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Necrocia the Zombie Mermaid | Free Crochet Pattern

Meet Necrocia the Zombie Mermaid. This adorable undead amigurumi pattern is the perfect Halloween crochet project! She works up fast and is just the right size for hug.

Necrocia had a fun-loving life and she plans on having a fun-loving afterlife. Missing an arm won’t hold her back, and her exposed brains? Consider them a hair accessory. She is spunky and ready to party.

Zombie Mermaid Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Hooked by Kati

And what zombie would be complete without Glow-in-the-dark eyes? A little bloodshot (hey, give a girl a break!), her eyes glow green in the dark thanks to glow paint. You can get clear safety eyes and paint them with just about anything. In this case, I used glow in the dark paint and it worked GREAT!

Construction

Necrocia is a top-down mermaid. I love making them this way because it means her arms are worked directly onto the body so they will stay strong after many years of hugs and tugs.

The tail is done with a big hole in it so you can insert a small section of exposed bone. Her tail is also full of holes.

Oh, and she’s missing an arm. She can’t really hug back, but she loves getting a good snuggle.

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Zombie Mermaid Pattern

Pattern is written in English, with US terms, using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

Intermediate.  Pattern uses chains (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), right side (RS), wrong side (WS), back loops only (BLO), increases, and decreases. Experience assembling amigurumi is recommended.

Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, 364 yds/7 oz/198 g, < 1 ball each of Oatmeal (OAT), Light Sage (SAGE), Black (BLK), Cherry Red (RED), Soft White (WHT), Baby pink (PNK)
  • G (4.00 mm) Furls Odyssey hook
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • 2- 15mm painted round-pupil safety eyes Note: Two different sized eyes may be used to create a more kooky zombie look
  • Straight pins
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Tapestry Needle

Size

15 inches, from top of brains to tip of tail

Gauge

8 sts x 8 rows in sc = 2” x 2”

Pattern Notes

  • Safety eyes are inserted after neck is narrowed; this is more difficult, but necessary because they must be centered on the body, and the arm holes need to be made before you can identify the front of the body.

Pattern Stitches

  • Single Crochet Join (sc join): With slip knot on hook, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. Counts as a single crochet.
  • Slip Stitch Join (sl st join): With slip knot on hook, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, pull loop through loop on hook. 
  • Surface Single Crochet (Surface sc): Insert hook into work, around post or space between stitches, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Surface Slip Stitch (Surface sl st): insert hook into work, around post or space between stitches, pull up a loop, pull through loop on hook.
  • Fringe threading: Fold strand of yarn in half, insert hook into desired st in work, wrap loop of yarn over hook, pull through st, wrap both strands over hook, pull through loop on hook, pull tight.

Instructions

Exposed Bones

(To be inserted into body)

With RED, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, 5 sc, turn. (6)

Rows 2-10: Ch 1, 6 sc, turn. (6)

Bind off and weave in ends.

With WHT, Sc join (see Pattern Stitches) into second st of last row, surface sc (see Pattern Stitches) a vertical stripe the length of the piece. Bind off.

With WHT, surface sl st (see Pattern Stitches) three slanted lines from edge of piece to the vertical stripe. Surface lines can be crooked, jagged, or broken.  Set aside.

Head/Body

With OAT, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [Sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 6 times, (36)

Rnds 7-13: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 14: [4 sc, dec] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 15: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 16: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 17: [4 sc, dec] 3 times. (15)

Rnd 18: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 19: [4 sc, inc] 3 times. (18)

Rnd 20: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 21: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 22: [4 sc, inc] 6 times. (36)

Rnd 23: [5 sc, inc] 6 times. (42)

Rnd 24: Skip 10, sc 11, skip 10, sc 11.

Begin body. Leave arm holes unworked for now. Work around body only. (22)

With beginning of round on the left side, mark places for eyes on head, 4 stitches apart, centered between arm holes. Stagger eyes if desired for a more undead look. Sample eyes are after Rounds 8 and 9, respectively.

Using BLK, sew eyelashes from the center of marked stitches, 2 stitches long, 3 lashes per eye.

