Goldfish by Susan Dennis


August 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
5.5 mm (I)
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This pattern is available for free.

Edit: 9/13/2011: Maepatel made a great fish and spelled out two errors in the pattern. I had known there were some but just had not gotten around to sussing them out. She not only identified the errors but she clearly, and perfectly wrote out what should be there so all I had to do was copy and paste! Thank you, Maepatel!! Pattern now fixed (PDF, too!)

Edit 10/19/2010: I am not a professional pattern maker. This is only my second one. It is not precise. It is not meant to be. Please consider it a guide. Use your imagination. You are knitting a toy. It does not have to fit.

No sewing needed for this little fish. It’s made from the back fin, through to the little fishy mouth. The top and side fins are made by picking up stitches. There are two tail fins to pick from. One has a stuffed tail fin which balances it better. The other has a ribbed tail fin which looks better. They start off differently but end up the same.

5.5mm crochet hook used on stuffed fin version

Thank you to all of those who have shared their version of this fish. The creativity is marvelous. The fish diversity is amazing. Some of the best ones are those with narratives about how they made mistakes. One of the great things about this pattern is that a mistake can make a marvelous fish!!

Check out the projects for some great ideas.
NEW photos and variations added to the pattern page thanks to a knitter who found the pattern on the internet and got amazingly creative. She has a great solution for safer eyes and some marvelous fin and mouth variations.

I made a new way more printer friendly PDF of the pattern. You can get it on the web page or just click here.