small crochet fish with shells in the background

No Sew Crochet Fish Amigurumi Free Pattern

We’re excited to share this free pattern for you for how to crochet a small fish. This tiny amigurumi fish was inspired by my love for the ocean. As kids we went to the beach in Karachi every weekend – and I just love beach holidays. A few years ago, I decided to try scuba diving to be able to see more of the amazing ocean life up close! As it turns out, scuba is not really my thing (I got certified but I just didn’t love the feeling and haven’t done it since). So, I guess when you can’t have real fish, why not crochet a fish instead?

This small rainbow crochet fish also makes for a super cute crochet luggage tag for your next beach holiday! I recently made one as a crochet keychain for my brother for his birthday because I wanted to make him something for his birthday and I couldn’t figure out what – and who can’t use a cute small amigurumi fish keychain, right? (Check out our collection of crochet keychains!). This little fish would also be great quick sellers for your next crochet craft fair (see our craft fair tips and lessons).

About this No Sew Amigurumi Fish Pattern

If you’re anything like me, sewing is the worst part of making amigurumi. I often leave the sewing of my projects to the end (and sometimes they stay like that for days!!!). So I’m so excited that this fish is a no sew amigurumi pattern. The pattern is worked in one piece. The fins are added on but crocheting into your worked fish – making the pattern 100% no sew!

You can crochet this fish in under 30 minutes – making it a perfect last minute gift! Plus, I love quick amigurumi projects like this because they’re so easy to work up on the go – they don’t require too many materials (the materials can easily fit into my purse!) and can be finished in one sitting. I find little projects like these to be the perfect way to pass time while waiting for an appointment.

I also love that it can be used as a scrap yarn amigurumi project. I have lots of little balls of yarn lying around that I can’t use for anything larger so this crochet rainbow fish is the perfect way to use them up!

amigurumi fish keychain being held in a hand

If you would prefer a larger crochet fish stuffed toy, try this pattern using super bulky yarn. It turns out to be 7.5 inches tall and is such a ball of cuteness!

With super bulky yarn, you this plush fish amigurumi turns out to be 7.5 inches long and is super cute for little hands to play with!

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No Sew Crochet Fish Free Pattern

This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced in any way without permission from the designers. You may sell finished objects made from this pattern but please give credit to as the pattern designers.

 Tools & Materials You Will Need to Crochet a Fish

  • Yarn: You need a tiny amount of DK yarn in five colours
  • 2.75mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two 6mm safety eyes
  • Keychain ring

Crochet Fish: Stitches and Abbreviations Used

This pattern is written in US terms.

Ch: Chain

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

DC: double crochet

TR: Triple crochet

Finished size: Approximately 2.5 inches

How to crochet a fish

Note: The colours on this pattern will be noted as C1, C2, C3, C4, C5 so that you can use any colours for your fish. In our fish, we used red, orange, yellow, green and blue.


Using C1

Stuff as you go

Round 1: 5 SC into a magic circle (5)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (10)

Round 3: (SC, INC) five times (15)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC around (15)

Change to C2

Insert eyes between Rounds 4 and 5 on either side of your crochet fish’s head, approximately 6 stitches apart.

Half crocheted fish body with eyes inserted on the sides

Round 6-7 (2 rounds): SC around (15)

Change to C3

Round 8-9 (2 rounds): SC around (15)

Change to C4

Round 10: (3 SC, INVDEC) three times (12)

Round 11: SC around (12)

Change to C5

Make sure your amigurumi fish is well stuffed

Round 12: (2 SC, INVDEC) three times (9)

Round 13: (SC, INVDEC) three times (6)

You now want to be at the bottom of your crochet fish’s body. Sl st as many times as you need to get there.

How to Crochet the Fish Tail

Change to C1

Fish body with the hook placement to begin the tail

Round 14: Fold the opening closed. Ch one and 3 SC through both layers to close.

Hook inserted through both layers of the fish body to make the tail

We will now crochet the tail in rows.

Row 15: Ch 1, turn. INC, SC, INC (5)

Row 16: Ch 1, turn. INC, 3 SC, INC (7)

Crochet fish tail completed

Fasten off and weave in the ends

Pectoral Fins (make 2)

Using C1

hook inserted into the side of the fish body to make the pectoral fin

Insert your hook between Rounds 7 and 8, two stitches below the eye and slip stitch to attach.

3 DC in the next stitch. Sl st in the next stitch and fasten off.

Repeat this on the other side of your fish for the second fin.

 Dorsal fin

Using C1

Hook inserted in the top of the fish body to make the dorsal fin

Insert your hook at the top of your fish, between Rounds 5 and 6 and sl st to attach. We will now be working on the stitches along the top of the body of your fish. If you’re attaching a keychain ring, you can attach it as you’re making the triple crochet, by putting the ring through before you your final yarn over.

Row 1: SC, DC, TR, DC, sl st.

Fasten off and weave in your ends

Embroider on a smile to your fish.

Fish face close up with a smile embroidered on

Attach the keychain ring onto your amigurumi fish.

Your crochet fish keychain is now ready!

tiny amigurumi fish with rainbow colours

We would love to see your finished amigurumi fish, so share it in our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet

How do I crochet a large fish plushie?

If you would like to make a larger fish amigurumi toy (a squishy little fish!) you can try to crochet this cutie with a thicker yarn. With a super bulky yarn and a 7mm crochet hook, you can crochet a fish stuffie that is 7.5 inches in length.

How do you crochet a fish in a jar?

Making this adorable crochet fish in a jar would be super cute! It would make for a great draw at your next craft show (who doesn’t want to adopt an adorable little crochet fish!). Get a small little fish bowl for your fish. Add some pebbles at the bottom and some fish tank greenery for the vibe (or crochet it yourself!).

How do you make a crochet fishing game?

This little crochet fish would make such a fun fishing game! You can add a magnet in the stuffing. However, before closing up your fish, ensure that the magnet is strong enough to stick through the stuffing. Make a fishing rod by attaching a long strand of yarn to the end of the craft stick and tie a magnet to the end. Voila, we have the cutest little crochet fishing game for hours of endless fun!

How to Crochet a Fish Keychain?

If you would like to crochet this fish as a keychain, you can add the keychain ring as you add the dorsal fin to your fish. As explained in the instructions, you can add the keychain ring as you’re making the triple crochet stitch on the top of your fish.

Where can I find more no-sew amigurumi patterns?

If you’re looking for more no sew patterns, check our no sew bunny, our no sew duck, and our no sew ghost. Also for more cute and quick crochet patterns, check out our Kozu Palm Pals mini dolls and our Kozu Palm Pets mini animals.