Crochet Link – Free Pattern

Hello everyone. I remember as a teen my brothers loved their Nintendo games console. I wasn’t that interested in most of the games, but did enjoy playing The Legend Of Zelda. I was therefore quite happily when I was asked to design a crochet Link, the main character from the game. It took a while to get the design just right but I’m really pleased with the finished crochet Link.
A crochet Link character, pictured facing the camera

Crochet Link – Free Pattern

DK yarn

3mm hook

All crochet terms are in the US style

Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Tc = treble crochet
2sc = 2sc into the next stitch
2tog = crochet next 2 stitches together.

Head neck and body

(1) In pink, Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

(4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

(5)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(6) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

7) sc into each stitch

8) *sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc* 6 time

9) *sc into next 6 stitches, 2sc* 6 times

10-21) sc into each stitch

22) *sc into next 6, 2tog* 6 times

23) *sc into next 5 stitches, 2tog* 6 times

24) *sc into next 4 stitches, 2tog* 6 times

25) *sc into next 3 stitches, 2tog*6 times

26) *sc into next 2 stitches, 2tog *6 times

27-30) sc into each stitch.

31) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

32)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times. Change to light green.

33) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

34-48) sc into each stitch. Stuff the body up. Change to white

49-54) sc into each stitch, do not cast off.

1st leg

1) Sc into next 18 stitches, ch 4

2) skip next 18 stitches, sc into next 18 stitches, sc into the front loop each of the 4 chains.

3-17) sc into each stitch.

change to brown

18-27 sc into each stitch. Stuff the rest of the body before starting the 2nd leg.

2nd leg

1) join into the stitch next to the first leg, sc into this stitch, sc into the next 17 stitches, sc into the back loops of each of the chains made in row 1 of the first leg.

2-17) sc into each stitch.

change to brown

18-27 sc into each stitch. Stuff each leg.

Feet

1) In brown chain 7, 2sc into 2nd chain from hook, sc into next 4 chains, 6sc into last chain, turn and working into the back loops sc into next 4, 2sc into the last back loop.

(2) 2sc in next 2 stitches, sc into next 4 stitches, 2sc in the next 6 stitches, sc into the next 4 stitches 2sc into next 2 stitches.

(3) *hdc, 2hdc* 2 times hdc into next 4, *hdc, 2hdc* 6 times, hdc into next 4 stitches, *hdc, 2hdc* 2 times

4) working in back loop only sc into each stitch

(5) sc into each stitch.

(7) 2tog, sc into next 4 stitches, 2tog, sc next 7 *sc into next 2 stitches, 2tog* 4 times, sc into last 7 stitches.

(8) sc into next 12 stitches *sc, 2sc* 4 times, sc into last 8 stitches.

9)sc into next 12 stitches *2sc* 4 times, sc into last 8 stitches.

10) sc into next 10 stitches *2sc* 4 times, sc into last 6 stitches. Stuff feet and sew to bottom of legs.

Arms

1)  In pink ch 4 join into loop. Make 6sc into loop

2) 2sc into each stitch

3) sc into each stitch

4) *sc into next 3 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

5-7) sc into each stitch

8) *sc into next 4 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

9) sc into each stitch

10) *sc into next 4 stitches, 2tog* 3 times change to light green.

11-27) sc into each stitch

28) ch 1 (turning chain) sc into next 12 stitches

29) ch 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 8, 2tog

30) ch 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 6, 2tog

31) ch 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 4, 2tog

32) ch 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 2, 2tog. Stuff arms and sew to side of body, top of arms should sit one row down from the neck.

Tunic

1) In dark green chain 38 sc into first chain to make a loop, sc into next 37 chains.

2-27) sc into each stitch.

Shoulders of tunic

Fold tunic flat, using a markers mark the centre stitch on the front and back of the tunic.

1) join on the stitch to the left of one of the markers, sc into next 6 stitches.

2) chain 1 (turning chain) sc next 2 stitches, 2tog, sc last 2 stitches

3)chain 1 (turning chain) sc, 2tog, sc last 2 stitches

4) chain 1 (turning chain) sc, 2tog, sc

5-6) chain 1 (turning chain) sc each stitch.

Count 6 stitches to the left of the first shoulder piece and join in the next stitch.

Follow rows 1- 6 above to make the back part of the shoulder.

Working from the back marker repeat instructions for the second shoulder.

