Look what got released over the weekend: “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the Nintendo 3DS!!! Ryan’s excited to play the game for the first time, and I’m pretty excited to relive some childhood memories :) Gotta love the storyline and the music!
Link was crocheted using an original pattern by Becchin, translated by Tanoshimou. Check out the following links (haha, no pun intended) to help you make your own hero of Hyrule:
I followed Tanoshimou’s pattern except for the hat, as I found the pattern written out produced a hat that was far too big for Link. I kept single crocheting 42 all the way around from rows 12-18, went counter-clockwise for row 15, and then went around clockwise for rows 16-18 (I did not take it past row 18).
Now onto my pattern for Link’s Hylian Shield, Sword, and Sheath!
Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).
The shield consists of the (1) front part, (2) back part, and (3) strap.
(1) Front part
Using blue yarn,
R1: Ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from hook, turn. (2)
R2: Ch 1, *sc 2 in next sc*, rep 2 times, turn. (4)
R3: Ch 1 *sc 2 in next sc*, rep 4 times, turn. (8)
R4-6: Ch 1, sc 8, turn. (8)
R7: Ch 1, sc 3, *sc 2 in next sc*, rep 2 times, sc 3, turn. (10)
R8-10: Ch 1, sc 10, turn. (10)
R11: Ch 1, sc 1, dc 1, dc 1, tr 1, tr 1, ch 1, tr 1, tr 1, dc 1, dc 1, sc 1.
Fasten off and weave in end.
Resulting shape should look like this:
Using grey yarn, single crochet around the border of the shield. Chain 2 at bottom corner. Chain 3 at top corners (see below diagram).
Result after single crocheting around border:
Using grey yarn, embroider the following design along the edges with a yarn hook:
Using yellow yarn, embroider the Triforce and a triangle.
Using red yarn, embroider the Eagle design.
(2) Back part
To make back of shield, follow same pattern above (i.e. Rows 1-11) using blue yarn. Do not use grey yarn to single crochet around the edge and do not embroider any designs.
Using blue yarn,
R1: Sc 2, starting in second ch from hook, turn.
R2-12: Ch 1, sc 2, turn.
Attach strap onto back of shield (NOT the embroidered one).
Glue gun (or sew) front of shield to back of shield.
Hylian shield attaches to Link’s arm like so:
The sword consists of the (1) blade and (2) cross-guard.
Cut off tip of chopstick (blade should be about 2.5 inches or 7 cm). Using scissors, carve notches into the chopstick.
(2) Cross-guard (make 2)
Using grey yarn,
R1: Sc 1, starting in second ch from hook, turn.
R2-8: Ch 1, sc 1, turn.
Finish off, weave in ends.
Glue gun 2 cross-guards together around the blade.
The sheath consists of the (1) tube and (2) handle.
Using dark brown yarn,
R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook.
R2-13: Ch 6.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Using dark brown yarn,
R1: Sc 1, starting in second ch from hook, turn.
R2-19: Ch 1, sc 1, turn.
Finish off, leave long end for sewing.
Sew both ends of handle to tube.
Place sword in sheath to see if it fits.
Now you’re made a Hylian shield, sword, and sheath for Link!
Now Link is prepared for battle!!! If you have any questions or find any errors, feel free to contact me. Thanks and good luck!
This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie of All About Ami (May 2011). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.
I have so many fond memories of playing “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" on the N64 back in the day (in 1998 to be exact!!!). Time sure flies by. I remember staying up late during the summer nights as my brother and sister led me with the player’s guide, instructing me on where I should go and what I should do. We loved the storyline and the music, and we shrieked with excitement as we fought bosses together and became annoyed at Navi the fairy whenever she told us to "Listen!".
When I first became interested in amigurumi, I scoured the internet for pictures and ideas for my first projects. Ryan stumbled upon an amigurumi Link which we both thought was absolutely adorable. The original pattern was by Becchin (found here), an incredible Japanese amigurumi artist with beautiful, intricate work. Tanoshimou kindly translated the pattern (found here) so the rest of us could make our very own Link’s!
