I came across this cute project the other night and wanted to give it a go. I had a few glass milk bottles in my crafty stash that I thought would work well, but unfortunately the fish in the original pattern was going to be too big.
After playing around for a bit, I came up with a smaller version. He fits perfectly in the bottle. I am thinking of making up a few more of these little guys and using them in other projects. Here is my variation of the pattern to make a tiny fish, although credit must go to Rachel Hansen of Sheep Dog’s Fleece for the original idea and pattern.
I used 8 ply wool and a 4 mm hook. You will also need some stuffing and two black seed beads.
Abbreviations (US terminology):
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
Work in rounds. Do not join at the end of each round.
Rnd 1: 5 sc into magic ring (5)
Rnd 2: inc in each st (10)
Rnd 3-5: sc around (10)
Rnd 6: *dec in first st, sc 3* rep (8)
Rnd 7: *dec in first st, sc 2* rep (6)
Fill with stuffing.
Rnd 8: inc in each st (12)
sl st and leave a long tail. Flatten the tail and sew ends together to close. Weave in loose end.
Sew the seed beads on for eyes.
To finish up, I followed the rest of the pattern on Sheep Dog’s Fleece, except I made my plant a little shorter and I used wire to support my fish instead of a tooth pick. I also made a second circle of “pebbles” and sewed it to the bottom of the first, to hide the wires and loose ends.
Please let me know what you think of this pattern in the comments below – I would also love to see any photos you may have of your finished tiny fish.