In January, my life turned upside down. My husband got a job in California. (Yes, the one as far away from Virginia as you can get.) I freely admit that I am somewhat resistant to change. You can also say that I avoid it all possible costs. I wanted to crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head, and pretend that none of this was happening. So, my logical solution was to crochet. And, boy did I crochet. I have completed quite a few projects in three short, crazy months. Events were swirling in chaos around me and my crochet hooks were flying in a frenzy.
My first project was a mermaid blanket for my niece. She has dreams of becoming a mermaid. Who doesn’t, really?
I used some yarn that I found in a discount bin last summer. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I bought it anyway. It was perfect for the mermaid blanket! I did have to double the yarn to get the size right. I only had enough for the main bodyof the blanket so I had to use other yarn to make the fin. Luckily I had plenty of scraps in matching colors to come up with something that worked.
I decided to make one for my sister as well...so they could be mermaids together. Her favorite color is yellow.
I was wandering through the yarn aisles at Joann’s and I came across this beautiful self-striping Deborah Norville Serenity yarn. It turned out very well. I really like the yarn. I will definitely be using it again. It never split or caught wrong as I was going. It has great weight and is very soft and plush.
I saw several different types of mermaid blankets on-line. Most were a blanket with a fin stitched onto one end. Some were cocoons with a fin stitch on. I decided that if I’m going to the trouble of making a fin, it should have more purpose than just being decorative. So, I decided to make the fin a tube as well as the blanket. It took quite a bit of trial and error to get it right, but it turned out so well in the end.
All of the patterns I saw were either a crocodile stitch (which I’m not a huge fan of) or a simple shell stitch. I chose the shell stitch. I also decided to make the whole blanket a cocoon. I left the top open so it will lay across the lap and you don't have to worry about sitting on it.
I kept making my youngest son try the blanket on to check the length. He was a good sport about it but he wouldn’t let me take a picture…Oh well. So, I don't have any pictures of the blankets in action.
Believe it or not, these worked up fairly quickly. But, they do eat up quite a bit of yarn. I plan to do a few for presents. I’ve started a new one and I’m tracking my yarn and writing the pattern out as I got. This is my first attempt at writing out a pattern, so we will see how it goes. Stay tuned!