Can You Stare Like a Whale? – Free Pattern

Free Whale Amigurumi Pattern by Karissa Cole

On some sad, gloomy days I sometimes find myself wishing my life were a bit more interesting, with more excitement and surprises.

But then I inevitably come home from grocery shopping to find two blue whales staring intently at each other on my kitchen table and I realize I’m really quite full up in the interesting, exciting, surprise department.

Well, actually, today was the first time that exact scenario played out. But I’ve come to find there’s always something unusual lurking around the next corner in my week. This week it just happened to be whales.

It went like I said after running errands: Juggling two jumbo brown bags I fumbled with my keys and somehow managed to let myself in the front door without dropping anything. I walked in the house, kicked the door shut behind me, doing good maintaining my balance – at least until  I saw two miniscule sea creatures sitting right in front of my salt and pepper shakers. I didn’t bother to check to see if I broke the eggs or smushed the bread when I dropped my bags; I was too interested and spellbound by what I saw.

At first it looked like these two whales were kissing, and I almost thought to turn away and give them some privacy. When I made just the slightest mention of it, though, the whale on the left scoffed, and quickly explained that the two were immersed in a staring contest. I nodded thoughtfully at that notion, mulling it over, until I realized they were totally without water. Panicking I raced over to the sink, mumbling something about letting an endangered species suffocate in my own kitchen. Apparently these little guys have good hearing though, as the whale on the right – gaze never leaving his opponent –  politely explained that although whales live in the water, they breathe air and were perfectly fine. I could feel my face flush when I realized my silly mistake – “everyone knows how whales breathe doofus” – , and then flush even more when I thought about the fact that I was embarrassed in front of a whale in the first place.

A new set of questions and concerns hit me then – like, “how did you guys get on my table and how is it you can speak English?” – but I walked quietly back toward the table and, holding my breath, watched the staring match continue.

It felt like an eternity before another word was uttered. Finally, the whale on the left asked me what time it was. When I told him he let out a slow whistle. “Best time yet, Peapod!”  he exclaimed. At that both whales let each other out of their attention and turned toward me, with no apparent winner to their battle. When I questioned who had won, they simply stared at me with perplexed expressions. I explained that usually, in a staring contest, whomever blinks first is the loser, leaving the other player the winner. They both laughed lightly at that, saying something about how silly some bipeds can be.

I brushed it off and decided to see if I could get some answers to more pertinent questions. Before I managed to open my mouth, though, a third, darker colored whale came bounding – if you can say a whale can bound, that is – over to us. “Dudes!” he yelled in what I would have before today called a very unwhalelike manner. “The popcorn is getting cold. You coming?” He then turned to me directly, gave a quick, friendly wave of his fin, and told me that he already picked out a movie for all four of us to watch.

The first two whales sprung up and made their way to the next room where the TV had somehow been set up to play Finding Nemo.I hurried to put away my groceries as they called excitedly, imploring to me come watch. As I flopped down onto the couch the third whale gently nudged the remote to me as the other two made themselves totally comfortable on my lap, settling in for a nice evening.

Although I was still curious about how they got here and all that, I decided not to bother with trivialities. I figure why question a good thing? I mean, I had after all just gotten three new friends, who cares how?

Peapod, the lightest blue whale, is sweet and considerate; Park, the medium shade, is competitive but still caring. And Schmoo, the darkest of the whales, is an all around goofball. And apparently they have a thing for tennis, card games, and fondu. And they’ve also proven to be great at telling jokes and keeping things interesting.  So it looks like with these guys around I won’t need to be wishing for a more interesting life, with more excitement and more surprises. They’ll keep me covered for a bit.

Funny how things work out like that sometimes, huh?

2 Whales by Karissa Cole

I decided to make some little amigurumi whales because, after looking through all my designs thus far, I saw that I hadn’t used any of my blue yarn. So I grabbed my hook and a skein of blue and started crocheting. And the micro whale pattern was born! I kept it simple to pander to my own short attention span. With such an easy pattern I can start and finish one of these whales in about a half hour.

I’m not about to hog all the whale love though. Here’s how to make your own:

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) Blue  [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 & 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
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 whale (if you did not use a joggless color change method I suggest putting the tail were the colors change)

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.
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.

