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Free Crochet Seal Pattern – Salty the Seal

This free crochet seal pattern has been sponsored by Clover USA. All opinions are my own.

This week I want to share my free crochet seal pattern for my new little friend Salty the Seal and her baby seal pups. Salty the Seal is a sweet and cuddly seal with big beautiful eyes that is curious and loves to go on adventures with her baby seals. Salty and her baby seals have been a big hit with my kids so far and I think you’ll enjoy them too. I’ve designed this crochet seal pattern to minimize the amount of sewing needed. I know that sewing on parts is usually something that deters people from making amigurumi toys and I wanted to create something that required very little sewing.

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close up image of the face of the amigurumi seal made with this free pattern

Salty is made with Fable Fur yarn from We Crochet. I absolutely love, love, LOVE creating amigurumi patterns with this faux fur yarn. It was seriously love at first squeeze. I have been so inspired by this yarn that I can’t stop making amigurumi projects with it. I’ve already published some of the free amigurumi projects that I’ve created using faux fur yarn and I have more to come. If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here: Kaya the Koala, Crochet Koala Keychain, Seth the Sloth, Gnorman the Gnome, Flikka Flamingo, Taran Tarantula and Otis the Owl.

As I mentioned earlier, this crochet seal pattern is designed to minimize the sewing. Salty is worked from the head to the tail in one piece. You’ll start by creating the head, then the body and the tail as a single piece and seaming the tail closed. Then you’ll create each of Salty’s fins working in rows and those will be the only pieces that you’ll sew onto this project. Combine the minimal sewing with the fact that the Fable Fur yarn is a bulky weight yarn, this crochet seal pattern is a really quick make.

The baby seals are made using the same pattern but instead of the 5.5mm hook with the Fable Fur yarn, you’ll be using a 3.5mm crochet hook and Brava Worsted yarn. The safety eyes and nose needed for the babies are signifcantly smaller than those used for Salty. You’ll need 10mm eyes and a 8mm safety nose for each baby seal.

crochet baby seals held in someone's hands

Salty the Seal measures approximately 10 inches tall. She is a great cuddle-sized toy for little ones. However, please note that if you’re giving an amigurumi toy with safety eyes in it to a little person, please be aware that the safety eyes can be a choking hazard for little ones that may put them in their mouth. The baby seals measure approximately 4.5 inches tall.

I love the safety eyes that I used in this crochet seal pattern. I used 24mm glitter safety eyes that I got from a local maker that has an Etsy shop called Chateau Bornais Crochet. I had been struggling to find safety eyes that looked a specific way and I just couldn’t find them anywhere. I sent a message to Rebekah from Chateau Bornais Crochet and not only did she have EXACTLY what I was looking for, she helped me get the exact colour I wanted as well. Since then, I’ve used her safety eyes in a few of my other amigurumi patterns (that will be releasing soon) and they have been fabulous. You can check out her Etsy shop HERE.

The tools I used in this project were generously supplied by Clover USA. I used their Clover Amour Crochet hooks, Chibi Bent Tip Tapestry Needle, Locking Stitch Markers and Patchwork Mini Scissors. All of these tools have become part of my go-to toolbox. All of these tools are really great quality and enjoyable to use. Locking stitch markers are an absolute necessity (in my opinion) when making amigurumi and these stitch markers never disappoint. I never realized what a game changer a bent tip tapestry needle could be until I tried them. If you do amigurumi projects regularly, then I definitely recommend checking them out.

If this is your first time working with faux fur yarn or if you’re nervous about trying it, check out my tips and tricks for working with faux fur yarn. You can read that post HERE or you can check out the video version below.

Check out the Step-By-Step Video Tutorial for this Free Crochet Seal Pattern Below:

Free Crochet Seal Pattern – Salty the Seal

Grey seal with large blue eyes made with this free crochet seal pattern

Get an ad-free PDF version of this crochet seal pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate

Supplies for Salty the Seal:

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Supplies for the Baby Seals:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • ST = Stitch
  • MC = Magic Circle
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
  • FO = Finish Off

Finished size:

  • Salty is approximately 10” Long by 7.5” wide (fin tip to fin tip)
  • Baby seals are approximately 4.5” long by 3” wide (fin tip to fin tip)

Gauge:

  • Salty: 5 sts x 5 rows = 2 inches
  • Baby seals: 5 sts x 5.5 rows = 1 inch

NOTES:

  • Salty the Seal is worked with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur.
  • The head, body and tail fin are all working in the round and in a single piece.  The fins are worked in rows and then sewn onto either side of the body.
  • This project is worked in continuous rounds (except the fins).  Do not join at the end of every row (unless indicated).  Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of every round, moving it up at the start of each new round.
  • To make Salty the Seal: Follow the instructions using the Fable Fur Yarn and the 5.5mm hook. 
  • To make the Baby Seals: Follow the instructions using the Brava Worsted yarn and a 3.5mm hook.
  • Gauge is not vital to the project as long as tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes where stuffing can be seen.  However, please note if you do not match gauge, it will affect the size of your project and therefore, potentially the amount of yarn required.


Head and Body

Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)
Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)
Round 4: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6. (24)
Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)
Rounds 6 – 10: SC around. (30) – Insert eyes in stitches 3 and 8 of Round 6.  Insert safety nose in stitch 6 of Round 8, centered between the eyes.  I recommend placing stitch markers in these spots until you are able to attach the safety eyes.
Round: 11: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6. (24) – Start adding stuffing, adding a bit more after every row or two.
Round: 12: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6. (18)
Round 13: (SC, SCDEC) x 6. (12)
Round 14: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)
Round 15: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 16: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18) – Continue to add stuffing every couple of rows, adding extra in the neck area for added support of the head.

a large furry crochet seal and two baby amigurumi seals laying together on a blanket.


Round 17: (SC 2, SCINC) x 6. (24)
Rounds 18 – 20: SC around. (24)
Round 21: (SC 2, SCDEC) x 6. (18)
Round 22: SC around. (18)
Round 23: (SC, SCDEC) x 6. (12)
Round 24: SC around. (12)
Round 25: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)
Round 26: (SCINC) x 2, SC, (SCINC) X 2, SC. (10)
Round 27: SC, (SCINC) x 2, SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 3. (14)
Round 28: SC 2, (SCINC) x 2, SC 5, (SCINC) x 2, SC 3. (18)
Rounds 29 -31: SC around. (18)
Join last ST to first ST with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail.  Finish stuffing the body but do not add any stuffing to the tail portion of the body.  Hold the two long sides of the tail fin together and sew the hole closed using a tapestry needle. 

Fins (make 2)

Row 1: CH 7.  SC in 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across.  CH 1 and turn. (6)
Row 2: SCDEC, SC 2, SCDEC. CH 1 and turn. (4)
Row 3: SC across. CH 1 and turn. (4)
Row 4: (SCDEC) x 2. CH 1 and turn. (2)
Row 5: SC across. (2)
FO leaving a long tail and sew onto either side of the body, just below the neck.

Finishing Touches for Salty the Seal

The fur may cover up the eyes and nose a bit so use your fingers to smooth the fur away from the eyes and nose. Use a sharp pair of scissors and trim the fur around the face to clean up any fur that may overlap the nose and eyes.

Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: http://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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