07 February 2009

Fredde the Fish pattern

As requested by the Knitpickers SnB ladies, here is my crochet fish pattern. This was an attempt to create a baby / small child toy that is reasonably unlikely to cause anyone to choke and die.


Scraps of DK yarns
Safety eyes
Crochet hook to give you a nice tight gauge for amigurumi. I used a 3mm hook, but I crochet loosely.

Fish is worked in rounds of single crochet (double crochet in UK terminology!), all rounds start with a ch1 and end with a sl st to join, this is to make the stripes look neat. If you aren't as obsessive as me, you can work it in a continuous spiral instead, just make sure to place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds. The pattern starts at the head end of the fish and finishes at the tail end.

The '--'s denote where I changed colour for the orange stripes.

Rnd 1: Make a magic ring, sc 6 into ring, and tighten.
Rnd 2: 2sc in every stitch (henceforth known as inc)
Rnd 3: *sc, inc* around
Rnd 4: *2 sc, inc* around
Rnd 5: *3 sc, inc* around
Rnd 6: *4 sc, inc* around
Rnd 7: *5 sc, inc* around
Rnd 8: *6 sc, inc* around
Rnd 9: sc around
Rnd 10: *7 sc, inc* around
Rnd 11: sc around
Rnd 12 & 13: sc around
Rnd 14-18: sc around
Rnd 19-20: sc around
Rnd 21: sc around
Rnd 22: *7 sc, dec* around
Rnd 23: sc around
Rnd 24: *6 sc, dec* around
Rnd 25: sc around
Remember to put in the safety eyes somewhere round here
Rnd 26: *5 sc, dec* around
Rnd 27: sc around
Rnd 28: *4 sc, dec* around
Rnd 29: sc around
Rnd 30: *3 sc, dec* around
Rnd 31: sc around
Rnd 32: *2 sc, dec* around
Rnd 33: sc around
Rnd 34: *sc, dec*
Dec around until hole is closed

Top fin
Row 1: Pick up and sc 10 sts
Row 2: inc in every st
Row 3 and 4: sc. Fasten off.
Row 5: sc around entire fin

Row 1: Pick up and sc 12
Row 2: inc in every st
Row 3: sc
Row 4: inc in every st
Row 5: sc
Row 6 & 7: sc
Fasten off.
Row 8: sc around entire tail

Bottom Fins x2
Row 1: Pick up and sc 6
Row 2: inc in every st
Row 3: sc
Row 4: sc, fasten off
Row 5: sc around entire fin

I'm happy for you to sell Freddes made from my pattern, please just include a link to my pattern if selling online.


Anna said...

Adorable! I love it!

Woolly Monster said...

Soooo cute :) I am disappointed about you writing you patterns in US terminology though... that's double crochet and you know it!

Hel Gibbons said...

I learnt to crochet from a US book and since I have never been able to get my head round UK terminology :) x

Terri said...

Hi Shine!
I just wanted to thank you for the pattern. I had a request from my grandson to make him an orange fish and I used your pattern in just solid orange. 2 of the Ravelry projects are mine (TerriH), as I've started on a purple one for his sister.

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of a beginner to crochet, but I know the basic terms. I was just wondering what you meant at the start of the tails when you say "pick up"

Sorry.....I just didn't understand

Hel Gibbons said...

Rather than making the tail and the fins seperately and sewing them on (I hate seaming!) I picked up stitches from the side of the fish by inserting the hook under a sc on the side of the fish, pulling through a loop, ch1 and sc in same stitch, and then carrying on scing into the stitches on the side of the fish.

If you're struggling, you could always start the tail/fins by chaining 10 (or whatever the number is at the beginning of the section) and then sewing them on at the end.

Hope this helps!

Unknown said...

This pattern is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for making the pattern free :)

I was hoping to make a HUGE fish (approx 20 inches/50 cm diameter--but doesn't need to be exact). Do you have any tips for scaling up this pattern?

