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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crochet Fish Bath Mitt (star stitch) - Free Crochet Pattern with Tutorial

 This cute Fish Crochet Bath Mitt will make bathing time much more fun for the kids. I designed it to match the „Star Stitch Washcloth“. 


Finished Size: 20 cm length and 26 cm circumference. 
Materials:
- cotton worsted yarn in 3 colors (or as many colors you wish). (approx. 60 g total)
- 4 mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle to sew in the ends
- scissors.

Stitches, Terms (US) and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
hdc: half double crochet
V-st: V stitch, here made with hdc stitches= 2 hdc in same st
dc: double crochet
st: stitch
yo: yarn over
Special stitches: Star stitch - explained in the pattern. For a visual of the star stitch only, you can watch this Video Tutorial by Tamara from Moogly Blog.
                         Twisted sc -  See my Tutorial.
Special term: Back bump behind the chain - See my Tutorial.

Notes: The mitt is worked in rounds starting at tail.
Color change: The color change will be made at the end of the V st. rows; work the last hdc of the row till half , having 3 loops on hook, join color B and finish the hdc with color B. Each stripe will be made of 2 rounds: one star st, one V-st.

Crochet Fish Bath Mitt Pattern:
The Tail:

Begin with 44 ch, being careful not to twist, join with sl st into round.
Round 1: ch 1, sc around working into back bump behind each chain, sl st to top of first sc. (44 sts)
Round 2- 8: ch 1 tight, 1 sc in same st and in each st around, sl st to top of first sc. (44 sts)

The Body- Begin of star stitch: (See photo collage below!)
The Star Stitch worked in rounds it's a multiple of 2, that means: for each star you will need 2 stitches.
Round 9: a) The first star stitch: ch 3, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop;
insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, pull up a loop;
insert hook into first st, pull up a loop;
insert hook into 2nd st, pull up a loop;
insert hook into 3rd st, pull up a loop;
having 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook;
ch 1 to close the star stitch.
b) Making the second star stitch:
Insert hook into ch 1 on top of start stitch just made, pull up a loop;
insert hook under the 2 bars of last spike of the star just made, pull up a loop;
insert hook into same st where last loop of previous star was made, pull up a loop;
(insert hook into next st, pull up a loop) x 2 times
having 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook;
ch 1 to close the star stitch.
For next 20 stars of the round repeat all the steps from b); before the last star you will have one stitch left, see picture 7 from the collage below. At the last star of the row, to make the last bar you will insert the hook under ch 3 at beginning of the row (picture 8 from collage). Join with sl st into top of ch 3 at beginning of row. (22 stars)

Round 10: V-st round
sl st into ch1 on top of first star, ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, 2 hdc into ch 1 of each star around; sl st with color change into top of first hdc. (44 sts)


Round 11-25 Repeat as round 9-10, one star st round, one V-st round, changing colors to have 3 stripes. (round 25 will be a star st round)
Round 26: Decrease row: sl st into ch1 on top of first star, ch 1, 1 hdc in same st, 1 hdc into ch 1 of each star around; sl st to top of first hdc. (22 sts)
Round 27 : Star st round: work 11 stars around as written for round 9. Join with sl st into top of ch 3 at beginning of row. (11 stars)


Cut yarn leaving a long tail.
Turn the mitt inside out. Ch 1, sl st along the 2 sides of the head, working through both top loops of the stitches. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.


Tail edging:
Join blue yarn with sl st into the foundation chain at the beginning of the mitt. Work twisted sc (alternative you can use the crab stitch) into each st around. Fasten off invisibly.

Fish dorsal fin (hanging loop):
Join orange yarn with sl st on the back (dorsal) of the fish mitt. Chain 12 and sl st back into same st as yarn joining. Ch 1, turn and work 18 sc into ch space, covering the chains completely. Cut yarn and sew the ends more times to secure.

The Eyes (make 2):
Round 1: With blue yarn make a magic ring. 6 sc into ring; sl st with white yarn into top of first sc. (6 sts)
Round 2: Continue with white yarn, ch 1, 2 sc into each st around. (12 sts).
Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew the eyes in place. Fasten off invisibly. Weave in the ends.
Sew the eyes symmetrically on the sides of the head.

The mouth:
Version 1: With white yarn chain 14 leaving a long tail on each side. Sew the mouth on.
Version 2: Crochet the mouth directly on head with surface crochet.


I hope you enjoyed this pattern!
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