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Mosaic Goldfish · Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

I know, I know... ANOTHER no-sew pattern to add into my extensive "no sew" crochet pattern collection? Is it getting annoying yet? Are all these no-sews making you want to sew now? 😂

Just kidding, I know you're gonna love this one because it's a great feeling to finish a project without ever having to touch a yarn needle, haha! 


    Let's say hello to the Mosaic Goldfish! 

    About the Pattern

    • Easy and beginner-friendly
    • Works up quickly in ~1 to 1.5 hours on average 
    • No sewing needed 
    • Includes 4 scale designs (1 is included in the free version)
    • Stashbuster project; great for using up leftover yarn scraps
    • Makes a great keychain with thin yarn
    • Makes a great plush with blanket or bulky velvet yarn
    • Super versatile and customizable
    • Color combinations are endless
    • Available as a FREE video tutorial for 1 of 4 scale designs!

    Four Scale Designs

    Below is a look at the four different scale designs that you can choose from when crocheting the fish's mid-section.  The free pattern version includes the first and easiest scale design (blue fish on the upper left corner), which consists of just single crochets in the back loops only! 


    • Keychain for a backpack, lanyard, purse, or bag (just add a keyring!) 
    • Pretend play toys for children 
    • Unisex, gender neutral present
    • Selling at craft fairs or markets
    • Therapy tool / sensory fidget toy (for people with anxiety, ADHD, or autism; the puff stitch scale design and textured tail provides sensory stimulation) 
    • For charity or random acts of kindness 
    • Nursery mobile or decor for baby rooms 
    • Party favors for kids birthdays
    • Valentine's Day gifts for your student's class (scroll down to get free printable Vday gift tags!)
    • Christmas stocking stuffers 


    This pattern has been carefully tested by a team of crocheters of varying levels prior to publication.  Pattern testing is to ensure that the pattern is suitable for beginners, free of errors, and easy to understand.  Testers reported taking 45 minutes to 2+ hours to complete their fish, with the average time being 1 hour.  This pattern has been tested with different yarn weights and colors, showing that it is versatile and looks lovely with a range of colors!


    Using different yarn weights and hook sizes will create different finished measurements for your fish.  For instance, using a thin fingering or sock yarn (weight #1 yarn) and a small 2.25mm crochet hook will produce a small fish that's the perfect size for a keychain.  However, using a thicker worsted weight yarn (medium weight #4 yarn) and a larger 3.25mm hook will create a bigger fish.  You can even use super bulky weight yarn to create an extra large fish! 

     The main consideration is to make sure you use a suitable hook size for your yarn that does not produce gaps between stitches.  You'll want to keep your stitches tight so that stuffing does not show from between them!

    Recommended Yarn

    You can use any type of yarn weight and fiber to make your fish!  I experimented with a variety of types.  I think that the best yarn to show off the texture of your fish's beautiful scales would be a yarn that has crisp stitch definition, meaning one that isn't fuzzy or textured.  For instance, using 100% cotton like Hobbii's Friends Cotton 8/4 yarn really shows off the scales.  I highly recommend using their solid colors and switching yarn colors to create beautiful patterns and color changes! 

    Alternatively, you can also use self-striping, ombre, or variegated yarn.  For instance, my blue fish above is crocheted with LB's Mandala Watercolor yarn, and I love how it has some white speckles mixed into the different shades of blue!  I also loved using DGY's Sparkle Worsted yarn (use code SWEETSOFTIES15 for 15% off) in the color 'Citrine' to crochet this golden beauty below.

    Printable Gift Tags

    Want some cute and FREE printable gift tags?  Here are some punny fish-themed gift tags that are perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day, friendship, or your relationship! 

    PDF Pattern

    The PDF pattern is printable, ad-free, easy to read, includes photo references, and helps support Sweet Softies! You'll also get all FOUR fish scale designs, which is not available in the free video tutorial. (If you enjoy my free patterns, you can consider it as a donation to me when you buy one of my pattern PDFs! It allows me to maintain my blog and continue sharing more free patterns.)

    You can get the PDF pattern from my storeRavelry, or Etsy.


    Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

    Terms of Use & Copyright Notice © 2023 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com). No wholesale. You may not translate, copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in video tutorials or teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.

    Crochet Pattern Information


    Height: approximately 6.5” - 7” (17cm)

    Level of Difficulty:

    ★★★☆☆ Intermediate. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), changing colors, and attaching yarn.

    Stitches/Terms Used:

    • FO = fasten off 
    • YO = yarn over 
    • sk = skip 
    • MR = magic ring 
    • ch = chain 
    • st = stitch 
    • sl st = slip stitch 
    • sc = single crochet 
    • inc = increase (insert 2 sc in same st) 
    • dec = decrease (sc 2 sts together) 
    • hdc = half double crochet 
    • dc = double crochet 
    • BLO = back loops only 
    • ds = drop stitch (sc into the round below) 
    • Puff stitch


    Note: This versatile pattern can be worked with different yarn weights. Remember to use a hook size appropriate to the yarn weight to crochet tight stitches without gaps. 
    • Fingering/sock (weight #1) yarn in desired colors (I used Friends Cotton 8/4 yarn)
    • 6mm plastic safety eyes (x2)
    • 2.25mm crochet hook
    • Stuffing
    • Scissors

    Crochet Instructions

    Watch the video tutorial for instructions on how to crochet your very own Mosaic Goldfish!  This free version includes one of four scale designs.  If you'd like the written instructions with all 4 scale designs plus detailed photo references, download the PDF pattern here.  (Thanks in advance for supporting me and helping me keep my blog running!) 

    Thank you for reading, and hope you had a fun time crocheting this project!  If you'd like to help out my blog, feel free to check out my post, "5 Ways to Support my Blog!"

    You might like my other designs if you enjoyed this one!  Simply click on the image below for the pattern, or check out all my free patterns here.


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    As always, you are more than welcome to SHARE this post with any fellow crocheters who'd like to try this pattern!  Thank you for reading, and I wish you all a wonderful day!

    Best wishes,