Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Simple Baby Cocoon - Photo Prop

Simple Baby Cocoon - Photo Prop

Please do not use my images to sell product in your shop. The images in your shop should reflect your own work and not the work of others! I also ask that if you do sell these in your shop that you link back to this page out of courtesy for using a free pattern.


If you are interested in purchasing a completed cocoon let me know. For $30 I will create one in the color of your choice.

I updated how the pattern was written on April 4th, 2011 to hopefully make it easier. If you have any questions be sure to either email me or let me know how to contact you in the comments section.

This pattern is worked continuously, without a seam.
Finished size - 12 inch opening, about 9 inches deep. The baby in the picture weighed about 8 lbs and was 18.5 long. 
Hook - 10 mm/P
Yarn - Bulky/12 ply  (one skein of Lions Brand Wool-Ease Chunky)
Stitch marker

Hopefully this goes without saying, but please don't leave baby in the cocoon unattended.

Chain 6 and join with slip stitch (6)
2 HDC in each stitch (12)
1 HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch - repeat around (18)
1 HDC in next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch - repeat around (24)
1 HDC in next 3 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch - repeat around (30)
1 HDC in next 4 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch - repeat around (36) 
1 HDC in next 5 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch - repeat around (42)
2 rounds if HDC (42)
In the pictures I then switched to single crochet for 2 rounds which makes it possible to thread a ribbon and change the look easily.
2 rounds of HDC OR 2 rounds of SC. (42)

If you don't have a newborn handy you might want to leave a long tail and add more if you want more coverage around the baby. I did that and I was able to add the last two rounds in about a minute.

Bind off and weave in ends.



COMING SOON! - I am planning on creating the same cocoon using fingerling or lace weight for an airier version.

If you are interested in selling these beauties consider making a donation. Half the donations from this pattern will go to St. Jude's Research Hospital.




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Based on a work at totsandbottoms.blogspot.com.

57 comments:

Lindsay Whelan said... Reply to comment

How lovely!

Linda P said... Reply to comment

I love it! I just finished one. I cannot wait to take a photo with a wonderful baby in it. Thank you so much for sharing!

Sarah said... Reply to comment

Pattern updated 4-4-2011. Please email me or leave a way to contact you in the comments if you have questions.

Thanks!!

Brittany said... Reply to comment

Could you please post the gauge and/or finished measurements for this project? Thanks.

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@BrittanyFinished size - 12 inch opening, about 9 inches deep. The baby in the picture weighed about 8 lbs and was 18.5 long.

Breanne said... Reply to comment

I just want to say that my girlfriend just had her baby yesterday and I was waiting to find out how small/big she was going to be to make something for her. I was searching like crazy and this is amazingly beautiful! The only question that I have for you is what does HDC mean? I would love to use this pattern but not sure what that means...

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@BreanneIt means half double crochet. :)

Dagmar said... Reply to comment

Lovely! I'm not sure what the numbers in parenthesis at the end of a rnd stand for. Are they the number of stitches in all in the round or the total times you do this? For example; do I do 3hdc and 2hdc for a total of (30) stitches and go to the next rnd or do I do this 30 times? Thanks for any input you can give.
Dagmar

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@Dagmar
When you finish the round that is how many stitches you should have.

Dagmar said... Reply to comment

Confused?...Do I chain 2 at the beginning of each row?
Thanks

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@Dagmar No, when you finish the round you are working on you start the next round. This is a continuous round with no seam.

Breanne said... Reply to comment

Okay I felt really silly after posting that. lol. I did figure that part out. I did attempt to make this pattern but it didn't turn out big enough I basically just have a circle...? Not really sure what I am doing wrong. I am using the correct size hook and yarn as well as following your pattern to a 'T'...???

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@Breanne
Been there! It does look like a big old circle until you start the rows without the increases at the very end. If you wanted it a little snugger at the opening you could always add a couple of SCtog evenly around.

Breanne said... Reply to comment

Okay so now it looks like it's 'morphed' into an oval. But it just doesn't look big enough for a baby! This fit the newborn in your photo beautifully. I know that you said you had to add on 2 more rows as well... Easy enough to make though! Only took 45 minutes to do!

Breanne said... Reply to comment

I used a size 5 yarn with a size Q hook and it turned out amazing using your pattern! It is gorgeous and airy!

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@Breanne
I would love to see a picture of it!