Insert safety eyes in marked stitch. Reach up through neck to attach eyes. (see Pattern Notes)

Stuff head and neck.

(Body cont.)

Rnds 25-28: Sc evenly around. (22)

Rnd 29: Change to SAGE, inc, 10 sc, inc, 10 sc. (24)

Rnd 30: Sc, inc, [5 sc, inc] 3 times, 4 sc. (28)

Rnd 31-33: Sc evenly around. (28)                                                                                                       

Rnd 34: 2 sc, dec, 12 sc, dec, 10 sc. (26)

Begin working in rows to form hole in tail.

Row 35: (RS) 11 sc, turn. (11)

Row 36: (WS) Ch 1, 25 sc, turn. (25)

Row 37: (RS) Ch 1, 24 sc, turn. (24)

Row 38: (WS) Ch 1, 6 sc, dec, 11 sc, dec, 3 sc, turn. (22)

Row 39: (RS) Ch 1, 22 sc, turn. (22)

Row 40: (WS) Ch 1, 21 sc, turn. (21)

Row 41: (RS) Ch 1, 2 sc, dec, 9 sc, dec, 6 sc, turn. (19)

Row 42: (WS) Ch 1, 19 sc, turn.

Row 43: (RS) Ch 1, 2 sc, dec, 9 sc, dec, 4 sc, ch 3, do not turn. (20)

Cont. working in rounds.

Rnd 44: Sc in each of 3 chs, 17 sc. (20)

Rnd 45: 5 sc, dec, 8 sc, dec, 3 sc. (18)

Place Exposed Bones piece inside tail, beneath created hole, and pin into place. Using a scrap of SAGE, sew the Exposed Bones piece to the inside of the tail.

Stuff chest and tail.

Rnd 46: 4 sc, dec, 7 sc, dec, 3 sc. (16)

Rnd 47: 3 sc, dec, 6 sc, dec, 3 sc. (14)

Rnd 48: 3 sc, dec, 5 sc, dec, 2 sc. (12)

Rnd 49: 2 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 2 sc. (10)

Rnd 50: sc, dec, 3 sc, dec, 2 sc. (8)

Finish stuffing tail.

Rnd 51: dec, 2 sc, dec, 2 sc. (6)

Cut yarn, thread through remaining 6 stitches and pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Face

With needle and BLK, Stitch on two nostrils, touching each other at the top.

Stitch on mouth to look like it is stitched shut.

Centering is not necessary. A crooked nose/mouth adds to her creepy vibe. 

Waistline

Starting in the back, with SAGE, sl st join at Round 29, along the color change, sl st 27, sl st into 1st st to join. (28)

Bind off and weave in ends. 

Partial Arm

Use either arm hole.

Rnd 1: With OAT, sc join first skipped st of either arm hole, 9 sc. (10)

Rnds 2-3: Sc evenly around. (10)

Rnd 4: 3 sc in next st, 2 sc, inc, sc, 2 sl st, 3 sc in next st, 2 sc, sl st in 1st st to join. (15)

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Stuff shoulder, leaving hole at end of Partial Arm open for future use.

Complete Arm

Use either arm hole.

Rnd 1: With OAT, sc join on first skipped st of either arm hole, 9 sc. (10)

Rnds 2-9: Sc evenly around. (10)

Stuff shoulder and arm.

Rnd 10: Dec, 3 sc, dec, 3 sc. (8)

Rnd 11: [Inc, sc] 4 times. (12)

Rnds 12-13: Sc evenly around. (12)

Rnd 14: 6 dec. (6)

Leave hand unstuffed.

Cut yarn, thread through remaining 6 stitches and pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Flatten hand. It will curve inward into a bowl shape when flattened.

Protruding Arm Bone

With WHT, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnds 2-6: Sc evenly around. (6)

Bind off and weave in ends.

Insert Protruding Arm Bone into Partial Arm hole with about 4 rounds showing.

Using tail from Partial Arm, sew Protruding Arm Bone into place.

Bind off and weave in ends.

Tail Fin

With SAGE, ch 21.

