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Crochet Tutorial: Mermaid Tail Afghan Pattern—3 Sizes (Small: Child, Medium: Teen, Large: Adult)

MermaidAfghan
Several weeks ago, a few of my friends contacted me showing me a photo they found online of a mermaid blanket. Not all mermaid blankets were exactly the same, so I did my own research and used variations of different stitches and patterns I found on the internet, I created my own mermaid afghan. Since I borrowed stitches from several different patterns (including this pattern by Mad Hooker), I combined them to make my own in this exclusive FREE pattern that I have written. Below you will find the instructions to make 3 different sizes (Small, Medium, Large). You can use any combination of colors to create the scale look. This is an easy to follow pattern, and I highly recommend watching the video tutorial to follow along if you get stuck. Enjoy and Happy Hookin’! ~Nadia


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Sizing: 
Size Small will fit a child that is 4 feet-5 feet tall.
The Medium will fit anybody that is 5 feet to 6 feet tall (this is the one I filmed), and
the Large fits anybody over 6 feet tall.
The Width for each is the same so it can fit larger or skinnier people. It measures approximately 50 inches wide. 

View this video to help with making SIZE MEDIUM of this Mermaid Afghan:

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Materials:
-Red Heart Super Saver Medium (worsted) weight yarn: The skeins of yarn are Approx.364 yds (333 m) per skein. Please keep that in mind when you are purchasing yarn.
Size Small:  2 skeins Macaw, 1 skein Jade, and 1 skein Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
Size Medium: 3 skeins Macaw, 2 skeins Jade, and 2 skeins Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
Size Large: 4 skeins Macaw, 3 skeins Jade, and 3 skeins Peacock (Peacock comes in Red Heart With Love)
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Ch: chain
Sl st: slip stitch
DC: double crochet
Sc: single crochet
Sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together


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Notes:

-When you finish this project, you may sew up the “open” side to make this a full cocoon style. You may also crochet a single crochet around the entire edge to “cover up” the edges where you sew in your ends.
-To sew in your ends, just take a yarn needle and hide all the ends back into your work. (I do not show how to do this in this video, but if you watch any of my other video tutorials, I show how I sew in my ends if you want to do it like me).
-The chain is the same in all sizes, but if you dont want it that wide, chain something that is in groups of 6 +2. So if you chain something that is 114 + 2, you would have 116 chains. I hope that makes sense!
-Ch 3 at beg of rnd counts as dc throughout.
Change color after every row, sew in ends as you go
-sc2tog on “blanket” portion means to go into the middle st of 5dc group, yarn over, go into the middle st of the next 5dc group, yarn over, then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.
-To make the tail fin bigger: Repeat rows 2 and 3 for however big you want it to be (maybe 60 or 70 stitches), then repeat rows 14 and 15 to decrease for the other half. I hope that makes sense!


Small

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 sts,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 sts, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 sts, sc in next dc (middle DC), skip 2 sts, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-50: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will need to be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 51.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 51:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 50 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 52: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 51) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 52. (see video to help explain this)
Round 53:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 54: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 55: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 56: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 55) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 56. (see video to help explain this)
Round 57: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 58: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 59: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 60: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.


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Medium (Demonstrated in Video Tutorial)

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 sts,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 sts, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 sts, sc in next dc (middle DC), skip 2 sts, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-66: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 67.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 67:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 66 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 68: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 67) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 68. (see video to help explain this)
Round 69:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 70: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 71: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 72: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 71) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 72. (see video to help explain this)
Round 73: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 74: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 75: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 76: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

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Large

Ch 153
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc)
Row 2: sc in first dc, *skip 2 sts, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, sc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made)
Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 dc,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc,  repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn
Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip 2 dc, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning  ch 3, ch 3 and turn.
Row 5-74: repeat rows 3-4 (Your last row will be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and just continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle at this point. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 75.
Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle) I highly suggest watching the video to understand this part.
Round 75:  Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 74 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of prev row.
Round 76: sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from prev. rnd (rnd 75) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 76. (see video to help explain this)
Round 77:5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in the last sc
Round 78: (dec round) Sc2tog (see Notes), *5dc in next sc, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog
Round 79: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping
Round 80: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with Sc2tog into middle of 5dc gropuing from prev. rnd (rnd 79) AND the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 80. (see video to help explain this)
Round 81: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, Sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 82: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc
Round 83: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc
Round 84: (dec. round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have 2 shells left, if you have 3 or 4 shells, thats okay too! Fasten off anyway and sew it closed.)
Fasten off with long tail, sew remaining hole closed.

