No-Sew Whale Crochet Pattern

I love a quick and easy pattern and this no-sew whale crochet pattern is definitely a winner!

No-sew crochet whale pattern.

I have a huge affinity with sea creatures and in particular dolphins and whales. In fact when I was a teenager I wanted to be a Marine Biologist!

Life obviously had different plans for me but I still get to enjoy them in crochet form.

Sewing is my least favourite part of making amigurumi so this pattern is great for when you want to whip something up in a hurry and you don’t feel like dealing with a million different pieces and ends – the perfect quick and easy project for markets and last minute gifts.

Pattern Overview

This pattern is completely no-sew except for the hiding of your yarn tail at the end. The tail and fins are worked in the front loop only of R12 and you will use the leftover back loops in the next round to maintain your stitch count.

Two crochet whales held in a stack.


I chose to use DK weight yarn as that’s mostly what I have on hand but I’ve also made this pattern using DMC Happy Chenille with a 3mm hook and the end result was delightful.

Feel free to experiment with different yarns as this is an easy way to change the size of your finished whale. Just remember to adjust your hook size accordingly and with any changes in size you may also need to change the size of your safety eyes.

Crochet whale sitting on the end of a hand.

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  • DK weight yarn in main colour and white (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Pale Lilac and Paper White)
  • 2.5mm crochet hook
  • 6mm safety eyes
  • Polyester Fiberfill
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • inc – increase
  • FLO – front loop only
  • BLO – back loop only
  • dec – decrease
  • invdec – invisible decrease
  • st/s – stitch/es
  • […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
  • (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round

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Finished Size

The finished whale measures approximately 2.5″ x 2″ (6.5cm x 5cm). Size may vary depending on tension and materials used.


Gauge is not important in this pattern. Use a hook size to match your chosen yarn. Make sure that your stitches are tight enough to prevent stuffing showing through and adjust hook size if necessary.


  • Pieces are worked in a continuous spiral starting with a magic ring unless otherwise specified. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.


Whale (starting with main colour)

R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)

R2: [Inc] x6 (12)

R3: [Sc, inc] x6 (18)

R4: Sc, inc, [2 sc, inc] x5, sc (24)

R5: [3 sc, inc] x6 (30)

R6: 2 sc, inc, [4 sc, inc] x5, 2 sc (36)

R7-11: [Sc] x36 (36) 5 rounds

In this next round we will be creating the tail and fins.

For more help with this section there is a premium pattern available with step-by-step photos.

R12: Sl st in FLO. [Ch 6, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, hdc in next, sc in last st. Sl st in beginning st FLO] x2. 6 sc, sl st in next stitch FLO. Ch 4, dc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next st. Sl st in beginning st FLO. 21 sc, sl st in next st FLO. Ch 4, dc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next st. Sl st in beginning st FLO. 6 sc (36)

Change to white in the first sc of R13 so that the colour change is hidden by the tail. This round is worked in the back loop only and you will be using the leftover back loops from the tail and fins on R12.

R13: BLO 2 sc, dec, [4 sc, dec] x5, 2 sc (30)

R14: [3 sc, invdec] x6 (24)

Insert safety eyes between R10 and R11, 5 stitches from each fin and 11 stitches apart.

R15: Sc, invdec, [2 sc, invdec] x5, sc (18)

Start stuffing and continue to stuff as you go.

R16: [Sc, invdec] x6 (12)

R17: [Invdec] x6 (6)

Cut the yarn leaving a tail and pull through last st. Weave the yarn tail through the front loop only of the final round and pull to close. Hide the end inside the whale.

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  1. This is super adorable and easy to do! I loved this pattern and will definitely be making several more little whale friends. 🙂

  2. This pattern is so incredible, I’m incredibly new to crocheting but this was so easy and super fun! will be giving these as gifts for the foreseeable future

  3. Absolutely loved this pattern! I just started, and this was a quick and easy pattern to work up. I will definitely be making more! Thanks for posting this!

  4. I quit making Amigurumi years ago because of some physical problems. I never can’t go back to Amigurumi as a main hobby, but I can now do small Ami’s every now and then. This pattern is PERFECT for that, and it also saves the hassle of sewing things. Thanks!

  5. Very nice pattern. I’m making several of these whales in chenille for a craft fair. Thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern!

  6. This is such a cute pattern! Probably my favourite project to date (it gets excited giggles every time i make one for my friends or family)

  7. Turned out super cute! The only part that was at all challenging was the layer with the fins, but even that was pretty manageable.

    1. You can use any yarn, the only difference will be the finished size. My personal preference is DK weight (8 ply) cotton.