Shark Attack Blanket by DROPS Design

Crocheted shark blanket for kids. Size 3-14 years Piece is crochet in DROPS Eskimo.

DROPS design: Pattern ee-138-bn
Yarn group E
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Size: 3/4 - 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10 - 11/12 - 13/14 years
Measurements: Length without tail fin = 70-84-98-112-128-142 cm / 27½"-33"-38½"-44"-50½"-55 3/4"
Width at the top = 81-86-90-99-103-112 cm / 32"-34"-36½"-39"-40½"-44"
Circumference before tail = 35-37-39-40-42-44 cm / 13 3/4"-14½"-15 1/4"-15 3/4"-16½"-17 1/4"
Tail height = 27-31-33-35-37-39 cm / 27-31-33-35-37-39 cm / 10½"-12 1/4"-13"-13 3/4"-14½"-15 1/4"

Materials:
DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group E)
600-650-750-800-900-950 g color 46, medium gray
300-300-350-350-400-450 g color 14, dark gray
50-50-50-50-50-100 g color 02, black
50 g for all sizes in color 01, off white
50 g for all sizes in color 56, Christmas red

Piece can also be crocheted with yarn from:
“Alternative yarn (yarn group E)” - see link below.

DROPS CROCHET Hook size 8 mm / L/11 - or size needed to get 9 double crochets x 5 rows with double crochets = 10 cm / 4'' in width and 10 cm / 4'' vertically.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
INFORMATION FOR PATTERN:

INCREASE TIP:
Increase 1 double crochet by working 2 double crochets in same stitch.

CROCHET INFO:
The first single crochet on each row is replaced by 1 chain stitch.
The first double crochet on each row is replaced by 3 chain stitches.
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BLANKET:
Body of shark is worked bottom up, it begins between body and tail fin. Then work tail fin from bottom of body and downward. The entire piece is worked back and forth.

BODY:
Work 32-34-34-36-38-40 chain stitches on hook size 8 mm / L/11 with medium gray. Form a ring by working 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch. Then work back and forth. READ CROCHET INFO and work 1 double crochet in each stitch the entire row = 32-34-34-36-38-40 double crochets. Turn piece and work 1 double crochet in every double crochet the entire row.
On next row increase stitches evenly on row - READ INCREASE TIP! Work double crochets and increase 8-6-6-9-7-10 double crochets on row = 40-40-40-45-45-50 double crochets. REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE!

Continue in rows like this, increase along the way - READ ENTIRE SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!

Increase 5 double crochets every 4-5-6-8-7-10 cm / 4'' 6-6-8-7-9-10 times in total = 70-70-80-80-90-100 double crochets. When all increases are done work 1 row without increase, on next row work double crochets and increase 3-7-1-9-3-1 double crochets evenly = 73-77-81-89-93-101 double crochets. Continue working 1 double crochet in each double crochet until piece measures 66-80-94-108-124-138 cm / 26"-31½"-37"-42½"-48 3/4"-54 1/4".
Switch to black and work 1 row with 1 single crochet in every double crochet. Switch red and work 1 row with 1 double crochet in every single crochet, then work 1 row with 1 single crochet in each double crochet.
Switch to off white and work next row as follows: 1 chain stitch,* skip 2 single crochet, in next single crochet work: 1 treble crochet, 2 double crochets, 1 treble crochet, 4 chain stitches and 1 slip stitch, then work 1 slip stitch in next single crochet *, repeat from *-* the entire row. Cut the yarn and fasten. Body is now done.

TAIL FIN:
Place body double with vent in the middle of piece. Use dark gray and crochet hook 8 mm, work 1 row with single crochets through both layer at the bottom along the cast-on edge = 16-17-17-18-19-20 single crochets.
Then work every row as follows: 3 double crochets in first stitch, work 1 double crochet in every stitch until the 4 middle stitches, 1 single crochet in each of the next 4 stitches, 1 double crochet in every stitch until last stitch and work 3 double crochets in last stitch.
Repeat this row 13-15-16-17-18-19 times in total = piece measures approx. 26-30-32-34-36-38 cm / 10 1/4"-11 3/4"-12½"-13½"-14 1/4"-15". Switch to 2 strands black, work 1 row with 1 single crochet in every stitch. Cut the yarn and fasten.

EYES:
Work 2 eyes, fasten them with medium gray approx. 10 cm / 4'' from edge at the top.
Work as follows:
Work 3 chain stitches with black on hook size 8 mm / L/11 and form a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch.
ROUND 1: Work 3 chain stitches (replaces 1st double crochet), work 11 double crochets around ring and finish with 1 slip stitch in 3rd chain stitch (= 12 double crochets). Cut the yarn and switch to off white.
ROUND 2: Work 1 chain stitch (replaces 1st single crochet), work 1 single crochet in every double crochet and finish with 1 slip stitch in 1st chain stitch (= 12 single crochets). Cut the yarn and switch medium gray.
ROUND 3: Work 1 chain stitch (replaces 1st single crochet), 1 single crochet in the same stitch, then work 2 single crochets in every single crochet rest of round and finish with 1 slip stitch in 1st chain stitch(= 24 single crochets). Cut the yarn and fasten.

