Peanut and Plum

Majestic Mermaid Tail Blanket (Free pattern)

Free photo tutorial pattern in sizes toddler – Adult. Suitable for beginners. Made with Hdc Stitch.

I just had to share this blanket. I love it!

Mermaid tail blankets have been popping up all over the place this Winter. What a cute and girly way to keep warm and look cool.
The yarn I use for these is just BEAUTIFUL its comes in about 15 different colour mixes that blend so well and are so fitting to the majestic colours of a Mermaid.
I have written this pattern in US terms it isn’t the quickest of projects, probably a few cosy evenings and you will get there.

It is suitable for beginners. If you need any help or have any questions please contact me through contact page xx
You can purchase the yarn I used here Magic light there are many different colour ranges and shades. All beautiful and international shipping takes only two days! So you don’t have to wait long to begin this project!

As my patterns are free, I just ask that you please do not copy or change the pattern to your own. If you would like to share my pattern on social media please do with a link back to my page. If you would like to sell products made with this pattern please purchase the full pdf download, free from advertising and license here Majetic Mermaid tail license


If you are looking for one of these already made then follow the link to my Etsy site Mermaid Blanket   I would love to hear from you. I will make you your own gorgeous Mermaid tail in a choice of colours and custom options are available 🙂

Rainbows and Mermaids are proof, that imagination and beauty go hand in hand
– Brandi Fitzgerald

Mermaid Tail Blanket

Sizes Toddler – Small Child, Junior – Teen, Small adult – Adult

Materials: 2 strands of DK yarn or 1 strand of super bulky.

You can purchase the yarn I used here Magic light yarn there are many different colour ranges and shades. All beautiful and international shipping takes only two days! So you don’t have to wait long to begin this project!

Any multi-colour or single bold colour will work just as nice or you could alternate colours between rows to create same effect. You will need around 800/1100/1800 yards of yarn.

(Unfortunately if you use the Magic light it is not always the same dye lot so may begin on different colours, sorry for the inconvenience this causes but you will need to start them at the same point for even colour rows. They will sometimes mix for a few yards but this does not change the overall look.)

The best way is to find the matching colour and count in the strands to make sure they are the same amount.)

10mm Crochet Hook (Toddler – Small child body)

12mm crochet hook (Junior – Adult body)

6mm Crochet hook (Toddler – Small Child Fin)

9mm Crochet hook (Junior – Adult Fin)

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Stitch abbreviations:

Chain (CH)

Slip stitch (SL ST)

US Single crochet (sc)

US Half double crochet (HDC)

Back loops only (BLO)

 

Half double crochet stitch: start with one loop on hook, yarn over, insert into next chain, yarn over (now you have 3 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all three loops = Half double crochet stitch.

Tension/Gauge: Toddler – Small Child 10 x HDC x 10 rows = 7” x 4.5”

Junior – adult 10 x HDC x 10 Rows = 7.5” x 5”

 BODY 

With 10mm hook (Toddler – Small child)

12mm hook (Junior – adult) and two strands of yarn begin:

Row 1: Chain 21, 21 (27), Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across. Rotate your work and continue across the other side. Join with sl st to first sc. (Add marker)

Row 2 – 14: hdc across (40hdc) (40hdc) (52hdc)
(Move marker to first worked stitch as you go)

Row 15: hdc in first 6,(6) (9) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in the next 19 (19)(22) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc to the end (move marker up as you go) (42hdc)(42hdc) (54hdc)

Row 16:hdc across

Row 17: hdc in first 7,(7) (10) sts, 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 20 (20)(23) sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc to the end. (44hdc) (56hdc)

Row 18: hdc across

Row 19: hdc in first 8 (8)(11) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc next 21 (21)(24) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc to the end.

