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Published

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Time:4h00
Difficulty
Nice 'n' Simple
Crafts
Crochet

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2011
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Crocheted Sea Creatures

The crocheted puffer fish is soft and cuddly, unlike its real-life deadly counterpart. Picots form the spines covering the body and a simple scalloped pattern creates the delicate-looking edge of the fins.

Information
Finished size
Approximately 41⁄2in (11.5cm) diameter body

Tension
24 sts and 26 rows to 4in (10cm) over double crochet using 3mm hook
Special abbreviation
Picot: The picot appears on the reverse
side of the work. This will be the right side. Insert hook into next st, catch yarn and draw back through stitch (2 loops on hook), (catch yarn and draw through first loop on hook only) 4 times, catch yarn and draw through both loops on hook.

DID YOU KNOW?
Puffer fish contain lethal toxins for self-protection. In Japan puffer fish are eaten as a delicacy, but if the chef isn’t quite skilled enough in preparing only the toxin-free flesh, this can be a deadly dinner!

Extract from

Crocheted Sea Creatures: A Collection of Marine Mates to Make (Knitted) by Vanessa Mooncie

Published by GMC Distribution

Following the success of her charming knitting book Animal Hats, Vanessa Mooncie has once again stirred her imagination to design an ocean-full of sea creatures for you to create. Crocheted Sea Creatures is a lovable collection of maritime minions to crochet for every member of your family. Learn silly facts about underwater animals as you crochet delightful, stuffed animal friends like the Lackadaisical Lobster. Everyone will be enchanted by the whimsical, colorful designs throughout the book in 175 photographs. Each project's beautifully rendered crochet illustrations and detailed charts are extremely helpful for crocheters of all skill levels.

© 2018 Vanessa Mooncie / GMC Distribution · Reproduced with permission. · Crocheted Sea Creatures by Vanessa Mooncie, published by GMC (£14.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)


Instructions

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 1
    Step 1

    How to make Puffer fish
    The body is worked in continuous rounds of double crochet; the picots, which appear on the reverse side of the work, are made with a number of chain stitches formed into a loop. The fins are crocheted in rounds; each piece is flattened and then joined at the top with a decorative edging of double crochet and chain stitches. The bulging eyes and open mouth provide
    the finishing touches to the features.

    Body
    Starting at the top of the body, with 3mm hook and A, wind yarn around a finger
    a couple of times to form a ring, insert the hook, catch the yarn and draw back through the ring.
    Round 1 (WS): 1 ch (does not count as a st), work (1 dc, picot) 3 times into the ring (6 sts).
    Round 2 (inc): (Dc2inc) 6 times (12 sts).
    Pull on the short end of yarn to close the ring.
    Round 3 (inc): (Dc2inc, 1 dc) 6 times (18 sts).
    Round 4 (inc): (Dc2inc, 1 dc, picot) 6 times (24 sts).
    Round 5 (inc): (Dc2inc, 3 dc) 6 times (30 sts).
    Round 6 (inc): (Dc2inc, 4 dc) 6 times (36 sts).
    Round 7: (1 dc in next 2 dc, picot) 12 times.
    Round 8 (inc): (Dc2inc, 5 dc) 6 times (42 sts).
    Round 9 (inc): (Dc2inc, 6 dc) 6 times (48 sts).
    Round 10: (1 dc in next 3 dc, picot) 12 times.
    Round 11 (inc): (Dc2inc, 7 dc) 6 times (54 sts).
    Round 12 (inc): (Dc2inc, 8 dc) 6 times (60 sts).
    Round 13: (1 dc in next 4 dc, picot) 12 times.
    Round 14 (inc): (Dc2inc, 9 dc) 6 times (66 sts).
    Round 15 (inc): (Dc2inc, 10 dc) 6 times (72 sts).
    Round 16: (1 dc in next 5 dc, picot) 12 times.
    Rounds 17–18: Work 1 dc in each dc. Round 19: As round 16.
    Round 20: Work 1 dc in each dc.
    Join and continue in B.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 2
    Step 2

