Zoya the amigurumi mermaid doll is a the second doll in our Zoya series, after our Zoya ballerina. We wanted a larger, more cuddly version of Ayla the mini crochet mermaid from our Kozu Palm Pals series and we just love how our Zoya amigurumi mermaid turned out! This free pattern is quite easy and works up quite fast. . She’s about 10.5 inches in height. I’ve already made three since working on the design! It makes a perfect gift for the little girl in your life.

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Materials

  • Yarn: Less than 50 grams of DK yarn in skin, mermaid tail, and hair colour and a small amount in the bikini top and flower colours.
  • 2.75mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • A pair of 10 mm safety eyes
  • Sock yarn in black for the eyelashes and light pink for the mouth. (You can also use embroidery thread.)

Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms and crocheted in continuous rounds, except where specified otherwise.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

HDC: Half double crochet

HDC INC: two HDC in the same stitch

Finished size: Approximately 10.5 inches tall

Method

Body

Use the mermaid tail colour

Stuff as you go.

Round 1: 6 SC in a magic circle (6)

Round 2: SC around (6)

Round 3: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 4: SC around (9)

Round 5: (2 SC, INC) three times (12)

Round 6: SC around (12)

Round 7: (3 SC, INC) three times (15)

Round 8: SC around (15)

Round 9: (4 SC, INC) three times (18)

Round 10-11 (2 rounds): SC around (18)

Round 12: SC, INC, 3 SC, (SC, INC) three times, 3 SC, (SC, INC) twice (24)

Round 13-17 (5 rounds): SC around (24)

Round 18:  2 SC, INC, 3 SC, (2 SC, INC) three times, 3 SC, (2 SC, INC) twice (30)

Round 19-23 (5 rounds): SC around (30)

Round 24: (9 SC, INC) three times (33)

Round 25-27 (3 rounds): SC around (33)

Round 28: 31 SC, INV DEC (32)

Change to skin colour

Round 29: SC around in BLO (32)

Round 30: SC around (32)

Round 31: (14 SC, INV DEC) twice (30)

Round 32-34 (3 rounds): SC around (30)

Change to bikini top colour.

Round 35: SC around (30)

Round 36: SC around in BLO (30)

Round 37: (8 SC, INV DEC) three times (27)

Round 38-39 (2 rounds): SC around (27)

Change to skin colour.

Round 40: (7 SC, INV DEC) three times in BLO (24)

Round 41: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Round 42: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

We will now continue onto the head. Do not fasten off.

Head

Round 43: SC around (12)

Round 44: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 45: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 46: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 47: (4 SC, INC) six times (36)

Round 48: (5 SC, INC) six times (42)

Round 49: (6 SC, INC) six times (48)

Round 50-59 (10 rounds): SC around (48)

Be sure that body is positioned so that the increases from Rounds 12 and 18 are to the side – so that the wider part of the mermaid tail is in the front. Insert safety eyes on the front of your doll between Rounds 55 and 56, eight stitches apart. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the eyes, embroider on the eyelashes. You can find a small tutorial for embroidering on eyelashes on crochet dolls here. Put the washer firmly on the back. Ensure that the neck has been firmly stuffed.

Tip: To keep the neck firm, you can crochet a tube of 8 SC and about 3 inches tall. Insert it and stuff firmly to support the neck. After you’re done with the head, use the leftover yarn tail, after making the nose, to put in a couple stitches into the neck and through this tube, to ensure that it stays in place. You could also use a foam roller instead.

Round 60: (6 SC, INV DEC) six times (42)

Round 61: (5 SC, INV DEC) six times (36)

Round 62: (4 SC, INV DEC) six times (30)

Round 63: (3 SC, INV DEC) six times (24)

Round 64: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Ensure that the head is well stuffed.

Round 65: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Round 66: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail to embroider on the nose. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close. Use the yarn tail to embroider on the nose by making two to three passes over three stitches, one row below the eyes. Use light pink to embroider on the mouth two rows below the nose. Add a little blush on the cheeks if you like, using regular blush and a paintbrush.

Mermaid Tail Frill

Use the mermaid tail colour

Turn the doll upside down and attach yarn in the back of the doll, in the front loops left unworked from Round 28. We will be working in joined rounds for this. The chain 1 doesn’t count as a stitch.

Round 1: Chain 1. (3 HDC in the same stitch, sl st in the next stitch) sixteen times. Sl st to the first stitch of the round.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Bikini Top Frill

Use bikini top yarn

Turn the doll upside down and attach yarn in the back of the doll, in the front loops left unworked from Round 35. We will be working in joined rounds for this. The chain 1 doesn’t count as a stitch.

Round 1: Chain 1. (9 SC, INC) three times. Sl st to the first stitch of the round. (33)

Round 2: Chain 1. SC in each stitch around. Sl st to the first SC of the round. (33)

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Arms (make 2)

Use skin colour yarn. Stuff the arms lightly at the bottom and leave the rest of the arm unstuffed.

Round 1: 7 SC in a magic circle (7)

Round 2-17 (16 rounds): SC around (7)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew the arms on between rounds 40 and 41.

Bikini Straps (make two)

Use the dress colour yarn.

Chain 6 and fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the bikini straps onto the shoulders of your doll.

Hair Cap

Use hair colour yarn

Round 1: 6 SC in a magic circle (6)

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: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 6: (4 SC, INC) six times (36)

Round 7: (5 SC, INC) six times (42)

Round 8: (6 SC, INC) six times (48)

Round 9-15 (7 rounds): SC around (48)

Note: The hair cap width can vary based on the yarn that you’re using so try it onto your doll’s head and see if you want to increase or decrease rounds here before working on the final round.

crochet mermaid hair cap

Round 16:  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 16 of the hair cap:

  • First we will begin by making eight bangs in the front of the head: [Chain 5, starting from the second chain on the hook, 4 sl st back down the chain, slip stitch in the next SC in the hair cap]. Repeat until you have a total of eight bangs.
  • 11 SC
  • Now we will make 3 strands of hair for the braid. [Chain 36, starting from the second chain on the hook, 35 HDC back down the chain, slip stitch in the next SC in the hair cap]. Repeat until you have a total three strands.
  • 26 SC

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew onto head. Put one stitch into each of the bangs on the doll’s forehead while you are sewing to keep them in place. 

Flower

Use the flower colour yarn.

In a magic circle, (chain 6, sl st) five times.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Braid the three long strands of hair on your doll and sew the flower onto the end to hold it in place.

Mermaid fin

Use the mermaid tail colour yarn.

When you begin your magic circle, leave a long tail, as that will be used to sew your fin onto your mermaid.

Round 1: 6 SC in a magic circle (6)

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: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 6: (4 SC, INC) six times. Sl st to the first stitch. (36)

Round 7: Chain 1. (3 HDC in the same stitch, sl st in the next stitch) eighteen times. Sl st to the first st. Fasten off and weave in this end. Use the long tail from your magic circle to sew the fin onto the bottom of the tail of your mermaid, like the base of a wine class.

two amigurumi mermaid dolls standing together

Your Zoya amigurumi mermaid doll is now complete! We hope you enjoyed this free crochet mermaid pattern! Want a mini version? Try our Ayla, the mini amigurumi mermaid pattern from our Kozu Palm Pals series. We would love to see your finished mermaids, so share them on our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet We like to share a selection of makes from our patterns in our stories and highlights.