Crochet Mermaid Blanket
I am spending today getting these mermaid tail blankets finished and ready to ship. They are for some of my favorite girls and I am delighted to get them in the mail. These blankets are really cute. The pattern is Bulky Mermaid Blanket by MJ's Off the Hook Designs and the yarn is Country Loom in Nobility. The yarn is available at Michael's. Edit: The pattern is on Ravelry throught this link.
I have to admit that this yarn is not my favorite, but it gets the job done. I chose to use the same yarn for the fin as the body of the blanket and continued with the Q size crochet hook, which worked out ok. I had to make a second single crochet row to reduce the end of the fin that joins to the body (you'll see it on the pattern if you buy it). I also don't think the gauge works out exactly as she describes in the pattern because I crochet very loosely and I couldn't get it large enough to match the pattern description even though the author says she crochets tightly. This may also be why a lot of people note on the ravelry forums that they needed extra yarn, so be prepared for that. And I was not able to get these done in the 3.5 hours that the pattern approximates. I think the quickest one took me 5 - 6 hours, but if you are faster at crochet, it could take less.
Look at this good boy hanging out next to (not on top of, for once!) the blanket. One of the bodies became a cat blanket because he claimed it as his new couch blanket, so I ended up making four. Luckily he is leaving this one alone!