Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trick or Treat for DumDums!

One can never have enough little amigurumis to hand out Halloween Goodies.... Can they?
The Newest DumDum LoveBugs Mod doesn't think so!!
Meet - Sam.  Sam is very partial to lollipops - so he was an overwhelmingly easy mod to create.
I hope you enjoy him!



The LoveBug - (Sam Mod)

Materials :

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0254 Pumpkin, 0334 Buff
Size E4/3.50 Crochet Hook (US) 
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
6mm Black Buttons for Eyes 
DumDum Lollipops (or similar product)
Yarn Needle for Sewing

*Special Notation(s):
- This pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise noted.  Stuff your piece as you work as there are NO “stuff here” indicators present within the pattern instructions.
- The Head/Body and Feet of this project are stuffed with filling.
- Eyes are placed at approximately Rnd 8 and spaced 4 sts apart on Head - however, you may wish to place them upon completion based on your crocheting techniques and personal preferences.
  

Head/Body  (Make 1):

with Buff,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st  (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 5: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnds 6-10: sc in ea st around  (30 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 11: [(Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 5 times, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts] twice  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 12: (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 10 times  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 13: [(Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in nxt st] twice, changing to Pumpkin on lst st  (6 sts)

with Pumpkin,
___ Rnd 14: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 15: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 16: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (21 sts)
___ Rnds 17-19: sc in ea st around  (21 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 20: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 21: (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 9 times  (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 21 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape.


Arm  (Make 2) :
with Pumpkin,
Chain 6, slst in 2nd ch from hook, slst in ea of the remaining chains of beg ch-6.  
Finish off leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Arm to side of Body.
With Buff, join with hdc in the ch-2 loop at the end of the Arm, hdc 4 more times in same sp, join with slst to first hdc made to finish off.
Slide DumDum (or similar stick'd candy) through small hole in hand area of Arm.


Foot  (Make 2) :
with Pumpkin,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st  (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: sc in nxt st, 3 sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in nxt st, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in nxt st, (Dec nxt 3 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 5: (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts  (6 sts)
___ Rnd 6:  sc in ea st around  (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 6 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape.  Attach Leg to Body.


Collar (Make 1):
with Buff,
Chain 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, (3hdc in nxt ch, sc in nxt ch) 5 times
Weave tail thought the chain spaces made at 3 hdc sts, so that you have 'tails' on both sides of the collar, and use these to secure around the 'neck' area of the doll.
Secure and weave in tails to hide.





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Monday, September 11, 2017

Another Yarny Review


My people (the kids and the Hub) recently bought some Yarnspirations Bernat PopCakes, so that I could "make something just for you" (me) !! 
So with Fall not making any effort to hide it's approach - I decided to break out this, put to the side gift, and whip up an afghan for the cool months ahead.
(Sorry, the afghan is just a simple alternating rows of 150 single crochet stitches and a return pass of 150 mock knitting stitches - so no pattern to really share.)

I have not had the best of luck when I've used Bernat or Caron in the past.  The afghans I made in 2009, ended up being thrown in the trash - Believe it or not, the yarn began to get MORE scratchy with every wash and would actually squeak (like it was starched or still had soap in it) when transferring from washer to dryer.

But the excitement of the "cake trends" on Facebook and in groups, overtook any reservations I had ... so I began working...

Disappointment quickly followed...
after only a few stitches - maybe 200 or so, I began to see variations in the consistency of the weight...  then - this happened... (approximately 430 sts in)





slight variations in yarn weight can be dealt with.. working in worsted weight then - BOOM - sock weight - cannot... it has to be 'cut out' - creating yet another set of tails that will need to be woven in...

However, since this is a personal project - and not for an order, I decided that a single stitch was not going to bother me enough to cut it out and rejoin - especially with only a few remaining stitches in the row... so away I went again...


A row and a half later..  another instance that would need to be cut out - for anything less than a 'personal project'..  the 'production joining knot'.. *sigh*




so, in less than 750 sts - already two major issues that would have to be dealt with, for a professional piece that someone would want to purchase.  Since the majority of my clients crochet for profit and handmade holiday gift season on it's way - this is a headache they'd not want or need.
 


As you can see - there is still a long way to go, and perhaps even more unfriendly surprises..
but I decided to STOP where I was and write up the review..  because to be honest - I don't know if I will keep going or not.


