Mermaid and Turtle Crochet Pattern

There are a lot of mermaid lovers in my life so I thought it might be appropriate to design my very own mermaid crochet pattern. My daughter insisted I design my mermaid a little friend, so along came Mr. Turtle. Both the mermaid and the little turtle are fairly simple to work up and don’t take long at all. I am beyond excited to see what kinds of color combinations will be used with this mermaid pattern as the possibilities are endless!

 

Mermaid and Turtle Friend

©2017 With a Shari on Top

Please be sure to read through all directions and entire pattern before beginning. These projects are worked in the round. Be sure to use your stitch marker while you work to keep track of your place.

Materials required for this project:

*Size 4 worsted weight yarn in the following colors:

Soft pink, brown, spring green, purple, soft purple, buff. I used mostly Red Heart yarns, but you can use any worsted weight yarn.

*6 mm safety eyes (you can choose different sized eyes if desired)

*F hook 3.75

*Stitch marker

*Scissors

*Darning needle

*Stuffing

Stitches used:

Single crochet – sc

Chain – ch

Slip stitch- ss

Invisible decrease- inv dec

Decrease- dec

Mermaid:

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. sc 9 in 2nd ch from hook. (9)

Row 2. sc in each st around. (9)

Row 3. 2 sc in each st around. (18)

Row 4. sc in each st around. (18)

Row 5. 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next, repeat around. (27)

Row 6. sc in each st around. (27)

Rows 7-11. sc in each st around. (27)

Row 12. sc in first st, inv dec over next two st, repeat around. (18)

Row 13. inv dec over 1st two st, repeat around. (9)

At this point you can add the safety eyes and begin to stuff. I added my eyes just below the 7th row, and spaced them about 6 stitches apart. Continue to stuff as you go.

Row 14. sc in each st around. (9)

Row 15. 2 sc in first st, repeat around. (18)

Row 16. sc in each st around. (18)

Row 17. sc in each st around. (18)

Row 18. sc in first 8 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat. (20)

Row 19. sc in each st around. (20)

Row 20. sc in first 8 st, inv dec over next two st, repeat. (18)

Row 21. sc in first 7 st, inv dec over next two st, repeat. (16)

Attach your fin yarn here (I used purple). To attach, I cut the body yarn with a bit of length, and ss the purple yarn through the st on my hook. I then tuck the body yarn strand into the bottom of the body after I pull it snug. Don’t forget to stuff as you go!

Row 22. sc in first 7 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat. (18)

Row 23. sc in first 8 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat. (20)

Row 24. sc in each st around. (20)

Row 25. sc in first 9 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat. (22)

Row 26. sc in each st around. (22)

Row 27. sc in first 9 st, inv dec over next 2 st, repeat. (20)

Row 28. sc in first 8 st, inv dec over next 2 st, repeat. (18)

Row 29. sc 1, inv dec over next 2 st, repeat around. (12)

Row 30. sc in each st around. (12)

Rows 31- 33. sc in each st around. (12)

Row 34. sc 1, inv dec over next 2 st, repeat around. (8)

Row 35. sc in each st around. (8)

Rows 36-37. sc in each st around. (8)

Row 38. inv dec over first two st, repeat around. (4)

ss to opposite side of fin, don’t FO. Keep your purple attached to crochet your fin.

Fin:

ch 12

Row 1. sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ss to base of tail. (11)

Row 2. ch 1, turn, sc in 9 st leaving last 2 st unworked. (9)

Row 3. ch 1, turn, sc in 9 st, ss to base. (9)

Row 4. ch 1, turn, sc in 7 st, leaving the last 2 st unworked. (7)

Row 5. ch 1, turn, sc in 7 st, ss to base of tail. (7)

At this point you have completed one half of the fin. We will now work up the second half of the fin.

Row 6. ch 8, sc in 2nd st from hook and in each ch across, ss to base of tail. (7)

Row 7. ch 1, turn, sc in 1st 6 st, 3 sc in last st. (9)

Row 8. ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, ss to base of tail. (9)

Row 9. ch 1, turn, sc in 8 st, 3 sc in last st. (11)

Row 10. ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, ss to base of tail. (11)

FO, sew in ends.

