Tiny Whale

© June Gilbank 2009

This little whale is the perfect size to sit in the palm of your hand! But even better than that: he’s crocheted all in one piece, so there’s no sewing involved to make him!

Tiny Whale crochet pattern by planetjune

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This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to http://www.planetjune.com/tinywhale

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Terminology

ch chain
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
sl st slip stitch (single crochet for UK/Aus)
st stitch
sc2tog single crochet decrease (or try an invisible decrease instead for a better finish)

You will need…

  • E US/3.5mm crochet hook
  • Small quantity of worsted weight yarn in blue, grey or white
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle to weave in end
  • Polyester fibrefill stuffing
  • Eyes, approx 8mm diameter

Notes

  • Do not join at the end of each round; rounds are worked in continuous spirals.
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. Move the marker up each time you start a new round.

Pattern

Make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around. (18 st)
Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) six times. (24 st)
Rnds 6-8: sc in each st around. (24 st)
Rnd 9: (sc2tog, sc in next 2 st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 10: sc in each st around. (18 st)

Insert the first eye just below the stitch you just made, approximately 5 rounds down (as pictured below).

tiny whale: eye

Insert the second eye in the same position on the other side of the whale.
Attach the backs of the eyes.

Rnd 11: (sc2tog, sc in next st) six times. (12 st)
Rnds 12-14: sc in each st around. (12 st). Stuff body firmly through hole.
Rnd 15: (sc2tog, sc in next 2 st) three times. (9 st)
Rnd 16: sc in each st around. (9 st). Add additional stuffing through hole.
Rnd 17: (sc2tog, sc in next st) three times. (6 st)
Rnd 18: sc in each st around. (6 st)
Rnd 19: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)

Using the position of the eyes as a guide, flatten the open end horizontally.
If the hook is positioned at one corner, continue to the tail instructions. If not, sc in each st around until the hook is at one corner (see pictures below), and then continue to the tail instructions.

tiny whale: tail
Hook is not at corner of flattened tail (marked by arrow)

tiny whale: tail
Sc around until hook is at corner of flattened tail, as pictured

tiny whale: tail
Beginning to sc through both layers of the tail

Tail
Crochet through both layers as follows:
3 sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st.

Cut the yarn, leaving a long end. Draw the end through the last loop on the hook, and pull tight to form a knot.
Using a yarn needle, weave the end down through the tail and part of the body. Draw the yarn tight, and snip the end close to the body. The yarn end should retract back inside the body after it is cut.

Tiny Whale crochet pattern by planetjune

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118 Comments »

  1. Anniegrace said

    Ok I thought you would say that the book is in the mail and I have a class at Joanns on Saturday!

    Ps how long have you been crocheting

    • June said

      Sounds like you’re on the right track to becoming an expert crocheter :) (I taught myself to crochet in 2003.)

  2. Anniegrace said

    Wow I was only like2 have you read amigurumi world or amigurumi toy box or amigurumi two there good is this like yore job do you have a shop do you have kids do you live in Ohio

  3. jannisha said

    hi, june! :D
    Thanks for the pattern! made my first amigurumi!
    i loved the tiny whale ?! :D :D
    but it seems that i stuffed it too much
    or made the stitches to tight :(
    is there any way to remedy the gaps?
    the filling is poking through the little gaps
    between the stitches.. help! :S

    ?jann

    • June said

      Jann, for amigurumi you need to use a hook at least a couple of sizes smaller than you’d usually use with the yarn you’re using, so that you don’t end up with those gaps between your stitches. For example, the worsted weight yarns I use recommend a hook size of between H (5mm) and J (6mm) but I use a much smaller E (3.5mm) or even a D (3.25mm) so that my fabric is nice and firm without big spaces between the stitches.

      • Jannisha said

        thanks, june! :D
        Appreciate your help. :)
        <3 jann

        • Kelly said

          I’d also like to recommend doing the invisible decrease if you don’t already. It made a HUGE difference in gaps on my amigurumi projects. Thanks so much to June for that! :)

  4. Rebecca said

    Hi! i just started crocheting and i need some beginning patterns. Do you know of any?

    • June said

      Rebecca, I have a list of beginner-friendly patterns in my FAQ! Hope that helps :)

  5. jannisha said

    Hi, june!
    just dropped by to say thanks!
    your tutorials in blogs and youtube
    really helped a lot! :D All the best to you!

