I started making mermaid tails a few years ago and as nice as they were I found my love for small, stuffed projects. I had made a few other mermaid including The Friendly Mermaid by The Friendly Red Fox. It was so cute but larger than I wanted. So I set out to design my own smaller mermaid. I wanted simple and cute and so Andrina was born.
This is the first amigurumi pattern that I’ve written up and it was quite the challenge. But I loved it. So I’m sure there will be more coming soon!
I hope you enjoy making your own version of this little cutie. The free pattern is below. If you would like an Ad-Free PDF Version of the pattern with some extra pictures you can find one on Ravelry or Etsy.
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D hook (3.25mm)
Worsted Weight Yarn Colours Needed:
Skin (I used Loops and Threads – Aran)
up to 5-6 colours for hair
2 Safety Eyes (6mm)
Black Embroidery Thread
Optional: Blush and small make-up brush
My finished mermaid measures about 8” tall.
Gauge isn’t necessary for this amigurumi. Just be sure your stitches are as tight as possible to avoid stuffing showing.
Magic Circle – mc: Make a loop overlapping the yarn. Insert your hook from front to back and draw up a loop. Chain 1. Insert hook into loop and complete stitches as described in pattern (ex. 6sc) over both layer of the circle.Pull the loose end of the circle tight.
Slip Stitch – sl st
Single crochet – sc
Chain – ch
Single Crochet Increase – inc: 2 single crochets in same stitch
Invisible Decrease – inv dec: Insert hook into front loop ONLY of next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through stitches, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
- This pattern is worked in continuous rows. Do not finish the row or chain up. Just continue next row on first stitch of last row. This method requires a stitch marker. Mark the first stitch of each row.
- Staggered Increase and Decrease – For more explanation and pictures visit my post on Staggered Increases and Decreases.
- Eye lashes – before adding the safety eyes (between rows 29-30 and 6 stitches apart), using embroidery thread and needle sew on lashes. Bring thread from wrong side to right side in the hole that the eye will be placed in. Start with the lash sticking straight to the side – about 1 stitch wide. Come back through eye hole and make another stitch one row down. Repeat and make one more stitch one row up. Finish and tie both ends of thread in a knot. Do not pull the knot too tight as it will distort your stitches. Repeat on other eye.
- Mouth – using embroidery thread sew small line on row 28 that is 4 stitches long. One row down, in the centre of the line, sew up and around the line and back into the same spot. This last stitch is pulling the line down to create a smile shape. Finish and loosely tie thread in knot – careful not to distort smile.
Start with tail colour.
Row 1: mc, ch1, 6 sc
Row 2: inc in each around (12)
Row 3: sc in each around (12)
Row 4: *inc, sc* repeat around (18)
Row 5: sc in each around (18)
Row 6: *sc, inc, sc* repeat around (24)
Row 7: sc in each around (24)
Row 8: *inc, 3 sc* repeat around (30)
Rows 9-13: sc in each around (30)
Change to skin colour. Cut and finish tail colour.
Rows 14-15: sc in each around (30)
Change to bikini top colour. Do NOT cut skin colour. Carry it behind work as you will pick it up again soon.|
Rows 16-17: sc in each st around (30)
Row 18: *inv dec, 3 sc* repeat around (24)
Change back to skin colour. Cut and finish bikini colour.Row 19: sc in each st around (24)
Row 20: *sc, inv dec, sc* repeat around (18)
Begin stuffing. You will probably use more stuffing than you think. Stuff full, but not so much that the stitches begin to separate. Continue to stuff body as you complete body. You will stuff neck when you stuff head.
Row 21: *inv dec, sc* repeat around (12) Row 22: *inv dec, sc* repeat around (8)
Row 23: sc around (8)
Row 24: inc in each around (16)
Row 25: *inc, sc* repeat around (24)
Row 26: *sc, inc, sc* repeat around (32)
Rows 27-31: sc in each around (32)
Add eye lashes (see notes.)Add safety eyes between rows 29-30 with 7 stitches between.
Embroider mouth (see notes) between rows 27-28
Row 32: *sc, inv dec, sc* (24)
Row 33: *inv dec, sc* (16)
Stuff head. Be sure to get stuffing into the neck. I use the wrong end of my hook to get stuffing into the neck
Row 34: inv dec around (8) Whip Stitch to close head.
Arms (make 2)Row 1: mc, ch1, 6sc
Row 2: *inc, 2sc* repeat (8)
Rows 3-12: sc around (8) or number of rows to make appropriate length
Finish leaving long tail for sewing. Sew arms on opposite sides of body between rows 19-20.
Sew each end at the top edge of the bikini colour just in front of each arm, with the strap going behind the mermaid’s head. (like a halter top)
Row 1: mc, ch1, 6sc
Row 2: inc around (12)
Row 3: *inc, sc* repeat around (18)
Row 4: *sc, inc, sc* repeat around (24)
Row 5: *inc, 3sc* repeat around (30)
Rows 6-8: sc around (30)
Finish leaving long tail. Fold fin in half and whip stitch the edges together.
Insert yarn at top centre on fin, bottom in the centre of the fin, and around back at the top centre again. Pull yarn tight and cinche tail. Wrap yarn tightly around 3 more times and tie off.
Sew fin at tip of tail.
Row 2: inc around (16)
Row 3: *inc, sc* repeat around (24)
Row 4: *sc, inc, sc* repeat around (32)
Rows 5-7: sc around (32)
Finish leaving very long tail. Sew wig cap on head.
- Cut strands of hair two and a half times the length you want. You can do this all in one colour or multiple colours. I use 5-6 colours for rainbow hair.
Tip: Find a book that is a little longer than the hair length you want and wind the yarn around the book. Carefully cut the yarn at ONE end of the book and you’ll have uniform hair strands.
- Hair is added one strand at a time. Take first strand and folding it in half. Insert hook into a front loop on wig cap and pull folded hair strand through. Pull loose ends of strand through loop made and pull tight
- I usually add hair in this order:
- Around edge of wig cap
- On both sides of hair part
- Around ‘crown’ of head and a couple of layers on back
- Fill in empty spaces
- Once it looks full, it’s time for a hair cut. I usually trim a little at a time because you can always take more off – but you can’t put it back on!!
- You can style it too, pull half back or tuck back one side. Get creative!
- Want Curly hair? Separate each strand of yarn using a yarn needle.
This step makes her come alive! I use real blush – from my make up collection. Take a small make up brush and add little round cheeks under her eyes. Start light as you can always add more. I have found that the blush tends to fade as the doll is played with – so I do actually put it a little darker than I really want to start.
Your Mini Mermaid is done. I’d love to see it! Post it online and use the hashtag #andshelaughscrochet