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FREE Amigurumi Pattern: Mini keychain-sized narwhal whale!

Updated: May 10, 2020

Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoy my first free pattern for a little narwhal whale keychain! This simple narwhal is super cute and is the perfect addition to your backpack or keys! I've gifted quite a few of these little guys and they've always been very well received :) I really love giving away amigurumi as gifts (or anything handmade really) because I find it an excellent way to show the person you care about them and that you'll willing to spend time on something special and unique for them. Unfortunately the downside is that you need to be super great at planning otherwise you'll never get all the gifts done on time :P

This pattern is great for beginners as there are very few pieces so you don't need to worry about too much sewing. I buy my split key rings on Amazon, they're fairly inexpensive but be prepared to buy them in bulk (I normally buy the pack of 100). If you're not ready to make that kind of commitment, you can find smaller packs on Etsy.

Show me your narwhals! Tag me @yurigurumi on instagram, I'd love to see your work! You can also send me a direct message (or an email if you prefer) if you get stuck - I'll try and help the best I can! You can also send me any feedback you may have about the pattern :)

You can purchase a PDF of this pattern with additional images as well as an informative appendix here

Mini Keychain-Sized Narwhal Whale Pattern

*Note: this pattern is for personal use only. Please credit the designer (yurigurumi or Christina from yurigurumi) should you post photos of finished products.

Difficulty: Easy

Skills Required

o Single crochet in the round

o Magic ring

o Increasing and decreasing number of stitches

o Color changes

o Sewing pieces together

o Fastening off

o Basic embroidery

Size of finished product: Approximately 6.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm (LxWxH)

Materials needed:

o 3mm crochet hook

o DK or light weight yarn in any colour for the top (referred to as “body colour” for the rest of the pattern), white for the belly, and pink for the cheeks

o Yarn needle

o Scissors

o Stitch marker (optional)

o Polyester stuffing

o 8mm black safety eyes

o Nickel ball chain (10 cm length or more recommended) or split key ring

Stitches used and abbreviations (pattern written in US terms):

o MR = magic ring

o st/sts = stitch/stitches

o sc = single crochet

o inc = increase (2 sc in one st)

o dec = decrease (sc 2 sts together)

o (…) = repeat instructions in brackets given number of times

o [..] = total number of stitches in the round


In body colour

R1) 6 sc in MR [6]

R2) (inc in next st) x 6 [12]

R3) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 6 [18]

R4) (sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st) x 6 [24]

R5) sc in all 24 sts [24]

R6) (sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st) x 6 [30]

R7-9) sc in all 30 sts [30]

Change to white

R10) sc in all 30 sts [30]

Place 8 mm safety eyes between Rounds 8 and 9, 10 sts apart from each other. Note: Place the eyes in the middle of the round to hide the colour change at the back of the body.

R11) (sc in next 3 sts, 1 dec) x 6 [24]

R12) (sc in next 2 sts, 1 dec) x 6 [18]

R13) (sc in next 1 sts, 1 dec) x 6 [12]

Fill with polyester stuffing

R14) (dec) x 6 [6]

Close the body by looping the yarn through each of the sts from Round 14 and pulling tight.

Fins (make 2)

In body colour

R1) Ch 4 [4]

*Note: Leave a long initial end for connecting to the body

R2) Turn, starting from 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next 3 sts [3]

Fasten off and leave a long tail for tying.

**Note, this long tail is going to be used to attach the keychain to the narwhal. The longer your tail, the more times you can loop around the keyring to make it more durable.


In body colour

R1) Ch 4 [4]

*Note: Leave a long initial end for connecting to the body

R2) Turn, starting from 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next 3 chs [3]

R3) Ch 3 [3]

R4) Turn, starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 2 chs. Sc in the same ch that you made the 3rd sc in R2 [3]

Fasten off and leave a long tail for tying.


In white

R1) 3 sc in MR [3]

R2) inc in next st, sc in next 2 sts [4]

R3) sc in all 4 sts [4]

Fasten off and leave a long tail for tying.


In pink

Embroider next to eyes

Attaching Fins:

Attach the fins 2 sts away from the eye. Make sure you tie them in place very tightly and not too far away from where the fin is attached. If you don't do this then the fin will come loose if it gets pulled.

Attaching the tail

Attach the tail across 2 sts at the back of the narwhal. Bring one tail end up through the middle between the 2 sts, and loop it through the tail itself to reinforce it to the body. As with the fin, tie the tail in place very tightly so it doesn't come loose.

Finishing touches

Attach the horn to the narwhal directly between the eyes. Embroider a little pink cheek next to each eye. Using one of the tail ends (or if you cut them off already, just add some more yarn, I just like using the spare ends since it saves some work), attach the key ring to the very top of the narwhal by looping it through the ring 4-5 times until secure. Tie the end tightly so it doesn't come loose.

I hope you enjoyed following along with this pattern! Again, let me know what you think and show me your finished works on instagram (@yurigurumi)! I hope to see my feed full of a rainbow of narwhals :)

Until next time, and happy crocheting!


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May 09, 2020

It looks adorable! I'm excited to get started on it. I crochet, but I never did any amigurumi. This will a perfect first attempt!

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