I’m a little behind on the Amigurumi Advent Calendar Crochet-Along due to a bad cold, so let’s just get right to the pattern for today, an amigurumi seahorse!
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Honestly, this was one of the last amigurumi that I designed for the advent calendar because I thought it’d be too difficult to get the right shape while keeping it small, and have too many pieces to sew on. It just nagged at me, but I realized this was something I really wanted to make and I should just buckle down and think it through. In the ends, I’m super pleased with how it turned out, and it’s simpler than you’d expect!
The seahorse is worked in continuous rounds, from the tail all the way up to the head, so it’s no different than the pomegranate or the persimmon in that respect. It’s just that shaping that’s different. And here’s the secret: there’s a piece of pipe cleaner in the tail to create that telltale seahorse curl. Other than the pipecleaner stuck into the tail, the construction of the seahorse is pretty straight-forward. Once the body is finished, you’ll sew on the nose, the back mane, and the side fins, all of which are easy to do.
I can’t wait to see what jewel colors everyone makes their seahorse!
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- MC: Paintbox Cotton Aran Lime Green or color of choice
- C1: Paintbox Cotton Aran Marine Blue or color of choice
- F/3.75mm crochet hook
- D/3.25mm crochet hook
- Cluster fiberfill
- 6mm safety eyes
- embroidery thread or lightweight yarn in Black
- 3″ length of pipe cleaner
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- sl st – slip stitch
- sk – skip
- ch – chain stitch
- sc – single crochet
- inc – increase: work 2 sc in same st
- dec – decrease: work 2 sc together
- FLO – front loop only
- Rounds in the seahorse are worked continuously with no seams.
- Mane is worked in rows and then sewn on to the back of the seahorse.
- First few rounds are worked into front loops only to make it easier on those tight rounds. Make sure to not crochet too tightly. You’ll need to fit in a pipe cleaner!
- Pipe cleaner should have both ends turned in so there’s no sharp edges. Final length of pipe cleaner is about 2″.
- Eyes are placed approximately 1.0-1.25 inches apart.
- Amigurumi can be closed using this technique.
Amigurumi Seahorse Instructions
- Worked in continuous rounds.
- Worked with MC.
Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. (6) Secure magic circle right away.
Round 2-6: Work 1 sc into FLO of each st across.
- After Round 3, insert pipe cleaner into the tail. Continue working Rounds 4-6 around the pipe cleaner.
Round 7: Work 1 inc, then 5 sc, all FLO. (7)
Round 8: Work 1 inc, then 6 sc, all FLO. (8)
Round 9: Work 1 inc, then 7 sc, all FLO. (9)
Round 10: Now working through both loops. Work [1 inc, 1 sc] 2x, 1 inc, 4 sc. (12)
Round 11: Work [1 inc, 1 sc] 2x, 1 inc, 7 sc. (15)
Round 12: Work [1 inc, 1 sc] 2x, 1 inc, 10 sc. (18)
Round 13-14: Work 1 sc in each st around. (18)
Round 15: Work [1 sc, dec] 6x around. (12)
- Stuff the seahorse up to the neckline.
Round 16: Work [2 sc, dec] 3x around. (9)
Round 17: Work [1 sc, dec] 3x around. (6)
Round 18: Work 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Round 19: Work [1 sc, inc] 6x around. (18)
Round 20: Work [5 sc, inc] 3x around. (21)
Round 21-22: Work 1 sc in each st around. (21)
Round 23: Work [5 sc, dec] 3x around. (18)
- Add eyes between Rounds 21 and 22.
- Do not sew a mouth.
Round 24: Work [1 sc, dec] 6x around. (12)
- Stuff the amigurumi.
Round 25: Work 6 dec. (6)
- Fasten off, close, and weave in ends.
- Worked with MC and D hook.
- Worked in seamed rounds.
Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join to first sc with sl st. (6) Secure magic circle right away.
Round 2: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in BLO of each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (6)
- Fasten off with a length of tail. Tail will be used to sew snout to head.
- Sew snout to head centered between the eyes, between Rounds 19-21.
- Worked with C1 and D hook.
Row 1: Ch 17.
Row 2: Work 5 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1, sl st in next st. *Sk 1, work 5 hdc in next st, sk 1, sl st in next st.* Repeat from * 2 more times for a total of 4 shells.
- Fasten off with long tail to sew the mane onto the back of the seahorse.
- Mane is situated just along the back of the seahorse’s head.
- Beginning tail should be woven in.
- Worked with C1 and D hook.
Row 1: Ch 5.
Row 2: Work 5 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1, sl st in next st.
- Fasten off with tail to sew the side fins to the side of the seahorse, with round side of shell facing forwards.
- Beginning tail should be woven in.
If you enjoyed this pattern and are showing it off to the world, make sure to tag me @1dogwoof with the hashtag #AmigurumiAdventCAL.
You can also head over to the Amigurumi Advent Calendar intro post to see the entire collection!
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I have been enjoying this so much!!! I hope you get to feeling better soon. This is my favorite so far!!!
I have been posting pictures of my completed amigurumi on my Facebook page, but I’m not so great with the #’s and @’s. I have been including the #AmigurumiAdventCAL and @1dogwoof in every post. Hope that somehow makes it back to you!
Oops I’m thinking this should say insert pipe cleaner after round 4? “After Round 6, insert pipe cleaner into the tail. Continue working Rounds 4-6 around the pipe cleaner.”
I hope your cold goes away and you feel better soon.
Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I have tried this and it was very enjoyable. I have also some pictures from mine.
I’ve been making your jellyfish for friends having babies and they’re a huge hit. I’ve miniaturized them for a sea-themed portable playmat and this little guy makes a perfect pal for the jellyfish! Loving your patterns. Thanks for posting.
I love this pattern! I’ve been looking for a simple, cute seahorse for a while. This little guy is perfect. Thank you!
Thank you so much for this adorable pattern. My 10 year old daughter saw this pattern and wanted to make one of these gorgeous little seahorses, and it turned out perfect. She now wants to make five more of them in all the colours of the rainbow. Thank you so much.
I crochet the beautiful seahorse for my grandchildren to the passed "seahorse”; while swimming. It’s a very good guide, THANK YOU.
Best regards Ute
Thank you for this pattern, I love it. So easy and cute.
A lovely seahorse❤️😀