Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Crochet Humpback Whale Jumper (age 5-6)


This week I have finally gotten around to getting my humpback whale jumper sorted and ready for you.  This pattern was written for Oliver for his world book day costume.   This year his school had a Julia Donaldson theme, and as soon as he knew this, Oliver picked the humpback whale from his favourite book, the Snail and the Whale.   After a little looking online, it soon became apparent that I wouldn't be able to buy a costume, he needed one making.    As luck would have it, Aldi had one of their yarn specials on at the time and their aran yarn had the colours grey and white which were the perfect match for this costume.

After getting all of Oliver's measurements I set to work.   The jumper is mostly constructed in parts, a back, front, tail and details are all made separately and sewn together.   The hood and the arms are worked off the jumper as it is constructed.    I knew that I wanted the back of the jumper to be grey, and the front white with the lines you get on the front of a humpback whale.   The hood needed to have blow holes and eyes, and the back needed the hump, whilst the sleeves needed to double up as whale flippers.   After a period of considerable thinking, I was able to come up with this jumper design and I have to say I was very pleased with the way it came out, and Oliver loved his costume too.   In fact, as far as I am aware, he was the only humpback whale to come to school for world book day.

I have only worked this pattern up in age 5-6, however, it is fairly easily adaptable.   You could add or subtract stitches and rows to the front and back panels to make the jumper smaller or larger.   The sleeves would work in the same way, as would the hood.   All the details should be able to remain the same.   I did also make a snail which was attached via a keyring onto the tail, but as that was a direct copy from the book illustration, I have decided not to publish that pattern due to copywrite laws.   However, I am sure that if you wanted, there are many snail patterns that could be used as an alternative.

You can find the pattern for the Humpback Whale Jumper below, I hope that you enjoy making it, and I would love to see your finished jumpers on any of my social media profiles.   Next week I will be sharing with you a little surprise pattern that should work up in just a few hours.   Join me then to find out more.

Vicky x

Humpback Whale Jumper (age 5-6) 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this jumper

·        Aran yarn in the following colours;

o   Grey - 375g

o   White – 150g

o   Small amount of dark grey to eyes and blow holes

·        Tapestry needle

·        A little stuffing for the hump

·        Scissors

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        inc – increase

dec – decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        b/l – back loops

·        f/l – front loops

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        The gauge for this jumper is worked in sc and has 18 rows and 14 stitches in a 10cm square.

·        The jumper is made in pieces which are sewn together.

·        The finished jumper has a chest size of 70cm, and a body length of 40cm (not including the hood or the tail).   It is designed to fit a child of age 5-6 with a bit of growing room.

·        You need to ch 1 and turn at the end of each row for all pieces except the sleeves.

·        The sleeves are mostly worked in the round and to avoid the seams they are worked without joining, in continuous rounds.

4.  Pattern

Jumper Back – work in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 53, sk 1st ch from hook and sc to end, turn

52

2-73

Sc across, turn

52

74

Sc across and cast off

52

 

Jumper front – work in white (only sc are included in stitch count)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 67, sk 1st ch from hook and sc to end, turn

66

2-19

Sc across in b/l, turn

66

20

Sl st, 65 sc in b/l, turn

65

21

64 sc in b/l, sl st, turn

64

22

Sk sl st, sl st, 63 sc in b/l, turn

63

23

62 sc in b/l, sl st, turn

62

24

Sk sl st, sl st, 61 sc in b/l, turn

61

25

60 sc in b/l, sl st, turn

60

26

Sk sl st, sl st, 59 sc in b/l, turn

59

27

58 sc in b/l, sl st, turn

58

28

Sk sl st, sl st, 57 sc in b/l, turn

57

29

56 sc in b/l, sl st, turn

56

30

Sk sl st, sl st, 55 sc in b/l, turn

55

31

54 sc in b/l, sl st, turn

54

32

Sk sl st, sl st, 53 sc in b/l, turn

53

33

52 sc in b/l, sl st, turn

52

34

Sk sl st, sc in b/l, turn

52

35

51 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 1, turn

53

36

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 53 sc in b/l, turn

54

37

53 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2 turn

55

38

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 55 sc in b/l, ch 1 turn

56

39

55 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn

57

40

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 57 sc in b/l, turn

58

41

57 sc in n/l, sc inc b/l, ch 2 turn

59

42

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 59 sc in b/l, turn

60

43

59 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn

61

44

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 61 sc in b/l, turn

62

45

61 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn

63

46

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 63 sc in b/l, turn

64

47

63 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn

65

48

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 65 sc in b/l, turn

66

49-65

Sc in b/l, turn

66

66

Sc in b/l, cast off

66

 

To Assemble Front and Back of Jumper;

·        Lay the back of the jumper down with the rows horizontally.   Place the front of the jumper on top of the back with the rows vertically.

·        Sew rows 1-19 of the front to the left side of the back of the jumper. 

·        Sew rows 49-66 of the front of the jumper to the right side of the back, this will form the shoulders.   Leave rows 20-48 unworked for the head to fit in.

·        Sew 50 rows (grey panel) down the sides starting from the bottom.   This makes the sides of the jumper.  The remaining 24 rows are not to be sewn together as they will form the arm holes.

·        You should now have a jumper with 2 arm holes and a head hole.   Sew in all ends and turn the jumper the right way out.

 

Sleeves – work in grey, 1 on each side of the jumper

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Attach yarn in the middle bottom of the arm hole and sc around for 45 stitches

45

2

Sc around

45

3

Dec, 43 sc

44

4-5

Sc around

44

6

42 sc, dec

43

7-8

Sc around

43

9

Dec, 41 sc

42

10-11

Sc around

42

12

40 sc, dec

41

13-14

Sc around

41

15

39 sc, dec

40

16-17

Sc around

40

18

Dec, 38 sc

39

19-20

Sc around

39

21

37 sc, dec

38

22-23

Sc around

38

24

Dec, 36 sc

37

25-26

Sc around

37

27-65

Sc around

37

66

Dec, 33sc, dec, turn

35

67

Dec, 31 sc, dec, turn

33

68

Dec, 29 sc, dec, turn

31

69

Dec, 27 sc, dec, turn

29

70

Dec, 25 sc, dec, turn

27

71

Dec, 23 sc, dec, turn

25

72

Dec, 21 sc, dec, turn

23

73

Dec, 19 sc, dec, turn

21

74

Dec, 17 sc, dec, turn

19

75

Dec, 15 sc, dec, turn

17

76

Dec, 13 sc, dec, turn

15

77

Dec, 11 sc, dec, turn

13

78

Dec, 9 sc, dec, turn

11

79

Dec, 7 sc, dec, turn

9

80

Dec, 5 sc, dec, turn

7

81

Dec, 3 sc, dec, turn

5

82

Dec, sc, dec, turn

3

83

Sc 3 tog, cast off and sew in ends

1

 

Hood – work in grey – with the jumper facing you, count 10 rows to the right on the front of the jumper, starting from the right edge of the left shoulder and attach yarn

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Place 1 sc in each row on the front, then sc in each stitch on the back panel, and finally work 1 sc in the next 10 rows of the front (to the left of the left shoulder), turn

37

2-43

Sc around, turn

37

 

Cast off and fold top edge in half, and sew shut on the inside of the hood.   Sew in ends.

 

 

Hood edging– work in grey – with the jumper facing you, attach yarn at the corner of the hood

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

86 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

87

2

87 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

88

3

88 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

89

4

89 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

90

5

90 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

91

6

91 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

92

7

92 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

93

8

93 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

94

9

94 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

95

10

95 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

96

11

96 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn

97

12

97 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, DO NOT TURN

98

13

5 sc in next 5 white rows, sc in the middle of the v. And then 5 sc in the remaining white rows, sl st to starting stitch of row 12 and cast off

109

 

Whale Eyes – work 2 starting in dark grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

Change to grey, 2 sc, hdc inc, dc inc, hdc inc, 3 sc, hdc inc, dc inc, hdc inc, sc

18

4

Work in f/l, 5 sc, ch 1 , 9 sc, ch 1 , 4 sc, sl st, cast off with a long tail

 

 

Sew eyes to hood 14 rows below the top seam, just before the hood edging.

