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I’ve been thinking about these crochet jellyfish for a while, so I’m happy to share the pattern today! I think they’re fun to hang around with, and made from cotton, would pair well with my fish scrubbies in an ocean-themed kids bathroom!

Last summer when I went back to Taiwan, my sister and I picked up these weird little hand-towel doohickies from the local Poya. You can buy pretty much anything there – like a teeny tiny Target, and we’d spent quite a bit of time in there with my parents just cruising the different cute odds and ends. Anyways, these doohickies were these tubes covered in those microfiber mop wormy ends, and topped off with a cute strawberry or a cute lime or something. I came home with 2, a red one and a green one, and the kids have been fighting over them since. They’re supposed to be used to dry your hands. They have been occasionally used to dry hands, but more often to be snuggled (while clean) and flung around the house.

That crazy story is the inspiration for my crochet jellyfish. I wanted to make something that can be used to dry your hands but be adorable too, and I thought that the jellyfish tentacles could work in that capacity. I made only one originally, but with two kids, I can’t not make another one. IT HAS TO BE FAIR! So, one blue one for the boy, and one purple one for the girl. Le sigh. And of course, neither have ever been used to dry hands. They are snuggle dolls now.

Cute crochet jellyfish, FREE pattern |

Adorable crochet jellyfish, FREE crochet pattern |

Because I wanted them originally to be used in a bathroom, I chose to use cotton yarn. Yarnspirations was kind enough to supply me with their Bernat Handicrafter cotton, and it was a joy to work with such vibrant colors. The yarn was sturdy and held its shape well, especially in the curly cues, but was still soft enough to cuddle with!

Cute crochet jellyfish, FREE pattern |

The final size of the jellyfish is about 15 to 18 inches long, with the head about 5 inches across. The length of the jellyfish is up to you and how you want to make and arrange the curly cues. I did notice that after some hard playing, my son’s jellyfish’s curly cues loosened and lengthened a bit.

Just one piece of advice/warning. If you are making this for small children, PLEASE supervise their play. These are long curly cues, and God forbid it becomes a strangulation hazard. This pattern was not designed to be dangerous, but, well, kids. So, be careful if they’re flinging it around, and especially don’t let kids sleep with their jellyfish friends. Maybe it is safer to let them hang out in the bathroom as a cute little towel.

Cute crochet jellyfish, FREE pattern |

I’ve had many people ask me about printing my patterns. You can now purchase an inexpensive ad-free and comment-free PDF version of this jellyfish pattern on Etsy or Ravelry. The file will be available for download immediately after payment. Thank you for helping me continue to provide these fun free patterns!

Thanks to a wonderful reader, Jeannette Kemp, you can also download a Dutch translation of this pattern here!


  • G (4 mm) hook (Clover Amour Hook*)
    • Note: I used a G hook for the head of the jellyfish, but tried both a G hook (blue jellyfish) and an H hook (purple jellyfish) for the curly cues.
  • Yarnspirations Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn: main color – 2 skeins, secondary color – 1 skein
    • The Blue jellyfish is Robin’s Egg Blue and Mod Blue. The Purple jellyfish is Soft Violet and Hot Pink.
  • 9mm safety eyes
  • Black DMC embroidery thread
  • embroidery needle
  • scissors
  • polyester fiberfill


sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (joining/decreasing stitch)

Crochet Jellyfish Instructions


Round 1: Work 8 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (8)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Round 3: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)

Round 4: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (32)

Round 5: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into each of next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (40)

Round 6: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into each of next 4 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (48)

Round 7-8: Ch 1. Work 1 sc into each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc. (48)

Round 9: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into each of next 5 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (56)

Round 10-14: Ch 1. Work 1 sc into each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc. (56)

Round 15: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into each of next 2 stitches. Work 1 sc2tog, 1 sc into next stitch, 1 sc2tog.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (40)

Fasten off, and weave in ends.


Jellyfish bottom panel

Round 1: Ch 1. Work 8 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (8)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each stitch around. Join with sl st to first sc. (16)

Round 3: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)

Round 4: Ch 1. *Work 1 sc into each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (32)

Round 5: Ch 3 (does not count as stitch). *Work 1 dc into each of next 3 stitches, 2 dc into next stitch.* Repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. (40)

Fasten off, but leave a long enough tail to sc around. (Probably a few feet at least).


