This is a free pattern for a gorgeous Mermaid tail that can be made in one evening. From a toddler in just 2.5 hours to an adult in one night!!
I get asked A LOT, how I find the time to make all the things I do, how I follow or write patterns. Where my ideas come from?!
Truth is I cannot sit idle for one minute 🙂 I just have to be doing SOMETHING!
So, it’s pretty natural for me to pick up where I left off with a pattern or to create my own with something I have envisioned in my head.
I have been doing it for such a long time it wouldn’t feel right to sit and watch a film without a project in hand.
I do however, remember when I first started and it wasn’t quite so easy in the beginning.
I started back in 2010, 7 months pregnant and living on a small Mediterranean Island, limited with baby shops and certainly handmade or unique baby things (that did not cost a fortune anyway).
I wanted sooo much to make my first born something special.
So, I gave knitting a go…not my forte, I tried it, we didn’t get on and I have not tried it ever since.
A friend suggested Crochet and I loved it! Crochet just came naturally, so much easier (to me) and within days I was hooked, literally!
I found such a great source for patterns on All free crochet there are 1000’s of projects on here for a complete beginner and any project you can think of. You can even search by the yarn or hook size you have so it was a great way of getting started with what I had as I was not yet mastered in yarn size and hooks.
I would definitely check out All free crochet for your first project. Here are a few of my faves that you will love!
Powdered sugar scarf this a a beginner pattern for a gorgeous, soft and stylish scarf. You will be chuffed to pieces when you have completed this. It is a beautiful first project and will help you create a first project with beautiful texture and design.
60 minute ribbed scarf another quick and beautiful project. You can complete in just an hour using 2 skeins of yarn. This scarf shows you how to create that ribbed texture we all love in crochet and knitting. You will love this pattern. It’s really easy to follow and creates a lovely scarf. I’m sure you will use this pattern a lot.
Camel stitch easy blanket I love this blanket. Perfect for a beginner. This is made with the Camel stitch which gives a great chunky texture. It looks great and is very quick and easy to work up. It is just lovely made in white and would make a great piece for any home.
I started with a blanket, realising quickly that the chunkier the yarn and the bigger the hook, the quicker I could make it and move on to the next thing.
I made scarfs ( it was 85 degrees Fharenheit), blankets, table mats – anything square or rectangular that could be made with the 4 stitches I had mastered… I was mad for it!
I looked at lovely little bootie patterns and bought the yarn, I quickly lost my mojo when they didn’t look exactly like the picture and I kept forgetting where I was in the pattern.
I think it takes a while just to get your new found skill out of your system, whipping up yarn all over, pulling out and starting again and then gradually calming down and taking your time and enjoying a more complex project.
YouTube is a great place for watching Crochet videos, learning stitches and just seeing for the first time how it all comes together.
This was my go to when I didn’t understand the abbreviations or US and UK terms and I could just watch a video and follow them – I highly recommend this if you are just starting out. (If you give me a few days I will add a video to this pattern and help you about a bit).
Moral of the story is, sometimes whether you are a beginner, pro or somewhere in between, we all love one of those projects where you can just switch off know what you are doing and create something pretty awesome in one night! So here goes –
I already have a Mermaid tail pattern, it’s a regular pattern with row counts and counted stitches, increases decreases – the norm. This Mermaid tail would take a few evenings and overall is lovely as a finished project, But…
I have hacked my own design!! Whaaat!
Although the overall finish is astonishingly similar the ONE EVENING Mermaid tail will be chunkier and the stitch spacing will be much larger. The best part is…No counting!!
You fully customise how wide and high you want it as you go…trust me on this! You cannot go wrong!!
ONE EVENING Mermaid tail blanket!!
25mm Crochet Hook
15mm Crochet Hook
Yarn (depends on how big or small you chose yourself)
DK is my choice you can purchase a range of beautiful Mermaidesque
colours here Magic light yarn it comes in packs of 4 so is perfect for this project!
With your huge 25mm hook and FOUR strands of yarn
Chain (Recommended) Toddler: Ch8, Toddler Ch12, Junior Ch15, Teen, Chain 18, Adult Ch 21
Hdc – Half double crochet: Yarn over insert into indicated stitch, yarn over and pull through all 3 hoops on your hook.
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd chain from hook, Hdc across.
Row 2: do not chain, Hdc along the other side of the foundation chain
Join with a slip stitch and place marker.
Do not chain, Continue to Hdc around when meeting the other side opposite marker place another marker. (Make sure your markers are different i.e one is longer or different colour so you know where your row ends)
Now you are on your own…Just kidding :)!
You can continue Hdc around (move markers up as you go) till you have your desired height for feet section.
Toddler: 8 rows
Junior: 10 rows
Teen 13 rows
Adult 15 rows
Then for your increase to make wider:
From your beginning row marker hdc 3 stitches, Hdc increase (2x Hdc in same stitch), Hdc across to next marker, hdc 3 stitches, Hdc increase, Hdc to end, join.
Now it really is up to you!!
To continue you can Hdc a few rows, I Hdc 2 rows for Toddler, 3 Rows for Junior/ Teen, 4 rows adult then I increase again from counting in 3 stitches from my markers, (2x Hdc in the 4th stitch)
Then I do my Hdc rows again and then increase 3 stitches in from each marker. Its that simple!! you can adjust the height and width yourself. If you think it s getting too wide. Drop the increase and just Hdc around.
When you are happy with size (do not fasten off) turn inside out and make sure you have finished at the right marker and that your sides match. If not Hdc across till they meet. Fasten off weave in ends.
With your 15mm hook and still 4 strands of yarn
(this will make it nice and stiff and not too floppy)
Chain 14 (for all sizes)
WE WILL BE WORKING IN THE BACK LOOPS ONLY FOR THE TAIL!
Hdc ,in 3rd chain from hook, Hdc across and 3hdc in last stitch, CHAIN ONE and turn,
Hdc across, Chain 1, turn
Hdc across, 3 Hdc in last stitch, Chain 1 turn
Repeat to your desired size. Finish off weave in ends.
Make two and stitch together or join on the foundation chain and Hdc across,
(Back loops only) 3 Hdc in last stitch, chain 1, turn, repeat until both sides match!
Now sew your tail to the body. I use a whip stitch but you can sew however you are comfortable with. I usually count up 4 rows and attach and the side so it has a nice flick to the tail.
You have made a gorgeous chunky Mermaid tail blanket fully customised by you in just a few short hours. Your next one will be much quicker and you wont need this pattern the second time. You will just do it from your head 😉 the perfect project!
I made a junior for this tutorial its 35″ high and took just 3.5 hours!
I hope this has made sense? please comment with your feedback, questions, tips.
I would love to see some finished pieces!!
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