Fish Beach Backpack Free Crochet Pattern

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Summer is in full swing and that means pools and beaches! This year I decided my son was old enough to help carry all his toys to the pool and that is where the Fish Beach Backpack was born! This fun backpack is just big enough to hold one giant beach towel or a bunch of pool toys.

I have been wanting to try out the new Red Heart Scrubbie Smoothie and this turned out to be the perfect project for it. Red Heart’s new smooth cotton yarn is extremely soft and does not have a lot of stretch so the fish keeps most of its shape even when full. 

The Fish Beach Backpack is the kids way to help drag all the beach toys to the pool with their own crochet beach bag. This free crochet pattern has photos to walk your through the whole project. #crochet #beachbag #freepattern

This pattern has a few different pieces, but everything uses very basic crochet stitches to create a whimsical fish beach backpack. I would say this is a beginners crochet pattern. As long as you know how to increase stitches (2 stitches in the next stitch) and how to sew a running stitch to gather one side of the fins. You are good to go!

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Materials

Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Yarn, Caribbean

Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Yarn, Brite Orange

Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie Yarn, White

Clover Amour Crochet Hook, Size I, 5.5mm

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Dritz Cable Cord, 9/32″ 10 yards – I found this at Joann’s in the curtain accessories section. It is a very soft cotton rope. We used 10 ft of cord for our bag.

Note: I used almost the entire skein of Caribbean but very little of the Bride Orange and White. I used the left over cotton yarn to make this handy On-the-Go Water Bottle Carrier.

Stitches and Abbreviations

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single Crochet

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Dc – Double Crochet

Inc – Increase – 2 Double Crochet in the next stitch.

Slst – Slip Stitch

Skst – Skip Stitch

FO – Fasten Off

MC – Magic Circle or Ring

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Gauge

3 rows of Dc = 2 inches

6 Dc = 2 inches

Dimensions

From the tip of the tail to the top of the bag this fish measures 18 inches.

The Fish Beach Backpack is the kids way to help drag all the beach toys to the pool with their own crochet beach bag. This free crochet pattern has photos to walk your through the whole project. #crochet #beachbag #freepattern

Fish Beach Backpack Pattern

Tail

Make two and sew together along the smaller side.

Starting with Orange.

Ch 17

Sc in the second Ch from the hook and every Ch across. Ch1, turn. (16) 

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (16)

Change Color

In the BLO Sc 14, leave the last two Sts unworked. Ch1, turn.(14)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (14)

Change Color

In the BLO Sc12, leave the last two Sts unworked. Ch1, turn. (12)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (12)

Change Color

In the BLO Sc 10, leave the last two Sts unworked. Ch1, turn. (10)

In the BLO Sc across.

Change Color.

In the BLO Sc 8, leave the last two Sts unworked. FO leaving a long tail.

Sew the two pieces together along the Sc 8 side. Weave in your ends. Sew a running stitch along the flat ends of the piece and pull together to gather the end of the tail. Sew to body of the fish.

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Dorsal fin

Starting with Orange.

Ch 15 

Sc in the second Ch from hook and every Ch across. Ch1, turn. (14)

In the BLO Sc across, Ch1, turn. (14)

Change to Blue

In the BLO Sc 12, leave the last two Sts unworked. Ch1, turn. (12)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (12)

Change to Orange

In the BLO Sc 10, leave the last two Sts unworked. Ch1, turn. (10)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (10)

Change to Blue

In the BLO Sc 8, leave the last two Sts unworked. Ch1, turn. (8)

In the BLO Sc across. FO leavening a long tail. 

Weave in all ends except your long tail. Use the long tail to sew a running stitch along the side of your dorsal fin and gather that side as shone in the picture.

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Under Fin

Starting with Orange.

Ch 13

Sc in the second Ch from the hook and every ch across. Ch1, turn. (12)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (12)

Change to Blue.

In the BLO sc 10, do not work the last two Sts. Ch1, turn. (10)

In the BLO sc across. Ch1, turn. (10)

Change to Orange

In the BLO sc 8, do not work the last two Sts. Ch1, turn. (8)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (8) FO Leave a long tail. 