Blow Holes – in dark grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

Sc inc, sc inc, hdc-ch 1-hdc, sc inc, sc inc, hdc-ch1-hdc, sl st, cast off with a long tail

12

 

Sew next to each other on the back of the hood in line with the eyes.

Hump – in light grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

 

Sl st and cast off with a long tail

 

 

Sew blow hole to middle, back of the jumper, 22 rows from the bottom, stuff as you attach.

Bottom Edging – In grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Attach yarn to bottom of jumper and sc around the bottom edge

118

2-5

Repeat row 1

118

 

Sl st, Cast off and sew in all ends

 

 

Tail – work in 1 grey and 1 in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn

3

2

Sc across, turn

3

3

Inc, sc, inc, turn

5

4

Sc across, turn

5

5

Inc, 3 sc, inc, turn

7

6

Sc across, turn

7

7

Inc, 5 sc, inc, turn

9

8

Sc across, turn

9

9

Inc, 7 sc, inc, turn

11

10

Sc across, turn

11

11

Inc, 9 sc, inc, turn

13

12

Sc across, turn

13

13

Inc, 11 sc, inc, turn

15

14

Sc across, turn

15

15

Inc, 13 sc, inc, turn

17

16

Sc across, turn

17

17

Inc, 15 sc, inc, turn

19

18

Sc across, turn

19

19

Inc, 17 sc, inc, turn

21

20

Sc across, turn

21

21

Inc, 19 sc, inc, turn

23

22

Sc across, turn

23

23

Inc, 21 sc, inc, turn

25

24-28

Sc across, turn

25

29

Dec, 23 sc, turn

24

30

22 sc, dec, turn

23

31

Dec, 21sc, turn

22

32

20 sc, dec, turn

21

33

Dec, 19 sc, turn

20

34

19 sc, inc, ch 2, turn

21

35

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 21 sc, turn

22

36

21 sc, inc, ch 2 turn

23

37

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 23 sc, turn

24

38

24 sc, inc, turn

25

39-43

Sc across, turn

25

44

Dec, 21 sc, dec, turn

23

45

Sc across, turn

23

46

Dec, 19 sc, dec, turn

21

47

Sc across, turn

21

48

Dec, 17 sc, dec, turn

19

49

Sc across, turn

19

50

Dec, 15 sc, dec, turn

17

51

Sc across, turn

17

52

Dec, 13 sc, dec, turn

15

53

Sc across, turn

15

54

Dec, 11 sc, dec, turn

13

55

Sc across, turn

13

56

Dec, 9 sc, dec, turn

11

57

Sc across, turn

11

58

Dec, 7 sc, dec, turn

9

59

Sc across, turn

9

60

Dec, 5 sc, dec, turn

7

61

Sc across, turn

7

62

Dec, 3 sc, dec, turn

5

53

Sc across, turn

5

54

Dec, sc, dec, turn

3

55

Sc across, turn

3

56

3 sc tog, cast off

1

 

Attach yarn at the right hand side of the straight egde in the middle of the tail

 

57-66

Sc across, turn

20

67

sc around the edge of the tail until you get 2 stitches before the 1st point, hdc in these 2 stitches, 5 hdc in the corner of the tail, hdc in the next 2 stitches, then sc until you get 2 stitches before the next point, then hdc in these 2 stitches, 5 hdc in the point, hdc in the next 2 stitches, sc to the start of the tail, sl st and cast off

 

 

Holding white tail piece in front of the grey and using grey yarn, sc both tail pieces together.   Then sew tail to the middle back of the jumper and sew in all ends.

 

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