Monday, December 13, 2010

Fishie, fishie, fishie

Back to crochet.

I have a friend (who I don't think reads this blog...if she does, CLAIRE, STOP NOW! DON'T LOOK AT THE PICTURE! (I'M SHOUTING SO SHE'LL HEAR IT BEFORE SHE SEES THE PICTURE.) She is not a cat person but she is spending a long time (I thought it was 5 months but it turns out to be more like 10 months) caring for the cat of a friend while that friend is in another province for college. I decided poor Kittums (the cat, I kid you not that's the name her human slave gave her) needs lots of toys. Claire has made friends with the cat; they bonded over sushi. But she still needs toys.

I made this out of an unidentified furry type yarn. I am assuming it's bulky (5) weight because most such yarns are. This isn't the kind of project that requires a gauge swatch so I didn't even consider doing one. I used a size G crochet hook. If you want a large fishie, use a larger hook. Smaller, use a smaller hook. You can also adjust based on the type of yarn you use. I make no promises that your yarn will give the same results but no cat would criticize for that reason alone.

Make 2:

Chain 7
SC in second ch from hook, continue until end of row (6 stitches), ch 1, turn
SC in each stitch up to the last stitch, skip last stitch (5 stiches), ch 1, turn
Continue as above, skipping last stitch, until 2 stitches remain, ch 1, turn
SC twice in each stitch, ch 1, turn
SC twice in first stitch, SC up to last stitch, SC twice in last stitch, ch 1,. turn
Repeat until there are 8 stitches, ch 1 turn
Work one row straight (8 stitches)
SC in each stitch in each stitch up to the last stitch (7 stitches), ch 1, turn
Continue as above until 2 stitches remain
Tie off, leaving a long tail.

Put the two pieces together and sew, keeping the long tail on the outside, leaving an opening with enough room to add stuffing. Stuff to the size you desire. Finish sewing seams. Feel free to add catnip, but don't  blame me if the cat goes nuts.

I'm waiting for the paint on a wooden chopstick (*UNUSED* chopstick) to attach the fishie with the yarn left dangling, and it's a bouncy toy.



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