Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Walter the Blue Fish







It’s not what it looks like. Walter wants to be in the toilet. You see he has heard there are a lot of fish in the sea and he wants to go find one. He’s waxed his moustache, slicked his dorsal fin to the side and now all he has to do is pull the flush.

I was inspired by Finding Nemo. In the movie, Nemo, the little clown fish, uses the toilet to get back to the ocean. I thought it would be fun to crochet a toilet for Walter. Walter himself was created as a partner for Marilyn the Fancy Fish. Why the moustache? Well, I think it makes him look quite debonair, plus I just like them. (I was a Tom Selleck fan when I was younger.)

The toilet pattern will be going up in the next couple of days. It turned out a little more complicated than I originally thought.

Anyway, enjoy Walter and let me know if you need help or if I’ve made any mistakes.

The Toilet pattern has been posted.

Edit: Added note under Terminology section that the pattern is written using US terminology.
 
Walter the Blue Fish






Size
11.5cm/4½in long, 7.5cm/3in high

Skill Level

Moderate. Joining the eyelids to the eyes and the body is a little tricky. The crocheting should be straightforward.
Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Blue
White

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

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

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 round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Blue)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (21)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (28)
Rnd 5-6: sc in each sc around
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (35)
Rnd 8-10: sc in each sc around
Rnd 11: sc in next 16 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 15 sc, sc2tog (33)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 9 sc, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog*  around (27)
Rnd 14: *sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog* around (24)
Start stuffing. Fill the lower part of the body with filling then add some plastic pellets or dried beans wrapped in a stocking to add weight. Walter won’t sit up without a bit of extra weight in the body because his eyes are so big they tip him over.
Rnd 15: *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around
Rnd 17: *sc in next sc, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 18-19: sc in each sc around
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 20: sc2tog around (6)
Rnd 21: sc in each sc around
Fasten off. Flatten the opening and sew shut. Weave in ends.

Dorsal Fin (in Blue)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (9)
Rnd 3: dc in next 5 sc, sc in next 4 sc (9)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* around (12)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (15)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed.

Tail Fins (in Blue)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc (5)
Rnd 3: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc (6)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* twice (8)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Side Fins (in Blue)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2: sc in each sc around
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* twice, 2 sc in next sc (8)
Rnd 4-5: sc in each sc  around
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Eyes (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next sc, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 5: sc2tog around (6)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Stuff firmly. Make two.

Eyelids (in Blue)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3-6: sc in each sc around
Rnd 7: sc2tog around (6)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the eyes and body. Make two.


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

Join the tail fins to the body. They are sewn onto the flattened end of the body, one fin on each corner.

Join the dorsal fin to the body. The dorsal fin should be aligned with the tail fins. It should sit about two finger-widths away from where the tail fins meet the body.

Join the side fins to the body. One should be placed on either side of the body where the body is at its widest.

Join the eyes to the body. They should sit close together.

Join the eyelids to the eyes and body. Pin the eyelids on top of the eyes, the closed hole sitting where the eyes meet. Don’t stitch the front of the eyelids to the eyes. Stitch the eyelid to the side of the eye. Stitch the back of the eyelid to the body.




Felt features. Cut out two circles from the 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 centre of the eyes. Attach them with glue or thread. Cut out a moustache from the black felt. Attach just below the eyes.












Kim Lapsley © 2012

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