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Friendly Bath Whale

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Crochet a whale friend to make bath time a little more fun for your child. This crochet whale from Lily Sugar n' Cream also makes a cute accent for the bathroom.

Friendly Crochet Bath Whale

Materials:

  • Yarn: Lily® Sugar ’n Cream (Solids: 70.9 g/2.5 oz/109 m/120 yds)- 2 balls: Dk Blue (MC); small amounts of Black (A) and White (B).
  • Crochet Hook: Size 3.5 mm (U.S. E or 4) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stuffing

Gauge: 16 sc and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm]

Instructions:

FRONT

With MC, ch 13.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 4. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each of next 2 ch. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 4. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each of next 2 ch. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
4th row: Ch 4. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each of next 2 ch. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
5th row: Ch 3. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in next ch. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn.
6th row: Ch 3. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in next ch. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn. 30 sc.
7th to 9th rows: Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn. 36 sc.
10th to 13th rows: Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn. 40 sc.
14th to 18th rows: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.

Tail: 19th row:
(RS). Ch 1. 1 sc in each of first 9 sc. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
20th row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sc. Yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook - Sc2tog made. Turn.
21st row: Ch 1. Sc2tog over first 2 sts. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
22nd row: Ch 3. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in next ch. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
23rd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn.
24th row: Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Sc2tog over last 2 sc. Turn.
25th row: As 23rd row.
26th row: Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn.
27th row: Ch 3. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in next ch. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn.
28th row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to last sc. 2 sc in last sc. Turn.
29th row: Ch 1.1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
30th row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of first 4 sc. Turn.
31st row: Ch 1. Sc2tog over first 2 sc. Sc2tog over last 2 sc. Fasten off.
With WS of work facing, miss next 5 sc of 29th row. Join MC with sl st to next sc. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Sc2tog over last 2 sc. Turn.
Next row: Ch 1. Sc2tog over first 2 sc. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Next row: Ch 1. Sc2tog over first 2 sc. 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Sc2tog over last 2 sc. Turn.
Next row: Ch 1. Sc2tog over first 2 sc.
1 sc in each sc to end of row. Fasten off

Top of Head
: With RS of work facing, miss next 3 sc of 18th row. Join MC with sl st to next sc. Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn. 28 sc.
Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Next 2 rows: Ch 1. Sc2tog over first 2 sc. 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Sc2tog over last 2 sc. Turn.
Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Next 3 rows: Ch 1. Sc2tog over first 2 sc. 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc. Sc2tog over last 2 sc. Turn. 16 sc. Fasten off omitting turning ch at end of last row.

BACK
Work as given for Front noting RS becomes WS.
Note: When joining Back and Front, place stuffing inside.

Joining Back and Front: Position
Back and Front matching shapes. Join MC with sl st at end of beg ch.
Working through both thicknesses, work 1 rnd of sc around shape. Join with sl st in first sc.

Fountain
: With B, ch 12. Sl st in second ch from hook. Sl st in each of next 4 ch. Ch 7. Fasten off. Shape and sew to top of Head as illustrated.
With A, embroider eye and mouth on both sides as shown in picture.

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What kind of stuffing do you use so the whale is bathtub friendly? Note that I am extremely novice at crocheting at this time :)

The whale is really cute. Ducks have been done forever.

Cuet, fun and original! Go whale!

This is such a cute and different bath toy. The yellow duckie is also very cute but very common among toys for bathtime. I believe the whale is my favorite and I'm sure that I will be making this for a few little munchkins in the near future.

Initially I loved the duck, but the whale is so perfect! Not just great for tub time, but a very cute toy to play with and hug. I can't wait to try making a few. Thanks for the chance to comment.

Although the duck looks simple enough, and is surely a cute toy, I think the whale would be the more fun of the 2. I would make it in a variety of colors & yarns, so it could be used as more than just a tub toy! This is, I think, the better pattern.

I think that the whale is my favourite, mainly because it is a bit more unique than the duck. They are all over the place, but the whale needs more exposure. ;)

while I unashamedly admit a love of rubber duckies and have plenty around the house (my first grandchild took the first collection) I do like the whale so much, I could see him being made with some specialty yarns to make him more unique and not just a tub toy. Love the Whale!!

The duck is very cute but the whale has a unique appeal. Both are excellent patterns.

I like the whale because it is different. Don't know how hard to do but I would try it.

This is just too precious!

I'd do this whale BUT I'd also do the DUCKY!!

I think its so cute and my granddughters will enjoy it. I will be making them more!

Can't wait to start a whole bunch of them - unique and special.

The whale is just so much cuter than the duck..Might just whip one up today..

iOJune 22 -26th. Ottawa Sparks Street Mall 2011 INTERNATIONAL CHICKEN-RIB COOKOFF Map Directions I love the little Whale reminds me of Hawaii where we have spent many winters.

Ducks have been done over and over...I absolutely love this whale and plan on making it for my new grandniece/nephew (due in Oct). I think it's awesome!

Love this whale and think I will be making more than a few of them...

I like the whale the best, as JoJo1421 said there are lots of ducks out there!! Hope that the whale wins!!

so cute

very cute and not the usual baby's baby duck.

I've seen lots of crocheted & knitted "ducky" patterns--I think this is the first one I've seen for a baby whale!! Cool!!

I vote for the whale! More modern, and many children love water animals. How about a dolphin and a seahorse? Thanks.

Great idea, hope they come up with those!

They are both cute, but this one gets my vote!

This whale is adorable!! I will make several for the grand kids.

I think this is a cutie! I'm 51 years old and would love this hanging in my bathroom.

The little duckie is cute but I have to vote for the whale!

The whale is so cute . . . nothing against ducks but they are everywhere! Wish my kids were a little younger.

What size is this? What happens if the yarn/filling get wet? This would make a cute regular pillow for a kid's bedroom if the size is good. Very cute idea.

What type of stuffing works best for a bath toy?

I would think that if you used a compressed sponge that gets bigger when wet it might work OK.

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