Sophie Mermaid Tail Blanket Pattern. Sew Free. Crochet. Child to Adult Sizes.


This is the mermaid tail blanket I made for my oldest daughter. (Caron Cakes – Faerie Cakes)

I have been waiting on forever to design a mermaid tail blanket. I knew my girls will love it but I never found a pattern that I like it enough to hunt down the right kind of yarn to make it. Until this beautiful Caron Cakes yarn came out last year and I was like “this is it!”. I found the perfect yarn for my project. I decided to stop looking for other designers’ creations and designed my own Sophie mermaid tail blanket pattern for my little girls.

You can get the pattern here:
Child sizes 5 -12:
Ravelry Store: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sophie-mermaid-tail-blanket
Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/497792597
Teen/Adult Size:
Ravelry Store: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sophie-mermaid-tail-blanket—adult-size
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/492414590


Sophie mermaid tail blanket


Caron Cakes Yarns are so beautiful, I stocked up on them when I could. Now, they have new colors came out and I need to hunt down the pistachio color, they are so popular and hard to get my hands on them.

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Clover Amour Crochet Hook is $3.11 only


Since I tried the Clover brand in knitting needles and crochet hooks, I never look back on my old ones. They are more pricey but not out of reach, especially if you catch a deal on Amazon or craft stores with a half off coupon. Today, my gift order of two sets of Clover Amour Crochet Hooks (set of 10) from Amazon arrived, their price droped from $41.xx to $33.xx when I bought them. It was the lowest price in 12 months. Today, they dropped it to $31.13, it is $3.113 per hook, I decided to upgrade my own set too. Click here to get your set before the price goes up again. 


I had been using Clover Takumi hooks for a long time, they were major upgrade for comfort and ease of use compared to the Boye hooks, their smooth and rounded hook tips are great for all kinds of yarn. The handle is comfortable to hold with a soft grip on top (works best for pencil holding position). 

I Love Yarn Day

I don’t know when it started to have “I Love Yarn Day”, I am celebrating it anyway. Join me to celebrate this special day for yarns, I am offering my new Crochet Big & Fun Basket Class for FREE (today only). So you can join me and play with yarns. Sign up now: Did you play with yarn today? My new class is free for today only, sign up now: and http://skl.sh/2e4iuN0
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Crochet Big & Fun Basket

It’s 2nd week of Yarntober (see last paragraph to see what is Yarntober), presenting Simply Crochet – Big and Fun Basket on Skillshare. You can take this class and thousands of other classes on Skillshare for only $0.99 for 3 months. Here the class link: skl.sh/2e4iuN0 . [announcing mode is done]

I saw these huge yarn balls called Bernat Blanket Big in Michael’s Store doing my regular shopping. Bought quite a few (a basket full and a little extra) of them, brought them home and made a couple baskets (still need to go back for more). The basket is big, fun and unique,  it’s also very easy and quick to make. Perfect for a beginner and for anyone at home, great for decorating while have very good storage build in (t’s a basket after all), your pets may ask for one or two too. After the first basket, I decided to make it into a Skillshare class and teach you how to make one.

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[Whispering voice: I do not have regular shopping trips but more like yarns hoarding collection trip, my husband will totally verify me on this one since I made him went with me (I was saving money by double saving with his coupon). I told him Fall is here and Winter is coming (any Game of Thrones fans?), holiday seasons are one after the others, I just need to get some more yarns. (I see you nodding right there.) ]
As a result of yarns collection, I borrowed a few of his new plastic bins for storage. He was giving me a hard time/ motivation to get more patterns and Skillshare classes out (how much I love him for this and hate to admit he is a teasing genius at times), he suggested to make October into “Yarntober” – everything about yarn. I take on the challenge happily and play with all my yarns every minutes I could squeeze in my busy mom schedule. The result is, I succeed on delivering one class or one pattern per week in Yarntober. The best part is, I got this crochet basket class out on “I Love Yarn Day”, YESSS! Hurray for me. I got this taped a few days ago and did all the editing and voice over, then something went wrong and I had to redo most of them.
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Crochet Double Ribbed Beanie 

Got my hands on some infamous Caron Cakes, lucky to get one ball of my favorite Faerie Cake color, it begged to be made into something beautiful, timeless and great for everyone. Always wanted to make a fake knit-look crochet beanie, I knew it was the perfect choice combined my love for knitting and crocheting. This is a one size fits most beanie (fits 18-24 inches), timeless and gender neutral. Thanks to the stretch of a fake knit ribbed pattern, it fits my almost one year old boy (18 inches head), up to my hubby head (23 inches) comfortably.

This pattern is for sales on my ravelry store, click buy now to purchase.

You can also get it on my Etsy Store.


