My Little Crochet Doll – Mermaid

There are a lot of mermaid dolls out there at the moment, most of which have the tail sewn as part of the body.

This pattern has a removable tail, so just like the little mermaid, you can remove it when your doll wants to have legs.

It’s made from Sirdar’s Giselle yarn. Normally I think of a pattern and grab the wool I need, but this was a different process in that I saw the wool and saw a mermaid. Other Aran weight yarns can be used, but the gold glitter and shades of Giselle yarn set the outfit off perfectly.

Another change in this pattern is that is isn’t just a crochet pattern.

The bra is made from polymer clay, if you’re a beginner to this medium then this pattern is a great way to try a new craft. The tools you need are all easily found.

There are also instructions to make the beaded necklace, again introducing you to simple bead threading.

Am always happy to get emails from people regarding the dolls and crafts. Please ask questions if you have any.

So, here’s the doll…




I know, she’s great isn’t she.

Her hair was made using Sirdar Crofter DK, which gives a seaweed look to it. The beaded necklace and bracelet were from beads found in hobbycraft.

The pattern is here…

MLCD Mermaid – UK

MLCD Mermaid – US

Let me know what you think, give me ideas for future outfits, send me your photos.

Just a quick update…

I’ve posted two patterns, one in UK terms and one in US. Hope that helps my fellow Brits!!!

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

17 thoughts on “My Little Crochet Doll – Mermaid

  1. Is this pretty easy to do? I’ve never made a doll but I’d really like to start doing them. My new step granddaughter is wild about mermaids and I know she’d love this! I’m just worried it may be too difficult for me. I’ve done many blankets and adjust easily to new stitches, but have a little trouble still following (and understanding) patterns. Do you think it’s easy enough for a beginner? And btw, how do you pronounce amigurumi??? Lol


    1. The mermaid tail is quite easy, but before you buy a pattern have a look at Beth Webbers blog, by hook by hand (you’ll have to Google it) she has a lot of free doll patterns and it’ll give you a chance to try a doll pattern. This doll is around 15cm tall, slightly taller than Beth’s dolls, but she has a lot of patterns.


    1. Thanks for the reblog. Although I’m British I think in US terms and write my patterns in US, but I don’t have difficulty switching between the two. I noticed some of the new crocheters in my crochet class are having problems with the two terms.

      I’ve come up with a solution.

      I’ve updated the pattern in both UK and US terms and will adjust the blog to include both.
      Eventually I’ll work on the previous doll outfits and try to always give both options.

      Hope that helps.


      1. You are such a wonderful person for putting up both terms. I know when I first came over to the USA from England (37 years ago) I didn’t know the difference and merrily went ahead with a kit I had purchased. It was no big deal in the end because the afghan just turned-out to be more open-work than was intended but I loved it and I still have it and use it. I have to try the mermaid, my grand-daughters will love this. Once again thank you and God Bless.


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