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Mochi Plus Trout Fishy

Designed & Knit by Cathy Campbell

Description:  This fish is a great project for a child's gift or accent piece for the home.  Inspired by color #608 “Rainbow Trout."

Level:  Intermediate

Size:  Fish's body measures 10.5" long, excluding lips and tail and 5" wide, excluding fins.

Materials:

Yarn: 1 - 50g ball of Crystal Palace Mochi Plus (Shown in 608 “Rainbow Trout")
Dark and light scrap yarn (for eyeballs, if embroidering)
Needles:
  Crystal Palace Bamboo 6 or 8" double-pointed needles in US size 7 (or size needed for gauge)
2 buttons (if using button eyes)
Yarn needle
Polyester fiberfill or other appropriate stuffing material

Gauge:  4.75 sts = 1 inch over St st

Abbreviations:  BO- bind off; CC- contrast color; CO- cast on; dpn- double-pointed needles; garter st- when working back and forth, knit every row; k- knit; k2tog- knit 2 stitches together; m1- make one stitch; p2sso- pass the 2 slipped stitches over the stitch just knit; rnd- round; sl- slip; sl 2tog knit-wise- slip 2 stitches as if to knit them together; sts- stitches; w&t- wrap and turn (slip next st onto working needle, bring yarn to the front, slip st back to other needle, bring yarn to the back, turn.)

Instructions:
CO 36 sts over 4 dpn's.  Join and begin working in the rnd.
Tail:
Rnds 1:  Purl.
Rnd 2 & 3:  Knit.
Rnd 4:  *k2tog, (yo, k1) 2x, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5-7:  Rep Rnds 1-3.
Rnd 8:  *k2tog, k1, yo, k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.  [30 sts]
Rnd 9:  Purl.
Rnd 10 & 11:  Knit.
Rnd 12:  *k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [24 sts]
Rnd 13:  Purl.
Rnd 14 & 15:  Knit.
Rnd 16:  *k2tog, yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. [18 sts]
Rnd 17:  Purl.
Rnds 18 & 19:  Knit.
Rnd 20:  *k2tog, k1; rep from * to end of rnd. [12 sts]
Rnd 21:  Purl.
Rnd 22 & 23:  Knit.

Back Part of Fish:
As the sts increase on the 1st and 3rd dpn's, you will need to slip some of them to the 2nd and 4th dpn's so they are more evenly distributed.
Rnd 24:  *K1, m1, k1, m1, k4; rep from * to end of rnd.  [16 sts]
Rnd 25 & 26:  Knit.
Rnd 27:  *K2, m1, k1, m1, k5; rep from * to end of rnd.  [20 sts]
Rnds 28 & 29:  Knit.
Rnd 30:  *K3, m1, k1, m1, k6; rep from * to end of rnd.  [24 sts] 

Redistribute the sts so there are 6 sts on each dpn, taking care not to change the beg of rnd.
Rnds 31 & 32:  Knit.
Rnd 33:  *K4, m1, k1, m1, k7; rep from * to end of rnd.  [28 sts]
Rnds 34 & 35:  Knit.
Rnd 36:  *K5, m1, k1, m1, k8; rep from * to end of rnd.  [32 sts]
Rnds 37 & 38:  Knit.
Rnd 39:  *K6, m1, k1, m1, 9; rep from * to end of rnd.  [36 sts]
Rnds 40 & 41:  Knit.
Rnd 42:  *K7, m1, k1, m1, k10; rep from * to end of rnd.  [40 sts]
 

Redistribute the sts so there are 10 sts on each dpn.
Rnd 43 & 44:  Knit.
Rnd 45:  *K8, m1, k1, m1, k11; rep from * to end of rnd.  [44 sts]
Rnd 46 & 47:  Knit.
Rnd 48:  *K9, m1, k1, m1, k12; rep from * to end of rnd.  [48 sts]
Rnd 49 & 50:  Knit.

Middle of Fish:
Rnd 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65:  *K10, sl 1, k13; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66:  Knit.

