Monday, November 26, 2012

Barbie Mermaid Tail - Free crochet pattern

Hey howdy hey my fellow crochet peeps!

So this pattern has been a while in the making, and I figured with Christmas creeping up on us, it was time to get it finished so I could add some to the girls stockings, and perhaps you have a special someone that would adore a mermaid tail for their Barbie too!

1 rubber band that fits snug over the hips of your doll
DK weight yarn
3.5mm hook
1 button


R1: Join yarn with a slst, ch1, sc 21 times around the rubber band, place stitch marker

R2: *sc, 2sc in the next stitch* repeat around (31)

R3-R5 sc in each stitch around

R6: *sc,sc,sc2tg* 7 times, sc in the last 3 stitches (24)

R7-8: sc in each stitch around (24)

R9: *sc,sc,sc2tg* repeat around (18)

R10-20: sc in each st around (18)

R21: *sc in the next 7, sc2tg* Repeat once (16)

R22-29: sc in each st around (16)

R30: *sc in the next 6 stitches, sc2tg* Repeat once (14)

R31-R34: sc in each st around

R35: *sc, sc, sc2tg* repeat twice more, sc in the last 2 stitches (11)

R36-R37: sc in each st around (11)

R38: *sc, sc2tg* repeat twice more, sc in the last 2 stitches (8)

R38: sc2tg around (4)
Finish off and weave in ends

R1: ch15, sc in the 2nd chain from hook, sc in the next 11, sc2tg (13)

R2: ch1, turn, sc2tg, sc in the next 11 (12)

R3: ch1, turn, sc in the next 10, sc2tg (11)

R4: ch1, turn, sc2tg, sc in the next 9 (10)

R5: ch1, turn, sc in the next 9, ch2 (11)

R6: turn, sc twice in the second chain, sc 9 (11)

R7: ch1, turn, sc in the next 10, 2sc in the last st (12)

R8: ch1, turn, 2sc in the next st, sc11 (13)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing to end of tail.

Weave the yarn in and out of the end of the tail-fin and pull tight to get a bit of a gather, then sew it to the end of the main tail.

R1: ch19, sc in the 2nd chain from hook and each stitch across (18)

R2-R3: ch1, turn, sc across (18)

R4: ch1, sc in the next 5 stitches, dc in the next 8, sc in the last 5

R5: ch1, turn, sc in the next 5, dc2tg, dc in the next 4, dc2tg, sc in the last 5

Weave in ends and add a button so the top can close at the back.
Now, I use a ball joint Barbie with a removable head (yes, removable head lol!) and her bust looks a little smaller then an older styled barbie. If you find the top too small, add some more chains to start in pairs of 2.

If you are making it for an older child (one that is past the put everything in the mouth stage) then you may like to add some random beads or sequins to give Barbie some extra sparkle!


  1. Very pretty! Generous of you to share.

  2. Thanks for sharing! My daughter will love this! (Once I make it! lol)

  3. It is lovely. I know my great-grand daughter will love it. Thank you

  4. I have been looking for something like this forever! Thanks for sharing. My daughter will love this.

  5. Thanks so much my great niece is having an Ariel birthday party. Made her a mermaid blanket now I can make the Ariel doll that mommy bought (for in her cake...and of course to play with)a tail too��

  6. Lovely pattern, thank you. My granddaughter loved it. Now I have to do more in different colours!

  7. What kind of rubber band do you use? I used those lil bands for making bracelets and it broke when I put it on the Barbie.

  8. Thank you. Great make for my daughters birthday

  9. Thank you for this. Barbie clothing fits elf on a shelf and the gang will live seeing Elvira ready for Halloween.