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.
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.
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.