Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Crochet Whale Project

"Can you crochet a whale?"

Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree

Well, I never would have thought of crocheting a whale. I mean what the heck for? I don't have a special affinity for marine mammals or live anywhere near the ocean. But when my family asks for something, I do it. I started searching for patterns and sending them to my brother to figure out what he had in mind. I knew he would have a very specific idea of what he wanted. Now here's what you get when a man is shopping for his male friend's new baby, of the few possibilities I found, this is the feedback I got..."Not the one with the blue eyes. Make them black and angry looking, I'm trying to scare his baby."



Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree

I ended up choosing a pattern from edafedd. The pattern says it uses bulky yarn to get a whale about 11.5". I have a ton of grey worsted weight that I might as well use up so I started with that using a 4.5mm hook. After the beginning increase rows, it seemed that it was going to come out pretty small, which looking back, probably would have been just fine. Note to self: Stop second guessing everything and just go with it! I decided to start over and double strand this to make it bigger. Well it certainly did that, it's at 17" now! I also changed the eyes from what it says in the pattern. I thought this hooded eye looked a little more creepy.

Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree

Amigurumi always makes my hands cramp up. I guess I hold it too tight. Add on to that single crocheting 2,482 stitches with two strands plus sewing on all the parts...my poor fingers may never recover! It should go without saying, but I will anyway...I'm not making another of these giant whales for my shop!

Crochet Whale by Over The Apple Tree


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14 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh he is so sweet!
    I want to give it a hug!
    Thanks for the smile!
    Michelle

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  2. I bet your hands do hurt! Mine started cramping just looking at the work involved! It turned out great tho. :)

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  3. It's awesome! (I also love that you have a nice leather bound edition of Moby Dick.) I've crocheted Narwhals upon request before. . .

    The Yarn Fanatic Party is back after a long summer break! I'd love to "see" you there again! http://www.thephilosopherswife.net/2016/09/yarn-fanatic-party-59.html

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  4. This is the cutest whale! So great for a little boy who loves the sea!

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  5. OMG! I need one of these! So Adorable~Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on FB! Have a great week!
    Kim

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  6. Oh my gosh, I love this! So cute and clever! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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  7. This is just so cute! I love it! :D

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  8. OH my gosh...SO stinkin cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  9. I love your whale but I especially love your writing in your post about your brother and what he wanted, "Not the one with the blue eyes. Make them black and angry looking, I'm trying to scare his baby." maybe it is my weird sense of humor, but this made me laugh every time I have read it. the whale is fantastic and thanks for sharing where to get the pattern. from Iowa Happy Weekend.

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  10. What a cute little whale!! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this at last week's {nifty thrifty things} - you have been featured at this week's party!
    XO! Vanessa

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  11. Thanks Laura for sharing your talent with us as we featured this at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up. Julie xo

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