces for the hands

One new thing I tried was when I was making the muzzle bit: it started off with 3 single crochets in a magic ring, then chaining, forming a large round out of the chain, and then finishing off with 3 double crochets in one crochet. The magic ring prevented the muzzle from looking too much like a pair of lips, while the last few double crochets created a nose. It even marked out where the teeth should sit.

Amigurumi Raticate, front view of the muzzle
Amigurumi Raticate, front view of the face with whiskers and ears

I loved how the tufts came out! Actually, the yarn colour turned out to be more interesting when there’s a limited selection. I found a gradient yarn from reddish to greenish brown for its body, which added a nice textured look. Combined with chained triangle tufts, it emulates the scruffiness of the artwork.

Amigurumi Raticate, showing tuft piece on the head

Overall, raticate turned out to be more doable than I thought. With the key features figured out, here are the final results:

Amigurumi Raticate, front view
Amigurumi Raticate, alternate front view
Amigurumi Raticate, front view
Amigurumi Raticate, side view
Amigurumi Raticate, back view
Amigurumi Raticate, top view
Amigurumi Raticate, mouth view
Amigurumi Raticate, front view in the night time

Thanks for reading!