Work BLO throughout.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, 19 sc, turn. (20)

Row 2: Ch 1, 18 sc. Do not work last 2 sts, turn. (18)

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc, ch 3, skip 3, 13 sc, turn. (18)

Row 4: Ch 1, 8 sc, Ch 3, skip 3, 2 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp. Do not work last 2 sts, turn. (16)

Row 5: Ch 1, 5 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, 8 sc, turn. (16)

Row 6: Ch 1, 12 sc, ch 3. Do not work last 4 sts, turn.

Row 7: Do not chain, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, 5 sc, ch 3, skip 3, 4 sc, turn. (14)

Row 8: Ch 1, 4 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, 5 sc. Do not work last 2 sts, turn. (12)

Row 9: Ch 1, 12 sc, turn. (12)

Row 10: Ch 1, 7 sc, ch 3, skip 3, 2 sc, ch 3, turn.

Row 11: Do not chain, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, 2 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, 7 sc, turn. (14)

Row 12: Ch 1, 14 sc, ch 3, turn.

Row 13: Do not chain, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, 9 sc, ch 3, skip 3, 2 sc, turn. (16)

Row 14: Ch 1, 2 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, 11 sc, ch 3, turn.

Row 15: Do not chain, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next ch, 16 sc, turn. (18)

Row 16: Ch 1, 11 sc, ch 3, skip 3, 2 sc. Do not work last 2 sts, turn. (16)

Row 17: Ch 1, 2 sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, 11 sc. (16)

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.

Lay Tail Fin on table. Lay body over Tail Fin and pin top edge of Tail Fin to body, 5 rounds from the bottom.  Fold outside edges inward, along the body, the top corners of the tail should touch at the tip of the body. Pin into place. Sew edges as pinned.

Fish Bone Top

With WHT, ch 2.

Row 1: 3 sc in second ch from hook, turn. (3)

Row 2: Ch 1, inc, 2 sc, turn. (4)

Row 3: Ch 1, inc, 3 sc, turn. (5)

Row 4: (Begin spine and tail.)  Sl st 3, ch 9. (3 sl sts, 9 chs)

Row 5: Working down ch, sc in second ch from hook, hdc, dc, sl st in next ch, leave remaining chs unworked. (3 sts, 1 sl st)

Row 6: Ch 4, working down ch, sc in second ch from hook, hdc, dc, sl st in sl st of Row 5.

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew Fish Bone Top to chest, using WHT tail to tack down fish tail and fish head. Sew three straight lines across spine and through body, holding it down and acting as fish ribs.

With BLK, sew an ‘X’ for an eye on the fish.

Hair Cap

With BLK, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [Sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 6 times, (36)

Rnd 7-9: Sc evenly around.

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Brains

With PNK, ch 36.

Row 1: Inc in second st from hook, inc in each ch across, turn. (70)

Row 2: Change to RED, leaving long PNK tail for sewing. Ch 1, sl st in each st across. (70).

Bind off, weave in RED ends.

Uncurl the chain. Once not in a spiral, the chain will serpentine back and forth. Serpentine half of the chain, red side up. Fold second half and serpentine back the other way to form two rows of serpentine brains. Using PNK tail, thread need through all layers of first half of the brain and pull tight. Thread through the second half of the brain and pull tight.

Using PNK tail, sew Brains to Hair Cap off center. Be sure to leave the last rnd of the Hair Cap exposed for hair attachment. Sew down around edges of Brains to round the edges down.

Hair

Cut approximately 75 strands of BLK 12 inches long.

Using Fringe Threading method, attach hair to Hair Cap. (see Pattern Stitches)

Thread hair through every stitch around outside edge of Hair Cap.

Thread hair through stitches surrounding Brains.

Thread hair through every stitch of rounds 1, 4, and 6.

Place Hair Cap on head and position with Brains visible from the front, but slightly off to the side. Sew to head with BLK tail from Hair Cap. Weave in ends.

Swoop bangs back and over edge of hairline to get them out her face.

Weave in all attachment ends when parts are positioned as desired.

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