I'm pretty big on mermaid, and ever since knitted and crocheted mermaid tails became the in thing, people have been saying I should make one for myself or for Ivy. I finally decided to actually make one for Ivy and see how it turned out.
Obviously one for Ivy would be a lot smaller, so I could use leftover yarn for it, and when it doesn't fit her any more, she can always use it for her soft toys or something!
There are loads of patterns out there, but I decided to go with this lovely free one from b.hooked crochet, as it just looked much prettier than a lot of the other ones I came across.
The pattern was really easy to follow until I got to the frills. It involves a lot of turning back and forth to get the frills right. I did it through once and while it didn't make much sense in my head, it actually seemed to be working! I decided to just keep doing what made it look right, even if I don't think it was exactly the way the pattern was telling me to do it. But never mind, we have frills, so I'm happy!
The pattern was made for a cocoon on a newborn, but I more on the waist mermaid tail for older babies, which is what I was aiming for with Ivy. Though she's so long I don't think she'll be in it for a very long time. I'm not even sure how much she'll actually use it, it would be nice to keep her cozy for naps, but it was fun to make, and she looks cute in the photos! Though have you any idea how hard it is to get a baby to lie still in a mermaid tail! So there's a couple where she's mainly tucked up in a little ball.
Sometimes it's fun to challenge yourself to make something that looks a bit difficult but isn't completely practical! It's all practise in the end!
Now I've finished this though, I have other exciting crochet projects to move on to, so stay tuned!
- Lion Brand Vanna's Choice:
- Stylecraft Special Aran:
This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
- Craft for Ivy.