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This time on my niece's 3rd birthday, I took a break from the tiaras, prince charmings, and fairy god-mothers to go under the sea. Yah... The Little Mermaid would've been really awesome but no... I went under the big blue to make an amigurumi of a cute but sometimes missing clown fish. You know who I'm talking about... Ah? Ah? Seriously, the pic's just over there <----. ^3^

Okay, originally my sister-in-law and I agreed that I'd make Anna and Elsa dolls from Frozen 'coz according to her my niece is gaga over the animated film. So since last year I've been prepping to create the dolls; tweaking Serah Basnet's doll pattern, coming up with the right color scheme for the yarns, the whole she-bang. Basically, I was more than ready to take on the Anna and Elsa ami challenge. Then bam!!! My sister-in-law drops it on me... She says that my niece would rather have Nemo than Elsa and Anna. I was like, "Say what now?!!!". Apparently, early this year my niece became a Finding Nemo nut and has been watching the film over and over for days on end. Huh! Her brain got fried with fishes. Hahaha! 

And that was it... Bye-bye Elsa and Anna, hello cute little clownfish. Damn! It's really a good thing that I haven't bought the yarns yet. That would've really sucked and an unimaginable pain to my wallet. Hahaha! ^^

Anyway, this Nemo amigurumi is quite the challenge since it's the first time I crocheted a fish. Plus, instead of making several small-size characters I decided to just make one giant Nemo big enough to be my niece's pillow. A fish my niece can wrestle with and ride to her heart's content, making her playdate 20% cooler. Hehehe! ^^

So to make a huge fish I have to use a bigger hook and just like what I did with Plue, I put together skeins of yarn to make it into one big thread. This time I only combined two since I didn't want Nemo to be that big. Besides, any bigger and I'd have to get prosthetic hands. Yowza! T3T


NEMO
Materials:
Monaco Yarn Shade #25 - Orange (20-24 skeins)
Monaco Yarn Shade #1 - White (8-10 skeins)
Monaco Yarn Shade #100 - Black (6-8 skeins)
Crochet Hook - K10.5 (6.5 mm)
Felt cloth:
           - Orange
           - White
Black thread
Black marker
Fiberfill stuffing
*(Black-Orange) inc = Sc with black yarn then sc in the same st with orange yarn
*(Orange-Black) inc = Sc with orange yarn then sc in the same st with black yarn

