I wasn’t actively looking for another test knit, but when the lovely Kino Knits (designer of the Adrenaline Junkie Sock) contacted me offering me the chance to test Rybka, I couldn’t say no! Rybka is a tiny fish ornament that is knitted using small amounts of yarn, making it great for stash busting and best of all, it’s free!
You can use pretty much any weight of yarn to make this project – the description calls for fingering/ 4-Ply on 2.75mm needles, but I went for DK weight yarn on 3.25mm needles. The rule of thumb I would use, is take your chosen yarn and go down a couple of needle sizes from the ball band size. You will want to create a firm fabric to stop the stuffing poking through, but not so tight that the fabric could stop bullets!
To complete Rybka, you will need around 18m of yarn, a small amount of stuffing, some contrast yarn for the eyes if you want to add them and needles for knitting in the round. I used my KnitPro Zing DPNs for the test knit, but to be honest, I would suggest Magic Loop/ 2 circulars because the cast on can be a little fiddly using DPNs. The pattern itself is seamless and very clearly written and I was able to whip through the project in around three hours which would probably have been faster if I was using Magic Loop. The yarn I went for is Patons Fab DK in the Clown colourway (colour 2344) which is super bright and cheerful and felt just right for this cute project!
I really recommend giving Rybka a go. It’s available for free on Ravelry, is a fun way to spend an afternoon and is a great stash buster for those tiny amounts of yarn you can’t bear to part with, but don’t know what to do with!. I’m planning on making a lot more of these in the future and I’m even thinking about getting some toy yarn (the stuff that comes in 25g balls) to make specific types of fish including a Clown Fish and effigies of my first goldfish!
You can find my Ravelry project for Rybka here. Thanks for reading!
Image above uses “Home Aquarium” by Wikimedia Commons user stonda which is in the public domain as a base. You can find the original image here.