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Tiny Whale

Β© 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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ch chain
invdec invisible decrease Note: If you prefer, you may use a standard sc2tog decrease in place of each invdec.
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
sl st slip stitch
st stitch

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


  • 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.


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: (invdec, 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: (invdec, 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: (invdec, 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: (invdec, 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

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

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!


  1. 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 πŸ™‚

  2. 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!)

  3. Seyeon said

    CuTe As!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. jannisha said

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


  7. 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 πŸ™‚

  8. jannisha said

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


    • 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! πŸ˜€
        Appreciate your help. πŸ™‚
        <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! πŸ™‚

  9. 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

  10. 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 πŸ™‚ (I taught myself to crochet in 2003.)

  11. Anniegrace said

    Thanks June
    any way I wrote something at the top and it said

    Hi I’m Annie I’m 11 and I love to crochet but
    I’m having trouble understanding the directions.I can decode the abbreviations but I still don’t understand I don’t get how it works can u help
    Annie grace Bockoven
    Any way I always work by sight because I can’t under stand and it never looks right so I will take the lesson about the ring and I hope to hear back -Annie

    • June said

      Annie, I could point you to my tutorials ( or to my amigurumi book ( but I think the best thing for you would be to take a class, if you can – it’s easiest to learn in person, and the teacher will be able to tell where you’re going wrong. Check with your local craft stores and see if any offer crochet lessons. Good luck!

  12. Anniegrace said

    Dear June I already wrote a comment but I made the wale by sight and did not and did not make it with a magic ring is that bad

    • June said

      Annie, using a magic ring gets rid of the hole in the middle of Rnd 1. If you’re happy with the way your whale looks, it’s fine to do it the way you have! But if you see a hole in the centre of your starting round, you can learn the magic ring technique to avoid getting that hole in future. To learn it, and anything else that confuses you in the pattern, see my tutorials at πŸ™‚

  13. Kathryn Ann Moore said

    I’ve just completed a little whale from your pattern and he’s super cute! Your instructions are lovely and clear and the photos help, too. Thank you for sharing this!

  14. Sophiana said

    I would love to make a couple of these cuties for my brothers!!
    Thank you!!

  15. Adri said

    Thanks! Beatiful pattern! and very easy too!. I

  16. Iria said

  17. Madison said

    Hello! I’ve already made one of these little whales and it’s adorable and I’m about to start on my second. I just have one question. When I am making the magic ring.. how many Dc do I do into the magic ring because it just says make a magic ring and when I look it up the instructions tell me to Dc as many as the pattern says to so I wasn’t sure what the number was. Thanks for taking the time to read my comment! I love this pattern so much! πŸ˜€

    • June said

      Madison, I’m glad you’re enjoying my pattern ! The stitches of Rnd 1 are made directly into the ring, and then you close the ring after you complete Rnd 1. See how it says “Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring“? That’s the clue πŸ™‚

  18. Jayna Rae said

    I just saw this at Sarhndipities. She created one and linked to you. I am in love. I will have to check to see if I have some blue yarn laying about. I am fairly certain that I do in several shades. Thanks.

  19. MichelleN said

    I love you, just sayin. πŸ˜‰
    your patterns are incredible! and easy to understand.
    Do you sell books with patterns?

  20. Megan said

    Um, I was wondering . . . I found something that looks very much like this whale, but the blogger took credit for what I think is your pattern. And they’re selling the pattern for $7. Just to tell you. But, somehow the page just disappeared. Oh, do you allow people to sell products made from this pattern?

    • June said

      Uh-oh! I do allow people to sell items made from my patterns, provided they give me credit as the designer. I do NOT, under any circumstances, allow people to sell my patterns! Are you saying she’s selling the pattern for $7 (not cool!), or a finished whale (which would be fine provided she gives me credit)?

  21. Darci said

    Great little pattern. I’m very new to crochet so I love these new little patterns with which to practice. I’d recently decided to crochet the characters from the Island of Misfit Toys for my mantel and this will be the perfect little whale; I’ll just add a long razor snout like the one in the movie.

    Thank you!

  22. nurwiyanti said

    thank you for the pattern, my litle daugther asked me to make whale…and it help me very much

  23. Nickie said

    Thank you June! i LOVE YOUR SITE!

  24. Nickie said

    Hey June-
    I am doing this pattern and am not sure how many stiches are in the magic ring. Would you mind telling me?

    • June said

      Nickie, sorry if my instructions have confused you. The stitches that you work into the ring are the stitches of Rnd 1 – you pull the ring closed after completing Rnd 1. So, in this case, you’ll be making 6 stitches into the ring πŸ™‚

  25. Sue said

    My first amigurumi toy ever. I have named him wart as he grew on me

    Sue Victoria, Australia.

