Mermaids, unicorns, and magic, oh my! Have you noticed an explosion of popularity for mermaids and other fantasy creatures in the last several months? That’s why it’s so delightful that we have crafters acknowledging this trend with for-sale as well as free patterns. Mermaids, especially are a fun toy to make for those collectors of magical beings, or for little kids to add to their collection of mythical creatures. Black Hat Llama offers a free mermaid pattern that is just the right size to accompany kids in the car, or to help an adult spruce up their work space or artistic inspiration corner.
Though amigurumi might be somewhat intimidating to newer crocheters, the easy shapes and few pieces to assemble make this mermaid a fine beginner’s project, especially because there are no special stitches. As long as you know the standard stitches (single, double, and triple crochet) as well as how to increase and decrease, you’ll be fine. Of course, if you need to learn a new stitch, find a tutorial video on YouTube before beginning your mermaid so as to cut down on stress and frustration.
Make sure that you have all the materials you need before beginning the project:
- 2.5mm and 3mm crochet hooks
- 2 6mm eyes
- filling (poly fiber)
- yarn for body, tail, hair, and outfit
- tapestry needle
Since the doll is smaller than average, the amigurumi might be a little more finicky, but the project won’t end up taking as long a time as it would if the doll were a standard size. You can embellish it any way you choose – adding buttons to the hair and top, adding sequins to the tail for a scaly look, or embroidering the eyes and mouth. You can utilize ribbon, lace, and fabric as well. However you choose to create your mermaid, you’re sure to delight the recipient of this gift.