Freebie Saturday: Free Crochet Narwhal Amigurumi Pattern

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:

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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!

Nelson is made from Red Heart Super Saver yarn (a.k.a. the cheapest you can get anywhere) and took me maybe an hour to complete.

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He's got a white belly that matches his horn, and I'm sure would love company! So, today's Saturday Freebie is the pattern for Nelson! You can find it below, or you can download the PDF from the link here.

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Real narwhals can be up to 14 feet long, but Nelson here is a runt. He just barely fits in my palm!

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Enjoy, and happy crocheting!

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.

Supplies needed:

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 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

Embroider mouth



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17 Responses to Freebie Saturday: Free Crochet Narwhal Amigurumi Pattern

  1. That is so cute Mara! You are so talented!!!
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  2. Marion says:

    Oh, thank you. Nelson make me laugh out loud. So cute. Got a serious giggle fest out of the video link, too!

  3. Mary H says:

    A friend of mine saw your pattern and thought it was a tea cozy! She was so disappointed that it wasn’t, that I modified a mug cozy pattern to look like your cute little purple narwhal for her teacups. She’s Nellie Narwhal and she’s adorable. If you have a ravelry, I’ve posted all the pictures on there as iampufferfish. Your pattern is very useful and I might make a real plush one in the future just because of how cute it is. ^_^

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  8. You inspire me! I set a goal for myself to learn and improve on my creative skills in 2014. Crocheting Amigurumi is one of the skills I would like to work on. 🙂

    I did a post with some Weekend Inspiration and included your Nelson the Narwhal Amigurumi pattern. It can be found here:

    Best Wishes,


  9. I whipped up a narwhal of my very own over the weekend! I posted pictures on instagram:

    The pattern was really easy to follow. This is only the second amigurumi I’ve made and the first one had a video tutorial that I followed along on. My whale’s tale is a little bit off center… but he’s still adorable.

    I’m sure I’ll be blogging about him soon. I’ll share the link when I do.

    Best Wishes,


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  12. Cassi says:

    I love this pattern and my son loves his narwhal! I posted pictures on my website Thank you so much for posting the pattern.
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  13. heidi says:

    my kids love narwhals..i so want to make them one..i am having trouble understanding rounds 1 with the body and says sc2 chain first? how do i do that? thank you

  14. Katie Lindsey says:

    I am having trouble understanding the pattern. When Round 3 is complete I have 18 stitches, as the pattern says. But at the end of Round 4 I have 36, not 24?

  15. Meeeeeow says:

    I had this problem as well! Here is the fix:
    When the pattern says “2sc, 2sc in next stitch” what it means is “1 sc in 1 stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch, 2 sc in next (3rd) stitch” and repeat 🙂
    Then for round 4 it would be “1 sc in 1 st, 1 sc in 1st, 1 sc in 1st, 2sc in 1 st” repeating.
    Hope this helps anyone else out there totally stumped like I was!!!!

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