(46hdc) (58hdc)
Row 20: hdc across
Row 21: hdc in first 9 (9) (12) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 22 (22) (25) sts, hdc in next st, hdc to the end. (48 hdc) (60 hdc)

Row 22 – 27: hdc across

Row 28: hdc in the first 15 (15)(18) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc next 23 (23) (26) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc to the end. (50 hdc) (62hdc)

Row 29 – 30 hdc across

Row 31: hdc in first 16 (16)(19) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 24 (24)(27) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc to the end. (52 hdc) (64hdc)

Row 32 – 37: hdc across

Row 38: hdc in the first 23 (23)(26) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in the next 24 (24)(27) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc to end of row (54 hdc) (66 hdc)

Row 39: hdc across

Row 40: hdc in first 23 (23)(26) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in the next 25 (25) (28) sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc to the end of row (56 hdc) (68 hdc)

Row 41: hdc across

Row 42: hdc in first 25 (25)(28) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in the next 27 (27)(30) sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc to the end of row (58 hdc) (70hdc)

Row 43: hdc across

Row 44: hdc in the first 27 sts, 2hdc in the next st, hdc 28 sts, 2hdc in the next st, hdc to the end of row (60hhdc) (72hdc)

Row 45 – 50:hdc across

Toddler – Small Child Row: 51 – 54 Sc across. (Do not FO read note below)

Junior – Teen Row: 51 – 55: hdc across
Row: 56 –  count in 3 stitches from marker 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across to opposite side, count in 3 stitches 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across.
Row 57 – 60 hdc across

(You can alternate rows of counting in 3 stitches each side and adding hdc increase on 4th stitch, then 2 rows of hdc  and repeat increase again if you would like a wider blanket)

Row: 61- 71 repeat rows 56 and 57
Row: 72 – 76 hdc across
Row 77 sc across (Do not FO read not below)

Small adult – Adult Row: 51 – 55: hdc across
Row: 56 –  count in 3 stitches from marker 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across to opposite side, count in 3 stitches 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across.
Row 57 – 60 hdc across

(You can alternate rows of counting in 3 stitches each side and adding hdc increase on 4th stitch, then 2 rows of hdc  and repeat increase again if you would like a wider blanket)

Row: 61- 71 repeat rows 56 and 57
Row: 72 – 76 hdc across
Row: 77- count in 3 stitches from marker 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across to opposite side, count in 3 stitches 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across
Row 78 -81 hdc across
row 82: count in 3 stitches from marker 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across to opposite side, count in 3 stitches 2 hdc in 4th stitch, hdc across
Row 83- 87: hdc across
Row 88 – 91: sc across (do not finish off – read below)

Turn body inside out.

NOTE

If your dc/sc do not end at the crease in the side of body dc/sc across until it meets the side, sl st and FO weave in ends.

FIN  

Using 6mm (h)Hook and 1 strand of yarn (Toddler – Small child)

9mm (F) hook 2 strands of yarn (Junior – adult)

Chain 21 (25

Row 1: dc/sc in second chain from hook, dc/sc across ch 2 turn  Row 2: dc/sc in BL only across, 3 dc/sc in last stitch, ch 2, turn  Row 3: dc/sc in second ch from hook, dc/sc (Back loops only) across, ch 2, turn  Row 4: ( Repeat rows 2 -3 until you have desired width/length)   FO leaving a long tail to sew fin to body!

Do two of these and join together

Or join on the beginning foundation chain and repeat pattern across the other side,

FO weave in ends.

Join fin to body 3rd row up at the side and along straight edge and up the other side. This gives the til a nice flick at the side.

 

Voila!! All done, enjoy! xx

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26 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Arns

    So exciting! Congratulations on your new adventure! Gorgeous photos – you are going to do so great.

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    1. Nina Lejeune

      Aww this is absolutely gorgeous. I want one!

      Reply
  2. Patricia Wells

    Good luck and I hope everything runs as smoothly as possible for you! I can’t wait to see more about it. fun and exciting!

