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This play set will provide endless hours of fun for the little ocean lover in your life.
This pattern should be fun and enjoyable for crocheters of all skill levels. The animals are very quick to make because most of their limbs are crocheted in the final rounds. (I thought it would be nice not to have too many pieces to sew on at the end.) There are even instructions on how to add a drawstring to your play set so that it transforms into a bag for easy storage of all your ocean animals!

In fact everything is nice and easy on this island. It’s paradise! At this beach, you don’t have to worry about sunburn or sand that works its way into everything. The sharks even play nice here! I hope you enjoy making an island play set of your very own. I’d love to see photos if you do! Send them to squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com.

Gauge:
5 sts in sc = 1 inch
5 rnds = 1 inch

Posted by Jennifer Olivarez from Arvada, Colorado, United States • Published See Jennifer Olivarez's 19 projects »
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  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 1
    Step 1

    Island and Ocean Base

    Note: Join with slst at the end of each round.
    With beige, ch 2. (Or begin with a magic loop.)
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)
    Rnd 3: Ch 1. * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)
    Rnd 4: Ch 1. * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)
    Rnd 5: Ch 1. * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
    Rnd 6: Ch 1. * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)
    Rnd 7: Ch 1. * 5 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (42)
    Rnd 8: Ch 1. * 6 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (48)
    Rnd 9: Ch 1. * 7 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (54)
    Rnd 10: Ch 1. * 8 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (60)
    Rnd 11: Ch 1. * 9 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (66)
    Rnd 12: Ch 1. * 10 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (72)
    Rnd 13: Ch 1. * 11 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (78)
    Rnd 14: Ch 1. * 12 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (84)
    Rnd 15: Ch 1. * 13 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (90)
    Rnd 16: Ch 1. * 14 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (96)
    Rnd 17: Ch 1. * 15 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (102)
    Rnd 18: Ch 1. * 16 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (108)
    Rnd 19: Ch 1. * 17 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (114)
    Rnd 20: Ch 1. * 18 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (120)
    Rnd 21: Ch 1. * 19 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (126)
    Switch to light blue.
    Note: From this point on, the ch-2 at beg of ea rnd counts as the 1st dc. Join with slst to the top of this ch-2 at the end of ea rnd.
    Rnd 22: Ch 2. * 13 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (135)
    Switch to dark blue.
    Rnd 23: Ch 2. * 14 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (144)
    Rnd 24: Ch 2. * 15 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (153)
    Rnd 25: Ch 2. * 16 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (162)
    Rnd 26: Ch 2. * 17 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (171)
    Rnd 27: Ch 2. * 18 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (180)
    Rnd 28: Ch 2. * 19 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (189)
    Rnd 29: Ch 2. * 20 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (198)
    Rnd 30: Ch 2. * 21 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (207)
    Rnd 31: Ch 2. * 22 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (216)
    Rnd 32: Ch 2. * 23 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (225)
    Rnd 33: Ch 2. * 24 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (234)
    Rnd 34: Ch 2. * 25 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (243)
    Rnd 35: Ch 2. * 26 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (252)
    Rnd 36: Ch 2. * 27 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (261)
    Rnd 37: Ch 2. * 28 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (270)
    Rnd 38: Ch 2. * 29 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (279)
    Rnd 39: Ch 2. * 30 dc, inc, rep from * 8 more times. (288)
    Rnd 40: Ch 4, sk 2 dc, * 2 dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, rep from * 71 more times. Dc, join with slst to the top of ch-2.
    Rnd 41: Ch 1. * 5 dc in ch-sp, sc in next 2 dc, rep from * 71 more times. 5 dc in last ch-sp, sc in next dc, join with slst to start of rnd.
    FO and weave in ends.
    Thread light blue ribbon in and out of the holes created in Rnd 40. Thread on the toggle and tie or sew the ends of the ribbon together.

