Freebie Saturday: Free Crochet Narwhal Amigurumi Pattern

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 11, 2013

in Freebie Saturday, Uncategorized

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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Jenn@slim-shoppin May 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

That is so cute Mara! You are so talented!!!
Jenn@slim-shoppin´s last blog post ..Chicken in cream sauce and alphabet pasta!


Marion May 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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


Mary H May 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

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. ^_^


Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Oh my gosh is Nellie adorable! I love your adaptation!


Crystal @ Sew Creative January 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

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,



Crystal @ Sew Creative January 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

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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