Giant Crab

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The giant crabs are taking over. Made with Bernat Blanket yarn, these crabs measure approximately 14 inches side to side without the legs and 20 inches side to side with the legs. They’re perfect for cuddling with or using as a place to rest your head.

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for only $4.00. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Bernat Blanket yarn

L (8mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

30mm safety eyes

Bottom:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (48 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (56 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (64 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (72 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (80 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (88 stitches)

Row 14: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (96 stitches)

Row 15: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (104 stitches)

Row 16: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (112 stitches)

Row 17: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * around. (120 stitches)

Row 18: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * around. (128 stitches)

Tie off. Your piece will be a bit wavy, but that’s ok. If it’s wavier than this, you might need to change your hook size. In any case, those waves will go away when you stuff it with the poly-fil.

Top:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (48 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (56 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (64 stitches)

Row 11: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (72 stitches)

Row 12: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (80 stitches)

Row 13: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * around. (88 stitches)

Row 14: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * around. (96 stitches)

Row 15: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * around. (104 stitches)

Row 16: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * around. (112 stitches)

Row 17: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * around. (120 stitches)

Row 18: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * around. (128 stitches)

Rows 19-20: Sc in each stitch around. (128 stitches)

Do not tie off. Insert safety eyes between rows 17 and 18 with 12 stitches between them. With yarn still attached to top, hold bottom and top together with wrong sides facing and sc around. Stop before you close it off and stuff tight with poly-fil. Be sure to stuff it extra full with the poly-fil and shape it as you stuff.

Claws:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stiches)

Row 3: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 4: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Make two. Tie off first one. Don’t tie off second one.

Row 5: With yarn still attached to second piece, attach to first piece and sc around. (20 stitches)

Rows 6-8: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 9: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 10-19: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving last few rows unstuffed. Make two.

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Legs:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Rows 2-3: Sc in each stitch around. (5 stiches)

Row 4: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Rows 5-9: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 11-15: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving last few rows unstuffed. Make six.

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Using yarn needle and yarn, position and sew claws and legs onto underside of crab.

Be sure to check out the patterns for my Giant Octopus and Giant Narwhal and Shark too.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

 

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