Crochet Humpback Whale Jumper (age 5-6)

Crochet Humpback Whale Jumper (age 5-6)

1st May 2019 0 By cosycrochet
Humpback Whale Costume

Humpback Whale Costume

This week I have finally gotten around to getting my humpback whale jumper sorted and ready for you.  This pattern was written for Oliver for his world book day costume.   This year his school had a Julia Donaldson theme, and as soon as he knew this, Oliver picked the humpback whale from his favourite book, the Snail and the Whale.   After a little looking online, it soon became apparent that I wouldn’t be able to buy a costume, he needed one making.    As luck would have it, Aldi had one of their yarn specials on at the time and their aran yarn had the colours grey and white which were the perfect match for this costume.

After getting all of Oliver’s measurements I set to work.   The jumper is mostly constructed in parts, a back, front, tail and details are all made separately and sewn together.   The hood and the arms are worked off the jumper as it is constructed.    I knew that I wanted the back of the jumper to be grey, and the front white with the lines you get on the front of a humpback whale.   The hood needed to have blow holes and eyes, and the back needed the hump, whilst the sleeves needed to double up as whale flippers.   After a period of considerable thinking, I was able to come up with this jumper design and I have to say I was very pleased with the way it came out, and Oliver loved his costume too.   In fact, as far as I am aware, he was the only humpback whale to come to school for world book day.

I have only worked this pattern up in age 5-6, however, it is fairly easily adaptable.   You could add or subtract stitches and rows to the front and back panels to make the jumper smaller or larger.   The sleeves would work in the same way, as would the hood.   All the details should be able to remain the same.   I did also make a snail which was attached via a keyring onto the tail, but as that was a direct copy from the book illustration, I have decided not to publish that pattern due to copywrite laws.   However, I am sure that if you wanted, there are many snail patterns that could be used as an alternative.

You can find the pattern for the Humpback Whale Jumper below, I hope that you enjoy making it, and I would love to see your finished jumpers on any of my social media profiles.   Next week I will be sharing with you a little surprise pattern that should work up in just a few hours.   Join me then to find out more.

Vicky x

Humpback Whale Jumper (age 5-6) 

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this jumper

  • Aran yarn in the following colours;
    • Grey – 375g
    • White – 150g
    • Small amount of dark grey to eyes and blow holes
  • Tapestry needle
  • A little stuffing for the hump
  • Scissors
  1. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

  • Sc – single crochet
  • Ch – chain
  • inc – increase
  • dec – decrease
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • b/l – back loops
  • f/l – front loops
  • m/c – magic circle
  • sl st – slip stitch
  1. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • The gauge for this jumper is worked in sc and has 18 rows and 14 stitches in a 10cm square.
  • The jumper is made in pieces which are sewn together.
  • The finished jumper has a chest size of 70cm, and a body length of 40cm (not including the hood or the tail). It is designed to fit a child of age 5-6 with a bit of growing room.
  • You need to ch 1 and turn at the end of each row for all pieces except the sleeves.
  • The sleeves are mostly worked in the round and to avoid the seams they are worked without joining, in continuous rounds.
  1. Pattern

Jumper Back – work in grey

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 53, sk 1st ch from hook and sc to end, turn 52
2-73 Sc across, turn 52
74 Sc across and cast off 52

 

Jumper front – work in white (only sc are included in stitch count)

