Meet Walter, a cute and cuddly crochet whale pattern! Perfect for a variety of skill levels, this pattern is easy to follow and includes step-by-step instructions for creating your very own amigurumi whale plushie. So let’s get started!
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When I was thinking about designing a crochet whale, I wanted something somewhat realistic but also super cute.
For this reason, Walter has a realistic body shape but a cartoony face. (What I was trying to avoid was how some amigurumi whales that are just a rounder circle).
I hope you love the pattern!
Easy Crochet Whale Pattern (With No-Sew Body!)
This whale is crocheted in the amigurumi style. But the nice thing about whales is they don’t have a lot of body parts, which means less sewing! Always a plus.
The whole blue part of this whale is completely no-sew. The only sewing involved is the blowhole and the belly.
Love downloading and printing out your patterns? You can get this pattern as a standalone PDF—or, it will soon be apart of an Amigurumi Ebook! Keep an eye out for that coming soon.
And while you’re at it, check out my other amigurumi crochet patterns, Felicity the Frog, Douglas the Dog, Chloe the Cat, Levi the Lion, Hannah the Hippo, Giana the Giraffe, Paige the Panda, Dolly the Deer, Kaley the Koala, and Piper the Penguin!
Amigurumi Crochet Whale Pattern
Without further ado, let’s start making this cute amigurumi whale plush for your stuffed animal collection!
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Explanation: Meet Walter the Whale! A fun amigurumi project, Walter requires less sewing than most animals. Whether you’re looking for a new crochet project or a gift for a loved one, this adorable whale is sure to delight. He is a cozy stuffed animal that any kid would love!
- DK weight yarn: approx. 50 grams light blue, and less than 20 grams in white and yellow.
- 3.5mm crochet hook
- You can also try using worsted weight yarn & a 4 or 4.5mm hook, but the plushie size will vary depending on your tension.
- 8-mm black safety eyes (or embroider the eyes for children under 3)
- Fiber filling
- Yarn needle & stitch marker
Gauge and Tension:
Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern. Keep tension normal—do not work with a loose tension. You can always adjust your hook size if need be. For example, if you crochet loosely and you find the amigurumi is looking holey, go down a hook size.
- All body parts are crocheted separately and then sewn together according to the finishing instructions.
- All parts are made in continuous rounds. Do not join at the end of each round unless otherwise specified.
- Turning chain does not count as a stitch.
- Place a stitch marker at the end of each round and move it up as you go.
- When a number is placed after a stitch it means that you should single crochet in each of the next number of stitches. (i.e. sc 7 means single crochet in each of next 7 sts)
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Slip stitch – sl st
Single crochet – sc
Half double crochet – hdc
Repeat – rep
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Single crochet increase – inc
Invisible decrease – inv dec
Back loop single crochet – blsc
Round – rnd
Invisible single crochet decrease (inv dec): video tutorial here
Insert hook into front loop of first stitch, insert hook into front loop of the next stitch, yarn over, pull through both sts (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops on hook to complete stitch.
Single Crochet Increase (inc):
Make 2 sc in indicated stitch.
Free Crochet Whale Instructions
Body – in light blue
Make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: Make 8 sc into ring. (8)
Rnd 2: (Inc) 8x. (16)
Rnd 3: (Sc 1, inc) x8. (24)
Rnd 4: (Sc 2, inc) x8. (32)
Rnd 5: Sc in each st around. (32)
Rnd 6: Sc 12. (Sc 3, inc) x5. (37)
First 6 rounds:
Rnd 7: Sc 12. (Sc 4, inc) x5. (42)
Rnd 8: (Sc 5, inc) x2. Sc 30. (44)
Rnd 9: Sc in each st around. (44)
Rnd 10: Sc 14. (Sc 5, inc) x5. (49)
Rnd 11: Sc 14. (Sc 6, inc) x5. (54)
Rnds 12-19: Sc in each st around. (54)
Attach eyes between rnds 14 and 15.
Rnd 20: Sc 14. (Sc 6, inv dec) x5. (49)
Rnd 21: Sc 14. (Sc 5, inv dec) x5. (44)
Rnd 22: Sc in each st around. (44)
Rnd 23: Sc 14. (Sc 4, inv dec) x5. (39)
Rnd 24: Sc in each st around. (39)
Rnd 25: (Sc 11, inv dec) x3. (36)
Rnd 26: (Sc 4, inv dec) x3. (Sc 1, inv dec) x6. (27)
Rnd 27: Sc in each st around. (27)
Rnd 28: (Sc 7, inv dec) x3. (24)
Rnd 29: Sl st 2, sc 16, sl st 6. (24)
Rnds 30-31: Sc in each st around. (24)
Fill with stuffing.
