There are a couple of kids at our church that I babysit quite regularly and I thought it would be nice to make them something special for Christmas.
The little girl is four and loves Frozen and princesses and all things girly. When I saw the mermaid tail blankets, I thought it was a perfect idea for her. I had a few balls of yarn that I wanted to use up…score and score. Sorry…I can’t remember if it was Lion Brand Homespun or Loops and Threads Cozy yarn.
There are many fishtail blankets out there. I used this pattern because I like the way the shell stitch looks like scales. Overall, I would say it’s fairly straightforward and not too difficult. Because I don’t have a lot of experience following crochet patterns, I started off quite well but lost some ground as I began working in the round. It may have been better my first time around to make it flat and sew up the back, as it seems a little wonky at the back where I started in the round. The back is partially open for ease of slipping into the blanket.
It was my first try at the shell stitch, and I rather liked it. I alternated between one row of the pale purple and two rows of the turquoise multi (because I had more of it). I think a single row of each would have made a nicer pattern. I added a darker purple row every few rounds.
In hindsight, I probably should have used a larger hook. I believe I used a nine for the body and an eight for the tail–maybe an eight and seven? It took a whole lot more yarn than I expected; but, perhaps this was partly due to the too-small-hook. I ended up buying another ball of the purple to finish the tail and trim. This is a super soft and cozy blanket!
This little girl has a two-year-old brother. I figured I would make him something, as well. When I saw this Nemo blanket, I was hooked. (Pun intended.) It’s just too cute. (Side note: if you are still unfamiliar with ravelry, you should check it out. They have so many lovely, free patterns.) I had the mermaid tail under my belt at this point, making a better finish. The pattern also started at the bottom, so perhaps that helped me. I used a number six hook, and Red Heart Soft yarn in tangerine, black and white. As the name suggests, it is quite soft and silky. A lovely finish all in all.
If this motivates you to dig out your crochet hooks, take a look at my Pinterest board for some inspiration. My hooks won’t get much of a break…I have two new grandlittles coming in February! You can see the blankets I made for my first two grandlittles here.
I’m in the midst of putting baby patterns on their own board…my crochet board was getting rather full!