Loomed Mermaid Tail with Raised Paving Stitch

After making a moderately successful mermaid tail on my looms for my niece Madison, I was asked by a family friend to make one as a gift for a friend of hers. My first commission, yay! However, I wanted to make something that actually looked like it had scales. I played around with the idea of using the seafoam stitch, but I was concerned about little toes poking through and getting tangled.

Madison modeling the first mermaid tail I made. Pattern here.

Madison modeling the first mermaid tail I made. Pattern here.

 

Then in the Knifty Knitter/ Loom Creations facebook group, Renita posted a picture of a hat she’d made using a stitch called Raised Paving, which I thought looked sufficiently scale like. So I played around with the stitch on my looms and came up with a slightly modified version to use in the mermaid tail pattern.

mermaid tail

Mermaid tail with the Raised Paving stitch. Much more scaly, no?

 

So, I wrote up the pattern for this mermaid tail as well. You can find it by clicking the picture above, or this link here. I made this on a 36 peg round loom (similar to the Knifty Knitter looms) using two strands of DK weight yarn held together for each colour.

Some after thoughts on the pattern…

There’s still a bit of a toe poking risk with this stitch, as the slipped stitches on the inside are a bit loose, but this can be worked around in two ways. First, just pop some socks on baby before using the tail (and remember that it’s a photography prop and babies should not be left unattended while wearing the tail), or secondly by sewing a simply slip to fit inside, like a pillow case, and stitch it to the waistband. If you make a slip, make it a bit bigger than the tail to allow for stretching. I made mine 19cm wide by 33cm long.

The waist-band would look good if you use both Colour A and Colour B in it I think, just to add a bit of variety.

This tail would fit a newborn baby, but could be easily modified for a larger baby by simply choosing a larger loom and adjusting the stitch pattern slightly if needed.

If anyone tries this out, please send me photos, I’d love to see what this tail looks like in other colours! And if you have any trouble with the pattern, please feel free to contact me, or leave a comment below.

 

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17 Responses to Loomed Mermaid Tail with Raised Paving Stitch

  1. chris goddard says:

    Well done Zoe. Looks great! Very clever. Chris x

  2. Heather says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have been trying to make a mermaid tail blanket for my 6 year old but having trouble with the tail. Can’t wait to try your pattern. I will post pictures if it works out.

  3. cath says:

    Hi i want to make a blanket what loom can i use

    • VeryZoe says:

      Hi Cath,

      There are many ways to make a loom knit blanket, and many different looms you can use, so I bet whatever loom you have there’ll be a pattern that works for that loom!

      You could use an infinity style loom to knit a blanket all in one piece, you could use any smaller loom to knit a blanket in panels that then get sewn together, you could use a large round loom to knit the hexagon blanket, or you could use any loom with 11 pegs to knit a ten stitch or ten stitch twist blanket.

  4. Julie Bedard says:

    Hello! This is the only loom knit mermaid pattern that I have seen! Thanks so much for creating and posting. I have only been loom knitting for 1 year so still very new at this. Just wondering if you had an idea of how long it could take me to knit this? A co-worker is due this month and although I have knitted her a regular baby cacoon her baby theme is The Little Mermaid and I would love to knit a mermaid cacoon for her. Thanks!

    • VeryZoe says:

      Hi Julie,
      So glad you’re going to give this one a go! It took me about 7 hours to knit and that included stopping to write down what I was doing so I could turn it into a pattern, but I’m also a pretty fast knitter. I’d say, if you’re still pretty new and learning this new stitch, give yourself ten hours or so to get it done, you could totally get it done this month. I’d love to see a picture when you do knit it, what colours are you planning on?
      Let me know if you have any questions!

  5. Lacey says:

    I’ve been trying to loom knit a mermaid tail for the longest time for myself. Do you have a pattern for an adult sized blanket as well?

    • VeryZoe says:

      Hi Lacey,
      I don’t have this pattern as an adult size blanket, maybe one day I’ll get to it, but in the meanwhile, you’re welcome to try and come up with one yourself based on my pattern. Let me know if you figure it out!
      All the best,
      Zoe

      • Judy says:

        Rather then using a round loom what about the longest loom? Could I make an adult size that way? I can’t seem to wrap my brain around it today for some reason…

  6. Marilyn says:

    Hi Zoe So Happy To Have Found You. Lone The Fish Loom Tail. Pls Send The Video I Have A Little One Who What’s One. Thank You Marilyn

    • VeryZoe says:

      Hi Marilyn,
      Thank-you for your comment! Unfortunately I do not have a video tutorial for this pattern currently. If I ever make one I’ll be sure to send it through to you. But! Please don’t let that stop you from trying to knit this! There is a link in the pattern for videos on how to do the main stitch used (raised pavings stitch) and I’ve written the pattern very clearly so it’s easy to follow along, there’s even a graph to help with the decreasing. Do give it a try, and feel free to email me with any questions you have along the way!

  7. Ashley says:

    What is do wieght?

  8. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I just finished a set and cannot be more pleased!

  9. Landre says:

    Hi.just wondering if anyone has an adult size pattern for this yet??? I’m dying for it please let me know.

  10. Heather says:

    Can you make a video of you making the mermaid blanket?

  11. Samantha says:

    The link isn’t working. Has the pattern been moved or removed?

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