Cutest Little Crochet Sperm Whale

It seems that after making the giant squid I fell into a sort of obsession with wanting to make more sea creatures. I think maybe it has to do with our trip to Hawaii where we spent a lot of time in the ocean, swimming with the fishes, turtles, dolphins, and manta rays. I knew a crochet sea creature needed to happen.

Dolphins in Hawaii - Pops De Milk Sea Turtle in Hawaii - Pops de Milk

The Hawaiian trip inspired me to crochet more sea creatures because I think they are super awesome, breathtakingly beautiful, and so damn cool.

I mean, look at these mandibles!

Manta Ray at Night

There was one creature we didn’t get to snorkel with, or even come close to – a whale. Though we did spot several of them from the rocky beaches on the east coast. Now, I know sperm whales don’t actually visit Hawaiian waters but I think they are my favourite kind of whale. This could be because of the lovable Disney character, Willie the Operatic Whale. If I could swim with any whale, I’d choose a sperm whale. Just look at sperm whales sleeping!

Which is why for my most recent project I chose to make a crochet sperm whale amigurumi.Cutest Little Crochet Sperm Whale Pattern - Pops de Milk

I had a hard time with the flukes – wanted them to start as two separate pieces and then join to form the body of the whale. But I just didn’t like the way it looked so instead I made the body a separate piece and then sewed on the flukes.Cutest Little Crochet Sperm Whale Pattern - Pops de Milk

I hope you enjoy making this amigurumi whale as much as I did, and if you have any questions or need clarification let me know.

This sperm whale pattern is available in the shop.

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-Approx 6.5” length

Materials Needed 

-Worsted yarn in colour of choice.

-Size 3.75mm and 3.00mm hooks

-Needle for joining parts

-Fibrefill for stuffing

 Stitches Used
Ch –chain
Sc – single crochet
Inc – increase
Inc3 – 3 sts in same st
Dec – decrease (sc2tog)



Cutest Little Crochet Sperm Whale Pattern - Pops de Milk

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55 thoughts on “Cutest Little Crochet Sperm Whale

  1. Thank you so much for making and sharing this adorable pattern! I’m making it now for a friend’s baby boy! However, I hit a snag with the pattern around Round 4 of the body. For some reason, my stitch count stopped matching up correctly. Perhaps I’m not doing it right.

    When you said to repeat the part in brackets [inc3, sc in next 4 sts] 3 times, did you mean to do the part in brackets 3 TOTAL times? Or did you want us to do it once, then repeat another 3 times, for a total of 4 times?

    I think, based on the useful pics you provided, I ought to be making an inc3 stitch in each “corner” of the rounded square that makes up the nose part of the body. However, as I’ve been going around (I’m now in Rd 6), it looks like some corners I’m skipping and just going around with some single crochet stitches. I suspect it has something to do with the way I’m counting the repeat sections in the pattern. Please help! This little guy is so adorable, and I really want to make it in time for my friend’s baby shower! Thanks again for sharing your craft! 🙂

    1. Hi there! I’m sorry you’ve hit a snag and also, thank you for bringing it up! Okay, so there should be 4 increases per round – I missed an increase in the instructions, sorry! Basically the beginning and ends of the rounds don’t start at each “corner” so you need to make sure you sc at the beginning of each round until you get to the next “corner” to make the triple increase – and also make sure the increase is done in the middle (2nd inc) stitch of the previous increase round – I hope that’s not confusing. For round 4, for example, it should be like this:

      sc in first st (3inc, sc in next 4 sts) repeat 3 times, 3inc in next st, sc in next 3 sts

      This way there are 4 sts in between each corner and you’ll notice as you go along to following rounds that the stitches between each corner increase by 2. I’ll be updating the pattern but for now I hope this helps and please let me know if you need more clarification!

      1. I Had This Same Problem As Above,But I Think I Can Figure It Out After Reading These Comments. It Is Such A Cute Whale And I’m ReallY Hoping It Turns Out!

      2. Hi there. Is this part of the pattern fixed now?, and also is there a way to download it??

  2. Hoo boy this is all kinds of messed up. I got through 6 rounds of it before I realized the totals were all wrong. I can fix most of it based on your comment, but there still some issues.

    Here’s what’s happening in rounds 4, 5, and 6 as you wrote them:

    ACTUAL TOTAL 26 (1+3+4+3+4+3+4+1+3)– Rnd 4: sc, [inc3, sc in next 4 sts] repeat 3 times, dec, sc in next 3 sts (28 sts).

