Caterpillar Cocoon

I was asked to make a Caterpillar Cocoon months ago and searched high and low for a (free) pattern that would work with the chunky yarn (stylecraft special) I had bought and had the ridges of a cocoon rather than just straight edges. I bit the bullet and set about designing my own pattern. Eek! It took a few goes to get the increase and decrease rows right so they could be seen but weren’t going to be tight or uncomfortable for a baby. I so wish I had made these for my own babies as I think they would have been so useful for cuddling them in and then transferring them to a moses basket, like a ready made swaddle. I used chunky yarn but two strands of contrasting DK would look good too. This cocoon fits newborn to three months.


The pattern is in US terms.

Ch2 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch. Start round in the same stitch as the ch2, not the next one.

You need:

6mm hook, chunky yarn.

Magic ring, ch 2, 8 dc in ring, sl st into first DC to join. (8)

Row 2: Ch2, 2 dc in each stitch around (16)

Row 3: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next*. Repeat ** around. (24)

Row 4: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2*. Repeat ** around. (32)

Row 5: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3*. Repeat ** around. (40)

Row 6: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4*. Repeat ** around. (48)

Row 7: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5*. Repeat ** around. (56)

Row 8: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (64)

Row 9: Ch2, DC in each stitch around (64)

Row 10: Ch2, *DC2tog, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (56) Fasten off this colour and join new colour with a slip stitch.

Row 11: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (64)

Row 12: Ch2, *2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 7*. Repeat ** around. (72)

Row 13: Ch2, DC in each stitch around (72)

Row 14: Ch2, *DC2tog, DC in next 7*. Repeat ** around. (64)

Row 15: Ch2, *DC2tog, DC in next 6*. Repeat ** around. (56).

Fasten off this colour. Join new colour with sl st. Repeat rows 11-15 twice more, alternating the colours used.

Finish off after a dec to 56 row and sc two rows, either in constrasting chunky yarn or in 2 x strands of dk. Hope you like it. Please let me know if there are any issues with the pattern!

Happy hooking x

PS the hat is a very cute pattern from Hand Me Down Hobby.

ETA Regarding the hat…

The second time I made this hat in newborn size I used stylecraft chunky and a 6mm hook. I started with 10 and increased 10 stitches each time until 30 stitches then increased in every 5th stitch to get 36 stitches in total. I did 8 rows altogether and then two rows of the rib edging.



My one year crochet-versary!

According to my timehop app, it’s about a year since I took a hook, a ball of wool and attempted the art of crochet for the umpteenth time!


I was about 34 weeks pregnant and it must have been my nesting instinct kicking in as it was about the only thing I did that could be considered nesting! For some reason, this time, all it took was a few YouTube videos and I very quickly got the hang of it. It suddenly made so much sense! 


This was my first creation. I was so chuffed with it!


This hat was for the baby in my belly


Hello Kitty for my daughter…I was on a roll!


And Jake from Adventure Time for the hubby. I was 36 weeks here!

I’m still perplexed by what happened to my brain and my creative abilities at this point. I had grown up knowing how to knit from a very young age. My Mam taught me when I was probably about 7, I got the hang of it and was making those lovely Jean Greenhowe dolls for presents when I was a teen. I wasn’t very good at making wearable garments though and only managed one mitten for my precious first born. Luckily my Mam made lots of lovely cardis and bonnets. 

I remember my daughter receiving some beautiful cardigans when she was born and I assumed they were knitted. My Mam pointed out that they were crocheted and crochet was really hard and she had never got the hang of it. I think this is probably where my mental block originated! 

I had tried a few times after visiting my local yarn store for some advice. The lady sold me a 2.5mm hook (!) and a leaflet with some diagrams of what to do. I could not for the life of me decipher what those pictures were trying to tell me and I ended up with lots of knots and tangled wool. 

So last year, I discovered YouTube was my friend and has a wealth of videos teaching crochet. This series was my favourite to start with. I also found Repeat Crafter Me which was so inspiring in my early days as a crochet addict. I have since discovered communities both sides of the Atlantic which are full of lovely, inspiring and supportive people. 

I haven’t knitted since I started crochet. I was beginning to think I may never knit again (because of I how much I love to crochet) until I picked up a knitting needle the other day to clear a blockage from the hoover tube and I remembered how much I loved knitting too! If only there were more hours in the day!