With Christmas in mind and the fact that we have several little girls in the family, I had an excuse (at long last!) to make a Mermaid Tail blanket.

They are everywhere this year, so when I had a request from a cousin back in the Summer to make two for her little girls for Christmas, I looked around and settled on this Knitting Pattern  for a knitted version by 'Wendy' yarns. I also plumped for the recommended Knitting Yarn  - 'Serenity', a super chunky, tri-coloured mix of 10% Wool, 20% Alpaca and 70% Acrylic, in the appropriately named 'Sea' colourway.

Together with 10mm needles, this yarn works up really quickly and the 20% Alpaca makes it super soft which is a must for children.

Despite planning this back in July, I only actually started knitting it two weeks ago. Luckily for me, it only took four evenings from start to finish!

The stitch pattern is very effective and really does give the appearance of scales and, best of all, is very simple to follow.

The blanket is more of a bag really, and consists of four pieces - an identical front and back, and two identical fin pieces. The ribbing on the fin is a striking contrast to the body of the blanket and works well.

The instructions tell you to join the seams by 'top sewing', a term I've not heard before. I ended up oversewing the seams with right sides together and it looks just fine.

I ran out of yarn with the fin still to be sewn together, so substituted with a super chunky I had lying around in a similar shade of blue. As the oversewing is on the inside, it was almost invisible anyway.

N0.3 Son was more than happy to hop inside and pose for a photograph for me! I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he asks me to make him one, too:)

Here's a close up of the stitch detail which is lovely and textured.

Another close up of the fin to show the chunky ribbing.

It hasn't been blocked at all and I don't think I'll bother as I'm happy with the way it's turned out.

I now have to find four free evenings before the New Year to make a second one, or else one sister is going to very disappointed!