Island Play Set with Ocean Animals


Jennifer Olivarez


This island play set includes instructions for crocheting the ocean and island base, palm tree, and also a shark, whale, turtle, octopus, and starfish amigurumi.

One of my favorite features of this play set is the drawstring. When you cinch it up, the play set becomes a bag to hold all your little ocean animals so that they don’t get lost.

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.

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.

Materials List

(I used Caron Simply Soft Solids yarn for this piece, but feel free to use your favorite yarn.)

420 yds light worsted-weight yarn in blue
150 yds light worsted-weight yarn in beige
15 yds light worsted-weight yarn in light blue
Small amount of light worsted-weight yarn in bright green
Small amount of light worsted-weight yarn in brown
Yarn for the Animals:
For Starfish: Light worsted-weight yarn in orange
For Whale: Light worsted-weight yarn in blue and white
For Shark: Light worsted-weight yarn in gray
For Turtle: Light worsted-weight yarn in light green and dark green
For Octopus: Light worsted-weight yarn in red
Light worsted-weight yarn in black for embroidering smiley faces onto the animals
Light worsted-weight yarn in white for embroidering a toothy grin on the shark
G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook 
Waste yarn for stitch marker
Yarn needle
3 yds of 3/8” cord or braided ribbon in light blue
Needle and thread for sewing ends of ribbon together
Polyester stuffing

Finished Size

Finished size of base: about 3 feet in diameter


5 sts in sc = 1 inch
5 rnds = 1 inch

The Pattern

Stop by the picnic for this free pattern. See you there!

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