Mermaid Doll


My Ravelry store is experiencing a bit of a malfunction right now. As I work with the administration to get that fixed, you will be able to find my mermaid doll pattern here (at least temporarily). This pattern includes instructions for making the doll (tail, fins, arms, head), attaching hair, and a basic net-styled dress that is just perfect for any little mermaid.

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Hook size G/6 – 4.25MM (I like to use a smaller hook to make these dolls (E/4 – 3.50MM), but it is harder to work with the thick yarn and the small hook. If you do use a smaller hook, keep that in your mind. Any additional outfits that you make for these dolls must also be worked in the same hook size as the doll)
  • Worsted weight yarn, in desired colors (I really like and prefer using Caron Simply Soft, but I’ve used Red Heart Super Saver to excellent results as well. A finer-thread yarn will need to be doubled up).
  • Tapestry Needle – optional for sewing in ends and attaching embellishments

Abbreviations Used

  • Ch – Chain
  • Ss – Slip stitch – Insert hook.  Yo, pull through all loops on hook.
  • Sc – Single crochet – insert hook.  Yo, pull through, Yo, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Sc2tog – Single crochet 2 together – insert hook into first stitch, yo, pull through, insert hook into second stitch, yo, pull through, yo, pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Hdc – Half double crochet – Yo, insert hook.  Yo, pull through, Yo, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Hdc2tog – Half double crochet 2 together – Yo, insert hook into first space, Yo, pull through, Yo, insert hook into second space, Yo, pull through, Yo, pull through all loops on hook.
  • Dc – Double crochet – Yo, insert hook.  Yo, pull through, Yo, pull through one loop on hook.  Yo, pull through remaining loop on hook.
  • Dc2tog – Double crochet 2 together – Yo, insert hook into first space, Yo, pull through, Yo, pull through two loops on hook, Yo, insert hook into second space, Yo, pull through, Yo, pull through two loops on hook, Yo, pull through remaining three loops on hook.
  • Trc – Treble Crochet – Yo twice, insert hook, Yo, pull through, Yo, pull through two loops on hook, Yo, pull through two loops on hook, Yo, pull through remaining two loops
  • Inc – Increase – Work two stitches both in the next stitch.

 

IMG_5179The Tail

With desired color:

RND 1: Ch 2, work 4 sc all into the second ch from hook (5).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1 (Designer’s note: To minimize the twisting effect that oftentimes occurs while working in the round, ch 1 counts as a sc (unless otherwise stated), and turn after every rnd)

RND 2: Inc, sc 1, inc, sc 2 (7).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 3: Inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 4: Inc, sc 3, inc, sc 4 (11).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 5: Inc, sc 4, inc, sc 5 (13).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn.

RND 6: Inc, sc 5, inc, sc 46(15).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 7: Sc all the way around (15).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 8: Inc, sc 6, inc, sc 7 (17), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 9: Sc all the way around (17), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 10: Inc, sc 7, inc, sc 8 (19), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 11: Sc all the way around (19), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn

RND 12: Inc, sc 8, inc, sc 9 (21), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 13: Sc all the way around (21), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 14: Inc, sc 9, inc, s 10 (23), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 15: Sc all the way around (23), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 16: Inc, sc 10, inc, sc 11 (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RNDs 17-20: Sc all the way around (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 21: BLO (Working this RND in the Back Loops Only), ss 2, sc 2, hdc 2, work 2 dc in the next, hdc 2, sc 2, ss1, sc 2, hdc 2, work 2 dc in the next, hdc 2, sc 2, ss 3, finish off.

IMG_5178Tail Fins

Using the same color as the tail, and making two:

RND 1: Ch 2, work 4 sc all into the second ch from hook (5).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1 (Designer’s note: To minimize the twisting effect that oftentimes occurs while working in the round, ch 1 counts as a sc (unless otherwise stated), and turn after every rnd)

RND 2: Inc, sc 1, inc, sc 2 (7).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 3: Inc, sc 2, inc, sc 3 (9).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 4: Inc, sc 3, inc, sc 4 (11).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 5: Inc, sc 4, inc, sc 5 (13).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn.