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Tail Fin (Same for all sizes)

Row 1: Chain 43, dc in 4th ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (40dc)
Row 2: Dc2tog, dc in each stitch across, ch 2, Turn (39dc)
Row 3:  DC in each stitch until the last 2 sts, dc2tog, ch 2, turn (38)
Row 4-11: repeat row 2 & 3 until you have 30 sts
Row 12: Dc2tog, Dc2tog, dc in each st across, ch 2, turn (28)
Row 13: Dc in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2dc in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (30)
Row 14: 2dc in first st, dc across, ch 2, turn (31)
Row 15: dc across until the last st, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn (32
Rows 16-23: Repeat rows 14 & 15 until you have 40 sts
Row 24: Dc across
Sc around entire tail, put 3 sc in each corner around, once you come back to the beginning do not fasten off, ch 1 and turn so you are working on the flat side of fin (the side edge that is going to be sewed to the tail)
I suggest watching the video to understand this next part.
Row 1: sc2tog across, ch 1 turn
Row 2: sc2tog across, ch 1 turn
Row 3: *sc2tog, sc next, repeat from * across, ch 1 turn
Row 4: *sc2tog, sc in next, repeat from * across,
Fasten off with long tail.
Sew to tail using photo and video provided at the beginning of this pattern for a guide.
 
Finishing:
Sew in all loose ends. Enjoy being a mermaid!!

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577 responses

  1. HI, I am doing the small. I followed the directions and came up with the 25 shells, but it is 46″ wide and at row 25 it is only 12″ (not even to my knee and I am only 4’9″ tall).. Which means at 50 rows it will not be to my ankle. Any suggestions.? I am afraid I will be ripping it out (pain since I have woven my ends) and start over.

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    • Just keep going! You’re shells are the width around the body in a circle, your rows are the height up along the body from feet to waist. I made myself a word doc where i went row 66, 67, 68, 69 all the way to row 97. I made it as sort of a sleeping bag for my 9 year old granddaughter. It is wide enough around to have her snuggle in, and when she is a grownup she will still be able to use it as a lap blanket. When I got done with row 97, I just went on to following the instructions for row 67 like the other rows didn’t even matter. I would just keep track of which is a “3” row and which is a “4” row for your own sanity and ease of counting. Sure, it takes a minute when you are finished with a row to go into Word and mark it complete (I used a little “x”), but it is better than getting confused. If all else fails, rip back and start over. That is a better option than “finishing” something that is fundamentally wrong. I hope this helps! -Valeri (valeripaxtonsteele@gmail.com)

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      • By adding rows I will end up making a medium or large when what I wanted was a small. A mermaid blanket that is wider than it is long looks really off and that is what you get by having the same chain for all 3 sizes. And following your instructions for the small I have run out of yarn already and I am not done. I am disappointed.

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      • Oh, Kelly, I’m so sorry if I goofed you up somehow. My name is Valeri, and I really thought I was helping by advising you. Go back to Nadia’s instructions, double check her video, and see if something is different between her pattern and your work. You may have to frog (rip-it) back and start from the beginning. Please don’t get discouraged. This blanket is super cute and comfortable, and my granddaughter loved it. If all else fails, there is a spot on this blog where it says “contact” and it gives a link to email Nadia directly. She is super sweet and approachable, and can help you try to figure out the best solution. Many hugs. -V

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  4. I just finished making the mermaid blanket from your YouTube video. Just wanted you to know that your video instructions were awesome. They were very clear and helped me tremendously. Also kudos to your video guy, he did a great job too. I have been looking for this pattern for a long time and I’m glad that you had a step-by-step video to help me out because I’m sure I never would’ve gotten through this. Way to go! Thank you very much