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Quick & Easy Crochet Scarf Class

My second Skillshare class is published: Simply Crochet – Quick and Easy Scarf. This scarf is gender netural and looks great on everyone. I will teach you the basic of crochet including slip knot, chain stitch, slip stitch and how to weave in the ends. Enroll now, only $0.99 for 3 months, you will get access to thosands of Skillshare classes including this class.

My two little girls are both making their own in different colors with their choices of yarns. My oldest loves this scarf when she modeled it for me, so we went to the store and let her pick out her own yarn to make one herself . Little sister saw it, sure wanted to join the crochet club and picked her own yarn too.

Join me in class and make this beautiful scarf. Happy crocheting!

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Crochet Tartan Scarf With Color Pooling Technique

I always love tartan scarf but too lazy to do all the color changing while knitting or corcheting. However, when the planned color pooling tartan scarf became a phenomenon in the crochet world lately, I decided to give it a try.


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Simply Crochet – Finger Crochet Scarf

After weeks of planning, filming and editing, my first class “Simply Crochet – Finger Crochet Scarf” is finally published. In this class, I will teach you how to crochet with finger, no hook needed. It was a quick and easy project. Super bulky yarn was used and you know it means this shouldn’t take long to finish. Join my class by clicking here. Use this link and you will get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99 for unlimited access to this and thousands of online classes.

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In this class, students will learn the basic of crochet. Instead of using a crochet hook, they will learn how to use fingers to crochet.

Things you need for the class:

Heave weight yarn: Bulky Yarn / Super Bulky Yarn
For kid/ short scarf : 1 skein (6 ozs, 106 yards)
For adult/ long scarf: 2-3 skeins (12-18 ozs, 212-318 yards)

You will learn how to do the following:

Pattern Reading
Slip Knot
Foundation Chain
Single Crochet
Double Crochet
Weave in Ends

By the end of the class, students will acquired the skills to make a scarf. They are encouraged to share they finished assignments on class discussion board and social media.

I can’t believe I will teach one day, it just never occurred to me. This happened because Skillshare contacted me out of the blue. I was approached by some brands, marketing agents and companies before, all about wanting me to promote their products on my social media. I only did it once and I am not going to do it again. However, I did agreed to write recipes for a parenting website that I visit regularly.

After I looked into the Skillshare online learning platform, I decided to give a try. When I was told that I need to be presented in front of a camera, the class will be available online and needed to be taught in English (which is not my 1st language), it just added that much more to this unforeseen and impossible opportunity. I finished the challenge and I am planning to teach more classes in the near future.

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4 in 1 Reversible Slouchy/ Beanie Hat

First blog post after baby number 3 is here, he is 7 weeks old. I am so glad to hold him in my arms and very thankful that he is such a good baby. I couldn’t believe only 6 weeks postpartum, I managed to have enough free time to design and knit a hat. Since my brain wasn’t functioning super due to the lack of sleep, this hat is very simple and easy to make even for knitting newbies.

Here is my newest design: 4 in 1 Reversible Knitted Slouchy / Beanie Hat (click here for pattern)

Got this gorgeous luxury yarn from my last project for my mother in law, I decided to make a hat for her this year. She wears a hat everywhere she goes, so a reversible hat is the way to go.


This hat is fast to make and only use one skein of yarn (weight 3 yarn, dk or worsted weight, 200 a 220 yards). I used superwash silk pearlescent worsted weight yarn from Expression Fiber Arts, it is a mix of merino wool (50%) and silk (50%). This colorway in the picture is no longer available but they have many other gorgeous colors to choose from. I seriously want to get my hands on each one of them if I can afford to do so.


It drapes beautifully as a slouchy and have a pretty sheen from the yarn itself no matter how you wear it. If you wear it as a beanie only, consider adding a pom pom on top, it will be super cute.

Made two more hats for my girls in a more affordable soft pink yarn, same pattern, just different yarn. I used Bernat baby big ball sport yarn in Blossom. It is so soft and comfy, my girls love it.

My oldest daughter models the small size hat in Blossom colorway.


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Crochet Dress – dress it up or summer cover-up?

 

This is such a beautiful crochet dress, the first time I saw the picture online, I know I have to make one. I doubled up size 10 cotton thread for this beauty, it was such a labor intensive project, my hands were actually hurt for the repetitive motions after a few days. So, I ended up switching off to other projects back and forth, at some point I got too distracted, took me almost a year to finish it. It happens to me a lot, a project got finished in a few hours, a few days or it will be over a year. I hope I am not alone.

If some length and a few layers of ruffles were added, with a low cut at the back, it would be a nice wedding dress, so gorgeous. I can totally imagine a glowing bride wearing her loose wavy hair down, with some fresh flowers pin on one side right above her ear, put on simple and natural looking make up in a blooming courtyard or in a sandy beach with sunshine. How dreamy a wedding it will be?
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