Baby Humpback Whale Crochet Pattern

Baby Humpback Whale Crochet Pattern

Baby Humpback Whale Crochet Pattern

BABY HUMPBACK WHALE CROCHET PATTERN

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Yay! It’s time to share my Baby Humpback Whale crochet pattern with you all! Thank you to all of you for the kind words and encouragement on Facebook and Instagram as I tried to figure out the best pattern for this little guy, and for all your patience as I worked and reworked the shaping and overall look. I’m super happy with how it has all turned out, so let’s get into how this little whale took shape!

Baby Humpback Whale crochet pattern

My friend at work showed me this denim whale a long time ago; it’s something she makes for just about every baby shower or friend’s gift. I always thought it was adorable, but I never got around to making one of my own, until now. I had the thought that since we crochet to create fabric for clothing, why couldn’t we create fabric to use in a sewing pattern. Would it be possible to replicate a sewing template using crochet stitches and then seam it together as if it were cut from fabric?

One great thing about crochet is that it forms curves really well, which is not something so easily done with fabric. I decided that I would create a curved piece for the top of the whale and a separate curved piece for the bottom of the whale and eliminate the top and bottom seam from the Denim Whale instructions. For my first attempt, I used an H hook and worsted weight yarn. I should have thought about the hook size a bit more, because the large hook made the whale a little too loose, so it stretched out when I stuffed it. Because of the stretching, the signature mouth definition of the humpback whale got lost and it looked kinda like a two-toned torpedo. My family still recognized it as a whale, but I wasn’t feeling too sure about it.

first attempt crochet whale

Deep down, I knew what I wanted/needed to do, but the first whale took a week to make, and I was a bit burnt out by the figuring out the shape of the mouth. But with encouragement from all of you, I knew I just need to take a breather, and then get back into it with a better vision. This time, I wanted the whale to be shorter and fatter, more cute and less like a long torpedo. I also wanted to use brighter colors, and thanks to my collaboration with Lion Brand, they sent me some Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn in Denim Mist and Silver Blue to play with. It gave the same look as my inspiration Denim Whale, and it was fun to use a variegated yarn. I’m not always very adventurous when it comes to colored yarn, so this was a little bit exciting to see how the variegation worked out!

Baby Humpback Whale crochet pattern

The whale is worked in rows, but the row is folded in half and sewn together at the nose to create the front seam. I started in a similar way as the first whale, but I started winging it pretty quickly, creating a more exaggerated shaping to counter any stretching that might happen. I also used a smaller G hook with the same weight yarn, and used a very tight gauge, so the fabric was very tightly woven and less prone to stretching when stuffed. Then, to be honest, I just flew by the seat of my pants a bit! On the first whale, I was so picky about the shaping and kept frogging rows, but I’ve since learned that it doesn’t have to be perfect because overstuffing the whale can smooth out a lot of minor issues.

Baby Humpback Whale crochet pattern

I also redid the whale tail in a completely new shape than the original template. It is worked as part of the top and bottom piece, and a combination of double crochet stitches and slip stitches creates the slight curve and divot in the center of the tail.

Humpback whale tail

Once all the pieces were done (top, bottom, both fins), it was time to sew and stuff! First, sew the fin pieces together using slip stitches all the way around. Make sure that the fins are pointing in the right direction with the right color on top! My friend often makes the mistake of making both fins identical, but they’re actually mirror images of each other. Then, holding the top and bottom pieces together, sew the tail top and bottom together using slip stitches around the tail, then cut the yarn, leaving a nice long tail, about 2 or 3 feet. This yarn tail needs to be long enough to sew around the whole whale. I used my favorite mattress stitch to sew the body of the whale together. Once I got to where the fins should be attached, I decided to sew the fins in as part of the body, instead of attaching the fins afterwards. This was also inspired by fabric sewing, where you’d sew right over the fin when seaming two pieces together. Before you close off the whale, add the safety eyes and stuff the whale! I found that overstuffing the whale helps give it that puffy, defined look. You don’t need to stuff the fins or the tail. Close off the whale, sew in any loose ends, squish the whale a bit to shape it, and you’re done! How cool is that?

how to join seams using the mattress stitch

Baby Humpback Whale crochet pattern

Now this little guy really looks like a humpback whale, and the exaggerated mouth shaping ended up working out well. It’s also definitely bigger in the head and looks less like a torpedo, which makes it also sit better. Anyways, I hope you like it!

