free fish crochet pattern

Free Fish Crochet Pattern

Tanja the Goldfish Amigurumi sea animal

Crochet a very cute goldfish amigurumi with this free fish crochet pattern. I love designing sea animals, there are so many colorful fish and other creatures in the sea. There is always something to find that inspires me to make the next Amigurumi pattern.

“Tanja is a very playful fish, she loves playing games with her friends. Her favorite game is hide-and-seek. Although her bright color makes it a bit difficult to hide sometimes, she is fast
enough to be the best seeker.”

This is a big goldfish crochet pattern. When made with sport weight cotton yarn and a 2.5 mm crochet hook, Tanja the goldfish is 17 cm long. But you can use any yarn that you like to create this cute fish. With bigger yarn and a bigger crochet hook, Tanja will become much larger in size.


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crochet a fish
crochet a fish

Materials that you need:

Cotton Sport Weight version 17 cm / 7 inch:

– Light Orange Yarn and Colors Must Have cotton color: 160
– Dark Orange Yarn and Colors Must Have cotton color: 022
– Pink Yarn and Colors Must Have cotton color: 039
– Synthetic Poly Filling
Crochet hook size 2.5 mm
– Safety eyes 14 mm

Search for a similar chenille yarn you can buy near you on YARNSUB

Supplies:
– Scissors
Tapestry needles with blunt point, nr. 16 or 17
Pins

TIP: Are you using are using Blanket yarn? Then I recommend a 8.0 mm crochet hook.
For Super Bulky Chenille yarn I recommend a 5 mm crochet hook, for bulky velvet yarn a 3.5 mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations used in this free fish crochet pattern:
(All abbreviations are explained in my basic stitches tutorial)
Rnd: Round
st: stitch
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
dec: decrease
inc: increase

crochet fish free pattern
crochet fish free pattern

Free Fish Crochet Pattern

Body:

  • Start with light orange yarn
  • Rnd 2: inc in all 6 st (12)
  • Rnd 3: (sc in next st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (18)
  • Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (24)
  • Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (30)
  • Rnd 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (36)
  • Rnd 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (42)
  • Rnd 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (48)
  • Rnd 9: (sc in next 7 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (54)
  • Rnd 10: (sc in next 8 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (60)
  • Rnd 11 – 12: sc in all 60 st (60)
  • Rnd 13: (sc in next 9 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (66)
  • Rnd 14 – 15: sc in all 66 st (66)
  • Change to dark orange yarn (pictures 1-5).
  • Video on how to change colors when making your fish amigurumi: https://youtu.be/wz067ODTsdQ
color change crochet
  • Rnd 16: (sc in next 10 st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (72)
  • Rnd 17 – 21: sc in all 72 st (72)
  • Change to light orange yarn.
  • Rnd 22 – 24: sc in all 72 st (72)
  • Insert the safety eyes between rounds 10 and 11, with an interspace of 23 stitches.
  • Rnd 25: (sc in next 10 st, dec) repeat 6 times (66)
  • Change to dark orange yarn.
  • Rnd 26 – 27: sc in all 66 st (66)
  • Rnd 28: (sc in next 9 st, dec) repeat 6 times (60)
  • Rnd 29: sc in all 60 st (60)
  • Rnd 30: (sc in next 8 st, dec) repeat 6 times (54)
  • Rnd 31: sc in all 54 st (54)
  • Change to light orange yarn.
  • Rnd 32: (sc in next 7 st, dec) repeat 6 times (48)
  • Rnd 33: sc in all 48 st (48)
  • Rnd 34: (sc in next 6 st, dec) repeat 6 times (42)
  • Rnd 35: sc in all 42 st (42)
  • Change to dark orange yarn.
  • Rnd 36: (sc in next 5 st, dec) repeat 6 times (36)
  • Rnd 37: sc in all 36 st (36)
  • Rnd 38: (sc in next 4 st, dec) repeat 6 times (30)
  • Rnd 39: sc in all 30 st (30)
  • Rnd 40: (sc in next 3 st, dec) repeat 6 times (24)
  • Rnd 41: (sc in next 2 st, dec) repeat 6 times (18)
  • Slst in next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • Stuff the body of your fish amigurumi firmly with fiberfill.
Tanja the goldfish Amigurumi
Tanja the goldfish crochet pattern

Tail fin 2x:

