Shark Attack! – 5 Free Sea Life Amigurumi Patterns

Some stories are just too crazy to try to tell. Like that one with the underwater cave inhabited by the yellow-eyed octopus and the super heroes. Other stories, though, just have to be told, no matter how crazy.

This is one of those stories.

I was standing at my desk getting some papers ready for the FWF session next week when I heard a soft click come from behind me. Suddenly grand, dramatic music began playing, but at a rather subdued volume. I turned to see that a tiny white speaker hooked up to an even smaller media player had been propped up on the bookshelf at the other end of the room. And although this in itself was unusual, the thing next to the speaker on the bookshelf was what really threw me for a loop. There’s really no way to prepare yourself for this kind of thing either, I’ve found.

Sitting on the shelf was:

Sharkie! Free Pattern by Karissa Cole

He began singing and dancing to the music, with me as his sole audience. Surprisingly enough he could carry a tune, although his lyrics were a bit on the wonky side (but I was honestly too stunned to complain about such a triviality). When his short performance came to an end – with the lyric: Oh yes I am a shark, now you see/Please won’t you bring me some broccoli? – the dramatic music coming to a theatrical finish, he stared up at me expectantly, obviously waiting for some sort of response.

Well I’m sorry but I just don’t know the proper etiquette for this sort of thing. Which is something I suppose was blatantly obvious what with my just staring at him.

Finally he prompted, “What did you think?”

I groped around for the right thing to say, assuming “the right thing to say” even existed in a situation like this one. Eventually I settled on, “It was certainly interesting.” I attempted to smile politely, but I think it came off more as a grimace. The little shark didn’t seem to notice though; he just beamed brightly, pleased with the whole situation.

I knew I probably shouldn’t ask any questions. I mean, when a tiny shark comes into your house, sets up on your bookshelf and begins singing about broccoli, it’s probably just best to accept things the way they are and not probe too much. Leave well enough alone.

But I couldn’t help myself.

“Why are you signing?”

He smiled at me in that “duh” kind of way. “You know!” he guffawed. “Everyone knows sharks sing. Silly.” He shook his head, but in an amused, not perturbed way.

“Um,” I said tentatively. “I thought it was whales that sang.”

At that his little face twisted into the most peculiar combination of recognition and shock.

He slapped his fin to his head, muttering “Whales. Whales! Of COURSE, it’s WHALES that sing! Oh I knew that. Stupid, stupid. . .”

I smiled and tried to contain my giggling.

He looked up at me around his fin, a sheepish smile (if you can picture a shark smiling sheepishly) creeping onto his face. “So,” he started, brushing off his embarrassment. “Wanna play Monopoly? I’ll let you be the race car.” He lowered his fin and smiled up at me hopefully.

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the notion of playing a board game with a slightly confused but altogether pleasant mini shark, but I nodded readily.

I went off to get the game, stopping by the fridge for some broccoli on the way.

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My Sharkie pattern came about soon after my whale pattern. Check it out here if you haven’t already. With these two patterns you can make your own aquarium! As a plus, see below for ideas for making your own seal, dolphin, goldfish, or orca. But to start, here’s how to make your own shark:

S U G G E S T E D  M A T E R I A L S:

• Worsted weight yarn in two (2) colors such as:
* Red Heart Super Saver (1) Grey  [Main color] (2) White [Secondary color]
• G/7 4.50MM crochet hook
• One (1) pair of 6MM safety eyes (available in many craft stores or online at http://www.crscrafts.com)
• Scissors
• Needle & black embroidery thread
• Fiberfill stuffing

A B B R E V I A T I O N S:

MC – magic circle (magic loop/magic ring)
sc – single crochet(s)
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
*actions in asterisks should be repeated until round completion or to the indicated stopping point in the round*
(number in parentheses indicates total number of stitches after round/row completion)
FO – fasten off
RND – Round
tc – triple crochet
dc -  double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

T H E  P A T T E R N:

B O D Y (x1)

MC 6 with main color
RND 1) *inc* (12)
RND 2) *sc, inc* (18)
RND 3) *2sc, inc* (24)
RND 4-7) *sc* (24)
RND 8) switch to secondary color *sc* (24)
RND 9) *2sc, dec* (18) – Attach eyes. Stuff.
RND 10) *sc, dec* (12)
RND 11) *dec* (6)
FO

T A I L  F I N (x1)

ch 8
dc in third ch from hook, hdc, 2 sl st, hdc, dc in final ch, sc in same final chain. cut yarn and pull through. Shape and attach to back of shark (if you did not use a joggless color change method I suggest putting the tail were the colors change). As you can see I chose to put the tail on horizontally; this is not meant to be realistic, just cute in my opinion. Turn the tail and attach in so it’s more vertical if you prefer.

