Messmerland Knitting Pattern ©2008
Skills Needed: Cast On, Knit, Decrease, and Cast Off.
10.5 knitting needles, 1 ounce of worsted weight yarn, a sewing needle for yarn, buttons or eyes, and stuffing.
Body: (Make two.) Cast on 20 stitches.
Knit every row for 10 ridges (20 rows).
Cast off, leaving a tail of yarn 24 inches long.
Fins: (Make two.) Cast on 10 stitches.
Knit 1 row. Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of each alternate row, until there are 2 stitches left. Knit those 2 stitches together and end off the fin, leaving a tail 12 inches long.
Tail: Cast on 15 stitches.
Knit 1 row. Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of each alternate row, until there are 5 ridges.
Cast off, leaving a tail 12 inches long.
Pin the matching rectangular pieces together on 3 sides. Using one of the tails of yarn you left, sew the pieces together on 3 sides, leaving one side open for stuffing. Take the pins out and turn the bag inside out. Save one of the ends of remaining yarn to use to sew the last side. Put the other end inside the bag. Fill the body with stuffing and sew it closed. End off and hide the end of the yarn inside the body.
Position each fin and sew it on the body. Sew on the tail. Don't forget to hide the ends of the yarn inside the body, when you are done sewing.
Note: you can sew the tail on either horizontally or vertically, depending on the type of whale or fish you want to make.
Add eyes or other decorations to finish your aquatic creation. Remember not to give this project to a small child, if you put things on it that might be a choking hazard.
Messmerland Patterns are free; not for commercial use.