    ACTUAL TOTAL 34 (2+3+6+3+6+3+6+1+4) — Rnd 5: sc in next 2 sts, [inc3, sc in next 6 sts] repeat 3 times, dec, sc in next 4 sts (36 sts).

    ACTUAL TOTAL 39 (3+2+8+2+8+2+8+1+5) — Rnd 6: sc in next 3 sts, [inc, sc in next 8 sts] repeat 3 times, dec, sc in next 5 sts (40 sts).

    According to your comment I think you really meant to say inc3 INSTEAD of dec, so that fixes rounds 4 and 5 but still leaves round 6 with an extra stitch:

    ACTUAL TOTAL 28 (1+3+4+3+4+3+4+3+3)– Rnd 4: sc, [inc3, sc in next 4 sts] repeat 3 times, inc3, sc in next 3 sts (28 sts).

    ACTUAL TOTAL 36 (2+3+6+3+6+3+6+3+4) — Rnd 5: sc in next 2 sts, [inc3, sc in next 6 sts] repeat 3 times, inc3, sc in next 4 sts (36 sts).

    ACTUAL TOTAL 41 (3+2+8+2+8+2+8+3+5) — Rnd 6: sc in next 3 sts, [inc, sc in next 8 sts] repeat 3 times, inc3, sc in next 5 sts (40 sts).

    Did you really mean to say inc3 INSTEAD of dec or does there need to be a dec in there somewhere?

    Then, later on in round 23 you’ve got an extra stitch somewhere:

    ACTUAL TOTAL 17 (7+1+3+1+3+1+1) — Rnd 23: sc in next 7 sts, dec, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sc in next st (16 sts).

    Which one do you want to take out?

  3. WAIT I fixed round 6 as well. The corners in round 6 are all regular increases of 2, so if you change that last dec to a single inc of two you get a total of 40.

    ACTUAL TOTAL 28 (1+3+4+3+4+3+4+3+3)– Rnd 4: sc, [inc3, sc in next 4 sts] repeat 3 times, inc3, sc in next 3 sts (28 sts).

    ACTUAL TOTAL 36 (2+3+6+3+6+3+6+3+4) — Rnd 5: sc in next 2 sts, [inc3, sc in next 6 sts] repeat 3 times, inc3, sc in next 4 sts (36 sts).

    ACTUAL TOTAL 40 (3+2+8+2+8+2+8+2+5) — Rnd 6: sc in next 3 sts, [inc, sc in next 8 sts] repeat 3 times, inc, sc in next 5 sts (40 sts).

    Now the only remaining problem is round 23, and I can probably pick a random stitch to remove without messing anything up too much.


    1. Oookay! My apologies, now that I’ve had a chance to properly look at the pattern, I’m not sure what possessed me to put “dec” in the inc rounds but yes, those should be inc3 for rounds 4 and 5. Round 6 are all regular inc (2 sts in same st), there is no dec in that one (?). As for round 23, can you tell me what the problem is? For the tail end of the body the reason the stitches are counted and dec differently is because you want to have more decreases on the top to give it more a dip so it might seem a bit confusing but please do let me know and I’ll try and help you out 🙂

      1. Round 23 is this:
        ACTUAL TOTAL 17 (7+1+3+1+3+1+1) — Rnd 23: sc in next 7 sts, dec, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sc in next st (16 sts).

        See how you said the total is 16 stitches? It’s really 17 if you count them up. I removed one of the 7 and it seems to have come out okay. I’ll try to post a picture. My sewing is a bit lopsided, but the actual crochet elements look good! I feel very smart that I was able to figure out what was going on there when the decreases were actually increases. : D

  4. Hi! Love the pattern… I had zero issues except that for some reason I couldn’t get the fins to turn out the same- user error though 🙂 I love the final product!!! I made it for my nephews bday party. Is there any way I can make this bigger? I would love to make another bigger whale for him! Thanks!

    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you made the whale! Hmm to make it bigger you could double up the yarn and use a larger hook. Or bulky yarn. Would love to see how that turns out 🙂

  5. I love this little guy, have the body all made but I hit a snag with the flukes. Mine looks nothing like yours! Please help, mine doesnt seem long enough and looks like a tiny hat.