Breanne said... Reply to comment

@ Sarah I would be more than happy to post one for you, I just don't know how to do it on your page...

Breanne said... Reply to comment

Just realized you can go to my Etsy page and look. It's Breannes Boutique. I know not too original...

Dee said... Reply to comment

Thanks for the wonderful pattern, Sarah!! I only hope my niece is 'with child' soon so that I can make this for her. On another note, I don't think it's right or ethical for someone to post your photo of the cocoon that YOU made on their etsy shop, which makes shoppers think that it was her [not you] who had crocheted the cocoon ... that is, unless you gave her written permission to do so. :/

lynnette74 said... Reply to comment

What an awesome cacoon! I am having a little bit of trouble and hope you can help... I have tried to do this pattern now 3 times and I keep ending up with a small, tight circle. Yours seems to have large open stiches. I am following the pattern by using half-double crochet stitches and following the stitch count () exactly.. Am I using the correct stitch?

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@lynnette74
If it is coming out too small my next suggestion would be to use a larger hook. My gauge was 1 stitch for each inch. You are using the correct stitch. You could also continue to make the rounds larger using the increase pattern. I made a couple larger ones by adding:
1 HDC in next 6 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch
1 HDC in next 7 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch
1 HDC in next 8 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch
and so on.

Hope that helps!

HAWAIIAN SIMPSON FAMILY said... Reply to comment

I have a quick question... when you say that you added 2 more HDC rows... Is that written in the original pattern, was that added afterwards. (An additional 2 HDC on top of the already written HDC)

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@HAWAIIAN SIMPSON FAMILY

That is in the original pattern.

Katelyn said... Reply to comment

Thank you so much for sharing this! I love it!

Sarah said... Reply to comment

Beautiful cocoon! I am due with #3 on 8/20/11 and my sister is due with her #2 on 8/21/11, so I am going to make one for both of us right now :) I will post photos on Ravelry when I am done (my username is osuraccoon).

Also...did you happen to notice that you put 3 C's in your last name on the very first photo of this page? :)

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@Sarah

Haha! What can I say, it is a long name and sometimes I get carried away ;) Thanks for letting me know and congratulations on your growing family.

Courtney said... Reply to comment

How much yarn does this project take? I am going to buy yarn and wanna make sure I buy enough in the same dye lot. Thanks! Sorry if this is a repeat question. :)

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@Courtney
one skein!

Courtney said... Reply to comment

Just crocheted one up and its gorgeous!!! Great pattern. I used a size Q hook as my N is M.I.A. so i'm hoping it isn't too big. Thanks for making it available for free. If I happen to sell one of these I will gladly be making a donation. =)

I also took the advice to add the two sc rows and took it further by just sc up the rest of the skein. I like the change after doing that. =)
Thanks again!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

I have tried numerous times to make this cocoon. I don't quite understand the pattern. Email me at gngrkb@yahoo.com to HELP me...PLEASE. I need one made by November! Thanks for your help and time.

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

I have tried numerous times to make this cocoon. I don't quite understand the pattern. Email me at gngrkb@yahoo.com to HELP me...PLEASE. I need one made by November! Thanks for your help and time.

mariah said... Reply to comment

I used the Q hook. I was just not happy with the middle so used the magic ring technique and did the 12 hdc's in that. Nice and neat.

Carla said... Reply to comment

This is a lovely cocoon and a very easy pattern to follow. A friend is having a baby and I wanted something unique to give her at her shower. This pattern is perfect. It worked up in 20 minutes flat and looks absolutely stunning. I'm going to add a ribbon and maybe a flower as well to make it extra girlie. Thank you for posting this pattern! You are the best!

Bridget Hopkins said... Reply to comment

I just made this for a friend. She loved it and take baby photography. I done have a baby to test it out so I made it with the two extra sc rounds. Thanks so much!

Kayleigh Thulin said... Reply to comment

This is the exact pattern I was looking for! A friend of mine does photography so we're trading her skills for mine! THanks!

debbie shipley said... Reply to comment

Thank you so much for making this available free....and as a recipient of a St. Jude mechanical heart valve three years ago, this Etsy crafter will certainly be making a donation when I complete this....I'm sure I owe them much more...thank you!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

HI - I need a little help. I'm almost finished and it looks like a floppy hat! It measures across at about 15 inches but i can lay it flat almost like a doily. Any ideas what I could have done wrong?

Sarah said... Reply to comment

@Anonymous
It should look like a floppy hat. You can always add a couple decreases in the last rows if you want it to get tighter around the opening.