Jellyfish streamers/tentacles

I found the streamers were easiest and most fun when done freeform. All of them are a little different, but I used the same basics for each one to maintain consistency. You can check out my curly cue sampler to get an idea of what each type of curl will look like. Also, you can change up the hook size for a different look. I used a G hook for the blue jellyfish and an H hook for the purple jellyfish. On each jellyfish, there are 8 tentacles of varying width and length.

  • Chain either 30, 40, 50, 60 or even 70.
  • Work 2 (or 3) sc in each chain stitch OR work 2 (or 3) hdc in each chain stitch. If you’re starting with sc, then work into 2nd chain from hook. If you’re starting with hdc, then work into 3rd chain from hook.
  • Now, think of this as a Choose Your Own Crochet Adventure. Continue working sc or hdc, working 2 or 3 stitches into each chain across, then fasten off, leaving a tail.

I found it best if you stick with a particular pattern long enough to establish the right curl, then change it to create a different type curl. Don’t change your stitch type too quickly. You can curl the curly cues properly or leave it messy, up to you!

Cute crochet jellyfish, FREE pattern |


Step 1: Attach the safety eyes between rows 12 and 13 on the cap, about 8 stitches apart.

Step 2:  Use the embroidery thread to sew on a mouth halfway between the eyes.

Step 3: Attach the tentacles to the bottom panel by weaving both tails of the tentacles through stitch spaces in the panel, and tie a double knot to secure. You can weave the ends in, or maybe not, since it’ll be hidden inside the stuffed head. I chose to weave in ends because I don’t know how hard the kids will pull on the tentacles.


Step 4: Match up the seam stitch of the panel against the seam stitch of the cap. Insert your hook through both loops (front to back) on one stitch on the cap, and pull through a loop of the panel’s tail. Work a chain stitch. Then insert your hook through the same cap stitch, and through the first stitch on the panel, pull up a loop and complete a sc. (It’s ok if you fudge this. You just need to attach the two pieces together to get started.)

Step 5: For the next stitch and for each stitch around, insert hook from outside of cap through all 4 loops (cap and panel). Work a sc.

Step 6: Once you’ve gone almost around, stuff the head with fiberfill, then continue working sc around to close up the head. Join to the first sc with a sl st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you’d like to hang your jellyfish, you can sew on a loop at the top. Otherwise you’re done!

Cute crochet jellyfish, FREE pattern |

Cute crochet jellyfish, FREE pattern |

Remember, be careful playing with the jellyfish and don’t get tangled up!

Oh, and do share your jellyfish friends with me on Facebook and Instagram!

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  1. Caty

    Do you think this would be easy to turn into a knitting pattern? I am learning to crochet, but have been knitting for a few years. Just looking at the pattern, it should be fairly easy.

    • Ehlane

      If you figure that out, let me know. 🙂 I’ve been knitting for years, but love this enough to learn to crochet. Spent about an hour watching youtube videos this afternoon and I think I’ve got it! 🙂

  2. Georgie Garrick

    Are these American or Uk instructions please?

    • ChiWei

      US instructions.

  3. judy

    These are cute. Would it be possible to knit as I cannot crochet. I have been ask to make some.

  4. Lindsay

    What is your policy on selling a finished product, crediting your pattern?

    • ChiWei

      You are totally welcome to sell a finished product made from this pattern, and crediting this post will be very much appreciated! Thank you!

  5. Kathy Nehring

    I LOVE these. However, you do not say what size skeins you used. There are more than one size of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn. I usually use Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton Yarn. But I need to buy the colors I want for these items and don’t want to buy too much or not enough. Thank You, Kathy

    • ChiWei

      The type/size of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton is linked in the Supplies part of the pattern – it is 50g/1.75 oz, and 80yd per skein.

  6. Debra

    Hi, you say 2 skeins, but how many ounces skein do you use?

    • ChiWei

      It’s a 50g/1.75oz skein with 80 yds. The exact type of yarn is linked in the post. Thanks!

  7. Sarah

    Hi are the stitches in US sizes or UK sizes?

    • ChiWei

      They are in US sizes.