HEAD/BODY
(Orange)
Rnd 1: 7sc in mr (7)
Rnd 2: inc around (14)
Rnd 3: 1sc-inc (21)
Rnd 4: sc around (21)
Rnd 5: 2sc-inc (28)
Rnd 6: sc around (28)
Rnd 7: 3sc-inc (35)
Rnd 8: FLO, [1sc-inc] 17x, 1sc (52)
Rnd 9: 12sc-inc (56)
Rnd 10: sc around (56)
Rnd 11: 13sc-inc (60)
Rnd 12: sc around (60)
Rnd 13: 12sc, [inc-6sc] 5x, inc, 12sc (66)
Rnd 14: sc around (66)
Rnd 15: 12sc, [inc-7sc] 2x, inc, 8sc, [inc-7sc] 2x, inc, 12sc (72)
Rnd 16: sc around (72)
Rnd 17: 12sc, [inc-8sc] 2x, inc, 10sc, [inc-8sc] 2x, inc, 12sc (78)
Rnd 18: sc around (78)
Rnd 19: 12sc, [inc-10sc] 2x, inc, 8sc, [inc-10sc] 2x, inc, 12sc (84)
Rnd 20-22: sc around (84)
(Black)
Rnd 23: 12sc, [inc-11sc] 2x, inc, 10sc, [inc-11sc] 2x, inc, 12sc (90)
(White)
Rnd 24-25: sc around (90)
Rnd 26: 12sc, [inc-12sc] 5x, inc, 12sc (96)
Rnd 27-28: sc around (96)
(Black)
Rnd 29: 12sc, [inc-13sc] 2x, inc, 14sc, [inc-13sc] 2x, inc, 12sc (102)
(Orange)
Rnd 30-31: sc around (102)
Rnd 32: 12sc, [dec-13sc] 2x, dec, 14sc, [dec-13sc] 2x, dec, 12sc (96)
Rnd 33-34: sc around (96)
Rnd 35: (Black) [12sc-dec] 2x, (Orange) 12sc, [dec-12sc] 2x, (Black) [dec-12sc] 2x (90)
Rnd 36: (White) 26sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 36sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 26sc (90) 
Rnd 37: (White) 27sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 34sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 27sc (90)
Rnd 38: (White) 12sc, dec, 11sc, dec, 1sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange), 9sc, dec, 10sc, dec, 9sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 1sc, dec, 11sc, dec, 12sc (84)
Rnd 39: (White) 27sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 28sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 27sc (84)
Rnd 40: (White) 28sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 26sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 28sc (84)
Rnd 41: (White) 12sc, dec, 10sc, dec, 3sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 6sc, dec, 8sc, dec, 6sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 3sc, dec, 10sc, dec, 12sc (78)
Rnd 42: (White) 28sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 20sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 28sc (78)
Rnd 43: (White) 29sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 18sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 29sc (78)
Rnd 44: (White) 12sc, dec, 8sc, dec, 6sc, (Black) 2sc, dec, 10sc, dec, 2sc, (White) 6sc, dec, 8sc, dec, 12sc (72)
(White)
Rnd 45-46: sc around (72)
Rnd 47: 12sc, [dec-7sc] 2x, dec, 8sc, [dec-7sc] 2x, dec, 12sc (66)
Rnd 48-49: sc around (66)
Rnd 50: 12sc, [dec-6sc] 5x, dec, 12sc (60)
Rnd 51: sc around (60)
(Black)
Rnd 52: sc around (60)
(Orange)
Rnd 53: 13sc-dec (56)
Rnd 54-55: sc around (56)
Rnd 56: 12sc-dec (52)
Rnd 57-58: sc round (52)
Rnd 59: 11sc-dec (48)
Rnd 60: sc around (48)
Rnd 61: 10sc-dec (44)
(Black)
Rnd 62: sc around (44)
(White)
Rnd 63: 9sc-dec (40)
Rnd 64: sc around (40)
Rnd 65: 8sc-dec (36)
Rnd 66: sc around (36)
Rnd 67: 7sc-dec (32)
(Black)
Rnd 68: sc around (32)
FO, weave in ends    

EYEBALLS (2x)
(White)
4ch
Rnd 1: sc on 2nd ch from hook, sc around (6)
Rnd 2: inc around (12)
Rnd 3: 1sc-inc (18)
Rnd 4: 2sc-inc (24)
Rnd 5-6: sc around (24)
FO, leave tail for sewing
*Cut out eyes from orange and white felt paper
*Use a black marker to draw the pupils
*Glue eyes to eyeballs

TAIL-TIP (2x)
(Black)
11ch
Row 1: inc on 2nd ch from hook, 2sc, (Orange) 4sc, (Black) 2sc, inc, ch1-turn (12)
Row 2: (Black) inc, 1sc, (Orange) 8sc, (Black) 1sc, inc, ch1-turn (14)
Row 3: (Black) inc, (Orange) 12sc, (Black) inc, ch1-turn (16)
Row 4: (Black) inc, (Orange) 14sc, (Black) inc, ch1-turn (18)
Row 5: (Black) inc, (Orange) 16sc, (Black) inc, ch1-turn (20)
Row 6: (Black) inc, (Orange) 18sc, (Black) inc, ch1-turn (22)
Row 7: (Black) inc, (Orange) 20sc, (Black) inc, ch1-turn (24)
Row 8: (Black) inc, (Orange) 22sc, (Black) inc (26)
FO, weave in ends

*Put together the two tail tips

*Make sure the sides where the excess yarns from the color change are inside
*No need to stitch, just work on both when crocheting the rounds
*Connect yarn to one of the edges of the tail tip and mark as first sc
*Continue working on rounds to complete the tail

