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Crochet Fish Scrubbie Washcloths

by | All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns, Home, Kids & Toys, Summer

On our last date night, Drew and I walked around the “downtown” of the town we’re moving to this fall, you know, to get a feel for our neighborhood. We found this little doodads store that had a bunch of, well, doodads, and all sorts of vintage-y, charming things. I’m sure you know the type of store I mean. The kind you can just wander around in forever, wishing your house (and your wallet) was bigger so you can avail yourself of all the wonderful decor goodies and pretend your home was a magazine model. Anyways, I found the inspiration for my fish scrubbie washcloths there. I made up two designs: this is the shell-stitch one, and you can find the striped fella here.

Crochet fish scrubbie washcloths. Wouldn't this make great housewarming gifts? | www.1dogwoof.com

I call them scrubbies, but they can be washcloths or sponges or whatever. I think they’re great for a summer housewarming gift, don’t you? Oh, and they work up pretty quickly. The first one was a doozie to figure out, but the second one took about an hour.

Crochet fish scrubbie washcloths | www.1dogwoof.com

If you’d like to print this pattern, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free and comment-free printable PDF on Craftsy (US only) and Etsy (international buyers, start here!). The PDF includes the full pattern and step-by-step photos. The file will be available for download immediately after payment. Thank you for helping me continue to provide these fun free patterns!

Supplies:

H (5 mm) hook
3 colors Yarnspirations Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn (extra scrap for eyes)
scissors
embroidery needle

Abbreviations:

sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
ch – chain stitch
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together (decreasing stitch)
sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decreasing stitch)

You can find help for basic stitches in my crochet tutorials section!

Instructions:

Round 1. ch 10. Slip stitch in first ch.

Round 2. Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch] 2 times. Join to 1st stitch. (12)

Round 3. Ch 1. Work [1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch] 6 times. Join to 1st stitch. (18)

Round 4. Ch 2. Work 1 dc in each stitch around. Join to 1st dc. (18)

Change to color B using the perfect stripes method.

Round 5.  Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch] 6 times. Join to 1st stitch. (24)

Round 6. Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch] 6 times. Join to 1st stitch. (30)

Round 7. Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch] 6 times. Join to 1st stitch. (36)

Fasten off using the invisible join.

Change to color C.

Crochet shell stitch in the round. | www.1dogwoof.com

Round 8. In the 2nd to last stitch of the previous row, work 1 standing sc. *Skip 1 stitch, then work 3 dc in next stitch. Skip 1 stitch, then work 1 sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * 8 times. Skip 1 stitch, then work 3 dc in next stitch. Join to 1st sc and switch to the alternate stripe color using the perfect stripes method.

Crochet shell stitch in the round. | www.1dogwoof.com

Crochet shell stitch in the round. | www.1dogwoof.com

Round 9. Ch 2 in same stitch as the color change. Work 2 dc in same stitch. *Skip 1 stitch, work 1 sc in next stitch. (This should be the middle dc from the previous round). Skip 1 stitch, work 3 dc in next stitch. (This should be the sc from the previous round).* Repeat from * 8 times. Skip 1 stitch, 1 sc in next stitch. Skip 1 stitch, work 1 dc into the same stitch that you worked the first 2 dc of this round. Join to 1st dc.

Crochet shell stitch in the round. | www.1dogwoof.com

Round 10. Repeat Round 8, except instead of using a standing stitch, switch colors using the perfect stripes method, ch 1, then work 1 sc into the same stitch. This becomes your “standing sc”. Then follow the instructions from Round 8.

Crochet shell stitch in the round. | www.1dogwoof.com

Round 11. Repeat Round 9.

Round 12-13. Repeat Round 10 and 11.

Round 14-15. Repeat Round 10 and 11.

Round 16. Repeat Round 10.

Round 17. Change colors as before. Ch 2. Work [1 hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc2tog in next stitch] 9 times. Join to 1st stitch. (27)

Crochet shell stitch in the round. | www.1dogwoof.com

Round 18. Ch 1. Work [1 sc in next stitch, 1 sc2tog in next stitch] 9 times. Join to 1st stitch. (18)

Before you move on to the next step, flip the fish inside out and make sure your loose ends of knotted, fastened off and woven in. This is where you can cut the first shell color and weave it in.

Crochet shell stitch in the round. | www.1dogwoof.com

Round 19. Flatten the round into 2 sides. Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each stitch across, inserting your hook through 4 loops for each stitch. (8)

Crochet fish scrubbie washcloths | www.1dogwoof.com

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Row 20. With the tail color, work 1 standing sc in 3rd stitch from the edge, work 1 sc in each of next 3 stitches. Ch 1. (4)

Row 21. Turn. Work 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc in last stitch. Ch 2. (6)

Row 22. Turn. Work 1 dc in first stitch, 1 sc in each of next 4 stitches, 2 dc in last stitch. Ch 2. (8)

Row 23. Turn. Work 2 dc in first stitch, 1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 dc in last stitch. Ch 2. Fasten the ch 2 at the base of the row.

Crochet fish scrubbie washcloths | www.1dogwoof.com

The final touch is to add eyes to the fish using a bit of scrap yarn in whatever color you want. I used an embroidery needle and sewed the eyes on, going through both layers of the fish.

For scale (pun intended), each of these washcloths/scrubbies are about the size of my palm, maybe 6 or 7 inches long.

Crochet fish scrubbie washcloths | www.1dogwoof.com

Crochet fish scrubbie washcloths | www.1dogwoof.com

You might also like some of my other free patterns:

Rainbow Cuddles Unicorn

Frozen Snowman Amigurumi

Little Monster Easter Egg

67 Comments

  1. sharon

    I would like to teach this pattern to the widows in Malawi Africa next summer, but would like to add netting fabric to add the scrub fabric for them to scrub pots and still be durable. any suggestions how to?

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  2. Wendy

    Could you please explain what a standing sc is
    Thanks wendy

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  3. Hippiegirl06

    Thank you for this pattern I teach 2year olds and during the summer we have a ocean theme I am gonna have my room full of these beauties thank you again

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  4. Shinari Bennett

    I love this pattern but, I am having so much trouble with it. DO you think you could make a video for it?

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  5. Jane

    Very cute! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Claire

    In the past year I’ve taken up felting, and I used your wonderful pattern to create a 3-D felted fish Christmas ornament. They are amazingly cute, wish I could share a picture with you. Thank you for your inspiration; I love your work!

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    • ChiWei

      Thank you!

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  7. Angeles

    So cute!!! love it!

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  8. Linda Webb

    O yes , these are “Just My Cup of Tea”! They are just PERFECT for a Christmas gift I need . Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for your kindness.

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    • ChiWei

      You’re welcome!

      Reply
  9. Kali

    I think it would be really cute for a kid’s bath time scrubby if you put a bar of soap inside before closing it up.

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  10. A

    Thank you sooo much for sharing. Directions are spot on with clear precision. Enjoyed making these for my grandsons easter basket.

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  11. Mary Jo Bush

    Do you know what shade of blue you used in the fish scrubbies? Trying to order but none of the colors seem to look anything like the blue you have used? Thank you if you or anyone else has any suggestions!!!

    Reply

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