When I first looked at the pattern, I knew it looked somewhat complicated, so I decided to put it on the back-burner as I tried my hand at more simple projects (e.g. Jigglypuff) since I was a beginner at amigurumi. I am so glad this Link project was not my first. I probably would’ve become very frustrated and possibly might’ve given up. I knew I could tackle this project now since I had quite a few amigurumi projects under my belt. And so, I excitedly began this project which had been on my to-do list for months!
This Link is unique because his head can pivot and rotate. The head is actually removable and pivots around a ball joint, which I thought was such a brilliant idea. Thus, I first started by crocheting the ball joint and upper body.
Next, I worked on Link’s brown boots, comprised of two parts: the soles and the tops. They had to be sturdy enough so that Link could stand upright in them!
Next, I crocheted two legs and joined them together, switching to green yarn in the last row.
Then, I attached the legs to the ball joint/upper body.
Next up was the cool part: the removable head! At first, I was a little confused about how this all worked, but as you can see in the pictures below, the part that flares out (in the second pic) flips upwards and wraps around the ball that is ontop of it.
And so, adding the eyes and stuffing the head was a little bit different than normal since the base was hollow.
Once his head was complete, I worked on making the top part of his hair and also attached some ears.
This is what I had completed so far…
Now with his head on the ball joint! It looks like Link has a buzz cut…
Next up were his arms.
Now with his arms attached! It’s funny how he actually looks proportional here (with the ball joint being a proportional head). But of course amigurumi are characterized by their oversized heads!
Then came a challenging part: the hair! I used double crochets to go down the back of his head.
For the front part, I chained long strands on either side of his face (in front of the ears) for his sideburns.
Ryan helped me with the bangs and did an absolutely fantastic job stitching them on with a yarn needle. Here are some different angles showing his bangs. I think attaching hair with this method is such a great idea as it gives a very clean-cut look.
I thought the pattern for the pointy hat was clever since you increase the stitches on certain sides (I’m so used to increasing evenly around a circle). However, for some reason, I found that the hat pattern that was written out produced a hat that was way too big (see hat on the left below). Someone also commented about this, so I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thus, I had to modify the pattern (see hat on the right), otherwise it looked like Link was absolutely swimming in his hat. I talk about how I modified the hat in my accessories pattern post here (right before the materials section).
I was so excited to see if this hat fit. Here he is!
A few more pics from various angles…
I knew Link the warrior wouldn’t be complete without his accessories….like his Hylian shield and his sword! And so, we made up our own patterns to create them. Ryan was the one who actually embroidered the designs onto the Hylian shield for me, and I was blown away by how accurate and intricate it turned out! To check out step-by-step photos and patterns of how I made each accessory, click HERE. Here’s a pic of Link with them!
Now with sword in hand!
From more angles…
From behind you can get a better view of his sword and sheath, and how his shield attaches to his arm.
Since Link’s head is pivotable, it’s fun to pose him just like our old action figurines :) For example…
"Oh no! What’s going on over there?!?"
"Zelda’s been captured by Ganondorf. *Sigh*."
"Have no fear! Link is here! Ganondorf’s no match for me!"
Haha, you get the point. Here are a few pics showing Link’s relative size in case you’re curious.
Here he is on guard at the corner of my desk.
I am so happy with how Link turned out. Becchin’s pattern is very intricate, from his pivotable head to his removable boots. Link is incredibly sturdy as it amazes me how he can stand all by himself. If you are or know of any Legend of Zelda fans, you should definitely give this pattern a try. Once again, the pattern for the Hylian shield, sword and sheath can be found HERE. Let me know what you think of this Link and if you played “Ocarina of Time" back in the day too! What are some of your favourite video games?
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: my favourite video game character….Link!!! Link original pattern by Becchin, translated by Tanoshimou. Hylian shield, sword and sheath pattern by me :) Full blog post with plenty of pics to come!