Tiny Jellyfish Pattern

Hello, everyone!  It’s been… busy.  Not busy in a “I have to meet this deadline!” kind of way, but busy in a “holy cow, two kids guys.  TWO KIDS!”  So, I’m here to write a little something for you all.

I know the jellyfish craze started with One Dog Woof put out her jellyfish pattern.  I saw them EVERYWHERE.  I had four people tell me “you must make one!”  I honestly did not know I had so many friends who loved jellyfish so much, but they are pretty adorable, so I gave one a shot.  He was cute, but with two kids, I just didn’t have time to make so many big jellyfish.  I know that’s lame, it’s not like they are two feet wide and ten feet tall or something, but this is my excuse.

So I came up with a pattern for a tiny jellyfish for all us busy/lazy crocheters out there.  It makes you feel productive in half the time!

Tiny Jellyfish

I used Sugar n’ Cream yarn with a G hook (4.25mm).  This is crocheted in the round.

Stitches used:

Chain
Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet

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My First Tiny Jelly — My daughter immediately stole him.

For the Head:

Round 1: Chain 2 and SC 6 into second chain from hook (6)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: *2 SC in first stitch – 1 SC in next stitch* *Repeat around (18)
Round 4:  SC in each stitch around (18)
Round 5: *2 SC in first stitch – 1 SC in next two stitches*  *Repeat around (24)
Round 6-8:  1 SC in each stitch around (24)
To Finish:  Slip stitch into first stitch.  Leave a tail of yarn to weave in.  Weave it in now to get it over with.  (right?  Weaving in ends… ugh)

For the bottom of the Head:

Round 1:  Chain 2 and SC 6 into second chain from hook (6)
Round 2:  2 SC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3:  *2 SC in first stitch  – 1 SC in next stitch* *Repeat around (18)
Round 4:  *2 SC in first stitch – 1 SC in next two stitches* *Repeat around (24)
To Finish:  Slip stitch into first stitch.  Leave a tail of yarn to weave in.

For the tentacles:

I prefer my tentacles to all be the same length.  Call it OCD, if you must, but you are free to make them all different lengths, or longer, or shorter.  This is just the way I did it.

Row 1:  Chain 30 (or 40 — I like the look of the longer tentacle too)
Row 2: *SC in second chain from hook – 2 SC in next chain* *Repeat until the end of the chain*
Leave a tail for attaching to bottom piece
(Make 3 of these – or 4 – or 12)

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I made Jack “Jelly”ington with the longer 40 chain tentacles.

You then want to attach your tentacles to your bottom piece.  I’d like to tell you I weaved the ends into it to make it super secure, but I didn’t.  Instead, I just pulled each of the two strands per tentacle (one from the start of the chain and the tail from the end), up through the bottom piece and tied them in a triple knot.  Unless you’ve got kids swinging them around their heads, they won’t go anywhere.  If your kids are jellyfish tossers, please weave in the ends as well to make them more secure.

Here is where you decide if you want your jelly to have a face or not.  If so, attach safety eyes and sew on a mouth.  Or just use safety eyes.  Or just a mouth… although I’m not sure that would make much sense.  You can also crochet eyes, or use felt for eyes, or buttons, or any other crafty eye things you can think of.  I’d love to see pictures!

After the tentacles are attached, line up the bottom and top pieces together and SC them together into each of the 24 stitches around.  You can also sew them together.  I’ve done this both ways.  Sewing creates less of a lip around the bottom, so it just depends on if you’d rather see more of the bottom or not.  SC hides more of the bottom piece that sewing.  Weave in remaining ends.

Then attach a string at the top if you want!  These work up super fast.  I think I’ve made one in about an hour (and I’m pretty slow).

The Frankenjelly top and bottom were sewn together.  The Cutie-Patootie Jelly was SC together.  You can probably see the difference between the two different styles.

Feel free to make as many as you’d like for gifts, or to sell.  If you do sell your finished work, please link back to my blog for pattern credit!  Thank you!

I hope you all enjoy this pattern!  Please let me know if you give it a try, and what kinds of fun things you did with it!

 

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