Finally Finished!

Back in December I posted that I would be making a Mermaid Tail Afghan for a friend’s two year old.

After many stops and starts, it is finally finished!

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A big Thank You to Nadia at Yarnutopia for this free pattern and great video tutorial.  It was easy to follow and made an adorable blanket.

The only reason I kept putting this project down over the months was  the ends…more ends…and even more ends.  There are a ridiculous amount of ends to weave in, as you are changing yarn every row.  If (big if) I were to do this again, I would do either of the following:

  • Only use variegated yarn for the entire project or
  • Split and wind the skeins into two of each color so I could carry the yarn up the sides as I switched every row,  rather than having to cut and weave.

Last week I decided I NEEDED to finish this blanket.  Not only because my friend was waiting so patiently for it, but also because I am starting a KAL this week and want to feel free to spend as much time on that I as want.

So, one evening I sat and wove in all the ends that were present and for the remaining blanket I wove in ends every 4th row so it wouldn’t become overwhelming.

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The only other change I made was to the fin.  I made my starting chain for the fin 33 stitches instead of 43 (wanted a smaller fin for the smaller size of the blanket).  I also added one row of HDC.  When I sewed the fin on, the sides pulled up, so it looks a little less “pointed” than it did prior to sewing it on.

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It really is an adorable blanket and I encourage everyone to check out Nadia’s site for lots of great patterns and video tutorials.

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Afghan (3 Sizes available)

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5.5mm

Yarn: RedHeart SuperSaver Grape Fizz and Deborah Norville Yarns Everyday (this was super soft yarn)

Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, Its All About Crochet, I Heart Nap Time, thistle bear, Moogly, Live Randomly Simple, Sew Can Do

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13 thoughts on “Finally Finished!

  1. Pail and Pie says:

    My sister just asked if I’d knit a mermaid tail blanket for my 15 year old niece. I’ve been looking at patterns. Thank you gmfor your thoughts. Your colors are perfect. I’m sure it will be loved.

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    • MrsMcD918 says:

      This was an easy pattern (just sc and dc). I followed the video and it was very easy! Another person who posts to Simple Things Yarn Along made a knit version that was lovely!

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  2. creativejewishmom/sara says:

    Really gorgeous, and the results of changing the yarn every row are what truly give the piece its look, though those ends, yikes, certainly one can carry the yarn up the side, it is only one row! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, this would be an adorable as a baby version too!

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