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Eel amigurumi pattern

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I was recently invited to dinner at the friend of a friend's house. The friend of a friend's husband loves stuffed eels of all kinds and displays them proudly in a volleyball net suspended from the ceiling.

He generously gave me a gift of a Beanie Baby eel. I decided I would make him a crocheted eel to add to his collection, but there were no eel patterns available anywhere. So I made one up, based on the Beanie. I used stash yarn - so it's orange like a goldfish. 14.5" inches long.

eelside

Where's the pool?


Eel Amigurumi Pattern

eelfront

MATERIALS
Worsted Weight Yarn:
2 6mm plastic eyes with backs
Crochet hook (I used size F, but E would be better)
Yarn needle
Stuffing
recommended: C- shape stitch marker

Techniques:
Main Color (MC)
Contrasting Color (CC)

Magic loop method of starting a circle
Recommended: foundation crochet for top and belly fins

Tutorials:
For magic ring tutorial
http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/

Here’s my tutorial for foundation crochet
http://snuffykin.livejournal.com/43642.html

NOTES: This pattern has not been tested; I'd appreciate you letting me know if you find any errors. Please do not sell pattern. Thank you! :-)

SIDE FINS (MAKE 2)
With magic loop method, sc 4.
1. (2 sc in next st) x4. 8 sts.
2-4. Sc around.
Leaving long tail for sewing, cut yarn, draw yarn through remaining st.

BODY
With MC, using magic loop method, sc 6.
Work in rounds.
1. (2 sc into next st) x 6. 12 sts.
2-4. Sc around.
5. (Sc in next st, 2 sc into next st). 18 sts.
After round 8, attach eyes and stuff head. Continue to stuff body as you work.
After round 16, sew fins to sides of body.
6-18. Sc around.
eelface

Belly: The bottom half, or underside, of body. Mid-way across the Belly is the center.
Top: The Top half of body. Mid-way across the Top is the center.
Work every increase in a center stitch.
Work every decrease in center 2 stitches.

The round #s are approximate, since the location of the actual stitch starting the round will change as you work. Therefore, always work incs/decs of Belly and Top in what appears to you to be the center stitches.

Begin downward slant of body, increasing at Belly and decreasing at Top.
20. Belly: 2 sc inc. Top: sc2tog. 18 sts.
21-23. Sc around for 3 rounds.
24. Repeat round 20
25-26. Sc around for 2 rounds.
27. Repeat round 20
28-30. Sc around for 3 rounds.

Begin upward slant of body, decreasing at Belly and increasing at Top.
31. Belly: sc2tog. Top: 2 sc inc. 18 sts.
32-34. Sc around for 3 rounds.
35. Repeat round 31.
36-38. Sc around for 3 rounds.

Begin downward slant of body, increasing at Belly and decreasing at Top.
39. Belly: 2 sc inc. Top: sc2tog. 18 sts.
40-42. Sc around for 3 rounds.
43. Repeat round 39.
44. Sc around.

Continue downward slant of body, decreasing at Top only while narrowing the body.
45. Top: sc2tog. 17 sts.
46. Sc around.
47. Repeat round 45. 16 sts.
48. Sc around.

Begin upward slant of body, decreasing at Belly with irregular inc/dec at Top, while continuing to narrow the body.
49. Belly: sc2tog. Top: 2 sc inc. 16 sts.
50. Belly: sc2tog. 15 sts.
51-54. Belly: sc2tog. Top: 2 sc inc. 15 sts.
55. Belly: sc2tog. 14 sts.
56-57. Belly: sc2tog. Top: 2 sc inc. 14 sts.
58-59. Belly: sc2tog. 12 sts.
60. Belly: sc2tog. Top: sc2tog. 10 sts..
61. Belly: sc2tog. 9 sts.
62. Sc around. 9 sts.
63-64. Belly: sc2tog. Top: sc2tog. 5 sts.
Cut yarn, draw yarn through remaining st and all sts of round. Pull tight to close.

BELLY FIN
Why use foundation crochet here instead of chaining? 1) It is more adjustable to extending the length of the fin to the size of your eel. You don’t have to guess how many chains to make. 2) Chains tend to be too small for the first row of crochet and distort how the stitches lie.

Using foundation crochet and CC yarn, sc 1, hdc about 34, and end with a regular hdc in the same chain as the previous st. 36 sts. Leave long tail for sewing, and cut yarn.

