Crochet Tutorial: Adult Shark Blanket

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It’s a “fin-tastic” day for YARNutopia as we release the video tutorial and free pattern for the shark tail. A much anticipated blog post for this “Jaw-some” blanket. *Queue JAWS music here*

Shark Tail
Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

Klik hier voor de vertaling (DUTCH TRANSLATION)

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make the shark blanket that is in the photo:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
Questions? Leave a comment!
You may sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my name and Etsy Shop (YARNutopia).
Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own.
Thank you, and happy hooking!

Sizing:
The video tutorial is for the size LARGE that will fit anybody that is 5+ feet tall.
Watch the end of the video to get tips on to make yours smaller or bigger.

Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Medium (worsted) weight yarn:
For the Large size I used approximately 1700 yards of Gray Heather, Small amounts of Black, White, and Cherry Red.
If you cannot get these exact brands of yarn, go to Yarnsub.com to find an equivalent type of yarn.
-Size K-6.50mm AND I-5.50mm crochet hook
-Yarn Needle
-Scissors
-Stuffing (optional)

Special Stitches:
Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
BLO: Back Loop Only
DC: double crochet
Sc: single crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
TC: Treble Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Decrease
HDC2TOG: Half-Double Crochet Decrease
SC2TOG:Single Crochet Decrease
Notes:

Watch the video tutorial to make this smaller or bigger. At the end of the video tutorial I give clear instructions on how to make this smaller. Just stop increasing at the point where you feel it has reached the size you are trying to accomplish, then jump to the directions for row 44 and make it however long you want it to be.
-Ch 2 at the beginning of row/round does NOT count as a stitch. (See video tutorial for clear instructions)
-The Blanket part is made using a K-6.50mm size crochet hook, and all the fins and embellishments are made using the I-5.50mm crochet hook.
-For the Tail Fin, Dorsal Fin, and Eyes, work in the BLO

Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

Size Large Shark Blanket

With K-6.50mm Crochet Hook
Ch 3

Rnd 1: DC 10 in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st to beginning dc. ch 2 (10)

Rnds 2-3: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (10)

Rnd 4: DC 2 in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 5-6: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (20)

Rnd 7: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next st) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnds 8-9: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (30)

Rnd 10: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 2 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnds 11-12: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (40)

Rnd 13: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 3 sts.) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 14-15: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (50)

Rnd 16: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 4 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnds 17-18: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (60)

Rnd 19: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 5 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnds 20-21: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (70)

Rnd 22: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 6 sts) 10 stimes. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

Rnds 23-24: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (80)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 25: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 7 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnds 26-27: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (90)

Rnd 28: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 8 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

Rnds 29-30: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (100)

(At this point, if it is as wide as you need it, jump to directions for round 44—see video for visual instructions)

Rnd 31: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 9 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (110)

Rnds 32-33: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2.

Rnd 34: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 10 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnds 35-36: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (120)

Rnd 37: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 11 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 38-39: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (130)

Rnd 40: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 12 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnds 41-42: DC in each st around. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (140)

Rnd 43: (DC 2 in next st, DC in next 13 sts) 10 times. Sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2. (150)

(At this point, if it is NOT as wide as you need it, continue established pattern just increasing the stitches evenly until it is as wide as you need it to be. See video for visual instructions)

We will now be working in rows. If you do not want to work in rows, watch the video tutorial for visual instructions on how to make this a full cocoon style.

You can make this however long you want. I did 30 rows, but you can do less or more depending on how long you want to make your shark.

Row 44-74: DC in each st across. DO NOT sl st to beginning dc. Ch 2, turn. (150)
Fasten off, weave in end.

Gum Line:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
Attach Red yarn
Row 75: HDC in each st across. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Teeth:
With I-5.5mm Crochet Hook
With White
Attach to one end
*Ch 6, Sl St in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next, TC in next, Sk 3 sts on red gum line, Sl St in next st on row 75. Repeat from * across. (see video tutorial if this part is a little confusing)

 

Tail Fin
Make 2 with I-5.50mm Crochet Hook
With 2 strands of yarn in Gray,
Work in the BLO

Row 1: Chain 52, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (50dc)

Row 2: DC2TOG twice, DC in each stitch across, ch 2, Turn (48dc)

Row 3:  DC in each stitch until the last 4 sts, DC2TOG twice, ch 2, turn (46dc)

Row 4-11: repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have 30 sts

Row 12: 2 DC in first 2 sts, DC across, ch 2, turn (32dc)

