Crochet Whale Applique

A few days ago, I broke my series of food and fruit crochet appliques and made a Crochet Whale Applique instead!

There are many reasons why to crochet a whale during these quarantine days:

  • Whales are solitary animals that don’t like hanging out in big groups.
  • Whales communicate with each other from a long distance.
  • And they also socialize at a distance!

So, while the isolation keeps us far apart, let’s all learn from them, and why not? Let’s crochet a cute, little whale.

Construction

You can choose to crochet a big whale or a small one. Both are crocheted in one piece, so no need to sew things together. For the big whale, you’ll need two contrasting colors, one main one for the body and a secondary one for the belly.

What Yarn Will You Need?

To crochet my Whale Appliques, I used some Rio cotton from Lammy Yarns and some Schachenmayr Catania that I had in my stash. However, you can crochet it with whatever yarn you have and with the right hook size.

Just keep in mind that the size of your applique will vary depending on your yarn and hook choice.

Given that you are here, you might also take a look at these other crochet appliques!

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Materials

– 2.5-mm (12 UK) Hook
– A small amount of Sport (12 wpi) Cotton Yarn.
You will need two colors for the big whale and one color for the small one. You will also need a little bit of blue yarn or thread to make the water coming out of the blowhole.
– Black Embroidery Thread for the eye and mouth of the whale.
– Tapestry Needle
– Embroidery Needle

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Yo – Yarn over

Pattern Notes

  • If the pattern says “2 sc”, it means that you have to crochet 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts.
  • (…) – Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated times.
  • […] – Crochet the instruction within brackets all in the same stitch.
  • Note that the pattern uses both sc and dc increases. In both cases, an Inc is made by crocheting two sts in the same indicated st.

Size

The Crochet Whale Applique comes in two sizes, a big and a little one.

  • The big whale applique measures 2.5” (6 cm) by 1.5” (3.8 cm).
  • The little whale applique measures 2” (5 cm) by 1” (2.5 cm).

Gauge

This pattern is too small to accurately determine the gauge. Just keep in mind that the final size of your Crochet Whale Applique will depend on the yarn you choose, your hook, and your tension.

Big Whale Applique in yellow yarn

Crochet Whale Applique – Pattern

Big Whale

With your 2.5-mm hook and yarn in your main color, ch 3.
1. Make 12 dc into the first ch. Join the circle with a sl st into the first dc. (12 sts)

How to crochet the Whale Applique, part 1.

2. Ch 2, 8 dc inc, 1 dc, ch 10.
Working on the ch, 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sl st.
Ch 6, 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st into the same st as the previous sl st.
1 sc inc, [1 hdc, 1 dc], 1 hdc, 1 hdc inc on the upper half of the dc post (white arrow in panel 5 of the image below), 1 hdc in the bottom loop of the dc post (blue arrow in panel 5 of the image below), 1 hdc into the last st of round 1 where there is a dc from round 2, [1 sc, 1 sl st] in the next st.

Cut the yarn leaving a tail of approximately 10” (25 cm) and slide the yarn through the last st.

How to crochet the Whale Applique, part 2.

3. Join the contrasting yarn on top of the dc of the last [hdc, dc] inc and sl st into the next 2 sts, 2 sc, 1 sc inc, 1 hdc on top of the last sc in the main color, 1 dc on the next sl st.

How to crochet the Whale Applique, part 3.

Now, start carrying the yarn in the main color inside your sts as for tapestry crochet, and make 2 dc inc.

Make one more dc in the last st and close it with the yarn in the main color. Make an invisible join with a sl st into the first st of round 2.

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Little Whale

Ch 3.
1. Make 12 dc into the first ch. Join the circle with a sl st into the first dc. (12 sts)

2. Ch 1, 8 sc inc, ch 8. Working on the ch, 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sl st. Ch 4, 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 dc, 1 hdc, sl st into the same st as the previous sl st. 2 sc inc, 1 hdc, 1 dc into the last st of round 1 where there were 2 sc sts, 1 hdc in the next st, 3 sc inc.

Make an invisible join and fasten off.

Little Whale Applique in lavender yarn

Finishing

With a little bit of light blue yarn, make the water. You can simply knot it on top of one of the sts in the middle top of the whale.
Embroider the mouth and the eye.

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Your Crochet Whale Applique is ready!

I hope you enjoyed crocheting this crochet pattern. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help or support. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful makes on Facebook and Instagram!

Do not forget to pin the free crochet pattern of the whale applique to your Pinterest board!

7 thoughts on “Crochet Whale Applique”

  1. weird question, I’d like to make this but big enough to hang on the wall as wall decor… do I just add stitches to the circle until it’s as big as I need it? I’m a beginner so I’m not sure if that’s how it’s supposed to go?

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    • Hi,
      For many patterns that might be the way to go. However, for the whale applique, you will have to adjust the pattern almost entirely because the white belly is not worked in the round.
      One easier way to get a much bigger whale would be to use super chunky yarn, like T-shirt yarn or something similar. Some yarn that you can work with an 8-mm hook or higher. But I haven’t tried that for the whale applique so I’m not sure how big the whale would turn out…

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  2. Thanks for the pictures. They helped a ton! I made my whale with worsted weight yarn and a size G hook. It turned out super cute and didn’t take long at all.

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