RND 6: Inc, sc 5, inc, sc 46(15).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 7: Sc all the way around (15).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn
RND 8: Repeat RND 7

RND 9: Sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 6 (13), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 10: Sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 5 (11), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 11: Sc all the way around (11), finish off. Leave long tail for sewing on.

This is a great time to stuff the tail, stuff the fins lightly, and sew the fins onto the tail. To do this: Pinch the fins flat, position them as close to the bottom tip of the tail as you can, and then whip-stitch them into place.

 

Head

Optional: You can start off with the hair color, I think that this makes the hair look thicker while using less pieces of yarn, or you can just use the skin color and ignore all of the color changes.

RND 1: Ch 2, work 4 sc all into the second ch from hook (5).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1 (Designer’s note: To minimize the twisting effect that oftentimes occurs while working in the round, ch 1 counts as a sc (unless otherwise stated), and turn after every rnd)

RND 2: Inc all the way around (10).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 3: *Inc, sc 1* all the way around (15).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 4: *Inc, sc 2* all the way around (20). Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn.

RND 5: *Inc, sc 3* all the way around (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

IMG_5491 copyRND 6: *Inc, sc 4* all the way around (30), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 6: Inc, sc 11, inc (color change to skin color), sc 5 (color change back to hair color), inc, sc 11 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 7: Sc 11 (color change to skin color), sc 9 (color change back to hair color), sc 11 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 8: Sc 9 (color change to skin color), sc 13 (color change back to hair color), sc 9 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 9: Sc 8 (color change to skin color), sc 15 (color change back to hair color), sc 8 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 10: Sc 7 (color change to skin color), sc 17 (color change back to hair color), sc 7 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 11: Sc 6 (color change to skin color), sc 19 (color change back to hair color), sc 6 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 12: Sc 5 (color change to skin color), sc 21 (color change back to hair color), sc 5 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 13: Sc 4 (color change to skin color), sc 23 (color change back to hair color), sc 4 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 14: Sc 3 (color change to skin color), sc 25 (color change back to hair color), sc 3 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

IMG_5177 copyRND 15: Sc 2 (color change to skin color), sc 27 (color change back to hair color), sc 2 (33), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

Now is a great point to attach eyes, mouth, and stuff the head. I like to create eye-lashes with some black crochet-thread. I also like to insert a dowel rod (or pictured is an unsharpened pencil with the eraser removed) to keep the neck sturdy. I usually hot-glue the wooden rod into the head, and then into the body so as to keep the doll from stretching out. Just be sure that the doll is never left out in the heat, or put into the dryer ;-P

RND 16: *sc2tog, sc 2* all the way around (20), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 17: *sc2tog* all the way around (10), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 18: sc all the way around (10), ss to first to join, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto the body later.

Arms

Make two of these in the skin color:

RND 1: Ch 2, work 4 sc all into the second ch from hook (5).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1 (Designer’s note: To minimize the twisting effect that oftentimes occurs while working in the round, ch 1 counts as a sc (unless otherwise stated), and turn after every rnd)

IMG_5177RND 2: Inc all the way around (10).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 3 (optional: To make a braelet, work this RND in the desired color, switch back to skin color after this RND), sc in each stitch around (10), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RNDs 4-17: Sc all the way around (10), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

Finish off and weave in the tail (you won’t need it)

Body

This is done a little bit differently, but don’t freak out, you can do it. I’ve included a lot of pictures and if you are still confused, just send me an email (familybugs@gmail.com) and I will be more than happy to walk you through it.

The first thing that you are going to do, is take your skin color, and make a little disk. This little disk is going to separate the tail from the body. Why? structural reasons. Your doll will be sturdier and better quality, and not as floppy. Just trust me and do it, ok?

RND 1: Ch 2, work 4 sc all into the second ch from hook (5).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1 (Designer’s note: To minimize the twisting effect that oftentimes occurs while working in the round, ch 1 counts as a sc (unless otherwise stated), and turn after every rnd)

RND 2: Inc all the way around (10).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 3: *Inc, sc 1* all the way around (15).  Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn

RND 4: *Inc, sc 2* all the way around (20). Ss to first to join. Ch 1, turn.

