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TINY CROCHETED MERMAID

Copyright Susan M. Whitlock

Materials: Small amounts of Knit-Cro-Sheen in light tan and green and whatever color you wish for the hair. Steel crochet hook # 7. Stuffing. Small amounts of crochet thread in different colors for the tiny decorations---pinks and greens--or whatever color you wish.

Start at the head and work down.

Head and neck:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (12 sc)

Rnd 3 - 7: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (12 sc)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, *1 sc dec over the next 2 sc, cont. from * around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sc)

Rnd 9 - 10: Ch 2, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sc)

Rnd 11: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (12 sc)

Rnd 12: Repeat rnd 11. (24 sc)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 14: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc; skip the next 4 sc {this will be where you work the arm---later}; 1 sc in each of the next 8 sc; skip the next 4 sc {this will be where you work the arm---later}; 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, join with a sl st to the first sc.

Body:

Rnd 15 - 18: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 19: Ch 1, *1 sc dec over the next 2 sc, cont. from * around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (8 sc)

Rnd 20: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. Break off light tan.

Beginning of tail:

Rnd 21 - 25: Attach green thread where you broke off the tan. Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 26: Ch 1, *1 sc dec over the next 2 sc, cont. from * around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (8 sc)

Rnd 27 - 41: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc {{or you can work in continuous rounds from here until you get to the tail fins---remember if you work this way not to do the ch 1‘s}} (8 sc)

Rnd 42: Ch 1, * 1 sc dec over the next 2 sc, cont. from * around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (4 sc)

Rnd 43: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (4 sc)

Row 44: Ch 1, flatten and work through both the front and back stitches (this will close the tail’s end) 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc. (4 sc)

Tail fin:

Row 45: Ch 4, 3 tr in first sc (4 tr counting the beginning ch 4); 1 tr - 1 dc - 1 hdc - 1 sc in the next sc; 1 sc - 1 hdc - 1 dc - 1 tr in the next sc; 3 tr in the next sc, then ch 4 and sl st back into the same sc. Break off and weave in the ends.

Arms (work two):

Now you will attach the light tan in the spaces that were left in Rnd 14, Ch 1, 1 sc in the same sc, 1 sc in each sc around and in the underarm space too, join with a sl st to the first sc, 1 sc around. You will have 5 sc, 2 sc on each side and one on the underarm space.

Keep working 5 sc around, but DO NOT JOIN THE RNDS FROM NOW ON. Work in continuous rnds until you have the length you need for each arm (about 8 rnds). Now you will work 1 sc dec (drawing out the loops so that it looks like a hand) over the next 2 sc for the hand. Break off and weave in all the loose ends.

There will be a tiny opening left when you finish the hand---you could put in a tiny wire of some sort so you can bend the arms however you want them.

 

SMALL CROCHETED MERMAID

Copyright Susan M. Whitlock

Materials: Small amounts of Knit-Cro-Sheen in light tan and green and whatever color you wish for the hair. Steel crochet hook # 7. Stuffing. Small amounts of crochet thread in different colors for the tiny decorations---pinks and greens--or whatever color you wish.

Start at the head and work down.

Head and neck:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (12 sc)

Rnd 3 - 7: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (12 sc)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, *1 sc dec over the next 2 sc, cont. from * around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sc)

Rnd 9 - 10: Ch 2, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sc)

Rnd 11: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (12 sc)

Rnd 12: Repeat rnd 11. (24 sc)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 14: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc; skip the next 4 sc {this will be where you work the arm---later}; 1 sc in each of the next 8 sc; skip the next 4 sc {this will be where you work the arm---later}; 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, join with a sl st to the first sc.

Body:

Rnd 15 - 18: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 19: Ch 1, *1 sc dec over the next 2 sc, cont. from * around, join with a sl st to the first sc. Break off tan here. (8 sc)

Beginning of tail:

Rnd 20: Attach green thread where you broke off the tan. Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 21: Ch 1, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in the next sc, cont. around from * ,join with a sl st to the first sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 22 - 24: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc.

Rnd 25: Ch 1, *1 sc in next sc, 1 sc dec in over next 2 sc, cont. around from *, join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 26: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 27: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 28: : Ch 1, *1 sc in next sc, 1 sc dec in over next 2 sc, cont. around from *, join with a sl st to the first sc. (10 sc)

Rnd 29 - 34: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (10 sc)

Rnd 35: Ch 1, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc dec over next 2 sc, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (9 sc)

Rnd 36: Repeat rnd 35. (8 sc)

Rnd 37 - 42: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc. (8 sc)

Tail fin:

Row 43: Flatten the tail together now and work in rows---Ch 1, (working through both thicknesses) 1 sc in each sc across. (4 sc)

Row 44: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc across. (8 sc)

Row 45: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in same sc (2 dc counting ch 3), 2 dc in each sc across. (16 dc)

Row 46: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same dc (2 dc counting ch 3), 1 dc in each dc up to the last dc, 2 dc in the last dc. (18 dc)

Row 47: Ch 4, turn, 1 tr in the same dc (2 tr counting ch 4), 2 tr in each of next 4 dc; 2 dc in the next dc, 2 hdc in the next dc, 2 sc in the next dc, sl st in the next 2 dc, 2 sc in the next dc, 2 hdc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 2 tr in each of the next 5 dc. Break off and weave in the ends.