  26. Crystal said

    These are adorable. I had not yet read the comments when I decided to make these into kitty toys! They made perfect catnip toys. I am donating them to an animal shelter in Washington DC – WARL. Thank you for the pattern, I am sure they will be loved. I left off the eyes entirely, I know from my own kitties the eyes, even embroidered just don’t last past the first play time. πŸ™‚

  27. RavensLane said

    Thank you for the brilliant pattern. This was my first proper amigurumi, and made a lovely present for my girlfriend! I have since made a dragon, and am starting to design my own patterns.

    The whale is here:


  28. Yvonne said

    Hi June! Thanks so much for providing the whale pattern! This is the first pattern I’ve picked up since my one attempt last summer and it came out so well! I used white yarn, so he’s now dubbed Moby Dick. πŸ™‚

    Thanks again!

  29. Toni said

    Ok, yes I see about the Ch 1. I think I did it correctly.
    Thanks for the tip about the invdec. I was wondering if I could also use it with other patterns I find, it’s good to know I can.

  30. Toni said

    Thanks for the detailed response. It helps, but just to confirm:

    1. The magic ring is just the loop of string, and then you pull the little loop on your hook through from the back of the magic ring (that is the Ch 1), and then in your magic ring tutorial you go on to do 6 sc in the magic ring loop, followed by a second round of 2 sc in each of those 6 giving 12 stitches in total in the second round (the description in the magic ring photo caption). Is it correct to say that the example in the magic ring tutorial is actually equivalent to Rnds 1 and 2 of the tiny whale?

    That was actually what I did. I made the magic ring (my first magic ring ever) following your magic ring tutorial with a Rnd 1 with 6 sc and a Rnd 2 with 12 sc (following the description in the magic ring photo caption). Then I thought that sounded exactly like the Rnds 1 and 2 of the tiny whale pattern so then I continued directly with Rnd 3 in the whale pattern.

    I got as far as Rnd 8 when I had the sudden alarming thought that I misunderstood the bit about the magic ring. Hence my convoluted reasoning about the Rnd 0. But from your explanation I think I may have done it correctly by accident after all. That’s a relief. Anyway, at Rnd 8, it looks like a little bowl and I think that’s on the right track from one of your earlier comments.

    2. Thanks for you explanation about the safety eyes. I’ve never come across safety eyes before so I was thinking of something like a button with a small loop at the back for sewing the eye on. Safety eyes sound much more convenient and easy to use.

    Thank you for all your tutorials. They are very good and very helpful. I came across the magic ring in a crochet book in a bookshop, and then I looked on the internet for a how-to and yours was the first tutorial that I understood and could actually follow and make a magic ring from.

    I have one more question about the tiny whale pattern. When you start the decreases in Rnd 9, do you use the invisible decrease?

    • June said

      Yes, my magic ring tutorial shows Rnd 1 (6 st) and Rnd 2 (12 st) – if you use a different pattern, those numbers may vary, but the concept is still the same. When you draw up a loop from the middle of the ring (step 2 in the tutorial), that’s NOT the ch 1: you then ch 1 over the top of the ring (step 3 in the tutorial) – this locks the ring together and is the ch 1 I refer to in the pattern.

      As for the invisible decrease, it’s optional, but I do recommend you use it! It’s much neater than a sc2tog. I use the invdec for all amigurumi patterns (except those worked in fuzzy yarn or into front or back loops only) – you can substitute an invdec for an sc2tog in any ami pattern!

  31. Toni said

    Thanks for the pattern. It will be my first amigurumi attempt.
    I have a couple of questions.

    When you say

    Make a magic ring, ch 1

    Do you begin with a magic ring with 6 sc stitches,
    and then in Rnd 1 you work a sc stitch into each of those stitches, so it’s sort of like a Rnd 0 (the 6 sc stitches around the yarn loop you pull tight) and then the Rnd 1 with 6 sc stitches?

    When you say

    Attach the backs of the eyes

    Does that mean you tie the backs of the eyes together or do you stitch them to the whale?

    • June said

      Toni, I’m glad you thought to ask before trying to figure these out yourself!

      1. No, the magic ring itself is JUST the loop that you work into. My magic ring tutorial shows making the magic ring, ch 1, AND the first Rnd of 6 stitches – I’m sorry for the confusion. Some patterns may work a different number of stitches into the loop (i.e. a different number of stitches in Rnd 1), so the magic ring itself doesn’t include a set number of stitches. So there is no Rnd 0!

      2. ‘Attach the backs of the eyes’ assumes you are using 2-part safety eyes (with locking washer backs) – in this case you have to attach the backs before you close up the whale! If you’re using a different type of eyes (beads or buttons, or embroidering the eyes on), you can attach the eyes at the very end instead, after you’ve finished all the crocheting.

      Hope that helps, and good luck with your first amigurumi!

  32. Ellie said

    Done! I only started crochet this week, so he’s a little wonky, but I did it! Marvellous pattern – he’s awfully cute – and thank you very much!

  33. Emily said

    i just made this whale and i absolutly LOVE this pattern!! thanks for posting it! i love it so much i think i might even make some for my little sisters!

    Thanks again

  34. Jessie said

    i just started crochet, and i made an ami heart yesterday. i think i’m gonna make this whale next. πŸ™‚

  35. Kerryn said

    The whale looks super-cool with an embroidered mouth starting three stitches from eye to eye on the same row. (I used half a skein of embroidery thread in brown or black.) Also, try setting the eyes slightly further back in the head for a real cool whale look. The eyes look awesome in brown or amber with black centre (6mm) too! Just for some variations.

  36. Erin said

    Thank you! I’ll keep going and if it doesn’t improve, I can at least be thankful he doesn’t have any eyes so he’ll never know what an abomination he was…

    I’ve only just Googled stitch markers so, erm, will be doing from now on! I know I’m rather jumping in the deep end, but I’d never get anywhere if I didn’t πŸ™‚ This is the first time I’ve done anything that wasn’t a straight line. I had some difficulty at the beginning seeing where I should stitch (and was the magic circle supposed to be 4 or 6 stitches?!) but it’s a lot of fun, even if it is a mess πŸ˜€ Thanks again.

  37. June said

    Erin, it should look more like a bowl at Rnd 8… keep going, maybe it’s still going to work out! If not, are you using a stitch marker to check that you’ve made the right number of stitches in each round?

    Place the stitch marker into the first stitch of the round when you’ve completed that stitch. When you’ve worked around to the stitch marker again, you should have completed all the stitches of that round, and you’ll make the first stitch of the following round into the stitch with the marker. If you finish before the stitch marker, or overshoot it, you’ll know you’ve made a mistake in that round πŸ™‚

  38. Erin said

    Just starting row 8 and my whale looks a lot like a plate πŸ™ I may have been a little optimistic trying this so soon..!

    (adorable pattern though, thanks for sharing)

  39. Inbaliya said

    Thanks! here is my whale-

    With a link to your pattern, too.

  40. June said

    Shelly: this pattern is very simple for beginners because it’s all worked in one piece, so you don’t need to stitch it together after finishing the crocheting! Another very simple free pattern would be my Amigurumi Acorn, and then you might want to look at my PocketAmi patterns – Sets 1 and 2 are specifically designed for beginners πŸ™‚

  41. Shelly said

    Hey June!

    Um would you say this would be the easiest thing to make as a beginner?

  42. June said

    Clare, I don’t mind if you want to modify my pattern! I purposely kept it very simple so it would all be crocheted in one piece, but I don’t mind at all if you added fins. In fact, I’m always happy to hear people have used my patterns as a jumping-off point and added their own special touches – I love the idea of that!

  43. Clare said

    Thank you very much for this pattern, I’ve made it for a friend for his birthday! I had to add fins to the little guy though, sorry.
    I halved my yarn to two strands and chained 6, turned then chained 6 back up, turned again, chained 5 down and then ch 5 back up again. I then sewed the fins on with the left over yarn (sorry for not using the right terminology – I’ve only just started crotcheting – BUT I’m HOOKED thanks to you!! – and your fantastic left handed instructions)
    Sorry for adding to your fantastic pattern, but I just feel it has added to the little whale.

  44. Kristina said

    I really love your work! You have inspired me to make my own crochet patterns, thank you so much for the help and beautiful patterns to keep me motivated to practice!

  45. kadusey said

    Thanks for the cute and quick little pattern!

  46. Annelie said

    And: now I’ve noticed that I started the”wrong” way. Now I’m very excited to learn the magic ring. I’ll start right away! Thank you thank you ?

  47. Annelie said

    Thank you dearly for this gorgeous pattern! And thanks for teaching me the lovliest way to invisible decrease!

  48. Sarah said

    this is the cutest thing ever!!!!!!!!!

  49. June said

    I’m not mad, Michelle – in fact, I was thinking of doing the same thing! Yes, they are the perfect size for cat toys, and so quick to make it doesn’t even matter if the cats destroy them πŸ™‚

  50. Michelle said

    Don’t be mad… I’m gonna make a few of these and stuff them with catnip. They look the perfect size for kitty toys. πŸ™‚ I’ll just embroider the eyes. lol
    Thanks again.

    • Anniegrace said

      I’m Annie I’m 10 and I love to crochet but I’m having trouble understanding the directions I can decode the aberrations but I don’t get how it works can you help me under stand

      Anniegrace Bockoven

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