Little Amigurumi Fish Pattern

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Little Amigurumi Fish Pattern

free pattern fish

My Mom asked me to make a little fish for my niece Mya – this is the little fish I designed for this purpose 🙂 I have made one with a set of safety eyes, and one with hand-stitched eyes for babies.

You will be working in continuous rounds (spirals).

These little fish are worked in one continuous piece, from head to tail.

Do not slip stitch to join unless it is specifically indicated.

For a baby-safe fish, stitch the eyes with a contrasting colour yarn or thread; or use safety eyes.

I attached my safety eyes in between round 3 and 4, with 3 sts between them.

Do not work into the ch 1 sts – unless specifically indicated.

This is an intermediate to advanced level pattern.

baby safe fish

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Hook: 3.75 mm (F)

You will want to use a stitch marker for this project!

Abbreviations: R – round, ch – chain, st – stitch, sts – stitches, sc – single crochet, sc3tog – single crochet 3 stitches together, fptr3tog cl st – front post treble three together cluster stitch, hdc – half double crochet, fl – front loop, fpsc – front post single crochet, dc3tog cl st – double crochet three together cluster stitch, fpdc3tog – front post double crochet three together, bl – back loop, dc – double crochet, [ ] – repeat the instructions in the brackets the number of times specified

Special Stitches:

fpdc3tog cl st – front post double crochet 3 together cluster stitch

This stitch is worked all in one stitch – not over 3 stitches – it is not being used to decrease the overall number of stitches in the round. *You will be working around the post of the specified stitch, from the front (the outside of the fish) to the back (the inside of the stitch) to the front (the outside of the fish).

[Yarn over the hook, insert the hook around the post of the specified stitch in the direction indicated in bold above *, yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yarn over the hook and draw through all four loops on the hook.

 

fptr3tog cl st – front post treble crochet 3 together cluster stitch

This stitch is worked all in one stitch – not over 3 stitches – it is not being used to decrease the overall number of stitches in the round. **You will be working around the post of the specified stitch, from the front (the outside of the fish) to the back (the inside of the fish) to the front (the outside of the fish).

[Yarn over the hook twice, insert the hook around the post of the specified stitch in the direction indicated in bold above **, yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through 2 more loops] 3 times, yarn over the hook and draw through all 4 loops on the hook.

 

R1: ch 2, in the 2nd ch from the hook, work 6 sc sts [6]

R2: 2 sc in each st around [12]

R3: 1 sc in each st around [12]

R4: (2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next st) 6 times [18]

R5: 1 sc in each st around [18]

R6: 1 sc in each st around [18]

R7: 1 sc in each of the first 7 sts, (1 sc in the bl of the next st) 2 times, 1 sc in the next st, (1 sc in the bl of the next st) 2 times, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts [18]

top fin pictures

 

R8: (fptr3tog cl st in the first st) (see image 1), ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts;

fish tutorial one

FINS: You will be working the next 2 sts in the sts one row below the current row (where you worked into the bl of the sts – you will see the remaining fl sts (see image A)- these 2 sts are the ones you need to work into) ch 1, 1 fpsc around the post of the 1st st where you worked in the back loop only (see Image B), ch 1 ; now work dc3tog cl st around the post (see image C) of the fpsc you just made (you may need to turn your work slightly to work this st) (see image D), ch 1. 1 hdc in the fl of the next st (see image F)- you will skip the 2 sts immediately behind the 2 you just worked (we come back to them in the next round).

You will be working into the regular round sts for this stitch: 1 sc (see image G)

fish tutorial 2

You will be working the next 2 sts in the sts one row below the current row (where you worked into the bl of the sts – you will see the remaining fl sts – these 2 sts are the ones you need to work into) ch 1, 1 fpsc around the post of the 1st st where you worked in the back loop only ; ch 1, now work dc3tog cl st around the post of the fpsc you just made (you may need to turn your work slightly to work this st), ch 1. 1 hdc in the fl of the next st – you will skip the 2 sts immediately behind the 2 you just worked (we come back to them in the next round).

You will be working into the regular round sts for the following:

1 sc in each of the next 6 sts

R9: 1 sc in the first st, fpdc3tog cl st around the post of the middle st of the fin (created by the 2nd st in the fptr3tog cl st in R8) (see image 2). Sk the remainder of the fin. Ch 1, 1 dc in the next st, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 1 sc in each of the skipped 2 sts from R8 (see image H), 1 sc in the ch st at the beginning of the first fin, skip the remainder of the FIN from R8, 1 sc in the center sc, 1 sc in each of the skipped 2 sts from R8 (see image H), 1 sc in the ch st at the beginning of the next fin,  skip the remainder of the 2nd FIN, 1 sc in each of the remaining 7 sts

R10: sc3tog, ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc3tog, ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts

R11: begin working dc3tog cl st in the next st and before the last yarn over, insert your hook around the post of the top of the center fin and pull up 1 loop (see image 3), yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on the hook. ch 1, sk 1 st.  Flatten your work and line up the next st with the last st of R10. 1 dc through both these sts (through both layers of the work). Working through both layers again, work 1 sc in the next st (which will line up to the 2nd last st of R10). Open up the work again to begin working in continuous rounds; 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, sc4tog, ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 5 sts

R12: work 1 sc in the same st (2nd last st of R10 where you worked the sc through both layers), sk the dc, 1 sc in the sc and 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, ch 1, sc3tog, 1 sc in next st, ch 1, 1 sc in the next 3 sts (10 sc, 2 ch1sp)

R13: 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts

FIN1: In the ch 1 space work the following: dc3tog, ch 1.

1 sc in each of the next 2 sts.

FIN2: In the ch 1 space work the following: dc3tog, ch 1.

1 sc in each of the next 3 sts.

R14: sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, skip FIN1, sc2tog between the 2 fins, skip FIN2, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts

R15: 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts

Do not finish off you will now continue to the tail section

You may wish to stuff your fish with polyfil at this point and to attach the safety eyes if you did not do so previously.

TAIL:

ch 10, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

1 sc in the next st, ch 14, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

1 sc in the next st, ch 10, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

1 sc in the next st, ch 14, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

1 sc in the next st, ch 14, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

1 sc in the next st, ch 10, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

1 sc in the next st, ch 14, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

R16:  Note: Skip all the twisty chains and only work into the sc stitches around the base of the fish! 1 sc in the next st, ch 10, beginning in the 2nd ch from the hook, 2 sc in each ch st back to the base, 1 sc in the same st you began from

1 sc in each of the next 2 sts

Leave a long tail for sewing – finish off and whip stitch the tail closed through the sc stitches on the last round to do so.

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15 Comments

  1. These fish look super cute. I love how you designed them as one piece without any sewing. Looks like there is a stitch I haven’t used before and I’m always looking for new stitches. I think they’d work up pretty quickly as well, an extra bonus!

  2. These are ADORABLE!
    I’m going to make some and add catnip to the stuffing–naturally I’ll hand-stitch the eyes!–and give them to my daughter’s cat. He LOVES larger-sized toys (and tends to demolish smaller ones quickly)!

  3. These fish are so great! Definitely one of my favorites 🙂 Thanks for the free pattern!

  4. Love making amis, and this is a great addition to my “collection” of patterns!

  5. This is probably my favorite one of your patterns because it looks like a little betta fish! ^_^

  6. Hi Susie, Thank you! They are about 5 inches long (nose to the end of the tail) and I used 1 full ball of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton for each fish…plus the bit of black for the eyes. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  7. I love these fish!!! Thank you for sharing a great pattern with so much personality. Can you tell me the approximate finished size and generally how much yarn is needed for each one. Thanks again.