Get Whale Soon Tissue Box Cover

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Crochet is many things. It is beautiful, it is therapeutic, it is creative. And sometimes it is very very silly. Ahem. Introducing the Get Whale Soon Tissue Box Cover!

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Whale whale whale, what have we here… a whale sized summer cold? Killer (whale) allergies? Need to send oceans of love to someone to let them know everything whale be alright? Are you groaning yet?

Hopefully you’re laughing! Because this is certainly one of the silliest patterns I’ve ever designed. But once it popped into my noggin, it just had to be! And it’s been cracking me up with it’s cuteness ever since. So let’s get to the pattern!

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Get Whale Soon Tissue Box Cover

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  • US – H, 5.00 mm hook
  • 130 yds Aran weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver in Turqua; 364 yards/333 meters; 198 grams/6.98 ounces)
  • 1 yd Aran weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver in Black)
  • 2 buttons (Belle Buttons by Dritz, Item #BB596, 5/8″, purchased at JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Gauge: 15 sts x 17 rows = 4″ in sc in rows
  • Click HERE for a video tutorial that might help with Round 21
  • Size: Made to fit a standard size box of Klennex, 120 ct tissues (9″L x 3.5″H x 4.75″W)


Row 1: Ch 33, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and each remaining ch to end; turn. (32 sts)

Row 2 – 8: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. (32 sts) Row 9: Ch 1, sc in the first 7 sts (leaving remaining sts unworked); turn. (32 sts)

Row 10 – 11: Ch 1, sc 7; turn. (7 sts) At end of Row 11, break yarn and finish off.

Opposite Side Row 9: Join yarn with a sl st in Row 8, 7 sts before the end of the row; ch 1, sc in each st to end; turn. (7 sts)

Opposite Side Row 10-11: Ch 1, sc 7; turn. (7 sts)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc 7, ch 18, sc in 7 sts of first Row 11 (connecting the two sides and creating the tissue opening); turn. (14 scs and 18 ch)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch across; turn. (32 sts)

Row 14 – 20: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn. (32 sts)

Round 21: Ch 1, 2 sc in the 1st st, sc in the next 30 sts, 2 sc in the last st of the row, sc 20 along side of work (see linked video tutorial above), 2 sc in first foundation ch, sc in next 30 foundation ch, 2 sc in last foundation ch, sc 20 along last side of work; join with a sl st in first sc of round (no turn). (108 sts)

Round 22 – 39 OR until you’ve reached the height of the box of your box of tissues: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join with a sl st in first sc of round.  (108 sts) Break yarn and finish off.

TAIL INSTRUCTIONS (tail is made in two parts):

Flukes (make 2): Ch 16, skip 1st ch, sl st in next ch, sc, in next, hdc in next, dc in next, tr in next 2 chs, dc in next, hdc in next, dc in next, tr in next 2 ch, dc in next, hdc in next, sc in next, sl st in last ch. Break yarn and finish off.

Tail Stocks (made directly onto Flukes): Join with sl st in top of center hdc of one flukes. Ch 9, then working into the “underneath” loop of the ch and back toward the flukes, work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next, hdc in next, 2 hdc in next ch, hdc in next, sc in last, sl st in same st of flukes as joined to.  Break yarn and finish off. Repeat on other Flukes, flipping the second flukes over to work from the WS.

Assembly: Stack the tails on top of each other so they match up and sc all the way around, working through both layers, leaving the end of the Tail Stock that will attach to the body open. Break yarn leaving a long tail for sewing it on.

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ASSEMBLY AND FINISHING: Sew the tail to one end of the box, using the long tail at the end of the Tail Stock. Additionally, sew one to two stitches at the top to attach one end of the Flukes to the box, as shown (so it doesn’t flop over). Using the 1 yd of black yarn, sew on a smile. Using scrap blue yarn, sew on the button eyes, as shown.

Thar she blows! Er… voila! I hope you enjoy making and using the Get Whale Soon Tissue Box Cover. It’s a great way to put a smile on your face when you’re feeling not so great yourself. And a fun finishing touch for a kids’ bathroom or nautical themed decor! Stay healthy out there, and have fun!