   

You can now complete the nose. In order to do so, you will need to lace and knot a long strand of buff yarn onto your darning needle. Begin by lacing your yarn into the back or side of the head, and push the needle out in the spot where you’d like your nose to begin. Make sure to pull or gently push the knot completely into the head. Now insert the needle to where you would like your nose to end (to the right of where you are at now) and have it push back out in the same spot where you begin. Continue lacing the yarn this way a few times. Now, you will begin lacing your yarn in and out going up and down, over the horizontal stitches you just created. Once you’ve achieved your desired look for your mermaid’s nose, push the needle into the end of the nose and back out through the side or back of her head. Knot the yarn once again and tuck the knot all the way into her head so that it’s not visible.

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Arms (make 2):

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook. (8)

Rows 2-5. sc in each st around. (8)

Row 6. sc in two st, inv dec over next two st, repeat. (6)

Rows 7-14. sc in each st around. (6)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing onto the body and stuff the arm. Sew both arms on either side of your mermaid’s body. I sewed her arms onto the 2nd row below the neck on each side.

Bikini top flowers (make 2):

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ss to first st. (4)

Row 2. ch 3, ss in same st as ch 3, ch 3, ss in next st, repeat around.

Sew the flowers together as shown in the photo, and sew them onto your mermaid’s chest. I used the purple yarn to sew the top onto my mermaid.

  

Belt:

Ch 56, FO. Sew in ends and tie around your mermaids waist where the tail color meets her skin. You can tie the belt into a bow or leave the chains as is.

Hair:

Cut strands to desired length for your mermaid’s hair. When cutting, make sure you are cutting double the length that you’d like as each strand will be folded in half before it is attached. Use your crochet hook to pull each folded strand through a stitch on your mermaid’s head. Once you have a loop pulled through, you can pull the strands through the loop and tighten to create a knot. I usually create a frame around the face and the back of the head and then fill it in as I go.

  

Turtle Friend

Body:

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. 9 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (9)

Row 2. 2 sc in each st around. (18)

Row 3. 1 sc in 1st st, 2 sc in next, repeat around. (27)

Row 4-6. 1 sc in each st around. (27)

Row 7. 1 sc in 1st st, inv dec over next 2 st, repeat around (18)

Row 8. inv dec around. (9)

Finish off and stuff. The whole left in the top of the body will be covered by the shell once we are finished.

Turtle legs (make 4):

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. 6 sc in 2nd ch of hook. (6)

Rows 2-4., 1 sc in each st around. (6)

Finish off, flatten, and sew onto your turtle’s body. I did not stuff my turtle’s legs but you are more than welcome to.

Turtle head:

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (8)

Rows 2-4., 1 sc in each st around. (8)

Finish off. You can easily add eyes to your turtle’s head if desired. I simply used my brown yarn and a darning needle to thread in and out of my turtle’s head once for each eye. I knotted inside of the turtles head, finished off the brown yarn and stuffed.

Tail:

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (4)

Rows 2-4., 1 sc in each st around. (4)

Finish off, flatten and sew onto your turtle.

Shell:

To begin, ch 2.

Row 1. 9 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (9)

Row 2. 2 sc in each st around. (18)

Row 3. 1 sc in 1st st, 2 sc in next, repeat around. (27)

Row 4. 1 sc in first two st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around. (36)

Row 5. 1 sc in each st around. (36)

Finish off and sew onto the top of your turtle. Make sure to only sew the sides and middle of the shell all the way down. Sewing only the sides and center of the shell allow the shell behind his head and tail to sit a bit higher.

  

I hope you enjoyed following this pattern! Please do not hesitate to shoot me an e-mail or comment below with any questions, I am always here to help. I would love to see your projects! Feel free to share them with me on any of my social media platforms.

Happy crocheting!

Shari

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