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Baby Humpback Crochet Whale Free Pattern

by | All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns, Kids & Toys, My Favorites, Summer

Make an adorable crochet whale as a gift or for yourself with this detailed crochet pattern! I’m super happy with how it has all turned out, so let’s get into how this little whale took shape!

UPDATE: There’s a tutorial video now! In the video, I answer your 2 most asked questions about the construction of the whale – the nose, and the dorsal fin. Scroll down to check it out, or see it on YouTube!

crochet whale stuffed animal

I received product from Lion Brand Yarn for this project and post. The pattern, all notes, instructions, photos and opinions are 100% my own. 

My friend at work showed me this denim whale a long time ago; it’s something she makes for just about every baby shower or friend’s gift. I always thought it was adorable, but I never got around to making one of my own, until now. I had the thought that since we crochet to create fabric for clothing, why couldn’t we create fabric to use in a sewing pattern. Would it be possible to replicate a sewing template using crochet stitches and then seam it together as if it were cut from fabric?

One great thing about crochet is that it forms curves really well, which is not something so easily done with fabric. I decided that I would create a curved piece for the top of the whale and a separate curved piece for the bottom of the whale and eliminate the top and bottom seam from the Denim Whale instructions. For my first attempt, I used an H hook and worsted weight yarn. I should have thought about the hook size a bit more, because the large hook made the crochet whale a little too loose, so it stretched out when I stuffed it. Because of the stretching, the signature mouth definition of the humpback whale got lost and it looked kinda like a two-toned torpedo. My family still recognized it as a whale, but I wasn’t feeling too sure about it.

first attempt at making a whale out of yarn

Deep down, I knew what I wanted/needed to do, but the first crochet whale took a week to make, and I was a bit burnt out by the figuring out the shape of the mouth. But with encouragement from all of you, I knew I just need to take a breather, and then get back into it with a better vision. This time, I wanted the whale to be shorter and fatter, more cute and less like a long torpedo. I also wanted to use brighter colors, and thanks to my collaboration with Lion Brand, they sent me some Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn in Denim Mist and Silver Blue to play with. It gave the same look as my inspiration Denim Whale, and it was fun to use a variegated yarn. I’m not always very adventurous when it comes to colored yarn, so this was a little bit exciting to see how the variegation worked out!

top view of crocheted whale looks like a torpedo

The crochet whale is worked in rows, but the row is folded in half and sewn together at the nose to create the front seam. I started in a similar way as the first whale, but I started winging it pretty quickly, creating a more exaggerated shaping to counter any stretching that might happen. I also used a smaller G hook with the same weight yarn, and used a very tight gauge, so the fabric was very tightly woven and less prone to stretching when stuffed. Then, to be honest, I just flew by the seat of my pants a bit! On the first whale, I was so picky about the shaping and kept frogging rows, but I’ve since learned that it doesn’t have to be perfect because overstuffing the whale can smooth out a lot of minor issues.

Baby Humpback crocheted whale sitting on a stack of books

I also redid the whale tail in a completely new shape than the original template. It is worked as part of the top and bottom piece, and a combination of double crochet stitches and slip stitches creates the slight curve and divot in the center of the tail.

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Close up of humpback whale tail

Once all the pieces were done (top, bottom, both fins), it was time to sew and stuff! First, sew the fin pieces together using slip stitches all the way around. Make sure that the fins are pointing in the right direction with the right color on top! My friend often makes the mistake of making both fins identical, but they’re actually mirror images of each other. Then, holding the top and bottom pieces together, sew the tail top and bottom together using slip stitches around the tail, then cut the yarn, leaving a nice long tail, about 2 or 3 feet. This yarn tail needs to be long enough to sew around the whole whale. I used my favorite mattress stitch to sew the body of the whale together. Once I got to where the fins should be attached, I decided to sew the fins in as part of the body, instead of attaching the fins afterwards. This was also inspired by fabric sewing, where you’d sew right over the fin when seaming two pieces together. Before you close off the whale, add the safety eyes and stuff the whale! I found that overstuffing the whale helps give it that puffy, defined look. You don’t need to stuff the fins or the tail. Close off the whale, sew in any loose ends, squish the whale a bit to shape it, and you’re done! How cool is that?

Front view of crochet whale to show how the mouth is worked up

Now this little guy really looks like a humpback whale, and the exaggerated mouth shaping ended up working out well. It’s also definitely bigger in the head and looks less like a torpedo, which makes it also sit better. Anyways, I hope you like it!

