Do you know how to make a shark blanket? It’s quite simple because all you need is a free pattern from the internet.
Sharks are fearsome predators in the ocean, but they are cute as blankets!
Young girls adore mermaid tails, and boys want their version, too. Sharks have intimidating eyes, strong fins and sharp white teeth.
All these things, boys find appealing.
As blankets, they give the illusion that the shark has eaten the boy when the feet are placed inside.
So, if you want to crochet one yourself, this tutorial can help a great deal. If you’re in a rush, a non-sewing method is an easier path.
Other Uses Of A Shark Blanket
First of all, a shark blanket doesn’t get any cooler. Any young mind fascinated with sea creatures will follow the bedtime schedule eagerly.
If you worked hard to create a shark blanket, take pictures and flaunt it.
However, this awesome blanket isn’t just for show. You can sew shut the end tail and transform the blanket into a sleeping bag, wrapping the child inside like a cocoon.
Add allowance to the shark’s mouth, and you have a hoodie blanket.
Do you know a kid or an adult who loves sharks? Since the patterns for this project have options for child or adult sizes, you can give them one as a gift!
When they get tired and stop using it, tell them to hang it in the bedroom as a decoration.
Materials Needed (Crochet)
- Having a pattern to follow is the most important thing. Many are free on the Internet.
However, if you want a sophisticated design, purchasing one won’t probably cost that much.
You can find free patterns on various knitting websites, along with ideas and tips. More often than not, you can buy the material for the project in the same place.
Decide on the size of the blanket and look for either a child or adult size.
- The color of the yarns should match the colors of a shark to resemble an actual one. Stating the obvious, you will need gray, white, black, red, and cream.
Great white sharks are the generic design.
In estimate, you’ll use at least five skeins of gray and only one or less for the others.
Also, be wise about yarn choices and opt for the one you can wash by machine. Washing a shark blanket is a lot trickier than a normal one.
- Finally, as with any crochet project, you’ll need a quilting needle and crochet hooks. The standard design suggests hook sizes ranging from 11mm-16mm to get you started.
Materials Needed (Shortcut)
- Since this method is a lot easier, you’ll only need about 2 yards of fleece, gray. For the eye cutouts, you can use felt in black and white.
- Prepare the usual DIY tools: pencil, scissors, and a glue gun. Using a glue gun removes the need for stitches. Remember to be careful around the hot, newly melted glue.
Now you have to choose which method you prefer. After choosing, gather your materials. Print out the pattern as well, then closely follow the guide.
How To Make A Shark Blanket
Method #1. Crochet shark blanket
- Step #1. Measure the length of the person’s body and estimate how many rows you’ll need.
- Step #2. Start crocheting the gums with red yarn, work from top to bottom.
- Step #3. Widen the stitches as you move through the body and switch to gray.
- Step #4. Narrow the stitches as you move nearer the tail again (weave in the yarn ends as you go).
- Step #5. Add stitches with the cream yarn for the belly and white for the teeth.
- Step #6. Crochet the remaining parts: eyes, fins and tail (use french knot for the eyes).
- Step #7. Using a quilting needle, sew the parts to the main blanket.
Method 2. Shortcut
- Step #1. Fold the fabric in half.
- Step #2. Trace the body as you mark the measurements.
- Step #3. Cut the fabric into a “shark” shape.
- Step #4. Trace the fin with a pencil before cutting.
- Step #5. Cut a strip of white teeth with a set of triangles, then glue on one side.
- Step #6. Cut out two white circles and two smaller black circles, then glue them as eyes.
- Step #7. (Optional) Add dorsal fins from the leftover fabric.
How do I wash the shark blanket (Method 2)?
Only wash by hand. The hot glue won’t endure if you wash it with a machine.
Wash the shark blanket gently in cold water and never put it inside a dryer.
How do I adjust the size (Method 1)?
Before you begin on the shark’s body, make the initial chain longer than usual. Proceed to crochet the body to match the size you had in mind.
Continue doing this before starting to narrow the tail, which will eventually close.
This article shared not just one, but two ways on how to make a shark blanket.
If you’re in a hurry, you can skip the yarns and just cut out the fabric into the shape of a shark.
If you have more time, crocheting the shark might take a while, but it will be worth it when it’s done.