Crochet Your Next Big Catch with Free Patterns from the National Park Service

Halibut. All images courtesy of Burley and the National Park Service

If angling isn’t your strong suit, the National Park Service has a solution to reeling in your next big catch. Swap your fishing line for yarn and crochet a halibut or walleye with simple patterns courtesy of ranger Hailey Burley. Referencing the aquatic inhabitants of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and Voyageurs National Park, the DIY projects to offer a playful way to engage with the environment and the creatures living in these regions.

The two freshwater fish are part of a growing collection of patterns designed by rangers, including a round, ridged pillow to mimic the lava flow of El Malpais National Monument and another to stitch the crustacean known as Triops.

Burley tells Colossal that she’s working in Glacier Bay National Park this summer and hopes to release additional patterns reflective of the Alaskan environment. Keep an eye on the service’s site for updates.


A photo of a hand holding a crocheted walleye


A photo of ranger Hailey Burley holding a crocheted walleye

Burley with the crocheted walleye

A photo of a person lounging on a crocheted pillow

The lava flow pillow

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Author: Grace Ebert