My disappointment runs deep with this one.  Not only because it was a gift from my people to me and to not finish a project with a smile, could make them feel bad.
But also, because I love the colors, these cakes, titled "Foggy Notions" - the earthy tones of browns and blues, that are a perfect fit for my bedroom.  The yarn is very soft to the touch...  but sadly, I don't like the snags I've encountered and don't know how many more lay ahead for me, hidden within these cakes..  I do not enjoy pleading with and hacking up my fiber to get it to perform as it should.

so..
Overall:
Would I use it again?  No - I am not even sure I am going to finish using it now!
Would I recommend it?  No, I would not - but that is me personally.
Perhaps I got a bad cake and just happened to pick up that particular cake to start my project..
but I won't be shouting "hey you gotta try this.." and if someone asks me outright - I am going to tell them - for the $$ you'd spend on that cake? - get some Red Heart With Love and some chocolate :)

Of course, should I finish the project - I will update : Another Yarny Review - Part 2? - but I am thinking of just donating the cakes to the school's art department - they always can use yarns and strings for their student's craftiness.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Morton the Monster

Mort is ready for some Halloween candy!  Yum Yum Yum he says!



Pattern:
Easy

Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0672 Spring Green, 0726 Coral, 0356 Amethyst, 0311 White and 0312 Black
Size G6/4.00mm Crochet Hook (US)
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
Yarn Needle for Sewing
Long Straight Pins for Positioning

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise noted.  Stuff your piece as you work as there are NO “stuff here” indicators present within the pattern instructions.


Body  (Make 1) :
with Spring Green,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (32 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea st around  (32 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (40 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in ea st around  (40 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (44 sts)
___ Rnd 9: sc in ea st around  (44 sts)
___ Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (48 sts)
___ Rnd 11: sc in ea st around  (48 sts)
___ Rnd 12: [sc in ea of nxt 11 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (52 sts)
___ Rnd 13: sc in ea st around  (52 sts)
___ Rnd 14: [sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (56 sts)
___ Rnds 15-16: sc in ea st around  (56 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 17: [sc in ea of nxt 13 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (60 sts)
___ Rnds 18-19: sc in ea st around  (60 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 20: [sc in ea of nxt 29 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (62 sts)
___ Rnds 21-22: sc in ea st around  (62 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 23: [sc in ea of nxt 30 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (64 sts)
___ Rnds 24-32: sc in ea st around  (64 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 33: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (56 sts)
___ Rnd 34: sc in ea st around  (56 sts)
___ Rnd 35: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (48 sts)
___ Rnd 36: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (40 sts)
___ Rnd 37: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (32 sts)
___ Rnd 38: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 39: [sc in in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 40: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (8 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 40 to close opening. Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide. 




Eyeball  (Make 2) :
with White,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnds 3-4: sc in ea st around  (16 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 5: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times   (8 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave tail thought the front loops of Rnd 5 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape.


Pupil  (Make 2) :
with Black,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st  (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Pupil to Eye Color on Eyeball.


Eye Color  (Make 2) :
with Coral,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, (3 sc, 2hdc, 3 sc) in st  (8 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Pupil to Eye Color on Eyeball.


Eyelid  (Make 2)
with Spring Green,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times (2 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea st around (20 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail to secure Eyeball into Eyelid.  Slip Eyeball into cup of Eyelid, set slightly askew, so that Eyelid is coving top and side of Eyeball rather than entire Eyeball.  With a separate piece of Spring Green, secure completed Eye to Doll.  Model’s Eyes are set at approximately between Rnds 10 and 15. 



Nose  (Make 1) :
with Spring Green,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts] twice  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in nxt st  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea st around  (16 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Nose to Body.  Model’s Nose is set at approximately between Rnds 14 through 17 and stuffed lightly.



Mouth  (Make 1) :
with Spring Green,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (20 sts)
___ Rnd/ROW 4:  Squeeze front and back pieces flat together - working through both thicknesses (4 lps total) sc across, closing the opening for a count of 10 sc.
(If you lose a stitch and only can make 9 sc across, this is fine also - just make sure that the opening is stitched evenly closed without bumps or ripples.)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Mouth to Body.

  
Tooth  (Make 1) :
with White,
Chain 3, (yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over once more and draw it through the first 2 loops on your hook) 3 times, in 3rd  chain from hook. There are now 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and draw the loop through all 4 stitches. Slst in same ch st.
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Tooth to inside of Mouth.



