This is a very long overdue post to go along with the Mermaid Tail Blanket that I posted right before this one. I made this for my cute little nephew, Kolton Lee, as a Christmas present. I made his sister the Mermaid Tail and I wanted to find a boy version. While I think that boys can absolutely have a mermaid tail, which is what he would have gotten if I hadn’t found this, I am so glad that I came across this pattern.
The thing about these cocoons is that yes, they are FAST to work up, but they do take a lot of yarn. Personally I would rather use more yarn and finish my project quicker though! I lucked out and had this pattern picked out in time for me to hit the Black Friday sale at Walmart, so I found the yarn that I needed for only $2 a skein instead of it’s usual $4. I believe that I ended up using 11 skeins total. It was Lion’s Brand, the super chunky stuff. I think that if I were to make this again (and oh, I totally will be), that I would try it with three strands of Red Heart worsted weight yarn. While the Lion’s Brand is incredibly soft, it also made it HEAVY! My arms were getting tired turning the blanket over and over and over! That is another reason that I will use worsted weight next time. I found the buttons that I used for the eyes at Walmart for $1 or $2 a piece. I also used two strands of regular worsted weight, Red Heart yarn for the teeth and gums. Easy peasy!
The pattern that I used was one that I would highly recommend– MJ’s Bulky & Quick Shark Blanket. I know that some people balk at the idea of paying for patterns, but I really think that you can tell a difference in the end product in a pattern that you have paid for and one that you can get for free. Not always! But sometimes, I think it is 100% worth it to pay the little bit for the pattern to get a more professional look.
As far as the pattern itself, I followed it exactly. it worked up extremely quick, within 4 or 5 hours from start to finish. The only thing that I would change if I were to do it again would be to change the placement of the fin :-). While Kolton didn’t think anything of it, the adults all had a little snicker at it. Also, you might notice that his feet looked pretty squished in there. That’s because this little guy likes to wear his boots about 3 sizes too big! lol. He clunk clunk clunks around in a pair of boots that were meant for his sister, and he doesn’t care a bit!
I actually plan to work one or two of these up to take with me in my farmer’s market and craft booth this year. I hope they sell well!