Free Pattern: Mini Jellyfish Amigurumi
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The fifth pattern in my Tropical Beach Mini Amigurumi Patterns series is this little jellyfish! Jellyfish are so cool looking, I of course had to make one when I was coming up with tropical beach inspired designs. I made my jellyfish in purple and pink, but you could make a bunch of them in different colour combinations. Did you know that a group of jellyfish is called a ‘smack’? Me neither until two minutes ago! So that’s what you would have if you make a bunch of them, a smack of jellyfish… that just sounds weird!
Like my other mini dolls, this jellyfish would fit right into a child’s playset, or you could hang a group (or a ‘smack’) of them from a mobile in an ocean-themed nursery. You could also crochet her with thick blanket yarn and embroider on her eyes to make a bigger and more cuddly version for a small child!
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Tropical Beach Mini Amigurumi Series
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Mini Jellyfish Amigurumi Pattern
Jellyfish have a bad reputation for painfully stinging unlucky swimmers, but this jellyfish just wants to say hi! She doesn’t understand why her new friends scream and swim away from her whenever she gives them a friendly wave of her tentacles…
Approx. 3″ tall
- DK weight/#3 yarn (Paintbox Yarns Simply DK or similar): Purple, pink
- Size C / 2.75mm crochet hook – I highly recommend the ergonomic Clover Amour hooks
- Two 8mm black safety eyes
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Yarn needle
- Scissors & pins
- Stitch marker – I recommend locking stitch markers
- Keychain: I purchased mine on Amazon, they have a 1” split key ring, a short chain, and an open jump ring.
Optional Santa Hat:
- DK weight/#3 yarn (Paintbox Yarns Simply DK or similar): Red, white
- A length of red ribbon or yarn for the hanger
Terms & Abbreviations
- Mc: Magic Circle
- Ch: Chain
- Sl: Slip Stitch
- Sc: Single Crochet
- Inc: Increase
- Dec: Decrease – I recommend using the Invisible Decrease
- 3Inc: Work 3 stitches into the same space
- BLO: Crochet in back loop only
- Dc: Double Crochet
- Bobble Stitch
When reading the pattern, (_,_)*x means that you repeat the instructions in the bracket “x” number of times. For example, (Sc 1, Inc)*6 means to repeat (Sc 1, Inc) 6 times. The number in brackets at the end of each row is the total number of stitches you will have when you finish that row.
Round 1: Sc 6 in a Magic Circle
Round 2: Inc*6 (12)
Round 3: (Sc 1, Inc)*6 (18)
Round 4: (Sc 2, Inc)*6 (24)
Round 5: (Sc 3, Inc)*6 (30)
Rounds 6-10: Sc around (30)
Round 11: BLO – Sc around (30)
Insert safety eyes now, between rows 8 and 9 and approx. 5 stitches apart. Place the eyes at the front of the jellyfish – the backside is where you are starting each row.
Round 12: (Sc 1, Dec)*10 (20)
Start stuffing the jellyfish, and continue to stuff as you complete the last two rows.
Round 13: Dec*10 (10)
Round 14: Dec*5 (5)
Finish off and close up the hole. Weave in all ends.
Fringe: Starting in the same stitch where you attached your yarn – (Sc 1, Ch 1, Sc 1) into each stitch around. At the end, Slip stitch into the first Sc to join, finish off, and weave in all ends.
Curly Tentacles (Make 3)
Row 1: Ch 21
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd Ch from the hook, 3Inc into each stitch across (60)
*3Inc means work 3 stitches into the same space, instead of a normal Inc where you work 2 stitches in the same space. This creates the curl.
Finish off, leaving a long end.
Straight Tentacles (Make 5)
Row 1: Ch 21
Row 2: Starting in the 2nd Ch from the hook, Sc into each stitch across (20)
Finish off, leaving a long end.
Assembling the Jellyfish
Pin the five straight tentacles evenly spaced around the inner edge of the jellyfish. They should be pinned to the main head, just under the fringe. Sew the tentacles to the head. See Figure 1 below.
