Crochet an Amigurumi Seahorse

The seahorse is worked in continuous rounds, from the tail all the way up to the head, so it’s no different than the pomegranate or the persimmon in that respect. It’s just that shaping that’s different. And here’s the secret: there’s a piece of pipe cleaner in the tail to create that telltale seahorse curl. Other than the pipecleaner stuck into the tail, the construction of the seahorse is pretty straight-forward. Once the body is finished, you’ll sew on the nose, the back mane, and the side fins, all of which are easy to do.

SUPPLIES

  • MC: Paintbox Cotton Aran Lime Green or color of choice
  • C1: Paintbox Cotton Aran Marine Blue or color of choice
  • F/3.75mm crochet hook
  • D/3.25mm crochet hook
  • Cluster fiberfill
  • 6mm safety eyes
  • scissors
  • embroidery thread or lightweight yarn in Black
  • 3″ length of pipe cleaner

ABBREVIATIONS

  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • sl st  – slip stitch
  • sk – skip
  • ch – chain stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – increase: work 2 sc in same st
  • dec – decrease: work 2 sc together
  • FLO – front loop only

PATTERN NOTES

  • Rounds in the seahorse are worked continuously with no seams.
  • Mane is worked in rows and then sewn on to the back of the seahorse.
  • First few rounds are worked into front loops only to make it easier on those tight rounds. Make sure to not crochet too tightly. You’ll need to fit in a pipe cleaner!
  • Pipe cleaner should have both ends turned in so there’s no sharp edges. Final length of pipe cleaner is about 2″.
  • Eyes are placed approximately 1.0-1.25 inches apart.
  • Amigurumi can be closed using this technique.

AMIGURUMI SEAHORSE INSTRUCTIONS

BODY

  • Worked in continuous rounds.
  • Worked with MC.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. (6) Secure magic circle right away.

Round 2-6: Work 1 sc into FLO of each st across.

  • After Round 3, insert pipe cleaner into the tail. Continue working Rounds 4-6 around the pipe cleaner.
adding pipecleaner to amigurumi seahorse

Round 7: Work 1 inc, then 5 sc, all FLO. (7)

Round 8: Work 1 inc, then 6 sc, all FLO. (8)

Round 9: Work 1 inc, then 7 sc, all FLO. (9)

Round 10: Now working through both loops. Work [1 inc, 1 sc] 2x, 1 inc, 4 sc. (12)

Round 11: Work [1 inc, 1 sc] 2x, 1 inc, 7 sc. (15)

Round 12: Work [1 inc, 1 sc] 2x, 1 inc, 10 sc. (18)

Round 13-14: Work 1 sc in each st around. (18)

Round 15: Work [1 sc, dec] 6x around. (12)

  • Stuff the seahorse up to the neckline.

Round 16: Work [2 sc, dec] 3x around. (9)

Round 17: Work [1 sc, dec] 3x around. (6)

Round 18: Work 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 19: Work [1 sc, inc] 6x around. (18)

Round 20: Work [5 sc, inc] 3x around. (21)

Round 21-22: Work 1 sc in each st around. (21)

Round 23: Work [5 sc, dec] 3x around. (18)

  • Add eyes between Rounds 21 and 22.
  • Do not sew a mouth.

Round 24: Work [1 sc, dec] 6x around. (12)

  • Stuff the amigurumi.

Round 25: Work 6 dec. (6)

  • Fasten off, close, and weave in ends.
amigurumi seahorse assembly

SNOUT

  • Worked with MC and D hook.
  • Worked in seamed rounds.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join to first sc with sl st. (6) Secure magic circle right away.

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in BLO of each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (6)

  • Fasten off with a length of tail. Tail will be used to sew snout to head.
  • Sew snout to head centered between the eyes, between Rounds 19-21.

MANE

  • Worked with C1 and D hook.

Row 1: Ch 17.

Row 2: Work 5 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1, sl st in next st. *Sk 1, work 5 hdc in next st, sk 1, sl st in next st.* Repeat from * 2 more times for a total of 4 shells.

  • Fasten off with long tail to sew the mane onto the back of the seahorse.
  • Mane is situated just along the back of the seahorse’s head.
  • Beginning tail should be woven in.

SIDE FINS

  • Worked with C1 and D hook.

Row 1: Ch 5.

Row 2: Work 5 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1, sl st in next st.

  • Fasten off with tail to sew the side fins to the side of the seahorse, with round side of shell facing forwards.
  • Beginning tail should be woven in.

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amigurumi seahorse

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