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Fish Story Potholder

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Potholder in the shape of a fish
This pattern uses American crochet terms. US single crochet = UK double crochet. US double crochet = UK treble and so on

Materials

  • J. & P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen or other size 10 pearl/perle cotton, 1 ball of any color.
  • Clark’s O.N.T. or J. & P. Coats Six Strand Embroidery Floss, 2 skeins of a contrasting color.
  • Milward’s Steel Crochet Hook N o. 7/1.65mm
  • A bone ring.

Pattern

Starting at tail, ch 13.

1st row: Sc in 3rd ch from hook, * dc in next ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in same ch as last sc. Ch 3, turn.

2nd row: * Sc in next dc, dc in next sc. Repeat from * across, ending with sc and dc in top st of turning ch. Ch 3, turn. Repeat 2nd row until piece measures 3 inches. Ch 1, turn at end of last row.

Place a marker in work at both ends.

Next row: * Dc in next sc, sc in next dc. Repeat from * across, ending with sc in top st of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.

Following row: * Sc in next dc, dc in next sc. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in turning ch-1. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat last 2 rows alternately until piece measures 5 inches in all.

Place another marker in both ends of work. Fins will be worked between markers.

Keeping continuity of pattern, decrease 1 st at both ends of each row, until piece measures 7 inches in all – to dec 1 st, work off 2 sts as 1 st. Then work dc in every other st across and fasten off.

Make another piece same as this.

Embroider eye and mouth with Six Strand as in illustration, on each piece.

Place padding between crocheted pieces and over-cast edges together.

PAD – Cut flannel, muslin or any soft material, slightly smaller than crocheted pieces. Place between crochet, tacking to wrong side of one piece.

With Six Strand, work sc closely over ring and sew to mouth end of potholder.

Fins

(Top and Bottom) – Attach Six Strand and work about 16 sc’s through both thicknesses between markers.

Dec. 1 st at mouth edge every row until no sts remain. Fasten off.

Tail

Attach Six Strand and work about 14 sc’s through both thicknesses along tail end.

Inc. 1 st at both ends of each row until there are 26 sc – to inc, work 2 sc in 1 sc.

Shape tail as follows:

Ch 2, turn; 2 dc in 1st st, dc in 6 sts, half dc in 4 sts, sc in 4 sts, half dc in 4 sts, dc in 6 sts, 3 dc in last st. Fasten off.


The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain. This digital version is copyright Sarah Bradberry, July 16th 2012. All rights reserved.

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