Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Goldfish Knitting Pattern

Here is a quick little project that I made because I thought it was hilarious. They are so cute you could just eat them up (Disclaimer: ChemKnits claims no responsibility for what happens if you eat a knit cracker). Simple, subtle... and that is what I try to do!

  • Knitting Needles: US Size 4 Double Pointed Needles
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight Wool of the Andes Yarn (from KnitPicks)
  • Gauge: Not important for the completed project.
  • Misc: yarn needle for embroidery.

The Pattern
  • Cast on 12 stitches
  • Join in the round and knit 3 rows
  • K2 tog across (6 stitches)
  • Kfb across (12 stitches)
  • Knit 5 rounds
  • SSK, K2, K2tog, SSK, K2, K2tog (8 sts)
  • SSK, K2tog, SSK, K2tog (4 sts)
  • cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches.
  • sew the cast on edge together to finish the fin.
  • Embroider on a smile or leave it plain! Here is a subtle little smile. (This one with orange on orange is so subtle you can barely see it! maybe photoshop it to make it more visible)

The smile was embroidered with the same color yarn as the body. In the photo on the right, I lowered the saturation so the embroidery would stand out.

I wouldn't eat the knit goldfish!

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
K - knit
P - purl
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.
This this pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. This pattern is not to be replicated, sold or redistributed without permission from ChemKnits. © 2010 ChemKnits


  1. Yes, it is hilarious! I can just see a bowl full of them ;-)

  2. What size needles did you use?

  3. Cuuuuuute! I love things like this! :D

  4. Whoops! I have corrected the needle size (Size 4).

    I'm glad you all enjoyed the pattern :)

  5. And now I've corrected that the needles should be Double pointed needles.

    Sorry guys!

  6. so cute!love this project :-)

  7. Great to fill with catnip and give to your cats!

    1. The pattern says kfb acors (12 stitches), what is acors?

    2. That should read kfb across. "acors" was a typo, thanks for catching it! I'm fixing it now.

  8. this inspired me to make similar but quite a lot bigger and i then added catnip in the stuffing. my cats love it. thanks x

  9. Oh my god I love it! One of my best friends loves goldfish so I can't wait to make her some.

  10. Love this pattern! I had some leftover orange yarn from a blanket that I made, & this was perfect! Made about 150 of them, & sent them to my son when he was deployed in Baghdad. I called them "Pocket Prayer Fish". I even had a blessing for them at my church before I sent them to him. He still has his with him now in his new deployment.

    1. This is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever heard about one of my designs. <3 Blessings to you and your family.

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