Side view of crochet humpback whale

You can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free and comment-free PDF of this crochet whale pattern from either Ravelry or Etsy. The PDF file is 10 pages of easy to read text and instructional photos, and is available for download immediately after payment.

NEW VIDEO TUTORIAL

After many requests, I’ve added a tutorial video that takes you step-by-step through 2 of the most asked questions – “How do I make the nose?” and “What’s up with Row 49?” Check out the video below to see how to form the 3-dimensional shape of the nose, and how to to create the back dorsal fin out of a flat piece of crochet.

 

You can also find this crochet whale video tutorial on my YouTube channel!

Thank you for your encouragement and support, as they all help me to continue to provide these fun free patterns!

4 image pin collage of crochet whale

Supplies

Abbreviations

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain stitch
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet decrease: Insert hook into front loop of next st. Without yarning over, insert hook into front loop of next st. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining loop on hook.

Pattern Notes

  • The Whale Top uses Denim Mist – Color A. The Whale Bottom uses Silver Blue – Color B. Make 4 Whale Fins, two using Color A, and two using Color B.
  • Gauge = 18 stitches and 18 rows in 4 inches.
  • Overall size = approximately 17 inches long and 13 inches from fin tip to fin tip.
  • Turn at the end of each Row.
  • Most rows are the reflected over the halfway point. In other words, they are palindromes! The exceptions are the single decrease stitches.
  • Anytime it’s written just X sc, it means work 1 sc in each of next X stitches. Eg. “6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 6 sc” = Work 1 sc in each of next 6 st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc in each of next 6 st.
  • Rows 20-21: the last stitch is the 2nd chain of the ‘Ch 2’ from the previous row.
  • “Row 37: Ch 1. Work 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (45)” = Work 1 sc in first st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in each of the next 20 st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in each of the next 20 st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in the last st. => You start with 48 stitches in the previous row, and you are decreasing into 45 stitches.
  • Row 49 is where the work is folded to create the fin. The previous row is 38 stitches. Fold your work in half, so there’s 19 stitches in each half. Work 1 sc in first st. Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in each of next 12 st (all as normal). With the work folded in half, you should see 4 stitches left before the turn. Work 1 sc in each of those next 4 st, but work through all 4 loops to secure them together. You’ve now worked through 19 stitches and it looks like it’s the end of the “row”. Ch 1 and turn. Work 1 sl st into each of the previous 4 sc that you created. Now, there should be 15 unworked stitches left in the row. Work 1 sc in each of 12 st (normal 2 loops only at this point). Work the next 2 st together into 1 sc. Work 1 sc in last st.
  • Rows 74-76: Keep your slip stitches fairly loose so that it’s easier to work a new row of slip stitches into slip stitches. Otherwise, these 4 stitches get a bit tricky. This is to create the little divot in the tail.
  • Whale assembly uses a combination of slip stitches and the mattress stitch.
  • Below instructions are to attach the fins by working them directly into the mattress stitch while joining the whale together. Alternatively, attach the fins by sewing them directly onto the finished whale.

Crochet Whale Pattern

WHALE TOP – Using Color A

Row 1: Chain 11.

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. (10)

Row 3: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (10)

Row 4: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 3 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 3 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (14)

Row 6: Ch 1. Work 6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 6 sc. (16)

Row 7: Ch 1. Work 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 7 sc. (18)

Row 8: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 8 sc. (20)

Row 9-11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (20)

Row 12: Ch 1. Work 9 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 9 sc. (22)

Row 13: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 20 sc, 2 sc in last st. (24)

Row 14: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 10 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 10 sc, 2 sc in last st. (28)

Row 15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across (28)

Row 16: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 26 sc, 2sc in last st. (30)

Row 17: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc, 2 sc in last st. (34)

Row 18: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 32 sc, 2 sc in last st. (36)

Row 19: Ch 2 – counts as stitch. Work 1 hdc in first st, 34 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (38)

Row 20: Ch 2 – counts as stitch. Work 1 hdc in first st, 36 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (40)

Row 21: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 38 sc, 2 sc in last st. (42)

Row 22: Ch 1. Work 20 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 20 sc. (44)

Row 23-24: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (44)

Row 25: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 42 sc, 2 sc in last st. (46)

Row 26: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (46)

Row 27: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 44 sc, 2 sc in last st. (48)

Row 28-36: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (48)

Row 37: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (45)

Row 38: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (45)

Row 39: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 18 sc, 1 sc2tog, 19 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (42)

Row 40: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (42)

Row 41: Ch 1. Work 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 36 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (40)

Row 42: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (40)

Row 43: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 16 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 16 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (40) This is the start of the back fin.

