Cute Mermaid Blanket by DROPS Design

Knitted mermaid blanket for kids. Size 3-14 years Piece is knitted bottom up in DROPS Snow.

DROPS Children 28-12
DROPS design: Pattern ee-137-bn
Yarn group E
Size: 3/4 - 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10 - 11/12 - 13/14 years
Measurements: Length without tail fin = 70-84-98-112-128-142 cm / 27½"-33"-38½"-44"-50½"-55 3/4"
Width at the top = 81-86-90-99-103-112 cm / 32"-34"-36½"-39"-40½"-44"
Circumference before tail fin = 31-34-38-42-45-51 cm / 12 1/4"-13½"-15"-16½"-17 3/4"-20"
Tail fin height = 26-27-29-30-31-32 cm = 10 1/4"-10 5/8"-11 3/8"-11 3/4"-12 1/4"-12 1/2"

DROPS SNOW from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group E)
550-650-700-750-850-900 g color no 54, medium purple
250-250-300-300-350-350 g color 12, light blue

Piece can also be knitted with yarn from:
“Alternative yarn (yarn group E)” - see link below.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 and 60 cm / 16'' and 24'') size 8 mm / US 11 – or size needed to get 11 stitches and 15 rows in stockinette stitch = width 10 cm / 4'' and 10 cm / 4'' vertically.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


100% Wool
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.

GARTER STITCH (back and forth):
1 ridge = knit 2 rows.

ROUND 1: Knit all stitches.
ROUND 2: Knit 1, purl 1 the entire round.

Blanket it worked from tail fin and upwards. First worked in the round on circular needle, divide the piece on the tail and work back and forth onwards.

Cast on 110-116-124-130-136-142 stitches on circular needle size 8 mm / US 11 with 2 strands light blue. Cut one strand and continue working with only 1 strand.
Work in PATTERN - see explanation above. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
When piece measures 25-26-28-29-30-31 cm / 9 3/4"-10 1/4"-11"-11½"-11 3/4"-12 1/4", knit all stitches together 2 by 2 = 55-58-62-65-71 stitches. Tail fin is now done.
Cut the yarn.

Switch to medium purple. Now continue working in stockinette stitch and on first round decrease 21-20-20-19-18-15 stitches evenly on round = 34-38-42-46-50-56 stitches. Insert a marker and measure from here. Work 2 cm / 3/4'' in stockinette stitch. On next round increase 1-2-3-4-5-4 stitches evenly on round = 35-40-45-50-55-60 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 4 cm / 1½''. Insert 5 marker threads evenly on round. Switch to a long circular needle when needed.
Now increase alternately before and after each of the marker threads by making 1 yarn over (= 5 stitches increased each time) on every 3rd-4th-4th-5th-5th-5th cm / 1"-1½"-1½"-2"-2"-2", increase 10-11-11-12-12-13 times in total, work the yarn overs twisted on next row/round to avoid holes. After last increase there are 85-95-100-110-115-125 stitches on needle.
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 25-27-29-31-33-35 cm / 9 3/4"-10½"-11½"-12 1/4"-13"-13 3/4" divide the pieces for a slit on the start of the round = mid back. Work the first and last 5 stitches in GARTER STITCH - see explanation above, and rest of the stitches are worked in stockinette stitch as before.
When piece measures 64-78-92-106-122-136 cm work 6 cm / 2 3/8'' with garter stitch over all stitches until piece measures 70-84-98-112-128-142 cm / 27½"-33"-38½"-44"-50½"-55 3/4" . Bind off and fasten the yarn.

Fasten the strands. Sew the vent at the bottom of tail together along the bottom 5 cm / 2'' or as long up the tail as you want. Place tail double with vent in the middle of piece. Sew tail fin together along cast-on edge.
Enjoy your new blanket.

This pattern has been corrected.

Updated online: 16.02.2021
Correction: Circumference before tail fin = 31-34-38-42-45-51 cm = 12 1/4"-13 3/8"-15"-16 1/2"-17 3/4"-20" Tail fins height = 26-27-29-30-31-32 cm = 10 1/4"-10 5/8"-11 3/8"-11 3/4"-12 1/4"-12 1/2".

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Children 28-12) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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5) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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6) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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7) What size should I knit?

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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8) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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9) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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10) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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11) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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13) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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14) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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15) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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16) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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17) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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18) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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19) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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20) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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21) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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22) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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23) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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24) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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25) Why does my garment pill?

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (39)

country flag DRIGO wrote:

Puis je faire ce modèle aux aiguilles ? quel numéro ? ou au crochet n° ? Merci

03.02.2023 - 09:16

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Drigo, ce modèle se tricote avec des aiguilles 8 (cf en-tête pour les tailles, dimensions, quantités et échantillon) - découvrez ici une version différente, au crochet. Bon tricot!

03.02.2023 - 13:07

country flag Martina wrote:

In der deutschen Anleitung fehlt die Angabe, wann und wie oft bei dem Körper vor dem Teilen Maschen zugenommen werden müssen. Sehr ärgerlich!

