Size 10 crochet thread in Lime Green & Golden or Lilac and Pink, size 7 crochet hook or hook to obtain gauge, needle to take crochet thread, White embroidery floss, needle to take floss, stuffing, craft glue, small amount of black felt, red fabric paint and 2 star shaped spring for ea Mermaid.
GAUGE: 9 hdc sts = 1”, 7 rows hdc = 1”
FINISHED SIZE: 9” from tip of tail to top of head.
With Golden or Pink thread and 7 hook ch-3, sl st to form a ring.
RND 1: Ch-1, work 12 hdc in ring, sl st top beg hdc, ch-1, turn. (12 sts)
RND 2-3: (2 hdc next st, hdc next st) around, sl st top beg hdc, ch-1, turn. (18 sts)(27 sts)
RND 4: (2 hdc next st, hdc next 2 sts) around, sl st top beg hdc, ch-1, turn. (36 sts)
RND 5: Bk Lp hdc ea st around, sl st top beg hdc, ch-1, turn.
ROW 6: Hdc next 18 sts, leave remaining sts unworked, ch-1, turn. (8 sts)
ROW 7: Hdc dec ea st across, ch-1, turn.
ROW 8-14: Hdc dec next 2 sts, hdc ea st across to last 2 sts, hdc dec last 2 sts, ch-1, turn. (16 sts)(14 sts)(12 sts)(10 sts)(8 sts)(6 sts)(4 sts)
ROW 15: (Hdc dec next 2 sts) twice, ch-1, turn. (2 sts)
ROW 16: Hdc ea st across, fasten off.
ROW 17: With crochet thread and 7 hook join 1st free st row 6, ch-1, hdc same st as beg hdc, hdc next 17 sts, ch-1, turn. (18 sts)
ROW 18-27: Rep row 7-16. End row 27 fasten off.
Fold the tail so that the two sections form fins, with needle and matching crochet thread sew and stuff. Stretch the square springs several times to loosen them up. Slide one spring into the other spring. Glue the tail to one end.
With Golden or Pink and 7 hook rep rnd 1-5 of tail.
RND 6-7: Hdc ea st around, sl st top beg hdc, ch-1, turn.
RND 8: (Hdc dec next 2 sts, hdc next 2 sts) around, sl st top beg hdc, ch-1, turn. (27 sts)