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CROCHET

MEOWMAID

JANUARY 22, 2021

Do you love cats? How about mermaids? If you can't quite decide which one you love more, then this pattern is especially for you!  This cute little meowmaid was designed with my beautiful little niece in mind...who definitely love both equally!! Keep yours as a miniature teddy (my niece uses hers as a 'teddy for her teddy') or add a keychain and attach her to your handbag, school bag, nappy bag - any bag! A great project to use up your some of your smaller scrap yarn, this meowmaid is so versatile and fun to make...you'll be making her again and again!

 

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SKILL LEVEL:

Advanced beginner.

TOOLS & MATERIALS

Yarn: 4ply (fingering) cotton

Hook size: 2mm

Black embroidery thread

Fiberfill

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Sharp scissors

Glass-headed pins

GAUGE:

First 5 rounds of head = 3cm (1.18") across.

FINISHED SIZE:

Approximately 9cm from top to tail.

GENERAL ADVICE:

  • Read the entire pattern before you start.

  • Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.  This helps when counting your stitches to compare it with the pattern.

  • Amigurumi is worked in continuous spirals, without closing off the rounds with a slip stitch - unless otherwise instructed in the pattern.

  • When stuffing, insert small amounts at a time until you get the right shape.  Stuffing your toy can be tricky, but it is a very important step in getting the right shape and look for your toy: overstuffing might stretch the crocheted piece too far and show gaps and under-stuffing will give your piece a deflated look.  Take your time with this step.

SAFETY NOTE:

Due to small parts, this pattern is NOT recommended for a child under 3 years of age.  Make sure each piece of the toy is firmly and securely sewn together so that it can not pull apart.  Check the toy regularly for loose parts and wear and tear.  If you intend to sell your finished item, as the maker of the item, you are responsible for marketing a safe toy.  Please make sure it complies with the legal requirements of the respective country in which the toy is going to be sold.

ABBREVIATIONS: US CROCHET TERMS

[...]  Repeat instructions within the parenthesis as a sequence as many times as directed.

back loop only (BLO): Insert hook into back loop of stitch only.

chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.

decrease (dec): Insert hook into front loop only of next two stitches, yarn over, pull through, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. Use the invisible decrease method - see tutorial here.

magic ring (MR): See tutorial here.

round/s (Rnd/s)

single crochet (sc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

skip (sk): Skip the next stitch along.

slip stitch (sl st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.

stitch/es (st/s)

turn: Turn your work so you can work the next row.

THE PATTERN: 

HEAD: Using colour 'A', make a magic ring;

Rnd 1: ch1, sc 6 into MR. Pull the ring closed. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: sc inc in all 6 st (12 sts)

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, sc inc in next st] x6 (18 sts)

Rnd 4: [sc in next 2 st, sc inc in next st] x6 (24 sts)

Rnd 5: [sc in next 3 st, sc inc in next st] x6 (30 sts)

Rnd 6: sc in next 2 st, sc inc in next st, [sc in next 4 st, sc inc in next st] x5,

sc in next 2 st  (36 sts) 

Rnd 7-12: sc in all 36 st (36 sts) (6 Rnds)

Weave in starting yarn tail.

Rnd 13: sc in next 2 st, dec, [sc in next 4 st, dec] x5, sc in next 2 st (30 sts)

Rnd 14: [sc in next 3 st, dec] x6 (24 sts)

Rnd 15: [sc in next 2 st, dec] x6 (18 sts)

Stuff the head with fiberfill.  Take your time with this step, shaping as you go.

Rnd 16: [sc in next st, dec] x6 (12 sts)

Rnd 17: dec x6 BLO (6 sts)

Break the yarn & pull through.  Weave the yarn tail through the FLO of Rnd 17 & pull firmly to close off the head. Weave in the yarn tail.  You can find a tutorial on how to close here.

EARS: (Make 2)  Using colour 'A', make a magic ring;

Rnd 1: ch1, sc 3 into MR. Pull the ring closed. (3 sts)

Rnd 2: sc inc in all 3 st (6 sts)

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, sc inc in next st] x3 (9 sts)

Rnd 4: sc in all 9 st (9 sts)

Leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the ear to the head, break the yarn & pull through. Weave in starting yarn tail only.