Pull tunic on from the feet up and sew the shoulders together above Links arms.

Belt

1) In brown chain 41, sc into each chain starting with 2nd chain from hook. Put round waist and sew ends together. Embroider on belt buckle in dark yellow yarn.

Ears

1) In pink chain 4, join into a ring, make 6sc into the ring.

2) 2sc into each stitch

3) chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 6 stitches

4) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc into next 2 stitches, 2tog

5) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, 2tog

6) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog. Slip stitch around the edge of the ear, chain 3, slip stitch into the back of the 1st  chain, slip stitch into 1st slip stitch to join.

Top hair piece

(1) Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

(4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

(5)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(6) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

7) sc into each stitch

8) sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc* 6 time

9) sc into next 6 stitches, 2sc* 6 times

10) sc into each stitch

11) ch 1 (turning chain) sc into next 30 stitches

12) ch1 (turning chain) skip 1st stitch, sc into next 27 stitches, skip 2 stitch, sc into next st

13) ch 1 (turning chain) sc into next 28 stitches

14) ch1 (turning chain) skip 1st stitch, sc into next 25 stitches, skip 1 stitch, sc into next st

15) ch1 (turning chain) skip 1st stitch, sc into next 23 stitches, skip 1 stitch, sc into next st

16) ch1 (turning chain) skip 1st stitch, sc into next 21 stitches, skip 1 stitch, sc into next st

17) ch1 (turning chain) skip 1st stitch, sc into next 19 stitches, skip 1 stitch, sc into next st

18) ch1 (turning chain) skip 1st stitch, sc into next 17 stitches, skip 1 stitch, sc into next st

18-22) ch 1 (turning chain) sc into next 18 stitches. Sew to head.

Side hair pieces (in front of ears)

1)Ch 4 sc into each stitch starting 2nd chain from hook

2-4) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

5) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, 2sc

6)chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc, 2tog

7) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, 2sc

8) chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc, 2tog

9-16) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

17) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog sc

18) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

19) chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog.

Slip stitch round edge of hair piece.

Front hair piece 1

1) Magic circle 4sc

2) sc into each stitch

3) *sc, 2sc* 2 times

4) *sc into next 2 stitches, 2sc* 2 times

5-19) sc into each stitch

20)  sc into the next 2, 2tog* 2 times

21) *sc, 2tog* 2 times. Pin in place.

Front hair piece 2

1) Make 4 sc  into magic circle

2) sc in each stitch

3) *sc, 2sc* 2 times

4) sc, 2sc * 3 times

5) sc in each

6)  sc into the next 2 stitches , 2sc* 3 times

7) sc into the next 3 stitches , 2sc* 3 times

8). Sc into each stitch

9)sc into the next 4 stitches , 2sc* 3 times

10) sc into the next 5 stitches, 2sc* 3 times

11-20) sc in each stitch

21) sc into the next 5 stitches , 2tog* 3 times

22) sc into the next 4 stitches , 2tog* 3 times

23) sc into the next 3 stitches , 2tog* 3 times

24)sc into the next 2 stitches , 2tog* 3 times

25) Sc, 2tog* 3 times. Pin in place next to the 1st hair piece.

Close up of crochet link head, showing 1st and 2nd hair pieces
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Front hair piece 3

1) Ch 4, join into loop, 8sc into loop

2) *sc, 2sc* 4 times.

3) *sc, 2sc* 6 times

4-15) sc in each stitch

16) 2sc,2sc, sc into next 5 stitches, *2tog* 3 times, sc into next 4 stitches, 2sc into the last stitch

17) 2sc into next 3 stitches, sc into next 4 stitches, *2tog* 3 times, sc into next 5 stitches.

18) sc into next 3 stitches, 2sc, sc into next 7 stitches, 2tog, sc into next 5 stitches.

19) Sc into the next 2 stitches, 2sc, sc into the next 3 stitches, *2tog* 5 times,  sc into the last 2 stitches.

20) sc into the next 2 stitches, 2sc,  sc into the next 2 stitches, *2tog* 4 times, sc into the last 5 stitches.

Pin in place, then sew all the hair pieces onto the head.

Crochet Link showing the 3rd hairpiece pinned in place

Hat

1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 4 sc into ring.

(2) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(3)  *Sc next 2 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(4) sc in each stitch.

(5) *Sc next 3 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(6-7) sc in each stitch.

