Mermaid Tail & Headband Prop by Thomasina Cummings Designs

Mermaid Tail & Headband Prop

by Thomasina Cummings Designs
DK (11 wpi) ?
3.5 mm (E)
14" with instructions on how to adjust for larger sizes
both US and UK
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This cute little mermaid photo prop set would make a fabulous addition to any photographer’s repertoire.

Special offer available when purchased with Shell Bikini (previous purchases apply).

The tail (as per the given pattern) measures 35cm (14”) in length (fin not included in measurement).

The top edge, with its delicate shell trim, will sit between tummy and chest (depending on the length of the baby) and has a circumference of 35cm (16”) at its widest point.

Directions are also provided for making larger sizes based on chest size and length requirements (see UPDATE below).

The scales are worked using the very popular ‘crocodile’ stitch and these are also featured on the matching headband.

This item is not suitable for sleeping in

Materials: Approximately 200g (360m) of double knit (8 ply) yarn.

The example uses Patons Fairytale Dreamtime DK 100% wool but you may substitute any yarn of ‘similar’ thickness.

Tools: 3.50mm (E) hook (or appropriate size, if substitute yarn is used) and a wool needle for finishing

Also available through Etsy and Craftsy

Photographs used with the kind permission of:

llenadevida900 and Jennifer Maesen Photography ( and Sarah Bertram of

UPDATE 1st April 2015: I get a lot of queries about how easy it is to work child/adult sizes so I thought I’d add a little more information.

The cocoon is written just for one size but, the way it is worked means the increase takes part in the bottom (ridged section).

Just as you would work the crown of a hat to a larger diameter before working the sides for bigger sizes, the same technique can be used here - this is also what makes it possible to work in different yarns to those suggested.

The increasing method is very easy to continue ( and I have outlined it in the pattern although I haven’t given specific stitch or row counts - you would work until you reach the desired waist/chest size). I’ve worked up to child size myself with no problems.

Before you decide, I should mention, the drawback to enlarging ‘too much’ is that the bottom of the cocoon is ridges and not scales - this is fine for most enlargements but it’s worth bearing in mind if you wanted to go as large as adult as you could end up with quite a long un-scaled section!

The fin is easily enlarged to be in proportion and I have explained in the pattern how to do that too :)

So, yes, it is possible to do child/adult sizes and I’m happy to provide more specific counts if you need them when you’ve chosen your yarn and know your gauge. But, you should bear in mind that the scales only begin once you finish enlarging the bottom.

I hope this helps Tammy