Tunisian Mermaid Tail Hat
This week I am excited to share the pattern for the Tunisian Mermaid Tail Hat. I know I am a little late on the mermaid craze, but this summer Lily fell in love with mermaids. We saw a mermaid at an aquarium and she just fell in love and since then mermaids have been everywhere, and as part of that she wanted a mermaid winter set this year.
I knew I wanted to make her mermaid set in Tunisian crochet, but it actually took me a while of playing around with various stitches before I found a combination I really liked. I’m not sure if what I created is a stitch that has a name, I have found similar stitches, but nothing names quite like what I used. Of course it could exist already and I just don’t know about it, but either way it seemed the perfect stitch for what I was creating. It uses a combination of alternating Twisted stitches and simple stitches and it creates little upside down v’s which alternate in between each other, which reminded me of mermaid scales.
The Tail itself I also reworked 4 or 5 times until I found something which really had the shape I was after. That uses a ribbing effect by alternating knit and purl stitches, which I think is something like a mermaid tail might be like.
It also took a while to find the perfect yarn. I initially used a ocean yarn cake I picked up from Aldi a while back and that worked great, but unfortunately it was not ever sold there again. In addition to the fact that it had a 20% wool content, which Lily complained made her itch, I decided to look for something else. I am glad I did search for another yarn, as the Caron Simply Soft Paints in Oceana is the perfect yarn for this project. Its an aran/worsted weight and is super soft, not at all itchy and has such a vibrant mix of turquoise, purple and blue and is exactly as I imagine a mermaid to be colourwise.
The pattern for this Mermaid Tail Hat comes in two sizes, toddler, for approximately age 1-3 and child for around ages 4-7, although it will depend on size of the child’s head. Changing hook size is all you need to do to alter the finished product for the different sizes, which makes it much easier to make. I did toy with making other sizes, but I estimated that older children may not want to wear a Mermaid Tail Hat, and younger than 1 wouldn’t know anyway. If, however, more sizes are requested then let me know and I can add more in.
The Mermaid Tail Hat pattern is available for free below. Join me next week for the mermaid tail scarf pattern. See you then,
Mermaid Tail Hat
- Materials and Resources
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this hat
- Aran / Worsted weight yarn – 120-135m or 85-90g – I used Caron Simply Soft Paints in Oceana
- 7mm double ended Tunisian hook for child size and 6mm for toddler size
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker to mark the start of each round
2. Stitch List
Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern. All terms used are American.
- Ch- chain
- TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch
- TPS – Tunisian Purl Stitch
- TKS – Tunisian Knit Stitch
- TWS – Tunisian Twisted Stitch
- TFS – Tunisian Full Stitch
- Dec – insert yarn through 2 vertical bars, yo and pull up a loop through both stitches.
- RP – return pass, always yarn over and pull through 1 loop and the yarn over and pull through 2 loops all the way to the end of the row.
- Yo – yarn over
- sl st – slip stitch
Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.
- The gauge for this pattern is 13 rows and 14 stitches in a 10cm of alternating TWS and TSS when using a 7mm hook.
- The gauge for this pattern is 14 rows and 16 stitches in a 10cm of alternating TWS and TSS when using a 6mm hook.
- The toddler size hat (for ages 1-3) measures 40cm around and 21cm long, not including the 8cm tail at the end, and the child size (approximately age 4-7) measures 44cm around and 25cm long with a 9cm tail.
- The only thing you need to change to get the different sizes is the hook, the pattern is worked exactly the same.
- The hat is worked in the round, if you are not familiar with Tunisian in the round, then please see this video for help; https://youtu.be/1vN3KdVB7u4
- The tail is worked flat in rows.
- Incase you get lost working the tail, you need to always keep the RIB pattern, so all TKS stitches should line up and all TPS should also line up.
|1||TSS across, RP||60|
|Work into the round as video above|
|2||TKS, TPS around, RP||60|
|3-5||Rep row 2||60|
|6||TWS, dec, (TWS, TSS) x 28, RP||59|
|7||(TSS, TWS) x 28, TSS, RP||59|
|8||(TWS, TSS) x 28, TWS, RP||59|
|9-23||Rep rows 7-8 ending on a row 7||59|
|24||TWS (TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, dec, dec) x 5, TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, dec, dec, RP||47|
|25||(TSS, TWS) x 23, TSS, RP||47|
|26||(TWS, TSS) x 23, TWS, RP||47|
|27||(TSS, TWS, TSS, TWS, dec, dec) x 5, TSS, TWS, dec, dec, TSS, RP||35|
|28||(TWS, TSS) x 17, TWS, RP||35|
|29||(TSS, TWS) x 17, TSS, RP||35|
|30||TWS (TSS, TWS, dec, dec) x 5, dec, dec, RP||23|
|31||(TSS, TWS) x 11, TSS||23|
|32||(TWS, TSS) x 11, TWS||23|
|33||(TSS, TWS, dec, dec, TSS, TWS) x 2, TSS, TWS, dec, dec, TSS, RP||17|
|34||Cut RP yarn and cast that off then using FP yarn only, fold in half and TFS both sides together over 10 stitches, you will have 11 loops on the hook including first loop, RP||11|
|Working flat from this point onwards|
|35||TFS, (TKS, TPS) to last stitch, TFS, TSS, RP||13|
|36||TFS, (TPS, TKS) to last stitch, TFS, TSS, RP||15|
|37||Rep row 35||17|
|38||Rep row 36||19|
|39||Rep row 35||21|
|40||Rep row 36||23|
|41||Rep row 35||25|
|42||TFS, (TPS, TKS) x 6, (leave rest of stitches unworked, RP – do not ch 1 at the beginning of this pass||14 FP & 13 RP|
|43||TFS, (TKS, TPS) x 6, (leave rest of stitches unworked, RP – do not ch 1 at the beginning of this pass||14 FP & 13 RP|
|44-45||Rep rows 42-43||14 FP & 13 RP|
|46||Sl st cast off keeping TPS and TKS pattern|
|Attach yarn in same stitch as last stitch of row 42 (13th stitch along – this will be the first TKS of row 47)|
|47||(TKS, TPS) x 6, TFS, TSS, RP – work as normal until 3 loops remain, then yo and pull through all 3 loops.||14 FP & 13 RP|
|48||(TKS, TPS) x 6, TFS, TSS, RP – work as normal until 3 loops remain, then yo and pull through all 3 loops.||14 FP & 13 RP|
|49||(TPS, TKS) x 6, TFS, TSS, RP – work as normal until 3 loops remain, then yo and pull through all 3 loops.||14 FP & 13 RP|
|50||Rep row 48|
|51||Sl st cast off keeping TPS and TKS pattern|
Sew in all ends
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