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  3. Rae

    What are the correct hook sizes please? Your mm and letter hook sizes don’t match up for example you list 6mm as an h hook but 6mm is a J hook and 9mm is definetly not an F hook.

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi, the correct sizes are in mm. I have updated this in the pattern for you now. Thanks for question.

      Reply
  4. Kelly

    Hello. I was curious if you mind if we sell our own creations from your patterns. I am considering opening a shop using some of my own patterns but I am very much in love with this. If not I understand 🙂

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    1. Kelly

      of course giving credit to you for the pattern in turn.

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      1. Peanut and Plum

        Hi Kelly, I don’t mind you selling the items you make from my patterns. please see pattern details on how to obtain license to sell products made with this pattern. If you would like to share this free pattern I just ask that you credit back to me and link to my page, this helps me continue to give all of my patterns for free.
        Please subscribe to my page and I can keep you up to date with all my new free patterns. I will also be offering free items in exchange for reviews. I would love to see your items when you have finished. Good luck with the shop!

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  5. Sara

    On the tail part of the pattern, do you sc in the back loops of all rows or just the row 2 repeat?

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi Sara, sorry I will edit this. You will Sc in back loops for all rows. It will create the nice ridges you can see in tail.

      Reply
  6. Olivia

    Hi there- what a gorgeous pattern!
    My daughter loves it, so I think I may make one for her birthday, but I was just wondering about the amount of yarn needed. If I am making an adult size, I am guessing that is the 1800 measurement? However, if I buy the magic light I will need to use double strands- so do I buy enough for 3600 yard? Or will it just be 1800?
    Thanks 🙂

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi Olivia, glad you like the pattern 😊 You would need to double the amount you need for each size. 1800 would be an adult and you would use 1800 if you use chunky yarn. Thanks for contacting me, I will write this into pattern. If you need anymore help let me know x Emma

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  7. C harris

    Do you have the left handed instructions also.

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi, very sorry I don’t. It’s something I could look into another time. I have not written a left handed pattern before.

      Reply
  8. jane

    hi i am making this pattern. if i increase 2hdc on both sides and then next row no increase all the way up, will this work out?

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi Jane,
      I am not sure, you could always try it. I have alternated rows to get the right shape gradually and at the main points like thighs etc.

      Reply
  9. KRISTEN

    Hi Peanut and Plum,
    Could I ask what color yarn you chose from the 15 choices of Magic Light yarn? It’s just beautiful and I’d love to make one (almost) identical to yours for my 6 year old 😀 Thank you for providing such a BEAUTIFUL pattern and sharing with us 🙂

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi Kristen,
      Thanks 😊 I am glad you like it! I used this one Magic Light Yellow Purple Pink Green Blue. It really is a beautiful colour combination, but it is so hard to choose!!

      Reply
  10. Donna

    In the instructions for tail, what does dc/sc mean?
    I know my Granddaughter is going to love this!

    Thank you,
    Donna

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  11. Donna

    What does dc/sc mean in instructions? Both or either?

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi, that is UK and US terms. UK being first. Thanks

      Reply
  12. Carol Ridgely

    Hi which of the color of yarn did you use? I love the way it looks! What size was yours? Also how many sheins of yard did you use?
    Thank you so much

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We don’t have in stock the colour I used for pattern. I have used this one https://peanutandplum.yarnshopping.com/products/s.magic-light#inc632 as well it’s what I call “Rainbow” it gives a lovely finish. If you prefer more pink or yellow etc there are a lot of different colour mixes in my store. Just go to yarn store and search “Magic light”. Hope this helps. Thanks

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  13. Carol Ridgely

    What size would I use for a girl that will soon be 7? She is very tall for age! I want he to be able to use it for a long time!

    Thanks again

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    1. Peanut and Plum

      Hi, a junior should be just fine. That is 35″ a Teen is 40″ you can measure from under arm to floor to make sure you have correct height if you would like a bit longer. Thanks

      Reply

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