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craft smart™ never enough crochet mermaid tail sack

A wise meme once said, “Always be a mermaid,” but that’s hard to do without the right accessories! That’s why you should try this pattern for a crocheted mermaid tail. We’ll teach you the arcade stitch, which creates a lovely shell pattern that looks just like scales.
Step 1
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: The mermaid tail blanket’s body measures 36" wide at the waist and 42" long (measuring to the base of the body). The full fin measures 36" across from tip to tip.

GAUGE: 1 shell (7 dc in one sp) = 2"; 12 sc = 4"; save time and check your gauge.

Project Note: The number of Skeins needed to complete this project is 2 - Craft Smart™ Never Enough Yarn – Turquoise/Mint Variegated and 1 - Craft Smart™ Never Enough Yarn – Turquoise 

NOTES: 
   -  The mermaid tail blanket’s body is made by crocheting a series of shells called the arcade stitch. The pattern is created by crocheting a single base row, then repeating the same four rows over and over to create beautiful fan stitches that look like scales.
   -  To increase or decrease the mermaid tail’s width, adjust the number of chains in your foundation row. Be sure to chain a number that equals a multiple of 6, plus 2.
 
MERMAID TAIL’S BODY: To make the main section (body) of the mermaid’s tail blanket, you’ll crochet in flat rows, then single crochet the sides together to make a seam at the back. Here’s how to start:
 
With Variegated Turquoise/Mint yarn, ch 110 and turn.
 
Row 1: Sk the first ch and sc into the second ch from your hook. Continue to sc into each ch
until you reach the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 2: Sc into each st until you reach the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2.
 
Row 7: Working into the back loop only, sc into each st until you reach the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
Step 2
Row 8: This will be the base row that you make in order to begin the series of rows that make up the arcade stitch. Sc once into each of the first 2 sts. Ch 3 and sk the next 3 sts. *(Sc into the following 3 sts. Ch 3 and sk the next 3 sts.) Rep from * until you reach the final 2 sts in the row. Sc into each of the remaining 2 sts. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 9: Sk the first 2 sts and 7dc into the next ch sp. *(Sk 1 st, sc into the following st, then sk the st after that. 7 dc into the next ch sp.) Rep from * until you reach the end of the row. When you have made your final 7 dc in the last ch sp of the row, sc into the final st in the row. Ch 4 and turn.
 
Row 10: Sk the first 3 sts in the row. *(Sc once into each of the following 3 sts. Ch 3 and sk the next 5 sts.) Rep from * across the row. When you’ve made the final set of 3 sc in the row, ch 1 and then dc into the final st in the row. Ch 3 and turn. 
Step 3
Row 11: Sk the first st and 3 dc into the next ch sp. Sk 1 st, sc into the following st, then sk the st after that. *(Crochet 7 dc into the next ch sp. Sk 1 st, sc into the following st, then sk the st after that.) Rep from * until you reach the final ch sp in the row. Work 4 dc into the final ch sp. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 12: Sc into each of the next 2 sts. *(Ch 3, sk the next 5 sts, then sc into the next 3 sts.) Rep from * until you have 6 sts left. Ch 3, sk 5 sts and sc into the final st. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Rows 13-16: Rep Rows 9-12. (These are the four rows that you will repeat to continue the arcade stitch.)
 
Rows 17-70: Continue to rep Rows 9-12.
 
Row 71: Rep Row 9.
 
