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Creator Challenge: Part 1 of 5

Dear fellow crocheters,

Welcome to Sweet Softies' second Creator Challenge, featuring Coral the Mermaid!  She's the perfect amigurumi doll to make this summer!  If you haven't already, check out the INTRO PAGE for rules and important information about this Creator Challenge.


Materials Preparation
Design & Color Planning

For this first part, please read through the basic information regarding this pattern.  Then, we'll be gathering materials!


INTRO: The Tiny Baby Mermaid is an adorable, little doll that is quick and easy to crochet! Minimal sewing is required, as her head and body are crocheted in one piece with separate arms and hair cap. She makes a lovely gift for little girls or children who love magical fantasy and sea creatures!

FINISHED MEASUREMENT: 5½ - 6 inches tall

LEVEL: Familiar beginner. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), changing colors, attaching yarn, and sewing pieces together.

  • MR: magic ring 
  • Ch: chain
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dec: decrease 
  • Inc: increase
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Dc: double crochet



If you're like me and you have a hard time visualizing how your mermaid will look in the end with your favorite color combination, you can download the Planning Sheet below.  I find it to be a helpful tool!

All you need to do is color in your mermaid with your preferred colors, find the corresponding yarn color/brand, and (optional!) glue or tape down small snippets of the yarn sample.  If you'd like to add embellishments to your mermaid, such as a pretty hairpiece or accessory, you can also draw it in!

Here's an example! It's my completed sheet for Coral.

And as you can see, Crocheted-Coral shares some resemblance with Paper-Coral!

Well, what do you say?  Let's get coloring!  Soon enough, you'll have your own little mermaid in your hand!

Don't forget to share your photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group!

Meet Mariella, Coral's sister!

Oh, and another note before I forget -- you don't have to make your mermaid with Coral's Hair Bun style!  You can also opt for a Hair Down style, like her sister Mariella.  The tutorial for that is available with photo references in my PDF pattern file.

With that step-by-step hair tutorial, you'll be able to make Mariella's beautiful, multi-colored hair!  See below for the pattern preview~

Don't want to wait for all CAL instructions? Want a printable, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF file with photo references? Want to also get a bonus hair tutorial for making a "hair down" variation for your mermaid? If so, you can purchase the PDF file for a small fee. Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!

Join the Community!
Participants are encouraged to share Part 1 photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group!  I'd love to see your Planning Sheets and/or yarn selections!

Check out others' Part 1 photos in the CREATION GALLERY!

You can also save this pattern or add your project on Ravelry!


Timeline & Links for Coral's Pattern
Note: Links will be added/updated as the information becomes available.
Coral's pattern is FREE on my blog, but a printable pattern PDF is also available for purchase. (Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!)

Want your friends to join in on this fun Creator Challenge too?  The more, the merrier!  Share this post and spread the joy of crocheting!

Happy crafting!