Read on if you’d like to make your jellyfish into a keychain or Christmas ornament, otherwise you’re done!
Optional: Adding a Keychain
To create a yarn loop for attaching the keychain:
Using purple: Ch 11, then Sc into 2nd Ch from hook and Sc into the remaining 9 stitches (10)
Cut the yarn, leaving a long end.
The keychains I purchased consist of a split ring attached to a chain, and a separate open jump ring. If you have something similar, follow my instructions for attaching an open jump ring to your jellyfish.
If you have a keychain where the jump ring is already closed and can’t be easily opened, then skip to my instructions for attaching a closed jump ring to your jellyfish.
If you have an OPEN jump ring on your keychain:
Join the yarn into a loop and stitch it securely to the jellyfish.
To attach the keychain, insert the open jump ring through the chain of the keychain and then through the yarn loop you just made. Use pliers to close the jump ring tightly.
If you have a CLOSED jump ring on your keychain:
Do not sew the chains into a loop or stitch it to the jellyfishyet. First, run the yarn through the jump ring. Then you can go ahead and sew the yarn into a loop and stitch it securely to your jellyfish.
Optional: Turn your jellyfish into a Christmas ornament!
Want to turn your jellyfish into a festive Christmas ornament so she can hang out on your tree during the holidays? Read on to learn how to make the Bobble Stitch and to find the Santa Hat pattern.
Bobble Stitch Instructions
The Bobble Stitch is used to create the first row of the Santa hat. The stitch consists of your desired number of Double Crochets (4 Dc in this case) worked into a single stitch and secured by one loop, to create a texture that pops out from your work
Step 1: Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch where you are going to make the bobble. Yarn over, draw up a loop – this is like the beginning of a normal Double Crochet. You will now have three loops on your hook.
Step 2: Yarn over, pull yarn through the first two loops only. You will now have two loops on your hook.
Step 3: Next, instead of finishing the Double Crochet like you normally would, yarn over and insert the hook back into the stitch. Yarn over, draw up a loop, then yarn over and pull through only the first two loops again. You will now have three loops on your hook.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 two more times until you have five loops on your hook.
Step 5: Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on your hook. This will complete the bobble!
Round 1: Ch 30, making sure to leave a long end of yarn at the start (you will use it later to sew the hat to the head). Slip stitch to the first ch to form a circle.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first Dc of your first bobble), Bobble Stitch (3 Dc), Sl 1. For the remaining Bobble Stitches, you will make 4 Dc per bobble: (Bobble Stitch 1, Sl 1)*14 (30)
Rounds 3-4: Sc around (30) – You will Sc into the top of the first bobble from Round 2 – skip the initial Ch 3.
Round 5: (Sc 8, Dec)*3 (27)
Round 6: Sc around (27)
Round 7: (Sc 7, Dec)*3 (24)
Round 8: Sc around (24)
Round 9: (Sc 6, Dec)*3 (21)
Round 10: Sc around (21)
Round 11: (Sc 5, Dec)*3 (18)
Round 12: Sc around (18)
Round 13: (Sc 4, Dec)*3 (15)
Round 14: Sc around (15)
Round 15: (Sc 3, Dec)*3 (12)
Round 16: Sc around (12)
Round 17: (Sc 2, Dec)*3 (9)
Round 18: Sc around (9)
Round 19: (Sc 1, Dec)*3 (6)
Round 20: Sc around (6)
Round 21: Dec*3 (3)
Switch to white to make the top ball. Leave a long red tail.
Round 22: Inc*3 (6)
Round 23: Inc*6 (12)
Rounds 24-26: Sc around (12)
Stuff ball and continue stuffing as you finish the last round.
Round 27: Dec*6 (6)
Finish stuffing the ball and close up the hole.
I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment below or email me.
And if you made your own Mini Jellyfish I would love to see a picture on Instagram! Make sure to tag me so I don’t miss it, @waywardpineapplecreations.
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