Sunday, 10 September 2017

Free crochet pattern: whaling around

Hi lovelies and welcome to my first amigurmi crochet pattern! Ive been wanting to design a pattern for a while now and finally have the time to do so, and to share it with all you lovely people. So i introduce you to Wilf! Wilf is a very friendly whale, he loves the sea, and large bathtubs! And lots and lots of cuddles. I love making sea life, and amigurumi in general, its deffinately my favourite thing to work up, so im super excited to share this with you, and hope you all lobe making him as much as i did 🙂 So without further ado, lets hook up a whale.

  You will need; 100% cotton yarn - i used lily sugar and cream moondance ombre, bought at The Range (they have started to introduce a great range of american brands that previously were difficult to source here in the uk)
A 4.5 mm hook - it is reccommended to use a 5mm hook with this yarn, but as a rule of thumb, when working up amigurumi i always use .5mm or 1mm less to keep the stitches tight so as the stuffing doesnt show through.
Two 9mm safety eyes - i source mine from Etsy in bulk, but you can buy them from any good craft shop.
 Polyester fiberfill stuffing - again this is available at The Range, or from any good craft shop.
 Blunt end sewing needles
 Pink thread - i used friendship bracelet making floss as its what i had in, but any embroidery floss will do
 Stitch marker - i used pony stitch markers, but you can just use a piece of different coloured yarn

 Top tips
Writen in Uk crochet terms
If you are unfamiliar with amigurumi please read through the whole pattern first to ensure you understand.
Fins are made when crocheting the base to the whale to keep a clean finish.
Tail is made in two pieces and sewn onto the whale.
Ensure you get positioning of the safety eyes where you like them before attaching the backs, otherwise you will be unable to remove them.
Worked in the standard amigurumi rounds method, do not join at the end of each round, you may wish to place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

 Crochet terms abbreviations
 Dc - double crochet
 Inc - increase
Inv dec - invisible decrease
Htr - half treble
 Tr - treble
Dtr - double treble
 () the number in between the brackets is how many stitches you should have at the end of the round Lets crack on then

Head
Round 1: 6dc in a magic ring (6) place marker now, and dont forget to move it up as you go.
Round 2: increase in each stitch (12)
Round 3: *1dc, increase in the next stitch* repeat around (18)
Round 4: *1dc in each of the next 2 stitches, inc in the next* repeat around (24)
Round 5: *1dc in each of the next 3 stitches, inc in the next* repeat around (30)
Round 6: *1dc in each of the next 4 stitches, inc in the next* repeat around (36)
Round 7: *1dc in each of the next 5 stitches, inc in the next* repeat around (42)
Round 8: *1dc in each of the next 6 stitches, inc in the next* repeat around (48)
Round 9: *1dc in each of the next 7 stutches, inc in the next* repeat around (54)
Rounds 10 - 16: 1dc in each stitch around (54)
Round 17: *1dc in each of the next 7, invisible decrease* repeat around (48)
Round 18: 1dc in each stitch around, fasten off (48)
Tummy / base
 Work the same as the body for rounds 1-8, do not fasten off. You will now connect the base to the head. To do so you will work both through the stitches on the base, and the stitches of the last round on the head. Insert your hook through both stitches, yarn over, draw up the yarn, yarn over a second time and complete the stitch. Your base will now be connected to your head with 1 stitch. Work a further 11 stitches. In the 12th stitch work the following; 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 3dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc (this makes a fin on one side)  Dc a further 23 stitches Work the second fin in the next stitch as before (1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 3dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc) Stuff the head, and attach your safety eyes to a position you are happy with.  1dc in the remaining stitches to the end. Stuff the head further before you close if you wish.  You will now have a whale with two fins 

Tail - make 2
Round 1: 4dc in a magic ring (4)
Round 2: 1dc in each stitch (4)
Round 3: 1dc, inc in the next twice (6)
Round 4: 1dc in the next 2, inc, twice (8)
Round 5: 1dc in the next 3, inc, twice (10)
Round 6: 1dc in next 4, inc, twice (12)
Round 7 & 8: 1dc in each stitch (12)
Round 9: 1dc in next 4, inv dec, twice (10)
Round 10: 1dc in next 3, inv dec, twice (8)
Round 11: 1dc in next 2, inv dec, twice (6)
Fasten off.
Press the pieces flat and attach your tail pieces to the back of the whale, do not stuff.
Embroider a mouth just under your whales eyes. Voila one chunky whale 🙂🐳

I hope you love it, and please do tag me on Instagram (@woollypop) if you make one id love to see your happy whales! Happy hooking from down the rabbit hole X      

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