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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)

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

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.

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.

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. :)