    <3,
    jann

  6. Stubborngirl said

    Hi! I don’t know how to crochet, and I was wondering if there was a knit version of this pattern or if you could make one? Thanks!

  7. Razi said

    I just finished this but I made the tail a little bigger. It turned out too cute! I plan on using it as a piece for a baby mobile.

  8. Seyeon said

    CuTe As!!

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  11. Eileen said

    Hi I’m new to crochet but want to make this for my niece.

    Rnds 6-8: sc in each st around. (24 st)

    Does that mean make 24 st three times? Or is it 24 st total?

    • June said

      Eileen, there are 24 stitches around at the end of Rnd 5. So you’ll be crocheting around 3 times (Rnds 6-8), with 24 stitches in each round. You don’t need to count though – just put a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round, move it up each time you work back around to it, and when you’ve gone around 3 times, that means Rnds 6-8 are completed. (I think it’ll be clearer when you actually try it!)

  12. angel said

    Hello I am 14 years old and i would really like to try ur tiny whale. It’s so cute! My goal is to be really good so i can start selling what i make! I’m a beginer so hopefully its not to hard for me :)

  13. Gabs said

    Hi there! I am new to ravelry and I appreciate this pattern very much! :) However I am a bit confused on the tail when it says: Slip Stitch in to the next stitch, single crochet in to the next stitch… :/ I had just wondered if the statements on either side of the comma are on two different stitches or in the same. I look forward to your reply and Once again thanks for the great and cute pattern! <3

    • June said

      Hi Gabs. I know it can be a bit confusing at first! If you see two instructions separated by a comma, each “next” stitch refers to a different stitch, so the sl st and sc should be made into 2 different stitches.

      For future reference, if the sl st and sc were supposed to be made into the same stitch, the pattern would have said either “(sl st, sc) in next st” or “sl st in next st, sc in same st” – I hope you can see the difference now!

      • Gabs said

        Okay that makes plenty of sense! Keep up the great work! Thanks again

  14. Jenna P. said

    Thanks for posting this! I just made a little whale in less than half an hour for my very happy five year old boy. He has named him Swimmer and they are currently “splashing” around my house. Only problem is, he saw the dinosaurs on my computer screen…Guess I’ll be making those next!

  15. Destiny said

    Hello, My name is Destiny, I am a 17 year old student at the Academy of Techonology and Academics. I do not understand how to stich in a circle, it confuses me… Can you help or am I reading the directions wrong?

  16. Emma said

    Thank you so much for this pattern! Before today I have only been able to crochet blankets & other flat items. I also found your magic ring tutorial really helpful :)

  17. emily said

    how do you start it?

  18. Cydne said

    What were the measurements of your whales when they were finished

  19. Tina said

    Hi June, just finished this adorable whale. I´m still discovering amigurumis and looking around for help and loving everything. Even my 10 year old daughter got so interested that she started learnig how to crochet today.
    Thanks
    Tina

  20. Lilly said

    This is such a cute pattern!!! I’m 11 and I have my own business that I started when I was 9. I’m definitely going to add this to the list of things I sell!!! Thanks again!

  21. Savemylife said

    Hi I need some easy and quick ideas to do with yarn. Please help!!!!!

  22. April said

    Hey June! I had a question that seems kind of silly but for Rnd 1 do we work the 6 stitches into the center of the ring or around the outside stitches? I hope this makes sense.

    Thank you so much!

    • June said

      April, there are no silly questions! The stitches of Rnd 1 are worked directly into the ring (there are no other stitches to work into at that point), and you’ll draw the magic ring closed before beginning Rnd 2. If it’s still not clear, please see my Magic Ring tutorials at http://www.planetjune.com/magic ring :)

      • April said

        Oh! Thank you so much! I wasn’t counting the magic ring as the first round and that’s what was messing me up! Once again, thank you for such a quick reply! It’s a lovely & adorable pattern. :)

  23. Marcia Gravatt said

    I love this little pattern. I am thinking about making enough of these for each of my kids in children’s church to have their own little whale when we study about Jonah and the whale.
    Now, I guess I need to find a pattern for a Jonah :)
    Thank you for the time you spend on creating such adorable patterns.
    I’ve only made two amigurumi pieces – matching dolls for my two of my granddaughters. It was so much fun, I can’t wait to start a new project (have been busy crocheting baby afghans).