Arms (work two):

Now you will attach the light tan in the spaces that were left in Rnd 14, Ch 1, 1 sc in the same sc, 1 sc in each sc around and in the underarm space too, join with a sl st to the first sc, 1 sc around. You will have 5 sc, 2 sc on each side and one on the underarm space.

Keep working 5 sc around, but DO NOT JOIN THE RNDS FROM NOW ON. Work in continuous rnds until you have the length you need for each arm (about 8 rnds). Now you will work 1 sc dec (drawing out the loops so that it looks like a hand) over the next 2 sc for the hand. Break off and weave in all the loose ends.

There will be a tiny opening left when you finish the hand---you could put in a tiny wire of some sort so you can bend the arms however you want them.

 

Hair:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, join with a sl st to the front loop of the first sc.

Rnd 2: *Ch 6, sl st back into the front loop of same sc, sl st into the front loop of the next sc, cont. around from * to next rnd.

Rnd 3: Sl st into the back loop of the rnd you just worked, ch 1, 1 sc into back loop of each sc around, join with a sl st into the front loop of the first sc.

Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2---except ch 10.

Rnd 5: Repeat rnd 3---except 2 sc in each sc around.

Rnd 6: Repeat rnd 2---except ch 12.

Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 3.

Rnd 8: Repeat rnd 2---except ch 20. Break off and weave in all the loose ends.

Different Hair:

Make like you are working different strands of grasses…and attach tiny decorations as you work the grasses.

Ch 5 or 6 with green, join with a sl st to form a ring. Work 8 sc in ring (don’t join). Now work 2 sc in each sc around. Then start making different strands of grass. Work two strands in each sc around (I worked in the front loops only---then when I get to the end of the hair strands---I worked in the back loops until I had a little cap to slip onto the head of the mermaid---then leave a long tail when I break off and use a needle and sew the cap onto the head of the mermaid---tacking some of the strands of grass hair to the mermaid in the front.)

Grasses:

#1

Ch 20 (or more for longer hair), sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch back to beginning ch. You can make several of these together---3 or 4 and then go onto the next section.

#2

*Ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch, cont. from * about 7 or 8 times, then sl st along edge back to the beginning ch. The piece will curl some as you work. (Or you could *ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch, cont. from * about 7 or 8 times, then sl st back to beginning---you can work a sl st in each st back or you could skip some and make it curl more).
#3

*Ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, cont. from * about 4 or 5 times (or more if you want longer grass); then *ch 3, sl st back into 3rd ch from hook, cont. from * back to beginning ch, sl st in beg ch.

#4

Make a ch of 20 or more, then sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook; 2 sc in each ch to the end (this will make the piece curl as you do the sc’s---you can also put 3 sc in some of the ch’s to make it twist and curl more).

Sea Grass:

Row 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, work 1 bp dc over the next 2 dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, work 1 fp dc over the next 2 dc.

Keep working this way (alternating the bp then fp dc’s) until you have the length you need.

Last Row: Work 3 dc cluster to make the top point.

 

Tiny decorations:

Tiny-tiny seashell:

Rnd 1:Ch 5 or 6, join to form a ring. Ch 1, 8 or 10 sc in ring (depending on how big you want the shell).

Work in continuous rnds from here. 1 sc in each sc around until you have about 3 or 4 rnds (more if you wish) you will want to start stuffing the little shell now. Then start working sc dec’s around until you get to a point.

Now you will work up the side of the shell with sc’s (try to put the sc’s into a little curve as you go). Once you get to the top of the shell (do not put any sc’s into the very top rnd). Now work back with sc’s over each st. Then work back over the sc’s with two stitches in each sc---as such 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 1 dc-1hdc, 2 sc. (Or you can just form the lip of the shell however you wish as you crochet). Break off and weave in all the loose ends.

Tiny-tiny coral:

Ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each back to beginning ch; Ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each of next 3 ch; ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each back to last sl st, sl st in same st; sl st back to beginning ch.

Keep working in this way until you have the size of coral you want. Vary your lengths and also you can draw a loop up in two ch’s and then work as you would for a sc dec then sl st back in same ch (this will make the little arm curl).

Tiny-tiny seahorse:

Leave a long tail of thread at the beginning and the end to weave back through the seahorse as this will be what shapes it.

Ch 3, 1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook (this will be the head); ch 3, 1 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook; ch 3, turn, 1 dc in top of the ch 3 (this will be the body); ch 7 to 8 (this will be the tail) and then break off leaving a long tail of thread. Now take a needle or a smaller hook and weave both the beginning and ending tails of thread back through the seahorse shaping it as you go.

 

 

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