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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 | www.1dogwoof.com

Adorable crochet jellyfish, FREE crochet pattern | www.1dogwoof.com

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 | www.1dogwoof.com

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 | www.1dogwoof.com

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!

Supplies

  • 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

Abbreviations

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

Cap/Face

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 | www.1dogwoof.com

Assembly

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.

crochet-jellyfish-tutorial

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 | www.1dogwoof.com

Cute crochet jellyfish, FREE pattern | www.1dogwoof.com

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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183 Comments

  1. Molly

    Not sure why I am having such a hard time getting this pattern going. It seems very simple and straight forward. I guess what I am getting confused on is slip stitching the rounds together. Am I supposed to slip into the chain 1 or the first single crochet?

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    • Chasity Brown

      (Unless otherwise noted in your pattern instructions) When your asked in the pattern to “join with ss” it’s usually joined at the top of your very first stitch made. You will have then made a completed circle.

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  2. Sandra C Batson

    If you purchased the PDF and you made changes (as indicated in comments) after we purchased it, how do we get the new one, do we have to purchase again?

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  3. Suzanne Jepson

    I’ve made for of these adorable jellyfish, and your pattern is easy to follow with the pictures – thank you. My granddaughter sent me the link to the pattern and asked me to make them for her baby’s nursery as a mobile (due in December). Then my daughter in law asked for one for her Coastal themed bathroom. I also decided to make one for my newborn great granddaughter!! I used Sugar & Cream cotton yarn as well as Hobby Lobby’s I Love Cotton yarn, and they are both soft enough to be used as a toy as well.

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  4. Robin Howell

    My head/cap is much larger than the bottom panel, is that the way it’s suppose to be?

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    • Robin Howell

      Never mind, I figured it out!! This thing is so cute and the TENDRALS are really cool! 🙂

      Reply
  5. Lyric Eads

    Cutest.pattern.ever! I have two made (one pink, one blue) and ready to sew and stuff; I used acrylic yarn from my stash. Bought a bag of safety eyes especially for these but as I’m wanting to get into amigurumi they will not go to waste! I really enjoy your blog and your free patterns. Just wanted to say THANK YOU and keep up the good work!

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  6. Marissa

    These are ridiculously cute. Can’t wait to get started.

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  7. Mirjam

    Oh, this is adorable! Makes me wish i’d known how to crochet!

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  8. Colleen

    Thanks for sharing the pattern. They are a hoot to make and all my daughter’s friends have enjoyed them all summer.
    Made some mini ones for my daughter to hang in your locker.

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  9. Lea

    In the last row of the panel, it says ch 1 at the beginning even though it’s for a row of dc stitches…is this a mistake or do I really do only one chain for this row instead of 3? I’ve never done dc in the round before. Thanks! I’m a noob.

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    • ChiWei

      Great catch! It should be Ch 3 to get it to the height of the double crochet. Fixing now!

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  10. Judy Bobbitt

    I would leave the tails messy looks more natural that way.

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  11. Sharoyn

    Thanks for this adorable pattern, ChiWei. I just want to say that I think you have a thousand times more patience than I do to continue to answer the same questions over and over in such a sweet manner!

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    • ChiWei

      Thank you Sharon for your kind words!

      Reply
  12. Gigi

    Love this project! A friend of mine asked me to make up five of them for Christmas. I need to know how long it takes to make one (it looks like a one day project!) …also is there any left over from the skein, or does it take all of it? Thanx!

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    • ChiWei

      I would guess each one should take less than a day. And it doesn’t use that much yarn. Leftovers will depend on the type of yarn that you use. For my project, I had leftovers of my skeins – although probably not enough to make 2 jellyfish. Thanks!

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  13. Faith S

    In the picture, it looks like the bottom panel is pulled up, or curved inwards. I like that look, however, my tentacles seem to pull it down so it curves down. I’ve tried connecting the top and bottom with a string, put it only pulls the top down, not the bottom up. How do I avoid this?

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    • ChiWei

      Hi Faith,

      My jellyfish have drooped a bit over time. I try to crochet with a tight gauge so there’s not as much stretch, and also not add too much weight with the tentacles. Hope that helps!

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  14. Ryan Watermelon

    SO ADORBES!!! Love it want my Mom to make these for me.

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  15. Val

    How do i print out the pattern

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  16. Val

    How do i print out the pattern

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  17. Paula

    I’ve just finished it for my god-daughter. She’s been asking for one for some time… It came up PERFECT. Thank you for posting it so generously!

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  18. MaryEllen Clark

    Hi, theses are so cute and just what I am looking for. Do you sell them or know someone who will make them for me? Oh, I sure hope so.

    I need 2 of them, one for a new grandson, and for the 18 month brother. I love the two shades of aqua one, what other color do you have? Maybe a blue and green, or blue and yellow or green and yellow?

    Please let me know if you are able to make these for me and what cost they are. Thank you. They are needed by other week of March 12.

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