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School of Fish Scrubbies

School of Fish Scrubbies
School of Fish Scrubbies
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The School of Fish Scrubbies will make your children squeal with delight. Your little ones can learn their colors as they play with these fun fish in the tub or washing up at the sink. These knit washcloths come in a rainbow of bright colors. Adults will also love using these if they have a coastal decorating theme. Use them often and wash them easily in the washer. They air dry quickly, so you can get back to using them right away. This free knitting pattern is perfect for those looking for an easy, yet practical pattern. Whether you make one of these washcloths for yourself or a friend, you will have a smile on your face from start to finish.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

GaugeGauge is not critical for this project.

Finished SizeScrubby measures 9” [23 cm] across from tip of mouth to tip of tail.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Scrubby™: 1 ball each 905 Cherry, 501 Ocean, 241 Duckie, and 620 Lime
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7]
  • Small amount of black yarn, yarn needle

Instructions

Fish

With desired color and beginning at mouth, cast on 6 sts.
Rows 1-3: Knit.
Row 4: K2tog, k2, k2tog – 4 sts.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: K1, [kfb] twice, k1 – 6 sts.
Row 7: K1, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 – 8 sts.
Rows 8-12: Repeat Row 7 – 18 sts on last row worked.
Row 13: Knit.
Rows 14-17: Repeat Row 7 – 26 sts on last row worked.
Row 18: Knit.
Rows 19-20: Repeat Row 7 – 30 sts on last row worked.
Knit every row until piece measures 4” [10 cm] from beginning

Shape Bottom Fin

Next Row: Cast on 5 sts, knit all sts to end of row – 35 sts.
Knit 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 5 sts, knit to end of row – 30 sts.
Knit every row until piece measures 5” [12.5 cm] from beginning, end with Bottom Fin at end of row.

Shape Top Fin

Next Row: Cast on 5 sts, knit all sts to end of row – 35 sts.
Knit 5 rows.
Next Row: K2tog, knit to end of row – 34 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: K2tog, knit to end of row – 33 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: K2tog, knit to end of row – 32 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, knit to end of row – 30 sts.
Next Row: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 28 sts.
Repeat last row 8 more times – 12 sts on last row worked.

Shape Tail

Next Row: Kfb in each st across – 24 sts. Knit every row until Tail measures 2” [5 cm]. Bind off.

Side Fin (make 2)

Cast on 10 sts.
Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog – 8 sts.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Repeat Row 5 – 6 sts.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: Repeat Row 5 – 4 sts.
Bind off.

Finishing

Sew Side Fins in center of either side of Fish.
Weave in ends.
With black yarn, embroider an eye on each side in satin stitch.

Abbreviations

kfb
Knit 1 front and back (increase) Knit next st, then knit it through back loop
cm
centimeters
k
knit
k2tog
knit 2 sts together
mm
millimeters
st(s)
stitch(es)
[]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified

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Those are cute! No more boring square dishcloths! My daughter is learning to knit and I think she would enjoy this pattern as it stretches her skills but isn't too hard. Also, the end result is useable AND cool AND would make a neat stocking stuffer, which she is always looking for.

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