  • Step 2

    Island Top

    With beige, rep Rnds 1-21 but do not work in joined rnds. (It might help to use a stitch marker or waste yarn to mark the beg of each rnd.)
    FO, leaving a long tail.
    Sew Island Top to Rnd 21 of the Base. When you get about 3/4 of the way around, stuff island lightly.

  • Step 3

    Palm Tree Fronds

    With green, ch 4, join with slst to 1st ch to form a ring. Ch 1.
    Rnd 1: * Sc into the ring. Ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch down, rep from * 4 more times.
    Rnd 2: * Sk 1 sc, slst in 1st ch, sc in next 2, hdc, dc in the next 5, hdc, sc, ch 3. Working down the other side: Sc, hdc, dc in the next 5, hdc, sc in next 2, slst, rep from * 4 more times. Join with slst. FO, leaving a long tail for sewing.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 4
    Step 4

    Palm Tree

    Note: Stuff firmly with polyester stuffing as you go.
    With brown, ch 4. Join with slst to create a ring. Ch 1.
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring.
    Rnd 2: Sc in ea sc around.
    Note: From this point on, work in BL only.
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 2 more times. (9)
    Rnds 4-5: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 6: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 2 more times. (12)
    Rnds 7-10: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 11: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 2 more times. (15)
    Rnds 12-15: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 16: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 2 more times. (18)
    Rnds 17-18: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 19: * 5 sc, inc, rep from * 2 more times. (21)
    Rnds 20-22: Sc in ea sc around. Join with slst.
    FO, leaving long tail for sewing.
    Sew Palm Fronds to top of Palm Tree. Thread the green yarn from the palm fronds onto a yarn needle and work the thread back through to the stitches in Rnd 1. Sew these 6 stitches to the 6 stitches in Rnd 1 of the Palm Tree.
    Sew completed palm tree to the center of the island.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 5
    Step 5

    Starfish (Make 2 Sides)

    With orange, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (10)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 4 more times. (15)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 4 more times. (20)
    Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in next st, (tr, ch 2, tr) in next st, dc in next st, ch 2, slst in next st. Rep from * 4 more times.
    FO.
    With RS facing out, sew the two sides together. Stuff lightly once you’ve gotten about 3/4 of the way around.
    Using black yarn and a yarn needle embroider a smiley face to the starfish.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 6
    Step 6

    Shark

    Top of Body
    With gray, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)
    Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
    Rnds 6- 9: Mark the beg of rnd 6 with waste yarn and don’t remove it. (You will use this marker to help you position the shark’s fins later on.) Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 10: * Sc 8, (ch 6, working down the ch: sc, hdc, 3 dc. Back to the rnd: sk 2 sc, sc in next sc), rep from * 1 more time. Sc 8, join with slst. FO and weave in ends.

  • Step 7

    Bottom of Body
    With gray, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. Join with slst, ch 1. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (24)
    Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (30) FO, leaving a long tail.
    Stuff the shark lightly and sew the Bottom to the Body.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 8
    Step 8

    Tail
    Ch 4, working back down the ch: slst, 2 sc. Ch 6, working back down the ch: slst, 4 sc, slst in 1st ch. FO, leaving a long tail. Sew this to the shark’s back with taller part of the tail on top. Use the waste yarn marker from Rnd 6 of the Body to help you draw a guideline running from the back to the front, dividing the shark evenly with a fin on each side. Sew the tail along this line at about Rnd 9 of the Body.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 9
    Step 9

    Dorsal Fin
    Ch 5, working back down the ch: slst, sc, hdc, dc. FO, leaving a long tail. Sew to Body in line with the tail, between Rnds 1 and 4.
    With black yarn and a yarn needle, embroider two lines for eyes. With white yarn, embroider a jagged mouth.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 10
    Step 10

