Eight original crochet amigurumi patterns - the complete Tropical Fish collection by June Gilbank. These mini amigurumi will hold your interest through their variety of shaping and crochet techniques that make each fish unique!
- Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris). Instantly recognisable as Nemo from the Disney films, Ocellaris Clownfish form a symbiotic relationship with a sea anemone: the fish cleans and defends the anemone, while the anemone gives the fish a safe place to hide from predators.
- Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens). A very popular aquarium fish, the Yellow Tang is found throughout the Indo-Pacific region, but especially in reefs around the Hawaiian Islands.
- Royal Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus). The fish you'll recognise as Dory also goes by many other names, including Regal Blue Tang, Hippo Tang and Palette Surgeonfish. These fish are almost impossible to breed in captivity, so fish for sale are harvested from the wild, which endangers their wild populations and reef habitats - far better to crochet one instead...
- Amethyst Anthias (Pseudanthias pascalus). With over 60 different species, the colourful anthias family hail from the Indo-Pacific region and are found in lots of different colours, so you can make one in yellow, orange, pink, purple or red and it'll still be realistic!
- Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus). Butterflyfishes' deep, narrow bodies and long fins give them a flat triangular appearance that's fun to crochet! The Copperband Butterflyfish is also commonly called the Beaked Coralfish.
- Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto). With its distinctive half-purple and half-yellow appearance, the Royal Gramma comes from the Caribbean and is also known as the Fairy Basslet.
- Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera). This strikingly-coloured spotted fish is popular in aquariums. The Pajama Cardinalfish hides a special secret to ensure the survival of its young - the male incubates the eggs in his mouth until they hatch!
- Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loricula). A beautifully coloured dwarf angelfish, the Flame Angelfish has a bright red, black-striped body and electric blue patches at the back of its fins.
Yarn: worsted weight yarn (the pictured samples use Red Heart Soft and Bernat Satin yarns)
Hook: US E / 3.5mm
Size: approx 4.5-5.5" (11.5-14cm) long
- All techniques used include tips, step-by-step photos, and/or links to my online tutorials.
- All the fins (the pieces that aren't worked in the traditional amigurumi single-crochet-in-the-round technique) include charted stitch diagrams in addition to full written instructions, so you can follow the patterns in the way you find easiest.
- Each of the 4 pattern sets includes 3 pages of helpful instructions and finishing tips (including a basic illustrated guide to fish anatomy so you'll learn the right names for the fins!)
Tip: If you're printing all the patterns, you can save paper and ink by printing those 3 pages (Instructions for All Tropical Fish, p2-4 in each pattern) just once.
See projects made from these patterns here:
Tropical Fish Set 1:
Tropical Fish Set 2:
Tropical Fish Set 3:
Tropical Fish Set 4: