See more Cotton Twirl patterns HERE.


 

Crystal Palace Yarns   Free Patterns    Indie Patterns    Shop List   Yarn Cards   What's New?  

Cotton Twirl Fishy Fish

Designed & Knit by Cathy Campbell

 

Description:  This little fish uses is a great little project for a child's gift or a fun accent piece for the home.

 

Level:  Intermediate

 

Size:  Fish's body measures 8" long, excluding lips and tail and 6" wide, excluding fins.

 

Materials:

 *You may choose to use MC for the whole fish.  In this case, you would only need 1 ball total.

 

Gauge:  4.25 sts = 1 inch over St st

 

Abbreviations:  beg- beginning; BO- bind off; CC- contrast color; CO- cast on; dpn- double-pointed needles; garter st- when working back and forth, knit every row; k- knit; k2tog- knit 2 stitches together; MC- main color; m1- make 1 stitch (pull band of yarn on row below between stitch just worked and next stitch and slip onto left needle, knit into back of this stitch to make a new stitch); p2sso- pass the 2 slipped stitches over the stitch just knit; rnd- round; sl- slip; sl 2tog knit-wise- slip 2 stitches as if to knit them together; sts- stitches

 

Instructions:

With MC, CO 32 sts over 4 dpn's.  Join and begin working in the rnd.

 

Tail:

Rnds 1 & 2:  Knit.

Rnd 3:  *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [24 sts]

Rnd 4:  Knit.

Rnd 5:  *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [16 sts]

Rnd 6:  Knit.

Rnd 7:  *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [8 sts]

Rnd 8 & 9:  Knit.

 

Back Part of Fish:

As the sts increase on the 1st and 3rd dpn's, you will need to slip some of them to the 2nd and 4th dpn's so they are more evenly distributed.

Rnd 10:  *M1, k1, m1, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.  [12 sts]

Rnds 11-31, odd rnds:  Knit.

Rnd 12:  *K1, m1, k1, m1, k4; rep from * to end of rnd.  [16 sts]

Rnd 14:  *K2, m1, k1, m1, k5; rep from * to end of rnd.  [20 sts]

Rnd 16:  *K3, m1, k1, m1, k6; rep from * to end of rnd.  [24 sts] 

Redistribute the sts so there are 6 sts on each dpn, taking care not to change the beg of rnd.

Rnd 18:  *K4, m1, k1, m1, k7; rep from * to end of rnd.  [28 sts]

Rnd 20:  *K5, m1, k1, m1, k8; rep from * to end of rnd.  [32 sts]

Rnd 22:  *K6, m1, k1, m1, k9; rep from * to end of rnd.  [36 sts]

Rnd 24:  *K7, m1, k1, m1, k10; rep from * to end of rnd.  [40 sts] 

Redistribute the sts so there are 10 sts on each dpn.

Rnd 26:  *K8, m1, k1, m1, k11; rep from * to end of rnd.  [44 sts]

Rnd 28:  *K9, m1, k1, m1, k12; rep from * to end of rnd.  [48 sts]

Rnd 30:  *K10, m1, k1, m1, k13; rep from * to end of rnd.  [52 sts]

Be sure to work Rnd 31.

 

Middle of Fish:

Rnd 32, 34, 36, 38, 40:  *K11, sl 1, k14; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 33, 35, 37, 39, 41:  Knit.

 

Head of Fish:

Rnd 42:  *K10, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k13; rep from * to end of rnd. [48 sts]

Rnd 43:  *K9, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k12; rep from * to end of rnd. [44 sts]

Rnd 44:  *K8, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k11; rep from * to end of rnd. [40 sts]

Rnd 45:  *K7, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k10; rep from * to end of rnd.  [36 sts]

Redistribute the sts so there are 12 sts on 1st and 3rd dpn's and 6 sts on 2nd and 4th dpn's, taking care not to change the beg of rnd.

Rnd 46:  *K6, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k9; rep from * to end of rnd. [32 sts]

Rnd 47:  *K5, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k8; rep from * to end of rnd. [28 sts]

Rnd 48:  *K4, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k7; rep from * to end of rnd. [24 sts]

Rnd 49:  *K3, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k6; rep from * to end of rnd.  [20 sts]

Redistribute the sts so there are 8 sts on 1st and 3rd dpn's and 2 sts on 2nd and 4th dpn's.

Rnd 50:  *K2, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k5; rep from * to end of rnd. [16 sts]

Rnd 51:  *K1, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k4; rep from * to end of rnd. [12 sts]

Rnd 52:  *Sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k3; rep from * to end of rnd. [8 sts]

Rnd 53:  *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.  [4 sts]  

At this point you should use only 2 dpn's with 2 sts each. 

 

Lips:

Rnd 54:  Knit

Rnd 55:  *K1, m1; rep from * to end of rnd.  [8 sts]

BO all stitches.

 

Top Fin:

These short rows are to be worked back and forth in garter st.

Row 1:  With CC, starting half way up the back of the fish and working toward the front of the fish, pick up and k3 sts, turn.

Row 2:  Knit.

Row 3:  K3, pick up and k3 sts, turn.

Row 4:  Knit.

Row 5:  K6, pick up and k4 sts at top of fish, turn.

Row 6:  Knit.

Row 7:  K3, turn.

Row 8:  Knit.

Row 9:  K10, pick up and k1 st at top of fish, turn.

BO all 11 sts.

 

Bottom Fin:

Row 1:  With CC, starting at right side of flat part at bottom of fish and working from back of fish toward front, pick up and k4 sts, turn.

Row 2:  Knit.

Row 3:  K3, turn.

Row 4:  Knit.

Row 5:  K4, pick up and k1 st, turn.

BO all 5 sts.

 

Eyes:

If this is for a child under 3 years of age, securely embroider an eye on each side of fish head.  Use white for main part of eye (I used CC for this) and black yarn for pupil, or whatever color combination suits you.  If this is for someone older than 3 years of age, you can sew a button eye on each side of head instead, if desired.  It is best to pull the yarn through the mouth opening when sewing eyes.  Do not sew through to other side of head.

 

Finishing:

Weave in ends.  Sew inside of lip opening shut to prevent stuffing from coming out.  Stuff fish from tail end, taking care not to over stuff.  Sew up inside of tail at narrowest part for a rippled tail, or at far edge of tail just below curl for a straighter tail.  Weave in all remaining ends.


Pattern Copyright 2011 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying Crystal Palace Cotton Twirl are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

 

Retail shops in the USA should contact CPY Wholesale for information on purchasing Crystal Palace Yarns and email cpyinfo -at- straw.com (replace the -at- with @)

or write to:
Crystal Palace Yarns, 160 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988,  fax: 510-237-9809