Written pattern and photos copyright Tamara Kelly 2014. You are welcome to make finished items from this pattern to sell – see the About page for details. To print this pattern for personal use, please use the Print Friendly button below – there’s a tutorial HERE if you need help.

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  1. 5

    Jeanett Marsicano says

    Oh you are a MESS!!! And I LOVE it! I need to make mySELF one of these-I just moved and within NO time have gotten myself a lovely sinus infection from all the allergies…have used many mucho tissues! I lOVE this design! In fact ALL of your designs! Thanks for being so silly, it is most welcome, in my book! Keep up the fantastic work!

  2. 7

    Angelica says

    Silly? Well… love silly things and this one will be my tissues box cover, for sure!
    Something to talk about and have some laugh with the visitors is something:
    PERFECT. Hugs and kisses

  3. 8

    Penny says

    absolutely wonderful and thanks for sharing it I prefer to save the pdf files so i can email them to my tablet and have access anwhere i need it and i really appreciate the convert to PDF function in the print options this makes it much easier for me…. i am addicted to your page and love your creations

  4. 10


    Thank you for this idea !!! I’ll try it for my classroom for my little little pupils who love to sing : “la baleine bleue” of Steeve Waring , an old song, do you know it ?

  5. 17

    Marrie says

    Aww! How cute and silly! 😛 I am definitely gonna try it.. for sure.. yess
    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. 18

    JoAnn says

    I love the wale tissue box I need help with roe 21 t tryed to get the video but I can not find it thank you JoAnn
    QBee430@aol. Com

  7. 20

    marrie says

    Tamara, what is the brand name of the yarn you used?? It looks great, i want to buy the same one for good looks!! 😀

  8. 21

    Serena says

    Thank you soooooo much , I love your tissue box. I haven’t found your other patterns YET!!! But will have a good search.

    A sense of humer is soooooo necessary, esp when you are not feeling 100%. Thank you for your mad sense of humer. Long life to you.

  9. 23


    oh that’s so cool! I love fun tissue box covers, I might have to make one for my room. I reckon that would make any child feel better too when pull a tissue geyser out.

  10. 27

    Kelly says

    What brand of tissue box did you use? I bought Target brand and its a good inch short all around. I’ve started over multiple times & am now decreasing on all sides and its waffly. HELP!!

    • 28

      Tamara Kelly says

      “Size: Made to fit a standard size box of Klennex, 120 ct tissues (9″L x 3.5″H x 4.75″W)” – Just shorten the first row to the length of the box to get a custom fit. :)

  11. 31

    Brooke says

    Hey this is great, thank you for sharing! If I were to make this with an 8ply yarn instead of the 10ply Aran weight (I’m in Australia and it’s hard to get nice 10 ply) how many stitches would I have to increase by do you think? I’m not really sure and thought you may be able to save me the struggle of pulling it out a few times! Thanks

    • 32

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Brooke – I don’t know the exact number of sts – and I would recommend double checking as you go against your tissue boxes too! I know they come in a variety of sizes here, I have to imagine it’s the same in Australia. :)

  12. 35

    sandy says

    I crochet this using red heart super saver with an h size hook and it was way too big so I dropped down to a G hook and it is still too big for the suggested size Kleenix box. I have ny stitch count perfect throughout. Help me please

    • 36

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Sandy! My best advice is to check your gauge – it doesn’t really matter what hook size you use, if you get gauge. Otherwise, Just make sure to “try it on” at adjust the stitch count as needed as you go!

      • 37

        sandy says

        thankyou for your quick reply. I am using a 4.25 mm hook and had to do a few decreases so now I have 96 stitches around. It is fitting good now without too much puckering at top. I think I might try a 3.75 hook on my next one or perhaps try chaining 28 to start then do the 2sc in first stitch and last stitch, then do rows 14-18 so 18 sc on side., then continue to proper length. 28+28=56+18+18+4(for increase + 96. Might be a little while before I try these two options as the one I am working on now is my third attempt. I will keep you posted.


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