Mermaid Tail Popsicle Cozy

Hot day, cold popsicles, warm hands. Free crochet pattern for a Mermaid Tail Popsicle Cozy. Also available in my Etsy shop.
Hot day, cold popsicles, warm hands. Free crochet pattern for a Mermaid Tail Popsicle Cozy. Also available in my Etsy shop.

Mermaid Tail Popsicle Cozy.  You’re outside with the kids, enjoying a warm evening when a tiny hand thrusts a sticky popsicle at you, “It’s COLD!”.  Well duh, it just came out of the freezer.  But being the good parent you are, you run into the house wash your hands and grab a few paper towels, or if you’re paper towel free, a washcloth.  You wrap the offending treats up and head back out, only to have to pick up the “covers” ten minutes later, which have been left abandoned all over the yard.  Or worse yet, you find them on mowing day.  I have lost many a washcloth to dirt, mildew, and lawn mowers this way!

Let’s try that again.  You’re outside watching the kids run around with their mermaid tail popsicles, smiling at their giggles.  They finish and BRING YOU THE GARBAGE along with their cozies because they don’t want to lose them.  Much better!  Can you guess not only how many washcloths I’ve lost but how many discarded popsicles wrappers I’ve had to pick up?

Hot day, cold popsicles, warm hands. Smart and cute!
Hot day, cold popsicles, warm hands. Smart and cute!

Seriously though, these are a lifesaver.  Sabrina, being a mature 21 year old college student, still hates holding cold popsicles and dealing with the condensation from them.  Yes, she still eats them (3 today!) and she’s already put her request in. As a daycare teacher, she wants them for her entire class.  Hey!  Great teacher appreciation gifts or even party favors!!  No more cold hands, no more dripping wrappers.  The cozies are thick and absorbent, catching every drop of condensation and sticky melted popsicle.  So you definitely want to make sure to work them in a washable yarn!  Or, as usual, if you don’t want to make them, they are available in my Etsy Shop.

Popsicle cozy in Deborah Norville by Premier Yarns Everyday - Parfait colorway
Popsicle cozy in Deborah Norville by Premier Yarns Everyday – Parfait colorway

So I worked up a pattern and being new to crochet design, this fin gave me some issues.  The picture above, that was the third attempt at trying to make the pattern easier to follow.  I deleted that version, mermaids shouldn’t have claws.  So your finished cozy WILL NOT look like that one, thankfully.

Popsicle cozy in Red Heart GumDrops Grape
Popsicle cozy in Red Heart GumDrops Grape

Being familiar with small amigurumi projects, I went all advanced at first with invisible HDC decreases.  A simple project should have simple directions, so I tried again.

Popsicle cozy in Deborah Norville by Premier Yarns Everyday - Parfait colorway
Popsicle cozy in Deborah Norville by Premier Yarns Everyday – Parfait colorway

Much better, that’s what your finished tail will look like!  I do like the way the more advanced techniques look, but this really needed to be an easier pattern.

Popsicle cozy in Red Heart GumDrops Gelato
Popsicle cozy in Red Heart GumDrops Smoothie

This is one of my first designs and my brain tends to function weird sometimes, so it’s possible I’ve jumbled the instructions a little.  If you find anything that’s confusing, off, or just plain wrong, definitely bring it to my attention so I can correct it and grow as a designer!  And if you have a better way to make that fin, let me know because I was struggling.  I will get pictures and a video up soon!

Mermaid Tail Popsicle Cozy

  • SC = Single crochet
  • HDC = Half-double crochet
  • FLO = Front Loop Only

5.0 mm hook

Small amount of worsted weight yarn

1.Chain 12, connect to beginning stitch with slip stitch

2. Ch 1, HDC in each chain around, close with slip stitch on first HDC made (12)

3. Ch 1, HDC in next 12 stitches, close with slip stitch on first HDC made (12)

4 – 11. Repeat round 3. (12 stitches each round)

12. Ch 1, *HDC decrease, HDC in next stitch*; Repeat * to * 3 more times; close with slip stitch on first HDC made (8)

13. Turn until the stitch on your hook is the last stitch.  Holding tail closed, make 4 slip stitches through front and back. (4)

14. Ch 6, turn, slip stitch into second ch from hook; sc FLO in next 4 stitches; TURN! slip stitch on 2nd stitch of tail closure.

15. Ch 1 and turn.  Sc FLO in next 3 stitches, slip stitch in next; ch 1, turn, slip stitch in FLO of next stitch, sc FLO in next 3 stitches. Slip stitch through each of the three closure stitches.

16. Ch 6, turn, slip stitch into second ch from hook; sc FLO in next 4 stitches; turn, slip stitch into next closure stitch.

17. Ch 1 and turn.  Sc FLO in next 3 stitches, slip stitch in next; ch 1, turn, slip stitch in FLO of next stitch, sc FLO in next 3 stitches. Slip stitch in middle tail body closure stitch. Finish off, weave in ends.

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Pig Pint Ice Cream Cozy
Pig Pint Ice Cream Cozy

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13 thoughts on “Mermaid Tail Popsicle Cozy

    1. Etsy is full of fabric ones with embroidered monograms too. So not an original idea but still a good one for who ever came up with it! Thank you for visiting.

  1. These are super cute and really handy for little ones. They will help with cold hand and sticky fingers. Great idea I have not seen before. Pinning.

    1. They have really been a hit around here this summer. Although, I did find a paper towel wrapped piece of plastic in my bedroom of all places! Ugh, Boys! Guess I need to make up some light saber ones next.

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