Bubbles and Goldfish Teether Crochet Pattern

 
 

If you voted to see the goldfish teether crochet pattern, friends, this is your day!  I swear, I feel like I’ve been working on this project for AGES, and I just keep procrastinating.  But hey, sometimes, procrastination is a good thing.  As with most of my projects, the inspiration for this came from a little necessity and from my kids.  So, let’s just say that “Necessity and kids are the mothers of invention”.

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J watches tv, like all kids do, and as much as I hate to admit it, Netflix makes for a pretty decent babysitter.  So does Disney movies.  His show du jour recently has been Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which is an odd mix of Peter Pan and not Peter Pan.  And even stranger still, I’m catching up on Once Upon a Time, with Captain Hook and Peter Pan, but in a whole different premise.  Aaanywho.  Somehow, in the course of watching his pirate show, he decided to take one of the sticks from our Fort Magic set and brandish it about as … a fishing pole.  Nope, not sword, but a fishing pole.  And he wanted a bit of my yarn as the string.  I love his imagination, as long as it doesn’t knock over any glass objects, and I felt that he was missing something.  Fishing pole, fishing line…  WHERE’S THE FISH AT?!

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Honestly, I don’t think he cared whether he had fish at the end of his line.  I think at some point, he was fishing for Lightning McQueen.  But I decided I wanted to crochet a fish.  And if you give this mommy mouse a cookie, I’m going to want a glass of milk and a teething toy to go with it.  Because at this point, we cannot have too many teething toys in this house.  And rattles.  Because did you know?  The fish is also a rattle!  Yup-er-doodles.  5 guesses on what the rattle is made from…

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I wanted to give Lion Brand Bonbons Yarn a try, so I grabbed a pack of their cotton variety, appropriately named “Beach” for my fish-capades.

On to the pattern!

Supplies:

Lion Brand Yarn Bonbons Yarn, Beach (affliate link)
C2 hook (2.75mm)
3/4 in round beads
1 in round beads (the bare beads are organic teething beads from Alexa Organics)
2.5 in wooden teething ring from Alexa Organics
3/8 in twill ribbon
large eyed needle and yarn needle
scissors
small plastic easter egg
polymer clay
tape
small amount of fiberfill stuffing

Abbreviations:

sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
sc2tog – single crochet decrease
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain stitch

 Assembly:

I’m going to describe the assembly first because the fish is actually created after the rest of the teether has been assembled.

1. Cut a long length of twill ribbon.

2. Attach the teether ring at about the halfway point in the ribbon and tie a knot to secure.

3. Thread the finished crochet balls or bare beads in the order you desire, tying a knot in between each bead to secure.  When you crochet the beads, you’ll want to leave the beginning and end a bit loose so the ribbon can pass through the crochet.

4. Thread both ends of the ribbon through a wooden bead and tie a knot to secure.

5. Start crocheting the goldfish.  After a few round, thread the ribbon through the magic ring of the goldfish and tie a square knot on the inside of the goldfish.

6. Continue working the goldfish.  Once you start decreasing the rounds, stop and create the side fins by looping the ribbon ends out and back into the crochet piece, using small knots to secure.

7.  The egg rattle, if you’re adding it, goes in after the fins are looped.  You can add a bit of fiberfill stuffing around it if it fits.

8. Once the fish is complete, go back and sew the side fins to the crochet fish to really secure it well.  Grabby hands can pull the knotted ends right out if you don’t.

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Easter Egg Rattle:

I had some leftover plastic easter eggs, so I grabbed a super small one and used it to make a “rattle”.

Form several tiny balls with the polymer clay.  Color doesn’t matter.  Cure them in the microwave in a plastic container full of water for about 5 minutes.  See detailed instructions here.

Once the polymer clay balls are dry, put them in the plastic egg and seal the egg shut with tape.  Shake it to hear your rattle.

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Large Crochet Ball:

This is worked in a continuous spiral.

Round 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. (6 sts)  NOTE: Don’t pull the magic ring completely shut.  You’ll need a bit of space to thread the ribbon through.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)

Round 3: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then 2 SC in next stitch.*  Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 sts)

Round 4: *Work 1 sc in next 3 sts, then 2 SC in next stitch.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (20 sts)

Round 5-8: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (20 sts)

Round 9: * Work 1 sc in next 3 sts, then sc2tog.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 sts)

You’ll want to insert the wooden bead around now, if not earlier.

Round 10: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then sc2tog.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (12 sts)

Round 11: sc2tog 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.  Again, don’t shut the hold completely, as you’ll need space for the ribbon to go through.

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Small Crochet Ball:

This is worked in a continuous spiral.

Round 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. (6 sts)

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)

Round 3: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then 2 SC in next stitch.*  Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 sts)

Round 4-6: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (16 sts)

You’ll want to insert the wooden bead around now.

Round 7: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then sc2tog.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (12 sts)

Round 8: sc2tog 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Goldfish:

This is worked in closed rounds so the fish doesn’t come out lopsided.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic ring.  Join to first SC with a slip stitch.

