It’s time for the fourth creature in our Sea Creature Keychain Collection, Ralph the Ray! You can check out all the creatures over on our Instagram page. The last two patterns are coming soon! Also, check out the patterns for Stella Starfish, Julia Jellyfish, and Inky the Squid.
Here’s the free pattern for Ralph!
- We used Bernat Handicrafter cotton (worsted weight) in grey and white;
- 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Tapestry needle;
- Safety eyes (optional);
- Keychain ring (optional).
Ralph is worked in two separate pieces and then sewn together.
**At the end of each row ch 1 and turn**
Row 1: Ch 7, sc along (6 sts)
Row 2: Sc in each st (6 sts)
Row 3: Sc in each st (6 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)
Row 5: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)
Row 6: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts)
Row 7: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)
Row 8: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)
Row 9: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)
Row 10: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)
Row 11: Inc, sc 18, inc (22 sts)
Row 12: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)
Now we will work the tail:
Row 13: Skip 9 sts and reattach yarn in 10th st. Ch 1, sc in same st. Sc 5. (6 sts)
Row 14: Sc 2, dec, sc 2 (5 sts)
Row 15: Sc 2, dec, sc (4 sts)
Row 16: Sc, dec, sc (3 sts)
Row 17: Sc, dec (2 sts)
Row 18: Ch 11. In first chain from hook, sl st in next 2 sts, sc 4, hdc 4, sl st to the next sc from Row 17.
Row 19: Do not tie off. Ch 1 and sc around the entire piece, but do not sc around the stinger. (sc, ch, sc) at the tip of each fin and at both corners of the snout.
Tie off, leaving a tail long enough to sew around the entire piece.
Attach safety eyes.
Repeat rows 1 to 19 in white.
Before you sew the grey and white pieces together, take a look at the stitches that you just crocheted around the edge of the white piece. When you look at the back of the sc stitches, you will notice that there is a horizontal bar across each one. In order to hide the grey tail yarn and prevent it from showing through the white on the back when you sew the pieces together, thread the tail through the sc stitches of the grey piece but through the “back bar” of the sc stitches of the white piece.
Sew around three quarters of Ralph and then begin stuffing. Continue sewing together and stuffing every few stitches. Be sure to sew right around the stinger as well.
Tie off. Poke the remaining tail back into the piece using the back of your tapestry needle.
Add a loop to Ralph’s stinger and attach a keychain to make a sweet bag charm, or simply attach the jump ring right through one of the stitches.