Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Knit Francis the Fish

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by Lion Brand Design Team

Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Knit Francis the Fish

You won't feel like a fish out of water when you make Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Knit Francis the Fish! He's so easy to make and he's so cute too!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    An exact gauge is not necessary for this project. Finished fish measures approximately 8 inch. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 inch square, try using a smaller size needle; if it takes you more stitches and rows, try a larger size needle. Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere.
  • 2
    Body Panel (Make 3): With straight needles and Goldfish, cast on 3 sts. K 1 row, p 1 row. Row 1 (Increase Row): Inc in first st, k to last st, inc in last st – 5 sts. Row 2: Purl. Rep last 2 rows twice more – 9 sts. Change to Brick and rep Rows 1 and 2 once – 11 sts. Change to Rust. Next Row (RS): Inc in first st, p to last st, inc in last st – 13 sts. Next Row (WS): Change to Brick. Purl. With Brick, rep Rows 1 and 2 once – 15 sts. Change to Goldfish and rep Rows 1 and 2 twice – 19 sts. Change to Rust and rep Row 1 – 21 sts. Change to Goldfish and p 1 row. With Goldfish, rep Rows 1 and 2 – 23 sts. With Goldfish, k 1 row. Change to Brick and p 1 row, k 1 row. Change to Rust and p 2 rows. Next Row: Change to Brick. Purl. Next Row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 21 sts. Change to Goldfish and rep last 2 rows twice – 17 sts. Change to Rust and p 1 row. Next Row: Change to Goldfish. K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 15 sts. Next Row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows once – 13 sts. Next Row: Change to Brick. K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 11 sts. Change to Rust and k next WS row. Next Row: Change to Brick. K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 9 sts. Next Row: Purl. Change to Goldfish and rep last 2 rows 3 times – 3 sts. Sl sts to a stitch holder. Seam 3 panels together along long sides, leaving 3 sets of sts on holders. Before sewing final seam, stuff piece, then finish sewing closed.
  • 3
    Tail: From RS with double-pointed needles and Brick, pick up and k3 sts from each holder – 9 sts. Join, being careful not to twist. Place marker for beg of rnd. Rnd 1: Knit, inc 3 sts evenly spaced around –12 sts. Rnd 2: K1, p1 around. Rnd 3: *K into front and then back of next st, p next st, rep from * around – 18 sts. Rnd 4: *K2, p1, rep from * around. Rnd 5: *K2, p into back and then front of next st, rep from * around – 24 sts. Rnds 6-8: *K2, p2, rep from * around. Bind off.
  • 4
    Top Fin: With straight needles and Brick, cast on 13 sts. Row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1. Row 2: Bind off 2, *p1, k1, rep from * to last st, end p1. Row 3: *K into front and then back of next st, p1, rep from * 3 more times, k1, p1, k1 – 15 sts. Row 4: Bind off 2 sts, k the knits and p the purls to end of row. Row 5: K the knits and p the purls across. Row 6: Bind off 6 sts, k the knits and p the purls to end of row. Row 7: Rep Row 5. Bind off.
  • 5
    Side Fins (Make 2): With straight needles and Brick, cast on 5 sts. Row 1: *K1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1. Row 2: P1, *k into front and then back of next st, p1, rep from * across. Row 3: K the knits and p the purls across. Row 4: Rep Row 2. Rows 5 and 6: Rep Row 3. Bind off.
  • 6
    Eyes (Make 2): With crochet hook and Rust, ch 2, work 6 single crochet in first ch. Join with slip st in beg st, fasten off. With Black yarn, embroider a French knot in center of eye.
  • 7
    Finishing: Sew Side Fins, Top Fin, and Eyes to Body Panel. Weave in ends.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Baby Yarn Goldfish 100368176
  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn Brick 10421351
  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn Rust 104213513
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles U.S. 6/4.0 mm 104239365
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles Double-Pointed U.S. 6/4.0 mm 5 pc. 104239369
  • Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers 24 pc. 104239331
  • Lion Brand Stitch Holder 3 pc. 104239311
  • Lion Brand Blunt End Needles Large Eye 6 pc. 104755288
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-fil Fiber 32 oz. 104238553
  • Small Amount of Black Yarn
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