  24. Carolyn said

    Thank you so much for this pattern. My daughters and I were stuck in the house today (one of them has a cold), and it provided us with something sweet and relaxing to do. My daughters are not very experienced crocheters, but we ended up with two adorable whales (Steve and Moby). We did not have official eyes, but sewed on buttons, and they turned out to be very cute. My older daughter does crafts for charity, and she wants to teach the other members of her club this pattern.

  25. Rosa said

    Hi June, thanks for the pattern and your very helpful tutorials! I just finished my first amigurumi: a very tiny, cross-eyed whale :-)

  26. Aubree said

    I just made this as my first amigarumi. Thanks!

  27. Myx said

    Hello,

    really cute, thank you.

    Myx

  28. Dani said

    Hi! Just wanted to tell you, I’ve been teaching myself how to crochet and I’ve found this pattern to be a wonderful way to practice. It’s quite adorable!

  29. ally m said

    I’d like to say a big thank you for your super-cute whale pattern. I’m fond of crocheting but most amigurumi patterns on other sites are really confusing. Your pattern was easy to follow and the end-product was lovely!! Thanks so much. Do you have any more animal amigurumi patterns?

    • June said

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Ally! You can find about 100 more of my amigurumi animal patterns in my shop :)

  30. Amber Martin said

    I have been tryi to teach myself how to crochet and I was told to use a size g needle well it’s hard to pull through and my yard is coming part during he pull through. Is my needle to large or my yarn cheap?

    • June said

      It’s probably a combination of the hook and yarn. If you stick with that yarn, try a larger hook to make it easier to work with. Or look for a different yarn to try with your G hook. If your yarn is cotton, try an acrylic, as cotton tends to be more splitty, especially with the smaller-than-recommended hook you need for amigurumi. I also recommend my book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi, for lots more advice about hooks, yarn, and how to crochet!

  31. Maminti said

    I would like to thank for the effort to manage this blog!! I’m so appreciated! I love your patterns so much! However I’m a beginner, but tried to make a cute little whale for my elder daughter and it became so nice. Soon I will make some for children who are in hospitals (they will be certainly so happy as well).
    God bless you! I wish you a pleasant and smiling summer, also I send you my best wishes: Maminti, the little green fairy

  32. Gabriela said

    Hello,

    Awesome pattern! So cute! :)

    I’m from Brasil and adore your website!
    All the best!

    Gabi

  33. Erin said

    Hello, June! I am twelve years old and I really wanted to learn how to crochet (specifically amigurumi), and here I am. I’m having trouble with the first part- how do I put in six single crochet in the magic ring after only chaining one??? Can you please help me? Thank you so much!

  34. Jenna said

    Wow, these are adorable! I have made a lot of amigurumi and these are one of my favorites! Thanks!
    Jenna

  35. Tildog said

    Thank you soo much! This is such a great pattern and I made one in no time!
    Just one question, can I sell them?

  36. Amy said

    These are brilliant! They’re really quick and easy for even a child like me to make, and the results are fantastic! :D

  37. Emily Wood said

    Is it possible to add the eyes on towards the end?

    • June said

      If you’re using 2-part safety eyes with backs, you need to add the eyes while the hole is still large enough to insert the backs and attach them, and before you stuff the whale. You could add them later than I specify in the pattern, but then you wouldn’t know where to position them so the tail ends up being horizontal – you may have to compensate by adding a stitch or 2 before you start the tail, so you don’t end up with a vertical tail fin!

      If you’re using a different type of eyes (beads, buttons, embroidery, etc) you can attach the eyes right at the end, after the whale is complete – just make sure the whale is the right way up before you add the eyes, and you won’t have a problem.

  38. Gina said

    Hello. I love your pattern and am currently making the whale! It is adorable and very easy to follow your directions. Thanks so much. I just have a question for you . what do you use for the eyes and how exactly so you attach them?

    Thanks so much.

    Gina

    • June said

      Gina, I use standard 2-part animal/safety eyes – see my Eyes and Noses post for details of these, and some alternative options :)

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