  • Use light orange yarn
  • Rnd 1: start 4 sc in a magic ring (4)
  • Rnd 2: inc in all 4 st (8)
  • Rnd 3: (sc in next st, inc in next st) repeat 4 times (12)
  • Rnd 4: sc in all 12 st (12)
  • Rnd 5: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) repeat 4 times (16)
  • Rnd 6: sc in all 16 st (16)
  • Rnd 7: (sc in next 7 st, inc in next st) repeat 2 times (18)
  • Rnd 8: sc in all 18 st (18)
  • Rnd 9: (sc in next 7 st, dec) repeat 2 times (16)
  • Rnd 10: (sc in next 2 st, dec) repeat 4 times (12)
  • Slst in next st on the first tail fin and fasten off. Don’t fasten off on the second fin. The tail fins don’t need to be stuffed. In the next round we’ll join both tail fins together and continue crocheting the tail of your fish amigurumi.

Tail:

  • Continue in light orange yarn
  • In the next round we’ll join the tail fins by crocheting a single round around all pieces. You jump from one fin to the next by inserting your hook in a stitch of the next piece and pulling up a loop.
  • Rnd 1: sc in next 6 st on the second tail fin (picture 6), sc in next 12 st on the first tail fin, sc in next 6 st on the second tail fin (24) (picture 7)
  • (The tail fins are now joined in the round, you can continue crocheting around this larger round.)
  • Rnd 2: sc in next 3 st, dec 3 times, sc in next 6 st, dec 3 times, sc in next 3 st (18)
  • Rnd 3: sc in all 18 st (18)
  • Slst in next st. The tail doesn’t need to be stuffed.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the gap between the tail fins closed.
  • Pin and sew the tail on round 41 of the body (picture 8). Add more stuffing to the body just before closing the seam (picture 9).
attach tail

Pectoral fin 2x:

  • Use light orange yarn
  • Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
  • Rnd 2: inc in all 6 st (12)
  • Rnd 3: sc in all 12 st (12)
  • Rnd 4: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) repeat 3 times (15)
  • Rnd 5 – 6: sc in all 15 st (15)
  • Rnd 7: (sc in next 3 st, dec) repeat 3 times (12)
  • Rnd 8: sc in all 12 st (12)
  • Rnd 9: (sc in next 2 st, dec) repeat 3 times (9)
  • Rnd 10: sc in all 9 st (9)
  • Slst in next st. The pectoral fins don’t need to be stuffed. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Flatten the fins and sew them to the sides of the body of the fish, between rounds 17 and 20.

Dorsal fin:

  • Use light orange yarn
  • Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
  • Rnd 2: inc in all 6 st (12)
  • Rnd 3: (sc in next st, inc in next st) repeat 6 times (18)
  • Rnd 4: (sc in next 5 st, inc in next st) repeat 3 times (21)
  • Rnd 5 – 6: sc in all 21 st (21)
  • Slst in next st. The dorsal fin doesn’t need to be stuffed. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • Flatten the fin and sew it on top of the body, between rounds 21 and 31, now your fish amigurumi is almost done!

Belly fin:

  • Use light orange yarn
  • Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
  • Rnd 2: inc in all 6 st (12)
  • Rnd 3 – 5: sc in all 12 st (12)
  • Slst in next st. The belly fins don’t need to be stuffed.
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Flatten the fins and sew them on the bottom of the body, between rounds 28 and 34. There’s an interspace of 7 stitches between both fins on round 29 and 5 stitches on round 33.

Mouth:

  • Use light orange yarn
  • Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring [6]
  • Rnd 2: inc in all 6 st [12]
  • Rnd 3 – 5: sc in all 12 st [12]
  • Rnd 6: dec 6 times [6]
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the front loop of each remaining stitch and pull it tight to close. Weave in the yarn end.
  • Flatten the mouth and sew the first and last rounds together. Sew the mouth on rounds 1 and 2 of the body.

Cheek 2x:

  • Use pink yarn
  • Rnd 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring [6]
  • Rnd 2: inc in all 6 st [12]
  • Slst in next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
    Sew the cheeks between rounds 9 and 14 of the body, below the eyes.

I hope you enjoyed this free fish crochet pattern. There are many more sea animals and other free Amigurumi patterns on my blog. Like the cute little octopus on the photo below.

free fish octopus crochet pattern
free fish octopus crochet pattern