In Italy we have the custom to cut out a fish from a piece of paper (read here !) and we try to stick it on the back of a person (trying to be gentle, so that the victim is not aware of it) and then laugh at her/his shoulders .... silly, but such fun when I was a kid!!!
Today, instead, I will love to give you a mini pattern (no photo tutorial, sorry!) that allows you to crochet some little fish to gift to your friends ... no jokes here!!!
WHAT YOU NEED :
- some colourful cotton yarns
- a hook or more : I was working both with 3,5mm (one strand) and 4mm (2 strands). I've used once even a 3mm hook!
- a pair of scissors
- safety pins
- yarn needle
- a needle to sew on the buttons
April Fool's Day Fish PATTERN :
Choose a bright colour from your cottons (any other fibre is fine, too!) and make a slip knot on your hook
Row 1 : chain 3, make 3 hDC (= half double crochets) in first chain, chain 2 and turn
Row 2 : (increasing row) 2 hDC in first stitch, 1 hDC in next stitch, 2 hDC in last stitch, chain 2 and turn
Rows 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 : work 5 hDC, chain 2 and turn
Row 8 : (decreasing row) 2 hDCtog (= half double crochets together : decreasing!), 1 hDC, 2 hDCtog , chain 2 and turn
Row 9 : (decreasing row) work 3 hDCtog, chain 2 and turn
Row 10 : work 3 hDC in same stitch, chain 2 and turn
Row 11: 3 hDC, chain 2 and turn
Row 12 : (increasing row) 2 hDC in first stitch, 1 hDC in next stitch, 2 hDC in last stitch
From now on, you can choose between two options :
OPTION 1 :
chain 1 and slip stitch all around the fish body, until you reach again the tail and
Row 13 : 1 SC (= single crochet) in first stitch, [2 DC (= double crochet), 1 slip stitch, 2 DC ] in third stitch, 1 SC in last stitch
Cut yarn, fasten off and trim ends in . Sew on a button as the fish eye.
OPTION 2 :
You can decide to not slip stich all around the fish body, so, instead, at the end of row 12 you can chain 1 and then turn
Row 13 : as in option 1
Cut yarn, fasten off and trim ends in. Sew on a button as the fish eye.
When working on my colour block fish, I preferred to use option 1, while working with two strands together (baker's twine effect) I used option 2 !!
The only exception was the above pink/white one, where I still used option 1 !!!
As usual, I'm not able to post just a couple of pictures .....
So, if you wanna follow the Italian custom, just add a pin to your fish and wear it all day long !!!!
You can even decide to make a simple necklace , as I did ..
Have fun today, xxxx Ale