Baby Humpback Whale crochet pattern

If you’d like to print this pattern, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free and comment-free PDF from either Craftsy (US buyers) or Etsy (international buyers). The PDF file is 10 pages of easy to read text and instructional photos, and is available for download immediately after payment. Or, if you’re on Ravelry, click here to add this project to your Ravelry queue!

I’m really excited to share that Lion Brand has made this project into a Baby Humpback Whale crochet kit that includes the printable pattern and the exact yarn you’ll need! There’s a few other supplies that you’ll need to get on your own, but this exact colorway of the Vanna’s Choice is harder to find in stores and Lion Brand is offering the kit at 20% off!

Thank you for your encouragement and your purchases, as they all help me to continue to provide these fun free patterns!

Humpback whale amigurumi with free crochet pattern. Makes a great DIY gift! | www.1dogwoof.com

SUPPLIES

  • 2 balls: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Denim Mist (85g/3oz, 145yds/133m, 4 Medium)
  • 1 ball: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Silver Blue (100g/3.5ox, 170yds/156m, 4 Medium)
  • 1 Clover USA crochet hook G/4.00mm*
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • stitch markers
  • polyfill stuffing
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain stitch
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet decrease: Insert hook into front loop of next st. Without yarning over, insert hook into front loop of next st. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining loop on hook.

PATTERN NOTES

  • The Whale Top uses Denim Mist – Color A. The Whale Bottom uses Silver Blue – Color B. Make 4 Whale Fins, two using Color A, and two using Color B.
  • Gauge = 18 stitches and 18 rows in 4 inches.
  • Overall size = approximately 17 inches long and 13 inches from fin tip to fin tip.
  • Turn at the end of each Row.
  • Most rows are the reflected over the halfway point. In other words, they are palindromes! The exceptions are the single decrease stitches.
  • Anytime it’s written just X sc, it means work 1 sc in each of next X stitches. Eg. “6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 6 sc” = Work 1 sc in each of next 6 st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc in each of next 6 st.
  • Rows 20-21: the last stitch is the 2nd chain of the ‘Ch 2’ from the previous row.
  • “Row 37: Ch 1. Work 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (45)” = Work 1 sc in first st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in each of the next 20 st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in each of the next 20 st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in the last st. => You start with 48 stitches in the previous row, and you are decreasing into 45 stitches.
  • Row 49 is where the work is folded to create the fin. The previous row is 38 stitches. Fold your work in half, so there’s 19 stitches in each half. Work 1 sc in first st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in each of next 12 st (all as normal). With the work folded in half, you should see 4 stitches left before the turn. Work 1 sc in each of those next 4 st, but work through all 4 loops to secure them together. You’ve now worked through 19 stitches and it looks like it’s the end of the “row”. Ch 1 and turn. Work 1 sl st into each of the previous 4 sc that you created. Now, there should be 15 unworked stitches left in the row. Work 1 sc in each of 12 st (normal 2 loops only at this point). Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in last st.
  • Rows 74-76: Keep your slip stitches fairly loose so that it’s easier to work a new row of slip stitches into slip stitches. Otherwise, these 4 stitches get a bit tricky. This is to create the little divot in the tail.
  • Whale assembly uses a combination of slip stitches and the mattress stitch.
  • Below instructions are to attach the fins by working them directly into the mattress stitch while joining the whale together. Alternatively, attach the fins by sewing them directly onto the finished whale.

HUMPBACK WHALE CROCHET PATTERN

WHALE TOP – Using Color A

Row 1: Chain 11.

