Little Minnows »
Type of item: Toy
Style: Traditional, Cute, Outdoorsy, Eco-Friendly, Whimsical
Some oddments of wool, and some beads.
What was your inspiration?
I looked at some photographs of minnows and dace, and thought I would try to knit as realistic a fish as I could.
But how to do the scales. My first idea was to use beads, but instead of sewing them on, they are incorporated in the knitting. This was a new technique for me, but one I will definitely use again.
But what to do if you have no beads. I decided to do a version with bobbles for scales. This looked great, but I thought it would also try to do the bobbles in a contrast colour. For this I slightly altered the pattern.
What are you most proud of?
I really like that this pattern is actually 3 patterns in 1. You can also choose to do the tail, and other fins in a contrast colour, or leave them off. So I think it gives the knitter a lot of choices. But I haven't knitted a little fish yet that I don't like.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you are doing the beaded fish be careful when selecting your beads. You have to be able to thread them on to your knitting wool, so they need a fairly big hole. I started using quite large beads, but then realized that I could thread smaller ones on my wool. This may take a little working out. You need 30 beads for each fish.