  8. Liesl smith

    Please can u email me the pattern of the jellyfish

  9. Heather

    I’m a self taught crocheter and need a little help here. So, you crochet 8 SC, join in the first SC with a slip stitch, and there are still 8 stitches, or does that slip stitch into the first SC “technically” take the number of ending SC down to 7? Does that question make sense? If not, I guess what I’m asking is, does the Slip stitch count as a SC in the pattern? My counts are getting off track and I’m not sure why. :-/

    • Mina

      Usually a slip stitch will never count as a SC. It’s just a join. I followed the pattern by not counting the sl st in my counts and it worked out. The thing to make sure, though, is when you sl st, then chain, your first SC needs to be in the same stitch as your sl st. The counts should work out then.

  10. Trista McManigle

    I love this pattern, very easy to follow and works up very nicely!! Thank you!

  11. Jessica

    Am I doing something wrong? I don’t get 40 for a stitch count on the decreasing round of the top. I only get 38. I double checked count was 56 on the previous round.

    • Nanette

      2sc, decrease, sc, decrease all the way around and I came out with 40

  12. Jessica

    I got it figured out

    • kelly

      Can you tell me what you figured out cause I get 38 also, not 40? Rows 10-14 I get 56, row 15 I get 56 but row 16 I keep getting 3
      Please Please Please and
      Thank you, Kelly

      • Kelly

        I really love these jellyfish. I’m having a problem with row 16. Rows 10-14 I get 56 and 15 I get 56. On row 16, I sc in each of the 1st two stitches, 1sc2tog, 1 sc , 1sc2tog and keep repeating and at the end I get 38 not 40 stitches. I have done it over 3 times. Can you please help me cause I have everything else done and can’t put it together. Thank you

  13. Nicole

    Do you sell these? I can’t crochet and really don’t have an interest in learning but I would like these for the kids.

  14. Nancy

    I am having problems with Round 15. If I follow the pattern as instructed; Ch 1. work 1 sc in each of the next 2 stitches. Work 1sc2tog, 1 sc into the next stitch, 1sc2tog,etc. Do I work the 1sc2tog, 1sc into the next stitch all in the same stitch? I took this to be 2 separate stitches I was using. I keep ending up with 36 stitches. Help!!

  15. Janet Poole


    Could you tell me the colours you used for the blue one.?

    Thank you

    • ChiWei

      It’s Robin’s Egg Blue and Mod Blue.

      • Janet Poole

        Colors for the pink and mauve please

        Thank you


      • ChiWei

        Soft Violet and Hot Pink

  16. Barbara

    My grandsons’ “partner” emailed me this picture asking if I could make one for her. So glad to find the pattern. I am sure their little girl will love it!!

  17. Becky

    The head of the jellyfish is 4 inches across, the bottom is only 2 1/2 inches does this work now???

    • ChiWei

      Both the top and bottom pieces are 40 stitches around, and it’ll pull in to fit together.

      • Lacy Spitler


        I have the same issue. I counted and I do have 40 stitches on both pieces, But the bottom panel is about half the size of the face/cap. i don’t see how this is supposed to stitch together. Please help.

      • Adrienne

        Me too! Same amount of stitches, but the bottom panel is way smaller, and will definitely create ripples around the outside when sewn… Arg.

      • ChiWei

        If the bottom panel becomes a problem, you can always work that in a larger hook to help match the cap better. But the number of stitches on both top and bottom are the same, so there shouldn’t be ripples.

      • Lea

        Are you sure that you did DC in row 5 and not HDC or SC? The DC should make it the correct height…I almost missed the change of stitch, so thought that might be the problem.

      • ChiWei

        Great catch – yes, it’s a double crochet in the last round, and you should start with 3 chains, which don’t count in the stitch count.

  18. Brianna

    Do you need a commercial license to use this pattern, If one were interested in making some and selling some!? Or is it okay to use as long as credit for pattern is given?

    • ChiWei

      You do not need a license, but credit to ChiWei @ One Dog WOof and a link back to the blog would be much appreciated!

  19. Anne

    Just finished my first jellyfish. Have a feeling it won’t be the last! I only wish there were more hours in a day to create such cuteness!

  20. Laura Campbell

    can u knit it


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