Let's Make Fish : a tutorial for making a rock fish
This is the first in a short series of tutorials I have planned for making fish.
This is a crochet covered fish that would be suitable to a beginner. It is made with a larger crochet hook than I usually use and wool instead of thin crochet cotton.
Here is what you will need :
a suitable smooth fish shaped stone
a crochet hook (size 5 or 6mm)
a yarn needle
a thin permanent marker ( optional )
Step I : Measure the circumference of your stone at its widest point and make a chain the same length. I made mine 21 stitches long.
Step 2: Join the chain to form a circle.
Step 3: Made a single crochet in every link of the chain to make your foundation row.
Step 4: Continue crocheting around the circle in single crochet for a few rows. The number of rounds will depend on the length of your stone. For this example I made 4 rounds before starting my decreases.
Step 5: This round you will start to decrease the number of stitches per round in order to shape your fish.
To do this crochet in the next 2 stitches and then skip a stitch. At this point I usually place the stone inside the crocheted cover so I can judge the length. Sometimes it slips out but can easily be replaced. Continue the decreases until you have the desired length and you have only 6 stitches left.
Step 6: close the end by crocheting the front and back stitches together . You should now have only three stitches.
Step 7: Crochet one row.
Step 8: Now you are ready to make the fish's tail. I like making bilobed tails but you could make a simple one if you wanted to.
Use the chart below. On the first and last stitch of the first row make two single crochet in each stitch. The same goes for row 2. One the next row you work only one side of tail continuing to follow the chart. When you have reached the end bind off the last stitch. Then rejoin at the edge of the other side of the tail. Again follow the chart until you have finished and bind off.
Step 9: Sew in all your yarn ends. The yarn at the beginning should be sewn in with the stone in place so you can use it to make it snug with the stone.
Step 10 ( optional): With the marker make a simple fish face.
I hope you have fun making this very simple version of a stone fish. If you swim through this one you might be ready for the merfish necklace tutorial coming up later this week or the softie version I have been working on.
If you don't no how to crochet what better time to learn. It is a wonderful craft for summertime and so much easier to cart around with you than knitting.
There are some wonderful beginner crochet books at your library or bookstore and some great tutorials on line and even on you tube.
If you have any questions about this or any of my tutorials please do not hesitate to ask. I will do my best to answer them.
note: the yarn was from my stash and the color was "koi" :)