I had a friend request that I make the Bernat Fin-Tastic Shark Snuggle Sack. This is one of the funkiest things I have ever made and I love it. I had never used Bernat Blanket yarn before. It is very thick and stretchy, perfect for a squishy plush blanket. However, the yarn was very exhausting for my hands. If you have not used this yarn before I suggest giving yourself more time than you think you will need to make your project.
The pattern was designed to be child sized, and my friend ask that I made it to fit an adult. To accommodate this request I used a larger crochet hook. The pattern calls for an US L, I used an US N. I wish that I had sized up my hook to a US P, I think that project would have been even better for an adult. Using the N, the project was tighter than I wanted it to be.
I also needed the project to be longer. To accomplish this I added one row to each decrease section of the tail; the pattern calls for five rows to be made after each decrease row, I made six rows after each decrease row.
To help me with the construction and to better understand the pattern I turned to Mikey at the Crochet Crowd. He has an excellent tutorial for this project. I made this project in the round and not using the join/slip stitch method. It was essential that I use stitch markers during this project. I used one color stitch maker to indicate the rows where there is a decrease. Then I used six different color stitch makers to keep track of the six rows that are created after the decrease row.
In my last post I discussed how valuable learning to increase and decrease stitches is to a crochet maker. I think that this project makes it clearer how powerful this skill is. The taper of the tail and the taper of the shark’s face are made using decrease stitches.
After completing the body of the shark, you will move onto making the details that really make the shark look like a shark.
First you will add red around the mouth. Mikey from the Crochet Crows said that this is like putting lipstick on your shark, and it really felt like that.
The next step is to add the teeth. I wanted the teeth to be extra funky, so I sized up my hook from the US N to a US P. I like how scraggly they look.
Then I made the eyes, fin and tail, connected them and that was that. The project took me about 22 hours, 6 more than what Mikey said it took him to make it. I did have two hours worth of work that I had to frog because I missed two stitches. This yarn is thick and the missed stitches created half-dollar size holes in the project. Once again I am reminded how important it is to count while crocheting.
What do you think of the shark? Want to make one yourself? Getting ready for Shark Week? Let’s Talk!