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Picture of The Little Crochet Mermaid
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Have you ever wanted a palm-sized mermaid? Well, I'll show you how to crochet one here!
Note that I designed this mermaid to be small enough to fit in your hand. If you want a larger mermaid, you will have to use a thicker yarn and a larger hook.

Materials: (items used in this tutorial)
- You will need 5-6 colors of yarn for the skin (brown), tail (dark green), fins (light green), bra (yellow), hair (black), and face details (black). (I used Marks&Kattens brand "Bianca" 100% cotton yarn)
- Crochet hook (I used a size 1/2.75MM Boye hook)
- Yarn needle
- Scissors
- Stuffing (polyester filling)

Abbreviations and Notes:
mr - magic ring
st - stitch(es)
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
(st) - total number of workable stitches
scdec - single crochet decrease
2sc in ___ st - single crochet increase
join - slip stitch in the first stitch of the round to connect the two ends of the round

 
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Step 1: Crochet the Pieces

Picture of Crochet the Pieces

A - The Head (make 2)
Round 1: Create a mr and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
Round 2: 2sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (12st)
Round 3: [Sc in next st, 2sc in next st] repeat around. Join. Ch1. (18st)
Round 4: [Sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st] repeat around. Join. Ch1. (24st)
Round 5: Sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (24st)
Round 6: Repeat round 5. Finish off.
Note: You will need to leave a long tail on at least one of these pieces to later sew the pieces together.

B - The Body (make 1)
Round 1: Create a mr and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
Round 2: 2sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (12st)
Round 3: [Sc in next st, 2sc in next st] repeat around. Join. Ch 1. (18st)
Round 4: Sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (18st)
Rounds 5-10: Repeat round 4. Finish off.

C - The Arms (make 2)
Round 1: Create a mr and sc 6 inside. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
Round 2: Sc in each st around. (6st)
Rounds 3-7: Repeat round 2. Finish off.
Note: If you're going to turn your pieces with the right side facing outwards (like I did), you will need to do this to the arms within the first couple of rows. Because of how smal they are, this will be difficult to do if you wait until the end.

D - The Tail (make 1)
Round 1: Create a mr and sc 3 inside. Join. Ch 1. (3st)
Round 2: 2sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
Round 3: Sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (6st)
Round 4: [Sc in next st, 2sc in next st] repeat around. Join. Ch 1. (9st)
Round 5: Sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (9st)
Round 6: [Sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st] repeat around. Join. Ch 1. (12st)
Round 7: Sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (12st)
Round 8: [Sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st] repeat around. Join. Ch 1. (15st)
Round 9: Sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (15st)
Round 10: [Sc in next 4 st, 2sc in next st] repeat around. Join. Ch 1. (18st)
Round 11: Sc in each st around. Join. Ch 1. (18st)
Rounds 12-16: Repeat round 11. Finish off.

E - The Fins (make 2)
Ch 8. Turn.
Row 1: Skip first ch, sc in each remaining ch across. Ch 1. Turn. (7st)
Row 2: Sc in next 5 st, 1 scdec. Ch 1. Turn. (6st)
Row 3: 1 scdec, sc in next 4 st. Ch 1. Turn. (5st)
Row 4: Sc in next 3 st, 1 scdec. Ch 1. Turn. (4st)
Row 5: 1 scdec, sc in next 2 st. (3st) Finish off.
Note: Both of your tails (from the foundation chain and from finishing) should now be facing in the same direction. Leave a long enough tail on both fins to later sew the fins onto the tail-piece.

Now you should have all of the pieces shown in the picture above.

pieterg19 days ago
thanks for the inspiration! My daughter thinks you are the best.... maybe time for a serious discussion about meeting people on the internet and the importance of having a father like me......
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bellas_dream4 months ago
So freakin cute I love them :D

They look really cute! I'm still a beginner in crochet.. really wish I could make this!

AlligatorCreator (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz6 months ago

Once you learn how to crochet in rounds, increase, and decrease, it really opens up a whole new world of things you can make with crochet. Just keep practicing and learning and you'll be able to do this sort of thing in no time! :)

These are uber adorbs!

lindarose926 months ago

So cute!! :)

jmyers236 months ago
Crochet has defeated me, so I knit. This makes me wish I could crochet! I love it!