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. (10)

Row 3: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (10)

Row 4: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 3 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 3 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (14)

Row 6: Ch 1. Work 6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 6 sc. (16)

Row 7: Ch 1. Work 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 7 sc. (18)

Row 8: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 8 sc. (20)

Row 9-11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (20)

Row 12: Ch 1. Work 9 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 9 sc. (22)

Row 13: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 20 sc, 2 sc in last st. (24)

Row 14: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 10 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 10 sc, 2 sc in last st. (28)

Row 15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across (28)

Row 16: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 26 sc, 2sc in last st. (30)

Row 17: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc, 2 sc in last st. (34)

Row 18: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 32 sc, 2 sc in last st. (36)

Row 19: Ch 2 – counts as stitch. Work 1 hdc in first st, 34 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (38)

Row 20: Ch 2 – counts as stitch. Work 1 hdc in first st, 36 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (40)

Row 21: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 38 sc, 2 sc in last st. (42)

Row 22: Ch 1. Work 20 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 20 sc. (44)

Row 23-24: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (44)

Row 25: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 42 sc, 2 sc in last st. (46)

Row 26: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (46)

Row 27: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 44 sc, 2 sc in last st. (48)

Row 28-36: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (48)

Row 37: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (45)

Row 38: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (45)

Row 39: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 18 sc, 1 sc2tog, 19 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (42)

Row 40: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (42)

Row 41: Ch 1. Work 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 36 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (40)

Row 42: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (40)

Row 43: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 16 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 16 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (40) This is the start of the back fin.

Row 44: Ch 1. Work 19 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 19 sc. (42)

Row 45: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 36 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (40)

Row 46-47: Repeat Rows 44-45.

Row 48: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 34 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (38)

Row 49: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 12 sc. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st, through all 4 loops. Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sl st in each of next 4 st. Work 12 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (36) This is the end of the back fin. See Pattern Notes for more details on this row.

Row 50: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (28)

Row 51: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 10 sc, 1 sc2tog, 10 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (25)

Row 52: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (25)

Row 53: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 8 sc, 1 sc2tog, 9 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (22)

Row 54: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (22)

Row 55: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 16 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (20)

Row 56: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (20)

Row 57: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 6 sc, 1 sc2tog, 6 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (17)

Row 58: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (17)

Row 59: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 4 sc, 1 sc2tog, 5 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (14)

Row 60: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (14)

Row 61: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 3 sc, 1 sc2tog, 3 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (11)

Row 62: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (11)

Row 63: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 2 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (8)

Row 64: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (8)

Row 65: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 2 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (6)

Row 66: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

START OF TAIL

Row 67: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (8)

Row 68: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 6 sc, 2 sc in last st. (10)

Row 69: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (12)

Row 70: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 10 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 71: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 12 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 72: Ch 2 – counts as 1 hdc st. Work 1 hdc in first st, 14 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (18)

Row 73: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 16 sc, 2 dc in last st. (20)

Row 74: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 7 hdc, 4 sl st, 7 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 75: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 8 hdc, 4 sl st, 8 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 76: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 9 hdc, 4 sl st, 9 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

WHALE BOTTOM – USING COLOR B

Row 1: Chain 17.

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from hook, work 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 7 sc. (18)

Row 3: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 8 sc. (20)

Row 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 5 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc in next 2 st, 1 hdc, 5 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc st. (20)

Row 5: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, 8 sc. (24)

Row 6: Ch 1. Work 10 sc, 2 sc in next st, 2 hdc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, 10 sc. (28)

Row 7: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (28)

Row 8: Ch 1. Work 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc. (30)

Row 9: Ch 1. Work 14 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 14 sc. (32)

Row 10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (32)

Row 11: Ch 1. Work 15 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 15 sc. (34)

Row 12: Ch 1. Work 16 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 16 sc. (36)

Row 13: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 30 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (34)

Row 14: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (34)

Row 15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (34)

Row 16: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (34)

Row 17: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 28 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (32)

Row 18: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 12 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 12 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (32)

Row 19: Ch 1. Work 2 sc2tog (over 4 st), 24 sc, 2 sc2tog (over 4 st). (28)

Row 20: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (28)

Row 21: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 22 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (26)

Row 22-24: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (26)

Row 25: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (24)

Row 26: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (24)

Row 27: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 18 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (22)

Row 28-36: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (22)

Row 37: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 9 sc, 1 sc2tog, 9 sc, 2 sc in last st. (23)

Row 38: Ch 1. Work 11 sc, 1 sc2tog, 10 sc. (22)

Row 39: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc2tog, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (22)

Row 40: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (22)

Row 41-42: Repeat Rows 39-40. (22)

Row 43: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc2tog, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (22)

Row 44: Ch 1. Work 9 sc, 2 sc2tog, 9 sc. (20)

