I had a whale-y good time coming up with the crochet whale pattern for Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwal. This is my first published amigurumi pattern that I’ve designed that isn’t a cactus so I’m pretty excited about these guys. This crochet whale pattern is easily customized by adding bows, eyelashes etc. and they would make a cute baby shower gift or child’s gift. (If you are giving as a gift to a child, I would recommend embroidering eyes as safety eyes can be dangerous for young children).
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I feel like I can’t move in my house without finding one of these guys laying around. Once my kids saw what I was making, they each wanted one. Add in the extras I made to test the pattern and get it just right and there are a lot of whales. So I’m happy to say that I finally have it done and I won’t be making any more whales (at least for a week or two because I have a whale of a time making them).
How to Crochet a Whale
To make this little whale, we will crochet the whale body and tail as a single piece. All of the pieces in this project are worked in a continuous spiral so you’ll need stitch markers to help you keep track. Then the we will crochet the side fins and sew them onto the whales. If you’re wanting to make your whale a narwhal, you’ll then move on to making the horn/tusk and then sewing that to the top of the whale head. In the samples I have pictured here, I used blue yarn for my narwhal and pink for my Wanda Whale however, since publishing this, I have seen a couple of amazing whales created with variegated yarns and blanket yarns as well.
In the samples I have pictured here, I used blue yarn for my narwhal and pink for my Wanda Whale however, since publishing this, I have seen a couple of amazing whales created with variegated yarns and blanket yarns as well.
For this crochet whale pattern you’ll need to know how to make a magic circle, single crochet stitches, slip stitch, single crochet increase (SC INC) and single crochet decrease (SCDEC – check the notes for a tip on this stitch). Although not necessary, you should know how to do the ultimate finish to get the best looking end to your tail fins. Check out my ultimate finish tutorial here.
Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal are made from the same pattern, just done in different colours and Ned is given a tusk to make him a Narwhal. I hope you enjoy making your own whales. Share them on Instagram by tagging me or using the hashtag #theloopylamb.
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- U.S. Terminology
- Worsted Weight Yarn in Teal and White for Ned and Pink for Wanda. I used Loops and Thread Impeccable in Aqua and White for Ned and Loops and Thread Arbor Rose for Wanda.
- 3.5 mm (E) crochet hook
- 9mm safety eyes
- Polyester Stuffing
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- Stitch Markers
- CH = Chain
- SC = Single Crochet
- SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
- SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
- MC = Magic Circle / Magic Ring
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- FO = Finish Off
- One Size – approximately 7.5” long from head to tail and 4.5” from pectoral fin to pectoral fin.
- Both Wanda and Ned are made from the same pattern but to make Ned, you’ll need to make the tusk in order to make Ned. Wanda is Pink and Ned is Teal.
- The pieces in this pattern are worked in a continuous spiral. A stitch marker is used to mark the first stitch of each round and moved up with each consecutive round.
- For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each stitch rather than under both loops. This is often referred to as an invisible decrease. Need more help? Check out my invisible decrease tutorial.
- When finishing off your tail fins, I recommend using the ultimate finish technique. Check out my ultimate finish tutorial or watch the video below.
Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal – Free Crochet Whale Pattern
Round 1: Using your main colour, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 6. (18)
Round 4: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC. (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)
Round 6: SC 2, SCINC (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2. (36)
Round 7: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6. (42)
Rounds 8 – 21: SC around. (42) – Insert safety eyes in stitch 21 and stitch 40 of Round 15.
Round 22: (SC 5, SCDEC) x 3, SC 21. (39)
Round 23: SC around. (39)
Round 24: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 3, SC 21. (36)
Round 25: SC around. (36)
Round 26: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 3, SCDEC) x 3, SCDEC, SC 15. (31)
*Start to stuff body, adding a bit more stuffing every few Rounds. Stuff firmly.*
Round 27: SC around. (31)
Round 28: (SCDEC, SC 2) X 4, SCDEC, SC 13. (26)
Round 29: SC around. (26)
Round 30: (SCDEC, SC) X 4, SCDEC, SC 10, SCDEC. (20)
Round 31: SC around. (20)
Round 32: (SCDEC, SC) X 3, SCDEC, SC, (SCDEC) x 2. (14)
Round 33 – 35: SC around. (14)
Round 36: SCDEC, SC 5, SCDEC, SC 5. (12)
Round 37: SC around. (12)
Round 38: SCDEC, SC 4, SCDEC, SC 4. (10)
Round 39: (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 3, SC 2, SCINC. (16)
Round 40: SC around. (16)
Round 41: SC 4, (SCINC) x 2, SC 6, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2. (20)
Round 42: (SCINC) x 4, SC 6, (SCINC) x 4, SC 6. (28)
Round 43: SC around. (28)
Round 44: SC 11, SL ST through 12TH and 25TH STS together. Place a stitch marker in stitch 24. Turn work and work right tail fin in the next stitch to the left of the SL ST. SC 2. (14)
Round 45: SC 4, SCDEC, SC 5, skip SL ST from previous round, SC 2. (12)
Round 46: (SCDEC, SC 2) x 3. (9)
Round 47: (SCDEC, SC) X 3. (6)
FO and weave in ends.
Left Tail Fin / Second Tail Fin
Round 1: Attach yarn into stitch 24 of Round 44. SC in that stitch and place a stitch marker (this is now your first stitch). SC around. (13) * Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every few Rounds. Stuff firmly.*
Round 2: SC 6, SCDEC, SC 5. (12)
Round 3: (SCDEC, SC 2) x3. (9)
Round 4: (SCDEC, SC) x 3. (6)
FO and weave in ends.
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Pectoral Fins (Make 2)
Round 1: Make a MC and SC 5 into the MC. (5)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 5. (10)
Round 3: SC around. (10)
Round 4: (SCINC, SC 4) x 2. (12)
Round 5 – 6: SC around. (12)
Round 7: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 2. (10)
Round 8: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 2. (8)
FO leaving a long tail to sew fin on to the body. Sew a fin on either side of the body
Tusk (optional for if you’re making Ned the Narwhal)
Round 1: Using white yarn, leave a long enough chain to sew the horn onto the body, CH 12. Join with SL ST to the first CH to make a circle, taking care not to twist your chain. (12)
Round 2: CH 1, SC in the 1st stitch and in each stitch around. Do not join at the end of the round. (12)
Round 3: (SC 4, SCDEC) x 2.(10)
Round 4: SC around. (10)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 2. (8)
Round 6: SC around. (8)
Round 7: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 2. (6)
Round 8: SC around. (6)
Round 9: (SC, SCDEC) x 2. (4)
FO and weave in ends. Sew onto the middle of the top of the head and weave in ends.
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