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  5. Thank you so much for this awesome pattern! It is turning out beautifully. Just a suggestion to eliminate a lot of work sewing in ends, if you are using 3 separate colors just drop the one you are finished with and when you get back to that color row it will be there for you to just pick up again! No cutting yarn or sewing in ends.😊 Best wishes…..Terry

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  7. Hello, I have a question on the mermaid, I am using Lion Brand Mandala which is a size 3 with an I hook since the yarn in smaller than what you suggested and am making it for an adult who weighs maybe 180 pounds. I have chained 183 instead of the 153 and was wondering if you think I have adjusted enough for the size of yarn and hook or if it would be better to ch 153 as you suggested?

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  9. Hi Nadia, I have gotten down to going in the round, I made it 8 rows longer to get it to go from the hip to the ankle but since I started doing the rounds it doesn’t seem like it will be long enough. I’ve decided to do row 75 for five to ten rows since I do want it to come up higher and then start on the remainder rows. Do you think there will be any problem with that?

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  10. Has anyone made this for someone a little bit larger? I’m not trying to be insensitive, I just don’t want to give someone a blanket they can’t wear. Trying to decide if I should make the initial chain longer? if you fold the chain in half that is the width on the opening correct?

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    • I made mine longer, sort of like a sleeping bag for a 9 year old. I also checked, and I fit into it nicely – both width and length were perfect for a grown up. My latest Facebook post shows pictures. Hugs! Valeri Feinbloom

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      • I’m more concerned about the width of the opening? I just want to make sure it will be wide enough so I’m not sure if I should start with a longer chain? Is the chain length folded in half the width the opening will be? Thank you so much for your help!

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      • Yes, you are correct, the shells are created on your foundation chain, and that will be the width around in a circle. So, if you are worried about how snug the opening will be, try wrapping the foundation chain around yourself in the belly/hip area, and see how it fits! Hugs. -V

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  11. She says in the notes section it is a multiple of
    6+2. But the original 153 is not …151 is not a multiple of six. Do you know how to correctly make the chain a little longer or am I missing something?

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    • Wow, you know, I never noticed that! Talk to Nadia on Facebook, if you need to. I just trusted the pattern. Mine worked out, as far as I remember, with no problems.It was a long time ago that I made this. But if you can’t reach her, and you really want to get started, my thought would be to follow the 6 plus 2. Then, as you get toward the end of the first real row (after your foundation chain row), if you notice a problem, fudge it a little, like maybe skip one or skip three or whatever to make the end stitch actually come out right where it is supposed to…. Hugs!

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  13. Maybe it’s been said before but it’s a lot less work to just ‘travel’ your yarn to the next row that colour is needed. No ends except at the beginning and end. I added a row of dc’s and a row of shells around the edges to get rid of the loops on the sides.

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  14. Great tutorial! Has really helped at several points. I am so happy to have learnt the chainless foundations stitch but am wondering why you didnt use it for the tail? I cheated and am using Caron variegated Simply Soft Paints OCEANA yarn which is in shades of purples and greens so only a few ends to sew in for each ball.

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  15. row 14 in the tail is different in the video than in the pattern. which is correct:2 DC in the first stitch or 2 DC in each of the first two stitches?

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  16. I would like to suggest a way to avoid having all those ends to work in for each row. Using the yarn for the medium size to work from, work from one skein for the first row; do not cut the yarn. Start the second row with the first skein of yarn, and again do not cut the yarn at the end of the row. To start the third row, use the second skein of yarn of the same color of the first row. Start the fourth row with the second skein of the same color used for row two. When starting the fifth row, carry the yarn from the third row up to the fifth row. Do the same with the second color.

    When working with a single skein of yarn, crochet from the center strand on one side of the afghan. Crochet from the outer strand for the other side of the afghan. Thus the yarn is carried up from the opposite end after each completed row. Using the first yarn used, single crochet up (or down) each side to cover the carries made. I find that two single crochets made into the end of each double crochet row works well for this edging.

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