Free Crochet Pattern - Baby Manatee

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Hello!

I hope you will enjoy the creation of this mini manatee! Manatees are such neat creatures and even cuter as babies!

Materials You Will Need:

  • Crochet hook size: G/4mm
  • Worsted weight yarn: gray
  • Yarn needle
  • One pair of 7 mm safety eyes*
  • Polyester fiber fill stuffing

*Note: Safety eyes can be found on Etsy, Amazon, eBay, or your local craft store. The safety eyes are highly recommended, but they can be substituted with black buttons or yarn if you prefer.


Final measurement for the finished mini manatee will be 4.5 inches (12 cm) long and 2 inches (5 cm) tall.

Abbreviations:
ch(s) – chain(s)
sc – single crochet
sts – stitches
dec – sc decrease st*

*Single crochet decrease stitch explanation:
Insert the hook into the next stitch and yarn over. Pull a loop through so that there are now 2 loops on the hook. Insert the hook into the next stitch and yarn over. Pull a loop through so that there are now 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over again and pull the loop of yarn through all 3 loops on the hook.
Note #1: This pattern is crocheted in continuous rows (you will not join each row), except when making the muzzle.


Note #2: In my patterns, I begin each circle with “ch 2, 6 sc in first ch.” Another way of beginning is to start with a magic circle. If you are more familiar with this method, just do 6 sc into your magic circle.

Front

Baby Manatee's Body
Row 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch. (6 sts)
R2: Sc 2 in each st around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc 1, 2 sc in next st), 6 times. (18 sts)
R4: Sc 18. (18 sts)
R5: (Sc 2, 2 sc in next st), 6 times. (24 sts)
R6-9: Sc 24. (4 total rows)

Now, insert your 7mm safety eyes between R3 and R4 of the body, about 6 sts apart across the top (as pictured above). Firmly press the washers onto the backs of the eyes.

Side

Continue on with the body...

R10: (Sc 6, dec 1), 3 times. (21 sts)
R11: Sc 21. (21 sts)
R12: (Sc 5, dec 1), 3 times. (18 sts)
R13: Sc 18. (18 sts)
Begin stuffing the body.
R14: (Sc 4, dec 1), 3 times. (15 sts)
R15: (Sc 3, dec 1), 3 times. (12 sts)
R16: (Dec 1), 6 times.

Fasten off, leaving a yarn tail for sewing. Add a little more stuffing as needed. Use the yarn tail to weave through the front loops of the 6 sts and pull tight to close the hole. Secure with a knot and stuff the end inside the body. Your baby manatee’s body should now look as pictured to the right.

Front Snout
Snout
R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch. (6 sts)
R2: Sc 2 in each st around. (12 sts)
R3-5: Sc 12. (3 total rows)

Sew the snout to the baby manatee's body between the eyes. Right before you finish sewing it on, stuff the snout with a little stuffing.


Flippers (make 2)
R1: Ch 2, 4 sc in first ch. (4 sts)
R2: (Sc 1, 2 sc in next st), 2 times. (6 sts)
R3-4: Sc 6.

Fasten off, leaving a yarn tail for sewing. Count 2 rows back from the eyes and sew the flippers to the sides of the baby manatee’s body.


Tail
R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in first ch. (6 sts)
R2: Sc 2 in each st around. (12 sts)
R3-4: Sc 12. (12 sts)
R5: (Sc 2, dec 1), 3 times. (9 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a yarn tail for sewing. Sew the tail to the back of the baby manatee's body, over top of the small opening at the back of the body.

And now you are finished! Enjoy!