VENT:
Sew vent together as far up as you want - 20-30 cm / 8"-12'' up if only feet should be covered or half way up if the vent should cover more.
Enjoy your new blanket.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 12.07.2019
New yarn amount: DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio 400-400-450-450-550-650 g color 46, medium grey 200-200-250-250-300-350 g color 14, dark grey

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Children 28-13) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (34)

Sandra Björkdahl-Singh 28.05.2020 - 10:05:

Hej igen, det stämmer, jag har kollat virkfastheten och det är rätt enligt mönster. Jag har köpt all mängd garn för hela mönstret för att göra en i stl 13/14 år, alltså totalt 1200 gram. Det jag insåg att jag missade att skriva i min första fråga var att det gäller garnmängd Mellangrå, färg 46. Det är denna färg som kroppen ska vara i och 650 gram tycks inte räcka.

Debra Jo 26.05.2020 - 12:06:

Is there a video tutorial I can watch that can help me with this pattern?

DROPS Design 26.05.2020 kl. 13:41:

Dear Debra Jo, there are any specific video showing how to work this pattern - feel free to ask your question here or contact your yarn store for any individual assistance. Happy crocheting!

Sandra Björkdahl-Singh 20.05.2020 - 12:00:

Hej, är det någon mer där ute som har försökt ge sig på detta mönster, men som stöter på patrull när man ska göra Kroppen? Jag har köpt garn för att göra den största storleken, 13/14 år. Jag kommer till delen där jag ska börja öka med 5 stolpar 10 ggr, med 10 cm mellanrum (på längden), men garnet räcker inte till. Vill gärna veta om det är någon annan som känner igen sig?

DROPS Design 27.05.2020 kl. 14:10:

Hej Sandra, virkar du i DROPS Eskimo? Har du 9 stolpar och 5 varv på 10x10cm? Du behöver 1200 gr = 24 nystan till den största storleken.

Ruth De Boer 19.05.2020 - 01:32:

Is it possitble to translete the comments? ?

DROPS Design 19.05.2020 kl. 07:59:

Dear Mrs De Boer, we are unfortunately not able to translate every comment in every possible language - you are welcome to use help from any online translator, even if it sometimes look weird, this can help you if you like to. But you are welcome to ask your own question here - and/or to contact your yarn store for any further individual assistance. Happy crocheting!

Ruth De Boer 18.05.2020 - 16:36:

Can you print the comments in English?

Adriana 04.05.2020 - 19:20:

Hola Cuantas cadenas seran al inicio ? Quiero hacerla para adultos Muchas gracias

Debra Jo 08.03.2020 - 20:27:

This pattern is very confusing. How do I start the body and how many stitches should I have at the end of each row?

DROPS Design 09.03.2020 kl. 12:13:

Dear Mrs Debra Jo, just start under BODY crocheting the number of required chains for the size = 32 to 40 chains, work 1 row with 1 dc in each chain = 32-40 dc, work 1 row with dc. Work one more row inc evenly to 40-50 dc. Continue increasing as explained for the size. Hope this will help. Happy crocheting!

Mathilde Lenfant 05.03.2020 - 09:44:

3/4 ans

DROPS Design 05.03.2020 kl. 10:43:

Bonjour Mme Lenfant, après les augmentations (= 73 brides dans cette taille), continuez jusqu'à ce que l'ouvrage mesure 66 cm (cf correction, cette phrase manquait, merci :) ). Bon crochet!

Mathilde Lenfant 04.03.2020 - 16:12:

Bonjour, je ne comprends pas bien l'explication pour le corps. "Augmenter 6-6-8-7-9-10 fois 5 brides tous les 4-5-6-8-7-10 cm = 70-70-80-80-90-100 brides. Quand toutes les augmentations sont faites, crocheter 1 rang sans augmenter, au rang suivant, augmenter 3-7-1-9-3-1 brides à intervalles réguliers = 73-77-81-89-93-101 brides. Continuer en noir...", ça me donne une hauteur pas bien grande (environ 30 cm). qu'est ce que j'ai loupé?

DROPS Design 05.03.2020 kl. 09:36:

Bonjour Mme Lenfant, pouvez-vous nous indiquer quelle taille vous réalisez? Merci d'avance!

Lisa Goldmann 29.01.2020 - 08:56:

Bezugnehmend auf Ihre Antwort vom 29.01.20: Ja, die Maschenprobe stimmt ganz genau, habe auch genau nach Anleitung gehäkelt. Woran kann es sonst noch liegen?

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