(8) *Sc next 4 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(9) sc in each stitch.

(10) *Sc next 5 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(11) *Sc next 6 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(12) in each.

(13) *Sc next 7 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(14-15)  sc in each stitch.

(16) *Sc next 2 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  6 times.

(17-18)   sc in each stitch.

(19) *Sc next 3 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  6 times.

(20-21)  sc in each stitch.

(22) *Sc next 4 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  6 times.

(23-24) sc in each stitch

25) Sc next 5 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  6 times.

(23-24) sc in each stitch

(25) Sc next 6 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  6 times.

(26-27) sc in each stitch

(28)Sc next 7 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  6 times.
Sew hat to top of head.

(29-33) sc in each stitch

Shield

1) In dark blue chain 9 sc into each starting 2nd from hook

2-9) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc into each stitch.

10) Chain 1 ( turning chain) Sc 2tog,  sc into next 4 stitches, sc 2tog.

11) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc 2tog, sc into the next 2 stitches ,  sc 2tog.

12) chain 1 (turning chain) sc 2tog, sc, 2tog. Change to grey yarn

13) sc next 2 stitches, sc 12 stitches up the side of the shield, ch 1, sc 8 stitches along the top of the shield, ch 1, sc 12 stitches along the other side of the shield.

14) sc next 3 stitches, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc into next 8 stitches, 2sc into next stitch hdc, dc and tc into same stitch, dc and hdc into same stitch, sc into next 2 stitches, hdc and dc into next stitch, tc and dc into next stitch, hdc, 2sc into next stitch, sc into next 2 stitches, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc.

Shield strap

1) In grey ch 13, hdc into each ch starting 2nd from hook ch1, slip st into 1st st to join. Sew to back of shield. Embroider a pattern on the shield in grey. Sew shield strap to back of hand.

Sword

1) In grey make a magic circle, crochet 4sc into the circle.

2) *sc, 2sc* 2 times

3) *sc into the next 2 stitches, 2sc* 2 times

4-26) sc into each stitch

27)*sc into the next 2 stitches, 2tog* 2 times

28-32) sc into each stitch. To keep the sword upright I cut a small length of bamboo skewer, wrapped a small amount of stuffing around it, making sure both ends were covered and inserted that in the middle of the sword.

Sword guard

1) In dark. Blue chain 5, sc into each chain starting 2nd from hook.

2) chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc, sc into next 2 stitches, 2sc.

3) chain 1 (turning chain) sc into the next 2 stitches, chain 2, skip 2 stitches, sc into last 2 stitches.

4) chain 1( turning chain) 2tog, sc into each of the chain, 2tog.

5) chain 1(turning chain) sc into each stitch. Push the handle of the sword through the gap in the sword guard and sew around to keep the guard in place. Sew sword to hand.

Embroider on large eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth.

Crochet Link figure wearing a dark green tunic, green hat and holding a sword and shield

Same figure as above but pictured from the left so you can seet the shield better

The finished crochet Link looks brilliant and is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages (including the grown up ones) who love the Legend of Zelda games.

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10 Comments

  1. Sigrid Chu

    February 28, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Hello Tracey,

    Thank you for sharing! My son would be the happiest boy in the world once I learn to crochet characters like this. You did a great job!

    Best,
    Sigrid

  2. nightwisprav3n

    February 27, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    He’s cute Tracey! You definitely have a talent there! sewing/crocketing and me don’t mix. He looks awesome! #MixitUP

  3. Alice V-DIYerfy

    February 26, 2019 at 4:47 am

    He’s so cute! Wow, it looks like he took a long time to make. I remember playing Zelda as a kid, geesh I feel old.

  4. Sustainable Responsible Living

    February 25, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Wow that’s amazing Tracey, didn’t even something like this was possible, looks absolutely stunning!! #mixitup

  5. Sam

    February 25, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Awww he is user cute X #mixitup

  6. viewfromthebeachchair

    February 25, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    You are so talented! Such detail. Well done you! #mixitup

  7. Stephanie

    February 25, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    He looks amazing! I’m literally just starting to get the hang of granny squares… hopefully with a bit more skill practice and time I can achieve something like this!

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      February 25, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Yes, it wont take you long xx

  8. RaisieBay

    February 25, 2019 at 11:17 am

    He looks amazing, I love your attention to detail, and you’ve got his face just right!

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      February 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you 😊

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