Whale-iam

WhaleSince it is my son Eamon’s turn to receive a crocheted creature, I let him pick what he wanted me to make.  His request was simple.  He wanted a whale with a blue, curly mustache, a blue, pointy beard and a baseball bat coming out of the blow hole.  I still have to sew on the mustache and beard and make the bat, but  I thought I would post Whale-iam on the blog before I did that.  I’ll add a picture of Eamon’s finished whale when I am done with it.

As always, this pattern has not been tested so if you notice any problems with it please let me know either in the comments section or at CrochetBot3000@gmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Crochetbot3000.

Whale

Materials Needed:
1 skein gray worsted weight yarn
Small amount of white worsted weight yarn
Small amount of black worsted weight yarn (for embroidering eyes and mouth)
G hook
Fiberfill
Yarn needle
Abbreviations Used:
ch                    chain
st                     stitch
sl st                  slip stitch
sc                     single crochet
sc dec              single crochet decrease
sc3tog              single crochet 3 together
blo                   back loops only
flo                    front loops only
dc                    double crochet
tr                      triple crochet
 
Special Stitches:
Sc3tog:  (insert hook into next st and draw up a loop) three times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Picot:  ch 3, slip st in the 3rd ch from hook.

Instructions:
*Do not join at the end of each round.
*Ch 1 or ch 2 at the beginning or end of a row/ round does not count as a stitch.
Use Gray worsted weight yarn.
Round 1:  ch 6, 2 sc in the second ch from hook, 1 sc in each of the next 3 chs, 4 sc in the next ch, rotate but don’t turn, 1 sc in each of the next 3 chs, 2 sc in the next ch.  (14 sc)
Round 2:  1 sc in the first st, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the last st.  (18 sc)
Round 3:  1 sc in the first st, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the last st.  (22 sc)
Round 4:  1 sc in each of the first 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts.  (22 sc)
Round 5:  1 sc in each of the first 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts.  (26 sc)
Round 6:  1 sc in each of the first 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the last 3 sts.  (30 sc)
Round 7:  1 sc in each of the first 3 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the last 3 sts.  (34 sc)
Round 8:  1 sc in each of the first 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the last 4 sts.  (38 sc)
Rounds 9 – 22: 1 sc in each st around.  (38 sc)
Round 23:  1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, *sc dec over, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * 4 more times, 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts.  Stuff whale.(37 sc)
Round 24:  1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, *sc dec, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * 4 more times, 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts.  (32 sc)
Round 25:  1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, *sc dec, 1 sc in the next st, repeat from * 4 more times, 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts.  (27 sc)
Round 26:  1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc dec 5 times, 1 sc in each of the next 15 sts.  (22 sc)
Round 27:  sc dec, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, *sc dec, 1 sc in the next st, repeat from * 4 more times.  (16 sc)
Rounds 28 – 30: 1 sc in each st around.  (16 sc)
Round 31:  sc dec, 1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the next st, *sc dec, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * one more time.  Add more stuffing.(17 sc)
Round 32:  sc dec, *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, repeat from *3 more times, 1 sc, #sc dec, 1 sc, repeat from # one more time.  (18 sc)
Round 33:  sc dec, *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from *3 more times, 1 sc, sc dec 2 times.  (19 sc)
Round 34:  sc dec 3 times, *2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * one more time, sc dec 2 times.  (15 sc)
Round 35:  sc dec, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc dec 2 times.  (14 sc)
Row 36:  (this is the beginning the front fluke and will be worked back and forth) 1 sl st in each of the first 5 sts, ch 2, 3 tr in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next, 1 dc in the next st, 3 tr in the next st, ch 2, turn.
Row 37:  3 tr in the first st, 1 tr in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sl st in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 tr in the next st, 3 tr in the last st, ch 2, turn.
Row 38:  2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 5 sts, sc3tog, 1 dc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 dc in the last st, finish off.  Finish stuffing whale.
Back Fluke (use gray worsted weight yarn):
With the back side of the front fluke facing you, join yarn in the furthest right unworked st.
Row 1:  1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 2:  1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 2, turn.
Row 3:  3 tr in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next, 1 dc in the next st, 3 tr in the next st, ch 2, turn.
Row 4:  3 tr in the first st, 1 tr in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, 1 sl st in the next st, 1 sc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st, 1 tr in the next st, 3 tr in the last st, ch 2, turn.
Row 5:  2 dc in the first st, 1 dc in each of the next 5 sts, sc3tog, 1 dc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 dc in the last st, finish off.
With front fluke facing you, join gray worsted weight yarn to the far right side through both flukes.  Work 8 sc up the right side, rotate but don’t turn, picot in first point, 7 sc across top right side, 1 slip st in the middle, 7 sc across top left side, picot in second point, rotate but don’t turn, 8 sc down the left side of fluke, finish off and weave in ends.
Use small amount of black worsted weight yarn and embroider mouth and eyes.
Spray (use white worsted weight yarn):
Round 1:   make an adjustable ring, ch1, 6 sc in ring (6 sc)
Round 2:  working blo, 1 sc in each st around.  (6sc)
Rounds 3 – 11:  1 sc in each st around.  (6 sc)
Round 12:  working flo, *1 sc in the next st, 5 dc in the next st, repeat from * 2 more times.  (3 sc, 3 shells)
Rounds 13 – 14:  *1 sc in the next sc, skip 2 dc, 5 dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, repeat from * 2 more times.  At the end of round 14, sl st in first sc, finish off, weave in ends.  Stuff and sew to the top of the whale.

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And here is Whale-iam with the rest of the stuff Eamon wanted on him :)

12 thoughts on “Whale-iam

  1. I just came across this from Ravelry and had to stop by. I crafted a whale (sewn) for my nephew for Christmas, so this stood out to me. Great job! And thanks for sharing the pattern.

  2. Hello, thank you for sharing this pattern, I like the finished product. Could you maybe update the instructions to include what the finished size of the whale is (length, diameter, etc)? Being only 38 rows (plus the tail), I’m guessing this isn’t very big?

    • I can’t find where my son put Whale-iam. When he gets home, I will update the pattern with proper measurements. For now, I would guess that he is between 10 and 12 inches long. I hope that will help until I can get the real measurements :)

  3. Hi! This is very cute and I appreciate your sharing it. I am making one now for my son and I think your stitch counts are off. I started ignoring how many stitches you have totalled at the end of each row and am just completing the stitches you list for each round and it is coming out fine. I just wanted to let you know…

    Thanks again!

  4. Hello I was sent this by my sister in law as she knows my grandson who is 6, and is non-verbal Autistic loves sea animals. I have so far made him a killer whale, and many octopus, jelly fish and recently he has gotten into sea snakes. he loves the crocheted things I make him and the excitement he shows is worth every stitch just to see his smile. Thank you for making this free to copy. If you happen to have a cobra or know where a free one is that would be great. My sister in law found one written in Russian but I can not figure it out. I tried to translate it but it is copywrite to stay in Russian. Thank you so much.

    • Hi Rene,
      I am glad that you were able to make Whale-iam for your grandson and I hope he enjoys it. As a mom to a couple of kids on the spectrum myself, it makes me happy that one of my patterns could be used this way.
      Shawna

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