Crochet Whale Pattern – Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal

Free Crochet Whale Pattern, Amirugurmi Narwhal Pattern Cover Image with Text Overlay
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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).

Crochet Whale and Crochet Narwhal sitting side by side, made using this free crochet pattern

For this crochet whale pattern you’ll need to know how to make a magic circle, single crochet, slip stitch, single crochet increase and single crochet decrease. Althought not necessary, you should know how to do the ultimate finish to get the best looking end to your tail fins. Planet June has a great tutorial and I highly recommend checking it out if you don’t already know how to do this technique. Check out my tutorial on how to do this 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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Crochet Narwhal made in blue with a white horn

Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal – Free Crochet Whale Pattern

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate

Supplies:


Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain

  • SC = Single Crochet

  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase

  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease

  • MC = Magic Circle

  • SL ST = Slip Stitch

  • FO = Finish Off

Size:

  • One Size – approximately 7.5” long from head to tail and 4.5” from pectoral fin to pectoral fin.

NOTES:

  • 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.

  • This pattern is written using U.S. terminology

  • When finishing off your tail fins, I recommend using the ultimate finish technique.  Find a tutorial for how to do this technique HERE or watch the video below.
Pink Crochet Whale with its tail in the air

Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: theloopylamb.com  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

Pattern:

Body:

Row 1: Using your main colour, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

Row 2: SCINC x 6 (12)

Row 3: (SCINC, SC1) x 6 (18)

Row 4: SC1, SCINC, (SC2, SCINC) x 5, SC1 (24)

Row 5: (SC3, SCINC) x 6 (30)

Row 6: SC2, SCINC (SC4, SCINC) x 5, SC2 (36)

Row 7: (SC5, SCINC) x6 (42)

Rows 8 – 21: SC around (42) – Insert safety eyes in stitch 21 and stitch 40 of Row 15.

Row 22: (SC5, SCDEC) x 3, SC21 (39)

Row 23: SC around (39)

Row 24: (SC4, SCDEC) x 3, SC21 (36)

Row 25: SC around (36)

Row 26: SC2, SCDEC, (SC3, SCDEC) x 3, SCDEC, SC15 (31)

*Start stuffing, adding a bit more stuffing every few rows.  Stuff firmly.*
Row 27: SC around (31)

Row 28: (SCDEC, SC2) X 4, SCDEC, SC13 (26)

Row 29: SC around (26)

Row 30: (SCDEC, SC1) X 4, SCDEC, SC10, SCDEC (20)

Row 31: SC around (20)

Row 32: (SCDEC, SC1) X 3, SCDEC, SC5, SCDEC X2 (14)

Row 33 – 35: SC around (14)

Row 36: SCDEC, SC5, SCDEC, SC5 (12)

Row 37: SC around (12)

Row 38: SCDEC, SC4, SCDEC, SC4 (10)

Row 39: (SCINC) X 2, SC2, (SCINC) X 3, SC2, SCINC (16)

Row 40: SC around (16)


Row 41: SC4, (SCINC) x 2, SC6, (SCINC) X 2, SC2 (20)

Row 42: (SCINC) X 4, SC6, (SCINC) X4, SC6 (28)

Row 43: SC around (28)

Row 44: SC11, SLST 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. SC2 (14)

How to crochet the amigurumi whale tail tutorial image


Row 45: SC4, SCDEC, SC5, skip SL ST from previous round, SC 2 (12)

Row 46: (SCDEC, SC2) X 3 (9)

Row 47: (SCDEC, SC1) X 3 (6)FO and weave in ends.

LEFT TAIL FIN

Row 1:  Attach yarn into stitch 24 of Row 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 rows.  Stuff firmly.*

Row 2: SC6, SCDEC, SC5 (12)

Row 3: (SCDEC, SC2) x3 (9)

Row 4: (SCDEC, SC1) x 3 (6)
FO and weave in ends.

PECTORAL FINS (make 2)

Row 1: MC 5 (5)

Row 2:  (SCINC) x 5 (10)

Row 3:  SC around (10)

Row 4: (SCINC, SC4) x2 (12)

Row 5 – 6:  SC around (12)

Row 7: (SC4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)

Row 8: (SC3, 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)

Row 1: Using white yarn, leave a long enough chain to sew the horn onto the body, CH12.  Join with SL ST to the first CH to make a circle, taking care not to twist your chain. (12)

Row 2: CH 1, SC in the 1st stitch and in each stitch around.  Do not join at the end of the round.  (12)

Row 3: (SC4, SCDEC) x 2 (10)

Row 4:  SC around (10)

Row 5: (SC3, SCDEC) x 2 (8)

Row 6: SC around (8)

Row 7: (SC2, SCDEC) x 2 (6)

Row 8: SC around (6)

Row 9: (SC1, SCDEC) x 2 (4)
FO and weave in ends.  Sew onto the middle of the head and weave in ends.

Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/ca/shop/theloopylamb.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, claiming this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

I’d love to see your finished Wanda the Whale and Ned Narwhal made with this free crochet whale pattern!  Please share your finished makes by tagging the pattern on Ravelry, sharing it to our Facebook page or using #theloopylamb on Instagram.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest 

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14 thoughts on “Crochet Whale Pattern – Wanda the Whale and Ned the Narwhal”

  1. I am stuck on the fin, it you say to stich 11 and then put the needle through 12 and 25, then put a stitch maker on 24, it would be in before 25

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    • I find putting the stitch marker in after working through those stitches helpeful so the stitch marker doesn’t get in the way. If you find it easier to do so before hand, that’s fine.

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  2. Hi, just wanted to inform you that on row 44 it says,
    Turn work and work right tail fin in the next stitch to the left of the SL ST. SC2 (14)
    I believe you meant SC1 (14)
    This is an adorable pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Love this pattern! I’m stuck on Row 44 with the tail fin. Could you please explain this: Turn work and work right tail fin in the next stitch to the left of the SL ST.

    Thanks!

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    • I’m so glad you like it. After you do your SL ST through the 12th and 2th sts, note where your stitch marker is to mark the first ST of this round (see picture below), it should be on the opposite side of the work from you. You’re going to turn your work and place your next ST into ST 26 of Round 44. So you’re turning the work so you’re continuing to work from right to left and from this point, you’ll work at decreasing in each subsequent round only on this side to close up the fin. I hope this helps!

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  4. Hi!! This pattern is so cute!

    I have a question about the fins. Around which row are they and how many stitches apart? My whale turned out a bit chubby and leans on either of it’s side so cant really pinpoint a good location for the fins.

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        • I’d recommend placing your toy flat on a table and using straight pins to pin the fins onto either side of your whale until you find a spot where the fins assist in holding it upright. Looking at my pictures, mine were placed approximately 9 – 10 rounds behind the eyes but using my recommendation with the pins will help find the best spot based on your toy/how you stuffed it, etc.

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