crochet jellyfish pin

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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  2. Abigail

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I absolutely love it!! I have all the pieces made but I haven’t bought the filler for it yet. Can I use the poly-fil they sell at Wal-Mart to stuff it? Or do I need something else? My top part ended up a little more loose then yours, do you think it could cause the stuffing to come out? It’s not bad, just a couple of stiches that I must have done while watching tv so they are a little larger lol I’ve never tried crocheting a stuffed toy before, so sorry for all the questions.

    • Roelinka

      It is not that bad but the filling can come trough as you said. No big deal of it is for bigger kids

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    I love it!!!! How cute the jellyfish is~ My kid will definitely love it! Thank you so much for the tutorial and pattern! This is better than any ornament.

  6. Kim

    Thanks for the easy and super cute pattern! I added a small little addition to mine to create a little petal look at the bottom.

    SC – 2 HDC in the same stitch – 2DC in the same stitch – 2 HDC in the same stitch – SC **and repeated till the end.

    It gave a cute little wavy look in stead of just ending with a straight line 🙂

    • Roelinka

      I had the same thought there!

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    Is it ok to translate this pattern in Dutch? Obviously I place a link to the orginal post. Let me know what you think! Gonna work on this tonight for a 2 year old and a almost 6 year old!


    I love these and I’ve been looking for an easy pattern to use. I’d like to make them for my grandkids in different colors. As toddlers I think they’d really like them. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Roberta

    Your instructions for the Jellyfish are 2 skeins of main color, and 1 skein of secondary color. Which size skein are you using? Could you give me the oz. that are needed for each color?
    Many thanks!

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    Love this jelly fish pattern. My grand-daughter saw and ask if I would make one for her 10 month old daughter. After I made it my grand=daughter saw and she liked it so much she is having the 1st birthday party theme “under the sea” and mermaid. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

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    I love this pattern for jellyfish, and am desperately trying to make it. I don’t know if it’s been brought up already, but I can’t make a magic circle to save my life. Any advice for an alternative would be much appreciated.

  15. Kathi

    Thanks for the great pattern! I did three of these in a variegated wool so they are all unique, but coordinated. We hung them at varying heights over the crib for my grandchild, and they are a huge hit. They are the first thing you notice when you go into the nursery. Love them!

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