I wanted to make a cod related stuffed toy for my niece, Nora's first Christmas, because my brother-in-law works in the cod-fishing industry.
Cod are small, plain fish which really look like something Dr. Seuss would draw, so I thought they would make the perfect cute toy, but they don't seem to have inspired many patterns. So I set out to design my own. It was the first crochet pattern I've ever written.
I found the design process to be pretty easy, especially as I wanted something cute and cartoony. I'm very happy with the result. I was pleased to find how easy it could be to reproduce a shape using crochet.
This pattern takes small amounts of greenish worsted, black worsted, and multicolor novelty yarn, a J hook and polyfill stuffing. You can find the full instructions here: http://home.comcast.net/~efbq/crafts/Norafish.html