These are so adorable and fun to knit with scrap yarn!  Stuff with some catnip and get a head start on your Christmas Kitty gifts!

By Delicious Stitches

This cute fishy is knit in the round from the tip of the nose to the end of the back tail.  Then stitches are picked up along the top and sides in order to knit the fins. The entire fishy is then felted in the washer machine. This would make a great gift for a little one or for any fish lover in your life.

Materials

-Approximately 250 yards of any worsted weight 100% wool yarn(I used some hand
dyed Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool)

-4 size 6 double pointed needles

-Two buttons for the eyes

-Needle and thread for attaching the button eyes

-Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge

4×4 inch swatch in stockinette stitch

20 stitches x 26 rows

Pattern

Cast on 9 sts using long tail cast on method, place 3 sts on each needle. Join being

careful not to twist.

Purl 4 rows.

1. *k1, kfb, kfb* repeat from *to* around

2 and all even rows. Knit

3. K2, *kfb, kfb, k3* repeat from *to* to last 3 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k1

5. K3, *kfb, kfb, k5* repeat from *to* to last 4 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k2

7. K4, *kfb, kfb, k7* repeat from *to* to last 5 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k3

9. K5, *kfb, kfb, k9* repeat from *to* to last 6 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k4

11. K6, *kfb, kfb, k11* repeat from *to* to last 7 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k5

13. K7, *kfb, kfb, k13* repeat from *to* to last 8 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k6

15. K8, *kfb, kfb, k15* repeat from *to* to last 9 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k7

17. K9, *kfb, kfb, k17* repeat from *to* to last 10 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k8

19. K10, *kfb, kfb, k19* repeat from *to* to last 11 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k9

21. K11, *kfb, kfb, k21* repeat from *to* to last 12 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k10

23. K12, *kfb, kfb, k23* repeat from *to* to last 13 sts, end with kfb, kfb, k11

Knit 30 rounds.

You will now sew the eyes on. You will place one eye right before and one eye right after

the third set of increases. Make sure you attach them securely or they could come off in

the wash.

1. K12, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k22, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k10

2 and all even rows. Knit

3. K11, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k20, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k9

5. K10, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k18, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k8

7. K9, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k16, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k7

9. K8, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k14, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k6

11. K7, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k12, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k5

13. K6, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k10, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k4

15. K5, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k8, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k3

17. K4, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k6, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k2

18. K3, ssk, k1, k2tog, *k4, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat from *to* end with k1

Tail

Using your 3rd needle k3 from your 1st needle, using your empty needle knit remaining

sts on your 1st needle and knit all but the last 2 sts on your 2nd needle, k last 2 sts

together.

You now have 2 needles with 10 sts on each as shown in the picture below.

You will now stuff the body of the fish and then we will continue making the tail. Do not

stuff the fish too much, you should put just enough stuffing to make sure that it keeps its

shape. If you stuff it to much the yarn will not be able to shrink when you felt it. After

you are done stuffing it you will continue knitting the tail.

1. Kfb, k7, kfb, k1, kfb, k7, kfb, k1

2 and all even rows. Knit

3. Kfb, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, kfb, k1

5. Kfb, k11, kfb, k1, kfb, k11, kfb, k1

7. Kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1

9. Kfb, k15, kfb, k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1

11. Kfb, k17, kfb, k1, kfb, k17, kfb, k1

13. Kfb, k19, kfb, k1, kfb, k19, kfb, k1

15. Kfb, k21, kfb, k1, kfb, k21, kfb, k1

17. Kfb, k23, kfb, k1, kfb, k23, kfb, k1

Bind Off

Knit 1st stitch from front needle and 1st stitch from back needle together *knit next stitch

on front needle and next stitch on back needle together, pass 1st stitch on right needle

over 2nd stitch and drop it* repeat from *to* until all stitches are bound off. Break yarn

and slide through loop and pull tight, weave in end.

Top and side fins

Pick up every OTHER stitch in between the increase and decrease stitches as shown in

the photo. You will pick up a total of 16 stitches for each fin.

Join a new piece of yarn.

1. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* to end

2. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* to end

3. *K1, p1, pass 1st st. over 2nd, *k1, p1* repeat from *to* to end

4. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* k last st.

5. P1, k1, pass 1st st. over 2nd, *p1, k1* repeat from *to* p last st.

6. *K1, p1* repeat from *to* k last st.

7. Repeat row 3

8. Repeat row 4

9. Repeat row 5

10. Repeat row 6

11. Repeat row 3

12. Repeat row 4

13. Repeat row 5

14. Repeat row 6

You will have 10 stitches remaining, bind off remaining stitches.

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