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Stitchfinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Anglerfish

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Real anglerfish possess oversized jaws, intimidating teeth, and a ligh tproducing "lure" that draws prey toward their mouths. This version substitutes lace for the fangs and a pom-pom for the luminescent organ.

Worsted weight yarn in evergreen [Featured: Wool-Ease]
Extras: Worsted weight yarn in lime, black felt, yarn needle, sewing needle, black thread, white lace trim, plastic doll eyes, grocery bag twist tie or appropriately colored pipe cleaner or floral wire


Note: "Dec" means to sc decrease over next 2 sts.

Make a slip ring.
1st round: 6sc in ring.
2nd round: 2sc in each st. (12 sts)
3rd round: [2sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times. (18 sts)
4th round: [Sc in next st 2 times, 2sc in next st] 6 times. (24 sts)
5th round: [2sc in next, sc in next st 3 times] 6 times. (30 sts)
6th round: Sc all. (30 sts)
7th round: Sc all. (30 sts)
8th round: 15ch, skipping 15 sts on previous row, 15sc. (30 sts)
9th round: [Dec, sc in next st 3 times] 6 times. (24 sts)
10th round: [Sc in next 2 sts, dec] 6 times. (18 sts)
11th round: [Dec, sc] 6 times. (12 sts)
12th round: Dec 6 times. (6 sts)
13th round: Dec 3 times. (3 sts)
Now insert the twist tie, leaving about 1/2 in (1.5 cm) sticking into the body, and crochet around it.
14th-23rd round: Sc all. (3 sts) (10 rounds)
24th round: 2sc in each. (6 sts)
25th round: Ss. Finish off.

Tail fin
1st row:
2nd row: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st. (4 sts)
3rd row: Ch. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st. (4 sts)
4th row: Ch. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 2sc in each st. (8 sts) Finish off.

Side fin (make 2)
1st row: 3ch.
2nd row: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st. (2 sts)
3rd row: Ch. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st. (2 sts) Finish off.

Making up
Using lime green yarn, make a small pom-pom by wrapping yarn around your finger approximately 20 times. Thread a piece of the same yarn through the hole and tie off tightly, trim the pom-pom to shape, and use the ends of the yarn you tied to secure the pompom inside the cup at the end of the filament. Attach the fins with your yarn needle and dark green yarn. Attach eyes according to package directions. Using your sewing needle and black thread, sew lace along the inside edge of the mouth. Cut two pieces of black felt about 5 1/2 x 3 in (14 x 7.5 cm), and, positioning the long edge along the inside of the mouth, sew it in place in much the same way as you attached the lace. You don't need to sew the felt elsewhere; just tuck the remainder into the body of the fish to give it body and a finished appearance.

The dotted lines mean repeat the previous round 10 times.

Directions reproduced with permission, from 75 Seashells, Fish, Coral & Colorful Marine Life to Knit & Crochet. Courtesy of St. Martin’s Press, 2012.


ch = chain sc = single crochet
ss = slip stitch st(s) = stitch(es)

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