D O R S A L  F I N (x1)

Ch 8
tc in 4th ch from hook. dc in next ch. hdc in next ch. sc in next ch. sl st in last ch. FO. Attach.

F I N S (x2)

decide on placement and pick up a stitch on side of body. ch 4, sc in original pickup. FO. Repeat for other side of head/body.
ALTERNATIVE: If you’re not comfortable picking up and crocheting (or chaining in this case) simply ch 4 and sl st in last chain from hook. Attach to body.

Using the black thread, stitch on gills.

Shark Angles by Karissa Cole

 

You can use the base shark or whale pattern to make other sea critters. Just make the changes listed for each below:

 

To make an Orca: (1) Follow the same body, fin, dorsal fin, and tail pattern as shark using black instead of grey. (2) Instead of using black thread for gills, use white thread (or yarn) to stitch on eye patches.

Orca Free Amigurumi Pattern by Karissa Cole

To make a Dolphin: (1) Follow the same fin, dorsal fin, and tail pattern as shark using blue-grey instead of grey. MAKE THE FOLLOWING ADJUSTMENT TO THE BODY: Instead of changing to the secondary color in RND 8, wait and switch in RND 9 (a decrease row.) (2) To make the nose/snout:

With main dolphin color, MC 3
RND 1) *inc* (6)
RND 2) *sc* (6)
FO. Attach to head and adjust eyes accordingly.

Dolphin by Karissa Cole (2)

To make a Seal: (1) Follow the same body, fin, and tail pattern as shark using white instead of grey (skip the dorsal fin, just as in the original whale pattern). (2) Using black thread or yarn stitch on a nose.

Baby Seal by Karissa Cole

To make a Goldfish: (1) Follow the same body and tail pattern as shark using orange instead of grey. (2) Stitch the top fin as follows:

Ch 3
sl st in 2nd ch from hook.
dc, tr cr, & then dc all in next ch.
sl st in last ch. FO.

(3) Stitch the side fin the same way noted in the shark/whale base pattern but make the following changes: Pick up stitch on side of head/body, double up yarn, ch 3, sc in original pick up, FO.

Goldfish by Karissa Cole

** Please be sure to note, though, that these are original designs and patterns. I believe in the free sharing of techniques and ideas. Please do not abuse my desire to share with others. You are not permitted to sell any products made as the result of these patterns and/or designs, nor are you permitted to sell the patterns or designs. Please, if you do use the patterns or designs for either the shark, whale, orca, dolphin, or fish in any part, give credit where credit is due: direct others to this original posting so that they too can benefit.**

Pattern, design, photos, and story copyright Karissa Cole 2012. All rights reserved.

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69 comments on “Shark Attack! – 5 Free Sea Life Amigurumi Patterns

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  9. Karissa – I would love to make these cute animals for my niece who found out about them…..but you state MC as abbreviation for magic circle (normally this abb. stands for main color) and on first row of pattern MC 6 with main color – I am not sure how to work this – I know how to make a magic circle and work in rounds but what does this mean for first step? Please help! Her Birthday party is this weekend and I had hoped to pop a few in a bag to surprise her. Thanks ~ Kim

    • Hi Kim,
      It sounds like you’ve already got this figured out. Just follow the abbreviations I’ve listed. MC stands for magic circle, not main color :)
      So start by making a magic circle of 6 stitches with your main color. Then continue from there.
      Hope that helps!

      • Okay – I take it the magic circle then is made of 6 chain stitches ….. that would make sense – THANKS! And, the little sea animals are fantastic! I’m sure once I get them made my niece will adore them! :-)

  10. Hello, I couldn’t find a G/7 4.50MM crochet hook, but I do have the size above and below it, pretty sure. Should I go a size smaller or bigger?

    • Hi there,
      I’d recommend going a size smaller, 4 mm. This will most likely make your finished product a bit smaller as well, but this ensures that the stitches will be tight enough to prevent the stuffing from showing :)

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    • Hi there.
      Thank you! I’m glad to hear you like my blog :)
      Thank you for bringing this site to my attention. I really appreciate it. I try to make sure that if I’m inspired by another’s work I give the original creator credit, and I always hope that others will do the same. That doesn’t always work out though, so it’s great to have people out there who catch that sort of thing. Thank you again :)

  12. This is SUPER cute! I am just starting to crochet, and I can’t wait until I am good enough to crochet these adorable animals you make up! :D Are there any tips you have on crocheting I could use to help me? :D

    • Thanks! You’ll be crocheting cute amigurumi in no time! :)

      As far as tips go I can say these at least 3 things: 1) When making little creatures like the ones here, Worsted Weight yarn is great to work with. It’s also good to use a hook a few sizes smaller than the actual size suggested on the yarn label. This helps keep your stitches nice and tight. And speaking of stitches, 2) Try to keep stitches neat and tight by giving a little extra tug to the yarn after you finish a stitch (not too tight though – your hook still has to fit through). After a bit of practice you’ll find your stitches will become nice, tight, and uniform. And tip 3) Don’t be afraid to try something that seems kind of hard – sometimes the best way to learn is to just jump right in!