Weave in all ends except the long tail. Use the long tail to sew a running stitch and pull to gather. Sew to main fish body.

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Side Fin

Ch12 

Sc in the second Ch from the hook and every ch across. Ch1, turn. (11)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (11)

Change Color

In the BLO Sc10, do not work the last St. Ch1, turn. (10)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (10)

Change Color

In the BLO Sc8, do not work the last two Sts. Ch1, turn. (8)

In the BLO SC across. Ch1, turn. FO. (8)

Change Color

Flip fin over and slip stitch to the longer end. Use photo to know where to start.

Ch1, In the BLO Sc10, Ch1, turn. (10)

In the BLO Sc across. Ch1, turn. (10)

Change Color

In the BLO Sc8, do not work the last two Sts. Ch1, turn. (8)

In the BLO, Sc across. FO. Leave a long tail. 

Use the long tail to sew a running stitch down the straight side of the fin and pull to gather up the edge of the fin. Sew fin to the body on the fish bag.

The Fish Beach Backpack is the kids way to help drag all the beach toys to the pool with their own crochet beach bag. This free crochet pattern has photos to walk your through the whole project. #crochet #beachbag #freepattern

Fish Beach Backpack Body

In Blue.

Ch 9

R1:  Dc in fourth Ch from the hook and in each Ch, turn and Dc in the other side of each Ch. Slst to first Dc. Ch2, turn. – 12dc

R2: Inc in each St around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. – 24 dc

R3: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. 

R4: *Dc, Inc* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (36)

R5: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R6: *2Dc, Inc* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (48)

R7: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R8: *3Dc, Inc* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (60)

R9: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R10: *4Dc Inc* repeat form * to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (72)

R11: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R12: Dc around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (72)

R13: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R14: Dc around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (72)

R15: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R16: Dc around. Slst to first Dc. Ch2, turn. (72)

R17: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R18: Dc around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.  (72)

R19: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R20: Dc around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (72)

R21: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

R22: Dc around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn. (72)

R23: *Dc, Ch1, Skst* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Dc, Ch2, turn.

Change to Orange

R24: Dc around. Slst to first Dc. FO. weave in ends. (72)

The Fish Beach Backpack is the kids way to help drag all the beach toys to the pool with their own crochet beach bag. This free crochet pattern has photos to walk your through the whole project. #crochet #beachbag #freepattern

Attaching the Backpack Straps

For my four year old I used 2 cord pieces 50 inches long.  Each cord needs to be long enough to go from your wearers hip around their shoulders, across their neck and around the other shoulder and down to the other hip. You can trim it later if that  is too long. 

Lay body on the table with right side (the side with the eye facing you) weave cable cord through row 23 from right to left only on the top side of the bag. Weave another cord through the bottom side of bag, take all the ends of the cord and sew them right above the tail on the backside. Use patch to cover the rope ends and sew in place. 

Strap Patch

In Blue.

Ch8

R1: Hdc in third ch from hook and all Ch across. Ch2, turn. (6)

R2: Hdc across. FO. Leave a long tail to use to sew over the ends of the backpack rope straps. 

The Fish Beach Backpack is the kids way to help drag all the beach toys to the pool with their own crochet beach bag. This free crochet pattern has photos to walk your through the whole project. #crochet #beachbag #freepattern

Eye

Note: Inc = 2sc in next st.

In Orange

R1: 6Sc in Mc. Slst to first Sc. Ch1, turn.

R2: Inc in each St around. Slst to first Sc.

Change to white

R3: Ch1, turn. *sc, inc* repeat from *to* around. Slst to first Sc. FO. Leave a long tail to sew eyes to fish bag. 

Once everything is sewn into place and the ends are woven in, you are read to head to the beach!

Let me know how you like this free crochet pattern. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try and help the best I can. I hope you decide to make a Fish Beach Backpack of your own. If you do, I would LOVE to see a photo! If you share it on social media be sure to tag me @windingroadcrochet or #windingroadcrochet

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