Choly Knight

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Free Pattern Friday! Love Koi Plushies



I have an early Valentine’s Day gift for you all! This is a project that’s been running through my head for a long while 😀 I thought I’d put it with the Monthly Crafting Challenge for 2015 with the rest of the punny food animals, but since it wasn’t food related it got bumped. They’re inspired by the Japanese word ‘koi’ which means both ‘carp’ and ‘love,’ and the beautiful yin-yang moon-spirit carp featured in Avatar: The Last Airbender. So together it’s a pair of sweet koi plushies that nestle together in a yin-yang pattern, and their matching markings come together to make a heart ^-^

If you just need a carp or fish pattern, the pattern works just fine for that too. Though it is a little more complex than a typical fish pattern because it’s asymmetrical and the fish twists off to the side. Placing the heart lobes just right is also a pain, so I think it’s much easier to stitch it in place after both fish are done than trying to sew it on beforehand as I would usually do. Hopefully by posting this tutorial today it might help inspire some wonderful V-day sewing! I hope you all like it!


27 thoughts on “Free Pattern Friday! Love Koi Plushies

  1. I was going to say OOO now I can make Tui and La plushies but since you mentioned it 🙂

  2. They’re cute! Thanks for putting this up. My little one is totally into plushes right now and I thought of sewing some of your beautiful patterns for her. Have a wonderful valentine’s day yourself!

  3. These are absolutely beautiful. I’ll have to make some sets up for my special people.

  4. Oh my gosh! They are so cute and beautiful!

  5. Thank you so much for the cute Love Koi!

  6. I love these! They are so cute. I hope you wont mind me sharing the link 😀

  7. Reblogged this on sous la lune… and commented:
    Un petit reblog, parce que c’est vraiment trop mignon 😍
    Tuto pour coudre un couple de koï amoureuses, en peluche… Chez l’indispensable Choly knight !

  8. Thank you so much for this lovely pattern.

  9. Hello, I’m trying to make your koi fish pattern and am having some trouble. Each fish body piece is it supposed to be two different fish? Because the two different body shapes do not line up right. Your instructions do not say that each body piece will be a different fish. Because the only way they fit right is if each peice makes up a separate fish. For example am I suppose to make one fish out of two pieces of fabric with the two head darts? Sorry to bug you but I’m trying to make it and I just feel really confused.

    • Hello! I’m sorry you’re having trouble! But you’re right that the pieces make up two different fish total as mentioned on page 2. A single fish body is made of one each of the 3 large pattern pieces (“Top Left Side,” “Top Right Side,” and “Bottom”). The pattern instructions say to cut two of each of these pieces (1 of each color) to make up the two fish total. So if you only make one fish then you only need to cut one fabric piece from each pattern.
      I really hope that makes sense!

  10. these fish are absoultly adorable. my girlfriend and I made them for Valentine’s day, and i love how they turned out. thank you for the pattern. ❤

  11. Thank you for this cute pattern. I had a lot of fun making some of my own.
    I will definitely try out some more of your patterns in the future!

  12. Dear CholyKnight, i enjoyed making this pattern. I have never sewn anything in my life,However i wanted to make these for my grandma because my grandfather recently passed. She is japanese so Koi is really big in the culture. I made them in the colors that grandpa could see and she loves them. I cant wait to make more of your excellent designs from your shop! Thank you~

  13. I’m gonna try to make little pride koi for me and my s/o, super excited!! They look adorable!!

  14. I love everything about valentines day, and because you made a koi… things just got better! I just know I am going to enjoy this!

  15. Lindos, obrigada por sua generosidade. Parabéns.

  16. I’m going to make these but do black and white like the koi fish from Avatar the last airbender

  17. hey I was wondering if you made videos on the plushies because I am having trouble with the two sides and cant figure it out

    • Unfortunately there isn’t a video for this project 😦 But I’d be happy to try and explain or make illustrations for any parts in more detail!

      • ok would it be ok for me to sell completed plushies for the patterns you sell on etsy. and if I can make video’s on how to do some of them just wanted to ask you fist and love your patterns!!!!!

  18. normally I love your patterns but this one just doesn’t feel complete to me. It seems to skip steps. in one picture there’s no heart, then the next its sewn on but there’s no mention of it. this pattern just leaves me wanting more information. Would you ever consider updating it? i might actually try it if there were better steps.

    • I’m very sorry it’s causing confusion! I can certainly understand if it feels incomplete. It was designed over 4 years ago and my format has changed and improved since then — particularly in part to feedback from users like you! I’ll certainly consider updating it so it’s more like my current ones 🙂 Thank you for the input!

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