Amigurumi Seahorse Crochet Pattern




I originally designed this seahorse because there seemed to be a lack of amigurumi seahorse patterns on the internet...or at least any patterns that I liked. All the patterns I looked at were for semi-realistic looking seahorses, and I wanted something that...wasn't so realistic. So I set out to make an atypical seahorse amigurumi pattern. Enjoy!

Just in case you want to know, my finished seahorses were about 6.75 in/17 cm long (with the tail stretched out). I also decided to stick a pipe-cleaner in the seahorse's tail so it would be bendable....that's why "pipe cleaner" is listed among the materials.

UPDATE: I've added diagrams for both the first round of the head and the crest, in case anyone's confused...hopefully they're helpful.


Size F crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn – Main color (A) and accent color (B)
9mm plastic doll eyes with fasteners
Yarn needle
Pipe cleaner

Abbreviations (US terms):
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sc2tog = decrease ( single crochet 2 stiches together)
R = round
r = row
* to *= repeat instructions in between as many times as indicated
(number) = the amount of stitches you should have at the end of each round

Eye Circles (make 2)
Using yarn B,
R1: Ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)
R2: *2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (12)
Fasten off, leaving a relatively long tail.

Using yarn A,
R1: Ch 5, sc 3 starting from 2nd ch from hook (crochet only into one side of the “v” of the chain stitch), sc 4 in next ch, (you should be on the other side of the chain sitches now) sc 2, sc 3 in next ch (12)
In this round, you basically crochet a base chain, and crochet first on one side of the chain, then around to the other to form an oval. 
R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)
R3: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (24)
R4: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (30)
R5-9: Sc 30
R10: *Sc 3, sc2tog 1*, repeat 6 times (24)
R11: *Sc 2, sc2tog 1*, repeat 6 times (18)
Attach eyes and eye circles. To do this, simply stick the eye through the eye circle before you attach the eye to the head. Then sew the eye circles to the head using those yarn tails you left. Start stuffing the head, also.
R12: *Sc 1, sc2tog 1*, repeat 6 times (12)
Finish stuffing.
R13: * sc2tog 1*, repeat 6 times (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using yarn A,
R1: Ch 2, sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook.
R2: *2 sc in next sc*, repeat 4 times (8)
R3: Sc 8 in back loops only
R4-6: Sc 8
Stuff the snout. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Using yarn A,
R1: Ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)
R2: *2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (12)
R3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat 6 times (18)
R4-8: Sc 18
R9: *Sc 1, sc2tog 1*, repeat 6 times (12)
Start stuffing.
R10: *Sc 1, sc2tog *, repeat 4 times (8)
R11: Sc 8
Finish stuffing
R12: *Sc 2, sc2tog *, repeat 2 times (6)
R13-21: Sc 6
Before fastening off, insert the pipe cleaner into the tail. To do this, fold the pipe cleaner in half and trim it so your doubled-up pipe cleaner is slightly longer than the seahorse’s tail. Stick the pipe cleaner into the tail…you may have to wiggle it a bit for it to go all the way in.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Using yarn B,
r1: Ch 7
r2: Dc 1 in 4th ch from hook, 2 dc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Using yarn B,
r1: Ch 7
r2: Hdc 1 in 3nd ch from hook, sc 1, ch 3, sc 2 on the chain you just made, sc 2 on the base chain, ch 4, sc 3 on this new chain, sc 1 on the base chain.

Assembling the seahorse is pretty straightforward; sew the snout and crest to the head, sew the head to the body, and sew the fin to the body.

If you do make a seahorse from this pattern, please post pictures of your creation! I'd be happy to see that my pattern has spawned other seahorses. :) 

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12 Discussions


3 years ago

Hi there! I'm from Holland and I love this pattern. Would you be ok if i translated your seahorse pattern into Dutch and place it on my website
I will put your name with it ofcourse. Thank you!

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6 years ago on Introduction

I ended up uploading new pictures, I didn't like the way the background of my original photographs looked yellow. O:) I knew that the link that I originally shared here would be broken so I came back and deleted the one that no longer worked. Here's the new link:


6 years ago on Introduction

Well, hello! <3

A diagram for the crest may have helped me - once I could figure it out, then I saw that each step that you wrote was very straightforward; I just couldn't visualize it. I had to substitute the the first steps of the of the head with a chain 2, 6 single crochet around, and then two in each stitch to get twelve, for round one because I am just not experienced enough to figure out the oval. hehe

It still came out nice (even after my crazy over-thinking)! I have all of the pieces made, I just have to stitch them together and get a decent photo. :D

I really love this pattern and I was more excited to make this than anything that I have seen in a long time - it's just so incredibly unique!


6 years ago on Introduction

Thank you for your free Amigurumi Seahorse pattern! I have seen pictures of crochet seahorses before but never a free pattern until today when I found yours posted on the Lion Brand Yarn facebook fan page. I started making the amigurumi and I am almost done. I'll try to post pictures here tomorrow.

I had trouble making the crest portion; I probably started and stopped for at least an hour but I finally figured it out, though that was mostly due to my own personal confusion as to how that completed piece should look. Another thing that I noticed is that I think the pattern should say 2 single crochet in each stitch around for round two of the body, eye circles, and snout - it's the only way that I ended up with the correct amount of stitches as indicated in parenthesis. (Unless maybe it's just me!)

I really appreciate your generosity and I look forward to sharing images of my finished creations with you soon.

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Oops! Thanks so much for pointing that out...It's now fixed. Also, do you think it would help if I posted a diagram for the crest? I did think it was kind of confusing.
I'm glad you liked the pattern. Thanks for the comments!


6 years ago on Introduction

I have been looking everywhere for seahorse patterns and these are the best ones I've seen. Thanks!

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6 years ago on Introduction

These are so precious!
Thank you for sharing - I now have something to make my Seahorse obsessed 2yr old for Easter!

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