The idea to invent a crochet pattern for a Mermaid-Unicorn Hybrid creature was inspired by many different sources, first and foremost was the mythology of the Hippocampus. Greek and Roman myths have always been fascinating for me, so seeing the Merhorses depicted at the Trevi Fountain was a vivid memory.
Another source of inspiration was the carousel horses from the fantastic hand carved carousel at Fantasy Island in LBI, NJ. My family would visit LBI every year as a child, and I had one carousel horse that I was very particularly loyal to, and my brother had a favorite as well. I would ride the one adorned with roses, he would ride the dragon. Looking back, the dragon was VERY Merhorse-ish.
And once I started Looking, I found a tremendous amount of inspiration on Deviant Art.
I'm so glad I did, because I'm really quite proud of how the pattern turned out and I absolutely love seeing everyone's unique versions!