How to Make a Crochet Dolphin – Christmas in July Free Crochet Pattern

Can you believe we are halfway through the month of July already? It seems like July just started! It has been a busy month here at Creative Snugglies with so many events happening this month! It’s been a busy year so far! We are halfway through the year already. To mark this special occasion, I want to give you my dolphin pattern at no cost to you!

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July 15th is a National Holiday for “giving something away!” I know I always love getting free things. As a designer I enjoy giving my customers something as well!

“Giving benefits us all… the giver also benefits. Giving not only makes us feel good but it teaches gratitude, too. Whether we give financially or by offering our skills and services, we lift others up. Our words can be a gift, too. Showing empathy, encouragement, and compassion to someone during a time of need may make us feel vulnerable, but it empowers those we offer it to as well.”

– https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-give-something-away-day-july-15/

Design Inspiration

I have been working on sea creatures this year more than other types of amigurumi. Dolphins are one of my favorite animals. I always think of a baby dolphin right along side their mama in the water. So, that is why I made 2 sizes. I hope you enjoy the pattern. Which size will you make?

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Materials:

Baby size:  85 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Print 5 oz/142 grams, 252 yards/230 meters in Oasis Beat

Mama size:  150 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Print 5 oz/142 grams, 252 yards/230 meters in Oasis Beat.

Hook:  G/6 4.0 mm 

Polyfil 

Yarn needle to weave in ends

Stitch markers

Scissors

Safety Eyes – Optional 

Experience Level:  Beginner

Gauge:  

12 ½ stitches across x 10 rows = 4 x 4” square using a G/4.0 mm hook 

Pattern used for gauge:  SC

Sizes:

Baby Dolphin – 11” L x 6” W x 5” T

Mama Dolphin – 15” L x 7 ½” W x 6” T

Pattern Key:

SC – Single 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

Notes:

  • Read through the entire pattern first.
  • All parts 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.

Pattern Instructions:  Baby Dolphin

Body:

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

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

Rnds 3-8:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts) (6 total rounds)

Rnd 9:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

****STUFF DOLPHIN NOSE****

Rnd 10:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 11:  *SC in the next 3 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

Rnd 12:  *SC in the next 4 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (36 sts)

Rnds 13-16:  SC in each st around.  (36 sts)  (4 total rounds)

****INSERT SAFETY EYES BETWEEN ROUNDS 12 & 13 ON BOTH SIDES WITH ABOUT 12 STS BETWEEN THE EYES.****

Rnd 17:  *SC in the next 4 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

****STUFF DOLPHIN AND CONTINUE AS YOU CROCHET****

Rnds 18-19:  SC in each st around.  (30 sts)  (2 total rounds)

Rnd 20:  *SC in the next 3 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnds 21-22:  SC in each st around.  (24 sts)  (2 total rounds)

Rnd 23:  *SC in the next 2 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnds 24-27:  SC in each st around.  (18 sts)  (4 total rounds)

Rnd 28:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnds 29-30:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)  (2 total rounds)  

****FINISH STUFFING****

Rnd 31:  Sc2tog around.  (6 sts)

FO with a 2” tail to weave in and out front loops to close the hole.  Weave in end.

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Fins (Make 3)

Rnd 1:  Create MC; 6 SC in the 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.  (9 sts)  (3 total rounds)

FO with a 6” tail to sew to Dolphin.  DO NOT STUFF.  FOLD FLAT & sew the ends closed.

Tail:  Make 2 

Rnd 1:  Create 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 4-5:  SC in each st around.  FO.  (9 sts)  (2 total rounds)

FO and repeat rounds 1-5 to make a 2nd piece but DON’T FINISH OFF 2ND ONE.

Rnd 6:  SC in the next 9 sts on current piece, then SC in the next 9 sts on the first one.  (18 sts) DO NOT JOIN.  (This part could be tricky!  I have photo tutorials in my premium version)  Click here to buy now!

Rnds 7-8:  SC in each st around.  (18 sts)  (2 total rounds)

Rnd 9:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnds 10-11:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)  (2 total rounds)

FO with a 6” tail to sew to body.  DO NOT STUFF AND FOLD FLAT and sew closed.

Assembly of Baby Dolphin

Sew tail horizontally to the end of the body.

Sew one fin on the back of dolphin vertically from Rnds 16-20 in the center of the back.  See photos if needed.  Sew the other 2 on the sides Rnds 18-22 (5 rounds from the safety eye on one side and 8 rounds from the eye on the other side).

Sew the other 2 fins on either side of dolphin horizontally Rounds 21-25 on the body apprx. 7 rounds after eyes.  This could be tricky! Click here to purchase the ad-free PDF for a small fee.

Pattern Instructions for Mama Dolphin:

Body: 

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

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

Rnds 3-8:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)  (6 rounds total)

Rnd 9:  *SC in the next st; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

****STUFF NOSE****

Rnd 10:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 11:  *SC in the next 3 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

Rnd 12:  *SC in the next 4 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (36 sts)

Rnds 13-20:  SC in each st around.  (36 sts)  (8 total rounds)

****INSERT SAFETY EYES BETWEEN ROUNDS 15 & 16 WITH 11 STS BETWEEN EACH EYE****

Rnd 21:  *SC in the next 4 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (30 sts)

****START STUFFING DOLPHIN BODY****

Rnds 22-25:  SC in each st around.  (30 sts)  (4 total rounds)

Rnd 26:  *SC in the next 3 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (24 sts)

****CONTINUE STUFFING****

Rnds 27-30:  SC in each st around.  (24 sts)  (4 total rounds)

Rnd 31:  *SC in the next 2 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnds 32-39:  SC in each st around.  (18 sts)  (8 total rounds)

****CONTINUE STUFFING****

Rnd 40:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnds 41-44:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)  (4 total rounds)

****FIRMLY FINISH STUFFING DOLPHIN****

Rnd 45:  sc2tog around.  (6 sts)

Finish off with 2” tail.  Weave in and out of front loops to close the hole.  Weave in end.

Fins (Make 3)

Rnd 1:  Create 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)

Rnd 4:  SC in each st around.  (9 sts)

Rnd 5:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnds 6-8:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)  (3 total rounds)

FO with a 6” tail to sew to the dolphin.  DO NOT STUFF.  Fold flat and sew the ends closed.

Tail:  Make 2 

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

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)

Rnd 4:  SC in each st around.  (9 sts)

Rnd 5:  *SC in the next 2 sts; 2 SC in the next st.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnd 6:  SC in each st around.  FO.  (12 sts)  

Repeat Rounds 1-6 but don’t FO the 2nd piece.

Rnd 7:  SC in the next 12 sts; SC in the next 12 sts in the first piece.  (This should join both pieces together.)  (24 sts) (Tricky part!  Sure you don’t want to buy the premium PDF version?  It has photo tutorial!)

Rnd 8:  SC in each st around.  (24 sts)

Rnd 9:  *SC in the next 2 sts; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (18 sts)

Rnd 10:  *SC in the next st; sc2tog.*  Repeat around.  (12 sts)

Rnds 11-12:  SC in each st around.  (12 sts)

FO with 6” tail to sew to dolphin.  DON’T STUFF.  Fold flat and sew ends closed.

Assembly of Mama Dolphin:

Sew Tail to the end of the dolphin horizontally.

Sew one Fin on the back of Mama Dolphin vertically between the eyes from Rounds 22-27.  Sew the other 2 fins on either side from Rounds 23-28.  

Congrats you have made an adorable dolphin! Which size did you make? Come tell us on our Facebook page or in our group!

Original Design by Christina Ryan

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Happy Crocheting!

Christina

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