    Whale

    Top of Body
    With blue, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)
    Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
    Rnds 6- 9: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 10: * Sc 8, (ch 6, working down the ch: sc, hdc, 3dc. Back to the rnd: sk 2 sc, sc in next sc), rep from * 1 more time. Sc 8, join with slst in next sc. This sc is the Base for crocheting the tail. Crochet the tail in two steps: (A) Ch 6, working down the chain: slst, sc, hdc, 2 dc. (B) Ch 6, working down the chain: slst, sc, hdc, 2 dc. Slst in the bottom of the last dc of A. Slst in Base. FO and weave in ends.
    Use black yarn and a yarn needle to embroider a smiley face.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 11
    Step 11

    Blow Hole and Spout
    To create the whale’s spout, wrap light blue yarn around your palm 4 or 5 times. Slide the yarn off your hand and tie it in the center with another length of yarn (photo Step 1). Use your crochet hook to thread this length of yarn through a hole in the top of the whale and pull a small bit of the bundle of light blue yarn into the hole as well. I’ll call this the blow hole from now on. Now we’ll secure the bundle of light blue yarn to the inside of the whale. Turn the whale inside out. Thread one end of the tied yarn (the purple yarn in the photos) onto a yarn needle and work this end through a stitch on the whale’s body near the blow hole. Then work it under the light blue yarn bundle to the other side (photo Step 2). Repeat on the other side (photo step 3). Tie the two ends tightly in the center (photo Step 4). Turn the whale right side out again.

  • Step 12

    Bottom of Body
    With white, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. Join with slst, ch 1. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (24)
    Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (30) FO, leaving a long tail.
    Lightly stuff the body and sew the Bottom to the Body.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 13
    Step 13

    Turtle

    Top of Body
    Special instruction for Rnd 7 of Turtle Body Top:
    Create a foot = Ch 4, then working back down the ch: slst, 2 hdc. Sc in next sc of rnd.
    With light green, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)
    Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
    Rnd 6: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 7: Switch to dark green yarn. 4 sc, create a foot, 5 sc, create a foot, 8 sc, create a foot, 5 sc, create a foot, 4 sc, (ch 3, working down the ch: slst, sc), sc in next sc of rnd, join with slst to beg of rnd. FO and weave in ends.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 14
    Step 14

    With yarn needle and a length of dark green yarn about 4 ft long, embroider plates onto the turtle’s shell.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 15
    Step 15

    Bottom of Body
    With with light green, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. Join with slst, ch 1. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (24)
    Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst. (30) FO, leaving a long tail.
    Lightly stuff the turtle and sew the Bottom to Rnd 6 of the Body.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 16
    Step 16

    Head
    With light green, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. (8)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 3 more times. (12)
    Rnds 4-5: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 6: * Sc, dec, rep from * 3 more times. (8)
    Rnd 7: Sc in ea sc around.
    Stuff lightly.
    Close opening by lining up the sts (4 on top and 4 on bottom) and sc the pairs of sts together. FO, leaving a long tail. Sew Head to front of Bottom of Body.
    Use black yarn and a yarn needle to embroider a smiley face.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 17
    Step 17

    Octopus

    Top of Body
    With red, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)
    Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)
    Rnds 6- 10: Sc in ea sc around.
    Rnd 11: * 3 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (24)
    Rnd 12: * Sc, (ch 17, working back down the chain: slst, 11 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc), sk 2 sc, rep from * 7 more times. Slst in last sc. FO and weave in ends.

  • How to make a play mat. Island Play Set with Ocean Animals - Step 18
    Step 18

    Bottom of Body
    With red, ch 2 (or begin with magic loop).
    Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop).
    Rnd 2: Inc in ea sc around. Join with slst, ch 1. (12)
    Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (18)
    Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst. (24)
    FO, leaving a long tail.
    Stuff the Octopus and sew the Bottom to the Body, using both the scs and skipped sts in Rnd 12. It will look like the Bottom is way too small, but trust me, both the Bottom and the Body have 24 sts, so you can be confident that it will fit.
    Use black yarn and yarn needle to embroider a smiley face.

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MissCindy
MissCindy · Zwolle, Overijssel, NL · 43 projects
WOW! They are really lovely! Thank you so much for sharing!! Happy
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