Large Whale Toy Crochet Free Pattern

May 2021

Our latest free crochet pattern is a great project to sink your teeth into, as the final result is a large, 45cm long, stuffed whale toy. Whilst this project is a little more time consuming than a traditional amigurumi project, it is well worth the work and would make a fantastic gift for little ones. This crochet whale pattern involves very little sewing, as the body and tail are made as one piece, with only 2 small fins to attach at the end.

Our soft DK Merino wool in the shade Ice Blue is the perfect yarn choice, giving this whale a soft and cuddly texture. You can find our DK Merino wool in 500g hanks for only £18 on our website.

If you’re planning a staycation this summer with the family, this handmade crochet children’s toy would make a brilliant travel companion that doubles up as a pillow for those long car journeys.

If you make one of our crochet whale toys, we’d love to see it – remember to tag us on Instagram using @Woolyknit or send us your photos in an email. 

Scroll to find the free pattern!

Meet the Maker: Shelley Busby

Materials & tools

Woolyknit DK Merino Wool Hank in Ice Blue (approx 250g)  |  4mm crochet hook  |  darning needle  |  12mm safety eyes  |  toy stuffing

 

FINAL SIZE:
Length: 45cm, Height: 20cm, Width: 20cm

STITCH ABBREVIATIONS:
dc – double crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease 
ch – chain
st(s) – stitches
*…* – repeat the stitches in the asterisks the number of times stated after the ‘x’

Pattern is written in UK terms – for US terms, see conversion below:

UK US
Dc – double crochet Sc – single crochet

NOTES:
Pattern is worked in a spiral with fins made separately and stitched on at the end. For this pattern, it’s really important to use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of every row, particularly when you get to the tail fins. Pattern is written in UK terms.

Meet the Maker: Shelley Busby

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

BODY

Row 1 – 6 dc in magic ring (6 sts)

Row 2 – inc around, placing 2 dc in each st (12 sts)

Row 3 – *inc, dc* x 6 (18 sts)

Row 4 – *dc 2, inc* x 6 (24 sts)

Row 5 – *inc, dc 3* x 6 (30 sts)

Row 6 – *dc 4, inc* x 6 (36 sts)

Row 7 – *inc, dc 5* x 6 (42 sts)

Row 8 – *dc 6, inc* x 6 (48 sts)

Row 9 – *inc, dc 7* x 6 (54 sts)

Row 10 – *dc 8, inc* x 6 (60 sts)

Row 11 – *inc, dc 9* x 6 (66 sts)

Row 12 – *dc 10, inc* x 6 (72 sts)

Row 13 – *inc, dc 11* x 6 (78 sts)

Row 14 – *dc 12, inc* x 6 (84 sts)

Row 15 – *inc, dc 13* x 6 (90 sts)

Row 16 – *dc 14, inc* x 6 (96 sts)

Row 17 – *inc, dc 15* x 6 (102 sts)

Row 18 – *dc 16, inc* x 6 (108 sts)

Row 19 – *inc, dc 17* x 6 (114 sts)

Row 20 – *dc 18, inc* x 6 (120 sts)

Row 21-53 – dc in every stitch for 33 rows (120 sts)

 

Row 54 – *dec, dc 18*x 3, dec, dc 58 (116 sts)

Row 55 – dc in every stitch (116 sts)

Row 56 – *dec, dc 17*x 3, dec, dc 57 (112 sts)

Row 57 – dc in every stitch (112 sts)

Row 58 – *dec, dc 16*x 3, dec, dc 56 (108 sts)

Row 59 – *dec, dc 15*x 3, dec, dc 55 (104 sts)

Row 60 – dc in every stitch (104 sts)

Row 61 – *dec, dc 14*x 3, dec, dc 54 (100 sts)

Row 62 – *dec, dc 13*x 3, dec, dc 53 (96 sts)

Row 63 – dc in every stitch (96 sts)

Row 64 – *dec, dc 12*x 3, dec, dc 52 (92 sts)

Row 65 – *dec, dc 11*x 3, dec, dc 51 (88 sts)

Row 66 – dc in every stitch (88 sts)

Row 67 – *dec, dc 10*x 3, dec, dc 50 (84 sts)

Row 68 – *dec, dc 9*x 3, dec, dc 49 (80 sts)

Row 69 – dc in every stitch (80 sts)

Row 70 – *dec, dc 8*x 3, dec, dc 48 (76 sts)

Row 71 – *dec, dc 7*x 3, dec, dc 47 (72 sts)

Row 72 – dc in every stitch (72 sts)

Add the eyes around Row 50 towards the lower half of the body, as shown in the images. Begin adding stuffing.

