It is a really simple little pattern, but I am happy with the way it has turned out, as it gives the knitter options, and all the choices are included in the one pattern.
First of all 4ply or doubleknit. The pattern works well in both.
There is the beaded fish. The beads are not sewn on, but incorporated into the knitting.
Then there is the Minnow with Bobbles. I thought this would be a fun way to make the scales if you didn't have any beads handy. But even with this version you can decide whether to do it in one colour or two, for which the patterns are slightly different.
Then there is the decision of whether to use a separate colour for the tail and fins, or even whether to knit the top and bottom fins at all.
A minnow does have fins, but I knitted a few without as I thought they also looked nice. Hubby says those ones are not minnows, but anchovies, but I think he is just thinking with his stomach.
So not a good pattern if you find decision-making difficult. It might put you in a spin trying to decide.
Thank you to my virtual friends for all the kind comments on my starfish and scallop shell last week.