Knit a Clownfish
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Knit a Clownfish

This fish is worked in the round. In the beginning, when there are few stitches, work as you would a cord (sliding the stitches to the other end of your needle when a round is completed). You can either splice the yarn to make the stripes when changing between the orange and white parts, or just leave the free end to pick up later.

Designed by Jessica Polka.

 

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Material List

  • Acrylic Yarn, Worsted Weight – Orange (A) and White (B)
  • Double-pointed Needles (4)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Yarn (or Beads) – Black
  • Batting
 

Project Instructions

Abbreviations

k = knit

kfb = knit in front and back of stitch to make two stitches from one

m1 = make a stitch by lifting strand in front of next stitch and knit in back of it

p = purl

st(s) = stitch(es)

tog = together

[ ] = work instructions in square brackets the number of times stated

Body (make 1)

1st round: Using A, cast on 1 st.

2nd round: K1, p1, k1 in same st. (3 sts)

3rd round: Kfb all. (6 sts)

4th round: [K1, m1] 5 times, k1. Distribute sts to 3 needles. (11 sts)

5th round: [K1, m1] 10 times, k1. (21 sts)

6th round: K all. (21 sts)

7th round: K all. (21 sts)

8th round: [K6, m1] 3 times, k3. (24 sts)

9th round: Using B, k all. (24 sts)

10th round: K all. (24 sts)

11th round: [K6, m1] 4 times. (28 sts)

12th round: Using A, k all. (28 sts)

13th round: K all. (28 sts)

14th round: K all. (28 sts)

15th round: K all. (28 sts)

16th round: [K7, k2tog] 3 times, k1. (25 sts)

17th round: Using B, k all. (25 sts)

18th round: [K6, k2tog] 3 times, k1. (22 sts)

19th round: K all. (22 sts)

20th round: [K9, k2tog] 2 times. (20 sts)

21st round: Using A, k all. (20 sts)

22nd round: [K4, k2tog] 3 times, k2. (17 sts)

23rd round: K all. (17 sts)

24th round: [K4, k2tog] 2 times, k5. (15 sts)

25th round: K all. (15 sts)

26th round: Using B, [k4, k2tog] 2 times, k3. (13 sts)

27th round: K all. (13 sts)

28th round: [K3, k2tog] 2 times, k3. (11 sts)

29th round: Using A, k all. (11 sts)

30th round: K2tog, k9. (10 sts)

 

Stuff the fish. Now switch from working in rounds to working in rows. Put every stitch on a single needle, alternating between front and back of the fish.
31st row: [P1, k1] 5 times. (10 sts)

32nd row: [P1, k1] 5 times. (10 sts)

33rd row: Kfb, [k1, p1] 5 times, kfb. (12 sts)

34th row: [K1, p1] 6 times. (12 sts)

35th row: Finish off.

 

Side fins (make 2)

1st row: Using A, cast on 6 sts.

2nd row: Kfb, [p1, k1] 2 times, kfb. (8 sts)

3rd row: [P1, k1] 4 times. (8 sts)

4th row: [P1, k1] 4 times. (8 sts)

5th row: Finish off.

 

Back fins (make 2)

1st row: Using A, cast on 4 sts.

2nd row: Finish off.

 

Top fin (make 1)

1st row: Using A, cast on 8 sts.

2nd row: [K1, p1] 4 times. (8 sts)

3rd row: Finish off.

 

Bottom fin (make 1)

1st row: Using A, cast on 4 sts.

2nd row: [K1, p1] 2 times. (4 sts)

3rd row: Finish off.

 

Making up

Sew on pupils (black) with large French knots.

Tips

This fish is worked in the round. In the beginning, when there are few stitches, work as you would a cord (sliding the stitches to the other end of your needle when a round is completed). You can either splice the yarn to make the stripes when changing between the orange and white parts, or just leave the free end to pick up later.