My love for mermaids started when I found out that I was pregnant with my baby girl Victoria! I also love that we live in Florida right by the beach so I designed her entire nursery into a mermaid theme including this crochet mermaid.
As I was searching Etsy I stumbled across many mermaid patterns! So many were great but it was something about this specific mermaid that I fell in love with! The shell stitch on her tail matched the edge of her hair and the hair bun! It was exactly what I was looking for!
I love handmade mermaids but one thing I did not like was the beautiful iconic long-flowing mermaid hair. It looks amazing, don't get me wrong, but this project was intended for my baby girl and I could just imagine the worst. I thought it would be dangerous having that many strands of yarn plus creating the flowy hair would take forever!
So when I started to follow this pattern I made some mistakes and learned what yarn works best to get the result I was looking for. I have made a total of 11 (oh my gosh) mermaids and counting.
I am going to share with you the very first to the last mermaids that I have made and my final thoughts at the end.
To start off I want to mention that this is a paid pattern I bought myself. You can find it HERE on Etsy by Emmacrochetdesign4U.
The two mermaids above were some of the first mermaids I made. The pattern did suggest a particular brand of yarn I could not find so I used Bernat Super Value Yarn in the color natural. The beautiful multi-colored yarn is from the Red Heart brand. These dolls are the larger versions of all the mermaids that I have made and they worked great! My daughter has one of her own in this size.
I used to make and sell these on Etsy and they did very well. If you are looking for a mermaid to make and sell then I definitely recommend this one!
After making so many mermaids using Vanna's choice, Bernat Super Saver yarn, and Red Heart I found the perfect combination of yarn and hook!
My secret sauce on some smaller mermaids (about 12 inches long) is a 3.5mm Clover hook and Caron Simply soft yarn! It made the cutest mermaids and is perfect for little hands!
The pink, purple, and blue yarn used for the smaller mermaid above was one of my best sellers! The colors are so shiny and the mermaid is so soft! I truly feel like I found a gold mine when I worked up my first mermaid using Caron Simply Soft.
So my final thoughts on this pattern: it's worth every penny! It did take some getting used to the pattern and there are many pages to print out but I love that each row was separate because you do work in the round and when doing increases it helps a lot to stay on track when I needed to put my project down.
Like any pattern, but especially this one, I highly advise you to read the instructions thoroughly before starting because she does use letters to represent stitches which I was not used too. But, I can see why she did it that way and it will make sense when you get your hands on it. It made the rounds clean and easy to read. Just take your time, especially on the first try, and you'll be making beautiful mermaids is no time!
The maker and seller of the pattern is available on Etsy and you can message her with any questions. In my experience, she gets back to you in a timely manner. I highly recommend checking her pattern out!