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.

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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.

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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!

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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! 

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

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This hat was for the baby in my belly

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

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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!