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Designer Spotlight: Photoshoot-Worthy Mermaid Tail Outfit by Elizabeth Cala

Elizabeth Cala stays up at night visualizing how the pieces of her future designs will come together. The loss of sleep takes nothing away from the thrill she gets in creating something from nothing.

Elizabeth’s Photoshoot-Worthy Mermaid Tail Outfit was actually inspired by her Pinterest feed. With many expecting friends sharing pictures of babies in prop tails, Elizabeth decided to crochet one of her own – complete with a matching floral bikini top and headband! The crocodile stitch tail is worked in the round and finished with post-stitch fins. Elizabeth used our Vintage yarn for her sample.

Photoshoot-Worthy Mermaid Tail Outfit by Elizabeth Cala
Photoshoot-Worthy Mermaid Tail Outfit by Elizabeth Cala

How long have you been knitting/crocheting?

I’ve been knitting and crocheting for about 7 years, and I enjoy making items that are unique and easy to care for. Something I’ve always enjoyed doing, is to reverse-engineer a pattern from pictures.

How did you choose the yarn?

I wanted an acrylic yarn because acrylic is easy to care for and is usually good for infants to be around. Also, the Berroco yarns are so beautifully colored.

Do you have any funny knitting/crochet stories?

I think the funniest thing I’ve ever made would be a pair of “slippers” for my dad the first year I began knitting. I didn’t know much more than knit, purl, and how to cast on and off. I figured I could sew it all up and make a pair of very comfortable slippers. Somehow they ended up being the size of large shoeboxes. I’d only had bright yellow and red yarn to make them, so when he put them on they looked like life jackets for his feet!

What’s your favorite thing about knitting/crochet?

I think my favorite times are when my project and I are synced together – the yarn is flowing easily, I’m excited about what’s coming from my needles or hook, the fabric coming is the perfect tension, the techniques I’m using are working easily. When my knitting and crochet is at that point, I want to stay up all night getting a project done!

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

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