Merkitty - Free Pattern!

I love mermaids and I love cats, so one day it just made sense to me to combine the two to create: the Merkitten. 

Because I used whatever yarn I had on hand, the color scheme, in my opinion, is not the best. I should try to make it again sometime and make better color selections. Until then... let's do this!

Any color of yarn may be used. You are working in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated.

Materials:

- Yarn weight 4 - pink (fur), variegated (tail), green (bow)

- black embroidery floss (mouth / nose)

- 3.5 mm crochet hook

- Fiberfill

- 14 mm safety eyes

- 5/8" foam hair roller 

- Yarn needle

Skill level: intermediate

Abbreviations:

  • mr - magic ring

  • sc - single crochet

  • inc - increase (2 sc in same stitch)

  • dec - decrease (sc 2 together)

  • st - stitch

  • ch - chain

  • hdc - half double crochet

  • dc - double crochet

  • sl st - slip stitch

  • BLO - back loop only

Head and Body

Begin with fur color (I used pink) and work in continuous rounds.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in mr (6)

Rnd 2: inc x 6 (12)

Rnd 3: (sc, inc) x 6 (18)

Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) x 6 (24)

Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) x 6 (30)

Rnd 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc) x 6 (36)

Rnd 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc) x 6 (42)

Rnd 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc) x 6 (48)

Rnd 9 - 14: sc 48 (48) - 6 rounds

Rnd 15: (sc in next 6 st, dec) x 6 (42)

Rnd 16: (sc in next 5 st, dec) x 6 (36)

Rnd 17: (sc in next 4 st, dec) x 6 (30)

Rnd 18: (sc in next 3 st, dec) x 6 (24)


Insert safety eyes between rounds 10 and 11 with 9 stitches between. Stuff firmly. Insert foam hair roller as support for neck.


Rnd 19: (sc in next 2 st, dec) x 6 (18)

Rnd 20: (sc in next st, dec) x 6 (12)


Continue stuffing. Don’t fasten off. Continue with body.


Rnd 21: sc 12 (12)

Rnd 22: (sc, inc) x 6 (18)

Rnd 23: sc 18 (18)

Rnd 24: (sc in next 2 st, inc) x 6 (24)

Rnd 25: sc 24 (24)

Rnd 26: (sc in next 3 st, inc) x 6 (30)

Rnd 27: (sc in next 4 st, inc) x 6 (36)

Rnd 28 - 33: sc 36 (36) - 6 rounds - Stuff as you go keeping foam roller centered.

Rnd 34: (sc in next 5 st, inc) x 6 (42)

Rnd 35 - 36: sc 42 (42) - 2 rounds


Switch to tail color (I used a variegated yarn to give the look of scales).


Rnd 37: BLO. sc 42 (42)

Rnd 38: sc 42 (42)

Rnd 39: (sc in next 6 st, inc) x 6 (48)

Rnd 40 - 41: sc 48 (48)

Rnd 42: (sc in next 6 st, dec) x 6 (42)

Rnd 43: sc 42

Rnd 44: (sc in next 5 st, dec) x 6 (36)

Rnd 45 - 47: sc 36 (36) - 3 rounds

Rnd 48: (sc in next 2 st, dec) x 6, sc 1 (28)

Rnd 49: (sc in next 12, dec) x 2 (26)

Rnd 50 - 52: sc 26 - 3 rounds

Rnd 53: sc in next 6 st, dec, sc in next 3 st, dec, sc in next 3 st, dec, dec, sc in next 5 st, dec. (21)

Rnd 54 - 58: sc 21 (21) - 5 rounds

Rnd 59: (sc in next 2, dec) x 5, sc 1 (16)

Rnd 60: sc 16 (16)

Rnd 61: (sc in next 2, dec) x 4 (12)

Rnd 62: (sc, dec) x 4 (8)

Rnd 63: dec x 4 (4)

Fasten off.

Belt


Crochet in front loops of Rnd 37 of the body with tail color. Join yarn in middle of belly.

Rnd 1: sc, hdc, dc 37, hdc, sc, sl st into original join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Tail Fin

Using tail color.

Left fin.

Ch. 12. Crochet in rows.

Row 1: start in third ch from hook, hdc in next 10 st, ch 2, turn (10)


Work in BLO for all remaining rows.


Row 2: 3 hdc in third st from hook, hdc in next 9 st, ch 2, turn (12)

Row 3: hdc in next 11 st, 2 hdc in last st, ch 2, turn (13)

Row 4: 2 hdc in third st from hook, hdc in next 12 st, ch 2, turn (14)

Row 5: hdc in next 13 st, 2 hdc in last st.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Right fin.

Ch. 12. Crochet in rows.


Row 1: start in third ch from hook, hdc in next 10 st, ch 2, turn (10)


Work in BLO for all remaining rows.


Row 2: hdc in next 9 st, 3 hdc in last st, ch 2, turn (12)

Row 3: 2 hdc in third st from hook, hdc in next 11 st, ch 2, turn (13)

Row 4: hdc in next 12 st, 2 hdc in last st, ch 2, turn (14)

Row 5: 2 hdc in third st from hook, hdc in next 13 st.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Fin Assembly - Sew shorter sides of fins together.

Arms (make 2)


In pink (or chosen fur color). Stuff halfway up the arm as you go.

Rnd 1: sc 6 in mr (6)

Rnd 2: (sc, inc) x 3 (9)

Rnd 3 - 6: sc 9 - 4 rounds

Rnd 9: dec x 2, sc 5 (7)

Rnd 10 - 18: sc 7 - 9 rounds (7)

Sew top closed. Fasten off and attach to body at round 25.


Ears (make 2)

In pink (or chosen fur color).

Rnd 1: sc 6 in mr (6)

Rnd 2: (sc, inc) x 3 (9)

Rnd 3: (sc in next 2 st, inc) x 3 (12)

Rnd 4: (sc in next 5 st, inc) x 2 (14)

Rnd 5: (sc in next 6 st, inc) x 2 (16)

Rnd 6: (sc in next 7 st, inc) x 2 (18)

Rnd 7: (sc in next 8 st, inc) x 2 (20)

Rnd 8: (sc in next 9 st, inc) x 2 (22)

Rnd 9: sc 22 (22)

Fasten off and attached to head between rounds 4 and 9.

Bow

In magic ring, (ch 2, 3 tr, ch 2, sl st) x 2. Wrap yarn around middle a few times and secure. Attach to head near ear.

Face

(Optional) Embroider a nose and mouth using black embroidery floss.

Congratulations! You have a cute little merkitty!

Thank you for choosing my pattern. I know she will bring lots of smiles. Please share your final creations on Instagram or Twitter and tag @confusionmaven or use #confusionmaven.

Remember: If you sell your creation, please give me credit. Thanks!

IG/Twitter: @confusionmaven

Email: jenrayjones74@gmail.com

Copyright © 2020 @confusionmaven - Jennifer Jones. All rights reserved. Pattern is for personal use only. Do not reproduce, sell, translate, publish, alter, share, or post this pattern. Finished products may be sold. Please give me credit. 


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