Shark Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern

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Shark Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern

Hi, friends!

I am taking a little break from the Dinosaur series (so far I have released patterns for Brian and Trish!), to release this shark amigurumi just in time for SHARK WEEK starting July 28th! Yay! If you’re looking for even more jawesome Shark Week fun, check out my other shark patterns here and here

I opted to make these blushing beauties using fine weight (category 2) yarn and a 1.75mm hook to make them the perfect size to use as a bag-charm, on a crib mobile, or even a key-chain (although it might be a bit cumbersome as a key-chain but you do you). However, you can easily make this shark in any size! If you use worsted weight yarn and a 3.25mm or 3.5mm hook, the Shark will turn out medium-sized, perfect for cuddling, playing, hanging on a wall, as a throw pillow, decorating for Shark Week, you name it. Use bulky yarn and a bigger hook for even more shark to love. That being said, I was so tempted to name this pattern the “Pocket Shark”, but figured most readers would likely make it in worsted weight.

As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This pattern has 6 separate pieces, not including the felt mouth/teeth, which are totally optional.

The finished measurements are approximately 9cm/3.5″ high.

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Materials:

  • 1.75mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Premier Cotton Fair in the following colours:
  • Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread in black for gills (and for the mouth if you opt to not use felt);
  • 8mm safety eye;
  • Small pieces of black and white felt (optional);
  • White and black sewing thread and sewing needle (for mouth – optional)
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle;
  • Stitch markers.

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip stitch

Sc – Single crochet 

Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase.

Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease.

Dc – Double crochet

Sc3tog – Single crochet 3 stitches together.

Reading this Pattern:

There is some colour work involved in this pattern. Carry the yarn on the back of the panels by dropping the working yarn when you switch colours and picking it back up again when you need it in the next part of the row. Always carry the yarn on the wrong side (instead of carrying it inside the stitch as you go); this ensures the front of the panel has clear lines and colours without any of the yarn carries showing through.

When switching to a new colour, insert your hook into the stitch for the last stitch of Colour A and pull up a loop, then, with Colour B, yarn over and complete the stitch by pulling through both loops with Colour B. Drop your working yarn in Colour A and continue with Colour B. You will pick your Colour A working yarn back up again when you need it.

Since the whole pattern is worked in sc stitches, I have omitted the usual “sc” in front of the stitch counts in any rows with colour-changing and used the associated colour letter instead. For example, “G3, W1” means to work the next 3 stitches in grey (or whatever main colour you’re using) and the next stitch in white. “Wdec” means to work a regular sc decrease in white yarn, Ginc means to work a regular sc increase in grey yarn, and so on.

Colour Legend:

G – Grey

W – White

Dorsal Fin:

Using a 1.75mm hook and grey yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row. 

Row 1: Ch 4, sc across (3 sts)

Row 2: Inc twice, sc 1 (5 sts)

Row 3: Sc 3, inc twice (7 sts)

Row 4: Dec twice, sc 3 (5 sts)

Row 5: Sc 3, dec (4 sts)

Row 6: Sc 2, dec (3 sts)

Row 7: Sc across (3 sts)

Row 8: Sc, dec (2 sts)

Row 9: Dec (1 st)

Tie off. Repeat rows 1 to 9 for the back panel but do not tie off the back panel yet. Instead, place both panels together so that the dorsal fin is pointing to the left, then chain 1 and begin attaching the panels by crocheting through both. Stuff lightly when you are about two-thirds of the way around. Slst to beginning st and tie off. Set aside for later.

Right Fin:

With 1.75mm hook and starting in white yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 1: Ch 3, W2 (2 sts)

Row 2: Winc, G1 (3 sts)

Row 3: Gdec, Winc (3 sts)

Row 4: W1, Gdec (2 sts)

Row 5: Gdec (1 st)

Tie off. Weave in the yarn tails to the back (the front side is the one that is facing you when the yarn tail of the starting chain is on the left). Set aside for later.

Left Fin:

With 1.75mm hook and starting in white yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 1: Ch 5, W3, G1 (4 sts)

Row 2: G2, W2, (4 sts)

Row 3: W2, Gdec (3 sts)

Row 4: Gdec, W1 (2 sts)

Row 5: Gdec (1 st)

Tie off. Weave in yarn tails to the back (the front side is the one that is facing you when the yarn tail of the starting chain is on the left). Set aside for later.