FLOWER: Using colour 'D', make a magic ring;

Rnd 1: ch1, sc 6 into MR. Pull the ring closed. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: [ch5, work a sl st into next st] x6 (6 petals)

Leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the flower to the head, break the yarn & pull through. Weave in starting yarn tail only.

SEAWEED: Using colour 'E', ch20;

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sl st into next 9 ch, ch7, starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sl st in next 6 ch. Next, work 1 sl st into the remaining 10 ch on the starting foundation ch.

Leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the seaweed to the head, break the yarn & pull through. Weave in starting yarn tail only.

ASSEMBLE THE HEAD:

Step 1: Position the ears centered on the head over Rnds 4 & 8.  Sew into place with

the yarn tails.  Note: secure the yarn tails at the base of the head (within the bounds

of Rnd 17) where the body will later hide it.

Step 2: Use a fine thread of black embroidery yarn to embroider on the eyes using

a series of long stitch.  Note: the top of the eye sits between Rnds 9 & 10.

Step 3: Using the yarn tail, sew the seaweed to the head, positioning it close to the ear.

Step 4: Using the yarn tail, sew the flower into place on top of the seaweed.

BODY: Join colour 'A' to BLO stitches (Rnd 17) of head;

Rnd 1: sc in all 12 st (12 sts)

Rnd 2: sc inc in all 12 st (24 sts)

Rnd 3: [sc in next 3 st, sc inc in next st] x6 (30 sts)

Rnd 4: sc in all 30 st. Make CC to yarn ‘B’ with last st of round (30 sts)

Rnd 5: sc in all 30 st BLO (30 sts)

Rnd 6: sc in all 30 st (30 sts)

Rnd 7: sc in next 2 st, sc inc in next st, [sc in next 4 st, sc inc in next st] x5, sc in next 2 st  (36 sts) 

Weave in starting yarn tails.

Rnd 8: sc in all 36 st (36 sts)

Rnd 9: sc in next 2 st, dec, [sc in next 4 st, dec] x5, sc in next 2 st (30 sts)

Rnd 10: [sc in next 3 st, dec] x6 (24 sts)  

Rnd 11: [sc in next 2 st, dec] x6 (18 sts)

Rnd 12: [sc in next st, dec] x6 (12 sts)

Stuff the body with fiberfill.  Take your time with this step, shaping as you go.

Rnd 13: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] x3 (9 sts)

Rnd 14: [sc in next st, dec] x3 (6 sts)

Rnd 15: dec x3 (3 sts)

Break the yarn & pull through.  Weave the yarn tail through the FLO of Rnd 15 & pull firmly to close off the body. Weave in the yarn tail.

FINS: (Make 2)  Using colour 'C', make a magic ring;

Rnd 1: ch1, sc 3 into MR.  Pull the ring closed. (3 sts)

Rnd 2: sc inc in all 3 st (6 sts)

Rnd 3: [sc in next st, sc inc in next st] x3 (9 sts)

Rnd 4: [sc in next 2 st, sc inc in next st] x3 (12 sts)

Rnd 5: dec x6 (6 sts)

Leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the fins to the body, break the yarn & pull through. Weave the yarn tail through the FLO of Rnd 5 & pull firmly to close off the fin.

RUFFLE: Join colour 'C' to BLO stitches (Rnd 5) of the body;

Rnd 1: [ch4, sk next st, sl st into next st] x15

Break the yarn & pull through. Weave in yarn tails.

ARMS: (Make 2) Using colour 'A', ch6;

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc into next 5 ch, turn (5 sts)

Row 2: ch1, starting in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc into next 5 ch (5 sts)

Leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the arms to the body, break the yarn & pull through. Weave in starting yarn tail only.  Fold your crocheted piece in half lengthways & sew sides together with the finishing yarn tail.

NOTES ON BODY & ASSEMBLEY:

Step 1: Using colour 'C', embroider detail on to the tail part of the body by making a series of straight stitches.

Step 2: Using the yarn tails, attach the fins securely to the bottom of the body.

Step 3: Using the yarn tails, sew the arms on to the body.

Congratulations!!!

You have finished.

Thank you so much for making my Meowmaid.  I hope you enjoyed making her just as much as I enjoyed creating her for you. 

I would absolutely LOVE to see your finished Meowmaids.  If you would like to, please tag your photos with @theodoreandrose or #theodoreandrose on Instagram.

 

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Thank you for stopping by and happy crocheting!

 

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