Hammerhead shark weight

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So my physiotherapist told me I have to start adding weights to my exercises as part of the rehabilitation for my injured leg. I thought, ‘surely there must be a way to make weights fun …’

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This pattern is written in American crochet notation, with 8 ply wool and a 4 mm hook.

First, prepare your work area!

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You will need a weight, of course.

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Head

The head is made by crocheting over the weight.

In black

Round 1: crochet 6 sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch around (12 stitches)

Change to white wool

Round 3: increase in first stitch, sc in next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Change to grey wool

Round 4: increase in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: increase in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: increase in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches – repeat (36 stitches)

Rounds 7 – 11: sc in each stitch (36 stitches)

Round 12: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 4 stitches – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 13: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 3 stitches – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 14: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 2 stitches – repeat (18 stitches)

Rounds 15 – 29: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

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Round 30: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next 2 stitches – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 31: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 32: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next 4 stitches – repeat (36 stitches)

Rounds 33 – 38: sc in each stitch (36 stitches)

Round 39: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 4 stitches – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 40: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 3 stitches – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 41: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 2 stitches – repeat (18 stitches)

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Change to white wool

Round 42: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next stitch – repeat (12 stitches)

Change to black wool

Round 43: decrease until the hole closes.

Fasten off. Weave in end.

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Body

With grey wool, chain 20 and slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring.

Round 1: sc in each stitch

Round 2: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next 4 stitches – repeat

Rounds 3 – 4: sc in each stitch

Round 5: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next 4 stitches – repeat

Rounds 6 – 7: sc in each stitch

Round 8: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next 4 stitches – repeat

Rounds 9 – 13: sc in each stitch

Round 16: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 6 stitches – repeat

Round 17: sc in each stitch

Round 18: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 6 stitches – repeat

Round 19: sc in each stitch

Round 20: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 6 stitches – repeat

Round 21: sc in each stitch

Round 22: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 6 stitches – repeat

Round 23: sc in each stitch

Round 24: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 6 stitches – repeat

Round 25: sc in each stitch

Round 26: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 6 stitches – repeat

Round 27: sc in each stitch

Round 28: decrease in the first stitch, sc in the next 6 stitches – repeat

Row 29: We now commence working in rows. Holding the body flat, poke the hook through both edges and sc until the end of the row, chain 8, turn (5 stitches, 8 chain)

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Row 30: sc in each chain and stitch, chain 5, turn (12 stitches, 5 chain)

Row 31: sc in each chain and stitch but skip the last stitch, turn (14 stitches)

Row 32: skip the first stitch, sc in the next 5 stitches, slip stitch in the next 4 stitches, sc in the next 3 stitches, skip the last stitch.

Fasten off. Weave in end.

Side fins (make 2)

Chain 6

Rows 1 – 3: sc in each stitch, turn (5 stitches)

Row 4: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next 3 stitches, turn (4 stitches)

Row 5: sc in each stitch, turn (4 stitches)

Row 6: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next two stitches, turn (3 stitches)

Row 7: sc in each stitch, turn (3 stitches)

Row 8: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the next stitch, turn (2 stitches)

Row 9: decrease in the two remaining stitches.

Fasten off. Weave in end.

Top fin

Chain 8

Rows 1 – 2: sc in each stitch, turn (7 stitches)

Rows 3 – 7: decrease in the first two stitches, sc in the remaining stitches, turn

Row 8: decrease in the remaining two stitches.

Fasten off. Weave in end.

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Pin the pieces together and then assemble your shark.

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Don’t forget to embroider a smile :)

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Then stop procrastinating and do your physiotherapy exercises!

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