Monday, December 15, 2014

Crocheted Handmade Toy Dolphins

Toy Dolphins hand-crocheted in soft plush are delightfully hugable for kids, and great for collectors of dolphins and other sea creatures.  

Plush Toy Dolphins on Etsy

Dolphins at Play


Dolphins are a very sociable and playful sea animal. The crocheted plush dolphins in my Etsy Shop are as playful as any in the ocean. In the wild, bottlenose dolphins are found in the shallow waters of warm seas around the world. They live in groups, called pods, and the group often works together to harvest fish to eat.




Toy Bottlenose Dolphin


Plush Bottlenose Dolphin
Most bottlenose dolphins are gray with a lighter gray belly. This plush Bottlenose Dolphin is a crocheted, stuffed toy version of a favorite sea animal. He is handmade in two shades of gray acrylic yarn and filled with a soft polyester fiberfil. Gray dolphin is ready to swim his way into your heart. And at 14-1/2 inches long and 8 inches across his side fins, he's the perfect size to hold and love.

 Pink Plush Dolphin




Rare pink dolphin in crochet
Pink Toy Dolphin in Crochet
Besides the gray bottlenose dolphin, there are other kinds of dolphins that are dark gray with a white belly and also black and white like an Orca whale. Then there is a very rare kind of dolphin, mostly found in the Amazon River in South America, which is pink in color. It's actually an albino dolphin. I read a fascinating article about pink dolphins  and the story gave me the idea to create a toy pink dolphin in crochet. I used a bright pink yarn for the topside and a lighter pink yarn for the underside. The pink yarn makes me consider this plush version a girl dolphin! She measures 14 inches long and 9 inches across her side fins and is stuffed with a soft, squeezable fiberfil. 


Dolphins mostly eat fish and squid. These crocheted toy dolphins don't eat anything, making it very easy to care for them. They are very patient and won't mind if you go have dinner or a snack. They happily wait for you to come back and play.

I bet you can guess which football team is the favorite of these plush toy dolphins. Of course, it's the Miami Dolphins! When you think about it, a regulation size football is 11.5 inches x 6.5 inches, so these toy dolphins are close to the same size. Because they are a soft toy, they can easily be 'tossed around' much like a football.

  Sleeping with a Dolphin

 

When it's bedtime, you and your plush dolphin can cuddle together and snuggle under a warm dolphin fleece blanket. This warm soft throw is lightweight and at 50 x 60 inches it is just the right size for keeping you and your toy dolphin warm anytime.  This blanket with the 'swimming dolphins' design is available on Amazon.



Dolphins Polar Fleece Throw Blanket


Both the gray toy dolphin and the pink plush dolphin are available in my Etsy Shop, Coastal Crochet Crafts.


More Sea Creatures


Several of my other crocheted sea critters are just as much fun as these toy bottlenose dolphins. 

My Baby Harp Seal is happily playing while waiting his turn to join your family. A toy gray harbor seal and a plush walrus can all be seen with the little harp seal in their story about Two Seals and a Walrus.

14 comments:

  1. Amazing dolphins and your description (story telling) is fantastic!

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    1. So pleased you liked my dolphins, Quilling. And I really enjoyed your visit to my dolphin post.

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  2. I never knew there were pink dolphins! Great blog ~ I look forward to reading more.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Linda. I would love to see a pink dolphin in real life, but until then I'll enjoy a pink dolphin in crochet plush. :-)

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  3. You already know I love these dolphins, especially the pink dolphin crocheted plush. Such a beautiful design.

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    1. Delighted you liked my plush dolphins, Mouse, especially since you were the one who gave me the idea for the pink dolphin with your wonderful article.

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  4. Pat, these are so cute - wonderful keepsake for a family member - I know I've kept everything that was made for our family over the years - they make a very personal gift as well, even if someone else crocheted them

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    1. Thanks for your visit, Barbara. I have a ton of crocheted critters that now belong to quite a large selection of family members. Just sent the latest creation to my 5-year-old grandson for Christmas! :-)

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  5. I love your Sea Creatures and your blog post! Your critters are marvelous.

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy. My sea creatures enjoyed your visit. Happy New Year!

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  6. Fun post. And your crocheted items always amaze me. I can crochet blankets and easy slippers. Nothing more. Amazing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Dawn. Crochet just takes practice.... and I've had about 40 years worth! :-)

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  7. Love all dolphins especially your crocheted ones!

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    1. I love dolphins, too, Heather, and feel very fortunate that I live just 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean where I often get to see real dolphins, my inspiration for these crocheted ones.

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