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Kate Wood

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These fancy fantail goldfish work up quicklyyou may wind up with an aquarium's worth! Fantail goldfish
come in a variety of colors, so experiment with hues like orange, black, white, yellow, and of course, gold.
Play around and mix up your fin and body colors. Or make a fantasy fish in any color of the rainbow!
Youll need
Approximately 85 yards of worsted weight yarn
F hook
Safety eyes, buttons, or scrap yarn in a
contrasting color (for embroidered eyes)
A small amount of embroidery floss (to sew on
mouth) and a sewing needle
Yarn needle
Stitch marker
Fiber fill or other stuffing
BODY
The fish's body is worked continuously in the round. Use a
stitch marker to keep track of your rounds.
Round 1:
Round 2:
Round 3:
Round 4:
Round 5:
Round 6:
Round 7:
Round 8:
Round 9:

crochet 6 sc in a magic ring


* 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 6x. (12 sts)
* sc 3, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 3x. (15 sts)
* sc 4, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 3x. (18 sts)
* sc 5, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 3x. (21 sts)
* sc 6, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 3x. (24 sts)
* sc 7, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 3x. (27 sts)
* sc 8, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 3x. (30 sts)
*sc 3, sc2tog. Repeat from * 6x. (24 sts)

Kate Wood

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Round 10: sc around. (24 sts)


Rows 9 and 10 define your fishs head. Pause here to make face.
You can embroider eyes, affix safety eyes, or sew on buttons. Whichever you choose, they should sit
around row 6 or so. Use embroidery floss to backstitch on a little mouth I recommend a simple threestitch smile roughly following the contour of round 1 or 2. Use the photo below as a guide.

Round 11: * sc 3, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 6x. (30 sts)


Round 12: * sc 4, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 6x. (36 sts)
Round 12: * sc 5, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * 6x. (42 sts)
Work even for 8 rows to form fishs body.
Rounds 13-20: sc around (42 sts)
Pause here to attach eyes and sew on mouth, then stuff.
Round 21:
Round 22:
Round 23:
Round 24:
Round 25:
Round 26:
Round 27:

*sc 5, sc2tog. Repeat from * 6x. (36 sts)


*sc 4, sc2tog. Repeat from * 6x. (30 sts)
*sc 3, sc2tog. Repeat from * 6x. (24 sts)
*sc 6, sc2tog. Repeat from * 3x. (21 sts)
*sc 5, sc2tog. Repeat from * 3x. (18 sts)
*sc 4, sc2tog. Repeat from * 3x. (15 sts)
*sc 3, sc2tog. Repeat from * 3x. (12 sts)

Finish stuffing.
Rounds 28-30: sc around. (12 sts)
Fasten off and sew closed, leaving a long yarn tail
hanging.

FINS
All of the fins are worked back and forth in rows of sc, working in the back loop only (blo). Ch 1 for a
turning chain at the beginning of each row, working your first sc in the same stitch as the turning ch.
Turning ch does not count as a sc.
The photo above shows all the fins you are about to make next to a completed body.

Kate Wood

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FINS (MAKE 3)
The top fin and the pectoral fins are all worked in the same way. The decreases (sc2tog) will cause your
rows slant to one side, making the fish's fins diagonally ribbed. For the first one, leave a tail for sewing at
the beginning of your work, and weave in your tail at the end. This one will be the top fin. For the other
two, leave a yarn tail for sewing after you fasten off, and weave in the other end. These will be your
pectoral/side fins. I have given written instructions as well as a chart even if you don't use the chart, it
can be helpful to visualize what you're making! See assembly instructions below for how to sew them on
to your fishs body.
Ch 10.
Working in blo,
Row 1: Ch 1, sc 8, sc2tog. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 7. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc 6, sc2tog. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 5. Turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc 4, sc2tog. Turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc 3.
Fasten off.

TAIL FIN (MAKE 2)


For a true fantail goldfish, you need to make two of these! If you want a less fancy fish, you can go ahead
and just make one... but if you've got two it's much easier to prop up and pose your fish. And I promise,
these aren't as scary or complicated as they might look at first. I have given written instructions for these
below, as well as a chart on the next page.
The tail fins are worked similarly to a chevron afghan the pairs of decreases (sc2tog) at the center of
each row will make your work form a "V" shape, giving the fish's tail its shape.
Ch 32.
Working in blo,
Row 1: Ch 1, sc 15, sc2tog twice, sc 13, ch 3. Turn work.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc 15, sc2tog twice, sc 14, ch 2. Turn work.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc 15, sc2tog twice, sc 14, ch 2. Turn work.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc 15, sc2tog twice, sc 14, ch 1. Turn work.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc 14, sc2tog twice, sc 14, ch 4. Turn work.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc 17, sc2tog twice, sc 10. Leave remaining stitches unworked. Turn work.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc 9, sc2tog twice, sc 13. Leave remaining stitches unworked. Turn work.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc 12, sc2tog twice, sc 5. Leave remaining stitches unworked. Turn work.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc 4, sc2tog twice, sc 7. Leave remaining stitches unworked. Turn work.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc 6, sc2tog twice, sc 2. Leave remaining stitch unworked. Turn work.
Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

Kate Wood

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ASSEMBLY
Using yarn tail, whipstitch the top fin along its slanted edge (the edge where you've made your
decreasesthe one with 2, 4, and 6 next to it on the previous page's chart) to the fishs body, around
rows 15 to 20. It should sit perpendicular to the fishs face, and in a straight line with its tail. See photo on
next page.
Using yarn tails, whipstitch each of the side fins into place along their straight edges (the edge across
from your decreasesthe one with rows 1, 3, and 5 labeled next to it on the chart). These should sit
around rows 12-17 of the body, with the front edge of the fin just about in line with the bottom of the fishs
head. See photo on next page.
Sew the fishs tail fins to the little stump made at the back end of the body by rows 27-30. Place both tail
fins on the outside of the stump, aligned with one another (so one will have its RS facing out, the other
the WS not that we're really keeping track of such things). Stitch the tail fins to the stump, working
through both fins as well as the stump. Using a backstitch for this will hide your stitching amongst your
crochet. You should also make a few stitches around both fins just above and below the stump this will
make the tail fins fan out more as well as concealing the stump. See photo on next page.
Weave in any last loose ends from sewing, and your fish is ready to swim!

Kate Wood

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Assembly photos...

Above: Detail of top fin


Right: Detail of tail fin attachmentthe tail
can point straight like an arrow toward your
fish's nose, or you can have the upper fin
be slightly horizontal for a drooping tail.

Left: Placement
for side fins. I hate how
the fish looks like he's
ailing in this picture
don't worry, he's fine!

Hope you like your


new friend!