Rnd 4: *2 sc, inc* around
Rnd 5: *3 sc, inc* around
Rnd 6: *4 sc, inc* around
Rnd 7: *5 sc, inc* around
Rnd 8: *6 sc, inc* around
Perhaps continuing this pattern (and the same for the dec side) until I am the proper diameter? Or would this inc/dec too slowly, making the fish too long and not adorably round?

Thanks so much for any help you can give me!!

Honey said...

I made this for my son, I had some weird yarn and well he loved the colors, well the fish was prefect!!! I will post a pic when done. I wanna Thank You cause I was sick of the teddys and the other animals, and a lot of other fishy friends are not big enough for a 5 month old! He loves it and I am so happy you posted this really!

Heather said...

Ooh this is wonderful! I'm going to make it for my swap partner in the Tim Burton/Big Fish Odd Ducks swap. Thanks for the pattern!!
(a.k.a CelticMommy on Rav)

Hel Gibbons said...

Jasmine - sorry for the late reply! I forgot about this comment.

You should be able to increase as you describe to the right diameter as this sequence makes a flat circle. I think the decreases would be the potentially problematic part. I think that if you change rnd 22 to "*x sc, dec* around" (where x is the number of stitches between increases on your last increase round) the proportions should be maintained. I think. Let me know how you get on! x

Ginna said...

thanks so much for this pattern! I took it and modified it a bit and made a version of my son's favorite stuffed animal for him.
If you want to see her here's the link:
Thanks again for the posting the pattern! :)

Gramma Rita said...

Thanks so much for this fun pattern. I am in the process of making a fish for each of my two grandchildren, for Valentine's Day. Love your pattern, and appreciate your generosity! :D

wubwub said...

This pattern looks great! I've never crocheted before and am planning to use this as my first project. I have a question about the terminology, though.

Can you write out in plain English what something like "*3 sc, inc* means? 3sc in every stitch? Also, what's *sc, inc*?


Hel Gibbons said...

Hi Yi

The asterisks are shorthand for 'repeat until end of round', so in longhand (with sc being single crochet, and 'inc' being 'single crochet twice in same stitch'):

Round 2: inc, inc, inc, inc, inc, inc
Round 3: sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc.
Round 4: sc, sc, inc, sc, sc, inc, sc, sc, inc, sc, sc, inc, sc, sc, inc, sc, sc, inc.
and so on

There are amigurumi patterns out there with more explaining than this one. Though if you know how to single crochet, increase and decrease you should be fine.

Hope this helps x

Mandie said...


I am interested in selling this toy, I give all my profits to Animals Asia which is a charity releasing Moon Bears from horrific conditions. I only keep $2.90 AU to cover the cost of the yarn. Let me know if you are keen to let this pattern be sold for charity :)


Hel Gibbons said...

Hi Mandie

You are very welcome to sell Freddes for charity :) Have just looked up what a Moon Bear is - cute!

H x

Brandy W said...

Hi, I have a customer wanting me to make a fish for them. She picked this one. =) Would it be okay if I make it & sell it to her? I could post this site to my Facebook page Brandy Renee Crochet to give you credit for it?!

Hel Gibbons said...

Brandy - can you email me at shinyfeline@gmail.com or leave me an address where I can get in touch with you?

Anonymous said...

Your choice of colors makes this one of the most beautiful finished fish patterns I've ever seen (and I've looked at lots of them). Your pattern is wonderful too! :-) I'm starting this beauty tonight.

Thank you so much for sharing your creations.


Anonymous said...

I've made this fish about 10 times now...first for my two little girls and then for friends and family...I've scaled up and scaled down the pattern and people are just amazed with how cute it looks! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Carissa said...

I just finished making this fish and it is so adorable, I love it!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

I crocheted a "hyperbolic plane" (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hyperbolic-plane) for a friend as a gift and needed something to go along with it and made a smaller version of your fishie. I LOVE it! I've been making hats and am starting to make toys to help supplement our income as a stay-at-home mom. I would love to be able to use this pattern to sell. Check out my website (though it's a bit out of date) at littleknots.com.


Nikki said...

How big is this fish? Is there a way for me to make it about 12-16 inches long?

