Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Maya the Mercorn (Mermaid Unicorn)

 

Everywhere you look at the moment there seems to be Mermaid and Unicorns and I have created both of these recently.   However, it got me wondering what would happen if I simply chopped the top of the Unicorn Pattern and attached it to the bottom of my Mermaid Pattern and created a Unicorn Mermaid cross, a Mercorn.   So one evening this is exactly what I decided to do.

I started off working with two different colours from my Aldi Baby Yarn collection, a solid pink colour for the mermaid parts and a purple, pink and white variegated colour for the unicorn parts.   (I actually used some of the pink as the contrasting colour on the unicorn parts too).   I used a 6mm hook and 15mm safety eyes and of course some stuffing.   Then taking the patterns from my Unicorns and Mermaids I started to create.  I made my unicorn head first, and I followed the pattern exactly.   I also knew I would need some front legs for the unicorn part and so again I used the unicorn pattern exactly.   Once I had completed this I started to think about the body and tail.

My unicorn body is actually built up from the bottom, whereas the mermaid pattern works from the head down, so this was the first issue to overcome.   In the end I decided to do the body differently from my mermaid pattern so it would work and fit in ok with the unicorn head.   So I actually adapted both patterns into something completely new.   Maya the Mercorns body is worked from the top down and misses out the  tube top the mermaid wears.   Other differences are the stitch, I had used the shell stitch on the mermaid, but I decided to stick to a plain single crochet tail for the Mercorn, given that she already has a magical horn I didn't feel she needed a fancy tail too.   I  did however add a decorative overhang around her waist for some added detail.  This is made by working single crochets through the stitches already created.   I insert my hook in the right side of the stitch, underneath the stitch and back up on the left side of the stitch and then complete the single crochet.

Maya has the tail from the mermaid pattern and she is finished off with the hair from the original unicorn pattern.   She is fatter than the mermaid

pattern, but she should be really, horses are a lot bigger than humans, however their overal length is the same.   After creating my Mercorn in blanket yarn I also repeated her in the same yarn I made the unicorns from and she looks fab with the really vivid green.   The larger Maya is 18" long and 7" wide whilst her smaller sister is 8" long and 4" wide.   The larger size is perfect for cuddling in bed and the smaller size is great for taking around with you.   The pattern works whichever size yarn and hook you want to use and I bet she would look great as a smaller size and she could also go swimming in the Mermaid Adventure Bag!

If you would like to make your own Maya the Mercorn then you can find her FREE pattern here.    She doesn't take too long to make and would make a fab Christmas Present for any Mermaid or Unicorn loving child in your life.   If you do make her, please feel free to share your pictures of her either on my social media channels or on Ravelry.

See you next week for the final Underwater themed blog post.

Vicky x

Crochet Mercorn Pattern

 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this mercorn;

·        Knitcraft in the Zone – 100g balls in any colours you choose (you need 25g of the main colour and 40g of the contrasting colour)

·        4mm hook

·        Stuffing

·        2 x 10 mm Saftey Eyes

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        Dtrc – double treble crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        MC – Main colour

·        CC – Contrasting colour

  

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for the mercorns just work as tightly as possible

·        The pattern uses join as you go techniques, for horns, limbs and ears.  The head and hair and tail are all sewn to the mercorn.  

  

4.  Pattern

Ears – Make 2 in MC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in m/c

4

2

(sc, sc inc) x 3

6

3

Sc around

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Horn – Make 1 in CC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in m/c

4

2

(sc, sc inc) x 3

6

3-6

Sc around

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Head – starting in CC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3-5

Sc around

12

 

Change to MC

 

6

Sc around

12

7

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

8

Sc around

18

9

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

10-12

Sc around

24

13

(UNICORN ONLY) 14 sc, attach horn with 3 sc, 7sc

24

13

(PONY ONLY) Sc around

24

14

Sc around

24

15

11 sc, attach ear with 3 sc, 4 sc, attach ear with 3 sc, 3 sc

24

16

Sc around

24

 

Attach eyes between rows 11 and 12 in line with the centre of the ears

 

17

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

18

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff head

 

19

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and cast off.   Sew in ends and set head aside.

 

 

Legs – Make 2 starting in CC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3-4

Sc around

12

 

Change to MC

 

5

Sc around

12

6-13

Sc around

12

 

Sl st and cast off, stuff legs

 

 

Body – In MC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

Sc around

18

5

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

6

Attach arm with 4 sc, 8 sc, attach arm with 4 sc, 8 sc

24

7

Sc around

24

8

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

9-15

Sc around

30

 

Switch to CC

 

16-19

Sc around

30

20

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

21-24

Sc around

24

25

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

26-29

Sc around

18

30

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

31-34

Sc around

12

 

Stuff tail

 

35

(sc dec) X 6

6

36

Sc around

6

37

Fold in half and sl st shut

3

 

Cast off and leave a long tail

 

 

Waist Band – Make in CC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Starting on any stitch from round 16 sc around the row (insert the hook under the stitch working from the right under the stitch and back out at the left of the stitch, then draw up a loop and complete the sc)

30

2

HDC in each sc from round 1 of waist band

30

 

Sl st and cast off, sew in ends

 

  

Tail – Make 2 in CC

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 17

17

2

Sk 1st ch and work down rest of chain as follows;

Sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, 2 trc, 2dtrc, 2trc, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc, sl st

19

 

Cast off

 

 

Sl st the two tail pieces together and sew in ends.

 

 

Hair – Make 5 in CC for the mane

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 21

21

2

Sk 1st ch and put 2 hdc in each ch to end

40

 

Cast off and tie end in knot

 

 

Sew to either head or bottom to create mane and tail

 

 

·        Sew head, hair and tail to the Mercorn.

 

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