TAIL
(Orange)
Rnd 9: inc, 24sc, 2inc, 24sc, inc (56)
Rnd 10-11: sc around (56)
Rnd 12: 12sc-dec (52)
Rnd 13: sc around (52)
Rnd 14: 11sc-dec (48)
Rnd 15: sc around (48)
Rnd 16: 10sc-dec (44)
Rnd 17-18: sc around (44)
Rnd 19: 9sc-dec (40)
Rnd 20-21: sc around (40)
Rnd 22: 8sc-dec (36)
Rnd 23: sc around (36)
Rnd 24: 7sc-dec (32)
FO, leave tail for sewing
*Use black thread to stitch in lines to add detail
*Stitch to the body

RIGHT FIN
(Black)
21ch
Rnd 1: inc on 2nd ch from hook, 18sc, 2inc, 18sc, inc (44)
Rnd 2: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 20sc, (Orange-Black) inc, (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 20sc, (Orange-Black) inc (48)
Rnd 3: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 22sc, (Black) 2sc, (Orange) 22sc, (Black) 1sc (48)
Rnd 4: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 22sc, (Orange-Black) inc, (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 22sc, (Orange-Black) inc (52)
Rnd 5: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 24sc, (Black) 2sc, (Orange) 24sc, (Black) 1sc (52)
Rnd 6: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 24sc, 2inc, 24sc, (Orange-Black) inc (56)
Rnd 7: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 54sc, (Black) 1sc (56)
Rnd 8: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 26sc, 2inc, 26sc, (Orange-Black) inc (60)
Rnd 9-11: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 58sc, (Black) 1sc (60)
(Orange)
Rnd 12: sc around (60)
Rnd 13: dec, 26sc, 2dec, 26sc, dec (56)
Rnd 14-15: sc around (56)
Rnd 16: dec, 24sc, 2dec, 24sc, dec (52)
Rnd 17-18: sc around (52)
Rnd 19: dec, 22sc, 2dec, 22sc, dec (48)
Rnd 20-21: sc around (480
Rnd 22: dec, 20sc, 2dec, 20sc, dec (44)
Rnd 23-24: sc around (44)
Rnd 25: dec, 18sc, 2dec, 18sc, dec (40)
Rnd 26: dec, 16sc, 2dec, 16sc, dec (36)
Rnd 27: dec, 14sc, 2dec, 14sc, dec (32)
Rnd 28: dec, 12sc, 2dec, 12sc, dec (28)
Rnd 29: dec, 10sc, 2dec, 10sc, dec (24)
FO, leave tail for sewing
*Use black thread to stitch in lines to add detail
*Stitch to the body

LEFT FIN (BROKEN) - A
(Black)
5ch
Rnd 1: inc on 2nd ch from hook, 2sc, 2inc, 2sc, inc (12)
Rnd 2: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 10sc, (Orange-Black) inc (14)
Rnd 3: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 12sc, (Orange-Black) inc (16)
Rnd 4: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 14sc, (Orange-Black) inc (18)
Rnd 5: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 16sc, (Orange-Black) inc (20)
Rnd 6: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 18sc, (Orange-Black) inc (22)
FO, weave in ends

LEFT FIN (BROKEN) - B
(Black)
7ch
Rnd 1: inc on 2nd ch from hook, 4sc, 2inc, 4sc, inc (16)
Rnd 2: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 14sc, (Orange-Black) inc (18)
Rnd 3: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 16sc, (Orange-Black) inc (20)
Rnd 4: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 18sc, (Orange-Black) inc (22)
Rnd 5: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 20sc, (Orange-Black) inc (24)
Rnd 6: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) 22sc, (Orange-Black) inc (26)
FO, weave in ends

*After completing broken fins A and B, stitch them together with 2 stitches
*Connect yarn to one of the edges of the broken fin and mark as first sc
*Continue working on rounds to complete the broken fin

