I've been meaning to make this pattern for a while after seeing Bittersweets whale of a tale. Plus i've added two land creature pattens so it's time for a sea fairing critter.
Once again this pattern is really quick to knit, however i'm unsure of how easy the pattern will be to follow as it makes sense it my head but i'm not sure if i've explained the tail part properly. Anyway if you decide to knit him let me know how you get on or if the tail part is too confusing.
Remember to share your finished whales with the knitted toy box flickr group, I love seeing what other people create from my patterns.
Materials· Set of 3.25mm needles (UK size 10, US size 3)
· Yarn needle
· Toy stuffing
· 5mm black toy safety eyes (optional as eyes can be embroidered on with black thread/yarn)
Double knitting/ worsted weight
Not important but make it tight so stuffing doesn’t show through
3.5" long and 1.5" tall
CO 6 sts
2. Kfb into all stitches (12sts)
4. *k2,kfb* along (16sts)
6. *k3,kfb* along (20sts)
8. St-st 8 rows
16. K6, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k6 (18sts)
20. K5, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k5 (16sts)
22. K4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4 (14sts)
24. K6, k2tog, k6 (13sts)
26. K3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3 (11sts)
28. K5, k2tog, k4 (10sts)
29. Purl Mark the end of this row with a stitch marker or a piece of scrap yarn
*This part is knitted flat, so if you are using dpn's DO NOT knit the next part in the round*30. K1,*k2tog* 4times, k1 (6sts)
34. K2, BO2, k2 (4sts)
28. BO2, break yarn and reattach to the remaining two stitches,BO2
Weave in any loose ends at the tail end.
Attach a long piece of yarn where your stitch marker is (end row 29) and start to seam the row end together using mattress stitch in the direction towards to cast on stitches. Stop halfway to add eyes (safety or embroidered) and fill with toy stuffing. Then close the remaining opening up until the cast of stitches. use the yarn to draw through all the cast on stitches and pull tight for a drawstring effect. Weave in any loose ends.
**Note ~ DO NOT seam the whales tail from row 30, this should be left flat or you will be left with half a tail! These rows should be noticable as they will be knit is garter stitch.**