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 67, sk 1st ch from hook and sc to end, turn 66
2-19 Sc across in b/l, turn 66
20 Sl st, 65 sc in b/l, turn 65
21 64 sc in b/l, sl st, turn 64
22 Sk sl st, sl st, 63 sc in b/l, turn 63
23 62 sc in b/l, sl st, turn 62
24 Sk sl st, sl st, 61 sc in b/l, turn 61
25 60 sc in b/l, sl st, turn 60
26 Sk sl st, sl st, 59 sc in b/l, turn 59
27 58 sc in b/l, sl st, turn 58
28 Sk sl st, sl st, 57 sc in b/l, turn 57
29 56 sc in b/l, sl st, turn 56
30 Sk sl st, sl st, 55 sc in b/l, turn 55
31 54 sc in b/l, sl st, turn 54
32 Sk sl st, sl st, 53 sc in b/l, turn 53
33 52 sc in b/l, sl st, turn 52
34 Sk sl st, sc in b/l, turn 52
35 51 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 1, turn 53
36 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 53 sc in b/l, turn 54
37 53 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2 turn 55
38 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 55 sc in b/l, ch 1 turn 56
39 55 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn 57
40 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 57 sc in b/l, turn 58
41 57 sc in n/l, sc inc b/l, ch 2 turn 59
42 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 59 sc in b/l, turn 60
43 59 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn 61
44 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 61 sc in b/l, turn 62
45 61 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn 63
46 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 63 sc in b/l, turn 64
47 63 sc in b/l, sc inc in b/l, ch 2, turn 65
48 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 65 sc in b/l, turn 66
49-65 Sc in b/l, turn 66
66 Sc in b/l, cast off 66

 

To Assemble Front and Back of Jumper;

  • Lay the back of the jumper down with the rows horizontally. Place the front of the jumper on top of the back with the rows vertically.
  • Sew rows 1-19 of the front to the left side of the back of the jumper.
  • Sew rows 49-66 of the front of the jumper to the right side of the back, this will form the shoulders. Leave rows 20-48 unworked for the head to fit in.
  • Sew 50 rows (grey panel) down the sides starting from the bottom. This makes the sides of the jumper.  The remaining 24 rows are not to be sewn together as they will form the arm holes.
  • You should now have a jumper with 2 arm holes and a head hole. Sew in all ends and turn the jumper the right way out.

 

Sleeves – work in grey, 1 on each side of the jumper

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Attach yarn in the middle bottom of the arm hole and sc around for 45 stitches 45
2 Sc around 45
3 Dec, 43 sc 44
4-5 Sc around 44
6 42 sc, dec 43
7-8 Sc around 43
9 Dec, 41 sc 42
10-11 Sc around 42
12 40 sc, dec 41
13-14 Sc around 41
15 39 sc, dec 40
16-17 Sc around 40
18 Dec, 38 sc 39
19-20 Sc around 39
21 37 sc, dec 38
22-23 Sc around 38
24 Dec, 36 sc 37
25-26 Sc around 37
27-65 Sc around 37
66 Dec, 33sc, dec, turn 35
67 Dec, 31 sc, dec, turn 33
68 Dec, 29 sc, dec, turn 31
69 Dec, 27 sc, dec, turn 29
70 Dec, 25 sc, dec, turn 27
71 Dec, 23 sc, dec, turn 25
72 Dec, 21 sc, dec, turn 23
73 Dec, 19 sc, dec, turn 21
74 Dec, 17 sc, dec, turn 19
75 Dec, 15 sc, dec, turn 17
76 Dec, 13 sc, dec, turn 15
77 Dec, 11 sc, dec, turn 13
78 Dec, 9 sc, dec, turn 11
79 Dec, 7 sc, dec, turn 9
80 Dec, 5 sc, dec, turn 7
81 Dec, 3 sc, dec, turn 5
82 Dec, sc, dec, turn 3
83 Sc 3 tog, cast off and sew in ends 1

 

Hood – work in grey – with the jumper facing you, count 10 rows to the right on the front of the jumper, starting from the right edge of the left shoulder and attach yarn

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Place 1 sc in each row on the front, then sc in each stitch on the back panel, and finally work 1 sc in the next 10 rows of the front (to the left of the left shoulder), turn 37
2-43 Sc around, turn 37
Cast off and fold top edge in half, and sew shut on the inside of the hood.   Sew in ends.

 

Hood edging– work in grey – with the jumper facing you, attach yarn at the corner of the hood

Row Instruction Stitches
1 86 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 87
2 87 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 88
3 88 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 89
4 89 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 90
5 90 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 91
6 91 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 92
7 92 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 93
8 93 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 94
9 94 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 95
10 95 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 96
11 96 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, turn 97
12 97 sc, add 1 sc into the next white row, DO NOT TURN 98
13 5 sc in next 5 white rows, sc in the middle of the v. And then 5 sc in the remaining white rows, sl st to starting stitch of row 12 and cast off 109

 

Whale Eyes – work 2 starting in dark grey

Row Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 Change to grey, 2 sc, hdc inc, dc inc, hdc inc, 3 sc, hdc inc, dc inc, hdc inc, sc 18
4 Work in f/l, 5 sc, ch 1 , 9 sc, ch 1 , 4 sc, sl st, cast off with a long tail

Sew eyes to hood 14 rows below the top seam, just before the hood edging.

