Tropical Fish Crochet Pattern

Having spent the last few months working on a couple of series of patterns, I want to spend a few weeks putting out some quick, easy stand along patterns for you.   These will be stash buster patterns that you can use up yarn that you have lying in your stash, or use up some of those scrap yarn pieces you have lying around.   This weeks pattern, the Tropical fish, is the latter, and uses approximately 40g of yarn and the colour changes can just be made when you naturally run out of a colour.   This creates a totally unique design every time you make one.   In addition to being great for using up your scraps, this project is a 1-2 hour project (depending on your crochet speed) and can be made in any weight yarn you have lying around.

This pattern is a practically no sew pattern, so if like me you don’t love sewing arms and decorations to your amigurumi, then this pattern is for you.   The fish is made in 1 piece from head to tail and uses surface crochet to make the side and dorsal fins, so by the time you finish your fish it is only the tails that have to be sewn through to body to finish it off.    I used 7mm crochet eyes on this fish, but it would be fun to experiment with different sizes and colours to add to the unique colour changes created from using your scraps.

The pattern for this tropical fish can be found below.   I hope you enjoy making this pattern and please share your Tropical Fish creations on any social media channels and tag me in it so I can see your lovely creations.    Join me next week for another scrap buster project, the stripy market bag.

Vicky x


Tropical Fish 

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this fish;

  • About 40g of any worsted/aran weight yarn in any colours (I used Knitcraft In the Zone)
  • 4mm hook
  • Stuffing
  • 2 x 7mm Safety Eyes
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker 
  1. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern. All terms used are American.

  • Sc – single crochet
  • Ch – chain
  • Sc inc – sc increase
  • Sc dec – sc decrease
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Trc – treble crochet
  • Dtrc – double treble crochet
  • m/c – magic circle
  • sl st – slip stitch
  1. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • There is no specific gauge for this fish, just work as tightly as possible.
  • The side and dorsal fins are crocheted directly on to the fish at the end using surface crochet.
  • The only sewing required for this pattern is sewing in of the ends for the fins and the tail end.
  • My finished fish ended up being 18cm long and 10cm, but this will vary depending on the size of yarn and hook used
  • You can change colours in this fish wherever you like depending on how much yarn you have available.   This is a great stash busting project.
  1. Pattern

Fish (starting from the head) – work in any colour, I started with white

Row Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in m/c 6
2 (sc, sc inc) x 3 9
3 (2 sc, sc inc) x 3 12
4 (3 sc, sc inc) x 3 15
5 (4 sc, sc inc) x 3 18
6 (5 sc, sc inc) x 3 21
7 (6 sc, sc inc) x 3 24
8 (3 sc, sc inc) x 6 30
9 (4 sc, sc inc) x 6 36
  I switched to yellow here (you can choose to change or not)  
10-24 Sc around 36
  I switched to orange  
25-27 Sc around 36
  I switched to pink  
28 Sc around 36
29 (4 sc, sc dec) x 6 30
  Add safety eyes opposite one another between rows 10 and 11  
30 (3 sc, sc dec) x 6 24
31 (2 sc, sc dec) x 6 18
  Stuff fish  
32 (sc, sc dec) x 6 12
33 (sc dec) x 6 6
34 Sc around 6
35 (sc inc) x 6 12
36 (sc, sc inc) x 6 18
37 (2 sc, sc inc) x 6 24
38 (3 sc, sc inc) x 6 30
  I switched to yellow here  
39 (4 sc, sc inc) x 6 36
40 (5 sc, sc inc) x 6 42
41 6 sc, then fold the fish tail in half, and sc through both halves to close the tail up.  
  Cast off and sew in end  


Side Fins – work 2 (I used white)

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Start the fins 3 stitches and 3 rows below the eyes and attach yarn around 1 stitch using surface crochet  
2 Then sc hdc around 1 stitch, 2 dc in same st, 2 trc in same st, 2 dc in same stitch, hdc sc in same stitch 10
  Cast off and sew in ends  


Dorsal Fin – work 1 (I used white)

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Attach the yarn around row 13, equal distance between the eyes with a surface sc then work as follows;  
2 2 sc in same st, 2 hdc in same st, 2 dc in same st, 2 trc in same st, 2 dtrc in same st, 2 trc in same st, 2 dc in same st, 2 hdc in same st, 2 sc in same st 18
  Cast off and sew in ends  


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