LEFT FIN (BROKEN)
(Orange)
Rnd 7-11: sc around (44)
Rnd 12: dec, 18sc, 2dec, 18sc, dec (40)
Rnd 13-14: sc around (40)
Rnd 15: dec, 16sc, 2dec, 16sc, dec (36)
Rnd 16-17: sc around (36)
Rnd 18: dec, 14sc, 2dec, 14sc, dec (32)
Rnd 19: dec, 12sc, 2dec, 12sc, dec (28)
Rnd 20: dec, 10sc, 2dec, 10sc, dec (24)
FO, leave tail for sewing
*Use black thread to stitch in lines to add detail
*Stitch to the body

I'm not really confident and satisfied with the dorsal fin pattern. I tried everything that I could think of and had to remake this more times than I could count. It's not perfect but really not that bad either. Oh well... Like what Steven Universe always says, "If every porkchop was perfect we wouldn't have hotdogs".

DORSAL FIN - A
(Black)
Rnd 1: 6sc in mr (6)
Rnd 2: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) inc, (Orange-Black) inc, (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) inc, (Orange-Black) inc (12)
Rnd 3: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) [inc-1sc] 2x, (Orange-Black) inc, (Black) 1sc,  (Orange) [inc-1sc] 2x, (Orange-Black) inc (18)
Rnd 4: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 1sc, [inc-2sc] 2x, (Orange-Black) inc, (Black) 1sc,  (Orange) 1sc, [inc-2sc] 2x, (Orange-Black) inc (24)
Rnd 5: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 6sc, (Black) 2sc, (Orange) 6sc, (Black) 1sc (24)
FO, weave in ends

DORSAL FIN - B/D (2x)
(Black)
Rnd 1: 6sc in mr (6)
Rnd 2: (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) inc, (Orange-Black) inc, (Black-Orange) inc, (Orange) inc, (Orange-Black) inc (12)
Rnd 3: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) [inc-1sc] 2x, (Orange-Black) inc, (Black) 1sc,  (Orange) [inc-1sc] 2x, (Orange-Black) inc (18)
Rnd 4: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 7sc, (Black) 2sc, (Orange) 7sc, (Black) 1sc (18)
FO, weave in ends

DORSAL FIN - C
(White)
10ch
Rnd 1: sc on 2nd ch from hook, sc around (18)
FO, weave in ends

*After completing dorsal fin parts A and B, stitch them together with 2 stitches
 
*Connect yarn to one of the edges of the dorsal fin and mark as first sc
*Continue count from dorsal fin A

DORSAL FIN - AB
Rnd 6-9: (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 17sc, (Black) 2sc, (Orange) 17sc, (Black) 1sc (38)

*Stitch dorsal fin C to A with 2 stitches
*Stitch dorsal fin D to C with 2 stitches
*Connect yarn to the edge of dorsal fin D and mark as first sc
*Continue working on rounds to complete the dorsal fin

Rnd 10-16: (Black) 2sc, (Orange) 7sc, (Black) 1sc, (White) 6sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 17sc, (Black) 2sc, (Orange) 17sc, (Black) 1sc, (White), 6sc, (Black) 1sc, (Orange) 7sc (68)
FO, leave tail for sewing
*Stitch to the body

To give a pretty clear idea how big Nemo is, I used my leg for size. Take note that I'm 5'4'' in height. Yah, pretty tall for Filipino standards but petite in most parts of the world. Ooh! Good thing I just had my pedicure. Hehehe! ^^
Wrapping was also fun, had to use a large, extra thick manila paper to make a bag for it. I didn't bother adding art to the wrapping since it was already late and my niece was just gonna rip it apart anyway, so what's the point? Cynical much! Wooh! OvO
Hands down, this was the hardest ami I ever made. Not just the size but coming up with the pattern was a big pain in the butt. So hard that I had to ask my sister-in-law for one more week of extension 'coz I couldn't get the blasted dorsal fin right. I hate cramming and missing deadlines so the fact that this happened really meant this was really one hell of an amigurumi. Of course I'm satisfied with how it came out but as always, there's always room for improvement. Anyway, my niece loved it and that's all that matters. -^.^-



Copyright: Nemo is an original pattern written by Duchess Gala. You may do whatever you want with the finished product but please do not sell or claim the pattern as your own. Also, do not post the pattern directly to your website. Just link it to this blog. ^^ 


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