      I don’t know if these tips help or not, but they’re what I found useful when I started out :)

      My “Confused Owl” pattern (www.ea1701.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/the-confused-owl) is pretty simple. There aren’t a lot of complicated pieces to make, and you mostly just need to know how to increase and decrease. It’s pretty good for practice. You could also try out some of the patterns listed here: http://www.voices.yahoo.com/top-5-free-amigurumi-crochet-patterns-7589200.html?cat=24

      Also, check out http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/crochet-tutorials if you haven’t already. There are a lot of super helpful videos and instructions there that come in real handy when making amigurumi! :D

      • Do you have any help with the magic circle? I tried looking it up but they were all confusing… I couldn’t really figure it out.

      • Hmm, well, there are a few different ways to make a magic circle. This YouTube video by Bernat Yarns is pretty easy to follow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9x0hWfP69s. You could try checking that out. The first 2 minutes or so demonstrate making a magic circle. You’ll notice though that in this video, after the 6 stitches are made in the circle, they work a slip stitch. In many amigurumi patterns, though, you don’t join with a slip stitch. Once you’ve done the 6 beginning stitches in the circle, you can go ahead and start crocheting right in the round. (The pattern will specify this, of course.)
        Making a magic circle was a bit tricky to get the hang of when I first started, but with practice it’s not so bad :)

      • Thanks! This is CJ… :P Hopefully this helps! I think it will! That was probably the only part I was struggling to find…

  13. Also I was wondering if there were any recommendations you had on simple crochet designs to “practice” my skills on. Thanks! :D

  14. Just tried the shark pattern out as practice for making a bunch of them for a friend for Christmas. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite as small as it was but it’s still precious and I’m glad I found this page. I’ve found that the 10mm safety eyes are also super cute and give it more of a ‘chibi’ look.

    • Hi there,
      Hmmm, I didn’t do anything different than what I wrote in the pattern. Be sure not to chain to tightly to start, and keep the stitches relatively loose. When you go to sew the fin on top, make sure not to bunch it up. In fact, when sewing, if you sort of stretch out the bottom a bit (the part being sewn to the top of the shark or orca) then it should give it a bit more shape. Hope that helps :)

  15. Hola
    Soy nueva en esto, y la verdad no entiendo mucho , no se si sea posible, me hicieses un vídeo de como hacer un goldfish, es para mis hijos gatunos.
    Si necesitas que te pague por hacerme el vídeo, por favor dime cuanto me saldría, y si mi monedero lo tiene con gusto lo pagare.

    • Hello
      I’m new at this, and I really do not know much, if not possible, thou hast done me a video of how to make a goldfish, it’s for my feline children.
      If you need me to pay for making me the video, please tell me how I would, and if I have my wallet happy to pay you.

      • Hi there,
        Thank you for commenting. Help is always free here :) Unfortunately I have no video at the moment that specifically shows how to make a goldfish. Someday I may be able to make one. But for now there are some great beginner videos at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/crochet-tutorials (Planet June). I’m not affiliated with this site, but I’ve known a lot of people who have learned a lot from these simple to understand tutorial videos. You could also try looking at YouTube.com for some basic tutorials. This pattern of mine is basically a sphere, so you could start there. I hope that helps! :)

  16. Me and left tail!!!
    But if he should take it, would be easier!
    Ow I just missing the two flaps and above!
    Thank you very much for the patterns!

  17. Hello,
    Baby I do not get shark fin:

      DORSAL FIN (x1)

    ch 8
    tc in 4th ch from hook. sc in ch. dc in next ch. sc in next ch. pd in the last chapter. FO. Attach.

    • Hi there,
      Let me see if I can clarify this a bit:
      Begin the dorsal fin by chaining 8. In the 4th chain from the hook you will do a triple crochet. In the next chain work a double crochet.Then, in the next chain work a half double crochet. Next work a single crochet. And finally work a slip stitch in the final chain. Then finish off by cutting the yarn. You can now attach the completed fin to the shark :)

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