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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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