A few months back my sister sent me this amazing painted picture of my youngest. Long before she did that she had randomly asked on facebook about trading a painting for a crocheted mermaid tail blanket, but she of course went ahead and just did a painting as a house warming gift. The sweetest, right? I decided as a thank you to go ahead and make the blanket and send it her way. She lives in North Carolina so she will get some cold weather where she can use this for sure.
I used this free pattern and found it an easy one to crochet. It’s just such a large blanket (to me! ha!) that I would work on it some, get tired of it, take a much too long break from it, and then pick it up again so it took me a few months to finish. You basically crochet like you are making a regular blanket until it’s long enough to go from your waist to your ankles, then you connect it and start decreasing in the rows to create the look of a tail. The fin is a separate piece that you crochet and then add to the tail.
Instead of trying to do different colors of yarn I went with a variegated one instead. I used Lion Brand’s Tweed Stripes in Caribbean. It seemed very “ocean-y” to me and I love how it turned out. It creates detail without having to change the yarn constantly. I found it at our local Hancock Fabrics and JoAnns.