Row 73 – *dec, dc 6*x 3, dec, dc 46 (68 sts)

Row 74 – *dec, dc 5*x 3, dec, dc 45 (64 sts)

Row 75 – dc in every stitch (64 sts)

Row 76 – *dec, dc 4*x 3, dec, dc 44 (60 sts)

Row 77 – dc in every stitch (60 sts)

Row 78 – *dec, dc 3*x 3, dec, dc 43 (56 sts)

Row 79 – dc in every stitch (56 sts)

Row 80 – *dec, dc 2*x 3, dec, dc 42 (52 sts)

Row 81 – dc in every stitch (52 sts)

Row 82 – *dec, dc*x 3, dec, dc 41 (48 sts)

Row 83 – dc in every stitch (48 sts)

Row 84 – dec 4, dc 40 (44 sts)

Row 85-90 – dc in every stitch for 6 rows (44 sts)

Row 91 – dc 13, dec, dc 5, dec, dc 4, dec, dc 5, dec, dc 9 (40 sts)

Row 92 – dc in every stitch (40 sts)

Row 93 – dc 12,*dec, dc 4*x 3, dec, dc 8 (36 sts)

Row 94 – dc 11, dec, dc 3, dec, dc 4, dec, dc 3, dec, dc 7 (32 sts)

Row 95 – dc 1, dec, dc 7, dec, dc 3, dec, dc 2, dec, dc 3, dec, dc 6 (28 sts)

Row 96 – dc 8,*dec, dc 2*x 3, dec, dc 6 (24 sts)

Row 97-99 – dc in every stitch for 3 rows (24 sts)

Add remaining stuffing.

FIRST TAIL FIN

Row 100 – *dc, inc* x 12 (36 sts)

Row 101 – dc in every stitch (36 sts)

Row 102 – *dc 2, inc* x 12 (48 sts)

Row 103-106 – dc in every stitch for 4 rows (48 sts)

Row 107 – dc 8, place a stitch marker in the 8th stitch, dc 23 (31 sts)

Rather than continuing to the next stitch, work the 1st stitch of Row 108 into the 8th stitch marked in Row 107 by rotating your work.

Note: do not ‘turn’ your work.

Row 108 – *dc, dec* x 8 (16 sts)

Row 109-111 – dc in every stitch for 3 rows (16 sts)

Row 112 – *dc 2, dec* x 4 (12 sts)

Row 113 – *dc, dec* x 4 (8 sts)

Row 114 – dec around (4 sts)

Fasten off, close up piece and weave in ends.

 

SECOND TAIL FIN

Join yarn to Row 107 where you left off.

Row 1 – *dc, dec* x 8 (16 sts)

Row 2-4 – dc in every stitch for 3 rows (16 sts)

Row 5 – *dc 2, dec* x 4 (12 sts)

Row 6 – *dc, dec* x 4 (8 sts)

Row 7 – dec around (4 sts)

Lightly stuff the tail fins.

Fasten off, close up piece and weave in ends.

FINS (make 2)

Row 1 – 4 dc in a magic ring (4 sts)

Row 2 – inc around, placing 2 dc in each st (8 sts)

Row 3 – *dc, inc* x 4 (12 sts)

Row 4 – dc in every stitch (12 sts)

Row 5 – *dc 2, inc* x 4 (16 sts)

Row 6 – dc in every stitch (16 sts)

Row 7 – *dc 3, inc* x 4 (20 sts)

Row 8 – dc in every stitch (20 sts)

Row 9 – *dc 4, inc* x 4 (24 sts)

Row 10 – *dc 5, inc* x 4 (28 sts)

Row 11 – *dc 6, inc* x 4 (32 sts)

Row 12 – dc in every stitch (32 sts)

Row 13 – *dc 7, inc* x 4 (36 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a tail to attach to the body.

Stuff lightly and attach to the sides of the whale behind the eyes, at a slight downward angle.

This cute whale toy is a little time consuming, but it’s the perfect project if you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into.

If you make one of our crochet whale toys using our pattern, we’d love to see it! Remember to tag us on Instagram using @Woolyknit or send us your photos in an email.

1 Comment

  1. Luísa Pebedo

    Adoro a vossa baleia

    Reply

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