Row 44: Ch 1. Work 19 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 19 sc. (42)

Row 45: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 36 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (40)

Row 46-47: Repeat Rows 44-45.

Row 48: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 34 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (38)

Row 49: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 12 sc. Fold your work in half and pinch the center 8 stitches together. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st, through all 4 loops. Ch 1, turn. Work 1 sl st in each of next 4 st. Work 12 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (36) This is the end of the back fin. See Pattern Notes for more details on this row.

Row 50: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (28)

Row 51: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 10 sc, 1 sc2tog, 10 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (25)

Row 52: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (25)

Row 53: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 8 sc, 1 sc2tog, 9 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (22)

Row 54: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (22)

Row 55: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 16 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (20)

Row 56: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (20)

Row 57: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 6 sc, 1 sc2tog, 6 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (17)

Row 58: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (17)

Row 59: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 4 sc, 1 sc2tog, 5 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (14)

Row 60: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (14)

Row 61: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 3 sc, 1 sc2tog, 3 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (11)

Row 62: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (11)

Row 63: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 2 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (8)

Row 64: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (8)

Row 65: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 2 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (6)

Row 66: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

START OF TAIL

Row 67: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (8)

Row 68: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 6 sc, 2 sc in last st. (10)

Row 69: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (12)

Row 70: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 10 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 71: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 12 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 72: Ch 2 – counts as 1 hdc st. Work 1 hdc in first st, 14 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (18)

Row 73: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 16 sc, 2 dc in last st. (20)

Row 74: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 7 hdc, 4 sl st, 7 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 75: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 8 hdc, 4 sl st, 8 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 76: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 9 hdc, 4 sl st, 9 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

WHALE BOTTOM – Using Color B

Row 1: Chain 17.

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from hook, work 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 7 sc. (18)

Row 3: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 8 sc. (20)

Row 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 5 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc in next 2 st, 1 hdc, 5 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc st. (20)

Row 5: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, 8 sc. (24)

Row 6: Ch 1. Work 10 sc, 2 sc in next st, 2 hdc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, 10 sc. (28)

Row 7: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (28)

Row 8: Ch 1. Work 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc. (30)

Row 9: Ch 1. Work 14 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 14 sc. (32)

Row 10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (32)

Row 11: Ch 1. Work 15 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 15 sc. (34)

Row 12: Ch 1. Work 16 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 16 sc. (36)

Row 13: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 30 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (34)

Row 14: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (34)

Row 15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (34)

Row 16: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 13 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 13 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (34)

Row 17: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 28 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (32)

Row 18: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 12 sc, 2 sc in next 2 st, 12 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. (32)

Row 19: Ch 1. Work 2 sc2tog (over 4 st), 24 sc, 2 sc2tog (over 4 st). (28)

Row 20: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (28)

Row 21: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 22 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (26)

Row 22-24: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (26)

Row 25: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 20 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (24)

Row 26: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (24)

Row 27: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 18 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in last st. (22)

Row 28-36: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (22)

Row 37: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 9 sc, 1 sc2tog, 9 sc, 2 sc in last st. (23)

Row 38: Ch 1. Work 11 sc, 1 sc2tog, 10 sc. (22)

Row 39: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc2tog, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (22)

Row 40: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (22)

Row 41-42: Repeat Rows 39-40. (22)

Row 43: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc2tog, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (22)

Row 44: Ch 1. Work 9 sc, 2 sc2tog, 9 sc. (20)

Row 45: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 7 sc, 2 sc2tog, 7 sc, 2 sc in last st. (20)

Row 46: Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 2 sc2tog, 8 sc. (18)

Row 47: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 6 sc, 2 sc2tog, 6 sc, 2 sc in last st. (18)

Row 48: Ch 1. Work 7 sc, 2 sc2tog, 7 sc. (16)

Row 49: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 50: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (16)

Row 51: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 52: Ch 1. Work 6 sc, 2 sc2tog, 6 sc. (14)

Row 53: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc2tog, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 54: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (14)

Row 55: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc2tog, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 56: Ch 1. Work 5 sc, 2 sc2tog, 5 sc. (12)

Row 57: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 3 sc, 2 sc2tog, 3 sc, 2 sc in last st. (12)

Row 58: Ch 1. Work 4 sc, 2 sc2tog, 4 sc. (10)

Row 59: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 2 sc, 2 sc2tog, 2 sc, 2 sc in last st. (10)

Row 60: Ch 1. Work 3 sc, 2 sc2tog, 3 sc. (8)

Row 61: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 1 sc, 2 sc2tog, 1 sc, 2 sc in last st. (8)

Row 62: Ch 1. Work 2 sc, 2 sc2tog, 2 sc. (6)

Row 63: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 2 sc2tog, 2 sc in last st. (6)

Row 64: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

Row 65-66: Repeat Rows 63-64.

