A Unique Gift Idea: The Crocheted Fish In A Jar

Crochet fish in a jar.

A few weeks ago one of my former coworkers texted me an unusual request…she asked me to crochet her a fish in a jar. My first thought was, “Why in the world would someone want a crocheted fish in a jar?” and “Is this really a thing?” Then she sent me a link to an Etsy shop that sold these little beauties.

Since we’re friends I decided to give it a try and crocheted her a fish in a jar.


The supplies I used for this project were:

  • Cotton yarn (any color)
  • Thread yarn (for the plant)
  • Darning Needle
  • Crochet hook (3.5 mm)
  • Old Pickle Jar (I like to upcycle when I can)
  • Pebbles
  • Goo Gone (to remove stickers on the jar)
  • Elmers Glue (Modge Podge)
  • Glue Gun
  • Toy Stuffing
  • Acrylic Paint (to paint the top of the pickle jar)
  • Invisible thread
  • Scissors

To create the fish I used the pattern created by Lexie Loves Stitching. The written pattern is written using UK terminology. I actually watched her youtube video, which was easier to follow.

In the video, she also uses UK terminology, but she also provides you with the US terminology as well.

I used the pattern from Eden Reborn to create the plant.  The pattern for the fish is very simple to follow on this site as well.

My friend teaches an oceanography class so I wanted to make a more exotic looking fish for her, which is why I used the pattern on Lexie Loves to Stitch.

You can also go to cool creatives and check out the other free amigurumi fish patterns.


Anyone who knows me knows that I hardly ever follow all the steps in the provided pattern. My fish was a lot bigger than he should have been because I used a larger crochet hook.

Once I finished making the fish everything else was pretty simple to put together. I would recommend gluing the rocks into the jar before you start working on the fish. This will give the glue time to dry.

Once I put it all together it looked pretty neat.


I connected the fish to the top with tape and then used glue from the glue gun to hold it in place.

Once I had finished I delivered it to its intended recipient. Now, he has a special place in her classroom. I would definitely consider this a unique gift to give to friends and family.


Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro



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