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Happy New Year! I wish you all good health and lots of creativity.

The first post of the year is inspired from my kids, of course. Lately they became quite fond of a mobile game, that stars a cute company of sea creatures. The fish pictured is their favourite, and as you can understand i didn’t need a lot of convincing to jump in and turn it into a toy. The result was approved by the little ones, and with great joy I now present you the pattern, so you can make one of your own!

I use orange, yellow, white and a small amount of black cotton yarn. A 2.5 mm crochet hook. Fiberfill stuffing and a tapestry needle.

My fish is 8 centimetres tall and 11 long.

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Abbreviations:

ch : chain

sc : single crochet

sc3tog : single crochet 3 together (decrease)

sc2tog : single crochet 2 together (decrease)

sl st ” slip stitch

st(s) ” stitch(es)

blo : back loops only

For the fish:

Make the face of the fish, with yellow yarn:

Round 1: Start with a magic ring and work 6 sc (6sts) (working in a spiral, do not join, use a stitch marker to keep track off your rounds).

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around (12sts).

Round 3: *3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * 3 more times (20sts).

Round 4: sc in next st, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts*, repeat from * to * 2 times, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts (28sts).

Round 5: sc in next 2 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts*, repeat from * to * 2 times, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts (36sts).

Round 6: sc in next 3 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts*, repeat from * to * 2 times, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts (44sts).

Round 7: sc in next 4 sts, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts*, repeat from * to * 2 times, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts (52sts).

Skip next st, sl st in next. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Switch to orange for the body of the fish:

Round 8: Working in blo. Attach new colour in the first st of the 3 sc corner and work a sc3tog, then sc in next 10 sts, repeat 3 more times (44sts).

Rounds 9 – 18: Working in both loops. sc in each st around (44sts).

Round 19: Working in blo. Work sc3tog, then sc in next 8 sts, repeat 3 more times (36sts).

Round 20: Working in both loops, sc3tog, then sc in next 6 sts, repeat 3 more times (28sts).

Round 21: sc3tog, then sc in next 4 sts, repeat 3 more times (20sts).

Start stuffing the fish with fiberfill.

Round 22: sc3tog, then sc in next 2 sts, repeat 3 more times (12sts).

Round 23: sc3tog, repeat 3 more times.

Fasten off, use the tail to sew hole closed. Weave in the ends.

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Fish tail:

Using orange yarn, we make two cones, that will be joined to create the tail.

For the first cone:

Round 1: In magic ring work 3 sc.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around (6sts).

Round 3: Work 1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in next, repeat around (9sts).

Round 4: Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then 2 sc in next, repeat around (12sts).

Rounds 5 and 6: Work 1 sc in each sts around (12sts). Sl st in next sts.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

For the second cone:

Repeat rounds 1 – 6. Do not cut the yarn.

Round 7: Merge the two halves together. Insert hook into first st after sl st made on first half and make 1 sc in next 12 sts. Insert hook back in second half and work 1 sc in next 12 sts (24sts).

Round 8 – 9: Work 1 sc in each st around (24sts).

Round 10: Work 1 sc in next st, then sc2tog, repeat around (16sts).

Round 11: Work 1 sc in each st around (16sts).

Round 12:  Work 1 sc in next st, then sc2tog, repeat around (11sts).

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff the fish tail.

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Side fins:

Make two fins with orange yarn.

Ch 6

Round 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 3 sts, 3 sc in next st. Continue on the other side of the chain and work 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st (12sts). (Do not join, work in spiral)

Round 2 – 6: Sc in each st around (12sts). Sl st in next. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Do not stuff the fins. Sew them on each side of the fish.

Top fins:

For the small:

Ch 4

Round 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st. Continue on the other side of the chain and work 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (8sts). (Do not join, work in spiral)

Round 2 – 6: sc in each st around (8sts). Sl st in next. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

For the large:

Ch 8

Round 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in next st. Continue on the other side of the chain and work 1 sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st (16sts). (Do not join, work in spiral)

Round 2 – 6: sc in each st around (12sts). Sl st in next. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Stuff them with fiberfill and sew them on the top of the fish.

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Eyes:

With white yarn, make 2:

Round 1: In magic ring work 5 sc. (Do not join, work in spiral)

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sts around (10sts).

Round 3: Work 1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in next, repeat around (15sts).

Round 4: Work 1 sc in each st around (15sts). Sl st in next sts.

Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

With black yarn surface crochet a “smile”. Stuff with fiberfill and sew them on face.

I really enjoyed making this toy and now i am thinking of making the rest of the gang. If you make any I’d love to see some photos!

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