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Free Mermaid Crochet Pattern

This free mermaid crochet pattern is one of my most popular
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The Friendly Mermaid Doll is a little under 12 inches tall and 4.5
inches wide (not including the arms and hair.) This is the perfect doll
for little girls who dream of being a mermaid and swimming in the sea.
For this mermaid, I recommend using size 4 worsted weight yarn in
whatever color you prefer. This particular one used Stylecraft’s Special
Chunky in Cream. The beauty of the doll is that you are able to
customize her in any way you would like! Enjoy making her!

 

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Mermaid Pattern Materials and Abbreviations

You will need:
Approx 150 g size 4 yarn
Crochet Hook in Size 4.0 or 3.75
Tapestry Needle
Polyfil 
10 mm safety eyes
stitch marker (these are my favorite!)
Yarn for hair (the yarn for this doll is Yarn Bee from Hobby Lobby)

Abbreviations
SC- single crochet

SC INC- single crochet increase (2 SC in each stitch)

INV
DEC- Invisible decrease (put hook through the FRONT LOOP ONLY of two
consecutive stitches [two loops on hook] Yarn over pull through both
loops. [two loops on hook] Yarn over pull through two loops)

Magic Circle– Make a loop, leaving a long tail to work with. Insert hook in
center of loop, yarn over and draw up a loop. Yarn over, pull through to
make the first chain (this does not count as a stitch!). Continue to
crochet over the loop and tail with the number of stitches called for.
(If you need 6 SC, then crochet 6 SC inside the ring.) Pull the tail to
close the circle.

Always move your stitch marker to the last stitch in the round. This pattern is worked in continuous rounds.

Crochet Mermaid Pattern

Tail and Body
Round 1: In a magic circle, crochet 6 SC
Round 2. INC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: *SC in the first, INC in the next.* Repeat * * around (18)
Rounds 4-7: SC in each stitch around. (18)
Round 8: *SC in the first 2 stitches, INC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (24)
Rounds 9-12: SC in each stitch around. (24)
Round 13: *SC in the first 3 stitches, INC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (30)
Rounds 14-17: Sc in each stitch around. (30)
Round 18: *SC in the first 4 stitches, INC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (36)
Rounds 19-24: SC in each stitch around. (36)
Change to skin color.
Rounds 25- 31: SC in each stitch around. (36)
Round 32: *SC in the first 4 stitches, DEC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (30)
Round 33: *SC in the first 3 stitches, DEC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (24)
Round 34: *SC in the first 2 stitches, DEC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (18)
Round 35: *SC in the first  stitch, DEC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (12)
Rounds 36-37: SC in each stitch around. (12)
From here we will be increasing the head. From this point I am resetting the number on the rounds. Round 37 of the body is now Round 1 of the head. It will be easy to see and helps for eye placement and general counting.

Crochet Mermaid Head

(For some tips on how to keep the head from wobbling read this!)

Round 1: SC in first, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (18)
Round 2: SC in first 2, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (24)
Round 3: SC in first 3, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (30)
Round 4: SC in first 4, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (36)
Round 5: SC in first 5, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (42)
Round 6: SC in first 6, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (48)
Round 7: SC in first 7, SC INC in next. Repeat around. (54)
Round 8-20: SC in each stitch around. (54)
Place the safety eyes in between rows 13 and 14, nine stitches apart. Sew on eyelashes here. This is also a good time to place the foam roller or dowel if you are using one. Make sure to stuff the neck around the dowel as well as you can.
Round 21: SC in the first 7, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (48)
Round 22: SC in the first 6, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (42)
Round 23: SC in the first 5, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (36)
Round 24: SC in the first 4, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (30)
Round 25: SC in the first 3, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (24)
Round 26: SC in the first 2, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (18)
Round 27: SC in the first, INV DEC in the next. Repeat around. (12)
Round 28: INV DEC around. (6)

Fasten off and carefully sew the remaining hole closed. Leave a long tail to make the nose.

One Piece Fin
Round 1: In a magic circle, crochet 6 SC
Round 2. INC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: *SC in the first, INC in the next.* Repeat * * around (18)
Round 4: *SC in the first 2 stitches, INC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (24)
Round 5: *SC in the first 3 stitches, INC in the next.* Repeat * * around. (30)
Rounds 6-9: SC in each stitch around. (30)
Press
flat with the stitch marker on side end. Slip stitch the bottom
together. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew the end through up to the
top of the fin. Sew on to the tail.

Two Part Fin:
Round 1: 6 SC in a magic circle
Round 2: SC in each around. (6)
Round 3: INC in each around. (12)
Round 4: SC in each around (12)
Round 5: SC in the first, INC in the next. (18)
Rounds 6-8: SC in each around. (18)
Round 9: SC in first, INV DEC in next. Repeat around. (12)
Round 10: SC in each around. (12)
Round 11: INV DEC in each around. (6)
Round 12: SC in each around. (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew with. Make 2. Attach to the bottom of the mermaid body. They will both fit at the very end.

Arms
Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 5 . (6)
Round 2: INC in each around. (10)
Rounds 3-20: SC in each stitch around (10)
Stuff very lightly (and not all the way to the top), flatten the tops, and attach to body. I sew them on between rows 34 and 35.

Bikini Top
The pattern will be very different depending on what yarn and hook you use as well as stuffing preferences… But I chain to the desired length (make sure it wraps around the doll JUST BARELY. It will grow a little as you crochet into it) and add SC or HDC rows to desired length. I did 4. Then sew it up! Then I use a piece of yarn and connect it to the middle front and tie in the back like an actual swim suit top!

Now you need to add some hair! This post will tell you everything you need to know! 

 

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