Crochet Goldfish Cracker Toy Pattern  

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! 

Crochet Goldfish Crackers pattern:

Materials:

  • 4mm hook.
  • Yellow and orange wool.

Big Goldfish:

In Yellow:

Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch1, 11sc into ring. 

Round 2: 2sc into same stitch, 4sc, 2sc into same stitch, 4sc, 2sc into same stitch. 

Round 3: 6sc, 2sc same stitch, 6sc, 2sc into same stitch.

Round 4: spike stitch (sc into next sc on the current row, then sc into next sc in the previous row below) 7 times, 2sc into same stitch.

Round 5: spike stitch 4 times, sc then start spike stitch in same sc and complete 4 spike stitches, sc.

Round 6: start spike stitch in the same sc as the final sc on previous row and complete 5 spike stitches. Complete one spike stitch into same sc (one stitch in sc and the next in the sc directly below , rather than in the next sc along as in a normal spike stitch), spike stitch 4 times. 

Round 7: start in the sc stitch ending the previous round, and complete 10 spike stitches, sc.

Round 8: complete one spike stitch into same sc, complete 5 spike stitches, sc then starting in this same sc stitch complete 5 spike stitches.

Round 9: start in the sc stitch ending the previous round complete 7 spike stitches, complete one spike stitch in same sc, 4 spike stitches, sc.

Round 10: start in sc stitch ending the previous round, complete 6 spike stitches, sc then starting in this same sc stitch complete 7 spike stitches. 

Round 11: start in sc stitch ending the previous round, complete 7 spike stitches, then complete one spike stitch into same sc, 6 spike stitches, sc.

Round 12: Start in sc stitch ending the previous round, 15 spike stitches, sc.

Round 13: 15 spike stitches, sc.

Round 14: 15 spike stitches.

Round 15: start in sc stitch ending the previous round, 9 spike stitches, sc, the starting in same stitch as previous sc complete 7 spike stitches.

Round 16: 11 spike stitches, then complete a spike stitch with the first sc consisting of a sc2tog, 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: sc2tog, 9 spike stitches, sc2tog, 8 spike stitches, sc2tog.

Round 26: complete the second half of a spike stitch only (sc into sc a row below), 6 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first sc consisting of a sc2tog, 6 spike stitches, sc2tog.

Round 26: 7 spike stitches, sc2tog, 6 spike stitches.

Round 27: complete a spike stitch with the first sc consisting of a sc2tog, 5 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first sc consisting of a sc2tog, 5 spike stitches.

Round 28: sc2tog, 5 spike stitches, sc2tog, 5 spike stitches.

Round 29: complete a spike stitch with the first sc consisting of a sc2tog, 4 spike stitches, complete a spike stitch with the first sc consisting of a sc2tog, 5 spike stitches.

Round 30: 10 spike stitches, sc2tog.

Round 31: 4 spike stitches, sc2tog, 5 spike stitches. 

Round 32: 2sc into same stitch, 3 spike stitches, 2sc into same stitch, 5 spike stitches, 2sc into same stitch.

Round 33: 2sc into same stitch, 4 spike stitches, 2sc into same stitch twice, 5 spike stitches, 2sc into same stitch.

Round 34: 2sc into same stitch twice, complete the second half of a spike stitch only, then complete 5 spike stitches, 2sc into same stitch 3 times, complete the second half of a spike stitch, then complete 6 spike stitches, 2sc into same stitch.

Round 35: 2sc into same stitch, complete a second half of a spike stitch only, then complete 5 spike stitches, sc, 5 spike stitches, 2sc into same stitch three times.

Round 36: 7 spike stitches, sc into same stitch three times, sc, one spike stitch, sc, 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:

In yellow:

Ch6.

Row 1: sc into second chain from hook, sc along row.

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), sc2tog, sc, sc2tog.

Row 3: ch1 (does not count as a stitch), sc2tog,  sc.

Row 4: ch1 (does not count as s stitch) 2sc.

Row 5: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2sc into same stitch twice.

Row 6: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2sc into same stitch, 2sc, 2sc into same stitch.

Row 7: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc along row.

Row 8: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc2tog, 2sc, sc2tog.

Row 9: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc2tog twice.

Row 10: ch1 (does not count as a stitch) sc2tog. 

Fasten off. 

Complete another small fish, then do not fasten off but sc around both fish pieces, at the tail 3sc along do not sc into the chain but sc 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.