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 1 sc into the same stitch as the Ch. Work 2 sc in each of the next 5 stitches, and only 1 sc in last st.  Join to first sc with slip stitch. (12 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work 1 sc into the same stitch as the Ch. *Work 1 sc in next st, followed by 2 sc in next st.* Repeat from * 4 times. Work 1 sc in next 2 sts.  oin to first SC with sl st. (18 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, followed by 2 sc in next st. * Repeat from * 4 times. Work 1 sc in next 3 sts.  Join to first SC with sl st. (24 sts)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. *Work 1 sc in next 3 sts, followed by 2 sc in next st.* Repeat from * 4 times.  Work 1 sc in next 4 sts.  Join to first sc with sl st. (30 sts)

Round 6-10: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. Work 1 sc in each st around.  Join to first sc with sl st. (30 sts)

Round 11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. Work 1 SC in next 12 sts.  sc2tog. Work 1 sc in next 13 sts.  sc2tog.  Join to first sc with sl st. (28 sts)

Add some fiberfill stuffing at the front of the fish and insert the egg rattle around now, before the rounds get too small.

Round 12: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. Work 1 SC in next 11 sts.  sc2tog. Work 1 sc in next 12 sts.  sc2tog.  Join to first sc with sl st. (26 sts)

Round 13: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. Work 1 SC in next 10 sts.  sc2tog. Work 1 sc in next 11 sts.  sc2tog.  Join to first sc with sl st. (24 sts)

Round 14: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. Work 1 SC in next 9 sts.  sc2tog. Work 1 sc in next 10 sts.  sc2tog.  Join to first sc with sl st. (22 sts)

Round 15: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. Work 1 SC in next 8 sts.  sc2tog. Work 1 scC in next 9 sts.  sc2tog.  Join to first sc with sl st. (20 sts)

Round 16: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch. Work 1 SC in next 7 sts.  sc2tog. Work 1 sc in next 8 sts.  sc2tog.  Join to first sc with sl st. (18 sts)

Round 17: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in the same stitch as the Ch.  sc2tog. *Work 1 sc in next st.  sc2tog.* Repeat from * 4 more times.  Join to first sc with sl st. (12 sts)

Round 18: Ch 1. sc2tog every 2 sts.  Do not join. (6 sts)

Flatten the round and slip stitch through 2 sts at a time. (3 sts)

The fins get a bit funky so the instructions aren’t exact.  You’ll need to join the fins wherever you see fit.

 

Fins:

Ch 13.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in each ch down to base. (12 sts)

Ch 1. Turn. Sc in 2nd st, hdc in each of next 3 sts, tr in each of next 3 sts, dc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next sc. Ch 1. Sc in next sc, hdc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, tr in each of next 3 sts, hdc in each of next 3 sts, sc in last st.  The last sc is to secure the fin.

Work 1 sc into the middle of the 3 flattened stitches to get you to the other side of the fish, and 1 sc in the last stitch before starting the 2nd fin.  For the 2nd fin, you might need to add a twist in order for the two fins to face the same direction.  This is where the “fudging” comes into play.  Do whatever works.

Once the second fin is complete, fasten off and weave in ends.

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I hope this pattern works for you!  Feel free to play with the pattern or ask for clarifications, but please refrain from critiquing or criticizing my crocheting and/or pattern-writing style – I truly did wing it, especially towards the end.

You are welcome to sell finished products using this pattern; however, I ask that you do not sell or redistribute the pattern itself.  If you do sell items, it would be lovely if you can include a link to this post in your listing! 

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Comments

  1. says

    ChiWei, this is so darn cute! I’m definitely going to be making some of these for the next baby shower I attend! Thanks for this great FREE pattern!

  2. Cathy Shull says

    Thank you SO much for letting us have this free pattern! I have a “first” grandchild and of course am wanting to make everything I see. But, I can meet my goals with items like this a little easier. Thank you again! So-so Cute!

  3. Elizabeth says

    This is absolutely adorable. When the pattern came up featured from Lion Brand on Facebook I knew I had to check it out. I don’t have babies anymore and it is too soon for grandchildren, but this is definitely being bookmarked in my “wanna do when appropriate” file!

  4. Jess says

    This really caught my eye, and I can’t stop looking at it! My own baby shower is tomorrow and I’m seriously considering making this today and giving it to myself tomorrow, just so everyone can see how amazing it is! Thanks so much for the pattern!

  5. Melissa says

    SO CUTE! Do you think you’ll make any of these to sell? I know a certain non-crafty-sister-in-law who would love to give a few of these as gifts ;)

    • says

      Hey Mel, I don’t think I’ll be making these for inventory, but I can definitely make you a few when you need gifts. Just email me and let me know!

  6. Aden says

    Hi, thank you for the wonderful pattern! Do you know approximately how big your plastic egg was? Since it’s out of season, I’m trying to find an alternative same sized filler for the goldfish. Thanks for any help!

    • says

      Hey Aden, the egg was small, not your average sized easter egg. I’m not sure what could be an equivalent. What if you taped two bottle caps together? You’d have to make sure it was really secure?

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