Tail:

With grey yarn and 1.75mm hook. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 1: Ch 3, sc 2 (2 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 3 in next st (5 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 4 (6 sts)

Tie off. Place a st marker in the last st of row 3. Set aside for later.

Front Body:

Starting with white yarn and 1.75mm hook. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 1: Ch 11, sc 10 (10 sts)

Row 2: Inc sc 8, inc (12 sts)

Row 3: Inc twice, sc 9, inc (15 sts)

Row 4: Sc 14, inc (16 sts)

In the next row, we are going to join the body and the tail by crocheting across both. We are also going to start the colour-work of the front body panel. Place the tail on the left, with the stitch marker also pointing left. 

Row 5: Winc, W10, G4, Winc in last st of body, then join the tail and continue, Ginc, G3, Gdec (24 sts)

Row 6: Gdec twice, G10, W9, Winc (23 sts)

Row 7: Winc, W9, G11, Gdec (23 sts)

Now we will finish the tail and go back to finish the body later. The next 7 rows are completed entirely in grey yarn.

Row 8: Sc 4 (4 sts)

Row 9: Dec, inc twice (5 sts)

Row 10: Inc, sc 2, dec (5 sts)

Row 11: Dec, sc 2, inc (5 sts)

Row 12: Sc 3, dec (4 sts)

Row 13: Dec, sc 1, inc (4 sts)

In the next row, you will crochet only halfway across, leaving the last 2 sts unworked.

Row 14: Sc 2 (2 sts)

Tie off.

Now we will go back and finish the body. Turn your work so that the tail is pointing to the right. Reattach your yarn in the 3rd stitch to the left of the base of the tail (i.e. on row 7). Continue to row 8 below:

Row 8: G7, W10 (17 sts)

Row 9: Winc, W9, G5, Gdec (17 sts)

Row 10: Gdec, G5, W9, Winc (17 sts)

Row 11: W10, G7 (17 sts)

Row 12: G7, W10 (17 sts)

Row 13: Wdec, W8, G5, Gdec (15 sts)

Row 14: G6, W9 (15 sts)

Row 15: W9, G4, Gdec (14 sts)

Row 16: G5, W9 (14 sts)

Row 17: W9, G5 (14 sts)

Row 18: G5, W7, Wdec (13 sts)

Row 19: W8, G3, Gdec (12 sts)

Row 20: G4, W8 (12 sts)

Row 21: W7, G3, Gdec (11 sts)

Row 22: G5, W4, Wdec (10 sts)

The remaining rows are worked completely in grey.

Row 23: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)

Row 24: Dec, sc 4, dec (6 sts)

Row 25: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 26: Dec, sc 2 (3 sts)

Row 27: Sc3tog (1 st)

Tie off.

Back Body Panel:

The back body panel is worked exactly the same as the front panel, except it’s worked completely in grey. Here are the stitch counts again, but without all the colour-work!

Tail:

With grey yarn and 1.75mm hook. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 1: Ch 3, sc 2 (2 sts)

Row 2: Inc, sc 3 in next st (5 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 4 (6 sts)

Tie off. Place a st marker in the last st of row 3. Set aside for later.

Body:

Starting with grey yarn and 1.75mm hook. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Row 1: Ch 11, sc 10 (10 sts)

Row 2: Inc sc 8, inc (12 sts)

Row 3: Inc twice, sc 9, inc (15 sts)

Row 4: Sc 14, inc (16 sts)

In the next row, we are going to join the body and the tail by crocheting across both. Place the tail on the left, with the stitch marker also pointing left. 

Row 5: Inc, sc 14, inc in last st of body, then join the tail and continue, inc, sc 3, dec (24 sts)

Row 6: Dec twice, sc 19, inc (23 sts)

Row 7: Inc, sc 20, dec (23 sts)

Now we will finish the tail and go back to finish the body later. 