If you don’t want to use foundation crochet, you could try this, but I can’t guarantee it will be long enough for your eel.
Ch 35. Sk 1, hdc 33, 2 hdc into last ch.

TOP FIN
Using foundation crochet and CC yarn, sc 1, hdc about 41, and end with a regular hdc in the same chain as the previous st. 43 sts. Leave long tail for sewing, and cut yarn.

Again, if you don’t want to use foundation crochet, you could try this, but I can’t guarantee it will be long enough for your eel.
Ch 42. Sk 1, hdc 40, 2 hdc into last ch.

FINISHING
If you haven't already sewn the Side Fins on, do so now. Hide yarn tails by drawing them through eel body.
Sew Top Fin along belly of body horizontally, from tip of tail to about 1 inch from side fins.
Sew Belly Fin along top of body horizontally, from tip of tail to about 2 inches from side fins.
Hide yarn tails by drawing them through eel body.

eeltail

2/29/2010 - Thanks to Bookette for help with pattern corrections!
 
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Comments

( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
zenatrix
Oct. 11th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
ADORABLE! He's next on my list to create for my son =)
snuffykin
Oct. 12th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! You can make it in his favorite colors. :-)
paleogirl77
Nov. 6th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
I heart him. I've been trying to figure out how to add a similar fin to a cuttlefish that I'm working on.
snuffykin
Nov. 7th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Try using foundation crochet! That way you don't have to guess how many chains to make. I've made a photo tutorial (see link in the left sidebar). You can also vary the heights of the stitches to make the fin look wavy - i.e. hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc...
(Anonymous)
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
I love this eel! Thanks for posting this pattern. If paleogirl77 has a pattern for a cuttlefish my life will be complete!
snuffykin
Nov. 8th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
You're welcome! If you make one I hope you share a photo with me. I would love to see how it turns out. :-)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Photos of a finished Eel!
Photos of a finished eel:
My friend Debra made this eel for me. She followed the pattern except for adding knot eyes and stuffing with . . . almost 16 ounces of copper BBs. My eel is a book "snake" that holds my cookbook open so I can easily see my recipe! I love it!
You can add these pics to your blog if you like, but please do not hotlink them (save them to your own host instead). Thank you!
Small pics:
http://tinyurl.com/yart2v/bmswapeel1s.jpg
http://tinyurl.com/yart2v/bmswapeel2s.jpg
Large pics:
http://tinyurl.com/yart2v/bmswapeel1.jpg
http://tinyurl.com/yart2v/bmswapeel2.jpg

Love it!
Jaye Jaye
snuffykin
Dec. 12th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Photos of a finished Eel!
That is awesome, Jaye Jaye!! Thank you so much for sharing. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Also, I think you friend's the first person to make an eel... so far! :D
(Anonymous)
Jun. 17th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Awwww! This is the next thing I will make, it's soooo cute!!!
snuffykin
Jun. 24th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I look forward to seeing your eel pal. :)
monkeyhousefull.blogspot.com
Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
finally made the eel, after admiring yours for what, a year maybe, since I stumbled across it?
you can see him here: http://monkeyhousefull.blogspot.com/2010/02/eel-gives-me-shivers-and-pork-pie-isnt.html
(or if there's a better way to show you, let me know - I don't have flicker, but I do put up pics on ravelry, username is bookette)
friendsafire
Apr. 30th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Serendipity, I calls it! Wednesday evening I met the head of our local crochet guild, which is working on a hyperbolic crochet "coral reef" exhibit. She was impressed with a spiny starfish I'm working on, but was unhappy that no one had been able to produce an eel. And then I found your link!!!

I'm going to try one next weekend (or month!) when the starfish is done...
friendsafire
Apr. 30th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
PS: maybe next year I can start messing around with some Myazaki characters...
(Anonymous)
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
eels
Not technically an eel (since eels don't have pectoral fins) but still very cute! much closer to a gunnel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penpoint_gunnel
snuffykin
Nov. 2nd, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: eels
Thanks for the info! This "eel" was based on a toy eel my friend already had which had little fins. I looked up "eel" and "pectoral fins" in wikipedia, and it turns out that some eels have fins, some do not.

Here's an eel with fins that sort of looks liked the stuffed one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marbled_eel
And here's a fin-less eel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_moray
Megan Harrison
Dec. 12th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Free pattern directory
This pattern is adorable, I've added it to the new site www.crochetatplay.com A new site to find 100s of free crochet patterns from all over the web. Updated every Wednesday and Saturday nights! Megan
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