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)

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