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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. becky

    Mine is still not turning out right. I’m getting really frustrated. I’ve started from the beginning six times and still get the wrong sizes. When we do rows 10-14, that’s where my issue is i think. Do we end at the same place we began or is this increasing???

    • ChiWei

      Rounds 10-14 are all the same size – they are not increasing.

  2. Becky

    Are we using the same brand of hook????? My set has 3.75 then jumps 4.25, which is a G hook!!!

    • ChiWei

      I use a Clover USA Amour Hook, and the G is 4mm. Either of yours should be fine. It’s more important to match it to the type of yarn used.

  3. Amadna

    Hi! I love this. I just made one. I’m wondering how you get the bottom panel not to sag with the weight of the trendrils? Mine is sagging 🙁

    • ChiWei

      I think my stuffing was pretty dense so it didn’t sag too much. Now that the kids have played with it, pulled it, squished it, it looks a little more saggy.

    • Amy Chiles

      I used a strand of yarn for hanging it – using a yarn needle I went up from the centre bottom, made a hanging loop then came back down through the head and tied it at the bottom centre, This helped to stop the sag 🙂

  4. Rosie

    For anyone else confused about round 15 (like I was).

    It should be:

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

    So *1sc in to each of next 2 stitches, 1 sc2tog, 1sc, 1sc2tog*.

    The way the pattern is written makes it look like the 1sc should go in the same stitch as the first sc2tog, but this is not right.

    • Carmela

      Thank you.

  5. Denise

    I don’t know what yarn to use? Where do u get it?

    • ChiWei

      The post has listed Yarnspirations Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn, with a link on where to get it.

  6. Sally

    Hi there

    Approximately how long did it take to make the first one? I need a QUICK gift so looking for a guide time wise.


  7. Terry

    Has anyone got the answer yet to round 15? I see a lot of people having the same problem as I
    am. I don’t get 40 stitches at the end of the round.

  8. Hannah

    Hi, thanks for this gorgeous pattern! I am not an experienced crochet-er and am hoping you can help me? When I get to row 4, my circle starts curling at the edges and won’t sit flat. Is this supposed to happen or am I doing something wrong? Thanks

    • Chasity Brown

      yes it will curl some.

  9. Dee

    Was tagged with this cute fellow saying her sister would go crazy if it made it for her, with sister reply of Please please please…. One early birthday gift completed, thanks so much.

  10. Judy

    I discovered that the leading “string” on the jellyfish head can make a nifty hanging loop. Just use a yarn needle and pull the yarn through the initial hole and then back down and fasten off, leaving most of the yarn as a loop. If you want a longer loop, just use a longer leading yarn.

  11. Tish

    Thank you so much for this adorable pattern, as well as your patience and kindness in dealing with others. ????

  12. Bonnie Harris

    If the bottom is saging then take a bead or button and sew it to the botton and run the thread up through to the top and tie it off. if it is for a childs toy then use yarn.

  13. heidi

    Round 5 of the bottom panel states Ch 1. Work 1 dc into each of next 3 stitches, 2 dc into next stitch. Join with sl st to first sc. (40)

    should the round be in dc or sc?
    thank you

    • ChiWei

      The round is in DC to give it the extra height it needs to match up to the cap.

  14. Julie

    Help my curly cues aren’t going that curly more wavy any ideas why thanks

    • ChiWei

      Working more stitches into each chain stitch will make it curl more.

  15. Dasha

    Hi, thanks for the pattern, they are sooo cute!

    I pretty much finished mine – haven’t bind it off yet. In my case the bottom panel is a bit saggy, you can see it pulling down and not being straight-ish. I wonder if it’s tentacles that’s heavy, but I’ve already fasten them soo good, that undoing will be a bit of a nightmare. I don’t think stuffing more will help, it will just expand into it.

    Any advice what to do? 🙂

    Many thanks!

    • ChiWei

      I think it actually depends on the stuffing. One of mine sags a little bit with soft stuffing, and the other was a tougher stuffing and it doesn’t sag at all. Sorry, I don’t have any other advice on how to make it not sag!

  16. Brittany

    Thank you for the wonderful pattern!!! It was super easy to follow and make these adorable jelly fish!!! Thanks again!!

  17. Linda Reagan

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern! Love it and I find your instructions very easy to follow! Have already made 3 jellyfish, 2 for my granddaughter, I’ll make one more so I have 2 for my daughter to hang in her bathroom. I have a feeling I will get a lot more requests, & I give you all the credit!

    • Chrissy

      I need help! I can’t seem to get past the second row…after starting with the sc in the first stitch and continuing with 2 sc in the next all the way around, my counts are way too high. Instead of 24 stitches at the end of the row I have over 30. Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong?? I started over about 5 times and I keep having the same problem, I really want to make this for my grandbaby!! Please help!!

      • ChiWei

        Hi Chrissy, a reader pointed out that it was unclear the way it was written and I’ve adjusted it – you work [1 sc, then 2 sc], 8x around, so it’s not 2 sc in each stitch. Hope that makes sense!

    • ChiWei

      Thank you so much!

  18. mirta

    Hola!!! me gustan tus trabajos pero me ayudaria mucho si se pueden traducir en español ya que no se nada de ingles


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