Whomsoever's Koi (Fish) by Terry Finer

Whomsoever's Koi (Fish)

May 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
3.75 mm (F)
480 - 550 yards (439 - 503 m)
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This pattern makes a large (2ft), realistic but charming Koi fish. It has a satisfying scaly texture and flowing tail. It is worked in-the-round, in Crocodile Stitch. The fins are worked directly onto the fish and the head is made separately and attached.

The difficulty for this pattern is intermediate.

Gauge is not critical for this project, but if you use any yarn larger than sport weight, or are concerned about smallish holes, you will definitely want to line it (the fish shown in the pattern are unlined). A stocking works well for this.
You could use nearly any fiber, but I would advise against fuzzy yarns. Yarns with some sheen look especially good.


Sport weight Yarn 550 yards
US F/5 Hook (3.75 mm)
One pair of 20 mm Safety Eyes
Yarn needle
Poly filling
Stitch markers
4 Bobby pins (to pin two pieces together)
1 Trouser sock or stocking to line fish (optional)

I would like to acknowledge the people who helped me write this pattern.

Technical Editor

Graphic Design & Layout
Mr. Perry-Walker

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