2 (2) Whales by Karissa Cole

Also be sure to check out the Sharkie pattern!

** 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 by directing others to this original post. **

 

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

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    • Loredana
    • March 12th, 2013

    thanks a lot….i love them

    • You’re welcome. Glad you like :]

        • Serene
        • May 12th, 2013

        Hi Karissa, did you sew the whale tail horizontally? cant see from the picture :)

      • Yes, I did :)

    • Anonymous
    • April 6th, 2013

    I loved your whale story and have to make them for it!

  1. Adorable. I can’t wait to try making a few.

  2. These are so cute! I’m new to crocheting (mostly a knitter), and I was wondering: If you were to change these to narwhals, how would you suggest making the horn? Thanks!

    • Thanks! That’s an interesting idea. I think I may make an addition to this pattern in the near future to include a narwhal variation. I’m not sure how I’d suggest making the horn; I’d have to play around with some possibilities. My first thought it to try taking a craft pipe cleaner (or some other thin but sturdy wire), cut it down to size, wrap yarn around it, wrapping more layers of yarn around the bottom of the horn, and less toward the top to give it the tapered look. That’s one possible way, but I’ll have to try some experimenting :)

    • wing
    • July 31st, 2013

    Hi, how do you do the fins? What does pickup means?

    • Hi there.

      To pick up and crochet means insert your hook into the stitch you want the fin to start at, yarn over, and pull through. That is how to pick up. From there you crochet as stated.

      Please note that I did include two options for creating the fins. “ALTERNATIVE: If you’re not comfortable picking up and crocheting [or do not know how] simply ch 4 and sl st in last chain from hook. [FO] Attach to body.”

      If you’ve never picked up and crocheted before, I would recommend finding an instruction video regarding the method, or trying the alternative instructions for the whale fin :)

    • Anonymous
    • October 17th, 2013

    Realy cute! Thanks for sharing!

    • Helen
    • January 12th, 2014

    Hello! I really like this cute pattern, and I was planning on making them gifts to my friends, but then I saw that you don’t want them sold. Is gifting still okay? Thank you for the pattern anyways!

    • Hi Helen! Thanks for asking. Gifting finished products is certainly okay with me :)

    • Anonymous
    • March 10th, 2014
    • Hello Someone,

      According to http://www.copyright.gov “Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture….Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work.”

      According to this, then, while I cannot claim copyright on the idea of making an amugurumi whale, the specific way in which I have made this whale (the design) as seen in my pattern can indeed be and is protected by copyright. Therefore, since the design of the work is copyrighted, any recreation of my design is still protected under my copyright. For example, if someone were to produce a unique painting this painting, its design, would be copyrighted to the original artist. No one would be able to recreate this painting and sell it without first gaining the artist’s permission.

      In addition, under the heading “What Works Are Protected?” at http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf, sculptural works are clearly listed. The word sculpture is defined as “the art of carving, modeling, welding, or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions;” this would include 3 dimensional works such as those made with yarn. It is clear that the things I make (amigurumi) are considered creative works, and as such are automatically copyrighted. And because I have expressed my methods (description, ideas) in writing in a completely unique way, I am able to claim copyright on said description, as indicated earlier from the http://www.copyright.gov posting.

      So, now it is clear that my pattern can be copyrighted as well as the design. A copyrighted pattern gives me the authority to choose how the pattern is distributed. A copyrighted design gives me the authority to decide how the design is used. Therefore, if I do not wish for someone to sell my design, I have that right.

      Which leads us to copyright infringement. An example of copyright infringement would be using a creative work commercially without permission. Since it has already been established that the written description of my design and the final product are considered creative works, selling either of these without my permission (which I do not give) is copyright infringement.

      If further explanation is necessary, let me draw your attention to the “How do I protect my recipe” question found at http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html#what_protect:

      “How do I protect my recipe?
      A mere listing of ingredients is not protected under copyright law. However, where a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a collection of recipes as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection.”

      Using this as an example, if I were to merely list the things necessary to make an amigurumi whale (the ingredients) this would not be protected by copyright law. However, since a crochet pattern is a formula, much like a recipe, and is accompanied by literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions there may be a basis for copyright law. This basis is of course confirmed when all of the above information is taken in.

