Yarn

Mermaid Tail Afghan

By  Nadia Fuad  

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MATERIALS

Red Heart Super Saver Medium Weight Yarn: Macaw, 2 skeins; Jade, 1 skein; Peacock, 1 skein 


TOOLS

Size J-6.00mm crochet hook 

Yarn needle 

BASIC SUPPLIES

Scissors 


ABBREVIATIONS 

Ch=chain 

Sl st= slip stitch 

DC= double crochet 

Sc= single crochet 

Sc2tog= single crochet 2 together

*tip
Change yarn color after every row.

When you finish this project, you may sew up the “open” side to make this a full cocoon-style afghan. You may also crochet a single crochet around the entire edge to “cover up” the edges where you sew in your ends. 

(Note: Sc2tog means to go into the middle st of 5dc group, yarn over, go into the middle st of the next 5dc group, yarn over, then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook.)

afghan 

Ch 153. 

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (150 dc). 

Row 2: *Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, 5dc in next st, skip 2 dc, repeat from * across, ch 3, turn (25 shells made).

Row 3: 2dc in same spot you chained up 3, skip 2 dc,* sc in next dc (the middle dc of shell), sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from * until you reach the last sc, 3dc in the last dc, ch 1, turn. 

Row 4: Sc in first dc, skip 2 dc, *5 dc into sc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip 2 dc, repeat from *, ending with a sc in the beginning ch 3, ch 3 and turn. 

Row 5-50: Repeat rows 3-4. (Your last row will need to be a repeat of row 3, so you may need to do an extra row at this point.) If you feel like this is not long enough, or too long, you can add or eliminate rows and continue to work the next round whichever row you end on. Make sure to end on a repeat row of row 3. The blanket should reach from the top of your hips to right above your ankle. If it does not, make more rows and then go onto the instructions for row 51. 

work in the round 

Now you will be connecting and working in the round (continuous circle). Refer to video link provided to understand this part.
Round 51: Sc in ch 3 of beginning of row 50 (this completes the circle), *sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from *around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of previous row.
Round 52: Sk sc from previous rnd and sk 2 dc, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, *sk 2 dc, sc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 5dc into sc, repeat from *around, ending with sc2tog into middle of 5dc group from previous rnd (rnd 51) and the middle st of 5 dc grouping of rnd 52. (See video to help explain this.)
Round 53: 5dc in next sc st, sc in the middle of the next 5dc st all the way around, ending with 5 dc in last sc.

decrease

Round 54: (dec round) Sc2tog, *5dc in next sc, sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with sc2tog.
Round 55: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc grouping.
Round 56: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around, ending with sc2tog into middle of 5dc grouping from previous rnd (rnd 55) and the middle st of 5dc grouping of rnd 56. (See video to help explain this.)
Round 57: (dec round) *5dc in next sc st, sc2tog, repeat from * around, ending with 5dc in sc st
Round 58: *Sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around ending with sc.
Round 59: *5dc in next sc st, sc in middle st of 5dc grouping, repeat from * around ending with 5dc in last sc.
Round 60: (dec round) *Sc2tog, 5dc in next sc st, repeat from * around. Sl st to first sc of round. (You should only have two shells left, if you have three or four, that’s okay too. Fasten off and sew closed.)
Fasten off with long tail and sew remaining hole closed.

tail fin

Row 1: Ch 43, dc in 4th ch from hook and across, ch 2, turn (40dc).
Row 2: Dc2tog, dc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn (39dc).
Row 3: Dc in each stitch until the last 2 sts, dc2tog, ch 2, turn (38).
Row 4-11: Repeat row 2 and 3 until you have 30 sts.
Row 12: Dc2tog, dc2tog, dc in each st across, ch 2, turn (28).
Row 13: Dc in each st across until the last 2 sts, 2dc in each of the last 2 sts, ch 2, turn (30).
Row 14: 2dc in first st, dc across, ch 2, turn (31).
Row 15: dc across until the last st, 2 dc in last st, ch 2, turn (32).
Rows 16-23: Repeat rows 14 and 15 until you have 40 sts.
Row 24: Dc across.
Sc around entire tail, put 3 sc in each corner around, once you come back to beginning do not fasten off, ch 1 and turn so you are working on the flat side of fin (the side edge that is going to be sewn to tail).

decrease tail fin  

Row 1: Sc2tog across, ch 1 turn.
Row 2: Sc2tog across, ch 1 turn.
Row 3: *Sc2tog, sc next, repeat from * across, ch 1 turn.
Row 4: *Sc2tog, sc in next, repeat from * across.
Fasten off with long tail and sew to bottom of afghan. 

finishing

Sew in all loose ends. 

 

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