I woke up today with the idea that I had heard the melodious drops of melting snow. I wonder if it was a dream I had where suddenly the air was warm and winter had finally come to an end.
But when I got up the snow was still undisturbed and looking as comfortable ever, almost as though it were taunting me, “This is my home now, I’m not going anywhere.”
I guess in a way this weather forces me to stay indoors and focus on important things like getting the manta ray pattern posted!
As promised, I worked on writing the pattern and as always please let me know if you try it out and you come across any weirdness. And now I present to you…
Mortimer the Manta Ray!
PDF version can now be purchased in my shop.
Approx size: 7″ across
Materials: Worsted weight yarn (I used Bernat Super Value in Royal Blue and Natural)
3.0 mm and 4.5 mm hooks
Safety eyes (I used 8 mm that I got from Knit Picks)
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
blo – back loop only
Pattern is worked in continuous rounds and using somewhat tight stitches. I did not stuff the manta ray with fibrefill but you can if you want to.
Using blue yarn and size 4.5mm hook
Round 1: 4sc in ring
Round 2: inc in each st (8 sts).
Round 3: sc in each st (8 sts).
Round 4: [sc, inc] x4 (12 sts).
Round 5: [sc, inc] x6 (18 sts).
Round 6: [sc in next 2 sts, inc] x6 (24 sts).
Round 7: sc in each st (24 sts).
Round 8: [sc in next 2 sts, inc] x8 (32 sts).
Round 9: [sc in next 3 sts, inc] x8 (40 sts).
Round 10: [sc in next 3 sts, inc] x10 (50 sts).
Round 11: sc in each st (50 sts).
Round 12: [sc in next 4 sts, inc] x10 (60 sts).
The stitch markers here will guide you in making increases for the mouth flaps, one flap on each side.
Round 13: sc in next 11 sts, inc in next st and place stitch marker, sc in next 5 sts, inc, sc in next 11 sts, inc – repeat once more (66 sts).
Round 14: sc in next 13 sts, inc, sc in next 5 sts, inc, ch 1, turn and sc across 7 sts, ch 1, turn and sc across, sl st down side and continue sc to other side – repeat and sc to end of round. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Using white yarn and 4.5mm hook.
Round 1: Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (7 sts).
Rounds 2 – 3: Ch 1, turn and sc across.
Round 4: Ch 1 and sc in BLO. This will create a fold so the lining will bend easily inside the mouth.
Rounds 5 – 6: Ch 1, turn and sc across.
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.
Fold the body in half, lining the mouth flaps together. Determine which side will be the top and bottom and attach eyes to the top near the sides as pictured.
Sew one side of lining to bottom (inside) of mouth.
Line up the stitches on the folded manta ray body and sew the seams together, when you get to the top of the mouth lining make sure you sew that as well.
Cephalic Lobes – Make 2
Using blue yarn and 4.5mm hook.
Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and rest of ch. Fasten off and sew to sides of mouth.
Using blue yarn and size 3.0mm hook.
Pick up a stitch on manta ray where tail should go, Ch 11. Fasten off and weave in ends.