the tiniest narwhal

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The nar­whals are tiny, and they are also very apolo­get­ic today, because this pat­tern is WAY over­due! Remem­ber this give­away months ago? Where I asked every­one what ani­mal I should make for a new amigu­ru­mi pat­tern? This is it. So sor­ry about the mas­sive delay!

Here’s Mike’s hand, as a size ref­er­ence.

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I made two, one goes to the give­away win­ner :D and the oth­er goes to Mike for his birth­day. You might notice that they’re slight­ly dif­fer­ent sizes. For the slight­ly larg­er one I used Mary Max­im Prism (light worsted. Red Heart Bou­tique Unfor­get­table is sim­i­lar, but slight­ly heav­ier), and for the oth­er I used Mary Max­im Step It Up (a sock weight yarn — unfor­tu­nate­ly dis­con­tin­ued). They are just left­over yarn in my stash. I do like the gra­da­tion of colour, makes a very mag­i­cal-look­ing nar­whal :D

I’m quite hap­py with how the tusk turned out. I was just going to glue a tooth­pick to it and call it a day, but thought I’d give cot­ton thread a try first. And it worked! So it’s cro­cheted, then stiff­ened with acrylic medi­um.

So here it is, final­ly, I present to you, the nar­whal pat­tern :D

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I used:

Nar­whal body — light worsted or worsted weight yarn, 3.5 mm hook
(if you use a lighter yarn i.e. sock weight, scale down on hook size accord­ing­ly i.e. 3 mm or even 2.5 mm)

Tusk — cot­ton cro­chet thread (I used Aunt Lydia Clas­sic #10), 2 mm hook

Stuff­ing (I like to use yarn ends), 2 small beads for eyes, needle and thread for sewing on eyes, flu­id acrylic medi­um to stiff­en tusk (or white glue will do as well, but acrylic medi­um is more durable)

Stitch­es used: mag­ic ring, chain (ch), sin­gle cro­chet (sc), dou­ble cro­chet (dc), 2 sin­gle cro­chet togeth­er (2 sc tog), 2 dou­ble cro­chet togeth­er (2 dc tog), slip stitch (sl st).

Nar­whal body is cro­cheted in rounds in one piece, includ­ing the tail.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in mag­ic ring, do not join

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Rnd 3: 1 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Repeat Rnd 3 until piece mea­sures about 1.5 inch­es or longer if desired. Then begin to decrease into the tail part.

Decrease Rnd 1: 2 sc togeth­er five times, sc in each of next two sc (7 sc)

Repeat Decrease Rnd 1 for three rows (7 sc)

Stuff body firm­ly. I like to use yarn ends.

Decrease Rnd 2: 2 sc tog three times, sc in next sc (4 sc)

Decrease Rnd 3: 2 sc tog twice

Tail: ch 3, 2 dc tog in the base of the ch 3 just made, ch 2, sl st in sec­ond ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in the base of the same ch 3 in the begin­ning of row, ch 3, 2 dc tog in the base of same ch 3, ch 2, sl st in sec­ond ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in base of same ch 3. Fas­ten off, weave in ends.

Tusk: Attach cro­chet thread to head of nar­whal. With small­er hook, ch 13, sc in sec­ond ch from hook, sc in each ch to end of chain. Fas­ten off, weave in ends.

With small brush (or fin­ger), apply acrylic medi­um to cov­er entire tusk. Let dry, then apply anoth­er coat.

I didn’t do this, but wouldn’t it be fun if one sprin­kles a bit of fine glit­ter on the tusk before the acrylic or white glue dries? :D

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And here we have it, the tini­est nar­whal, uni­corn of the sea.

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If you have any trou­ble with the pat­tern please don’t hes­i­tate to drop me a note!

Hap­py week­end, every­one! :D

 

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