The Octopus Squish has a new friend - the Narwhal Squish! Just like it's pal, it's cute, cuddly, squishy, and a free crochet pattern on Moogly! Crochet the unicorn of the sea with Bernat Blanket!
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The Narwhal Squish is filled with the same microbead pillow ball as the Octopus Squish. It's just the perfect size, and so huggable! And once again I've used Bernat Blanket, so it's a speedy project to make, taking just an evening or two. Of course, if you prefer, you can fill it with Fiberfill.
What Face will you Create?
Narhwals are so fun, and this Narwhal Squish is no different! I used safety eyes and a bit of black yarn for the face, but you can create your own look with how you sew on the smile and the buttons or eyes you choose!
A Note on Toys for Kids
The Narwhal Squish itself is far too big for babies to choke on, but if you use buttons for the eyes, they may not be. This pattern has not been tested for safety for children under 3 years of age. If you are crocheting it for a baby or toddler, please embroider on the face rather than using buttons. If using it as a photo prop, be sure not to leave the toy with a baby unattended.
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US-L, 7.0 mm hook - Furls
280 yds Bernat Blanket (6 - Super Bulky/UK: 14-16 ply; 100% polyester; 300g/10.5 oz; 201 m/220 yds)
Color A: Dusk Blue (200 yds, 1 ball)
Color B: White (80 yds, 1 ball)
12" (30 cm) worsted or bulky weight black yarn
22mm Safety Eyes
10" Round Microbead Pillow (blue) - Amazon
Gauge: 4"/10cm across after Rnd 3.
Size: 10" around excluding horn, fins and tail.
HELPFUL LINKS AND TUTORIALS
Rnds 1 - 18 (and the horn) are worked in a spiral.
Do not ch 1 unless directed, and do not join any rnds with a sl st.
Move a stitch marker along the first st of each rnd as you work to keep track of your progress.
Rnd 1: With Color A, make a magic circle, ch 1, sc in the ring, 9 hdc in the ring. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: *Hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: *2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 2 sts; rep from * around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 5: *Hdc in the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around. (50 hdc)
Rnd 6: *Hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around. (60 hdc)
Rnd 7: Hdc in the next 5 sts, 2 hdc in the next st, *hdc in the next 9 sts, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * until 4 sts rem, hdc in last 4 sts. (66 hdc)
Rnd 8: *2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 10 sts; rep from * around. (72 hdc)
Rnd 9: Hdc in the next 8 sts, 2 hdc in the next st, *hdc in the next 17 sts, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * until 9 sts rem, hdc in last 9 sts. (76 hdc)
Rnd 10 - 15: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 16: *Hdc in next 17 sts, hdc2tog; rep from * around. (72 hdc)
Rnd 17: Hdc in next 4 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc in next 7 sts, hdc2tog; rep from * around until 3 sts rem, hdc in last 3 sts. (64 sts)
Rnd 18: *Hdc2tog, hdc in next 6 sts; rep from * around. (56 sts)
Rnd 19: Hdc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 tr in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 25 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 tr in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next 5 sts; turn. (64 sts)
Row 20: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts (rem sts left unworked); turn. (5 sts)
Row 21: Ch 5, skip the ch closest to the hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, 2 tr in next ch, dc in next st of Row 20, hdc in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, ch 6, skip the ch closest to the hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr2tog in next 2 chs; break yarn and sew to side of tail (bottom of Row 20).
Rnd 1 - 5: With Color B, rep Rnd 1 - 5 of Body. (50 hdc)
Rnd 6: 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 tr in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 3 tr in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; turn. (64 sts)
Row 7 and 8: Repeat Row 20 and 21 of Body.
Rnd 1: With Color B, make a magic circle, work 3 sc in the ring. (3 sc)
Rnd 2: Working all sts in BLO, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. (5 sc)
Rnd 3: Working all sts in BLO, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] twice, sc in next st. (7 sc)
Rnd 4: Working all sts in BLO, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, sc in next st. (10 sc)
Finishing: BLO sl st in next st, break yarn leaving a 12" tail, seamless join to next st. Stuff horn with first end.
Add the Horn: Using the long tail, sew horn to Rnd 9 of Body, between the fins and opposite the tail.
Create the Face: Add the Safety Eyes or buttons to the Body and sew on a smile using the short length of black yarn.
Prep for Finishing: Insert the Pillow into the Body, then match up the Body and Belly. Making sure the fins and tail are matched up, use stitch markers to secure the pieces together.
Final Seam: Using Color A, whip stitch through Body and Belly working evenly around the entire body, including the fins and tail. Use Seamless Finishing to join, break yarn and weave in end.
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This narwhal is too too cute!!! I'm working on making him for a baby shower gift right now! I've added it to the tail, and I made the tail without issue, however it looks terribly off center. I've verified that my stitch count is correct, and pulled it out 1000 times, but it's still so off center. I thought maybe this is one of those things that will work itself out as I make and attach the bottom? I just want to make sure he doesn't have a terribly off center tail! Is this normal?
Hi Kayla, and thank you! It should be centered between the flippers/fins(arms?) - I'm not sure how it got skewed, but you may need to scooch it over. Sometimes personal gauge makes things a little wonky.
On the belly instructions, what does "3tr" mean? By the way, thank you for this lovely tutorial for such a cute project!
Hi Sophie! Tr stands for treble: https://www.mooglyblog.com/treble-crochet-triple-crochet-trc/
So 3 tr means work 3 treble crochet stitches into the indicated stitch. 🙂
Kayla - I am having the same problem with the off center tail. I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one!
I had this problem until I realized I forgot to turn the piece after row 19
So cute! My safety eyes were very pointed, so I filed them off a bit so that they wouldn’t puncture the micro bead pillow. Thanks for the pattern! Love your site!
Thank you so much, Diane! Great tip!