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« on: February 11, 2008 10:48:34 PM »

This is from a Family Circle Easy Crochet magazine from last Feb. or so. (I forgot to write down the date and I am too lazy to go upstairs and check Tongue) I have not done a lot of crochet, but the magazine had several fun patterns in it that got me into it pretty painlessly. I learned how to do edges at last!!!

Anyway, fishies! Here is the picture in the magazine:

The magazine cover, blurry, sorry:

My version (what can I say, I like bright colours...). I thought the fishies should be swimming together, it was friendlier that way. Also, I turned their "top fins" from the pattern into side fin, and eliminated the bottom fins:

In its new home, cheering up the smallest room in the house:

Finished size is about 24x30". Yarn was Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, doubled for the mat itself and the chain loop edging, single for the fish and "bubbles." The pattern is a bit weird in that the mat is made in six pieces that then get seamed together. The little round "bubbles" are actually handy for covering up the really uneven stripe joins! I think if I do something like this again, I will make the mat all in one piece because that was unnecessarily fussy, I thought. I really liked the way the fish worked though - they are made as separate shapes, then applique'd on, and they lay nice and flat.

I now have ideas for all sorts of fun little mats with flowers or other shapes added. They are totally washable so I am thinking a few of them would be fun to have around in the bathrooms and kitchen.

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 11:05:24 PM »

I really like the colours you chose. It looks awesome. I love their little mouths.

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 11:14:46 PM »

Aw.  What a cute piece, and a great idea!   Cheesy  It makes me smile.

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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008 03:29:26 AM »

I love your colour choice way better!
and so much friendlier swimming together indeed.

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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008 04:42:45 AM »

I do like yours so much better -- I agree with every choice you made. I am sure the side fins were a bit  to work out but what kind of fish has fins like that?
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008 08:12:25 AM »

That's a really cute idea, and it looks great in the bathroom! Nice work!

« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2008 01:39:53 PM »

Wow, that would be perfect for the bathroom.  Of to look to see if I have the magazine.

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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2008 02:56:33 PM »

That came out so darling! You did a really good job!
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2008 03:29:43 PM »

I really love this! What a cute and fun way to spruce up the bathroom! It looks great!

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