Ralph the Ray Free Crochet Pattern


Ralph the Ray Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Sting RayIt’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 StarfishJulia 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);
  • Stuffing;
  • Keychain ring (optional).

Terms and Special Stitches (US Terminology):

Slst – Slip stitch

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single Crochet

Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc into the same stitch.

Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together.

Hdc – Half double crochet


Body panel (make 2: 1 in grey, 1 in white). In grey:

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)

Tie off.

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, slst in next 2 sts, sc 4, hdc 4, slst 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.

Crochet Ray

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.



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13 thoughts on “Ralph the Ray Free Crochet Pattern

  1. Love the little stingray. I got the chain 1 & turn after each row. Then after row 17 you say to chain 11. So, do I still chain 1 & turn. I got the sl st to sc on row 17. Then when I star to crochet around what I thought was my front appears to be the back.

    1. Hi Peggy,

      In row 18, you are crocheting along the chains, so you will not turn. And you do not need to turn after row 18. You will simply crochet around with the right side of the panel facing you in row 19.

      Thanks for pointing that out! I will make the instructions for those rows clearer.


  2. I am a novice crocheter, so maybe the answer is obvious to everyone else. But why is my tail always curving?

    This pattern is super cute! Thanx

    1. I think that’s normal! You can try blocking it with a bit of water if you’d prefer it to be straight. Your tension could also be a big on the tight side.

  3. I had it until you said to Crochet around the whole thing except for certain bits…. then you completely lost me

    1. Hi Kate,
      After row 18, you have completed the stinger. With yarn still attached, you will ch 1 and crochet all around the panel until you reach the other side of the stinger. Then tie off (i.e. do not crochet around the stinger).

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