Row 13: DC in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2 DC in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (34)

Row 14-21: Repeat rows 12 & 13 until you have 50 sts.
Do not fasten off, continue to sc around entire piece.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew both tails together to make it extra thick, Stuff tail if you would like. Cinch around top to make it smaller, then sew it around rnd 10 of the body. (see video tutorial for this part)

Pectoral Fins
(Make 2) with I-5.50mm crochet hook
With 2 strands of yarn in gray,

Row 1: Ch 17, HDC in 3rd ch from hook and across. Ch 2, turn. (15)

Row 2-6: HDC in each st across, ch 2 turn. (15)

Row 7: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 11 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (13)

Row 8: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (13)

Row 9: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 9 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn (11)

Row 10: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (11)

Row 11: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 7 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 12: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (9)

Row 13: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 5 sts, HDC2TOG, Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 14: HDC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (7)

Row 15: HDC2TOG, HDC in next 3 sts, HDC2TOG, ch 2, turn. (5)

Row 16: HDC in each st across. Ch 1 turn

Continue to SC around entire fin, Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Sew both fins to blanket (See video for visual instructions)

Dorsal Fin:
This fin is worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm crochet hook

With 2 strands of yarn in gray
Work in BLO

Ch 2
Rnd 1: SC 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2-3: Sc in each st (6)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 3 times. (9)

Rnd 5: Sc in each st. (9)

Rnd 6: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 3 times. (12)

Rnds 7-8: Sc in each st (12)

Rnd 9: (Sc 2 in next st, sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 10: Sc in each st. (18)

Rnd 11: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Rnd 12: Sc in each st. (24)

Rnd 13: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 3 sts) 6 times. (30)

Rnd 14: Sc in each st. (30)

Rnd 15: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 4 sts) 6 times. (36)

Rnds 16-19: Sc in each st. (36)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Stuffing is optional, sew to body of shark.
(See video for sewing instructions)

Eyes: Make 2
The eyes are worked in continuous rounds. Place stitch marker at the beginning of each round.
With I-5.50mm Crochet Hook in Black

Work in the BLO

Ch 2
Rnd 1:Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Sc 2 in each st. (12)

Rnd 3: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next st) 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: (Sc 2 in next st, Sc in next 2 sts) 6 times. (24)

Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Add white yarn detail in eye (see video for visual instructions)
Sew to body.

Gills: Make 4 (or as many as you want)
FDC 20
OR Ch 22, DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.

Fasten off with long tail. Sew to body behind eyes.

Finishing:
Sew Eyes to row 13 of gray color from mouth
Sew Pectoral Fins to line 26 of gray color from mouth
Sew Dorsal Fin to line 30 of gray color from mouth.
See video tutorial for these specific placements.
Sew in all loose ends.
Enjoy being eaten by a shark!!

Click Here for the Printable PDF Digital Download for this Pattern

 

***You can always contact me if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

***You can sell anything you make from my patterns, please just link back to my website YARNutopia.com. Thank you!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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    • Nadia – thank you so VERY much for this pattern. I just finished the mermaid tail for my Grandaughter’s 6th birthday and literally said, just last week, I would like to make one for my Grandson’s 8th birthday (both in December), but it’d have to be something like a shark and then, here is your post!!!! I started on the shark last night. I’ll share pics after they’re gifted and sitting on the couch together. Thanks again. Fellow Wisconsinite 🙂

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  1. This is amazing, and I’m going to start it tomorrow!! But is there a print-friendly way to get it without all the extras on the page? Thanks – there is going to be a very happy wee kiwi boy at Christmas time 🙂

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    • Stop increasing at the size you want it to be then jump to row 44 and follow on. She gives instructions in the video how to make it smaller if you get stuck. 😁

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      • I watched to the end and never heard the instructionsfor smaller sizes either….thank you for helping us

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  3. Ive started this and it is very addictive. Cant stop crocheting when I get home from work. So excited to see the end result. Making for my 22 year old son as the Jaws theme music is one of his childhood memories that he used to love and shreak at and laugh uncontrollably. Cant wait to see his face when I give it to him. Will post a pic when finished and hopefully one of my son sat watching the movie with it on. LOL

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  4. Thank you so much for this pattern. I just finished the mermaid tail for my daughter and canny wait to make this for my son. Do you think it would be easy to make this pattern into an Orca whale rather than a shark?
    Your tutorials are wonderfully detailed and so well filmed. Thank you so much for inspiring me to take in more crochet projects!

