Thursday, January 19, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern:: Fish

 For a short time when I was a wee whippersnapper, I wanted to be a marine biologist, like every other elementary student. Later, I ditched that occupation for being the 'sound effects person for Prairie Home Companion'. I still stand by that, but that's beside the point.
So marine biologist: fish, dolphins, octopi, and other aquatic what-have-you. But the main focus for today would be the fish.
A few weeks ago I wanted some toys for my cats (Oscar and Lucy), and decided a fish would be cute and cliche enough for my standards.

The fish are sort of 2-d, and stuffed with a little catnip.
Behold the pattern!!

Fish Pattern

Notes::
  • You can give them fins if you want to. When I tried dorsal fins, it turned out looking like a mohawk. Which would be great if that's the look you're going for.
  • For a better interactive experience, crochet a long chain and attach it to the fish where the dorsal fin would be/is. 
R1. ch 2. 4sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
R2. 2sc in each st (8)
R3. *sc 1, 2sc in next st* (12)
R4. *sc 2, 2sc in next st* (16)
R5-10. *sc around* (16)
R11. *sc 2,  dec* (12)
R12. *dec, sc1* (8)
R13. *2sc in each st* (16)

Making the tail fins
Fin A: 
R14a. 1sc in the next 4 st, then jump to st 11 (counting from the beginning of the row), sc to the end of the row (8)
You now have two sets of rows, fin 'a' and fin 'b'.
Continue in the row you just created:
R15a. sc around (8)
Stuff the fish's body
R16a. dec around (4)
Finish off, then sew the opening closed. 
Stuff the fin by reaching through Fin B's open hole
Fin A complete!


Fin B:
Start in what would be st 5 of row 13 where you left off when you jumped to st 11 in R14a
R14b. sc around until you reach st 10 (where Fin A begins)
R15b. jump over to st 5. This is now here the rows start in Fin B. sc around (8)
Stuff Fin B
R16b. dec around (4)
Finish off and sew the opening closed
Sew on a line eye on each side
Stick a pencil down in the hole between the two fins, and create a little tunnel. Pour the catnip in, then fluff the stuffing over it.

You're done!
This is Oscar.

Enjoy,
Claire

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