Row 8: Sc 4 (4 sts)

Row 9: Dec, inc twice (5 sts)

Row 10: Inc, sc 2, dec (5 sts)

Row 11: Dec, sc 2, inc (5 sts)

Row 12: Sc 3, dec (4 sts)

Row 13: Dec, sc 1, inc (4 sts)

In the next row, you will crochet only halfway across, leaving the last 2 sts unworked.

Row 14: Sc 2 (2 sts)

Tie off.

Now we will go back and finish the body. Turn your work so that the tail is pointing to the right. Reattach your yarn in the 3rd stitch to the left of the base of the tail (i.e. on row 7). Continue to row 8 below:

Row 8: Sc 17 (17 sts)

Row 9: Inc, sc 14, dec (17 sts)

Row 10: Dec, sc 14, inc (17 sts)

Rows 11-12: Sc 17 (17 sts)

Row 13: Dec, sc 13, dec (15 sts)

Row 14: Sc 15 (15 sts)

Row 15: Sc 13, dec (14 sts)

Rows 16-17: Sc 14 (14 sts)

Row 18: Sc 12, dec (13 sts)

Row 19: Sc 11, dec (12 sts)

Row 20: Sc 12 (12 sts)

Row 21: Sc 10, dec (11 sts)

Row 22: Sc 9, dec (10 sts)

Row 23: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)

Row 24: Dec, sc 4, dec (6 sts)

Row 25: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 26: Dec, sc 2 (3 sts)

Row 27: Sc3tog (1 st)

Tie off.

Move on to assembly below!

Assembly:

Step 1: Fins, Face, and Gills

Here are the pieces you’ll have so far.

Shark pieces

The first thing we need to do is stitch on all the accessories to the front panel. 

I started by cutting out a small piece of black felt, sized 1.8cm wide and 1.5cm high. Then I cut a small strip of white felt and cut four small triangles for teeth. Sew the teeth to the black mouth along the top of the white strip using white sewing thread and a sewing needle (feel free to stitch down each individual tooth as well but I didn’t). Then stitch the mouth using black sewing thread and a sewing needle onto the front panel. 

If you’re not at all feeling the felt, feel free to use black crochet thread to stitch on a little mouth instead! 

Next, stitch on each of the fins (the Right Fin and the Left Fin) onto the front panel. 

Stitch on three short stitches using black crochet thread above the left fin for gills. 

Finally, insert an 8mm eye. Line it up with the top of the mouth. If your stitches are very tight (like mine), you may need to stretch the stitch a little bit using your hook or a tapestry needle first to be able to insert the post of the eye.

Step 2: Dorsal Fin and Body

These are the pieces you’ll have at this step:

Shark pieces

Before you begin, cut a piece of grey yarn (or whatever yarn you are using as your main colour) about 30cm/12″ long and set it aside for later.

Place the two panels together matching up all sides. Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around.

Starting on the top on the left side (just to the left of the point of the snout), begin attaching the panels together. Insert your hook into both panels, chain 1, and then single crochet around the outside of the panels starting in grey.

When crocheting around, try to crochet with a looser tension than usual. If this is tricky for you, try sizing up your hook. Crocheting loosely, especially around the curved areas, helps keep all the edges curved. 

Crochet only 6 or 7 stitches then stop. Using the length of yarn you set aside earlier, stitch the dorsal fin in place by positioning it between the panels. Stitch through all three pieces, the front panel, the fin, and the back panel. Weave the yarn tails inside and tie a knot to secure. 

Continue crocheting around. When you get to the fin, crochet in the stitches of the front panel only. Continue to crochet both panels together as normal once you are past the dorsal fin. 

Crochet around the top tail fin. [3 Sc] in the tip of the fin.

Stop after you’ve crocheted around the first tail fin. Stuff the top tail fin. You may need to use the back of your hook to push the stuffing in.

Continue crocheting around the bottom tail fin. [Sc, ch 2, sc] in the tip of this fin. Stop once you’ve crocheted around the bottom tail fin. Stuff the bottom tail fin.

Switch to white yarn and continue crocheting around the belly and up the other side.

Stuff the body.

Switch back to grey yarn where appropriate. Continue to top up stuffing after every couple of stitches. 

When you are satisfied with the stuffing, close with a slst and tie off. Poke yarn tails back inside the piece.

Attach a keyring if you want and you’re done!

 

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