At this point, you’ll begin to decrease stitches in each row in order to reduce the width of the mermaid tail’s body. If you follow these instructions exactly, you’ll end up with a mermaid tail that’s 42" long. If you’d like the tail to be longer, continue to repeat Rows 9-12 to add the desired length.  
Step 4
Row 72: Sk the first 3 sts in the row. *(Sc once into each of the following 3 sts. Ch 2 and sk the next 5 sts.) Rep from * across the row. When you’ve made the final set of 3 sc in the row, ch 1 and then dc into the final st in the row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 73: Sk the first st and 2 dc into the next ch sp. Sk 1 st, sc into the following st, then sk the st after that. *(Crochet 6 dc into the next ch sp. Sk 1 st, sc into the following st, then sk the st after that.) Rep from * until you reach the final ch sp in the row. Work 3 dc into the final ch sp. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 74: Sc into each of the next 2 sts. *(Ch 2, sk the next 4 sts, then sc into the next 2 sts, which should be the middle 2 dc from the 6dc shell made in the previous row.) Rep from * until you have 5 sts left. Ch 2, sk 4 sts and sc into the final st. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 75: Sk the first st and 6dc into the next ch sp. *(Sc into the following st, then sk the st after that. 6 dc into the next ch sp.) Rep from * until you reach the end of the row. When you have made your final 6 dc in the last ch sp of the row, sc into the final st in the row. Ch 3 and turn. 
Step 5
Row 76: Sk the first 2 sts in the row. *(Sc once into each of the following 2 sts, which are the middle 2 dc from the 6dc shell made in the previous row. Ch 2 and sk the next 4 sts.) Rep from * across the row. When you’ve made the final set of 2 sc in the row, ch 1 and then dc into the final st in the row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 77: Sk the first st and 2 dc into the next ch sp. Sc into the following st, then sk the st after that. *(Crochet 5 dc into the next ch sp. Sk 1 st, sc into the following st, then sk the st after that.) Rep from * until you reach the final ch sp in the row. Work 3 dc into the final ch sp. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 78: Sc into each of the next 2 sts. *(Ch 1, sk the next 3 sts, then sc into the next 3 sts, which are the middle 3 dc from the 5dc shell made in the previous row.) Rep from * until you reach the end of the row. Ch 1, sk the remaining sts and sc into the final st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 79: Sk the first 2 sts and 4dc into the next ch sp. *(Sk 1 st, sc into the following st, then sk the st after that. 4 dc into the next ch sp.) Rep from * until you reach the end of the row. When you have made your final 4 dc in the last ch sp of the row, sc into the final st in the row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 80: Sk the first 2 sts in the row. *(Sc once into each of the following 2 sts, which are the middle 2 dc from the 4dc shell made in the previous row. Ch 2 and sk the next 3 sts.) Rep from * across the row. When you’ve made the final set of 2 sc in the row, ch 1 and then dc into the final st in the row. Ch 3 and turn. 
Step 6
Row 81: Sk the first st and 1 dc into the next ch sp. Sc the next two sts together (sc2tog) to decrease the number of stitches from two to one. *(Crochet 3 dc into the next ch sp. Sc2tog the next two sts.) Rep from * until you reach the final ch sp in the row. Work 3 dc into the final ch sp. Ch 1 and turn.

TIP: Have you worked a decrease st in sc before? Here’s how to do it:
   -  Insert your hook through both loops of the first st, then yo hook.
   -  Pull the yarn through the st, so that you have two loops on your hook.
   -  Now, insert your hook into the next st and yo hook again.
   -  Pull the yarn through the loops of the st, so that you have three loops on your hook.
   -  Yo hook once more, then pull the yarn through all three loops on the hook.
   -  You’ve now decreased two sts to one st.
 
Row 82: Sc into the next st. *(Ch 2, sk the next 3 sts, then sc into the next st, which is the center dc from the 3dc shell made in the previous row.) Rep from * until you reach the end of the row. Sk the final 2 sts and sc into the final st. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 83: Sk the first st and 2dc into the next ch sp. *(Sc into the following st, then 2dc into the next ch sp.) Rep from * until you reach the end of the row. When you have made your final 2dc in the last ch sp of the row, sc into the final st in the row. Ch 2 and turn. 
 
Row 84: Sc into each st across the row. Ch 2 and turn.
Step 7
Row 85: Hdc the first two sts together (hdc2tog) to decrease the number of stitches, then hdc once into each st across the row. Ch 2 and turn.

