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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Some of my recent projects

 

I love making these bobble hats. They look so cute on as well. I used Repeat Crafter Me’s polar bear pattern to make them, but using a 6mm hook instead of a 5.5mm, with chunky yarn. The preschooler size fits a good age range, probably from about 2-5 as it is lovely and stretchy.

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This is the cutest little set for a newborn baby girl. I used this free pattern for the hat and Repeat craft me’s baby bootie pattern. Here is the pattern for the mitts. I used Red Heart baby soft yarn. It is lovely to work with and looks beautiful when finished.

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I was asked to make a scarf to go with the Frozen bobble hat  and wanted something with texture. I found used the “mindless scarf” pattern on Rav and loved how it turned out. It was a really easy pattern to follow, quick to work up and looks far more complicated than it is. I used double strands of stylecraft sherbet DK yarn and James Brett twinkle DK in white, like the Frozen hat, along with a 6.5mm hook.

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Frozen themed bobble hat

I was late to the party with regards to Frozen, I didn’t see it until the middle of summer but became slightly obsessed with the soundtrack as soon as I saw it. I also loved getting ideas for new hats and accessories and thought I would carry on with my theme of crocheting with two strands of yarn in order to make a hat that was a bit different to all the Elsa crowns and braids out there. This is a really simple hat that looks so sweet when complete.

This simple pattern makes a hat that will fit a child from approximately 3-8 years. It’s lovely and stretchy.

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You need: 

  • DK yarn in turquoise and sparkly white. I used stylecraft special “sherbet” and James C Brett Twinkle DK in white.
  • 6mm and 5.5mm hook for hat. 4mm hook for snowflake.
  • Pom-pom maker such as this clover one. Alternatively, use good old fashioned cardboard circles. Plenty of YouTube videos to show you how.

Pattern is in US terms.

HAT

Start with 6mm hook:
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in each around, join (20 DC)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join (30 DC)
Round 4: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join (40 DC)
Round 5: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join (50 DC)
Round 6: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join (55 DC)
Round 7-13: ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join (55 DC)
Round 14-16 (change to 5.5mm hook): ch1, SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (55 SC)
Finish off.
Snowflake: I used this pattern by swirls and sprinkles, the sparkly DK and a 4mm hook, and blocked using spray starch before sewing to my hat.
Pom pom: I made by wrapping both strands of yarn round the pom-pom maker at the same time.
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Minecraft inspired Pig hat

Following on from the Creeper hat, I decided to try making another Minecraft character hat. After green, pink is my favourite colour so it had to be the pig! The faces are so easy to make as the Minecraft characters are all pixellated which makes the designs nice and square. The Pig is almost as simple as the Creeper, just a couple of colour changes to consider.

This pig has a derpy face. Apparently.

I adjusted the hat pattern slightly from the Creeper hat, just to make the edge a bit more snug.

You need:

  • DK yarn in two shades of pink/red. I used Stylecraft special DK in Fondant and Pomegranate. (Approx 35g of each)
  • Chunky yarn in pink (I used Stylecraft chunky in fondant but you could double up the DK yarn)
  • Chunky yarn in dark pink (or again, double up the darker DK you used)
  • Black chunky yarn (scraps)
  • White chunky yarn (scraps)
  • 5mm hook (for face)
  • 6mm hook (for hat)
  • 5.5mm hook (for hat edge)

I use US crochet terminology.

HAT
Start with 6mm hook:
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: ch 2, 2 DC in each around, join (20 DC)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join (30 DC)
Round 4: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join (40 DC)
Round 5: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join (50 DC)
Round 6: ch 2, 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join (55 DC)
Round 7-13: ch 2, DC in each stitch around, join (55 DC)
Round 14-17 (change to 5.5mm hook): ch1, SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (55 SC)
Finish off.
PIG FACE:
Eyes – make two (In chunky black using 5mm hook):
ch6
Row1: SC in 2nd chain from hook and in next 4 chains. Ch1, turn. (5 SC)
Row 2: SC in each stitch. Ch1, turn.
Row 3: SC in each stitch. Change to white chunky yarn. Ch1, turn.
Row 4-5: SC in each stitch, Ch1, turn.
Row 6: SC in each stitch, fasten off.
Snout (light pink chunky and 5mm hook):
Ch7
Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 st. Ch1, turn. (6 SC)
Row 2-7: SC in each stitch. Ch1, turn.
Row 8: SC in each stitch. Fasten off. (6 SC)
Nostrils – make two (In dark pink chunky using 5mm hook):
Ch4
Row 1: HDC in 3rd ch from hook and in next ch. Fasten off. (2 HDC)
Tie in the ends and position the face pieces on the hat as shown in the picture. Stitch the nostrils to the snout before sewing the snout on. Pin the eyes in place and sew on the hat.
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Hello Summer!

I imagined this summer would involve lazy days, sitting in the garden, watching the children play while I drink coffee and crochet the hours away. The reality? Well, maybe that vision is true for a half hour burst while the baby is napping and after I’ve done a quick burst of housework! 

I didn’t imagine it would be so HOT! I’m not complaining, I love sunshine and heat. But it’s hard work trying to get regular housework done when you start perspiring as soon as you jump out of the shower. 

The heat is also causing me crochet problems. I’ve a few orders for hats already and they use a lovely chunky, acrylic yarn. This isn’t really compatible with hot weather and sticky hands though. I’ve read about putting talc on your hands so may give that a try. I bought a fair bit of cotton as it’s still lovely to work with whatever the weather. It Drops cotton light but so far, I’m not a fan 😦

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I bought loads of it too…

It’s pretty hard to crochet with as the yarn is very splitty but I have found I can manage granny squares with it. This was after trying a ripple, shell stitch and a V stitch blanket where the result looked rubbish. Even the granny square is taking it’s sweet time and my hands get pretty achy working with this yarn. I think I may stop after the next couple of rows and make it into a lovey blanket. I’m thinking an elephant lovey…

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The third stripe will be white

The weather is supposed to cool down next week and I’m looking forward to getting back to my lovely, soft stylecraft special DK.