By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

My favourite item in Animal Crossing New Horizons has to be the Fish Pochette. You get this item from C.J during the fishing tourney. Below is my animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern and tutorial to make your own! Please note that this is an advanced crochet pattern.

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My Animal Crossing character wears their fish pochette pretty much every single day. I just love how they introduced bags and accessories into New Horizons! In addition to textured clothing such as the acid-washed jacket pictured above.

Construction Notes

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern. Photo of bag
Animal Crossing Crochet Fish Pochette ©2020 The Reluctant Spoonie

This Fish Pochette is made up of two ovals, a strap and scales. The scales are made separately for you to sew on to the front oval. You can make this Fish Pochette in the classic Animal Crossing colours. However, you can personalise it with your favourite colours to make it your own. This pattern requires knowledge of several crochet stitches. Therefore, I would only recommend it for advanced crocheters.

Materials

  • Yarn in pale blue, dark blue, green, lilac, pink and white
  • Crochet hook (3.0 mm)
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Button
  • Black and white felt
  • Fabric for lining (optional)

Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms

MR = magic ring
dc = double crochet
dcinc = two dc in same stitch
tr = triple crochet
trinc = two tr in same stitch
sc = single crochet
scinc = two sc in same stitch
FO = finish off
bob = bobble stitch (also known as puff stitch)
dec = decrease
inc = increase
hdc = half double crochet
ss = slip stitch

Animal Crossing Fish Pochette Free Crochet Pattern

This pattern is written in US terms. You gauge may be different depending on what brand of yarn you are using. Please adapt this pattern according to your yarn. The final stitch count for the round/ row is shown in brackets.

Difficulty: Advanced

Main body

Make two ovals, one in dark blue and one in light blue.

R1: 10 dc in MR (10)
R2: dcinc in each stitch around (20)
R3: (dcinc, dc) x 10 (30)
R4: (dcinc, dc, dc) x 10 (40)
R5: (dcinc, dc, dc, dc) x 10 (50)
R6: 7 dc, *tr, tr, trinc, tr, trinc, 3 tr in same st, trinc, tr, trinc, tr, tr * 14 dc repeat * to *, 7 dc (62)
R7: 9 dc, repeat * to *, 18 dc, repeat * to *, 9 dc ( 74)
R8: 13 dc, repeat * to *, 26 dc, repeat * to *, 13 dc (86)
R9: sc in each st around with 3 sc in each tip (90)
FO

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Scales

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern

The fish pochette has three different types of scales which you will need to make. The first scale uses the bobble stitch and the other two are made using standard stitches. The third scale is made using the surface stitch technique. I will link YouTube tutorials below if you are not familiar with these techniques.

Scale 1 (dark blue with light blue spots)

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern
Dark blue scale with light blue spots. Stitch markers show where the next spots will be. ©2020 The Reluctant Spoonie

R1: In dark blue, ch 25, turn sc 24 (24)
R2: scinc, *change to light blue, bob, sl, change to dark blue, sc 3 * repeat from * to * across the row, inc in last sc (26)
R3: In dark blue, inc, *2 sc in top of bob, 3 x sc * repeat from * to * across the row, inc in last stitch (28)
R4: sc across (28)
R5: scinc, *change to light blue, bob, sl, change to dark blue, sc 3 * repeat from * to * across the row, sc, bob, sl to finish (30)

End of row 8 ©2020 The Reluctant Spoonie


R6: sc across (30)
R7: inc, sc in each sc across, inc in last st (32)
R8: sc *change to light blue, bob, sl, change to dark blue, sc 3 * repeat from * to * across the row, sc to finish (32)
R9: *sc, hdc, dc, tr, 3 tr in same st, tr, dc, hdc, sc * repeat from * to * across the row

Finally, sc around the whole piece to neaten edge ready for sewing.
FO

Bobble Stitch Tutorial
Bobble stitch tutorial by Bella Coco

Scale 2 (plain green)

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern green scale close up

The green scale is made in the same way as the first scale without the bobble stitches. However, this scale has more rows as it has to tuck under the first scale piece.

