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Go Fish! FREE Crochet Fish Pattern

If you read my previous Clown Fish post then you'll know I was trying to make a fishing game for my 15 month old daughter. Well, the Clown Fish turned out to be a little too big for the magnet to catch on, so I had to come up with another pattern where the fish were smaller and so the magnet could pick it up. Even though it's called fishing and not catching, if you don't make it easy enough, then your toddler will definitely lose patient before they will actually enjoy the game. The yarn is also long for my toddler to be able to fish while standing up, so instead, we typically just put her on the couch as she goes fishing. If you would like to get your own Go Fish Montessori inspired sensory toy set that teaches hand eye coordination and colour recognition, check out my Etsy store!

Pattern Notes

This is a combination of crochet items that creates a Go Fish Sensory Play set that is ideal for toddlers to enjoy at home. This pattern contains instructions on how to crochet the rod, the bobble, and the fish. The bobble and the fish contain magnets. This is a great toy for kids to learn different colours as well. It promotes hand eye coordination skills. Each fish measures approximately 4.5” (11.5 cm) x 2.5” (6.5cm). The bobble is approximately 2.5” (6.5 cm) in diameter (paid version). The rod is 9.5” (24 cm) with a string attached that is 18” (46 cm) (paid version).

Materials & Yarn:


Ch = Chain

Inc = Increase

(Inv)Dec = (Invisible) Decrease

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

Tc = Triple Crochet

Sp = Space

Slst = Slip stitch

St(s) = Stitch(es)

Scblo = Single crochet back loop only

Dcblo = Double crochet back loop only

Incflo = Increase front look only

MR = Magic Ring

F/O = Fasten off

[ ] = Repeat everything in brackets

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MR6 with the lip colour of the fish. (6)

Rnd 1: Incflo around all sts (12) - switch to main colour yarn

Rnd 2: Sc around all sts (12)

Rnd 3: [Inc, sc] repeat across all sts (18)

Rnd 4: [Inc, sc across next 2 sts] repeat across all sts (24)

Rnd 5-7: Sc across all sts (24)

Rnd 8: [Invdec, sc in the next 2 sts] repeat across all sts (18)

Rnd 9: Sc across all sts (18)

Rnd 10: [Dec, sc] across all sts (12)

Rnd 11: Sc across all sts (12) - lightly stuff fish and attach safety eyes around rnd 3. Place a magnet in the mouth. Test to make sure the bobble can pick up the fish. If not, reduce stuffing or make sure the magnet is orientated so they are attracted to each other.

Rnd 12: Dec across all sts leaving a tail for sewing on the tail


MR, Ch3. Crochet the following all into the center ring. 3tc, 3dc, ch1, tc, ch1, 3 dc, 3tc, ch3 and slip st to the center of the ring and pull tight. Sew on tail to the body.


Thank you for trying/purchasing this pattern. Please leave me a comment or contact me if you have any questions about this pattern. I would love to see your finished goods, so please do not forget to tag me @the.mad.knatter on Instagram or use #themadknatter. This is a personal pattern. You may sell or share your own finished goods, but please give me credit for the design. Do not copy, alter, or distribute this pattern. If you would like to see more free patterns -- please support me by following me on Instagram @the.mad.knatter and on Ravelry @themadknatter.

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