Anonymous said...

How big is this fish? Is there any way for me to make it about 12-16 inches long?

Hel Gibbons said...

Mine turned out about 6" from nose to tail, using really thick yarn and a giant hook would probably be the easiest way of enlarging it...

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for the free pattern! Its adorable and will make a great gift for my friend's new baby! I can't tell you how great it is to find such a great pattern that does not cost me an arm and a leg! Thanks SO much!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just adore the fish! I haven't learned how to crochet yet, and was wondering if there was a knit version of it or if you could make one? Thanks so much!

Hel Gibbons said...

No knit version as far as I know, it's a fairly easy amigurumi though so not a bad place to start crocheting.

Shauna said...

Perfect pattern! I did it in pinks and purples for my 6 yr old daughter who loves stuffed animals and it will be a Christmas present for her. This is my first full Amigurumi and I love it, much appreciated!

Unknown said...

Thank you for this free written pattern. I just finished Freddy, he is 8" from nose to tail fin tip and 4 1/2" from bottom to top of top fin. I love how easy the pattern is and am sad to say good buy to him. I am donating him and a few other sea animals to Mikey's Crochet-arium. I will be making more of these.

Anonymous said...

Love this!! I've been meaning to crochet this for over a year and finally decided to make it for my 8 month old niece. I put a some lentils in so it rattles and a magnet in the front so her big brother can fish for it. I used some pig-ugly yarn that I couldn't make any use of but it made a gorgeous little fish! Thank you so much for giving us your pattern :)

Kailey said...

Hi. I am a beginner at crocheting and this is my very first stuffed animal pattern. My sister has made stuffed animals before so she is helping me. Well, I am on step four and already we are having troubles because the circle is wicked ruffle-y. In other words, it is not a circle or a bowl, but rather a wavy thing. My sister said that it should make a kind of bowl shape, but it is not doing this. She even did some ruffles for me and her rows turned into waves instead of a perfect circle or bowl as well. We are both very confused and do not think this is supposed to happen, yet as many as 7 stitches are being made in the same single stitch, so it is bound to wave into ruffles. Is this supposed to happen? I picked this pattern because it seemed easy but is very confusing to beginners. I am disappointed. Please help.

Hel Gibbons said...

You shouldn't be making 7 stitches in the same stitch!

Round 4 should be is sc, sc (in seperate sc spaces from the previous round, not the same one) and then two scs in the third stitch from the previous round (that's the inc)

It should indeed make a bowl shape.

Unknown said...

I'd love to sell these awesome fish if that's okay! I will give a link to credit your pattern if you're cool with that. This fish is so cute and I have made all my kids a stuffed animal and my son specifically requested a fish :)

Beeba mohamed said...

I just finished making the fish and its simply beautiful.. thank you for sharing the pattern :)

Hel Gibbons said...

Cassandrawil - drop me an email :)

Davina said...

please could you explain the decrease rounds ie round 22 I understand 7sc but I don't understand dec around please could you explain this thankyou.

Hel Gibbons said...

The asterisks denote a repeat. 7sc, then a sc decrease over the next two stitches, then 7sc, then another decrease etc - until the end of the round.

Decrease instructions here: http://crochet.about.com/library/bl_decrease.htm

LB said...

I would like to make and sell these but would like your permission. I do not know how to do a link back. I will mention you on the tag I put on it. I did modify it some but still used your pattern for the biggest part. Thanks

Hel Gibbons said...

LB - drop me an email at shinyfeline[at]gmail.com

Katrina said...

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern!

Graciesmom said...

So lucky to find this pattern I sponser a lil pre school class and make them a lil crochet some thing each month..Last month Monkeys for the book 6 little monkeys jumping on the bed..This month using your pattern crocheting Rainbow Fish for that book they are readding

Unknown said...

I’ve been making this as a toy for my daughter. She’s possessed with fish. But it’s not rounded at the ends. He’s got a pointy nose and bum. Nothing like your images :/ I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’m using a single crochet (or double for the uk) but it’s not working out :(