The Jellyfish Squish is another cute, cuddly, squishy, free crochet pattern on Moogly! So much more huggable than the real thing, you can make your own with Bernat Baby Blanket and the pattern below!
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What Makes the Jellyfish Squish?
The Jellyfish Squish is filled with a 16" round pillow form, so it's supremely cuddlable. If you'd prefer, you can use fiberfill, but I do like how premade pillow forms hold their shape. I have used Microbead pillows for these types of projects in the past but didn't find one just the right size for the jellyfish. But if you'd like, you can open up a seam on your pillow form and fill it with microbeads yourself!
Made with Bernat Baby Blanket
Bernat Baby Blanket is just like the regular Bernat Blanket yarn - but with more color choices! And of course, all Bernat Baby yarns are OEKO-TEX® certified, and are tested for over 300 harmful substances. So you can feel free to mix and match your favorite colors of Blanket and Baby Blanket when making the Jellyfish Squish, or any project that calls for either yarn!
I used safety eyes to create the "face" of my jellyfish, but you can customize yours however you like! Add a mouth as well, use buttons instead of safety eyes, or go with no face at all (aka, the more accurate to real-life route).
I've also included instructions for a total of 8 tentacles, but jellyfish have all different numbers and forms - so you can customize the look of your Jellyfish Squish in all sorts of ways!
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US-K, 6.5mm hook - Susan Bates
440 yds Bernat Baby Blanket (6 – Super Bulky/UK: 14-16 ply; 100% polyester; 300g/10.5 oz; 201 m/220 yds)
Color A: Vanilla (1 ball)
Color B: Baby Teal (1 ball)
Gauge: 4" across after Rnd 3dc
Size: Approx 14" wide x 18" max length (variable)
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Rnds in the top and bottom are worked in a spiral. Do not ch 1 or sl st unless directed in pattern.
Move a stitch marker along the first st of each rnd as you work to keep track of your progress.
Jellyfish Squish Instructions
Top of Jellyfish
Rnd 1: With Color A, make a magic circle, ch 1, sc in the ring, 9 hdc in the ring. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: *Hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: *2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 2 sts; rep from * around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 5: *Hdc in the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around. (50 hdc)
Rnd 6: *Hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around. (60 hdc)
Rnd 7: *Hdc in the next 5 sts, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around. (70 hdc)
Rnd 8: *2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 6 sts; rep from * around. (80 hdc)
Rnd 9: *Hdc in the next 15 sts, 2 hdc in the next st; rep from * around. (85 hdc)
Rnd 10: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 11: Hdc in the first 8 sts, *2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 16 sts; rep until 9 sts rem, 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the last 8 sts. (90 sts)
Rnd 12 - 15: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 16: *Hdc in the next 16 sts, hdc2tog; rep from * around. (85 hdc)
Rnd 17: Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 18: Hdc in the next 7 sts, *hdc2tog, hdc in the next 15 sts; rep from * until 10 sts rem, hdc2tog, hdc in last 8 sts. (80 hdc)
Rnd 19: Sc in next st, sl st in next st, break yarn and seamless join. Set piece aside until assembly.
Bottom of Jellyfish
Rnd 1 - 8: With Color B, rep Rnds 1 - 8 of the Top of Jellyfish
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 19 of the Top of Jellyfish.
Tentacles #1 - Make 2 with Color B
Row 1: Ch 35, skip the 2 chs closest to the hook, 3 dc in each rem ch across; break yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (99 dc) Set pieces aside until assembly.
Tentacles #2 - Make 2 with Color B
Row 1: Ch 22, skip the 2 chs closest to the hook, 3 dc in each rem ch across; break yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (60 dc) Set pieces aside until assembly.
Tentacles #3 - Make 2 with Color A
Row 1: Ch 35, skip the 2 chs closest to the hook, 2 hdc in each rem ch across; break yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (66 hdc) Set pieces aside until assembly.
Tentacles #4 - Make 2 with Color A
Row 1: Ch 27, skip the 2 chs closest to the hook, 2 dc in each rem ch across; break yarn leaving a long tail for sewing. (50 dc) Set pieces aside until assembly.
Jellyfish Squish Assembly
1st Step: Sew the Tentacles to the Bottom of Jellyfish
Sew Tentacles #1 opposite each other along Rnd 2 of the Bottom of Jellyfish.
Sew Tentacles #3 opposite each other along Rnd 2 of the Bottom of Jellyfish.
Then, sew Tentacles #2 opposite each other along Rnd 4 of the Bottom of Jellyfish.
Sew Tentacles #4 opposite each other along Rnd 4 of the Bottom of Jellyfish.
2nd Step: Add Eyes to the Top of Jellyfish (optional)
Attach safety eyes (or sew buttons) between Rnds 13 and 14 of Top of Jellyfish. (You can also add a smile with a small amount of black worsted weight yarn if desired.)
3rd Step: Stuff and Set-Up for Final Rnd
Insert Pillow Form in Top of Jellyfish, making sure the eyes are facing out. Use stitch markers to attach Top and Bottom of Jellyfish together with Tentacles also facing out.
4th Step: Attach the Top and Bottom
With Color B, and working through matched sts of both pieces with Tentacles facing away from you, join with dc in any st, dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of first st, break yarn and finish off.
LOOKING FOR MORE?
Are you looking for more free crochet Squish patterns? Check out the Bunny Squish, Octopus Squish, Narwhal Squish, and Squid Squish! And you can browse all my patterns on Moogly or Ravelry!
If the Jellyfish Squish pattern inspires you to make your own project, and you post a photo on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too!
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