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Saturday, 27 February 2016

MERMAID COCOON FOR A BABY



MERMAID COCOON

I am so thrilled that I can take yet another thing off my “to-do” list. J
Usually, mermaid cocoons have used the lovely crocodile stitch, and I am sure I am going to make one of those too.. just not today.

For my mermaid cocoon pattern I’ve been inspired by this Pinterest link https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279836087528/



Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millennium 4-ply yarn  with a 4.5 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                   dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                     ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                     rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                  sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
MC : Main Colour                                                   CC : Contrast Colour
Hdc blo : Half double crochet back loops only

Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colourhttp://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html

Our pattern stitch shelled pattern repeat is 5.
Now if you look at the chart, you will see that there are 11 dc to make a shell.  With the yarn I’m using, it was way too thick, so I’ve adapted / tweaked the pattern a bit. 


I have also decided to use two colours and while it does not matter which one comes first etc, for convenience, I’m going to call one MC and the other CC.

Finally, we are working on our mermaid blanket from the top down, so the 1st fdc round we’re working will be that part around the neck / chest of the baby.  As you’ll see once we start working on our shells, they’re going to look most scale-like so our mermaid cocoon is going to look fabulous!

Start with MC and with fdc in multiples of 5. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
I have decided to start with 80 fdc.

Round 1 : with MC : sc in the 1st fdc ; sk next 2 fdc, 5 dc in the next fdc ;
*sk next 2 fdc, sc in the next fdc ; sk next 2 fdc, 5 dc in the next fdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Now we’re going to work in back loops only – so slip stitch in back loops and the 5 dc in back loops only.

Slip stitch in back loops :  so this is exactly like a regular slip stitch, just that we will only go through the back loop and not the whole stitch.  
So we will call this a sl-st-blo.

We will be working our 5-dc set in the back loop as well.

So the main problem with working in back loops is that if ‘feels’ like it’s a single yarn (as against using two, when going through the full stitch), but with a little bit of a jiggle, trial n error, you can manage to find the loops from the stitch below.

In my case, I am using a dark and light pink. When working with the light pink, for e.g, I will go through the back loop of the light pink and the loop of the dark pink from the stitch a round below, so enhancing the ‘thickness’ of my loop and the grip of the stitch.
Yes, this seems a little like gibberish, but try it.

If using a second colour, attach CC now, and ensure you move your MC up each round till needed again. (Check link above for a ‘how-to’)

Round 2 : with CC : 3 dc in the 1st sc - blo ; *sk next 2 dc, sl-st-blo in the next dc ; sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next sc - blo * ; rep *to* all around ; 2 dc in the last st - blo and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

You are now in the centre of that last shell

Round 3 : with MC : sl-st-blo in the 1st dc ; sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next st - blo ;
* sk next 2 dc, sl-st-blo in the next dc ; sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next st - blo * ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : with CC : 3 dc in the 1st st - blo
*sk next 2 dc, sl-st-blo in the next dc ; sk next 2 dc, 5 dc in the next st - blo * ; 
rep *to* all around ; 2 dc in the last st and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Ensure you take the un-used yarn to the next round, if using two coloured yarns.

See what we’ve created.. beautiful, isn’t it.  See how working in that back loop shows off all the shelled stitch ends, and makes it pop out a bit.. I love it.
and if you’ve used two (or more) colours, one will wonder how you got that continuous line above shells – and we can just give an evil smile J




OK.. so just carry on with this stitch repeating the pattern Rounds 3 – 4 till your cocoon is of the length you need. I worked till I had a length of about 19”.

Last Round : hdc in the 1st st and in each st all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach.




MERMAID TAIL FIN
                             
Inspired by this free pattern at http://www.daperfectmix.blogspot.in/2014/07/crochet-mermaid-tail-fin-pattern.html, I’ve made a small change.  That said, please do check out this link and choose the pattern that suits you best.

We will work in back loops only through the full tail fin.  We will work two parts for the tail fin and   then join the two together first.  We will then fold the ends of our tail fin (on the top only) and allow it to open out towards the bottom. We will finally attach the tail fin to the body of our mermaid cocoon.  So let’s get to it.

Start : with MC : and 40 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : hdc-blo in each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 : with CC : hdc-blo in each hdc till the last 2 hdc , sk the last 2 hdc.  Turn.

Row 3 : with CC : hdc-blo in each hdc till the end.  Turn.

Row 4 : with MC : hdc-blo in each hdc till the last 2 hdc , sk the last 2 hdc.  Turn.

Row 5 : with MC : hdc-blo in each hdc till the end.  Turn.

Rows 6 - 9 : Rep Rows 2 – 5 once.

Rows 10 - 11 : Rep Rows 2 – 3 once.
Fasten off and weave in ends for this first section. This is one half of the tail fin.

For the second half, repeat Rows Start – Row 11 and leave a long tail for attachment.  
Join the two halves of the tail. 

We will then attach the top of the tail fin to the bottom of the mermaid cocoon.



Finishing :
We need to attach the tail fin to the bottom of our mermaid cocoon.  First we have to attach the two halves of the tail fin to make one complete tail fin.
We then need to fold just the tops of the tail fin in half, so that it comes together only at the top and then the bottom part of the fin opens out.

We will then close the bottom of the mermaid cocoon.  So what I’ve done is run a round of running stitch all across the bottom of the mermaid cocoon closing and tightening that end in such a way that it equals the width of the tail fin. So basically we not only close this, but we also bunch this bit up. 
We will then attach the tail fin to this just closed bottom.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

And we’re done !!
Doesn’t this just look too cute?  I am so sure that you will be making another one really soon as you’re sure to get more orders for this.  Do remember to tag me on Facebook and credit me and daperfectmix for this pattern.

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

I’ve made some other cute diaper sets that I’d like to share with you.  Here are the links





and a shark cocoon I’ve just made as well.


I also have several children wear cute projects on my blog.. Do visit me and check them out.