Cracking up a crochet goldfish 

I know a little one who absolutely adores goldfish crackers – I am an big fan of them too and had the idea to make a crochet goldfish cracker, but rather than just a stuffed toy I decided to make a goldfish cracker that would hold smaller goldfish crackers, perfect for a little one to play with and put them in and out of!

It has taken me quite a while to get the pattern together for this, and I have restarted more times than I would like to remember but I think I have finally cracked it! Instead of just using a dc stitch to make it, I decided (just to make it even more complicated) to use a spike stitch which I had seen in simply crochet issue 27.  This stitch would add a bit more texture to the goldfish rather than just a dc stitch. To do this stitch you do a dc stitch into the next stitch on the current row, then you do a dc stitch into the next stitch but not on the current row but on the previous row. The stitch was really easy to get the hang of, the hard part was where I was increasing and decreasing the rounds, but I think I have managed to get it all to work.  
I made 5 smaller goldfish to fit into the bigger one, any more would be a bit of a tight squeeze, but you could make as many as you wanted.  
Very happy with this one, I’m off to eat some crackers! 

Goldfish toy pattern 

Big fish
Make a magic ring, ch1
Round 1: 11dc into ring 
Round 2: 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch, 4dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 3: 6dc, 2dc same stitch, 6dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 4: spike stitch (dc into next dc on the current row, then dc into next dc in the previous row below) 7 times, 2dc into same stitch
Round 5: spike stitch 4 times, dc then start spike stitch in same dc and complete 4 spike stitches, dc
Round 6: start spike stitch in the same dc as the final dc on previous row and complete 5 spike stitches. Complete one spike stitch into same dc (one stitch in dc and the next in the dc directly below , rather than in the next dc along as in a normal spike stitch), spike stitch 4 times 
Round 7: start in the dc stitch ending the previous round, and complete 10 spike stitches, dc
Round 8: complete one spike stitch into same dc, complete 5 spike stitches, dc then starting in this same dc stitch complete 5 spike stitches
Round 9: start in the dc stitch ending the previous round complete 7 spike stitches, complete one spike stitch in same dc, 4 spike stitches, dc
Round 10: start in dc stitch ending the previous round, complete 6 spike stitches, dc then starting in this same dc stitch complete 7 spike stitches 
Round 11: start in dc stitch ending the previous round, complete 7 spike stitches, then complete one spike stitch into same dc, 6 spike stitches, dc
Round 12: Start in dc stitch ending the previous round, 15 spike stitches, dc
Round 13: 15 spike stitches, dc
Round 14: 15 spike stitches
Round 15: start in dc stitch ending the previous round, 9 spike stitches, dc, the starting in same stitch as previous dc complete 7 spike stitches
Round 16: 11 spike stitches, then complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 6 spike stitches 
Round 17: 17 spike stitches 
Round 18: 16 spike stitches 
Round 19: 17 spike stitches 
Round 20: 16 spike stitches 
Round 21: 17 spike stitches 
Round 22: 16 spike stitches 
Round 23: 17 spike stitches 
Round 24: 16 spike stitches 
Round 25: dc2tog, 9 spike stitches, dc2tog, 8 spike stitches, dc2tog 
Round 26: complete the second half of a spike stitch only (dc into dc a row below), 6 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 6 spike stitches, dc2tog
Round 26: 7 spike stitches, dc2tog, 6 spike stitches
Round 27: complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 5 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 5 spike stitches
Round 28: dc2tog, 5 spike stitches, dc2tog, 5 spike stitches
Round 29: complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 4 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first dc consisting of a dc2tog, 5 spike stitches
Round 30: 10 spike stitches, dc2tog
Round 31: 4 spike stitches, dc2tog, 5 spike stitches 
Round 32: 2dc into same stitch, 3 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch, 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 33: 2dc into same stitch, 4 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch twice, 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch
Round 34: 2dc into same stitch twice, complete the second half of a spike stitch only, then complete 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch 3 times, complete the second half of a spike stitch, then complete 6 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch 
Round 35: 2dc into same stitch, complete a second half of a spike stitch only, then complete 5 spike stitches, dc, 5 spike stitches, 2dc into same stitch three times 
Round 36: 7 spike stitches, dc into same stitch three times, dc, one spike stitch, dc, 8 spike stitches
Round 37:  20 spike stitches
Round 38: 4 spike stitches, 7 slip stitches, 8 spike stitches, 8 slip stitches,  3 spike stitches 
Round 39:  3 spike stitches, 8 slip stitches, 7 spike stitches, 10 slip stitches, 4 spike stitches
Fasten off.

Using an orange thread sew on the mouth and eye on both the back and front.

Small fishes 
Ch6
Row 1: dc into second chain from hook, dc along row
Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), dc2tog, dc, dc2tog
Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), dc2tog,  dc
Row 4: ch1 (does not count as s stitch) 2dc
Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch twice
Row 6: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2dc into same stitch, 2dc, 2dc into same stitch 
Row 7: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc along row 
Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog 
Row 9: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog twice 
Row 10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) dc2tog 
Fasten off 
Complete another small fish, then do not fasten off but dc around both fish pieces, at the tail 3dc along do not dc into the chain but dc into the row below to create detail on the tail, continue as normal around the rest of the fish and fasten off.

Using orange sew in the eye and mouth detail on both the front and back.


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