Row 45: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 7 sc, 2 sc2tog, 7 sc, 2 sc in last st. (20)

Row 46: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 sc2tog, 8 sc. (18)

Row 47: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 6 sc, 2 sc2tog, 6 sc, 2 sc in last st. (18)

Row 48: Ch 1. Work 7 sc, 2 sc2tog, 7 sc. (16)

Row 49: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 50: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (16)

Row 51: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 52: Ch 1. Work 6 sc, 2 sc2tog, 6 sc. (14)

Row 53: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc2tog, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 54: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (14)

Row 55: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc2tog, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 56: Ch 1. Work 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc. (12)

Row 57: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 3 sc, 2 sc2tog, 3 sc, 2 sc in last st. (12)

Row 58: Ch 1. Work 4 sc, 2 sc2tog, 4 sc. (10)

Row 59: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 2 sc, 2 sc2tog, 2 sc, 2 sc in last st. (10)

Row 60: Ch 1. Work 3 sc, 2 sc2tog, 3 sc. (8)

Row 61: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 1 sc, 2 sc2tog, 1 sc, 2 sc in last st. (8)

Row 62: Ch 1. Work 2 sc, 2 sc2tog, 2 sc. (6)

Row 63: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 2 sc2tog, 2 sc in last st. (6)

Row 64: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

Row 65-66: Repeat Rows 63-64.

START OF TAIL

Row 67: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (8)

Row 68: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 6 sc, 2 sc in last st. (10)

Row 69: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (12)

Row 70: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 10 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 71: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 12 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 72: Ch 2 – counts as 1 hdc st. Work 1 hdc in first st, 14 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (18)

Row 73: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 16 sc, 2 dc in last st. (20)

Row 74: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 7 hdc, 4 sl st, 7 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 75: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 8 hdc, 4 sl st, 8 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 76: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 9 hdc, 4 sl st, 9 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

WHALE FINS (MAKE 4 – 2 IN EACH COLOR)

Row 1: Ch 6.

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. (5)

Row 3: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (5)

Row 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st, 2 sc in last st. (6)

Row 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

Row 6: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 5 st, 2 sc in last st. (7)

Row 7-8: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (7)

Row 9: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 4 st. (6)

Row 10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

Row 11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 3 st. (5)

Row 12-15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (5)

Row 16: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 2 st. (4)

Row 17-18: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (4)

Row 19: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc2tog. (3)

Row 20: Ch 1. Work 1 sc2tog, then sl st into last st. (2)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

ASSEMBLY

  • Attach safety eyes at approx. Row 21 on Whale Top, about 3 stitches from either edge.
  • On both Whale Top and Whale Bottom, fold Row 1 in half, sew together to form nose.

Fins:

  • Hold a Color A fin and a Color B fin together, edges lined up. Using Color A, insert hook through both fins (4 loops together), and attach yarn. Work slip stitches evenly around the fin. Join to first sl st.
  • Repeat for the other set of fins, making sure they are lined up opposite the first set so that the straight edge of both fins face forward.

Whale Body:

  • Holding the Top and Bottom tail fins together, attach yarn at Row 66 (right side while facing the whale). Work slip stitches evenly around the tail fin until Row 66, left side.
  • Cut the yarn, leaving approximately a 4 ft tail for joining the whale body.
  • Pull yarn through last slip stitch at Row 66 to secure.
  • Use the mattress stitch to join the Whale Top to Whale Bottom, edge to edge, working from the left side while facing the whale, around the front and down the right side of the whale. Make sure to line up the rows on both pieces. Having stitch markers in place helps a lot!
  • At Row 28 of left side, work the mattress stitch through the left fin to sew the fin directly into the body. Fin should be attached from approximately Row 28 to Row 24.
  • Continue joining the Whale Top to Whale Bottom around the front of the whale.
  • At Row 24 of right side, work the mattress stitch through the right fin to sew the fin directly into the body. Fin should be attached from approximately Row 24 to Row 28.
  • Continue joining the Whale Top to Whale Bottom, stopping to stuff the whale, until Row 66.
  • Sew into where the yarn was first attached. Secure tightly and fasten off. Weave in ends.

All done!

Source:http://www.1dogwoof.com/humpback-whale-crochet-pattern/

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