We’re a couple weeks into a post-Pokémon Go world, and I have to admit that I’m not opening the app as much as I used to. I’d be back on board if I lived in Lewisville, Texas though, if only for a shot at finding a crocheted Bellsprout at a pokéstop.
Nichole Dunigan is the artist behind these handmade cuties, and she’s been hiding them in various pokéstops and gyms around her neighborhood for local kids to find.
Dunigan’s project is only one week old, but it’s already sparked a movement, inspiring other artists to crochet their own pokémon to leave at pokéstops in their cities. Her #CrochetGO Facebook group is now filled with members from all over the world — Australia, Denmark, and the UK — posting pictures of their creations.
"For those asking, I'm not selling the Pokemon," Dunigan explained on her Facebook page, Nichole’s Nerdy Knots. "I am in love with designing them and making them to hide [...] Also, I kinda like that you have to find them in the wild to have one! Anywhere I travel I'll be dropping them off so keep an eye on my feed for locations."
As though she were not already an angel delivering tiny joys to the world, Dunigan has made all of the patterns available for free on Ravelry.
"The pokéball takes about 30 minutes and the pokémon take anywhere from an hour to two hours," Dunigan told The Verge over email. "It all depends on how detailed it is. So far the most time consuming one is probably Pikachu. The easiest is definitely the pokéball."
Dunigan says people who have never crocheted have picked up the pokéball pattern and managed to make one. I’m hoping someone in New York will be inspired by this project enough to leave pokémon dolls in my vicinity. If this doesn’t happen in the next week, however, I guess I’ll be taking up crochet. With my Pokémon Go interest waning, I need the new hobby.