Review – Aldi So Crafty Shark Crochet Kit

This apex predator may give you nightmares for all the wrong reasons!

Some of you may remember my post and un-boxing video on the Aldi So Crafty special buys. If you missed them you can find the blog post here and the video here! I was at a bit of a loose end over the weekend and decided to make up the shark from the crochet kit.

Let me begin by telling you this. I really, really wanted to give this kit a great review. This blog is all about inspiring people to get crafty, even if they have never crafted before. To that end I am always on the look out for crafty bargains because no one wants to spend a lot of money on a new hobby when they don’t know whether they are going to enjoy it. This kit was sold at what I like to call a “try me” price.

First Impressions

Mostly this is covered in the un-boxing video, so I will recap. The box contained all the yarn needed for the project as well as a crochet hook, yarn needle, pattern and toy stuffing. The yarn was acrylic and felt of good quality. The price for the kit was £3.99. As I ordered more than £20 of items there was no delivery charge. So far so good. I was really happy with the kit, I thought it was great value and good quality for the price and I wanted to tell you how amazing this kit is.

The Positives

The yarn was easy to work with, it did not shed fibres, tangle up, snag or break. There were more than enough supplies in the box. You can see what I have left from the yarn and toy stuffing in the phot below. The shark looks pretty nifty, even if I do say so myself.

However

The pattern is what let this kit down. Firstly the pattern was written in US crochet terms not UK terms despite the kit being produced for stores in the UK. Not a huge deal, but if you are in experienced then you may not realise that there is a difference. Secondly the terminology in the pattern was a little odd, making the pattern hard to follow. For example where a pattern may normally say dc2tog (double crochet two together) this pattern called it a single crochet decrease. The pattern also replaced all its US crochet terms with letters. So where the pattern would say dc2tog the letter A was written, which in the Aldi pattern was labelled as a single crochet decrease. Confused? Yes, so was I!

The pattern does not tell you if you are working a flat piece or in the round, when in fact you are making a one flat piece and one in the round. Again, most people who have made a crochet toy before may not have a problem with this. However as I said, this was sold at a try me price.

The instructions for the flat piece of crochet were not well written, there were decreases or increases on most rows. Instead of putting one increase/decrease at each end or both in the middle to make a neat symmetrical piece of crochet, the pattern instructed you to make one increase/decrease in the middle of a row and one at the end. I ignored these instructions and opted to put all my increases/decreases in the middle of the rows. Again, a more experienced crocheter may have no problem seeing this and adapting the pattern, however at £3.99 I would expect a fair few beginners to have bought this kit and may be disappointed with the look of their shark!

The pattern for the teeth was impossible to follow and I ended up going my own way with the teeth all together. There were instructions for changing colour, but no instructions on when to change back. I worked this out for myself, something a novice may not be able to do. As if that was not enough, the final nail in the coffin in this comedy of errors, the pattern was not even complete. There were no instructions on how to make the tail or the three fins, and no instructions for the making up/sewing up. The fins and tail of the shark were completely made up by me.

According to the pattern, this is finished. Some how it doesn’t quite look how I’d imagined.

25 thoughts on “Review – Aldi So Crafty Shark Crochet Kit”

  1. My adult daughter tried this and was very disappointed. She has little experience so thee result was very disappointing. I am going to try to remake it somehow!! Glad you were not overly impressed either!

    1. Hi! Thank you so much for getting in touch!

      These kits would be great if only the patterns were written properly! It is such a shame. I am hoping to get a pattern for the tail and fins written up at some point and will get it posted on the blog!

      Best Wishes and good luck with your project!

  2. Hi
    I’ve just finished my GCSE’s and thought this would be a nice way to relax, however I have struggled with similar problems that you have mentioned. It would be of great help to me if you could share the pattern that you used for the fins and the tail as I am struggling to find one and the one I tried to make didn’t sit well on the shark. Thank you!

    1. Hi Maisie.

      Thank you so much for getting in touch. I will post a pattern for the tail and fins and a video tutorial you can follow along with. Hopefully I will be able to do this on Thursday.

      If you have any more questions or need any more help please feel free to ask! You can find us on Facebook (@georgecraftsblog) or Instagram (@george_crafts). It would be great if you want to share some photos of your finished makes with us on social media!

      Congratulations on finishing your exams!

      Georgina

    2. Hello Maisie,

      I just wanted to let you know that the pattern for the fins and tail is now available for you to download for free. On the download page you will also find two videos to walk you through the pattern should you need them!

      Georgina

  3. I am so glad I found this page, I was worried the instructions I had in mine were a mistake in the printing. Thank you so much for having the links to tutorials and a pattern for the fins. I’ll be finally able to make the shark now!! 🙂

    1. Hi Lili!

      Thank you so much for getting in touch! I am really glad you feel able to make your shark now, that’s fantastic. Should you need any more help please feel free to send us a message!

      You will also find us on Facebook (@georgecraftsblog) and on Instagram (@george_crafts). It would be amazing to see some photos of your shark when it is finished!

      Georgina

  4. Hi
    I love to crochet. But when my Granddaughter came round with this. It was hard to read pattern then there was no institution for tail and fins so unable to finish it off.It would be better if it was in UK instead of US and made a little clearer.
    Margaret

  5. Thank you! I’m fairly new to the world of crochet. I’ve been given a couple of kits as gifts, they all seem to have their own challenges and was starting to think it was me. (one kit was written in actual Dutch!)

