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Brighten up your living room or bedroom with this Mermaid Afghan.  Great for beginning and advanced crochet fans, this free crochet afghan pattern can be made in any color you'd like; however, this Sea Coral color would compliment almost any decor.  The simple fan or shell stitch also makes this afghan look like it's made completely of sea shell.

Mermaid Afghan


  • 12 skeins Red Heart Classic yarn in Sea Coral
  • 4.5 mm (US G-6) crochet hook or size needed for gauge


Gauge: 4 rows – 2 ¾”; Shell, 2 dcs – 2 ¼”


Special Stitch:

  • Shell – 5 dcs in space or stitch as indicated in instructions.

Mermaid Afghan

Throw Measures:   44” x 55”
Throw is crocheted in multiples of 7.       

  1. Row 1 (RS): Ch 140, dc in 4th ch from hook, [skip 2 chs, Shell in next ch, skip 2 chs, dc in each of next 2 chs] across to last 3 chs, skip 2 chs, 3 dcs in last ch, ch 3 and turn.
  2. Row 2: Dc between first 2 dcs, [Shell between 2 dcs of 2 dc pair, dc between 2nd and 3rd dc of next Shell and 3rd and 4th dc of same Shell] across, 3 dc between last dc and turning ch, ch 3 and turn.
  3. Repeat Row 2 for a total of 75 rows.


  1. On right side work along top edge (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs, ch 2, sc) between 2 right corner dcs, [(sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) in center dc of Shell, (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) between 2 dcs of 2 dc pair] across, (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs, ch 2, sc) between last 2 dcs.
  2. Work along side edge (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) in first dc, [skip next dc, (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) in next dc] across, (sc. ch 2, 3 dcs, ch 2, sc) between 2 dcs of bottom corner edge.
  3. Work along bottom edge [(sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) between 2 dcs, (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs) in ch below Shell] across, (sc, ch 2, 3 dcs, ch 2, sc) between last 2 dcs.
  4. Work along side edge as for opposite side edge, join to beginning sc and fasten off.

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Mar 15, 2014

This would be a beautiful baby blanket if done a bit smaller.


Nov 10, 2013

This is so pretty and very easy. Definitely on my list of to-do projects.


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