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  5. Great pattern – but a two and a half hour video takes far too much of my time to watch. I made this pattern, but had a few problems.

    One is with the teeth – they curl up. I used Red Heart Super Saver, made them exactly according to the pattern, but they still curl up. I even tried doubling the yarn. How do you flatten them and keep them flat?

    I also wasn’t happy with attaching the bottom fin, especially trying to attach it to the double crochets that make up the body. Can you direct me to the point in the video where you explain this?

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    • I don’t know if this will help you, but I just watch enough of the video to figure out each new portion I’m doing. I jot down the time (I.e. 13:24) so that I can come back later for the next step. I think this was really useful with the mermaid tail. Hope it helps.

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  6. Hi Nadia, I jus ffinished my mermaid blanket, thank you so much! you are a great teacher. I’m going to try this shark blanket next!

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  7. I Just taught myself how to crochet (I’m a knitter) and I made 3 of your mermaid blankets for my nieces. Thank you so much and thanks to your dad for holding the camera:) Your instructions/video are perfect and so easy to understand. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate
    what you do. I m now making the shark:) Would you please make a dolphin or a dog and one for a baby in the car seat? THanks so much!!!!!

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  8. I’ve just completed my second mermaid tail, one each for my two granddaughters! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. I’m now due to start on the shark blanket for my grandson, his comment ‘ it’s awesome! Granny is very clever at making things!’ Only because your are so good at designing and creating the patterns to share. Thank you so much for helping me make three children, aged 8, 3 & 3, very happy😊

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  9. thank you sooooo much, I have made 5 mermaid afghans for my granddaughters and niece,then I made afghans for dolls to match, now I plan on making the shark you are the best <3, wendy Erickson

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  11. I made the mermaid and shark blankets for my grand daughter she loved both of them. Your videos are so helpful and easy to understand. Thank you

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  12. Wonderful tutorial, I understand what you mean when you are talking about changing the sizes of this pattern, but I don’t know how to downsize it enough for a baby. Can you please help with a baby pattern. It’s nice to be able to make a baby girl the mermaid tail and the baby boy a shark blanket.
    Thank you so much for all of the time you put into your tutorial.

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  13. I made the mermaid and the shark blankets. Love them!!! Love the tutorial!! I have a question for you. Do you have a pattern for the adult converse slippers I have been seeing?

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  14. Thank you so much for your video and the instructions. This was my 2nd time crocheting and it turned out wonderful! But, I know it only turned out because you are a great teacher- I took it step by step, paused, rewound, ripped out and started again until it looked pretty darn close to yours.Thanks again, I am now not so scared anymore.

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  15. I’m so glad you’re doing better physically. Well, I was wondering if you have or ever thought of making an Autism puzzle crochet blanket. I would love to make one for a friend and her child. I tried to crochet my own but the curves were just too much for me. If you can find the time from your busy schedule. Please crochet one and show a pattern. thank you.

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  17. Do you have this shark pattern for children age 8 as this is adult size. Also do you have a mermaid pattern for the age of 8. As I have 2 grandchildren turning 7 in July and would like to try to make them. I’m not expert at crocheting, but I will try. Thank you
    Terry

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    • You can use 2 strands of yarn at the same time if you’d like, but you don’t have to. I did, it just held in the polyfil a little better with the tighter stitches. I hope this helps! Enjoy!

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  19. hi Nadia, i only have wool that is for a 4mm hook could i still make this pattern with it as i have lots of the same colour in stock 🙂

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  20. I have just found your site. I love your tutorials! I have just finished the mermaid tail and looking forward to doing the shark tail. Thank you for sharing all that you do!!!

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  22. Love your video on the shark!- I finished it tonight & was wondering. How to wash, with stuffing and to soften the project. I know it will be delicate cycle. I used Caron one pound in Grey no dye lot 100% .

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  23. I am making the shark blanket for my grandson who will be 9 years in November. I am making it adult size for him because I would like him to be able to grow into it instead of out of it. I added a few touches of my own and crocheted eye sockets and put google eyes in eye sockets. I made my grand daughter a mermaid tail and Daddy sent me a picture text of mommy sleeping in it . So I know Mommy & Daddy will be tempted to slip into the sharks mouth.

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  25. I made this for my sister, and she loved it! Thank you so much for awesome instructions and the video, too! I’ll definitely be trying some of your other patterns!!

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