I love seahorses, so I came up with a pattern that can be used as an applique or if you make it small as a pendant necklace or for pendant earrings. Use whatever size yarn you want, just use the hook size recommended for the yarn. I've made it using worsted weight yarn and an H hook all the way down to thin crochet thread with an 8 hook. I think it looks best with variegated yarn because real seahorses tend to have mottled colors.
Here is the pattern
Small Picot (sp): Slip stitch into stitch or chain, chain 1 then slip stitch back into same stitch.
|Sl st, ch 1|
Row 1: Sl st into second ch from hook, then sl st in each of fol 4 chs. Sp into next 6 chs.
|the sps should look like bumps|
(Fin) Ch 4 dc in next ch, *ch 1, dc in next ch* 2 times. Sl st in dc then in ch dc is attached to.
|what the fin should look like|
|sl st into dc|
Sp in next 7 chs, then sl st to end of ch. DO NOT TURN, you will be crocheting up the back side of the ch in row 2.
Row 2: Ch1 sl st in 1st ch on underside of ch.
*Ch 3, sk 3 chs, sc in next ch* 2 times.
*Ch 2, sk 2 chs, sc in next ch* 6 times
Ch 3 sk 3 chs, sl st in next ch, TURN.
Row 3: Ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook. Ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 5, sc in 1st ch of original ch 7.
Ch 6, sl st in 1st ch of 3 ch sp.
and other 2 chs and sc. Ch 3, hdc in next sc. *Ch 3, dc in next sc* 3 times. Ch 2, hdc in next sc, ch 2 sc in next sc. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc, ch 2 hdc in next dc, ch 3, tr in next dc, ch 2, tr in next dc, ch 2, dc in next hdc, ch 2, sl st in sc at base of 5 ch sp.
Tail: Attach yarn to ch at bottom of the seahorse.
|Join yarn in ch at end of seahorse|
|pull tail of yarn along with rest of yarn through loop to secure|
Sk last chs, sl st in next sc.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Sl st--slip stitch ch--chain
fol--following or follow sp--small picot
dc--double crochet sk--skip
hdc--half double crochet sc--single crochet
* *--repeat what's inside