START OF TAIL

Row 67: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc in last st. (8)

Row 68: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 6 sc, 2 sc in last st. (10)

Row 69: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st. (12)

Row 70: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 10 sc, 2 sc in last st. (14)

Row 71: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in first st, 12 sc, 2 sc in last st. (16)

Row 72: Ch 2 – counts as 1 hdc st. Work 1 hdc in first st, 14 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (18)

Row 73: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 16 sc, 2 dc in last st. (20)

Row 74: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 7 hdc, 4 sl st, 7 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 75: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 8 hdc, 4 sl st, 8 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Row 76: Ch 3 – counts as 1 dc st. Work 1 dc in first st, 9 hdc, 4 sl st, 9 hdc, 2 dc in last st. (22)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

WHALE FINS (Make 4 – 2 in each color)

Row 1: Ch 6.

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from hook, work 1 sc in each st across. (5)

Row 3: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (5)

Row 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st, 2 sc in last st. (6)

Row 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

Row 6: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 5 st, 2 sc in last st. (7)

Row 7-8: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (7)

Row 9: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 4 st. (6)

Row 10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (6)

Row 11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 3 st. (5)

Row 12-15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (5)

Row 16: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 2 st. (4)

Row 17-18: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st across. (4)

Row 19: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc2tog. (3)

Row 20: Ch 1. Work 1 sc2tog, then sl st into last st. (2)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

ASSEMBLY

  • Attach safety eyes at approx. Row 21 on Whale Top, about 3 stitches from either edge.
  • On both Whale Top and Whale Bottom, fold Row 1 in half, sew together to form nose.

humpback whale nose

Fins:

  • Hold a Color A fin and a Color B fin together, edges lined up. Using Color A, insert hook through both fins (4 loops together), and attach yarn. Work slip stitches evenly around the fin. Join to first sl st.
  • Repeat for the other set of fins, making sure they are lined up opposite the first set so that the straight edge of both fins face forward.

fin assembly instructions

Whale Body:

  • Holding the Top and Bottom tail fins together, attach yarn at Row 66 (right side while facing the whale). Work slip stitches evenly around the tail fin until Row 66, left side.
  • Cut the yarn, leaving approximately a 4 ft tail for joining the whale body.
  • Pull yarn through last slip stitch at Row 66 to secure.
  • Use the mattress stitch to join the Whale Top to Whale Bottom, edge to edge, working from the left side while facing the whale, around the front and down the right side of the whale. Make sure to line up the rows on both pieces. Having stitch markers in place helps a lot!

Sewing top and bottom fins together

  • At Row 28 of left side, work the mattress stitch through the left fin to sew the fin directly into the body. Fin should be attached from approximately Row 28 to Row 24.
  • Continue joining the Whale Top to Whale Bottom around the front of the whale.
  • At Row 24 of right side, work the mattress stitch through the right fin to sew the fin directly into the body. Fin should be attached from approximately Row 24 to Row 28.
  • Continue joining the Whale Top to Whale Bottom, stopping to stuff the whale, until Row 66.
  • Sew into where the yarn was first attached. Secure tightly and fasten off. Weave in ends.

All done!

Crochet humpback whale sitting on stool

Now that the whale is done, I’m so glad that I took the time to rework the pattern and really make it my own creation. This little baby has her own personality, and I hope you like her as much as I do! My kids are itching to get their hands on this baby, but I’m a little possessive this time. I know I shouldn’t be, gosh, but I kinda want to keep this guy to myself! Wouldn’t you?

Baby Humpback Whale crochet pattern

Now that I have a jellyfish, a shark, and a humpback whale, I may need to make a few more marine animals and create an aquarium series!

One of my readers has graciously translated this pattern into Russian. You can download the Russian translation PDF here. Please be respectful to both of us and do not distribute or sell this pattern!

large stuffed whale sitting on stool

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128 Comments

  1. Arthes

    Hi.. thank you for the pattern.. can i put your pattern in my blog and translate it to Bahasa Indonesia and link it to your post?

