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

Crochet an easy winter hat

beginners easy crochet hat

Since learning how to crochet a few months ago I have become hooked! (Cheesy pun intended). I’ve made bralettes, scarfs, infinity scarfs and amigurumi toys.

I found this super easy pattern to crochet a winter hat and wanted to share it with you all. It’s a Lion brand yarn pattern which can be found here. I actually chained 47 to start as I copied the height of one of my favourites Abercrombie and Fitch hats.

I used:

  • a 5mm (H) crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • worsted weight yarn from love
  • cardboard to make a pom poms

Some useful videos:

My hat in pictures 


This was after about 30 rows – I kept wrapping the fabric around my head to ensure it would fit. I made about 60-70ish rows in total


The ribbed pattern



This is after I weaved yarn through the longer length of the hat. Once threaded I pulled the yarn together and tied a couple knots to secure it. At this point it looked how it does in the above picture however there was still a small hole so I sowed it together.


Here I’m sowing the side together with a yarn needle


I’ve got enough left to make a pom pom!


Pom pom making


Watching pom pom making on YouTube




The final product!


This hat took me a few hours over two days. Single crochets seem to take  FOREVER to grow especially after my last project was made with treble crochets – but stick with it and you’ll have a lovely homemade crochet hat!

JG x





Thank you and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Jade Gabriell

Wow! It’s 2016. I just wanted to take this time to say thank you and Happy New Year to the thousands of people that have visited both this blog and in 2015. As my other blog is focussed on my journey to publication, I started this blog in April as a way to share all of my other passions and interests, and I’ve been blown away by the amount of support that I’ve received. It really makes me happy seeing my stats, reading comments and talking to so many followers and other bloggers that I’ve spoken to as a result of this blog!

My top five posts in 2015 were: 

  1. A review of the Bridea Box: A must have for the UK Bride-to-be
  2. The perfect Autumnal (Fall) hobby that you need to start
  3. Transformation Tuesday with a Freedom Makeup London Haul
  4. Kiss Ever-EZ Lashes in Number 11: A review
  5. Septum piercing: Yes or No? 

Get ready for more beauty, hair, crochet and wedding posts in 2016! 

Be sure to like, follow or comment on my blog – I love connecting with other bloggers and readers!

JG x


The perfect autumnal (fall) hobby that you need to start

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Think crochet is just for grannies? Think again. 

homemade crochet bralette

My homemade crochet bralette

Homemade crochet bralette

I taught myself how to crochet in an evening and within a week I had made a sexy bralette! If you don’t crochet already I highly recommend starting this Autumn (Fall).

Baby Monsters – basic amigurumi 

baby monsters amigurumi

Bob Aspen and Rosie Spice
Amigurumi crochet

I started by making these super cute baby monsters. I’d never crocheted before but found the mixture of written instructions and the youtube video to be the perfect combination to learn these basic and essential stitches. I found it so fiddly to start with and almost gave up but I’m really glad I stuck with it, even if it took me two evenings to make one monster at first. The next monster (the orange one) I made it in half the time using the same pattern but a smaller hook. By the way amigurumi is a Japanese style of crocheting stuffed toys.

With this project I learned:

  • magic ring
  • single stitches
  • crochet counting (it sounds silly but you have to count the stitches and it takes a while to get used to…maybe thats just me though lol)
  • how to fasten off

I used:

stylecraft aran yarn

Top: Aspen
Left to right: Spice, Fondant and Lipstick
Stylecraft special aran yarn

Bralette with a diamond mesh stitch 

crochet bralette

crochet bralette

diamond mesh (fishnet) stitching

crochet bralette

This was my third crochet project and I’m pleased to say that it turned out really well! I used this video to learn how the make the bralette and then another video to learn how to do the diamond mesh (fishnet) stitching. There were written instructions for a similar bralette but as a novice I found it easier to watch the technique in the video from Aqua Hannah. I tweaked the pattern slightly too as I didn’t think that a chain stitched strap would be strong enough for me and my DD’s – so I single stitched them too.

With this project I learned:

  • slip knot
  • slip stitches
  • chain stitches
  • double stitches

I used:

stylecraft yarn

My leftovers after making the bralette (enough to make a monster!)

What’s next? 

I still have a lot to learn about crochet. I need to learn how to read patterns and master even more stitches. This week, someone was telling me about a broomstick stitch and I can’t wait to give it a go and make a shawl with it. Crochet is seriously addictive!

JG x