I spent most of last summer taking part in every craft fair I could sign up for, and one of my absolute best-selling items was my crochet jellyfish! These things sold like hotcakes and even when people ended up purchasing other toys and things, it was the stack of jellyfish that drew them in. Since I won’t be doing any shows this summer, I’m sharing my crochet jellyfish pattern so you can make your very own Jenni the Jellyfish plushie!
This crochet jellyfish pattern is a great beginner amigurumi project. It’s made all in one piece, so there’s no seaming anything together, and it’s made up of super simple stitches and shapes. This pattern is also part of the 2021 Softie Crochet A Long, hosted by Marie of Underground Crafter! Every Monday from April 5 through June 7, 2021, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for a softie and there’s a giveaway at the end! Click the image below to check out the main page and get all the other patterns shared!
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 3.25mm crochet hook
- #4 worsted weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Pale Aqua
- Fairfield polyfill stuffing
- 8mm safety eyes
- tapestry needle
- ch – chain
- SC – single crochet
- DC – double crochet
- sl – slip stitch
- BLO – back loop only
- FLO – front loop only
- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 3.5″ tall for the head, the tentacles are up to you
- Gauge: 6S x 5R per inch
Jenni the Jellyfish: Free Crochet Jellyfish Pattern
Round 1: Create a magic loop and work 6 SC into in. Pull the loop closed and use a stitch marker to mark the first space. You’ll be working in continuous rounds for the entire pattern.
Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).
Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).
Round 4: *SC 2, inc* around (24).
Round 5: *SC 3, inc* around (30).
Round 6: *SC 4, inc* around (36).
Round 7: *SC 5, inc* around (42).
Round 8: *SC 6, inc* around (48).
Rounds 9-18: SC around for 10 rounds.
Insert the eyes on the 6th round from the last increase round and about 6 stitches apart. You can play around with the placement, but once you’re happy with it, secure the backings. Start to add in the stuffing now. I used Fairfield’s Polyfil stuffing for this and for all my plushies.
Round 19: Working in FLO, HDC 3 into each stitch around.
Round 20: Working into the BLO of round 18, *SC 6, dec* around (42).
Round 21: *SC 5, dec* around (36).
Round 22: *SC 4, dec* around (30).
Round 23: *SC 3, dec* around (24).
Round 24: *SC 2, dec* around (18). Finish adding stuffing.
Round 25: *SC, dec* around (12).
Round 26: Decrease around (6). Slip stitch across the hole to close it.
Chain 26, turn and SC along the chain back to the base of the head. Slip stitch to another space and repeat 9 times. It helps to work in a spiral away from the center of the body to keep the tentacles neat.
After you work the last tentacle, slip stitch to the base, trim the yarn and weave in the end to finish.
And you’re done!
I loved making this crochet jellyfish and I hope you do too! This pattern works up really fast and because it’s all in one piece, you don’t need to worry about seaming or having extra tools. I would bring the yarn, stuffing and eyes with me to craft fairs and just whip a few up during slow times or when I was running low!
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