Rnd 32: Inv dec, sc, inv dec. Sc 14, inv dec, sc, inv dec. (20)
Rnds 33-34: Sc in each st around. (20)
Rnd 35: Inv dec, sc 1. Sc 14, sc 1. Inv dec. (18)
Rnd 36: (Sc 4, inv dec) x3. (15)
Rnd 37: Sc 4, inv dec, sc 2, inv dec, sc 5. (13)
Rnds 38-39: Sc in each st around. (13)
Rnd 40: Sc 6, inv dec, sc 5. (12)
Fill the rest with stuffing. Do not fasten off. Continue to work on the fluke.
Rnds 41-42: Sc 12. (12)
Rnd 43: (Inc) 6x. Skip next 6 sts. (12)
Rnd 44: Working in the first sc of last rnd, (sc 1, inc) x6. (18)
Skipping 6 sts to divide flipper in half:
Rnds 45-47: Sc in each st around. (18)
Rnd 48: (Sc 1, inv dec) x6. (12)
Rnds 49-50: Sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 51: (Inv dec) x6. (6)
Fasten off. Sew the opening closed. Do not fill with stuffing.
Attach the yarn into the 1st st from the 6 sts we skipped.
Rnd 1: (Inc) 6x. (12)
Rnds 2-9: Repeat rnds 44-51.
Fasten off and sew the opening closed.
First fluke + finished flukes:
Flippers – in light blue
Make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc into ring. (6)
Rnd 2: Sc 5, inc. (7)
Rnd 3: Sc 5, 2 inc. (9)
Rnd 4: Sc 5, (Sc 1, inc) x2. (11)
Rnd 5: Sc 5, (Sc 2, inc) x2. (13)
Rnd 6: Sc in each st around. (13)
Rnd 7: Sl st in each st around.(13)
Fasten off. Do not fill with stuffing.
Blowhole – in yellow
Make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc into ring. (6)
Rnds 2-5: Sc in each st around. (6) Fasten off.
Make a magic ring.
Repeat Rnds 1-5. Do not fasten off.
Joining rnd 1: Insert the hook into a st from the last rnd of the first side and make a sc. Continue to make 5 more sc around this side (the side already fastened off). Make 6 sc around the other side. (12)
NOTE: be careful when joining that you don’t accidentally work in the first st made 2x. If you end up with 13 sc, you have accidentally increased—take it out & try again.
Joining Rnd 2: (Inv dec) x6. (6)
Joining Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st around. (6)
Fasten off. Fill with stuffing if desired (optional)
Joining 1st side and 2nd side with a sc + finished blowhole:
Belly – in white
Note: Starting chs do NOT count as a st.
Rnd 1: Dc in third ch from hook. Dc 3, hdc 3. 4 hdc in next ch. Turn to work along other side of ch. Hdc 3, dc 3. 3 dc in last st. Sl st in first dc. (20)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st. Dc 3, hdc 3. (2 hdc in next st) 4x. Hdc 3, dc 3. (2 dc in next st) 3x. Sl st in first dc. (28)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in first st, 2 dc in next st. Dc 3, hdc 3. (2 hdc in next st, hdc 1) x4. Hdc 3, dc 3. (Dc 1, 2 dc in next st) x3. Sl st to first dc. (36)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in first st. Dc 5, hdc 3. (Hdc 2, 2 hdc in next st) x4. Hdc 3, dc 3. (2 dc in next st, dc 2) x3. Sl st to first dc. (44)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in first st. Dc 2, 2 dc in next st. Dc 3, hdc 3. (2 hdc in next st, hdc 3) x4. Hdc 3, dc 3. (Dc 3, 2 dc in next st) x3. Sl st to first dc. (52)
- Attach the belly on the bottom of the Whale.
- Attach Flippers between rnd 17 and 23 on each side.
- Attach Blowhole between rnd 16 and 18.
- Embroider the mouth with a black yarn in a nice way as you wish.
- Embroider the eye with white yarn.
How long does it take to crochet a whale?
The time it takes to crochet a whale will depend on your skill level and how fast you crochet. On average, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete a whale.
Can I use a different hook size than what is recommended in the pattern?
Yes, you can use a different hook size, but it will affect the finished product. A smaller hook size will create a tighter stitch and a firmer fabric, while a larger hook size will create a looser stitch and a softer fabric.
If you’re looking to make a mini crochet whale, a smaller hook size is perfect! Likewise, use a larger hook and yarn for a large crochet whale (I think this pattern in particular would look cool with chunky Bernat Blanket yarn).
What stuffing should I use for my crochet whale?
Polyester stuffing is the most common stuffing used for amigurumi. It is lightweight, easy to find and is hypoallergenic.
Is this pattern suitable for small children?
This whale is a great stuffy for children or even babies. Just make sure you look out for the eyes. I recommend embroidering the eyes if a toddler is going to be the recipient.
Whether you’re looking for a new crochet project or a gift for a loved one, this adorable crochet whale pattern is sure to delight. So, get your crochet hook ready and make your own cute and fluffy whale with this pattern today!