Friday, April 25, 2014

Kid Size Dead Fish Hat Pattern

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
Stitch marker
Yarn needle
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
Make mouth:
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!

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  1. This is exactly what I've been trying to figure out on my own! Just finished knitting the fishy hat for my sons poppy (grandpa) and he is begging for one of his own. I'm an intermediate knitter, just started to delve into more complicated patterns, and I'm having the time of my life, but trying to adapt a pattern for a smaller head is still a bit beyond my current skill set. Thank you so much! You are def a rockstar!

  2. Thank you so much! I am finishing up the original pattern and the whole time I kept wondering how I could scale it down to fit a toddler.