    Round 21: Work 1 dc in each dc. Round 22: As round 16.
    Rounds 23–24: Work 1 dc in each dc.
    Round 25: As round 16.
    Round 26 (dec): (Dc2dec, 10 dc) 6 times (66 sts).
    Round 27 (dec): (Dc2dec, 9 dc) 6 times (60 sts).
    Round 28: As round 13.
    Round 29 (dec): (Dc2dec, 8 dc) 6 times (54 sts).
    Round 30 (dec): (Dc2dec, 7 dc) 6 times (48 sts).
    Round 31: As round 10.
    Round 32 (dec): (Dc2dec, 6 dc) 6 times (42 sts).
    Round 33 (dec): (Dc2dec, 5 dc) 6 times (36 sts).
    Round 34: As round 7.
    Round 35 (dec): (Dc2dec, 4 dc) 6 times (30 sts).
    Round 36 (dec): (Dc2dec, 3 dc) 6 times (24 sts).
    Round 37 (dec): (1 dc in next 3 dc, picot) 6 times, sl st into same st.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fasten off A, but do not fasten off yarn
    B. Remove the crochet hook and insert
    a safety pin into the loop to prevent
    the work unravelling. Carefully turn the piece right side out. Stuff the body firmly. Remove the safety pin and insert the hook back into the loop. Continue working on the RS, pushing the picots forward so the stitches can be seen for the next round. Round 38 (dec): (Dc2dec, 2 dc) 6 times (18 sts).
    Round 39 (dec): (Dc2dec, 1 dc) 6 times (12 sts).
    Fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end. Thread the yarn onto a tapestry needle and weave it through the last round of stitches. Push a little extra stuffing inside, if necessary, before pulling up the yarn tightly to close the opening and fastening off.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 4
    Step 4

    Caudal (tail) fin
    With 3mm hook and B, wind yarn around a finger a couple of times to form a ring, insert the hook, catch the yarn and draw back through the ring.
    Round 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), work 6 dc into the ring (6 sts).
    Round 2 (inc): (Dc2inc, 1 dc) 3 times (9 sts). Pull on the short end of the yarn to close the ring.
    Round 3: 1 dc into the back loop only of each dc.
    Round 4 (inc): (Dc2inc) 9 times (18 sts). Join in A.
    Round 5: 1 dc in each dc in A.
    Round 6 (inc): With A, work (dc2inc, 2 dc) 6 times (24 sts).
    Round 7: As round 5 in B.
    Round 8 (inc): With B, (dc2inc, 5 dc) 4 times (28 sts).
    Scalloped edge
    Round 9: With A, work *(1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) in next dc, miss next dc*, rep from * to * 13 more times, sl st into the first 2 ch
    (14 scallops).

    DID YOU KNOW?
    To protect themselves, puffer fish swallow lots of water to inflate their bodies. This makes them almost impossible for
    a predator to swallow.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 5
    Step 5

    Join top of fin
    Bring together and match the 7 scallops from each side of the opening, flattening the tail fin.
    Next: With B, work **(1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) into the next 2 ch sp on both sides at the same time to join**, rep from ** to ** 6 more times to join each side (7 scallops). Fasten off.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 6
    Step 6

