How I crocheted my mermaid tail blanket



Oh my goodness, I am feeling like Ariel with my latest crochet creation! My six-year old self would be extremely pleased.

If you want to recreate this blanket the first thing you are going to need is patience, the second thing is a keen eye, and thirdly you’ll need the list of things I used, which are below.

You’ll need: 

  • 6mm (J) crochet hook (for the tail)
  • 6.5mm (K) crochet hook (for the fin)
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • 6 skeins of worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super saver in Macaw which I bought in-store from Walmart however it’s also available on 



For the tail: 

The stunning shell stitches, created by double crocheting five times in a stitch every two stitches, is what initially drew me to this video by YARNutopia by Nadia. Plus the construction is explained in such detail that makes it perfect for a beginner or intermediate crocheter. I didn’t want to switch colours every round so I just used one ombre colour throughout and it still looks fantastic.


The beautiful shell stitches

Note: I am 5ft 5″ and I used the LARGE pattern. Round 75 onwards is still the same as round 67 onwards in the Medium pattern so you can still follow along with the video.

Watch the video

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View the written instructions 


For the fin: 

Note: I used a 6.5mm crochet hook for the fin.

I decided that I wanted a larger, more defined fin for my mermaid tail so I turned to a video uploaded by Annoo Crochet Designs. The fin tutorial starts at 14.43. My fin didn’t 100% go to plan. One was slightly larger than the other and I didn’t finish my stitch in the same place as Annoo. It was late at night and I was watching TV at the same time so I probably just messed something up. It was very easy to rectify though and in the end my fin looked fantastic.

Watch the video

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View the written instructions: 

User, Surekha Singh, in the comments had typed these up:

Pattern for fin (crocheting in rows)

  • Make a slip knot and 51 chains
  • Round 1: hdc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in next chain*, chain 1, turn around
  • Round 2: hdc in back part of stitch*, stop 3 stitches from the end, chain 1, turn around.
  • Round 3: hdc in back part of stitch*, chain 1, turn around
  • Repeat Rounds 2 and 3, until you have 22 rows
  • Make 2 of the above (for both halves of the fin)

Watch the video for putting the fin together and attaching to the tail.

Here are some of the pictures that I took as I was going along: 

This is Sable, my schnauzer puppy, eyeing up my yarn! She grabbed it at one point and tangled the whole thing up. However, she’s since learned to keep away.


Working on the fin:

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Crocheting the pieces of the fin together:









Almost finished:

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Don’t forget to turn the fin/tail over when you are attaching the fin to ensure there are no holes like the below example.









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JG x

What to do post “I do!” checklist

Think that after you’ve said I do that you’ll be finally rid of your to-do list? Think again. 

Planning a wedding of any size requires a checklist of some sorts. Despite having an intimate destination wedding in Key Biscayne, FL even my to-do list seemed like it was taking over my life at times. If you’re planning a destination wedding make sure you take a look at my tips.

Once I returned home in my newly-wedded bliss it was then that I started to realise all of things that now needed to be done. Updating my I.D., my social security number, writing out thank you notes… The list goes on…

Thankfully, I was provided with this helpful checklist from that has everything a newlywed needs to do, all in one place.  So make your newlywed life easier and download it now! You’re welcome!

Newlywed Checklist 2


JG x

Destination wedding planning tips!


Credit: Small Miami Weddings

Our wedding is FINALLY happening…and it’s happening fast! Two weeks ago I moved countries, I move into my new apartment tomorrow, a month today we get married in Miami, and a few days after that we pick up our new puppy. Breathe.

Everything is a big adjustment at the moment and also a bit hectic. We’re having an intimate Miami wedding but just because it’s small doesn’t mean that it’s completely stress free. I still haven’t even confirmed our reception dinner or even started on the favours…

We wanted a destination wedding for many reasons, including keeping the ceremony intimate, treating ourselves to a lovely holiday and to save a bit of money. Our wedding has been a long time coming and we wanted to take this opportunity to share the ceremony with those closest to us.


Here are my tips for planning a destination wedding: 

  1. Choose a location that suits you – Don’t let family members try and pressure you into a location because they want an excuse to go on holiday there. If you and your fiancé have a connection to a certain place, then choose it. Those family and friends that care about you both will make the trip to be there if they care enough and of course finances permitting. We chose Miami over Orlando and my family are still going to pitstop in Orlando to do the theme parks for a couple of days.
  2. Make sure your trust your planner 100% – We were looking at two planner/ coordinators. One a beach wedding coordinator with a host of reviews and who has been featured on various wedding websites i.e. Style Me Pretty. And the other a planner with just a couple of reviews. The planner would have looked after everything from the ceremony to the reception, whereas the coordinator just handles the ceremony. In the end we went we the coordinator. It means more work for us but my nerves would have been fraught if I had of put my trust in someone that I wasn’t 100% about.
  3. Check the marriage license laws in the country/ state you choose – Some places require you to have been in the area for a certain amount of days before the wedding or for you to have blood tests. Make sure you know in advance. Thankfully our coordinator’s package includes licensing assistance.
  4. Stay organised/ Get a wedding checklist – Even though there are less people to think about with an intimate wedding there are still things to consider i.e. feeding them, sharing travel plans, favours etc. Wedding checklists are easily downloadable and can help you stay on track.
  5. If you are having an outdoor wedding make sure you have a back up plan – Don’t let your special day be rained out. Have an alternative that also works for you.
  6. Yelp is your friend – If you are planning an intimate dinner for your wedding reception like me then Yelp is a life saver. I can’t actually go to the restaurant before picking it so reading reviews from actual diners and seeing pictures of actual meals is very helpful.
  7. Make sure your outfit/ outfits suit the wedding location – I choose my dress before realising that we would have a beach ceremony. While my dress is perfect for the place where we will have our portrait session it’s not really a beach dress. It’s too late now and I’m in love with my dress anyway, however I’ve got myself a lighter second outfit that I’ll change into for the meal.
  8. Pinterest is your friend – Download the app for your tablet now. You won’t regret it. It’s so addictive and you will get some fantastic ideas!
  9. Choosing vendors: if they’re good, there will be reviews online – I can’t stress this enough. Unless you know the person i.e. a new photographer who has just graduated from uni and offers to photograph your wedding on the cheap, don’t go with someone if they can’t give you any reviews or recommendations for previous clients. It’s not worth the stress.

That’s it for now.

JG x