Arm  (Make 2) :
with Spring Green,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts] twice  (20 sts)
___ Rnds 4-10: sc in ea st around  (20 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnds 12-31: sc in ea st around  (16 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 32/ROW: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, squeeze front and back pieces flat together - working through both thicknesses (4 lps total) sc across, closing the opening for a count of 8 sc. (If you lose a stitch and only can make 7 sc across, this is fine also - just make sure that the opening is stitched closed so that no stuffing can escape.)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Arm to Body.  Using long stitches, add some spots to Arms.



Foot  (Make 2) :
with Spring Green,
Chain 8,
___ Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, 3 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in last st. (16 sts)
___ Rnd 2: Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 4 sts, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts (24 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (32 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 11 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 11 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc  (36 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea st around  (36 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (40 sts)
___ Rnds 7-11: sc in ea st around  (40 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 12: sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts) 3 times, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 20 sts   (36 sts)
___ Rnd 13: (sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 4 times, sc in ea of nxt 16 sts   (32 sts)
___ Rnd 14: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (28 sts)
___ Rnd 15: sc in ea st around  (28 sts)
___ Rnd 16: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnds 17-18: sc in ea st around  (24 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 19: [sc in ea of nxt 11 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (26 sts)
___ Rnd 20: [sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (28 sts)
___ Rnd 21: [sc in ea of nxt 13 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 22: [sc in ea of nxt 14 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (32 sts)
___ Rnd 23: [sc in ea of nxt 15 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (34 sts)
___ Rnd 24: [sc in ea of nxt 16 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (36 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Foot to Body.  Secure and weave in tail to hide.  Lower Rnd of Leg begins at approximately Rnd 34 and extends upwards on Body (evenly) for approximately 10 rnds.  With a length of Spring Green, divide top of Foot into 3 sections, giving the appearance of “toes” at end of foot.  With Amethyst or other contrasting color, add some “toenails” to toe sections.



Small Spot  (Various/Model contains 5) :
Contrasting Color of Choice (Model uses Coral),
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: loosely sc in ea st around  (8 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Small Spot to Body.



Large Spot  (Various/Model contains 4) :
Contrasting Color of Choice (Model uses Amethyst),
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (16 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Large Spot to Body.





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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's Back!!

The Facebook Friends Friday Giveaway is back!  This week's Giveaway gives you a chance to win a FREE copy of one of my newest patterns - SA054 - Naptime Buddy Giraffe



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Don't Eat Me!!

Shark Week has got to be one of my favorite summertime treats!  Ever since I was little, well - after seeing JAWS in the 70's - the shark has been my all-time favorite beach boogeyman!  Living on the east coast for almost my entire life, one would think that as a teen I practically lived at the beach - NOPE - give me a pool any day over ponds, rivers, lakes and especially oceans, where sharks rule and teeth are everywhere.

But as I grew older, I began to learn about the animals we share this planet with; rather than fear them, I grew to respect them.  The ocean predator of my nightmares, became a creature of enormous beauty and awe.  In fact, if I could go back to grade school; I would most likely have entered into the field of marine biology and become a Shark Biologist or an Underwater Photographer (a little closer the the graphic designer career I chose.)   But - hindsight is 20/20.
Well.. what I can do, now that a 2nd formal education is not a realistic idea; is to help spread the efforts to educate others of one of my favorite "predators of the sea".
Shark Finning is a BARBARIC practice that is still as lucrative today as it was in 968AD when it was introduced into the Sung Dynasty.   In many Asian traditional cultures, shark fin is served as a symbol of class and wealth - of prestige.  In Chinese, shark fin is called Yu Chi which literally translates into English as “fish wing"; and a single bowl of Shark Fin soup can sell for as much as $400USD!

Now I love the Asian Culture.  I have a deep respect for it's traditions, it's beauty and it's history.  However, this particular tradition is one I cannot pretend to understand or value. The reason behind my distaste for this tradition is not that a shark is killed and eaten - it is because the trade of shark finning is not only barbaric and inhumane - it is incredibly wasteful!!
You see, the shark’s fins are cut off with knives while the sharks are still fully conscious, then the shark's body is tossed back into the sea. Unable to swim without their fins, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die of suffocation or are eaten by other predators.

