I spent most of the 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. As I mentioned, these were a great craft fair item. Not only did they work up quickly but it didn’t cost much to make. I could make about 3 jellyfish with one skein of yarn, plus some safety eyes and stuffing. In the end, it came up to about $0.20 each to make so they were pure profit!
This is part of my Beach Buddies Collection along with a couple of other patterns. Over the course of the month, I’ll be releasing 7 patterns for free on the blog here. You can check back every time I post a new pattern, OR you can grab the bundle of all the patterns at once, as premium ad-free PDF files, plus a bonus pattern! The pattern bundle is on sale below for $14, which is 70% off what it would be to get each other patterns separately. Click the image or the button below to check it out!
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!
Jenni is part of a collection of beach and seaside-themed patterns, so check out the 6 other patterns below. Like this pattern, you can get the others as free patterns on the blog, or visit the shop to grab the bundle of all 7 PDF Beach Buddies patterns.
Beach Buddies Collection
- Jenni the Jellyfish
- Melly the Mermaid
- Axel the Axolotl
- Percival the Pirate
- Shelby the Turtle
- Gulliver the Seagull
- and Danny the Diver
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Sunday 26th of March 2023
Thank you so much for creating Jenni the Jellyfish! I love her!!! I am keeping her for my collection of things for my grandchildren to play with when they come to visit!!! You patterns are easy to follow and I love that she is made with no sewing!!!
Friday 31st of March 2023
I'm so glad you like her! I can't imagine having to sew all those tentacles on, so I'm glad it was easy to follow. And thank you!
Sunday 19th of March 2023
Not quite clear on how to attach the tentacles ,do you attach the yarn to start with or just do the chain and attach after?
Friday 31st of March 2023
The tentacles are worked as one piece with the body, so there's no attaching them! When you finish the bottom of the jellyfish, you slip stitch across the bottom to the spot of the first tentacle, chain and work back along the chain to the body, then slip stitch to the next location. I hope that helps!
Saturday 29th of October 2022
After the half double crochet in round 19, were we meant to do anything to end that row? My row looks strange when trying to back loop back into for 18, it kind of crossed over and made the following row(21) a little off in that section also.
Monday 31st of October 2022
No, after you work the FLO only, the next round is through the BLO. There will be a small section that crosses over at the beginning/end of that row but it should just spiral into the next part where you decrease for the bottom.
Tuesday 14th of June 2022
On the tentacles is it one or two SC in each chain
Wednesday 15th of June 2022
It's one SC in each chain