Thursday, 17 April 2008

Moby the Mini Whale

Free Whale Toy Knitting Pattern by Raynor Gellatly.

free whale knitting pattern toy

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)

Yarn weight
Double knitting/ worsted weight

Not important but make it tight so stuffing doesn’t show through

Finished Measurements
3.5" long and 1.5" tall

CO 6 sts

1. Purl
2. Kfb into all stitches (12sts)
3. Purl
4. *k2,kfb* along (16sts)
5. Purl
6. *k3,kfb* along (20sts)
7. Purl
8. St-st 8 rows
16. K6, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k6 (18sts)
17. Purl
18. Knit
19. Purl
20. K5, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k5 (16sts)
21. Purl
22. K4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4 (14sts)
23. Purl
24. K6, k2tog, k6 (13sts)
25. Purl
26. K3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3 (11sts)
27. Purl
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)
31. Knit
32. Knit
33. Knit
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.**
♥ Raynor
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greetingarts said...

Oh heck, I told myself to keep track of how many yards I was using as I knit up this little guy, but I forgot... bummer. But I do want to let you know I finished him up in a super short amount of time, and I think he's just adorable.

Thanks again for sharing, I've also posted a picture and my blog information in your Flickr! group.

Anonymous said...

Here is my whale! I ended up knitting him in the round with cotton yarn and size 3 needles. It was a pain to turn him right side out but I did it, finally. Thanks for the pattern - it was fun to work on. :)*ernDwDnzcsHu6*X90lrn0k7Ok1Z5I8xdgIF6jrm/Photo443.jpg

About Go Eggless said...

I am a new knitter, could I do this with size 8 needles? I have blue yarn for a size 8 needle that I want to use up.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the pattern! I love my whaley, Ishmael.

It wouldn't let me activate the link but copy and paste it to see!

Jo said...

About Go Eggless, I would go use needles a couple of sizes smaller than what your yarn calls for so that the whale will be nice and tight and the stuffing won't show through.

Jpouch said...

What do you mean by K2 BO2 K2?

Jpouch said...

Also, I am new to knitting, so how do you do 28?

28. BO2, break yarn and reattach to the remaining two stitches,BO2

Laura said...

HI there. I love this but would love to make it a bit larger. Any tips in general on increasing the size of the pattern?


CNCole said...

Very cute whale! I made a Moby white one :) When I did row 30 I ended up with 7 st at the end. I'm pretty sure I did everything right. I just improvised when I started BO.