RND 5: *Inc, sc 3* all the way around (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 6: Ok, now notice the pictures for this next part. What you are going to do is place this little disk over the top of the fin. Make sure that you insert your hook through both the FLO of RND 20 from the tail, and both loops of RND 5 from the disk. You can do it, I have faith in you. Sc all the way around. Did you get it? I knew you could!!! (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RNDs 7-11: Sc all the way around (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 12: The little bikini is optional, but I think that every proper mermaid must be covered with a cute little undergarment. Sc 7 (color change to bikini color) sc 5 (color change back to skin color) sc 1 (color change to bikini color) sc 5 (color change back to skin color) sc 7 (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

IMG_5219 copyRND 13: Sc 7 (color change to bikini color) sc 4 (color change back to skin color) sc 2 (color change to bikni color) sc 4 (color change bck to skin color) sc 8 (25), ss to first to join, ch12, turn.

RND 14: Sc 8 (color change to bikini color) sc 3 (color change back to skin color) sc 3 (color change to bikini color) sc 3 (color change back to skin color) sc 8 (25) ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 15: Sc 8 (color change to bikini color) sc 2 (color change back to skin color) sc 4 (color change to bikini color) sc 2 (color change back to skin color) sc 9 (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 16: Attaching the arms is done in the next two RNDs. Sc 6, ss 3 through both the body and the arms (done in the exact same way that the body disk was joined to the mermaid’s tail), sc 1 (color change to bikini color), sc 1 (color change to skin color), sc 5 (color change to bikini color), sc 1 (color change to skin color), sc 1, ss 3 through both the body and the arms, sc 5 (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

This is where I like to take the time to stuff the body and attach your dowel rod (or pencil) to the base of the body. You might need to do some measuring and cut off a bit of the wooden support so that it fits comfortably inside your doll without stretching it out any. Remember: You can always cut more off, but you can’t add anymore to the rod.

RND 17: Sc 4, sc2tog all the way around the arm (4), sc 9, sc2tog all the way around the arm (4), sc 4, ss to first to join, ch 1 and turn (25), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 18: *Sc 2, sc2tog* all the way around (20), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 19: *sc2tog* all the way around (10), ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

IMG_5220RND 20: Sc all the way around (10), ss to first to join, and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing the head on.

Whip stitch the head onto the body, and voila! You are finished!!! Now, you can add the hair however you want (I’ve included a tutorial in this pattern to get you started), and you can also make her a pretty little net-like dress 🙂 I also like to take a q-tip and apply a bit of blush to her cheeks. Really gives her a nice feminine look.

Mermaid Dress

IMG_5519

Start with first color (the color of the bodice), and Ch 37

RND 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc 5 more, Ch 3, skip the next 6 stitches, sc 12, ch 3, skip the next 6 stitches, sc 6 (30). Being careful not to twist, ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 2: Sc 6, work 3 sc into the ch-3 space, sc 12, work 3 sc into the ch-3 space, sc 6 (30).  Ss to first to join, ch 1, turn.

RNDs 3-8: Sc all the way around (30).  Ss to first to join, ch 1 and turn.

RND 9: Change to a belt color, sc all the way around (30), ss to first to join, ch 1 and turn.

RND 10: Change to skirt color, *sc, ch 1, skip 1* all the way around (30), ss to first to join, turn.

RND 11: *Ch 2, sc in each ch-1space* all the way around, ss to first to join, turn.

RND 12: *Ch 3, sc in each ch-2 space* all the way around, ss to first to join, turn.

RND 13: *Ch 4, sc in each ch-3 space* all the way around, ss to first to join, turn.

RND 14: *Ch 5, sc in each ch-4 space* all the way around, ss to first to join, turn.

RNDs 15-16: *Ch 5, sc in each ch-5 space* all the way around, ss to first to join, turn.

RND 17: Change to a finishing color, there are actually three different ways that you can finish off this dress.
SIMPLE
Work 5 sc stitches in each ch-5 space all the way around.
RUFFLY
Work 8 sc stitches in each ch-5 space all the way around.
SCALLOPED
*Sc, hdc, dc, ch 1, trc, ch 1, dc, hdc, sc* in each ch-5 space all the way around.

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