    Tail
    Turn the caudal fin upside down, so the first round is at the top. With 3mm hook and A, join the yarn to a dc on round 2 of the caudal fin with a sl st.
    Round 1: 1 dc in the front loop of the same st, work 1 dc in the front loop of each of the next 8 dc (9 sts).
    Round 2: 1 dc in each dc.
    Round 3 (inc): (Dc2inc, 2 dc) 3 times 12 sts).
    Round 4: As round 2.
    Round 5 (inc): (Dc2inc, 3 dc) 3 times (15 sts).
    Round 6: As round 2.
    Round 7 (inc): (Dc2inc, 4 dc) 3 times (18 sts). Sl st to next st and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pectoral and dorsal fins (make 3)
    With 3mm hook and B, wind yarn around a finger a couple of times to form a ring, insert the hook, catch the yarn and draw back through the ring.
    Round 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), work 6 dc into the ring (6 sts).
    Round 2 (inc): (Dc2inc) 6 times (12 sts). Pull on the short end of yarn to close the ring.
    Round 3: 1 dc in each dc.
    Round 4 (inc): (Dc2inc, 1 dc) 6 times (18 sts).
    Join in A.
    Rounds 5–6: As for rounds 5–6 of caudal fin.
    Scalloped edge
    Round 7: With B, work from * to * of round 9 of the caudal fin 12 times. Sl st to first 2 ch sp (12 scallops).

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 8
    Step 8

    Join top of fin
    Bring together and match the 6 scallops from each side of the opening, flattening the fin.
    Next: With A, work from ** to ** of the caudal fin 6 times to join the top of the fin (6 scallops). Fasten off.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 9
    Step 9

    Eyes (make 2)
    Eyeball
    With 3mm hook and C, wind yarn around a finger a couple of times to form a ring, insert the hook, catch the yarn and draw back through the ring.
    Round 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), work 6 dc into ring (6 sts).
    Join in B.
    Round 2 (inc): With B, working into the back loops only, (dc2inc, 1 dc) 3 times
    (9 sts). Pull on short end of yarn to close ring.
    Round 3: With B, (dc2inc, 2 dc) 3 times (12 sts). Fasten off.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 10
    Step 10

    Eye socket
    With 3mm hook and A, make 9 ch, join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring. Round 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), 12 dc into ring (12 sts).

  • Step 11

    Join eye pieces
    Round 2: With right side of eyeball to wrong side of eye socket, slip the eyeball inside the eye socket and work 1 dc into each dc of both pieces at the same time to join. Sl st to next st and fasten off, leaving a long length of yarn at the end.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 12
    Step 12

    Mouth
    With 3mm hook and A, make 10 ch, join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring. Round 1: 1 ch (does not count as a st), 15 dc into ring (15 sts).
    Round 2: 1 dc in each dc.
    Join in C.
    Round 3: With C, work 1 dc into the back loops only of each dc. Sl st to next st and fasten off, leaving a long length of both A and C at the end.

  • Step 13

    Making up

    All of the following features should be attached to the upper part of the body, worked in A.
    Mouth and eyes
    Join eye pieces – work into each dc of both pieces at the same time to join
    Join top of fin
    Bring together and match the 6 scallops from each side of the opening, flattening the fin.
    Next: With A, work from ** to ** of the caudal fin 6 times to join the top of the fin (6 scallops). Fasten off.
    Thread the length of C left after fastening off the mouth onto a tapestry needle and weave it through the last round of stitches, pull up tight to close the opening and fasten off. This will lie flat at the back to form the inside of the mouth. Squash the round shape a little to form an oval and, with the length of A left after fastening off, sew the front loops of round 2 of the mouth to the front of the body. Push some stuffing inside the eyes so they pop out. With the length of yarn left after fastening off, sew the eyes to the front of the
    body, stitching all around the edges.

  • Step 14

    Tail
    Stuff the open end of the tail firmly and sew it to the back of the body, stitching all around the edge.

  • How to make a fish plushie. Puffer Fish - Step 15
    Step 15

    Fins
    Stitch one fin to each side of the body, sewing all around the narrow end to hold them firmly in place. These are the pectoral fins. Sew the remaining dorsal fin securely to the top of the body. Weave in all of the yarn ends.

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It is one of the cutest things I have seen on this site! Never though fishies could be so cool. Great! Love
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LOVE him! Can't wait to make him! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and time with us! Love
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