Feel Like Felting a Fish?

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Make a bunch and you will have a school!
Even if you don’t like to dine on fish, you will fall in love with these sweet little swimmers.
I recommend embroidering the eyes if the fish is for a little one, whether human or otherwise!
Make a bunch and you will have a school!

Make a bunch and you will have a school!

Photo: Anita Wheeless

You don't need to head to an exotic location on your next vacation to experience the wonders of the tropics. Innovative crafter Anita Wheeless has designed a fab fantasy fish that is knitted in the round so you don't have any pesky seams to deal with. This is a great project to use up some of your leftover yarn. If you have a cat, try putting in a little catnip with the stuffing. Make several and fashion into a sea-themed baby crib mobile. These little treasures would even be a fun Christmas tree ornament crafted with holiday colors.
Don't stop at tropical. How about a striped bass or rainbow trout? Let your imagination soar and you will need a 50-gallon tank to hold your one-of-a-kind school of fish.

Finished measurements: approximately 5-1/2 inches long, from mouth to tip of tail; 2-1/2 inches high to top of fin.

What You'll Need:
The fish is small and needs less than 50g. of 100% wool yarn. I recommend Ella Rae Classic or Paton's Classic Wool or, for a fuzzy fish, Reynold's Lite Lopi.
One set of four, size US 8, double-pointed needles
One stitch marker
Felt squares
Embroidery floss
Sewing needle
Sewing thread to match yarn
Lingerie bag
Access to washing machine (for felting)

Gauge: Since the fish will be felted, gauge is not important.

Pattern Instructions:

Starting with the mouth of the fish and using one double-pointed needle, cast on 12 stitches. Divide these stitches by knitting four onto each of the three double-pointed needles. Place a marker at the start of the round, and join by knitting one round.

Round 2: Increase in each stitch by knitting into the front and back (8 stitches on each needle).

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: On needle 1, k2, increase in next, k2, increase in next, k2 (10).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Increase as needle 1, k2, increase in next, k2, increase in next, k2 (10).

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6: Needle 1: k4, increase in next, k4, increase in last (12).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Increase as needle 1, k4, increase in next, k4, increase in last (12).

Knit the next 5 rounds (rounds 7–11).

Round 12: Needle 1: Increase in first, k4, increase in next, k5, increase in last (15).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Increase as needle 1, increase in first, k4, increase in next, k5, increase in last (15).

Round 13: Knit.

Begin decreases.
Round 14: Needle 1: SSK, k4, k2tog, k5, k2tog (12).
Needle 2: Knit.
Needle 3: K2tog, k4, k2tog, k5, k2tog (12).

Round 15: Knit.

Round 16: Needle 1: SSK, knit the rest (11).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Knit to last two, then k2tog (11).

Round 17: Knit.

Round 18: Needle 1: SSK, knit the rest (10).
Needle 2: Knit.
Needle 3: Knit to last two, then k2tog (10).

Round 19: Knit.

Round 20: Needle 1: SSK, knit the rest (9).
Needle 2: Knit.
Needle 3: Knit to last two, k2tog (9).

Round 21: Needle 1, SSK, knit the rest (8).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Knit to last two, k2tog (8).

Round 22: Needle 1: SSK, knit the rest (7).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Knit to last two, then k2tog (7).

Round 23: Needle 1: SSK, knit the rest (6).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Knit to last two, then k2tog (6).

Round 24: Needle 1: SSK, knit the rest (5).
Needle 2: Knit (8).
Needle 3: Knit to last two, then k2tog (5).

Round 25: Needle 1: Knit (5).
Needle 2: K3, k2tog, k3 (7).
Needle 3: Knit (5).

Round 26: Knit.

Round 27: Needle 1: SSK, k1, k2tog (3).
Needle 2: k2tog, k3, k2tog (5).
Needle 3: k2tog, k1, k2tog (3).

Knit the next 3 rounds (rounds 28–30).

Round 31: Bind off, removing the needles as you go.

  This is the knitted-in-the round fish fresh off the needles.

posted in: felt, knit in the round, cat toy, fish pattern

Comments (3)

UdyRegan writes: I can imagine our dogs going after these if we don't keep them safely put away in Storage. They just love little toys like these. Maybe I can get the wife to pick up some squeakies to pop into the fishies while she's stuffing them eh?
Posted: 10:05 pm on July 16th
Criativa writes: Hello,
Belo trabalho. :)
Posted: 3:15 pm on June 6th
RoseOfSharonDesigns2 writes: So so adorable! Plus the instructions are so thorough!

Posted: 2:31 pm on January 31st
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