    Trying to get my head around the pattern for the shark – what does back crochet 2T and 2F mean?! (back crochet half double crochet) I’ve not come across these terms before. Also noticed that it doesn’t say how many to chain to start the body. Did you take the 6X (6sc) to be the chain?

    Any help would be much appreciated!
    x

    1. Hello Hannah!

      Thank you so much for getting in touch. The pattern for the shark (as I am sure you can tell from the review and the comments from other people) is pretty badly written.

      Firstly the pattern uses US terms. So I will first change the US terms to UK terms for you:

      US single crochet is a UK double crochet.
      US half double crochet is a UK half treble crochet
      US double crochet is a UK treble crochet

      Back crochet 2F/T in their pattern means you crochet into the back loops of your stitches only (F stands for US double crochet, so a UK treble crochet/T stands for US half double crochet, so a UK half treble crochet)

      The body of the shark is made in the round. This style of crochet is called amigurumi, this means it is made in a continuous spiral (i.e. you do not join your rounds with slip stitches, you just keep going round and round etc). To help you keep you place you should use a stitch marker/safety pin/scrap yarn in the final stitch in each round.

      To begin working in the round for the body you can choose one of two methods. First is to make a chain of two and then make six double crochet (UK) into the first chain stitch that you made. Alternatively you can make six double crochet (UK) into a magic/adjustable ring.

      I will link some videos below for you that should help you. If you have any more questions please do feel free to ask. You can also find us on Facebook (@georgecraftsblog) and Instagram (@george_crafts) and YouTube (George Crafts). We would love to see photos of your finished projects on our social media channels so please feel free to share some photos with us!

      Double crochet into a ring – https://georgecrafts.co.uk/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/404/
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      The magic/adjustable ring – https://georgecrafts.co.uk/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/401
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      Crochet increases and decreases – https://georgecrafts.co.uk/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/312/
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      Working in the round part 2 – https://georgecrafts.co.uk/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/348/
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      Amigurumi, your questions – https://georgecrafts.co.uk/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/683/
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      Crochet into back loops only – https://georgecrafts.co.uk/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/399/

      If you need any more videos there are a bunch of crochet tutorials on the blog

      If you want to see an amigurumi project made then I have an entire playlist on the channel of me making a Harry Potter Crochet kit (Hedwig the Owl) on the channel. You can find that here :

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nge3ENTcEi8&list=PLydvAIZD06fykdY_BaPwPIQTieUEGmPVI

      Georgina

  6. Is it possible for you to give the pattern details for the mouth and teeth of the shark please. Thanks for helping with the other missing information but I am stumped on the mouth area and have redone it quite a few times now.
    Thank you Sarah 😊

    1. Hello Sarah!

      Thank you so much for getting in touch! I have been on holiday so haven’t been able to get back to you until now. A few people have asked for help on the mouth/teeth of the shark so I will see if I can do a video tutorial in the next few weeks. I must confess, the teeth were very badly written and if I remeber rightly I sort of made it up as I went along!

      Keep an eye on the blog and I will find an answer for you very soon. Alternatively you will find us on Facebook (facebook.com/georgecraftsblog), Instagram (@george_crafts) and on YouTube (George Crafts)

      Best wishes

      Georgina

  7. Hey! I’m so glad I found this, thought I was going crazy when I couldn’t find the fins!! Any chance of any guidance on the teeth. I am completely lost with the pattern and I’ve made plenty of toys in the past! This is making me feel silly!

    1. Hi Nicola.

      Thanks for getting in touch. Firstly, you are not silly. The pattern in the kit is absolutley terrible. A few people have asked for some help on making the teeth for this kit so I will have a look at making a YouTube tutorial. I hope to have something put together in the next couple of weeks. I have just got back from holiday so I have a bit of catching up to do!

      Keep an eye on the blog as I will put a blogpost up when I release the video, otherwise you can follow us on Facebook (@georgecraftsblog) and Instagram (@george_crafts)

      Best Wishes

      Georgina

  8. Hi did anyone ever sort out the belly and teeth for the shark or does anyone have a link to this? I have completed the shark body , tail and fins and have no idea how to finish this. Thanks

    1. Hi Dena. Writing a pattern for the teeth and belly is on my (ever growing!) list of things to do. I have a couple of Harry Potter videos planned and a craft fair. Then I’ll be working on the teeth. It’s in the diary I promise! George x

  9. I’ve just started making this (totally agree with your comments about the way the pattern is written).

    Unfortunately I’ve managed to lose the hook that came with it. Does anyone know what size hook it is?

      1. Fantastic, thank you so much. Aldi should be paying you – this kit is pretty useless as it comes!
        I just about managed to work out how to do the belly/teeth from the pattern but I wouldn’t have felt confident trying to work out the fins myself.

  10. Someone sent me this link as I posted in a Facebook group about the Mermaid kit! I’m not a new crocheter, but I only do blankets. This kit is so confusing! It makes it sound like it’s all flat.
    Has anyone contacted Aldi to let them know their patterns need a LOT of improvement?

    1. Hi Stacey,

      Thanks so much for getting in touch. I have shared my review with Aldi several times but unfortunately they have not responded. It seems that the Aldi buyers care only about getting units off the shelf and not if the kit is actually any good.

      IF you need any further help with your kit I would be happy to help. I have a few videos on my YouTube Channel about Amigurumi crochet which you might find helpful.

      https://youtu.be/tI2wYZFhvkU – This is a video for one of the Aldi Harry Potter kits (the pattern for these was a lot better written but the yarn was horrible!) but it covers all the important things you need to know about Amigurumi.

      Please let me know if you need any more help!

      Georgina

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