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    • Katrin

      Hallo:) ich versuche es mal hier. Leider hänge ich fest ab Zeile 49. Ich habe es geteilt sodass rechts und links jeweils 19 Maschen sind aber dann komm ich nicht mehr weiter. Wo setze ich denn jetzt die erste nächste Masche? LG Katrin

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      • Andrea

        Ja bin da auch hängen geblieben und hätte beinNahe aufgegeben- der trick ist nach 14 Stichen zusammenklappen und die nächsten 4 stiche gehen Durch beide seiten durch. Also zusammen häckeln.
        Ich hoffe du schaffst es, Andrea aus Sydney

    • lucy

      do you have an orca pattern?

      Reply
  2. Betty Dicks

    Love this and want to make this soon for me. Thanks for giving this beautiful concept.

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  3. Being Glamour

    Lllloooovvveeee this. Thanks for the idea.

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  4. Marie

    I’m a beginner and this was such an easy and great project. My son loves his whale! Thank you for sharing your pattern!

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  5. Suyapa Molina

    Hi, thanks so much for your pattern, I followed it and I made one to my daugther, Im so happy with this.

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  6. eneurian

    mpback is adorable and i will be making him up as soon as i can afford the appropriate yarn. but the first attempt looks so much like a gray whale that i’d love to make that one too. is that pattern available?

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  7. Karen

    I am working on this pattern as a newborn gift, it is sooo cute! Row 49 took me forever to figure out, but after looking at photos on ravelry and here I flubbed my way through it. Perhaps saying ‘fold the next 8 stitches together and work through the two layers’ or something like that that might be helpful? I was really thinking I did something with just stitch #20-23 and I did not see how I’d get a fin out of that.

    Love it though!
    Karen.

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    • Bobbie

      Nearly a year later and your comment helped me out so much. I was doing the same thing and trying to do something with just those four stitches! Knowing that it’s actually eight but just folded into four is so helpful.

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    • Eva Paz

      thank you so much for this comment! I was so stuck!! I finally got what we were trying to do here 🙂

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    • Rhonda

      Still helping. I struggled with this for at least an hour before checking this blog.
      Thank you,
      RDG

      Reply
  8. Gabriella

    Dear Anybody who reads this and is over Row 19 of Whale Top. I am stuck and I cannot figure out how to do the row.
    It says chain 2 and it counts as a chain. The previous row had 36 stitches so by adding these 2 and using them I should have 37 chains to work with. At the end of row 20 I am doing and increase so why row 20 will have 38 stitches in the end is perfectly clear. However I don’t understand how the instructions for row 19 add up to 38. It says chain 1 to first stitch, than chain 34, than chain 2 in last stich. To me that means that out of 37 available stitch I should use 1 for first hdc, 34 for the next 34 sc and 1 more for the last 2 hdc. In my math 1+34+1=36. Yet I have 37 stitches thus I do not land on last stitch of the row. Nobody else seems to be stuck on this so I must really misunderstand something.
    Please help!

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    • Natalia Sheviakova

      I have the same issue, did you figure it out?

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    • Bobbie

      I don’t know if you and Natalia figured it out, but in case anybody else has found this pattern now and is stuck there-

      2 ch counts as stitch. Work 1 hdc in first st, 34 sc, 2 hdc in last st. (38)

      It might help if you read it as the 2 ch=1 hdc, and then you do another hdc into the same spot.
      So it could read 2hdc, 34sc,2hdc.

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  9. bryan

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  10. hadi

    Thanks for publishing this article

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  11. Danielle Hicks

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I applaud all those who create patterns. I can’t do it, for the life of me! It was fun to make, and I have a very happy customer!

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  13. Sandra

    I love this whale! i have done twice…for the moment.
    I added my name to your maker’s list but i have done one time with mistakes, and a second one, better. I’m sorry!
    Thanks a lot for this pattern!

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  14. Büsra

    Hello I have a question I dont understand the 49 row of the whale. Can you help me please?

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  15. Lynsey

    Love the pattern! Turned out so cute! May I make this item to sell?

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    • ChiWei

      Yes, you can make the pattern to sell using your own photos, and crediting One Dog Woof for the pattern. Thanks!

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  16. Andrew Stimpson Gee

    I am really struggling with this pattern. My problem is that I have trouble with the turns. One side ends up looking different than the other. I watched a tuturial elsewhere and it said that the chain counts as a stich and that you then start on the second stich from the dn when you turn. So when it says ch 1 and st 1 in the first stich what does that mean.

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    • ChiWei

      The chain 1 at the beginning of the row does not normally count as a stitch. The sc worked in the same stitch as the chain is considered the first stitch.

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  17. chartiran

    I have the same issue, did you figure it out?

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