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Manatee free crochet pattern

Hi everyone, thanks for coming to see my free manatee pattern.

This little guy works up really quickly, and is absolutely adorable. I think we all need a little ocean buddy to keep us company.

As usual, feel free to do whatever you'd like with your finished friend, but remember to credit the pattern to @manatee_squares so other people can find it, and so I can see your makes! Feel free to DM them to me and use #manateesquares as I'd love to see them all. 💙

I hope you enjoy making your manatee as much as I did.



Grey yarn.

2 x safety eyes.



This pattern is written in US crochet terms.

The number in brackets at the end of each round indicates the total number of stitches.

You can use whatever method you like to start your amigurumi, I prefer to chain 2 and work into the first stitch but if you like a magic circle you go right ahead.

I used cotton DK yarn and a 4mm hook for my bigger manatee, and acrylic DK and a 3mm hook for the mini one. You can use whatever yarn you have to hand, I'd suggest sizing down your hook 0.5mm - 1.0mm from the recommended size to ensure your stitches are tight. DK yarn and a 3mm hook will result in a smaller item and chunky yarn and a 5mm hook will be slightly larger. But remember, all manatees are beautiful.

Stitch guide.

CH: chain

SS: Slip stitch

SC: Single crochet

HDC: Half double crochet

DC: Double crochet

INC: 2 SC into stitch

DEC: Decrease next 2 SC together

*__* : Repeat the stitches between the stars as many times as instructed.



CH2, 6SC in second chain from hook.

1. *Sc, inc*x 3 (9)

2. *Sc* (9)

3. *2sc, inc* x 3 (12)

4. 3sc, *inc* x 6, 3sc (18)

5. 3sc, *inc* x 12 3sc (30)

6-8. *Sc* (30)

Insert eyes between rounds 3 and 4, approx 3 stitches apart and centred within the increases.

9. *13sc, dec* x 2 (28)

10. 6sc, dec, 12sc, dec, 6sc (26)

11. *11sc dec* x 2 (24)

12. 5sc, dec, 10sc, dec, 5sc (22)

13. *9sc, dec* x 2 (20)

14. 4sc, dec, 8sc, dec, 4sc (18)

15-16. *Sc* (18)

17. *7sc, dec* x 2 (16)

18. *Sc* (16)

Stuff firmly from here onwards.

19. 3sc, dec, 6sc, dec, 3sc (14)

20. *Sc* (14)

21. *5sc, dec* x 2 (12)

22. 12sc + 1 additional stitch to bring you to the edge of your manatee.

Stuff firmly.

23. SS together (6) ch1, turn

24. Inc, 4sc, Inc (8) ch1, turn

25. 8sc (8) ch1, turn

26. Inc, 6sc, Inc (10) ch1, turn

27-28. 10sc (10) ch1, turn

29. 1sc, dec, 4sc, dec, 1sc (8) ch1, turn

30. 1sc, dec, 2sc, dec, 1sc (6) ch1, turn

31. 1sc, *dec* x 2, 1sc (4)

32. 4sc

Fasten off and weave in your end.


Make two.

Ch2, 6sc in second chain from hook.

1. *Inc* x 6 (12)

2-5. *sc* (12)

6. SS (6)

Fasten off and sew to the side of your manatee using the photo as a guide.

And you're finished! Enjoy your new aquatic pal and don't forget to share him with me. 💙

*_*: Repeat _ as many times as instructed

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Lorri Fontenot
Lorri Fontenot
26 sept 2023

I have a question. After the slip stitch closed, where am I putting the remaining stitches for the tail?

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You work across the ss you just made. You close the tail with 6 ss, turn, ch1, increase in the first st, 4sc, increase in the final st.

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so cute...I want to make one for my friend that loves manatees. What size eyes are these, please? Thank you.

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