DAY 49: All the fish are swimming in the ocean

Happy Birthday, Jacques Cousteau.

I’m still feeling unwell and am finding it hard to concentrate on counting stitches so I decided to go through my WIP bag and see if there was anything I could work with, or even finish – now there’s a novel idea! I found a stash of granny squares and for some reason Origami came into my head, after all don’t most Origami patterns start with a square? So, just like that I decided to create Origarumi or crocheted origami creatures.

This one’s for you Jacques.

Step 1: Lay out your granny square. I ironed mine with a towel over it after each step.

Step 1: Lay out your granny square. I ironed mine with a towel over it after each step.

Step 2: Fold in half

Step 2: Fold in half

Step 3: Take the right top Cnr over to meet the bottom left Cnr. You should get a triangle.

Step 3: Take the right top Cnr over to meet the bottom left Cnr. You should get a triangle.

Step 4: Flip over and  take the top right Cnr to the bottom left Cnr to get another triangle.

Step 4: Flip over and take the top right Cnr to the bottom left Cnr to get another triangle.

Step 5: Rotate on it's side like this.

Step 5: Rotate on it’s side like this.

Step 6: Fold the top half of the triangle down like this.

Step 6: Fold the top half of the triangle down like this.

Step 7: Stitch along edge to hold in place. Sew in ends.

Step 7: Stitch along edge to hold in place. Sew in ends.

Step 8:  fold the bottom half up like this and stitch in place. Weave in ends.

Step 8: fold the bottom half up like this and stitch in place. Weave in ends.

Step 9: Flip over and it will look like this.

Step 9: Flip over and it will look like this.

Step 10: Join yarn to Cnr and single crochet across. When you get to the thick bit in the middle single crochet through all thicknesses to hold it together.

Step 10: Join yarn to Cnr and single crochet across. When you get to the thick bit in the middle single crochet through all thicknesses to hold it together.

Step 11: Join yarn. Single crochet around the fins now. Finish off and weave in ends

Step 11: Join yarn. Single crochet around the fins now. Finish off and weave in ends

Step 12: Add an eye.

Step 12: Add an eye.

Between rows 9 and 10 you could stuff the fins to fill them out a bit. I would also use a granny square with shell stitches to provide more texture.

I got a bit carried away and made these too:

Crab

Crab

Butterfly

Butterfly

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