Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Marilyn the Fancy Fish

New photos and some small changes have been added to this pattern. Take a look at this post to see what changes have been made.


Hi!
Welcome to Woolly Toons and my first ever post. Basically, I’ve been crocheting toys or amigurumi for about 8 years, creating my own patterns for about 2 years, and I thought it was about time to share. It’s only fair – the internet has taught me practically everything I know about crocheting (okay, Mum helped a little too), and if it wasn’t for all those generous hookers out there who share their patterns for free, I would never have started this addictive and surprisingly rewarding hobby.
The first pattern I want to share with you is Marilyn the Fancy Fish, who first started out as a figment of my sister’s imagination. The pattern is untested so let me know if I've made any mistakes or if you're having any trouble. Enjoy!


Marilyn the Fancy Fish





  
Size
13cm/5in long, 10cm/4in high

Skill Level
Advanced. This pattern uses single crochet and double crochet and is worked in a spiral. Some of the parts are quite small and assembly is a little complicated. Have a read through the pattern before you start. If you run into any trouble, please let me know.

Note on yarn and hook size
I used DK weight yarn and a 3.0mm hook for this pattern. For those using US hooks, I recommend a size C or D, for those using UK hooks, I recommend a size 11. You can use a different weight yarn than DK but it will change the size of your toy. Remember to use the same weight yarn for all parts so that your toy is in proportion. Choose a hook size that will give you a nice tight stitch.

Materials
Yarn
Orange (Approx. 70metres, 77yards)
White (small amount)
Purple (Small amount)
Red (Small amount)

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets or dried beans and stocking (optional)
Tapestry needle
Black felt
White felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt
Pins
Scissors

Terminology
***This pattern is written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
dc – Double crochet
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, dc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that rounds instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Orange)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (14)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (21)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (28)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (35)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (49)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (56)
Rnd 9-13: sc in each st  around
Rnd 14: *sc in next 12 st, sc2tog*  around (52)
Rnd 15: *sc in next 11 st, sc2tog*  around (48)
Rnd 16: sc in each st  around
Rnd 17: *sc in next 10 st, sc2tog*  around (44)
Rnd 18: *sc in next 9 st, sc2tog*  around (40)
Rnd 19: sc in each st  around
Rnd 20: *sc in next 8 st, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 21: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Start stuffing. Plastic pellets or dried beans tied in a stocking can be placed in the body to give it a bit of weight so that Marilyn sits nicely when she's finished.


Secure some pellets or beads in the toe of a clean stocking or sock.


Rnd 23: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 24-26: sc in each st  around
Rnd 27: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 28: sc in each st  around
Rnd 29: sc2tog  around (6)
Cut yarn and fasten off. Flatten the opening and sew shut. Weave in yarn ends.




Dorsal Fin (in Orange)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st  around
Rnd 4: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 st (6)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* twice (8)
Rnd 6: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* four times (12)
Rnd 7: sc in each st  around
Rnd 8: dc in next 6 st, sc in next 6 st (12)
Rnd 9: dc in next 6 st, sl st in next st (7)
Cut yarn and fasten off. Leave a tail of yarn to use when joining the fin to the body. Leave unstuffed.

Tail Fins (in Orange)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2: sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (7)
Rnd 3: sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st (9)
Rnd 4: sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st (11)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: sc next 4 st, sc2tog, sc in next 3 st, sc2tog (9)
Rnd 8: sc in next 3 st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, sc2tog (7)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving tail of yarn to use when joining the fin to body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Side Fins (in Orange)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2: sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (7)
Rnd 3: sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st (9)
Rnd 4-6: sc in each st  around
Rnd 7: sc in next 3 st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, sc2tog (7)
Rnd 8: sc in each st  around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving tail of yarn to use when joining the fin to body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Eyes (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 5: sc in each st  around
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 7: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the eyes to the body. Stuff firmly. Make two.

Eyelids (in Purple)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* around (24)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the eyelids to the eyes and body. Make two.

Lips (in Red)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3-25: sc in each st around
Fasten off. You now have a long tube. Fold the tube in half and sew the ends of the tube together. Leave a long tail for joining to the body.




Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the tail fins to the body. Use the yarn tails on the fins to stitch them on.



Join the dorsal fin to the body. The dorsal fin should be aligned with the tail fins, its tip pointing towards the tail. Use the yarn tail on the fin to stitch it on.



Join the side fins to the body. Angle them slightly towards the tail. Pin them on and use the yarn tails on the fins to stitch them on.



Join the eyelids to the eyes. The eyelids sit with the edge sitting along the open edge of the back of the eye. Pin the eyelid onto the eye. Be careful not to jab yourself. Use the tail on the eyelid to join it to the eye. Work your way from the back, sewing down the side of the eyelid.


 When you reach the front, don't sew over the edge of the eyelid. You want this section to curve upwards. Instead at the front of the eyelid, join the underside of the eyelid to the eye until you reach the other side and then you can stitch over the edge again until you reach the back.


Don't weave in the eyelid tail. This will be used when joining the eyes to the body.



Join the eyes to the body. Pin them so that they sit close together. Use the purple tail of yarn to join the eyelid section to the body and then use the white tail of yarn to join the eye section to the body.



Join a piece of black felt to the back of the lips. You can glue it on or use needle and thread.



Join the lips to the face. Pin them on and use the yarn tail on the lips to stitch them on.



Make the pupils. Cut out two circles from black felt for the pupils. For highlights, cut out two very small circles from the white felt and attach them with glue or needle and thread to the black circles. The pupils sit on the eyes just below the eyelids, a little off centre. Attach them with glue or thread.



Add Marilyn’s eyeliner. Cut out two slightly curved strips from black felt. They should be a little bit longer than the eyelids are wide. Glue or sew them on to the front edges of the eyelids, leaving the outer ends unattached so that they can curve up. If you want to strengthen the felt, you can use some fabric stiffener. Dampen the felt with watered down fabric stiffener and let it dry.



Add a beauty spot. Cut out a small circle of black felt. Glue or sew this on just above one corner of the mouth. If you feel like Marilyn needs a little more bling, you could use a sequin or a bead instead.



Now you have your very own fancy fish. I hope you like her.

Check out her little partner Walter.

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012-2013









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