Finley the Shark Free Crochet Pattern



Happy Tuesday my fellow crafters!


Have you already started thinking about Christmas gifts for the little ones?


If you have an ocean lover in your house or you happen to know one, today's post is just perfect for you!


I have reworked an old pattern of mine - Finley the Shark - using a light yarn for getting more defined stitches and a nice and neat look. I also redesigned the caudal fins to better resemble the shark ones...and I think the final result is quite good, don't you agree?

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Find the downloadable PDF pattern listed on my Etsy page - you will find in it more than 38 explanatory step-by-step pictures to guide you through the making process!

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Here's the FREE pattern!


YARN: Light (3) in Gray, White; Classic Cotton Thread in Black


MATERIALS: 2.75 mm Hook; Poly Filling; Yarn Needle; Two 6 mm Black Plastic Safety Eyes; Yarn Needle


DIMENSION: 6.5” x 3.5”


ABBREVIATIONS: magic ring (mr), chain (ch), stitch (st), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), fasten off (F/O)


SKILL LEVEL: Beginner




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Body (gray yarn)


Rnd 1: 8 sc in a mr (8)

Rnd 2: (1 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (12)

Rnd 3: (2 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (16)

Rnd 4: (1 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (24)

Rnd 5: sc even (24)

Rnd 6: (3 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (30)

Rnd 7: (4 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (36)

Rnd 8: sc even (36)

Rnd 9: (5 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (42)

Rnd 10: sc even (42)

Rnd 11: (6 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (48)

Rnds 12 - 14: sc even (48)

Insert the plastic safety eyes between rnds # 10-11, 23 stitches apart (upper side).

Rnd 15: (7 sc, 1 sc inc) rep around (54)

Rnds 16 - 21: sc even (54); start stuffing the body

Rnd 22: (7 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (48)

Rnds 23 - 25: sc even (48)

Rnd 26: (6 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (42)

Rnd 27: sc even (42)

Rnd 28: (5 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (36)

Rnds 29 - 30: sc even (36)

Rnd 31: (4 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (30)

Rnds 32 - 33: sc even (30)

Rnd 34: (3 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (24)

Rnd 35: sc even (24)

Rnd 36: (2 sc, 1 sc dec) rep around (18)

Rnd 37: sc even (18)

Rnd 38: (7 sc, 1 sc dec) rep twice (16)

Rnd 39: (6 sc, 1 sc dec) rep twice (14); F/O and finish stuffing the body firmly.



CAUDAL FIN (gray yarn)


Upper fin:

Rnd 1: in a mr work 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 1 hdc, 1 sc (7)

Rnd 3: 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 1 sc (8)

Rnd 4: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 3 hdc, 1 sc inc (10)

Rnd 5: 3 sc, 5 hdc, 2 sc (10)

Rnds 6 - 7: 3 sc, 5 hdc, 2 sc (10); F/O and cut the yarn

Do not stuff the fin.


Lower fin:

Rnd 1: in a mr work 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 1 hdc, 1 sc (7)

Rnd 3: 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 1 sc (8)

Rnd 4: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 3 hdc, 1 sc inc (10)

Rnd 5: 3 sc, 5 hdc, 2 sc (10)

Rnd 6: 3 sc, 5 hdc, 2 sc (10)

Do no cut the yarn once you have completed the lower fin…


Do not stuff the fin.


Merge the two fins together:

Rnd 7: join the yarn with a sl st to the upper fin, ch 1 and sc in the same st, 1 sc, 3 sc dec, 2 sc, keep working on the lower fin (insert the hook into the 1st st of the last rnd), 1 sc into the same st, 1 sc, 3 sc dec, 2 sc (14)

Rnd 8: 1 sc dec, 3 sc, 2 sc dec, 3 sc, 1 sc dec (10)

Rnd 9: (4 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (12)

Rnd 10: sc even (12)

Rnd 11: (5 sc, 1 sc inc) rep twice (14); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn.


Stuff the last 3 rounds of the tail and use the strand of yarn to sew the tail to the body.



BELLY (white yarn; work in rows: ch1 and turn at the end of each row)


Row 1: 3 chs, 1 sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc (2)

Row 2: 2 sc inc (4)

Row 3: 1 sc inc, 2 sc, 1 sc inc (6)

Row 4: sc even (6)

Row 5: 1 sc inc, 4 sc, 1 sc inc (8)

Row 6: 1 sc inc, 6 sc, 1 sc inc (10)

Row 7: 1 sc inc, 8 sc, 1 sc inc (12)

Row 8: 1 sc inc, 10 sc, 1 sc inc (14)

Row 9: sc even (14)

Row 10: 7 sc, 1 sc inc, 6 sc (15)

Row 11: 7 sc, 1 sc inc, 7 sc (16)

Rows 12 - 17: sc even (16)

Row 18: 7 sc, 1 sc dec, 7 sc (15)

Row 19: sc even (15)

Row 20: 6 sc, 1 sc dec, 7 sc (14)

Row 21: sc even (14)

Row 22: 1 sc dec, 10 sc, 1 sc dec (12)

Row 23: sc even (12)

Row 24: 1 sc dec, 8 sc, 1 sc dec (10)

Row 25: 4 sc, 1 sc dec, 4 sc (9)

Row 26: 4 sc, 1 sc dec, 3 sc (8)

Rows 27-28: sc even (8)

Row 29: 1 sc dec, 4 sc, 1 sc dec (6)

Row 30: 1 sc dec, 2 sc, 1 sc dec (4)

Row 31: sc even (4)

Row 32: 1 sc dec, 1 sc, 1 sc dec (3)

Rows 33-35: sc even (3); sc all around the belly panel; F/O and leave a long strand of white yarn.

Place the panel on the belly of the shark placing the 1st row between rnds # 5-6 of the shark’s body.



DORSAL FIN (gray yarn)


Rnd 1: in a mr work 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 1 hdc, 1 sc (7)

Rnd 3: 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 1 sc (8)

Rnd 4: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 3 hdc, 1 sc inc (10)

Rnd 5: 3 sc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 3 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sc inc (12)

Rnd 6: 3 sc, 6 hdc, 3 sc (12)

Rnd 7: sc even (12); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew the dorsal fin between rnds # 18-23. Do not stuff the fin.



PECTORAL FINS (gray yarn; make two)


Rnd 1: in a mr work 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 1 hdc, 1 sc (7)

Rnd 3: 3 sc, 2 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 1 sc (8)

Rnd 4: 3 sc, 1 hdc inc, 3 hdc, 1 sc inc (10)

Rnd 5: 3 sc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc inc, 3 hdc, 1 sc, 1 sc inc (12)

Rnd 6: 3 sc, 6 hdc, 3 sc (12)

Rnd 7: sc even (12); do not stuff the fin

Rnd 8: flatten the fin and crochet 6 sc through both layers (6); F/O and leave a long strand of yarn to sew the pectoral fin between rnds # 18-23 on the belly border.


Embroider the MOUTH line on the edge of the white belly with some scrap black thread.

Embroider the NOSTRILS with some scrap black thread between rnds # 3-4.

Embroider the GILLS (3 for each side) with some scrap black thread (between rnds # 15-16, 16-17, 17-18).




I can't wait to see your version of my FINLEY THE SHARK! Feel free to tag me (@elisascrochet) in your photos on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like!


Elisa

This pattern is an original pattern by Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you!


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