      While I found the link you posted interesting, some of the information was quite false. For instance, “there is a difference between something having copyright protection and actually being copyrighted. The former is automatic while the latter requires the pattern be registered with the US Copyright Office.” This is not true according to http://www.copyright.gov, which says, “your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device….In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created.”

      I am no lawyer, but I made sure to do some research years back before deciding to post my patterns regarding the selling of finished products. What I found and what I’ve shown here seem to indicate that I am quite within my rights to restrict the selling of any of my unique amigurumi designs :)

    • Anonymous
    • March 10th, 2014

    Why not sell your patterns? :P this is really cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Well thank you :)
      I just prefer free giving and sharing that’s all :D

        • Daniel
        • March 12th, 2014

        You’re welcome ^^ and thanks for sharing all your awesome patterns and again this is cute and so are the others ^-^

  3. Thank you so much for this great pattern! You can see my whale and the credit link to this post here: http://mogwaijournal.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/amigurumi-erste-ergebnisse/

    • Unknown
    • April 1st, 2014

    Can I sell these to my friends? They would be $1.

      • Unknown
      • April 1st, 2014

      I made on for myself and attached it to my bag. My friends all loved it and asked if they could bye one.

        • Unknown
        • April 1st, 2014

        I was wondering if I could answer them and say yes, they could. But if not that’s fine; I’ll just tell them they are not for sale because the lady that made this pattern doesn’t want me selling them.

      • If your friends want to buy you the materials you need to make one, perhaps you could give them the finished product freely :)

    • Please, do not sell these :)

    • Unknown
    • April 1st, 2014

    Also, they are soooooooooo cute!

    • Unknown
    • April 1st, 2014

    Ok

    • Anonymous
    • June 10th, 2014

    Awwww looks like Pokemon!

  4. Hі there, just wanted tto say, I enjoyed this article.
    It was prасtical. Keep on posting!

    • Anonymous
    • November 15th, 2014

    It looks like a wonderful pattern!!!! I tried to start it but I do not understand the first step…
    By mc 6, is it single crochet or something? And do you chain anything first? Please teach me how to do it so that I know and I can actually start it!!!
    Thanks very much

    • Thanks! To start this pattern, make a magic circle (also known as a magic ring or loop) with 6 stitches. Alternatively, you could chain 2 and work 6 single crochet stitches in the second chain, and then follow the instructions from there :)

  5. Karissa :
    If your friends want to buy you the materials you need to make one, perhaps you could give them the finished product freely :)

    What an awesome an super open-minded solution!!!! Everyone is happy! Your pattern is still protected, the crafter is supplied with goods so they aren’t out time and $, and then the friend gets their ADORABLE amigurumi! I really appreciate you. Thank you for the amazing free patterns. I really hope you are having a great new year <3

    PS
    This is my first time on wordpress so I hope I replied to Karissa, who is the author of the article, if I got that right?

    • Anonymous
    • February 2nd, 2015

    I made this one for a friend of my sister, he was REALLY happy with it. Two days ago, he died in a car accident. I’m making one for all her friends, for free of course!

    • Anonymous
    • May 25th, 2015

    Can you do a YouTube pattern I get really confused here

  6. How do you shape the fins?

    • If you follow the stitch progression outlined in the pattern they will come out the appropriate shape.

    • Geri N
    • March 19th, 2016

    Just made the shark the fish and the Whale. .. wish I could post picts though. .. loved the pattern!!

    • Anonymous
    • June 26th, 2016

    Adorable! Thanks so much! I’ve made 2 whales, a dolphin, and a fish! I did add a little squirt of water coming from the blow hole!

  7. I love the detail to this pattern – the fins and tail are so cute! I hope you don’t mind that I wrote a blog post where I linked back to your pattern.

    • Julie
    • July 7th, 2016

    I would like to ask, on the first row, where you say *inc* (12), do you mean do a sc then a increase?

    • You will want to work two single crochets in each of the 6 stitches you have :) Does that help?

  8. They are lovely Karissa!!! and i enjoy a lot making them.
    I’m totally newbie in crochet and learnt to make a chain first, then a magic ring.
    I’m so happy I have now two of this cutie on my bag this summer :)

    I will love to add a link on my blog when it will be ready but first I’m sharing them on FB and IG.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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