“Once upon a time, in a far away place named Kansas, a (very pretty, if I do say so myself) auntie decided to make her munchkin niece and nephews some fun Christmas presents out of crochet. She searched high and low all over the internet until she came across this fun blanket idea. She knew that it would be the absolute perfect gift for her pretty little niece, so she set out to find the perfect yarn and got to work…”
No, but for real, as soon as I saw these mermaid blankets spring up all over the internet, I knew that my niece would just love one. That was the start of the idea to make the three of them their very own cocoon blankets. After reading all about the patterns, everyone was saying how expensive the yarn would be (around $40), but I was lucky enough to be given some yarn after my Great Aunt Fern passed away earlier this year. I remembered seeing this yarn in the boxes and thought it would be the perfect palette for a mermaid tail!!
It was called Red Heart Jewel, and I used a variegated yarn with purple, turquoise, and pink in it, a matching purple, and the matching turquoise. Since it was not bulky weight yarn like they suggested, I just used 3 strands of the regular worsted weight. It worked like a charm! All together, it took me 7 skeins per tail….if I were to buy Red Heart at Walmart @ $2.97 each, that means I would only pay about $25 in yarn. Much better than the $40 for the bulky yarn, in my opinion. I know some people don’t care for Red Heart because it isn’t the softest, but I’ve found that after a few washes it is just fine.
Since I was coming out of the end of my craft show season, I had been working on every other order/project under the sun but these Christmas gifts. It was really starting to get to me and I was afraid that I wasn’t going to get them all done! The great thing about it was that this worked up SO QUICK. Like, I was completely done in less than 4 hours. The biggest complaint/not really a complaint/first world problems is that my arms got soooo tired from having to lift and switch it over and work the giant hook. Sad, I know. But in my defense, I had been crocheting nonstop for a month straight.
The yarn looked so pretty in these colors, and it almost had a shimmery look to it (as you can see below). Not really sparkles, but it didn’t look like regular yarn either. Either way, it was a perfect mermaid tail, and I knew she would love the way it turned out.
One thing about it though, is that the blanket is a pretty thick one with using so much yarn (or using a bulky yarn), so it is HEAVY. If that turns you off of making this, I wonder if you could increase a size and just use two strands? Or just use two strands and keep the same size? Hmmmm……if you have done either let me know.
**Tip for the tail– after I had it completely crocheted and was getting ready to sew it on, I took the end that I was attaching and used my needle and put a string through the entire piece, leaving a longish tail on the one end (but don’t tie it off. Then I just tightened the tail on the string until it was the same size as the end of the tail, then I just attached it by sewing it on. That way it was the perfect ruched look and was nice and even!
They were so fast that I finished them all three in two days, so I had time to whip up another one! Good thing there was a lot of yarn in that box!
I used the same base colors and just changed the color of the tail/border to the turquoise.
I used MJ’s Off The Hook Designs Bulky and Quick Mermaid Blanket. It is SO WORTH IT to pay for this pattern! I have seen quite a few from free patterns online, but I don’t think they look as professional as these do. It is not confusing at all, and there are photos that you can use.
I love that it makes a cocoon for their feet and it’s not just a blanket that lays over them. They can actually get IN the blanket.
She loved it by the way :-).
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If you are not into making your own, but would like a mermaid tail of your own and would like to order one from me, feel free to comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .