A Little Mermaid Skirt

It seems like we skipped over Spring and went right into Summer, doesn't it? Little Lovely is already anxious for swimming season to begin.

A Little Mermaid Skirt

The Animator's Wife has been into mermaids lately. Call her a hipster if you like, but she likes to think she liked mermaids before mermaids were popular. It started with an idea she heard several years ago, that all women with naturally curly hair were descended from mermaids. Curly hair requires quite a bit more moisture than straight hair, so all curly-haired creatures must have come from the ocean, right? (In case you couldn't guess, The Animator's Wife has naturally curly hair, as does Little Lovely.)

This is part of the reason she designed our mermaid-themed Sirens of Atlantis costume last year. Well The Animator's Wife couldn't have something mermaid-themed without designing something mermaid-themed for Little Lovely, and that's how our latest free pattern came to be.

A Little Mermaid Skirt

The netting pattern in this skirt was chosen for its resemblance to fish scales, and we designed it with a slit in front so that your little land mermaid can run freely in it without tripping on it. It's also very stretchy, so although the hem will get higher as your mermaid grows, she can probably still wear this skirt for another summer or two before it no longer fits.

Sizes: 2T (4T, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16)

Skill Level: Intermediate.

Cascade 220: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins
Size J crochet hook

Gauge: 12 sc and 12 rows = 4 inches.

Special Stitch: Picot. Ch 3, sl st in first ch.

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses.  To avoid confusion, it may be helpful to circle the numbers corresponding to your size before beginning this project.  When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.


Ch 69 (73, 77, 85, 89, 97, 101, 109).

Rnd 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across. Join with sl st in first sc to form a ring.

Rnd 2. Ch 4; turn. Skip first 2 sc, *dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of t-ch.

Rnd 3. Ch 1; turn. Sc in same ch as joining, sc in ea ch-1 sp and dc around. Join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 4. Ch 1; turn. Sc in same sc as joining, picot, *ch 5, skip next 3 sc, sc in next sc, picot; rep from * around to last 3 sc. Ch 2, dc in first sc of rnd.

Rnd 5. Ch 1; turn. Sc in dc, picot, *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, picot; rep from * around. Ch 2, dc in first sc of rnd.

Rnds 6-17 (6-20, 6-24, 6-27, 6-30, 6-30, 6-32, 6-34). Rep rnd 5.

Split for Knee: Worked without joining between rows.
Rows 18-20 (21-25, 25-29, 28-33, 31-36, 31-38, 33-40, 35-42). Ch 5; turn. Skip first sc, *sc in next ch-5 sp, picot, ch 5; rep from * across. Sc in last ch-5 sp.

Bottom Hem: Joined between rnds.
Rnd 21 (26, 30, 34, 37, 39, 41, 43). Ch 3; turn. 5 dc in first ch-5 sp, 6 dc in ea rem ch-5 sp across, 6 dc in ea ch-5 sp up and down skirt split; join with sl st in first dc in rnd.

Rnd 22 (27, 31, 35, 38, 40, 42, 44). Ch 2; turn. Skip first dc, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) twice, ch 1, *dc4tog over next 4 dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) twice, ch 1; rep from * around. Dc2tog over last dc and same dc as joining; join with sl st in first dc.

Rnd 23 (28, 32, 36, 39, 41, 43, 45). Ch 1; turn. Sc in first ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, 4 dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, sc in next ch-1 sp, *skip dc4tog, sc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, 4 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc in rnd. Finish off.


Ch 98 (102, 106, 114, 118, 126, 130, 138). Finish off. Knot each end. Thread in and out of ch-sp in waist band of skirt.

ch          chain
dc          double crochet
ea          each
rem          remaining
rep          repeat
rnd          round
rnds          rounds
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch
sp          space
t-ch          turning chain
tog          together


  1. AnonymousJune 16, 2014

    This is so cute!

    Diane M.

  2. Thank you for the pattern! I made one for my granddaughter and posted it on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/LBK63/a-little-mermaid-skirt
    She loves it!

    1. AnonymousJuly 11, 2014

      That is adorable! Thank you for sharing. :)

  3. Is it okay to sell a finished product if you list the link to the pattern?

    1. As long as I'm credited as the designer, I am fine with that. Good luck. :)

  4. I want to make an adult size version. Must Math.

    1. AnonymousMay 31, 2015

      I actually am planning an adult version of this, but not until next summer. I have more pressing designs before then. :)

  5. AnonymousMay 28, 2015

    Can I use caron simply soft for this? I love it!

    1. AnonymousMay 31, 2015

      Absolutely! That would be a fine choice. :)