Saturday, 27 December 2014

Free Seahorse Pattern


These seahorses are really fun and easy to make. You can crochet a whole bunch of them, all in different colours. 


Materials needed
DK yarn in colour of your choice
3.5 mm hook
6 mm safety eyes
Polyfiber stuffing
A pipe cleaner (preferably close in colour to the yarn used)
Stitch marker (for crocheting in the round)

Abbreviations:
R: Round
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
ch: chain
st: stitch
sts: stitches
inc: increase
dec: decrease
BLO: in back loops only
FLO: in front loops only

Head
R1: Sc 5 in magic ring (5)
R2: sc in each (BLO) (5)
R3-5: sc in each for three rounds. (5)
R6: inc in first, sc in next 4 (6)
Stuff nose with the beginning tail of yarn.
R7: inc x 3, sc in last 3 (9)
R8: (inc, sc 1) x 3, sc in last 3 (12)
R9: (inc, sc 2) x 3, sc in last 3 (15)
R10: (inc, sc 3) x 3, sc in last 3 (18)
R11-12: sc in each for two rounds (18)
Insert the safety eyes. To determine the position for the left eye, count 5 sts from the hook and 3 rounds down. Insert the right eye 6 sts away from the left one.
R13: (dec, 4) x 3 (15)
R14: (dec, 3) x 3 (12)
Stuff head. If you find the eye stems are too long on the inside, trim the ends.
Carry on with the neck.


Neck
R15: inc x 3, dec x 4, inc x 1 (12)
R16: inc x 4, dec x 4 (12)
R17: dec x 1, inc x 4, dec x 3 (12)
R18: Repeat R17 (12)
R19: sc in each (12)
Stuff. Carry on with body.

Body & Tail
R20: (inc, sc 3) x 3 (15)
R21-22: sc in each for 2 rounds (15)
R23: sc x 7, inc x 3, sc x 5 (18) (the increases on this round are for shaping the seahorse's belly)
R24-27: sc in each for 4 rounds (18)
R28: (dec, sc 4) x 3 (15)
R29-30: sc in each for 2 rounds (15)
R31: (dec, sc 3) x 3 (12)
R32-33: sc in each for 2 rounds (12)
Stuff, pushing the stuffing towards the belly to shape the seahorse. Continue stuffing as you go.
R34: (dec, sc 2) x 3 (9)
R35: sc in each (9)
R36: (dec, sc 1) x 3 (6)
R37-40: sc in each for 4 rounds (6)
Stuff. Insert pipe cleaner.

R41-43: sc in each for 3 rounds (FLO) (6)
R44: dec, sc 4 (FLO) (5)
R45-48: sc in each for 4 rounds (FLO) (5)
Cut leftover pipe cleaner. Fasten off.
Curl the tail. Bend head towards the body and sew in place.


Fin
Chain 4, leaving long tail for sewing
R1: 2 hdc in second chain from the hook, 1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in last (5 hdc) ch 2, turn
R2: 1 hdc in each (5 hdc)
Sew to back.
And here it is! Your little seahorse is done.

This one can now join his brothers and sisters. :)


16 comments:

  1. How gorgeous! These have gone straight onto my list of makes for the new year.
    Where do you buy your safety eyes? I have used buttons and beads on previous projects but think these guys would need proper eyes. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks :)

      I usually buy them from http://www.gursewingmachines.com in packs of 100, though at the moment I see they haven't got the 6 mm ones in stock. Alternatively, you could try on Amazon.

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    2. I get my safety eyes mostly from http://suncatchereyes.com/ Another source is glasseyesonline.com (they also have an Etsy store). http://flymenfishingcompany.org/products/fish-skull-products/living-eyes/ is another source - these are stick-on eyes meant for making fishing flies, but they are great for amigurumi, too.

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    3. Thanks to you both!
      I ended up on Amazon for a few other bits and popped some 6mm and some 10mm into my basket. Will possibly try the above if I get really back into the amigurumi and need many sets, but for just a few I thought the Amazon vendor prices were reasonable.
      Thanks again!

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  2. Lovely pattern! What is the finished size of the seahorse?

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  3. So cute.
    Thanks so for sharing.

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  4. How gorgeous they are ! I will make some for the WWF Campaign to rescue the Great Barrier Reef. They will build the Great Barrier Reef with crocheted Reef Creatures on the UNESCO conference on June, 28th in Bonn, Germany.

    Thanks so much for sharing !

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    1. Thank you very much. That sounds like a great idea for a very worthy cause, you're very welcome to post pictures of the event on my Facebook page :)

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  5. Thank you for pattern.Can i sell the finished product? ı do not find any information for selling.

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  6. Thank you for pattern.Can i sell the finished product? ı do not find any information for selling.

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    1. Yes, you can sell any finished products made from my patterns. A credit to Lonemer Creations as the designer would be very much appreciated :)

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    1. Going to make these today as a straight hanging mobile

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  8. This is so cute. I love it. Thanks so much for the pattern.

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