It is estimated, that there are over 8,000 pounds of shark fins processed every year, with 96-98% of the shark wasted, because it serves no purpose to humans. That translates to approximately 200,000 tons of shark being thrown back into the ocean each year to decompose.   DISGUSTING way to treat such a majestic animal!!

Now, after years of this practice and due to the shark's slow maturity and reproductive cycle, many shark species are being pushed to the brink of extinction.  According to the World Conservation Union, there are twenty species of sharks that are listed as endangered. The populations of most shark species have declined by to 90%, with one of my favorite sharks - the Hammerhead being the most harmed, a 99% decline.  
Soon.. many of these sharks may become extinct soon.
   
THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN!  Sharks swam in our oceans since before the time of the dinosaurs.  Evidence for the existence of sharks dates from the Ordovician period, (450–420 million years ago), before land vertebrates existed and before many plants had been established on the continents  
To discover that a "luxury" - not environmental pollution leading to disease, not an encroachment into their territory as the human population expands or some natural event; but a wasteful, self-indulgent tradition, meant to show one's status, could bring about their extinction? 

NO!  this is not acceptable!

So.. I did what I do?  I gurumi'd it!
I hope that this little fin helps to remind those who see him, that a shark is more than his fins..  he's the king of the water world and an ancient of our world!
There was a time when "old" was treasured.. protected.. kept sacred.
Perhaps with learning, we can instill those values again and preserve their legacy.



Finneus the Shark Fin Paperweight or Plush

~ Crocheted with materials listed, models which have been produced are approximately 6 inches in tall. However, depending on your crochet style, this measurement may/will vary. ~

Pattern
Easy

Materials Used in Model: 
Red Heart ® WW 4-Ply Yarn in Color(s) 0341 Light Grey, 0311 White and 0312 Black (optional Black Fin Shark - 3950 Charcoal)
Size US G5/4.25mm  Crochet Hook (US) 
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
*Optional: Weighted Stuffing Beads (Poly-Fil® Poly Pellets® or similar)

Yarn Needle for Sewing 
Long Straight Pins for Positioning


Fin: 
with Light Grey,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st  (6 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (9 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 3 sts, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea st around  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st) twice, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea st around  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts) twice, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in ea st around  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 9: sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts) twice, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts  (21 sts)
___ Rnd 10: sc in ea st around  (21 sts)
___ Rnd 11: sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts) twice, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 12: sc in ea st around  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 13: sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts) twice, 3 sc in nxt st, (sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  (30 sts)
___ Rnds 14-15: sc in ea st around  (30 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 16: sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts) twice, 3 sc in nxt st, (sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  (36 sts)
___ Rnds 17-18: sc in ea st around  (36 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 19: sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts) twice, 3 sc in nxt st, (sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  (42 sts)
___ Rnds 20-21: sc in ea st around  (42 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 22: sc in ea of nxt 18 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts) twice, 3 sc in nxt st, (sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in ea of nxt 7 sts  (48 sts)
___ Rnds 23-24: sc in ea st around  (48 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 25: sc in ea of nxt 30 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 17 sts  (50 sts)
___ Rnd 26: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 38 sts  (48 sts)
___ Rnd 27: sc in ea st around  (48 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Fin to Base.

Base: with Light Grey,
Chain 21,
___ Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 18 sts, 3 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 18 sts, Inc in last st  (42 sts)
___ Rnd 2: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 18 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 3 sts, sc in ea of nxt 18 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts  (48 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (48 sts)
Finish off.  Secure and weave in tail to hide.

Eyeball: with White,
Chain 6,
___ Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 3 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in last st  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 2: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 3 sts, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 3: (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts) twice, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, INCOMPLETE RND  (11 sts made/21 sts total)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Eyeball to Fin.  With Black (I split my 4 ply into 2ply for better control) outline Eyeball.  Divide Eyeball in half creating the appearance of 2 separate eyes.  Create a pupil within each eye.  Model's Eyeball is placed approximately between Rnds 15 thru 20 with the sts made in Rnd 3 of Eyeball towards the top of the Fin.

With Black, you can also create a mouth and some eyebrows or add any other details to make him your very own amigurumi shark fin.

** For Blacktip Shark Fin, work Rnds 1 through 9 with Charcoal and remaining Rnds with Light Grey. The remaining sections of pattern are as written for both varieties.




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