Stuff and Spill Fish Bowl

Stuff and Spill Fish Bowl

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you saw a sneak peek of this project weeks ago!  It got pushed to the back burner while I was finishing up my Grids for Kids! Blocks, and now I am so excited to share it with you!  If you can't tell by now, I am REALLY enjoying my Bernat Blanket Brights yarn, and I am so glad that I finally caved and bought some.  With a little imagination, I am finding it to be very versatile.

This project is an adorable, plushy toy that is perfect for babies and toddlers!  Featuring a large fish bowl, fish, starfish, and jellyfish-babies will have fun pulling these surprises out of the bowl and stuffing them back in again.  It has been hard to keep these happy fish away from my daughter while I have been working on this!  The decor on the outside of the bowl is optional and customizable.  I thought a 'No Fishing' sign was pretty funny, but it would look good with more plants or even little fish on the outside as well!

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Supplies

Abbreviations

  • St: stitch
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Ch: Chain
  • SC: Single crochet
  • SC2TOG: Single crochet two together
  • RSC: Reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch)
  • HDC: Half double crochet
  • DC: Double crochet
  • FLO: front loop only
  • BLO: back loop only

Pattern Notes:

  • Ch stitches at the beginning or rounds or rows do not count as a stitch
  • The end of each round is joined with a sl st to the first stitch of the round
  • Gauge is not important for the finished product.  My fish bowl is about 10 inches tall
  • To make these truly baby friendly, I opted to use non-toxic puffy paint instead of safety eyes

Fish Bowl:

Craftsy

Start with Magic Circle (with color ‘Busy Blue’).

Round 1: Ch 1, work 10 DC into magic circle.  Pull tight

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 DC in each st around (20)

Round 3: Ch 1, *2 DC, SC in next st, repeat from *around (30)

Round 4 (BLO): Ch 2, *2 SC, SC in next 2, repeat from *around (40)

Round 5-7: Ch 1, SC around (40)

Round 8: Ch 1, *2 SC, SC in next 3, repeat from *around (50)

Round 9-11: Ch 1, SC around (50)

Round 12: Ch 1, *SC2TOG, SC in next 3, repeat from *around (40)

Round 13-14: Ch 1, SC around (40)

Round 15: Ch 2, *DC in 2, SC in 2, repeat from *around (40)

*Switch to color ‘White’*

Round 16: Ch 1, *SC in 2, DC in 2, repeat from *around (40)

Round 17: Ch 1, SC2TOG around (20)

Round 18: Ch 1, 2 SC in each st around (40)

Round 19: Ch 1, SC around (40)

Round 20: Ch 1, RSC around (40).  Join with sl st to first st of the round and tie off.

Finishing:

Working in the FL of round 3, attach white yarn and SC around to make the base of the bowl.  Using Go Go Green, Sl st on the surface of the bowl to make plants.

Using Taupe, Sl St on the surface of the bowl to make ‘No Fishing’ Sign. Use non-toxic puffy paint to write 'No Fishing' 

 

Fish (in color ‘Carrot’):

Ch 4

Row 1: SC in second ch from hook and SC across (3)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 SC, SC, 2 SC (5)

Row 3: Ch 1, SC across (5)

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 SC, SC in next 3, 2 SC (7)

Row 5: Ch 1, SC across (7)

Row 6: Ch 1, SC2TOG, SC in next 3, SC2TOG (5)

Row 7: Ch 1, SC across (5)

Row 8: Ch 1, SC2TOG, SC, SC2TOG (3)

Row 9: Ch 1, SC across (3)

Row 10: Ch 1, SC3TOG (1)

Row 11: Ch 1, SC (1)

Row 12: Ch 1, 3 SC (3)

Row 13: Ch 1, SC across (3)

Row 14: Ch 1, 2 SC, SC, 2 SC (5)

Row 15: Ch 1, SC across (5)

Row 16: Ch 1, 2 SC, SC in next 3, 2 SC (7)

Row 17: Ch 1, SC across (7)

Row 18: Ch 1, SC2TOG, SC in next 3, SC2TOG (5)

Row 19: Ch 1, SC across (5)

Row 20: Ch 1, SC2TOG, SC, SC2TOG (3)

Row 21: Ch 1, SC across (3)

Fold this piece together so that the fold is at Row 11, and Row 1 and 21 are touching.  SC around the raw edge working through both layers.  When you get back to the point where Row 1 and 21 start, you will begin working in Rows again to create the fish tail:

Row 22: Ch 1, SC across working through both layers (3)

Row 23: Ch 1, 2 SC, SC, 2 SC (5)

Row 24: Ch 1, SC across (5)

Row 25: Ch 1, 2 SC, SC in 3, 2 SC (7)

Row 26: Ch 2, DC in 2, HDC, Sl St, HDC, DC in 2 (7)  Tie off and weave in ends.

Decorate face with non-toxic puffy paint

 

Starfish (in ‘School Bus Yellow’):

**Special Note: The Ch 6 will count as a stitch

Start with Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch 2, work 10 DC into magic circle

Round 2: *Ch 6, starting in the second ch from the hook, sl st, SC, HDC, DC, DC down the ch, sl st into the next stitch to create one arm of the star, sl st into the next st, repeat from *around until you have 5 points of star.  Attach with a sl st to first st of the round.  Cut and weave in ends.

Decorate face with non-toxic puffy paint

 

Jellyfish (in ‘Royal Blue’):

Top of Jellyfish:

Start with Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch 1, work 8 SC into magic circle

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in each st around (16)

Round 3, Ch 1, *2 SC, SC, repeat from *around (24)

Round 4-7: Ch 1, SC around (24).  Cut and tie off yarn

Decorate face with non-toxic puffy paint

Bottom of Jellyfish:

Start with Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch 1, work 8 SC into magic circle

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC in each st around (16)

Round 3, Ch 1, *2 SC, SC, repeat from *around (24)

Place this circle in the bottom of the Jellyfish top and, working through both layers, SC around to attach them.  Tie off and weave in ends.  Cut 4 pieces of yarn about 6-8 inches long.  Pull one end of each yarn piece through so the lengths are even.  Tie the ends together so the yarn can’t slip out.

Decorate face with non-toxic puffy paint

Need a few other ideas for projects with Bernat Blanket yarn?  Check out these patterns: Sweeper CoverDuster CoverScrubby Sponge, Crochet Water Balloons

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