Head of Fish:
Rnd 67:  *K9, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k12; rep from * to end of rnd. [44 sts]
Rnds 68 & 69:  Knit.
Rnd 70:  *K8, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k11; rep from * to end of rnd. [40 sts]
Rnds 71 & 72:  Knit.
Rnd 73:  *K7, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k10; rep from * to end of rnd.  [36 sts]
Rnds 74 & 75:  Knit.

Redistribute the sts so there are 12 sts on 1st and 3rd dpn's and 6 sts on 2nd and 4th dpn's.

Rnd 76:  *K6, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k9; rep from * to end of rnd. [32 sts]
Rnd 77 & 78:  Knit.
Rnd 79:  *K5, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k8; rep from * to end of rnd. [28 sts]
Rnd 80 & 81:  Knit.
Rnd 82:  *K4, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k7; rep from * to end of rnd. [24 sts]
Rnd 83:  Knit.
Rnd 84:  *K3, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k6; rep from * to end of rnd.  [20 sts]
Rnd 85:  Knit.

Redistribute the sts so there are 6 sts on 1st and 3rd dpn's and 4 sts on 2nd and 4th dpn's.
Rnd 86:  *K2, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k5; rep from * to end of rnd. [16 sts]
Rnd 87:  Knit.
Rnd 88:  *K1, sl 2tog knit-wise, k1, p2sso, k4; rep from * to end of rnd. [12 sts]
Rnd 89:  Knit.

Lips:
Rnd 90 (short row):  k5, w&t.
Rnd 91 (short row):  p7, w&t.
Rnd 92:  K2.
Rnd 93:  Knit to end of rnd, knitting the wraps tog with the wrapped sts.

BO all 12 sts.

Top Fin:
These short rows are to be worked back and forth in garter st.

Row 1:  Hold fish right-side up so head is on the left hand side.  Starting half way up the back of the fish and working toward the front of the fish, pick up and k3, turn.
Row 2:  Knit.
Row 3:  K3, pick up and k3 sts, turn.
Row 4:  Knit.
Row 5:  K6, pick up and k4 sts at top of fish, turn.
Row 6:  Knit.
Row 7:  K3, turn.
Row 8:  Knit.
Row 9:  K10, pick up and k3 st at top of fish, turn.
Row 10:  Knit.
Row 11:  K13, pick up and k1 at top of fish, turn.

BO all 14 sts.

Bottom Center Fin:
Row 1:  Hold fish upside-down so head is on the left-hand side.  Starting at right-hand side of flat part at bottom of fish and working from back of fish toward front, pick up and k4 sts, turn.
Row 2:  Knit.
Row 3:  K3, turn.
Row 4:  Knit.
Row 5:  K4, pick up and k3 sts, turn.
Row 6:  Knit.
Row 7:  K7, pick up and k1, turn.

BO all 8 sts.

Bottom Back Fin:
Row 1:  Hold fish upside-down so head is on the left-hand side.  Starting a third of the way up the back of the fish, pick up and k3 sts, turn.
Row 2:  Knit.
Row 3:  K3, pick up and k3 sts, turn.
Row 4 & 5:  Knit.
Row 6:  P2tog, k4.  [5 sts]
Row 7:  Knit.

BO all 5 rem sts.

Side Fin: (Knit one on each side)
Row 1:  Starting approx. 4" from mouth of fish and 2" from top of fish, pick up and k6 sts vertically down side of fish, turn.
Row 2-6:  Knit.
Row 7:  K2tog, k4.  [5 sts]
Row 8:  Knit.
Row 9:  k2tog, k3.  [4 sts]
Row 10:  Knit.
Row 11:  k2tog, k2.  [3 sts]

BO rem 3 sts.

Eye:
If this is for a child under 3 years of age, securely embroider an eye on each side of fish head.  Use light color for main part of eye and dark color for pupil.  If this is for someone older than 3 years of age, you can sew on a button eye on each side of head instead, if desired.

Finishing:
Sew inside of lip opening shut to prevent stuffing from coming out.  Stuff fish from tail end, taking care not to over stuff.  Sew up inside of tail at narrowest part.  Sew together tail at widest end to sturdy.  Weave in all ends.

designed and knit by Cathy Campbell

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