How to Make a Shark Security Blanket

A Crochet Pattern by: Christina Ryan

Do you love sharks or do you know someone who does? This a perfect quick gift to make especially to give to children. It would also fit very nicely in your child’s Christmas stocking!

Today, I am excited to release to you my Shark Security Blanket. This is a quick, easy, and fun project to make! It can be made in a few hours. It fits right in with my other Shark amigurumi crochet pattern which you can find here.

October is a time to start making Christmas presents. I love to make presents which are quick and fun to make. The text version of my shark security blanket will always live for free right here on my blog. You can always purchase the PDF download version with photo tutorials included for a small fee in my Ravelry shop!

Materials:

  • 120 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Print 5 oz/142 grams, 252 yards/230 meters in Oasis Beat.
  • 65 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz/199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Mid Green
  • HOOK:  US J/10 6 mm; US G/6 4.0 mm
  • Polyfil
  • Yarn needle to weave in ends
  • Stitch markers
  • Safety eyes (optional)
  • Scissors

Experience Level:  Beginner Advanced

Gauge:

11.5 stitches x 6.5 rows = 4” x 4” square blocked.

Pattern used for gauge:  DC

Size:

Blanket:  12” x 12” x 5 ½”

Pattern Key:

SC – single crochet

HDC – half double crochet

DC – Double Crochet

TR – treble crochet

Sc2tog – single crochet decrease

Sl st – slip stitch

FO – finish off

St/sts – stitch/stitches

Ch – chain

Rnd(s) – round(s)

MC – magic circle

R – Row 

Notes:

●        Read through the entire pattern first.

●        Lovey blanket is done in rows.

●        Shark, fins, and tail are done in continuous rounds.  Do NOT join while making each of them.  Use stitch markers to know where your first stitch in the round is.

●        Sl St does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern.

●        Repeat stitches between * and * around.

●        Alternative to MC – Ch 2; work number of  SC specified in the 2nd chain from the hook.

●        Ch 4 counts as a treble crochet. 

●        Color A – Oasis Beat

●        Color B – Mid-Green

Pattern Instructions:

Blanket:

R 1:  Using Color A and J Hook, ch 35; SC in the 2nd chain from the hook; SC in the next chain. *HDC in the next ch; DC in the next ch; TR in each of the next 2 chains; DC in the next ch; HDC in the next ch; SC in each of the next 2 chains.*  Repeat across until the end of the row.  Turn.

R 2:  Ch 4 (counts as first TR); TR in the next st; DC in the next st; HDC in the next st; SC in each of the next 2 sts. *HDC in the next st; DC in the next st; TR in each of the next 2 sts; DC in the next st; HDC in the next st; SC in each of the next 2 sts.*  Repeat across until you have 4 sts left.  HDC in the next st; DC in the next st; TR in each of the next 2 sts.  Turn.

R 3:  Ch 4; TR in the next st; DC in the next st; HDC in the next st; SC in each of the next 2 sts.  *HDC in the next st; DC in the next st; TR in the each of the next 2 sts; DC in the next st; HDC in the next st; SC in each of the next 2 sts.*  Repeat across until you have 4 sts left.  HDC in the next st; DC in the next st; TR in each of the next 2 sts.  Turn.

R 4:  Ch 1; SC in each of the next 2 sts.  *HDC in the next st; DC in the next st; TR in each of the next 2 sts; DC in the next st; HDC in the next st; SC in each of the next 2 sts.*  Repeat across until the end of the row.  Turn.

R 5:  Ch 1; SC in each of the next 2 sts.  *HDC in the next st; DC in the next st; TR in each of the next 2 sts; DC in the next st; HDC in the next st; SC in each of the next 2 sts.*  Repeat across until the end of the row.  Turn.

Repeat rows 2, 3, 4, and 5 until required length – Mine I did till approximately 12” long.

Shark

Rnd 1:  Create MC;  6 SC in the MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:   2 SC in the each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 4:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 5:  *SC in the next 3 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

Rnd 6:  *SC in the next 4 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (36 sts)

Rnds 7-12:  SC in each st around.   (36 sts)  (6 rounds total)

****Insert safety eyes between Rnds 8 and 9 with 4 stitches between each eye.****

Rnd 13:  *SC in the next 4 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

****Start stuffing Shark****

Rnd 14:  *SC in the next 3 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 15:  *SC in the next 2 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 16:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

****Stuff Shark****

Rnd 17:  Sc2tog around.  FO with 4” tail to weave in and out of the front loops to close the hole.  Weave in tail.  (6 sts)

Fins – Make 3:

Rnd 1:  Create a MC;  6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  SC in each st around.  (6 sts)

Rnd 3:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (9 sts)

Rnds 4-6:  SC in each st around.  FO with a 8” tail to sew to Shark.  (9 sts)  (3 total rounds)

DO NOT stuff and fold flat sewing the ends closed.

Tail:

Rnd 1:  Using Color A, create a MC;  6 SC in MC.  (6 sts)

Rnd 2:  SC in each st around.  (6 sts)

Rnd 3:  2 SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 4:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 5:  *SC in the next 5 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (14 sts)

Rnds 6-10:  SC in each st around.  FO with a 8” tail to sew to Shark.  (14 sts)   (5 rounds total)

DO NOT stuff and fold flat sewing the ends closed.

Assembly:

Sew one fin between rounds 3 and 4 vertically on top between the eyes.

Sew the other 2 fins on either side horizontally on Round 11.

Sew tail on the back between Rounds 9-15, lining up with the fin on the head.

Sew Shark onto the center of the blanket.

Congratulations!  You have created a wonderful Shark security blanket.

Last Minute Crochet Gifts Event

This pattern is part of the last minute crochet gifts event hosted by Veronika from Blue Star Crochet. I teamed up with 19 other designers to bring you some fun crochet patterns to give for Christmas presents.

This pattern is available for free from October 4-10, 2021. Click the button below to head over to the round up post for the coupon code and also to see all the other lovely patterns that are included in the giveaway. Then come back here to download the pattern.

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Thank you for stopping by and supporting my small business! I hope you enjoy my pattern as well as the other patterns this week!

Happy Crocheting!

Christina

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