Crocheted Mermaid Top

Crocheted Mermaid Top

What You'll Need:

(A) Skein Turqua Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn
(B) Skein Pretty 'n Pink Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn
(C) Skein Glowworm Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn
(D) Ball Twist Red Heart® Sashay® Yarn
5 mm (US H-8)
Shell & Fish Charms
Bling Bling Beads
Yarn Needle
Leotard

Gauge:

16 sts = 4" (10 cm)
16 rows = 4" (10 cm) in single crochet
4 shells = 5" (12.5) cm
10 rows = 4" (10 cm), in shell pattern

Courtesy of Red Heart®
Difficulty: Intermediate
Approximate Time: Weekend Project

How to Make a Crocheted Mermaid Top

Have some dress up fun under the sea with this Crocheted Mermaid Top! Whether your little mermaid is playing pretend, or she's looking for the perfect Halloween costume this crochet DIY is a must-make.Directions are for size 4 years. Changes for sizes 6 years and 8 years are in parentheses. The bra top will stretch for a snug fit. 

To Fit Chest: 23 (25, 26)” (58.5 (63.5, 66) cm)
Finished Chest: 22 (24, 25)” (56 (61, 63.5) cm)
 
  • 1 Abbreviations

    A, B, C = Color A, Color B, Color C etc; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch (es); ( ) = work directions in parentheses into same st; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.

    sc2tog = [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

  • 2 Notes

    Bra top is worked from side to side beginning at center back. Middle band and straps are worked separately and attached to finished bra top.

  • 3 Row 1

    With middle size hook and A, ch 13 (15, 15).

    Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—12 (14, 14) sc.

  • 4 Row 2

    Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn—5 (6, 6) ch-1 spaces and 7 (8, 8) sc

  • 5 Rows 3 through 26

     Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn.

  • 6 Row 27 (29, 29)

     Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn—5 (6, 6) ch-1 spaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 7 Row 28 (30, 30)

    Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn.

  • 8 Row 29 (31, 31)

    Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, skip next st, 2 sc in last st, turn—6 (7, 7) ch-1 spaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 9 Row 30 (32, 32)

    Repeat Row 3.

  • 10 Rows 31 (33, 33) & 32 (34, 34)

     Repeat Row 27 (29, 29) and 28 (30, 30)—6 (7, 7) chspaces and 9 (10, 10) sc.

  • 11 Row 33 (35, 35)

    Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, skip next st, sc in last st, turn—7 (8, 8) ch-spaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 12 Row 34 (36, 36)

    Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn—6 (7, 7) ch-spaces and 9 (10, 10) sc.

  • 13 Rows 35 (37, 37)-36 (40, 42)

    Repeat last 2 rows 1 (2, 3) more times.

  • 14 Row 37 (41, 43)

    Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn—6 (7, 7) chspaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 15 Row 38 (42, 44)

    Repeat Row 3.

  • 16 Row 39 (43, 45)

    Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 3 sts (2 sc and a ch-1 space), ch 1, skip next st, sc2tog (working into last ch-1 space and last sc), turn—6 (7, 7) ch-spaces and 7 (8, 8) sc.

  • 17 Row 40 (44, 46)

     Repeat Row 34 (36, 36)—5 (6, 6) ch-spaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 18 Row 41 (45, 47)

    Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn—4 (5, 5) ch-1 spaces and 7 (8, 8) sc.

  • 19 Row 42 (46, 48) & 43 (47, 49)

    Repeat Rows 33 (35, 35) and 34 (36, 36)—4 (5, 5) ch-1 spaces and 7 (8, 8) sc.

  • 20 Row 44 (48, 50)

    Repeat Row 33 (35, 35)—5 (6, 6) ch-1 spaces and 6 (7, 7) sc.

  • 21 Row 45 (49, 51)

     Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn—4 (5, 5) ch-1 spaces and 9 (10, 10) sc.

  • 22 Row 46 (50, 52)

    Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 3 sts, ch 1, skip next st, sc in last 2 sts, turn—5 (6, 6) ch-1 spaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 23 Row 47 (51, 53)

    Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, skip next st, 2 sc in last st, turn—6 (7, 7) ch-1 spaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 24 Rows 48 (52, 54)-57 (63, 67)

    Repeat Rows 30 (32, 32)–39 (43, 45)—6 (7, 7) ch-1 spaces and 7 (8, 8) sc at end of Row 57 (63, 67).

  • 25 Row 58 (64, 68)

    Repeat Row 34 (36, 36)—5 (6, 6) ch-1 spaces and 8 (9, 9) sc.

  • 26 Row 59 (65, 69)

    Repeat Row 37 (41, 43)—5 (6, 6) ch-1 spaces and 7 (8, 8) sc. 

  • 27 Row 60 (66, 70)-85 (93-97)

    Repeat Row 3, 26 (28, 28) times. Fasten off. Sew short ends together for back seam.

  • 28 Middle band for top

    With middle size hook and A, ch 17 (19, 19). 

     
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across—16 (18, 18) sc. Fasten off. Wrap band around middle of front of bra and sew ends together on inside of bra.

  • 29 Make 2 shoulder straps

    Place the bra on the child and measure from the top of the bra, over the shoulder, to the back of the bra. With middle size hook and A, make a chain about 1” (2.5 cm) shorter than the measured length (yarn will stretch after crocheting).

  • 30 Row 1

    Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across. Fasten off. Sew straps to bra.

  • 31 Finishing touches

    Select and arrange beads and charms as desired. Sew beads and charms to front of top edge of bra between straps. Weave in ends. Wear the finished mermaid costume over a leotard. If desired, the bra top can be basted to the shoulders and chest of the leotard.