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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Crochet Mermaid Tail

 Too cute. I have new second cousins, a set of twin girls. I made them the monkey and bear blankets for their baby shower. Along with some headbands. My mom tell me the other day that they were wondering about "mermaid headbands" and if I could make some. I'm still waiting on pictures they found online to show me exactly what they mean. In the meantime i found these adorable patterns. These were designed by BizeeB and I created mine from watching her tutorial on you tube. How to make a Mermaid Tail (5 parts)
I warn you this was her first tutorial and there are some errors, although they are really editing errors. But if you don't pay close attention you could find yourself confused. FYI part one she says one thing but the direction on screen which is correct says another. She corrects it as she goes on but never mentions the slip. The second part should end after row 17. After the row it skipped 18 and perhaps 19 and says rows 20-23 are the same. (I listen to vid while watching something else) Even thought the next vid starts at ending row 17 , I thought it was an overlap not a correction, I didn't catch my mistake until dec rounds where the stitch counts didn't match.
And in part 4 , the fins, if your only listening, it seems to add an extra row. There is no 16hdc row. It's the 14hdc and 2 sl st for a total stitch count of 16 for the row. There was no conditions about reproduction and since she made the video giving her pattern for free I thought I'd type up the pattern for anyone too confused by the videos. I plan to make 2 sets. Besides the tails a top and headdress although mine will differ from what is in BizeeB's set. I recommend checking out her Esty shop. She is very talented. I'll post more pics when the sets are finished. These were made for personal use as a gift. I may even take and edit the photos for them. (Another hobby)

Mermaid Tail
0-3 months

J & H hook
yarn needle for assembly
Med skein of choice yarn
small amount for accent

! Join is always a slip stitch in the top of the first dc of round
!! Fist dc of round is always in the same stitch as the join sl st

dc dec - yo insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 3 loops on hook

dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
st - stitch
yo - yarn over
dec - decrease
ch - chain

Using J hook and a magic circle, ch 2
 1. 6dc in circle, pull circle closed, join  (6)
 2. ch 2, *dc is first st, 2 dc in next*, repeat around, join (9)
 3. ch 2, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next*, repeat around, join (12)
 4. repeat row 3 (16)
 5. ch 2, dc in each st around, join (16)
 6. ch 2, *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next*, repeat around, join (20)
 7. ch 2, dc in each st around, join (20)
 8. ch 2, * dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next*, repeat around, join (24)
 9 ch 2, dc in each st around, join (24)
10. repeat row 9 (24)
11. ch 2, *dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next*, repeat around, join (28)
12. ch 2, dc in each st around, join (28)
13. ch 2, *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next*, repeat around, join (35)
14. ch 2, dc in each st around, join (35)
15. ch 2, *dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next*, repeat around, join (40)
16. ch 2, dc in each st around, join (40)
17. ch 2, * dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next*repeat around, join (48)
18. ch 2, dc in each st around, join (48)
19. ch 2, *dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next* repeat around, join (56)
20. ch 2, dc in each st around
21-23 repeat row 20 (56)
24. ch 2, * dc in next 12 st, dc dec once* repeat around, join (52)
25. ch 2, dc in each st around, join (52)
26. ch 2, *dc in next 11 st, dc dec once* repeat around, join (48)
27. ch 2, *dc in next 10 st, dc dec once* repeat around, join (44)
28. ch 2,  dc in each st around, join (44)
Fasten off

Tail Fin

H hook

! All rows are worked in front loops throughout (makes ribbing)
!! Leave approx 12 inch tail in beginning for later assembly

Ch 28

 1. hdc in second ch from hook and in each st across (27)
 2. ch 1, turn, hdc in next 26 st (26)
 3. ch 1, turn, skip 1st. st, hdc across (25)
 4. ch 1, turn, hdc in next 23 st (23)
 5. ch 1, turn, skip 1st. st, hdc across (22)
 6. ch 1, turn, hdc in next 21 st (21)
 7. ch 1, turn, skip 3 st, hdc in next 18 st (18)
 8. ch 1, turn, hdc in next 14st, sl st in next 2 st (16)
 9. ch 1, turn, skip 2 sl st, hdc across (14)

Fasten off

! You will need to make 2 of these
!! Leave tail for sewing on one of end of fin as well as beginning






To Assemble:

The fins should be sewn together on their short sides. (the green line). Place tail and fins where you want them. Pin in place if needed. Tack the end of the tail down with a few stitches and thread yarn up through fin. Sew across red line attaching fins to ONE side of tail. Then bend each side of fin to match line of tail (yellow lines) and sew in place. Sewn edges will show only on backside of tail and careful sewing makes nice flat seems barely visible. Don't sew through both sides.

The detailing was done in a sparkly pink yarn. I joined and chained 6 and sl st under the loops of the dc st, skipping one in between. You don't have to include the embellishment but my thoughts where use some string elastic at the top and the pink would hide that I think.

Enjoy!  And Thank You BizeeB!




4 comments:

  1. Do you remember how long the tail ended up being? I have a hard time with patterns and gauge because I crochet tighter than most...

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  2. I'm sorry I'd only have a guess and that wouldn't help much. The tails were given away as a gift. I would suggest viewing the tutorial and look for her store listing perhaps there is an overall length on her listing.

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  3. is this a bunting bag by any chance or be made into one ?

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    1. It was designed as a photo prop to my knowledge. But carefully sewing the fin to one side of the "sack" makes it very bunting friendly. Though the waist may need to be extended as needed for the intends size. For a cold weather bunting you might want to consider using 2 strands together or a bulkier yarn.

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