I have been trying to make the pattern for this little Seahorse easier to understand. This little chap has led me a merry dance! Here goes.
The pattern is written in US terms. I am left-handed, if you are right-handed the seahorse will face the other way.
Use a 3mm up to a 4.5mm hook and any double knitting yarn.
I have used Stylecraft Special DK
or the pattern can be made in cotton with the appropriate sized hook.
(Use the bigger hook if you like the motif a little bigger and looser)
ch chain sc single crochet dc double crochet
hd half double sl slip stitch tog together
Dc into 4th ch from the hook, 1dc, 3 dc2tog
2 dc, 2 tr, work 2 tr into each of the next 3 chs.
1tr, 2dc, 2 dc into each of the next 2sts, 2 hd, 3sc2tog,
2 sl (leaving the remaining chs unworked)
Miss one st, sl 8, 2sc, 1hd, 2hd in next st, 1dc, 2dc in next st,
2dc, 2dc into next st, 1dc, 2hd,
3sc, 2sl, miss 1st, 2sl, (to the neck)
Miss 1, 6sl, 4sc, 2hd in next st 4 times, 2hd, 2sc, 3sl
Miss 1, 3sl, 16sc, sc2tog, 3sl (you are now at the lower point of the neck)
ch 8, sl into 5th ch from the hook to form a loop, (the loop will form the eye)3 sl into the chains (working back towards the neck).
6dc into loop,
miss 1st, 2 sl,
ch5, sl into 2nd ch from hook (forming a picot that will be the top tip at the end of the snout), dc, sc, dc.
Flip the snout over, so that the picot is facing upwards.
Sl into the top of the last of the dcs into the loop to attach the snout to the head.
2dc into loop, 2hd into loop, ch3, sl into the top of the hd
1hd and 2dc into loop
sl into the first ch of the HEAD (at the neck).
2sl to the top of the neck,
1dc into each of 3 sts, on the top of the head
sl into the top of dc directly below the chs
sl, ch3, sl into 3rd st from the hook, sl into dc directly below the picot just made,
(sc,* ch4, sl into 4th ch from hook, sl) twice, sl
The picture below is at this first sc*, which is made into the loop at the base of the foundation chain.
ch3, sl into 3rd ch from hook, 2sl
(ch4 miss a st, sl) 3 times, sl
ch4, 2 tr into next st. twice, ch1,
(sl, ch3) 5 times.
Sew in the end.
When sewing in the end of the tail pull slightly to get the tail to curl.
This new improved pattern comes with many more photos. If you have a go, I would love to know how you get on.
It would also be fun to see how you use the motifs.
I put them on a Hoodie.
Rainbow Junkie made a wonderful wall hanging for her bathroom.