TIP: Here’s how to work a decrease st in hdc (also called hdc2tog):
   -  Yo hook and insert your hook through both loops of the first st, then yo hook again.
   -  Pull the yarn through the st, so that you have three loops on your hook.
   -  Now, yo hook again and insert your hook into the next st and yo hook once more.
   -  Pull the yarn through the loops of the st, so that you have five loops on your hook.
   -  Yo hook a final time, then pull the yarn through all five loops on the hook.

Row 86: Rep Row 85. When you’ve made an hdc in the final st of the row, knot off your yarn, trim it free and weave in the tail. Don’t forget to weave in the tail at the beginning of the mermaid body, too! 
Step 8
Finishing: Fold the mermaid tail body in half lengthwise, with the wrong side facing outward. Match up the rows of stitches along each side edge. Make a slipknot at the end of your remaining yarn and put the hook through the loop (as you would to begin crocheting).
Beginning at the bottom (narrowest) end of the mermaid body, sc the side edges together, working through one loop on each side, to make a seam. 

TIP: When you reach the final 18" of the seam, at the top end of the mermaid body, knot off your yarn, trim it free and weave in the ends. Leaving the final 18" of the seam open will give your mermaid a little more wiggle room inside her tail, especially as she grows.
 
Once the seam is complete, flip the tail right side out, so that the seam is hidden on the inside.
Step 9
MERMAID TAIL’S FIN: To make the mermaid tail’s fin, you’ll switch to the solid turquoise yarn. Here’s how to start:
 
Ch 65 and turn.
 
Row 1: Sk the first ch and hdc into the second ch from your hook. Continue to hdc into each ch until you reach the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 2: Hdc once into each st across the row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Working into the back loop only (blo) of each st, sc once into each st across the row. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 4: Working into the blo, hdc once into each st across the row, until you reach the final two sts. Without crocheting into these two final sts, ch 1 and turn.

Row 5: Working into the blo, hdc once into each st across the row. Ch 1 and turn.
 
Row 6: Rep Row 4.

Row 7: Rep Row 5.
 
Rows 8-30: Continue to alternate Rows 4 and 5. As you work, the rows will become shorter and shorter and you’ll see a zig-zag or step pattern along one side.
 
After you’ve completed Row 30, knot off your yarn, trim it and weave in the tails at both ends.
You’ve just completed the first half of the fin.
 
Repeat Rows 1-30 to create the second half of the fin. 
Step 10
Finishing: Once both halves of the fin are complete, place one on top of the other so that all sides are lined up exactly. Make a slipknot at the end of your remaining yarn and put the hook through the loop (as you would to begin crocheting).
 
Sc together the shortest sides of the two halves (the sts along the top of the 30th row), working through both loops on each side, to make a seam. Once the two halves are connected, knot off your yarn, trim and weave in the tails. Open up the two halves to reveal your fin.
 
To sew the fin to the mermaid tail’s body, place the tail so that the center seam joining the two halves of the fin is lined up with the center of the body and the top of the tail fin is parallel to the bottom opening of the body. 
 
Thread a jumbo tapestry needle with turquoise yarn and stitch the fin at its center seam to the center point along the bottom of the body (through both top and bottom layers of the bottom edge of the body). 
 
Then stitch outward on each side, gathering the top of the fin as you stitch, so that the side edge of the tail fin matches up with the side seam of the body on either side. 
 
Once you’ve stitched body and fin together, stitch one more time across both pieces and pull to gather this seam as tightly as possible. Finally, knot off your yarn, trim it and weave in the tails.  
Step 11
ABBREVIATIONS: 
Blo = Back Loop Only
Ch = Chain(s)
Dc = Double Crochet
Hdc = Half Double Crochet
Hdc2tog = Half Double Crochet Together
Rep = Repeat
Sc = Single Crochet
Sc2tog = Single Crochet Together
Sk = Skip
Sp = Space
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Yo = Yarn Over
 
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