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

@Sarah One other questions for you..how much yarn did you end up using? It seems I hardly used any of my skein? I'm a real newbie to this so when you said 12ply was I supposed to somehow triple my yarn from the 4ply Wool-ese chunky to make it 12ply?

aishakenza said... Reply to comment

Thanks for this great pattern, I've been looking for a free cocoon pattern for a while. My niece is a newborn photographer and she would love one of these :)

Lindsey said... Reply to comment

Well I'm trying to make this one and I realized I really need to get the right hook.. thought M would be big enough but no.. will redo and try again!

mirandalynn said... Reply to comment

i am so confused .. i am at the end of the pattern and nothing is coming out right... and i am fallowing it to a T. should i end up were i started in the rows or not. i am totally confused. cause when i do the 42 it just doesnt add up.

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

I am almost finished with this project but I don't understand "bind off" in crocheting. Can anyone explain that or tell me where I can find the instructions.

Thank you and my sister and I love this pattern.

Terry Welch
tlwelch60.comcast.net

Terry Welch said... Reply to comment

Hi! So sorry I left the wrong email address in my earlier message; it should be tlwelch60@comcast.net.

Thanks - hope someone can help me.

Terry Welch

Educating Evelyn said... Reply to comment

Hello! I really love your pattern and am attempting to make your baby cocoon; however, things don't seem to be turning out quite right for me. I don't see your email on your page, but I was hoping to email you with a couple questions to clarify...

You can email me at educatingevelyn {@} gmail {.} com

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

@Sarah
I had a difficult time to until I realized that each row was a repeat, for exapmple: 1 HDC in next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch; repeat. Usually this is written in patterns with a * on each end to show what's to be repeated. If that makes sense. I originally read the above as being 1 HDC in the first stitch and 2 HDC in the REMAINING stitches. I felt stupid after doing this and ripping it out 3 times! I hope that helps!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

Worked up so easy!!
loved it!

Tamara - Moogly said... Reply to comment

Absolutely gorgeous! I featured a link to your page on my blog this morning: http://www.mooglyblog.com/10-free-baby-crochet-photo-prop-patterns/

Thank you for sharing your pattern!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

Just found this pattern and love it. I have tried it and it is not turning out right. 1st I am using a different yarn (only bulky yarn that was available at store) 2nd it keeps coming out more like a hat than anything else. What can I do? should I just keep increasing or try another way.

Abbey said... Reply to comment

Hello there!
I love this sweet pattern! I would love to feature this pattern on The Firefly Hook's Free Pattern Friday. Would you let me know if that's okay? And also let me know if I can use a photo of the cocoon from this post - when your pattern is featured the photo will link back to your blog and our readers will view the pattern here on your blog.

Warmly,
Abbey (for The Firefly Hook)

megcloninger said... Reply to comment

Do you have any suggestions about how I can start this pattern with a magic ring?

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

I made this using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Cilantro. I added one more increase round (I think I tend to crochet a little more tightly). I added one round of SC using Lion Brand Fun Fur in white. The pattern directions are fine and this is an easy pattern even for a beginner. It took me about 2 hours start to finish. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

Do 12 HDC in the magic circle. That's how I did it. Then just follow the pattern.

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

Beautiful pattern, thank you!
I do have 2 questions please.
I have lion brand thick & quick yarn also & was wondering what hook sz I should use? I think it's super bulky 6.
Secondly, is the ring marker moved up during each round?
I'm not familiar w/ working in round.
Much appreciated & many thanks!

Evangeline said... Reply to comment

I just made one of these and it would have worked up in about 45 minutes had I not had to modify the pattern.
I was not happy with such a wide opening so I dc every 5 stitches with a hdc2t for 2 rounds. That satisfied.
Finished off with 2 rds of single cs and I'm really happy with the results (used Lion Brand HomeSpun
Thick and Quick in Ivory.) Really sumptuous. Now I'd like to use a ribbon but what I have on hand is 3/8". (9 mm)
What width or mm of ribbon would you suggest for this?

Evangeline said... Reply to comment

@Evangeline
Sorry. I meant to say
I dc every 5 stitches with 2 hdc2t in a row all the way around for 2 rds.

Alexandra Britt said... Reply to comment

This cocoon is just adorable! I posted your pattern on my blog! :) http://whenlifegivesyouhandsmakehandmade.blogspot.com/

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