We are really excited to introduce you to Ayla, the mini crochet mermaid in this free pattern! Using DK yarn, she works up to 4.5 inches and is just adorable. Her pretty flower and unique fin make her the perfect last-minute gift or stocking stuffer. You can even attach a keychain ring to her — she makes for an adorable bag accessory or ornament.
We had always wanted to make a mini crochet mermaid to go with our Kozu Palm Pals series because, well, who doesn’t love an amigurumi mermaid? Then, a few weeks ago, we heard of a design contest on Instagram and thought it was the perfect time to work on the design! Although she didn’t make it to the shortlist in the competition, we are completely in love with her. (I’ve already made her five times in the last two weeks!) Since she is part of our Kozu Palm Pals mini crochet dolls free pattern series, you can replace her hair cap with that of any of the mini amigurumi dolls in the series, since they are all the same size.
Want a larger version? Try our Zoya Mermaid doll.
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- Yarn: You need a small amount in skin colour, hair colour, bikini top colour, and fin colour of your choice. I use DK yarn but worsted weight/aran yarn will work just as well.
- Crochet hook: For amigurumi, you typically go down one or two hook sizes from that recommended on your yarn.
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker: You can use a locking stitch marker but even a scrap of yarn will do! The doll pattern is worked in the round so place a stitch marker at the first stitch of each round so that you can keep track of where each row begins.
- Polyfill stuffing
- Safety eyes: I use 6 mm eyes for my dolls.
- Embroidery thread: A small amount of black and pink for eyelashes and lips.
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: single crochet
INV DEC: invisible decrease
HDC: half double crochet
Begin with fin colour yarn. Stuff as you go.
Round 1: 4 SC in a magic circle (4)
Round 2: SC in each stitch around (4)
Round 3: INC in each stitch around (8)
Round 4: SC in each stitch around (8)
Round 5: (SC, INC) four times (12)
Round 6: SC in each stitch around (12)
Round 7: (2 SC, INC) four times (16)
Round 8-10 (3 rounds): SC around (16)
Change to skin colour.
Round 11: SC around in BLO (16)
Round 12: SC in each stitch around (16)
Change to bikini top colour.
Round 13: SC around (16)
Round 14: (2 SC, INV DEC) four times (12)
Change to skin colour.
Round 15: (2 SC, INV DEC) three times in BLO (9)
Round 16: (SC, INV DEC) three times (6)
Round 17: INC in each stitch around (12)
Round 18: (SC, INC) six times (18)
Round 19: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)
Round 20-24 (5 rounds): SC in each stitch around (24)
If you’re using safety eyes, place them between Rounds 21 and 22, four stitches apart. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the eyes, remove the eyes and embroider eyelashes. Reinsert the eyes and put the washer firmly on the back.
Ensure that you have stuffed the body well; especially the neck to ensure that there is no neck wobble. I use a metal chopstick to get the stuffing in but you can use a pencil tip, the back of your crochet hook, or the point of a scissor to do so– anything small enough to really push the stuffing in to ensure that the neck is firm! Continue stuffing the head.
Round 25: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)
Round 26: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)
Ensure that you have stuffed the head well. Use your fingers to use the stuffing to shape the head. Make sure the bottom of the head is stuffed well, giving it a rounded shape.
Round 27: INV DEC six times (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for the nose and ears. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close. Embroider the nose and mouth. I make the nose one row below the eyes and the mouth one row below the nose.
Frill on tail
Using the tail colour
We will now be working in the unworked front loops from Round 10 of the body.
Turn the doll upside down and attach yarn in the front loops of the Round 10 of the body. Chain 1. (3 SC in the same stitch, sl st in the next stitch) eight times. Sl st to the first SC. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Using the tail colour.
Round 1: SC 4 into a magic circle (4)
Round 2: INC in each stitch around (8)
Round 3: (SC, INC) four times (12)
Round 4: (2 SC, INC) four times (16)
Round 5: (3 SC in the next SC, sl st) eight times to make 8 frills at the end of the fin. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Sew the fin on the bottom of the tail, like the stem of a wine glass.
Arms (make 2)
The arms are made of small tubes, which can sometimes be tricky to make. Planet June has a great tutorial on making these thin tubes here.
Use skin colour yarn.
Round 1: SC 4 into a magic circle (4)
Round 2-6 (5 rounds): SC around (4).
Sew the arms on between Rounds 14 and 15.
Bikini top straps
We will now be working in the unworked front loops from Round 14 of the body.
Attach the bikini top coloured yarn to one end of the bikini top in the front. Chain 6, slip stitch in the center stitch in the middle of the bikini top in the back, chain 6, slip stitch the front loop on the other end of the bikini top in the front, and fasten off. Weave in the ends.
Use the bikini top colour yarn.
Make a magic circle and (chain 4, sl st) five times. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Using hair colour yarn.
Round 1: SC 6 into a magic ring.
Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)
Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)
Round 5-8 (4 rounds): SC in each stitch around (24)
Round 9: The hair cap instructions for this round can be confusing so I’m going to break them down into sections. Please note that the next section of bullet points are all for Round 9 of the hair cap:
- First we will begin by making five bangs in the front of the head: (Chain 4, starting from the second chain on the hook, 3 sl back down the chain, slip stitch in the next SC in the hair cap) five times
- 3 SC
- Now we will make 3 long strands of hair that will be braided: *Chain 21, starting from the second chain from the hook, sl st back 20 stitches. You should now be at the bottom of your chain. Sl st into the next SC of the hair cap* repeat the part between ** for a total of 3 times
- 13 SC
- Slip stitch into the first stitch of this Round.
Sew the hair cap on. Put one stitch into each of the bangs while you are sewing to keep them in place. Braid the hair and sew the flower at the end to keep it in place.
Your mini crochet mermaid is now complete! We hope you enjoyed this free crochet mermaid pattern! We would love to see your finished mermaids, so share them them in our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet
If you enjoyed this pattern, why not try some of the other dolls in our Kozu Palm Pals series?