We’re past the halfway marker for the 31 Days of Candy! Today is Day 16, and it’s all about my Nordic Fish crochet candy pattern. This candy is inspired by the strange fish themed gummy candy known as Swedish Fish. In my experience I’ve found that you either love them or hate them. I go back and forth a lot on whether I like them or not. Sometimes when I have them I’m totally addicted and will eat a ton. The there are other times where the idea of them does not sound good at all. I’ve never been able figure out why that is, but maybe it has to do with not being able to figure out what flavor they actually taste like. Are they cherry flavored, which I like, or are they something else? Have you ever been able to figure it out?
My sister absolutely loves Swedish fish. She used to keep a giant bag of them in her car, and would eat one every time she’d drive. Before she’d start the car, she’d pop one in her mouth and then would set off to wherever she had to go. My candy I used to do something similar with was Hershey Chocolate Nuggets that had toffee bits inside of the chocolate pieces. (That was before I developed my almond allergy.) I kept a bag of those candies in my closet, in an attempt to help myself only have one once a day. I will admit that I did take more than one on quite a few occasions. When it’s your favorite candy it’s so hard to resist!
You won’t have to resist this little crochet candy to enjoy it! Since it’s made of yarn there are no calories to worry about. I used Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, which has been my go to yarn this whole month. Being Yarn Weight 3, it is the perfect weight for making these candies. I love how the Paintbox Yarns color Rose Red captures the bright red color of Swedish Fish to make my Nordic Fish pattern look just like them! If you can’t get ahold of the Paintbox Yarn, Lion Brand 24/7 cotton in Red is a great substitute that captures the same look that the Paintbox Yarn has.
The pattern itself is nice and easy, especially since there are no color changes. Single Crochets are the main stitch that you use in this pattern, and slip stitches are used twice in the last row. Otherwise, the pattern is a standard in the round crochet pattern that utilizes round increases to create the shaping of a fish. This quick crochet project will be able to be whipped up in no time at all. Let’s get started!
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- Paintbox Yarns Simply DK color 113 or Lion Brand 24/7 cotton in Red or Lion Brand Baby Soft in any color
- 4.00 mm crochet hook
- Black, red, and pink felt
- Black and pink embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- yarn needle
- stitch marker
- st = stitch
- sl = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet (UK Double Crochet)
- dec = decrease
- The jellybean is crocheted in continuous rounds with no joining. Mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.
- Pattern uses US crochet terminology, but the UK terminology conversion is listed in the stitches used list above
- Face is made of felt pieces that are cut out and sewn on to the crocheted piece. Download my Felt Pieces for Plushies PDF Printout for the face pieces you’ll cut out of felt. Cut out two eyes from black felt.
Rnd 1: sc 5 in magic circle (5)
Rnd 2: sc 5 (5)
Rnd 3: sc 2 in each sc around (10)
Rnd 4-7: sc 10 (10)
Sew on eyes, one on each side. Stitch mouth by stitching a line on each side of the fish as pictured.
Rnd 8: dec 5 (5)
Rnd 9: sc 5 (5)
Rnd 10: sc 1, sc 8 in next st, sk 1, sl st, sc 8 in next st, sl st in first st of round
Fasten off and weave in ends. The fish is not stuffed.
My finished Finnish Fishie is off to find some Fishie Friends! I hope you enjoyed making this pattern! If you’d like to receive the 31 Days of Candy free crochet patterns delivered directly to your inbox throughout the month of October, sign up for my newsletter here and receive a new one each day. If you missed any of the other free crochet patterns you can get them in the 31 Days of Candy section on my website. If you’d like to share your makes, make sure to tag @eclairemakery and use the hashtag #31daysofcandy to share them with everyone. See you tomorrow for day 17 of the 31 days of candy!