Some of you know that I have a small crochet hobby. I mean, I have an Etsy store and everything, and spend much of my spare time making little creatures and scarves and potholders…ok, I guess its more than a small hobby.
Up until recently, I used other people's patterns. I frequented a few favorite crochet sites (Crochet Pattern Central, All About Ami, Pepika, among others) for patterns and ideas, and would make toys for friends, my classroom, etc.
Then, I couldn't find a pattern I wanted, and finally decided to try my hand at writing my own.
Meet Nelson the Narwhal:
Narwhals are ridiculously interesting creatures that live in Northern Canada and Greenland. Technically, their "horn" is a tusk that comes out of the left side of their faces, but I like thinking of them as the "unicorns of the sea." There's even a fun YouTube video!
This is an original pattern for a cute crocheted narwhal! Feel free to make as many as you want, and sell the finished products, but please credit What’s for Dinner (Mara Rosenbloom) as the pattern creator.
Worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice
Worsted weight yarn in white or cream
Two (2) 9 mm safety eyes
Small bit of pink yarn for the mouth
Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
This pattern is written in standard U.S. crochet terms. Check out www.crochetpatterncentral.com for stitch tutorials.
To increase or decrease the size of the finished product, simply add 1 increase round and 1 “straight around” row, or decrease by the same amount, then do the same for the white belly.
Round 1: 2 sc, then sc 6 st around. (use a magic circle start if you prefer)
Round 2: 2 sc around (12 st)
Round 3: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) around (18 st)
Round 4:(2 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) around (24 st)
Round 5:(3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) around (30 st)
Round 6: (4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) around (36 st)
Round 7: (5 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) around (42 st)
Round 8:(6 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) around (48 st)
Rounds 9-15: sc around (48 st)
Switch to cream colored yarn
Round 16:sc around, back loops only (48 st)
Round 17:(6 sc, dec 1) around (42 st)
Round 18:(5 sc, dec 1) around (36 st)
Round 19:(4 sc, dec 1) around (30 st)
Round 20:(3 sc, dec 1) around (24 st)
Round 21:(2 sc, dec 1) around (18 st)
Attach the eyes at this point in round 14, about 10 stitches apart.
Stuff the body with fiberfill.
Round 22:(1 sc, dec 1) around (12 st)
Round 23:dec around (6 st)
Cut the yarn leaving a long tail. Thread the yarn through a yarn needle and weave through the last stitches. Pull tight and weave in the end.
Fins and tail:
Re-attach the yarn to round 5 in the spot where you changed to the cream yarn. The following is done around the perimeter of the toy.
Sl st 8 stitches, then (sc, hdc, dc, 3 tc, dc, hdc, sc) next stitch
sl st 21 stitches,
then (sc, hdc, dc, 3 tc, dc, hdc, sc),
sl st 7 st,
then (sc, hdc, dc, 5 tc, dc, hdc, sc),
sl st 1,
(sc, hdc, dc, 5 tc, dc, hdc, sc)
sl st around to first fin
Finish off and weave in the ends.
Using cream yarn
Round 1: sc 2, then 4 sc in 2nd st. (or use magic ring start)
Round 2: sc around (4 st)
Round 3: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) around (6 st)
Rounds 4-10: sc around (6 st)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing
Attach horn between the eyes of the narwhal