Recently, I have gotten back into crocheting. Actually, I never got out of it, but I did put it aside for quite some time because I hadn't been real happy with my stitches. But, this year has been different. I have spent a good bit of time reading patterns and practicing and now I feel far more confident in my abilities as a crocheter.
So good in fact, that just a couple of weeks ago I had a successful table at a local craft fair.
This was my best craft fair table yet and I hope to have many more successful ones in the future. Therefore, I have to get a move on and makes lots more items!
But, now on to the real reason for my post -- the Mermaid Tail Blanket.
I have seen lots of these around on Pinterest and such, even a few patterns here and there, but, in all honesty, I didn't really want to pay for one. I don't want to dive into a paid pattern when I don't know if I am really going to like it - or be able to truly understand it.
But, I found this one online and started working on it. It uses the Bernat Blanket Yarn and works wonderfully. I made one for my daughter and didn't really have to adjust it at all even though she is quite tall for a pre-teen. But if I make it again, I may very well raise the number of skeins of yarn from 4 to 5 just to make it a little longer.
The pattern itself only called for the two tail sections sewn together, but I had a good bit of yarn leftover so I decided to make 4 tail sections so that it looked more fantastic. It was a good plan, as I think that it came out very nice.
The only complaint that I had about the pattern itself was that it did not state how far up to sew the back together. I had to let my daughter try it on so that I could make a determination on how far up to sew it. Not really a big deal. Also, there was no note that the tail sections would actually be wider than the sewn bottom of the snuggle snack. Therefore, it's best to use some clip together stitch markers to hold the tail sections to the bottom of the sack and adjust accordingly so that it is gathered evenly. It was a little hard to do since the yarn is quite bulky, but it worked out fine.
The yarn, however, is fantastic! It is soft and cozy and when worked for this pattern makes a thick and warm blanket, yet at the same time is easy to stitch. The pattern uses a "L" crochet hook, which is what size the yarn is recommended for.
The Bernat Blanket Yarn comes in a few different varieties - Baby, Brights, and Home and is available to order from Michaels and JoAnns, but is also available in stores. It runs about $9.99 a skein, but I was lucky enough to get it on sale for 50% off on Black Friday. It is made from 100% polyester and is machine washable and dryable, though I haven't put that to the test yet. I used the Lilac Bush color, though it isn't really noticeable in the pictures above, but it alternates from white to lilac to gray and back. It makes for a very nice look when completed.
Making one of the blankets is rather costly since it uses so much yarn, but if you can get it on sale and with a coupon at some stores, then it isn't so bad. I would say that in total it probably took about 6-8 hours to work on, though not at all once.
10.5oz (300g) 220yd
Super bulky weight #6
4"=8 stitches on size 11 needles
Suggested crochet hook: K
Machine wash and dry
I would love to know if anyone else has been using this yarn.
Have a great day!