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Welcome to the first installment of Bitsy Blue Design’s mermaid princess month! Each month in 2019 will feature a new well known princess in four different free DIY projects. Each month will include at least 3 different crochet patterns and one free SVG! Bitsy Blue started as a Cricut-ing vinyl company, and it’s never really lost touch with those roots!
This month we will be making the Life is the Bubbles bag, a mermaid tail bead rope crochet bracelet tutorial, a free mermazing SVG, and a crochet corner to corner chart. By the end of the year we will have 12 panels for a wonderful princess-tastic graphgan! A bonus Amigurumi pattern will be released soon as well! Marlie the Mermaid can’t wait to meet you all. Find a low cost PDF version of the Life is the Bubbles Bag here.
Size I 5.50mm Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight (Size 4) in
Green, Light Green, Dark Purple, and Light Purple
I’d suggest using Paintbox Yarns in Grass Green, Lime Green (or Spearmint Green to be closer to true Ariel colors), Rich Mauve, and Dusty Lilac
Stitch Marker to mark beginning of round - I make my own stitch markers from polymer clay, but use THESE when I’ve got more WIPs than markers! (Which is far too often. Ha!)
Sewing clips or pins - I prefer THESE clips, because pins are just too dangerous with my kiddos!
Stitches and notes:
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
fsc – foundation single crochet Video used to learn this technique
sc – single crochet
blo sc – single crochet in the back loop only of each stitch
hdc - half double crochet
blo hdc – back loop only half double crochet
dc – double crochet
picot – sc, chain 3, sl st into same sc
- Chain 3 counts as dc, ch 1 does not
- *I do not use the stitch marker as the beginning of each round is easy to see, but some people prefer to mark the stitch. It’s whatever you prefer.
Purse Body: green
Row 1: fsc 42, Join with sl st to beginning sc to form a ring (42)
**Alternately you can ch 42, join to beginning chain with a sl st, ch 1, sc in the same chain space, 41 sc in remaining ch spaces, sl st into beginning chain continue on to row 2
Row 2: ch 1, sc in same stitch, skip 2 stitches, *7 dc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc, skip 2 stitches* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (7 shells)
Row 3: ch 3, 6 dc in same stitch, *sc in 4th dc in next shell, 7 dc in next sc* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 (7 shells)
Row 4: sl st to 4th dc, ch 1, sc in same stitch, *7 dc in next sc, sc in 4th dc in next shell* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (7 shells)
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until row 11 is completed
Row 12: sl st to 4th dc, ch 1, sc in same stitch, *5 dc in next sc, sc in 4th dc in next shell* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (7 shells)
Row 13: ch 3, 4 dc in same stitch, *sc in 3rd dc in next shell, 5 dc in next sc* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 (7 shells)
Row 14: sl st to 3rd dc, ch 1, sc in same stitch, *3 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc in next shell* repeat from * to * around, join to first sc with sl st (7 shells)
Row 15: ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *sc in 2nd dc in next shell, 3 dc in next sc* repeat from * to * around, join to top of first ch 3 (7 shells)
Fasten off, leave a long tail. Using the tail weave through all the stitches and pull tight like a drawstring, sew closed.
Fin (make 2): using light green
Chain 11 **Tip: Leave a long tail at the beginning of one chain to sew the fins together
Row 1: 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 9 hdc (10)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 9 blo hdc, 4hdc in last stitch (13)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 13 blo hdc (13)
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 12 blo hdc, 4 hdc in last stitch (16)
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, 16 blo hdc (16)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, 15 blo hdc, 4 hdc in last stitch (19)
Row 7: Ch 1, turn, 19 blo hdc
Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing on one fin, weave in the end of the second fin.
When both fin pieces are complete sew the two pieces together along the beginning chains.
Using the long finishing tail on your fin, weave through the straight, top, edge of the fins and pull as a drawstring to scrunch the fin. Attach to the bottom of the body. Weave in all remaining ends.
Purse Flap: using light purple
Row 1: 5 dc in the 4th chain from the hook (6)
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same stich, 2 dc in each remaining stitch (12)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc, *2 dc in the next stitch, 1 dc* repeat ** until the end of the row. (18)
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same stitch, 2 dc, *2 dc in the next stitch, 2 dc* repeat ** until the end of the row. (24)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same stitch, 3 dc, *2 dc in the next stitch, 3 dc* repeat ** until the end of the row. (30)
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same stitch, 4 dc, *2 dc in the next stitch, 4 dc* repeat ** until the end of the row. (36)
Row 7: Ch 1, do not turn, crochet 21 sc evenly across the straight top portion of the half circle (21)
Row 8: ch , turn, 21 hdc (21)
Position the flap on the back side of the body with the last hdc you made on the right-hand side. Make sure that when you position it the tail also lay flat in the same direction as the purse flap. Pin or clip in place.
Row 9: ch 1, sc through both the purse flap and the purse body, sc this way to the end of the row (21)
Fasten off and weave in ends
Bow: using dark purple
Row 1: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 13 sc (14)
Row 2 - 7: ch1, turn 14 blo sc
After row 7 continue to sc evenly all the way around the remaining 3 sides, sc into beginning sc of row 7
Using scrap yarn tie a knot around the middle of the bow scrunching it tightly to form sides.
For the middle strap:
Row 1: 3 sc
Row 2-5: ch1, turn, 3 blo sc
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew around the bow making sure both sides of the bow are even. Attach bow to the purse flap.
Purse Strap: Dark Purple and light purple
Row 1: fsc 90 (Long strap) or 60 (Short Strap) with light purple
Row 2: switch to dark purple, ch 1, picot 90 or 60, 2 sc in end, 90 or 60 picot down the other side, 2 sc in end.
Fasten off. Sew handle to the purse. I placed mine on the inside at each end of the purse flap.
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Thank you, Liz