Mermaid blanket / afghan
If you have a crochet mom and sees a blanket that looks so comfy and makes you think about "The little Mermaid", shouldn't you get a blanket like that to cuddle in during cold winter nights? Of course, you should. So, I made a mermaid blanket for my daughter, as she wished. It was really easy:
- Crochet a tube: Like a sleeping sack. There are also models of mermaid blankets that are like an ordinary blanket and just a pocket to put your feet into. My daughter wanted something that really embraced her, so I made almost like a sleeping sack.
- Crochet something that looks like a fish tail.
- Use crochet stitches that give a wavy impression, i.e. impression of fish skin.
- Make it long enough to cover the shoulders, because you will be able to really cuddle up in this a cold winter evening. If you want it shorter, just fold the top.
The yarn is Caron Cakes int he colour Faerie Cake from Michael's and crochet hook 6.0 mm. I used 5 cakes (=1000 gr or 1750 meters). The yarn is soft and easy to work with. The colour is absolutely beautiful in real life and I do like the each colour is long enough to make a stripey impression instead of the often very busy patterns that plenty of variegated yarns have.
This is the sketch I draw and used as a pattern.
Close up at the fish tail. I have noticed other people making them up from side-to-side instead, but my idea was that the fens shouldn't be to heavy. I just continued with the same pattern and tried to shape them to somtehing fish-like.
To show the difference between the two ways to do this:
Either you make a tube and leave an openingen at the top. Or you make a blanket and add a fish tail and a pocket for the feet.
I brought home the Caron Cakes yarn from the States, but I do hope I will be able to get som for a reasonable prices here at home too (Sweden). I can only express my jealousy for the amazing crafts shops I visited in Pennsylvania (beautiful friendly Manheim - Lancaster - State College). So much to choose from and reasonable prices. Large affordable skeins of yarns and not those tiny little skeins you get here. It was a crafter's fulfilled dream to shop there.