Thursday, 27 February 2014

Baby Fish

Nemette is the purple one, Babette the gold one ... and of course there's Garth.

Walter and Marilyn have been listening to too much Barry White. I warned them this would happen. They’ve gone and had some babies. Meet Nemette and Babette, their twin girls. That pouty bottom lip of theirs pretty much ensures they get whatever they want from their moustachioed Dad. Oh, and the other guy with the light lure/dongle thingy is Garth. He’s half goldfish, half angler fish and he will bite you if you look at him for too long. In fact, we better stop talking about him before he notices. Let’s move on to the pattern.

The lip I used for these guys was inspired by an amazing design, Henri Le Frog, from Il Dikko. There are some beautiful crochet patterns in this Etsy store. Go check it out if you have the time.

Baby Fish



Size
7.5cm/3in long when made with a 2.75mm hook and DK weight yarn

Skill Level
Easy to Moderate. All the parts are crocheted in the round in a spiral. The pattern is quite straightforward but some of the parts are quite small and this may make them a little tricky to crochet.

Note on yarn and hook size
I used DK weight yarn and a 2.75mm hook (US size C, UK size 11) for this pattern. 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
You’ll need white yarn for the eyes. I won’t specify any other colours for this pattern. Choose whichever colours you think will suit best.

Crochet Hook – 2.75mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt for the eyes
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt
Pins
Scissors

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
dc – Double Crochet
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, 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
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 5-8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (20)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (16)
Rnd 11: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 12-13: sc in each st around
Rnd 14: sc2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn. Finish stuffing firmly. Flatten the opening and stitch it closed. Weave in yarn end.




Tail Fins
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Rnd 6: sc2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the fins to the tail. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Side fins
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the fins to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Lip
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 for joining.

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 each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the eyes to the body. The eyes will be stuffed when you join them to the body. Make two.

Dorsal Fin
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2: sc in each st around
Rnd 3: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st (6)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 5: dc in next 4 st, sc in next 4 st (8)
Rnd 6: dc in next 4 st, sl st in next 4 st (8)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving tail to use when joining. Leave unstuffed.

Angler Fish Light Lure
If you want to make an angler fish like Garth, here’s the pattern for his little light lure, dongle thingy.
Start with yellow yarn.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc2tog around (6)
Change to yarn the same colour as your fish.
Rnd 4 -14: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use for joining. Leave unstuffed.

Attach the light lure, dongle thingy to the fish’s head, in-between the eyes. You may have noticed that Garth doesn’t have a dorsal fin. You can choose to give your fish a dorsal fin if you like. Do whatever you fancy … it is your fish after all … but you have to have fun while you’re making it or else your fish will turn evil, eat all your yarn, destroy all your other amigurumi and haunt your dreams. True story.






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

A general warning first. This guy is small so be careful not to jab yourself when you pin the parts together before joining. The pins can go right through and catch you unawares on the other side of fish.

Join the tail fins to the tail. Each fin sits on one of the corners of the flattened edge of the tail. Use the yarn ends on the fins to stitch them on.



Join the side fins to the body. Pin the fins to the body, making sure they’re evenly spaced. Stitch on using the tail ends on the fins.



Join the lip to the body. Pin on to the front of the body, in-between the side fins. Stitch up one side of the lip, then when you reach the top of the lip, stitch the underside of the lip to the body instead of stitching over the edge of the lip. This allows the lip to curl over. When you reach the other side, you can start stitching over the edge again. Refer to the photos to help you out here.



Join the eyes to the body. The eyes sit close together, above the lip. Pin them on. Start stitching on around the eye using the tail end on the eye.


Before you’ve stitched all the way around, stop and stuff the eye. After you've stuffed the eye, finish stitching it down.



Join the dorsal fin to the body. It sits just behind the eyes. Pin to the body and stitch on using the tail end on the fin.



Make and add the pupils. Cut two small circle from black felt for the pupils. Cut two even smaller circle from white felt for the highlights. Stitch or glue the white circles on to the black circles. Pin to the eyes of the fish and glue or stitch on using needle and thread.





Now you have your own baby fish. I wonder what coochie-coochie-coo is in fish …


Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2014
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...