Saturday, 27 June 2020

Whale

This is a quick and easy whale pattern. You can get the PDF version here.



You will need:
·       Yarn needle 
·       Soft toy filling
·       3mm crochet hook 
·       DK Yarn – Approx. 80m
o    Wendy Peter Pan DK – Blue
o    Wendy Peter Pan DK – Black
o    Wendy Peter Pan DK – White


Stitches and abbreviations used: (US terminology)
·       MR - Magic ring (sc unless otherwise specified)
·       Ch - Chain 
·       SC - Single crochet 
·       Inc - Increase stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
·       Dec - Decrease stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
·       FLO – Front Loop Only 
·       YO – Yarn Over 
·       ST - Stitch                                                      
·       SLST - Slip stitch 
·       R – Round or Row 
·       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. 
·       Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch.
·       Remember to stuff the product little and often as you work.



Body - Blue 
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2. 
*inc* x6 (12)
3.
*1sc, inc* x6 (18)
4.
*1sc, inc, 1sc* x6 (24)
5.
*3sc, inc* x6 (30)
6.
*2sc, inc, 2sc* x6 (36)
7.
*5sc, inc* x6 (42)
8.
*3sc, inc, 3sc* x6 (48)
9.
Sc (48)
10.
*7sc, inc* x6 (54)
11-19.
Sc (54) – 9 rounds 
20.
10sc, *dec, 2sc* x6, 20sc (48) -mark the decrease section in this round to help with positioning the eyes and fins later.
21.
Sc (48)
22.
7sc, *dec, 2sc* x6, 17sc (42) – start stuffing and continue stuffing until closing.  
23-24.
Sc (42) – 2 rounds 
25.
5sc, *dec, 2sc* x6, 13sc (36)
26.
Sc (36)
27.
6sc, *dec, 2sc* x4, 14sc (32)
28.
Sc (32)
29.
*3sc, dec, 3sc* x4 (28)
30.
Sc (28)
31.
*5sc, dec* x4 (24) 
32.
Sc (24)
33.
*2sc, dec, 2sc* x4 (20)
34.
Sc (20)
35.
*3sc, dec* x4 (16)
36.
Sc (16)
37.
*1sc, dec, 1sc* x4 (12)
38.
Sc (12) – Finish stuffing, the rest of the of the whale and parts are unstuffed.  
39.
inc into the stitch, skip the next 6 stitches, inc into the last 5 stitches (12) – This is making one of the tail fins.
40.
*1sc, inc, 1sc* x4 (16)
41-42.
Sc (16) – 2 rounds 
43.
*1sc, dec, 1sc* x4 (12)
44.
Sc (12)
45.
*dec* x6 (6)

FO – Close hole  
39b.
Join yarn at the unworked stitch from R39 above - *inc* x6 (12) - This is making the second tail fin. 
40b.
*1sc, inc, 1sc* x4 (16)
41b-42b.
Sc (16) – 2 rounds 
43b.
*1sc, dec, 1sc* x4 (12)
44b.
Sc (12)
45b.
*dec* x6 (6)

FO – Close hole  


Eyes x2 – White 
1.
6sc into MR (6)
2. 
*inc* x6 (12)
3.
*1sc, inc* x6 (18)

FO – Leaving yarn tail. This will be used to sew the eye to the head after adding the detail. 


Detailing in the eyes x2 - Black
1.
Insert hook into any st between R2&3 of the eyes. Surface slst into the next 7sts. 

FO – Tie off yarn tails. 

Sew eye pieces to R10-16 of the head approx. 16st apart. Use the increased stitches marked from R20 of the body to help placement. 


Side fins x2 – Blue 
1.
4sc into MR (4) 
2.
*inc* x4 (8)
3.
*1sc, inc* x4 (12)
4.
Sc (12)
5.
*1sc, inc, 1sc* x4 (16)
6-7.
Sc (16) – 2 rounds 
8.
*1sc, dec, 1sc* x4 (12)
9.
*1sc, dec* x4 (8)

FO – leaving yarn tail. Do not stuff. Flatten the piece. Sew to body at approx. R21. 20st apart. 


Detailing 

Using a strand of white yarn, sew onto the tail ensuring not to pull too tightly. See picture for placement. 


Using a strand of black yarn, sew a mouth at approx. R7.

Using a strand of black yarn, add detailing above the eyes if desired. 



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