This is my take on the mermaid tail blanket. Since I have no daughters, I had to make one for myself. I was going to attempt one in the crocodile stitch, but since I wanted to complete it over the Christmas holiday break, I decided to go for a simpler design that still had some texture to it. I opted for the design by YARNutopia By Nadia Fuad which uses shells, and I modified it slightly to make it double-stranded. I also modified the fin from the Emma-Noel Mermaid Tail to make it double-stranded. I like it double-stranded because it makes the blanket feel even more cushy and warm, although, it uses a lot of yarn this way.
– 10 skeins of worsted weight yarn for the body. (I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! Ombre in Nightwatch)
– 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn for the fin. (I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! Solids in Purple)
– small amount of worsted weight yarn as an accent. (I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! Solids Antique Teal)
– Size M/N (9.0mm) Crochet Hook
Medium (Small Adult/Teen)
Holding two strands together, I chained 128. Working in the 3rd chain from the hook, I crochet 126 dc across. I then worked 22 shells across. I continued working like the original pattern indicates for 50 rows before joining in the round. I am rather short at 5′, so more rows may need to be worked if you are taller.
The decrease rows are longer on my version than the original pattern, though, as I did a gradual decrease. For the first few rows, I did several decreases per row, adding an additional decrease as I worked up the rows, i.e. Round 1, I worked one decrease, the next round, I did two decreases, the third round, I did 3 decreases, and so forth. I only got up to four or five decreases before switching back to one decrease per row, which I worked from the end of one round to the beginning of the next round. This brings the end to a point, which ended in a more v-shape tail. On each side of this v-shape, is where I stitched on the fin.
I finished by sc with the accent yarn around the curved edge of the blanket to give it a more finished look.
I worked the fin with two strands, as well. I chained 55 and worked the rest of the pattern the same way. I ended with 10 hdc, so it is not as high of a fin. I also sc around the outside of the fin, and sl st along the inner curved part of the fin to finish it off.
Overall, I really love how it turned out!
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