 

Blow Holes – in dark grey

Row Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 Sc inc, sc inc, hdc-ch 1-hdc, sc inc, sc inc, hdc-ch1-hdc, sl st, cast off with a long tail 12

Sew next to each other on the back of the hood in line with the eyes.

 

Hump – in light grey

Row Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 (sc, sc inc) x 6 18
4 (2 sc, sc inc) x 6 24
5 (3 sc, sc inc) x 6 30
6 (4 sc, sc inc) x 6 36
Sl st and cast off with a long tail

Sew blow hole to middle, back of the jumper, 22 rows from the bottom, stuff as you attach.

 

Bottom Edging – In grey

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Attach yarn to bottom of jumper and sc around the bottom edge 118
2-5 Repeat row 1 118
Sl st, Cast off and sew in all ends

 

Tail – work in 1 grey and 1 in white

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn 3
2 Sc across, turn 3
3 Inc, sc, inc, turn 5
4 Sc across, turn 5
5 Inc, 3 sc, inc, turn 7
6 Sc across, turn 7
7 Inc, 5 sc, inc, turn 9
8 Sc across, turn 9
9 Inc, 7 sc, inc, turn 11
10 Sc across, turn 11
11 Inc, 9 sc, inc, turn 13
12 Sc across, turn 13
13 Inc, 11 sc, inc, turn 15
14 Sc across, turn 15
15 Inc, 13 sc, inc, turn 17
16 Sc across, turn 17
17 Inc, 15 sc, inc, turn 19
18 Sc across, turn 19
19 Inc, 17 sc, inc, turn 21
20 Sc across, turn 21
21 Inc, 19 sc, inc, turn 23
22 Sc across, turn 23
23 Inc, 21 sc, inc, turn 25
24-28 Sc across, turn 25
29 Dec, 23 sc, turn 24
30 22 sc, dec, turn 23
31 Dec, 21sc, turn 22
32 20 sc, dec, turn 21
33 Dec, 19 sc, turn 20
34 19 sc, inc, ch 2, turn 21
35 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 21 sc, turn 22
36 21 sc, inc, ch 2 turn 23
37 Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 23 sc, turn 24
38 24 sc, inc, turn 25
39-43 Sc across, turn 25
44 Dec, 21 sc, dec, turn 23
45 Sc across, turn 23
46 Dec, 19 sc, dec, turn 21
47 Sc across, turn 21
48 Dec, 17 sc, dec, turn 19
49 Sc across, turn 19
50 Dec, 15 sc, dec, turn 17
51 Sc across, turn 17
52 Dec, 13 sc, dec, turn 15
53 Sc across, turn 15
54 Dec, 11 sc, dec, turn 13
55 Sc across, turn 13
56 Dec, 9 sc, dec, turn 11
57 Sc across, turn 11
58 Dec, 7 sc, dec, turn 9
59 Sc across, turn 9
60 Dec, 5 sc, dec, turn 7
61 Sc across, turn 7
62 Dec, 3 sc, dec, turn 5
53 Sc across, turn 5
54 Dec, sc, dec, turn 3
55 Sc across, turn 3
56 3 sc tog, cast off 1
Attach yarn at the right hand side of the straight egde in the middle of the tail
57-66 Sc across, turn 20
67 sc around the edge of the tail until you get 2 stitches before the 1st point, hdc in these 2 stitches, 5 hdc in the corner of the tail, hdc in the next 2 stitches, then sc until you get 2 stitches before the next point, then hdc in these 2 stitches, 5 hdc in the point, hdc in the next 2 stitches, sc to the start of the tail, sl st and cast off

Holding white tail piece in front of the grey and using grey yarn, sc both tail pieces together.   Then sew tail to the middle back of the jumper and sew in all ends.

 

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