Mortimer the Manta Ray Crochet Pattern

May I present to you…Mortimer the Manta Ray Crochet Pattern!

I woke up today with the idea that I had heard the melodious drops of melting snow. I wonder if it was a dream I had where suddenly the air was warm and winter had finally come to an end.

But when I got up the snow was still undisturbed and looking as comfortable ever, almost as though it were taunting me, “This is my home now, I’m not going anywhere.”

I guess in a way this weather forces me to stay indoors and focus on important things like getting the manta ray pattern posted!

The free pattern for this manta ray is below. You can also purchase the ad-free and inexpensive PDF version in my Etsy shop

Mortimer the Manta Ray Crochet Pattern

Approx size: 7″ across

Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn (I used Bernat Super Value in Royal Blue and Natural)
  • 3.0 mm and 4.5 mm hooks
  • Stitch markers
  • Safety eyes (I used 8 mm that I got from Knit Picks)
  • Tapestry needle

Abbreviations (US terms)

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

blo – back loop only

inc – increase (2 sts in same st)

dec – decrease (sc2tog)

Notes

The manta ray is made up of the following parts:

  • Body
  • Mouth lining
  • Cephalic lobes (the two mouth antenna-looking things)
  • Tail

Unless otherwise stated, this pattern is worked in continuous rounds using stitch markers to locate the beginning/end of a round. All color changes start in the stitch of the previous round.

I did not stuff the manta ray with polyfil but you can if you want to.

Body

Using blue yarn and size 4.5mm hook

Round 1: sc 4 sts in magic ring

Round 2: inc in each st (8 sts)

Round 3: sc in each st (8 sts)

Round 4: complete the following [sc in next st, inc in next st] x4 (12 sts)

Round 5: complete the following [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18 sts)

Round 6: complete the following [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] x6 (24 sts)

Round 7: sc in each st (24 sts)

Round 8: complete the following [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] x8 (32 sts)

Round 9: complete the following [sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st] x8 (40 sts)

Round 10: complete the following [sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st] x10 (50 sts)

Round 11: sc in each st (50 sts)

Round 12: complete the following [sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st] x10 (60 sts)

The stitch markers here will guide you in making increases for the mouth flaps, one flap on each side.

Round 13: complete the following [sc in next 11 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 11 sts, inc in next st] x2 (66 sts)

Round 14: sc in next 13 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, inc in next st, ch 1, turn and sc in next 7 sts, ch 1, turn and sc across, at the end of the row sl st into the side of the previous row then continue to sc in next 25 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 6 sts, ch 1, turn and sc in next 7 sts, at the end of the row sl st into the side of the previous row then continue to sc in next 13 sts. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Mouth lining

Using white yarn and 4.5mm hook.

Round 1: Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (7 sts).

Rounds 2 – 3: Ch 1, turn and sc across.

Round 4: Ch 1 and sc in BLO. This will create a fold so the lining will bend easily inside the mouth.

Rounds 5 – 6: Ch 1, turn and sc across.

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Fold the body in half, lining the mouth flaps together. Determine which side will be the top and bottom and attach eyes to the top near the sides.

Sew one side of lining to bottom (inside) of mouth.

Line up the stitches on the folded manta ray body and sew the seams together, when you get to the top of the mouth lining make sure you sew that as well.

Cephalic Lobes – Make 2

Using blue yarn and 4.5mm hook.

Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and rest of ch. Fasten off and sew to sides of mouth.

Tail

Using blue yarn and size 3.0mm hook.

Pick up a stitch on manta ray where tail should go, Ch 11. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Assembly

Fold the body in half, lining the mouth flaps together. Determine which side will be the top and bottom and attach eyes to the top and near the sides.

Sew one side of the lining to the bottom (inside) of the mouth.

Line up the stitches on the folded manta ray body and sew the seams together. When you get to the top of the mouth lining make sure you sew that as well. I did not stuff my manta ray with polyfil as I wanted it to be somewhat flat but you can use polyfil if you’d like.

Sew the cephalic lobes one on each side of the mouth.

If you make this manta ray crochet pattern I’d love to see you creation, just tag me on Instagram @popsdemilk_crochet and use the hashtag #popsdemilk

Looking for more crochet ocean creatures? Then you might like these:

Sperm Whale Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Dolphin Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Shark Pin Crochet Pattern

Giant Squid Crochet Pattern

Starfish Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

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This pattern is for personal use only. The pattern and its photos may not be reproduced, distributed or resold, translated, published, altered, shared or posted in any way over the internet or offline.

You may sell finished items made from this pattern as long as it is handmade by you, not mass produced, giving the credit to Pops de Milk / Patricia Castillo as the designer. If you have any questions, you can email me at patricia@popsdemilk.com

18 thoughts on “Mortimer the Manta Ray Crochet Pattern

  1. Hi, the striped blanket pattern is very cute but I still can’t finish it, I don’t understand row 14 of the body well 🙁

  2. Hi,
    Im bit confused in
    Round 14: sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc in next 5 sts, inc, ch 1, turn and sc across 7 sts, ch 1, turn and sc across, sl st down side and continue sc to other side – repeat and sc to end of round.

    I have done the 7sc but i could not understand the slp st downside and wht comes after that

    Thank you

    1. Hello, apologies for the delayed response! When you sl st down the side it’s done in the side edges of the previous rows. If you picture a rectangle and you’re stitching across it, when you reach the end, instead of turning you continue to make stitches along the side of the previous rows. Hope that helps

  3. Thank you for this pattern! It’s well-written and easy to follow without the extra fluff that often garbles up patterns.

  4. Love this adorable pattern ❤️ Really great, easy to follow, and perfect for my 5-year-old daughter; she won’t stop playing with it. I used chunky yarn and made a huge one for my husband. Everyone loves it. Thanks for helping to make my daughter’s favorite toy!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked the pattern and I love that you made one with chunky yarn!

  5. When doing round 14, after you slip stitch down the side, what do you continue to sing crochet to the other side to? In other words how far do you single crochet to the other side? How many stitches?

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your message. I have added more details/specific number of stitches to this round:
      Round 14: sc in next 13 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, inc in next st, ch 1, turn and sc in next 7 sts, ch 1, turn and sc across, at the end of the row sl st into the side of the previous row then continue to sc in next 25 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 6 sts, ch 1, turn and sc in next 7 sts, at the end of the row sl st into the side of the previous row then continue to sc in next 13 sts. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
      I hope this helps!

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