Flipper Friends

Flipper Friends


I recently designed this adorable set of "Flipper Friends", and I can't wait to show you how to make your very own! 


    Isn't this underwater crew just too stinking cute? I love their plush and chubby bodies! 

    About the Pattern

    • Super fast to work up (only 30 minutes for the whale!)
    • Easy and beginner-friendly
    • Includes a step-by-step video tutorial
    • No sewing needed 
    • Stashbuster project; great for using up leftover yarn scraps
    • Tiny and cute at only 4 inches (10 cm) in length 


    The main pattern allows you to crochet the whale's body, its flippers, and tail.  The bonus instructions to the pattern allow you to turn the whale into either a Narwhal or Dolphin!

    Narwhal: Just add a horn, and you'll have the unicorn of the ocean! 

    Dolphin: Just add a fin on the back and a cute dolphin nose, and you'll have this adorable and intelligent little sea creature! 


    • Toys for children 
    • Nursery decor for baby rooms (can be made into a nursery mobile for an ocean, sea, or underwater-themed nursery!)
    • Party favors for kids birthdays
    • Valentine's Day gifts for an entire class of students 
    • Unisex, gender neutral present
    • Keychain charm 
    • Selling at craft fairs or markets
    • Therapy tool / sensory fidget toy / stress ball (for people with anxiety, ADHD, or autism) 


    You can use any yarn fiber, from cotton to chenille velvet, to create different textures…or any weight to create different sizes!  This project looks great in all different yarn colors, including solids, ombre, self-striping, and variegated yarn. Customization is easy by adding crocheted appliques, bows, beads, buttons, eyes/facial features, and more.


    To make your whales exactly like mine, try going with some chunky chenille velvet yarn and a large (5mm) hook. I used Hobbii's Baby Snuggle Yarn and Honey Bunny Yarn. They're very similar in weight and feel, and are perfect for a soft and squishy amigurumi. For more information about the Baby Snuggle Yarn, feel free to check out my Baby Snuggle Yarn Review!

    You can also use thinner yarn, such as medium worsted weight or DK yarn, and pair it with a smaller hook. This will give you a tinier, keychain-sized amigurumi! 

    PDF Pattern

    The PDF pattern is printable, ad-free, easy to read, includes photo references, and helps support Sweet Softies! (If you enjoy my free patterns, you can consider it as a donation to me when you buy one of my pattern PDFs! It allows me to maintain my blog and continue sharing more free patterns.)

    You can get the PDF pattern from my storeRavelry, or Etsy.


    Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

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    Crochet Pattern Information


    Length: 4 inches (10 cm)

    Level of Difficulty:

    ★★☆☆☆ Familiar Beginner. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), changing colors, and attaching yarn.

    Stitches/Terms Used:

    • FO = fasten off
    • ch = chain
    • sl st = slip stitch
    • sc = single crochet
    • hdc = half double crochet
    • dc = double crochet
    • inc = increase (insert 2 sc in same st)
    • dec = decrease (sc 2 sts together)
    • BLO = back loops only


    Crochet Instructions

    Watch the video tutorial for instructions on how to crochet all three of these cute flipper friends!  If you'd like the written instructions with photo references, download the PDF pattern here.

    Thank you for reading, and hope you had a fun time crocheting this project!  If you'd like to help out my blog, feel free to check out my post, "5 Ways to Support my Blog!"

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    Best wishes,

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