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Oh the Huemanatee! How to crochet a rainbow manatee

Oh the Huemanatee! How to crochet a rainbow manatee

The other day at work, my colleagues were discussing which animals we would choose as our spirit animal or patronus. Well, what a stupid question, because the best and most amazing animal in the world is clearly the manatee!

HOW TO CROCHET A RAINBOW MANATEE - photos of finished manatee

These body-positive mermaids are so gentle, and calm, which is everything I would want to be myself. I also wouldn’t mind swimming around and eating all day.

Now, manatees are great, but so are rainbows. Needless to say, when you combine the two, you get the greatest Gif that the internet has ever seen:

I directly declared the hue-manatee to be my patronus, and went home resolved to make myself a little hue-manatee to keep watch over me when I’m at work.

Fortunately, I still had some yarn in rainbow colours at home. In fact, I’ve decided to always keep some yarn in rainbow colours around, because you never know when you’ll have a rainbow crochet emergency.

So I went on a hunt to find the perfect crochet pattern that would go with my rainbow DK yarn, and found this great pattern on Ravelry. I won’t replicate it all here, because a) it’s not my pattern and b) you can simply download it for free through the link.

So here are just the details you will need to turn your standard grey manatee into the rainbow hue-manatee of awesome.

Crochet Hook: 4mm (metric) / size G (US) / size 8 (UK/Canada)
DK in 4 rainbow colours. I used yellow, orange, red, purple, and blue.
DK in black if you want to stitch the eyes rather than buy amigurumi eyes
Yarn needle to sew the parts together and weave in the ends

Now follow the original pattern, with the following colour changes:

hand holding crochet manateeNose:

Rows 1-6: Orange
Rows 7-11: Red
Rows 12-16: Purple

Flippers: Orange

Tail: Blue

Eyes: Use black yarn to stitch in the eyes around row 4 (orange)

Et voilà, you have made yourself a HueManatee that will act as your own personal source of happiness and positivity

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