11.12.2022 - 09:16

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Martina, die Angabe fehlte nicht, sondern ist unter KÖRPER zu finden.

21.12.2022 - 09:43

country flag Solveig Arneberg wrote:

Hei, er det meningen at føttene skal kunne stikkes ned i halefinnen, eller skal den sys sammen øverst ved fargeskiftet? Hilsen Solveig A

01.10.2022 - 23:10

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Solveig, Det er åpent mellom halefinnen og resten av posen. God fornøyelse!

03.10.2022 - 06:49

country flag Monika Hammer wrote:

Ich stricke für beide Enkeltöchter diese süße Decke für kalte Tage :-) . Beim Stricken der Flosse mit der Wolle Drops Snow gefällt mir die linke Seite fast besser (sieht den Schuppen des Fisches ähnlicher - ist natürlich eine Geschmacksfrage :-) ) . In der Anleitung ist ja die Vorderseite fortlaufend bis zum gewünschtem Strickmaß eine Reihe nur rechte Maschen und die 2. Reihe je 1 Masche rechts und 1. Masche links in Runden. LG Monika

08.09.2022 - 14:37

country flag Jutta wrote:

Hallo , einmal steht in der Anleitung Markierer setzen und je eine Masche = 5 Maschen zunehmen , dann steht wiederum in der unteren Beschreibung rechts und links vom Markierer je 1 Masche zu nehmen ? Das wären ja dann 10 Maschen pro Runde . Weiß jetzt nicht wie ich stricken soll . Glg

18.10.2021 - 12:26

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Jutta, am ende der 1. Teil unter KÖRPER soll man 5 Markierungsfäden gleichmäßig verteilt anbringen, dann wird es abwechselnd vor und nach jedem Markierungsfaden Maschen zugenommen (bei der 1. Zunahmenrunde nehmen Sie vor allen Markierungsfäden zu, bei der nächsten Zunahmenrunde nehmen Sie nach allen Markierungsfäden zu). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

19.10.2021 - 08:23

country flag Jutta Schwan -Mshut wrote:

Hallo , kann ich die Meerjungfrau Decke mit 2 wollarten Drops Nord und Sky zusammen stricken ? Wie wäre der Verbrauch für die Flosse und was würde ich für den Körper benötigen . 7 Jahre

15.10.2021 - 10:41

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Schwan-Mschut, hier lesen Sie mehr über Garnalternativen - sollten Sie Ihre Kombination nicht finden, dann können Sie eine Maschenprobe zuerst stricken und prüfen, und damit die Garnmenge kalkulieren, gerne wird Ihnen Ihr DROPS Laden damit helfen, auch telefonisch oder per E-Mail. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

15.10.2021 - 13:26

country flag Kathrine wrote:

Hva betyr dette? Trodde halen strikkes rundt? Hva skal sys sammen? Sy sammen splitten nederst på halen langs de nederste 5 cm eller så langt opp det ønskes. Legg halen dobbelt med splitten på midten av arbeidet.

25.09.2021 - 23:53

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Kathrine. Haifinnen strikkes rundt og sys sammen til slutt (oppleggskanten mot oppleggskant), slik at den er dobbelt. Du begynner halen med å strikkes rundt, for deretter å dele arbeidet og så strikkes det frem og tilbake. Du kan de det på det ene bildet (nr. 3). Da er det her det menes at du skal sy sammen splitten nederst på halen. mvh DROPS Design

28.09.2021 - 13:00

country flag Bodil Berg wrote:

Hej. Jeg er begyndt på havfrue tæppet. Men syntes opskriften er for indforståede. Opskriften er rigtig svær at læse og forstå. Halefinnen hvordan skal den strikkes sammen når den er færdig . Skal der være hul helt ud i halefinnen eller hvordan skal det syes sammen?????? Det er virkelig dårligt skrevet og forklaret. Ja undskyld jeg skriver det. mvh . Bodil Berg

25.02.2021 - 16:24

country flag Monika wrote:

Ich stricke dzt. die Decke in Größe 7/8 - in der Angabe steht, dass die Flosse nach Fertigstellung ca 33 cm hoch ist. Das Zusammenstricken/Beenden der Flosse erfolgt jedoch bei einer Strickhöhe von 28 cm. Kann mir vorstellen, dass mit dem Zusammennähen unterer Rand und der letzten Reihe noch ca. 2 cm zu den 28 cm dazu kommen. Bleibt eine Differenz vo ca. 3 cm ? Oder wird die Flosse am Ende der Arbeit anders gemessen ?

10.01.2021 - 18:32

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Monika, Entschuldigung für die verspäte Antwort, Ihre Frage wurde behandelt - Maßen wurden korrigiert, aber leider wurde die Antwort übersehen. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

26.04.2021 - 13:57

country flag Marie-paule wrote:

Wat is een rondbreinaald

04.01.2021 - 09:43

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Marie-paule,

Dat is een dunne kunststof draad met aan de uiteinden breinaalden. Hiermee kun je in de rondte breien, Bekijk hier een video hoe je tricotsteek in de rondte breit.

09.01.2021 - 16:03

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