R1: In green yarn, ch 33, turn sc 32 (32)
R2 – 6: sc across (32)
R7: dec, sc across, dec in last st (30)
R8: dec, sc across, dec in last st (28)
R9: dec, sc across, dec in last st (26)
R10: sc across (26)
R11: dec, sc across, dec in last st (24)
R12: sc across (24)
R13: *sc, hdc, dc, tr, 3 tr in same st, tr, dc, hdc, sc * repeat from * to * across the row

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Finally, sc around the whole piece to neaten edge ready for sewing.
FO

Scale 3 (lilac and pink grid pattern)

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern close up of lilac scale

R1: In lilac yarn, ch 29, turn 28 (28)
R2: sc across (28)
R3: dec, dec, sc across, dec in last st (26)
R4: sc across (26)
R5: dec, sc across, dec in last st (24)
R6: sc across (24)
R7: dec, sc across, dec in last st (22)
R8: sc across (22)
R9: *sc, hdc, dc, tr, 3 tr in same st, tr, dc, hdc, sc * repeat from * to * across the row

Next, sc around the whole piece to neaten edge ready for sewing.
FO

Finally, add the grid pattern using pink yarn with the surface crochet stitch.

Surface Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Surface stitch tutorial by B Hooked

Scale 4 (dark blue with light blue spots)

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern tail close up

R1: ch 2, turn sc inc (2)
R2: scinc x 2 (4)
R3: (scinc, sc) x 2 (6)
R4: (scinc, sc) x 2 (8)
R5: (scinc, sc) x 2 (10)
R6: scinc, sc, change to light blue yarn, bob, sl, change to dark blue yarn, sc x 3 (12)
R7: scinc, sc across, scinc in last st (14)
R8: scinc, sc across, scinc in last st (16)
R9: scinc, *sc, change to light blue yarn, bob, sl, change to dark blue yarn, sc x 3* repeat from *to* (18)
R10: scinc, sc across, scinc in last st (20)
R11: scinc, sc across, scinc in last st (22)
R12: sc across (22)

Finally, sc around the whole piece to neaten edge ready for sewing.
FO

Fins

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern

The fins are made as one piece and then folded in half. You begin in the middle with the white stripe.

Front fin

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern front fin

R1: in white, ch 17, turn, sc 16 (16)
R2: sc 16 (16)
R3: change to light blue, sc x 2, hdc x2, dc x 2, tr, trinc, trinc, tr, dc x 2, hdc x2, sc x 2. FO
R4: join light blue yarn on the other side of the white stripe and repeat row 3

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To finish, sc around the whole piece. Fold in half and join sides with a ss. Leave a long tail for sewing to the main body.

Back Fins

Make 2

R1: In white, ch 9, turn sc 8 (8)
R2 -4: sc across (8)
R5: change to light blue yarn. dc x 2, tr, trinc, trinc, tr, dc x 2. FO
R6: join light blue yarn on the other side of the white stripe and repeat row 5

To finish, sc around the whole piece. After that, fold in half and join sides with a ss. Leave a long tail for sewing to the main body.

Tail

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern tail

R1: in light blue ch 21, turn, sc 20 (20)
R2: sc across (20)
R3: change to white, sc across (20)
R4: (hdc x 3, dc x 3, tr x 3, trinc) x 2 FO (22)
R5 and 6: join white yarn on the other side and repeat row 3 and 4

Finally, change to light blue yarn and sc around edge of piece, fold in half and ss to join. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Strap

In dark blue
R1: ch 5, turn sc 4 (4)
R2: sc across (4)
Repeat row 2 until strap is desired length.

Finally, sc around whole piece.

Button Fastening

animal crossing fish pochette free crochet pattern

R1: ch 8, turn, sc 7 (7)
R2-4: sc across (7)
R5: sc 2, ss in next 3, sc 2 (4)
R6: sc 2, ch 3, sc 2 (7)
R7 and 8: sc across (7)

Finally, sc around whole piece.

Finishing Touches

  1. Firstly, on the light blue body piece, assemble scales as shown and sew in place.
  2. After that, sew on the front fin where the first scale piece joins the body.
  3. Make an eye out of black and white felt and sew in place.
  4. (optional) Line the inside of the front and back body pieces with fabric if desired.
  5. Next, sandwich the side fins and tail in between the two body pieces.
  6. Sew the front and back body pieces together, leaving an opening at the top of the bag.
  7. Finally, attach the strap and button fastening.

Enjoy your Animal Crossing Fish Pochette!

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