    1. Oh no, sorry you’ve hit a snag! Though, a tiny hat sounds darn cute hehe. But, I’m getting distracted. Is it possible it’s missing a round? I remember for one of the fluke sets I’ve made I missed Round 3 (where you work even around) and it turned out like a tiny hat. I’m actually about to start another whale so I’ll take a few photos and add them to the pattern.

  6. Thank you for the adorable pattern. My family was having a baby shower with a whale theme in another state. I made 7 for table decorations and they were a hit. Wish I could post a photo.
    I found the flukes hard to make but started getting it after the third or fourth one. It helps to squeeze it in half and watch your count carefully.

    1. Thank you for your message – glad the whale was able to make it to the baby shower 😀
      The flukes were a bit of a challenge when I designed the pattern but I’m with you, after the 3rd or 4th one I started to feel like a pro haha.

  7. I cannot figure out the flukes! Are you working in a round after the magic circle? Or are you working by turning over the work for each round? I’ve tried several times and just can’t figure it out. I really like the flukes you have and want to master them because the body came out great!

    1. Hi Meg! Thanks for your message 🙂 Yep, the flukes are worked in the round. The rounds include increases and decreases at opposite ends to give it that bend-y shape. They are not stuffed but instead the flukes are flattened (use the increase/decrease stitches as a guide of where to make the crease…I hope that isn’t confusing).

  8. thanks, trying again…do you join the round with a slip stitch or just jump in with the increases? thanks so much for your quick reply

  9. I got it!!! Thanks so much for the fast reply and sharing this adorable whale pattern! I love it! Making a pair for a friend who just bought a beach house! Can’t wait to give it to her!

  10. In the beginning when you say inc3 could you be more specific on what you mean? Is it 2sc in each stitch for 3 stitches?

  11. Hi I am wondering how much yarn do I need? You don’t say how many yards or how many skeins? Thanks!

    1. Hello! Thanks for your message. I’m not sure of the exact yardage but I would estimate 60-80 yards, assuming you are using the same yarn I used (Bernat Super Value or Red Heart Super Saver) you definitely won’t need an entire skein for one whale. Hope that helps!

  12. Theses are so cute! I made one of these guys for a friend but added a horn to make it a narwhal :). I also crocheted it in the round because that’s how I’m used to doing it.

  13. What is a magic ring? (Im sorry ive just started crocheting recently and i dont know all the terms yet lol)

  14. Thank you so much for posting! Your whale is so cute! Your Big Island snorkeling adventures sound amazing! I’m from Oahu and the Big Island is one of our favorite getaways. I too am more of a snorkeler than a scuba diver. What manta ray viewing company would you recommend for snorkelers and any recs on seeing turtles and spinner dolphins?

  15. Great pattern, thanks!! Made a mobile of this, the cute manta, a sea star from another blog and a jellyfish (actually used first half of whale body pattern, did a ripple stitch on the edge, then just did basic curlicue tentacles.) Super excited to give it to an expecting mom who also hooks. 🙂

  16. Hi !!
    Such an adorable pattern, thank you so much !!
    Yesterday evening, I was suddenly wondering for an easy pattern of whale, and you were here !
    I gonna post some pictures in few days, I will send you the link ;).

    Thank you again ♡

    1. Hi, you may sell the finished item offline only, like craft fairs but I would ask that you include my name or website. Please do not sell online, like etsy or other online shops.

    1. Hi Sonya,
      I’m not sure if you have another version of this pattern but this is the correct info:
      Rnd 6: sc in next 3 sts, [inc, sc in next 8 sts] repeat 3 times, inc, sc in next 5 sts (40 sts).

  17. Super cute, I added a couple extra rows to make it a bit bigger and then stupidly sewed the fins on upside down but he’s still gorgeous thanks for the great pattern.

    1. Aww same thing happens to me more often than I care to admit. So glad you made the whale 😀

  18. I had so much fun making this whale! Thank you so much for this pattern! Your patterns are so easy to follow, every time I have a project I look to see if you’ve made the thing I need a pattern for first.

  19. Hello,
    I love your Whale, I maked for a friend, but, I’m asking if you’re accepte that I send some whale make with your tuto (in France)?
    Thank you for your answer.

    1. Hi Emeline!
      Thanks for your message. You can definitely give away whales you’ve made – they make such lovely gifts, don’t they? And, if you’re wondering, you can sell items using my patterns but I do ask that you provide a link back to my website as well as add a tag crediting me as the designer.
      Happy crocheting!

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