I adapted a pattern from the dead fish hat pattern (link below) to fit a smaller kid. Maybe 6 months to 5 years?
I'm no pattern writer but I've had multiple requests. I have no permission to adapt this pattern.
It's rough - just take it for what it is. Trust your knitting instincts! Good luck.
Worsted weight yarn
Size 7 circular and double pointed needles
Pattern from link above
Read the whole pattern from the link above.
Change colors whenever you want! I color out a pattern on graph paper and then follow that.
With lip color cast on 70 stitches. Place marker.
Knit 6 rows
1: (RS) K21, wrap and turn (WT)
2: (WS) P7, WT
3: (RS) K8, WT
4: (WS) P9, WT
5: (RS) K10, WT
6: (WS) P11, WT
7: (RS) K12, WT
8: (WS) P14, WT
9: (RS) K16, WT
10: (WS) P18, WT
11: (RS) K20, WT
12: (WS) P22, WT
13: (RS) K50, WT
Repeat rows 2-12
Work knitting around, changing colors as desired
After 20 rows (From mouth): K6, K2tog - repeat around
After 12 more rows: K5, K2tog - repeat around
After 8 more rows: K4, K2tog - repeat around
After 6 more rows: K3, K2tog - repeat around
After 3 more rows: K2tog around
Work tail in pattern above (link)
Work fins, I used 10 stitches for the dorsal fin, and 8 for pectoral fins.
Work eyes as desired.
I used lion brand heartland yarn - this is still an experimental pattern! Leave a comment with a picture of your creation!