Monday 14 January 2019

Mini Whale

I’ve designed this Mini Whale as a one piece make. At 3x4cm, he is perfect for keyrings. 

You will need:
·      Yarn needle 
·      Soft toy filling
·      4mm safety eyes 
·      3mm crochet hook (This pattern can be made with any size yarn and hook. I recommend using a hook 1 size smaller than suggested on the yarn)
·      DK Yarn – Approx. 10m

Stitches and abbreviations used: (US terminology)
·      MR - Magic ring 
·      ch - Chain 
·      sc - Single Crochet 
·      Inc - Increase Stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
·      dec - Decrease Stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
·      dc – Double Crochet 
·      tr – Treble Crochet 
·      FLO – Front Loop Only 
·      BLO – Back Loop Only 
·      YO – Yarn Over 
·      R – Row or rounds 
·      st - Stitch                                                     
·      slst - Slip Stitch 
·      FO - Finish Off

Other things to note....
·      This pattern is worked in continuous rounds. It is helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track.
·      The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round.
·      *  * indicates repeated series of stitches. 
·      Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product. This is done by using the FLO of the stitches while making the decrease. 
·      Changing colour - complete the stitch before the colour change by working the last yarn over of the stitch with the new colour.
·      Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch.

Staring in Pink or Blue
6sc into MR (6)
*Inc* x6 (12)
*1sc, inc* x6 (18)
*2sc, inc* x6 (24)
Sc (24) – 3 rounds
2sc, FLO - [ch1, 3tr, ch1, slst], FLO – slst, FLO – [ch1, 3tr, ch1, slst] (the tail), Both loops – 5sc, FLO – [3dc, slst] (right flipper), Both loops - 9sc, FLO – [3dc, slst] (left flipper), Both Loops – 3sc (24 as the BLO left over from this round are counted as stitches)
Change to white – sc going into the back loops left over from the previous round where the FLO was used. (24)
*2sc, dec* x6 (18) - Stuff the piece and continue stuffing until end.
*1sc, dec* x6 (12) – place safety eyes between R8-9 in the stitch next to the flippers. 
*dec* x6 (6)

FO – Close hole. 


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