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!
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!
Get Whale Soon Tissue Box Cover
US - H, 5.00 mm hook
135 yds Red Heart Super Saver (Worsted/Aran/UK: 10-12 ply; 364 yds/333 m; 198 g/6.98 oz)
Color A: Turqua
Color B: Black (less than 5 yds used)
2 buttons (Belle Buttons by Dritz, Item #BB596, ⅝", purchased at JoAnn Fabrics)
Gauge: 15 sts x 17 rows = 4"/10cm in sc in rows
Size: Made to fit a standard size box of Kleenex, 120 ct tissues (9"L x 3.5"H x 4.75"W)
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
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.
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.