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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Flower Newborn Cocoon with Pattern


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One of my friends is about to have a baby, seriously, just any day now. She's having a girl and she asked me to make her a baby cocoon that looks like a flower. She sent a picture of one that to me, looked like it had been made on a Knifty Knitter loom or something similar. Now I've got several sizes of those looms floating around in my closet but heaven knows I'm too afraid to venture into it! That's an all day job is what that is. So, I crocheted her one.

I wanted to share the pattern with you guys so that's what today's post is about. Let's get to it.




Spring Flower Newborn Cocoon
by Karen Vaughn

Materials:
  • Bernat Softee Baby Yarn
  • Loops and Threads Snuggly Wuggly Yarn
  • Size I/9 - 5.5MM crochet hook
  • yarn needle for weaving in the ends
  • scissors
  • tape measure
Stitches/Terms Used: (American Terminology)
  • Chain - Ch
  • Single Crochet - SC
  • Half Double Crochet - HDC
  • Double Crochet - DC
  • Slip Stitch - slst
  • Back Loop Only - BLO
  • Double Crochet Decrease - DC dec
  • Double Crochet 3 Together - DC 3tog
  • Picot stitch - ch 3, slst to first ch
Notes:
I recommend this for the Intermediate crocheter but a brave Advance Beginner might be able to handle it as well!

I used colors Baby Pink Marl and White from Bernat Softee Baby and Silly Sprite from Loops and Threads. You can pick any color or color combination that you desire. 

Starting method used here is chaining and making a loop but you can use the Magic Circle method if you prefer.

Ch 2 at the END of each row does NOT count as a working stitch. This is a hidden join method that will hide joining lines when done correctly. When joining at the end of the row IGNORE the ch 2 and join to the top of the DC.

Begin Pattern

Cocoon:
With main color and I/9 crochet hook, chain 5 and join to make a loop.
Row 1: Ch 3 (this counts as the first DC) , 11 DC in loop. Join to top of first DC. Ch 2. (12 DC)
Row 2: 1 DC in each stitch around. Join. Ch 2. (12 DC)
Row 3: 1 DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (18 DC)
Row 4: 1 DC in next 2 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (24 DC)
Row 51 DC in next 3 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (30 DC)
Row 61 DC in next 4 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (36 DC)
Row 71 DC in next 5 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (42 DC)
Row 81 DC in next 6 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (48 DC)
Row 91 DC in next 7 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (54 DC)
Row 101 DC in next 8 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat around, join. Ch 2. (60 DC)

At this point use your tape measure to check the width of the piece. Measuring across you should have 7" to 8". This makes a circumference of 14" to 16" which is perfect for a normal weight newborn. 

Rows 11-40: 1 DC in each stitch around. Join, ch 2. (60 DC)

Maintain a count of 60 DC throughout the remainder of the cocoon. At Row 40 the length should be between 20" and 21". The "average" length of a newborn is 20" so this will fit nicely.

When you're finished with the body of the cocoon, DO NOT cut your yarn. We'll be making the first petal right away.

Petal 1:
Row 1: Ch 2 and turn. Working in BLO, 1 DC in same and the next 14 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (15 DC)
Row 2 - 41 DC in same and the next 14 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (15 DC)
Row 5: DC dec over first 2 stitches, 1 DC in next 11 stitches, DC dec over last 2 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (13 DC)
Row 6DC dec over first 2 stitches, 1 DC in next 9 stitches, DC dec over last 2 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (11 DC)
Row 7DC dec over first 2 stitches, 1 DC in next 7 stitches, DC dec over last 2 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (9 DC)
Row 8DC dec over first 2 stitches, 1 DC in next 5 stitches, DC dec over last 2 stitches. Ch 2 and turn.(7 DC)
Row 9DC dec over first 2 stitches, 1 DC in next 3 stitches, DC dec over last 2 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (5 DC)
Row 10DC dec over first 2 stitches, 1 DC in next stitch, DC dec over last 2 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (3 DC)

Cut and tie off leaving a tail for weaving.

Petals 2-5:
Looking at the petal just made, join your yarn with a slst to the 3rd DC from the left on the first row made. [see pic]

Join to base of the 3rd DC from the left of last petal made.

This shows 3 DC stitched at the base of the last petal made.



Row 1: Ch 2, DC in same. 1 DC in base of next 2 DC from Petal 1. (This is the petal overlap that makes the flower part so cute) 1 DC in BLO of next 12 stitches. Ch 2 and turn. (15 DC)
Rows 2-10: Repeat rows 2 through 10 of Petal 1.

Petal Trim:
Row 1: With White; join to base of any petal with slst, ch 1. SC in same and SC evenly along the sides of the petal to the end, place 2 SC in each "corner" of the petal tip, then SC evenly along the opposite side. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Slst to first stitch, SC along the sides, putting 2 SC in each "corner" of the petal, SC down opposite and slst to last stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3: **SC in first stitch, SC with Picot in next. Repeat from ** around to the opposite side, ending with a SC. Slst to first row made to secure. 

Repeat for all petals.

Stem:
Row 1: With green, chain 5 and join to make a loop. 10 HDC in loop. Join, ch 1. (10 HDC)
Rows 2-5: 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join, ch 1. (10 HDC)
Row 6: 2 HDC in each st around. Join, ch 1. (20 HDC)

You can stop here if you want a stem with a flat edge. Join to bottom of the cocoon with same color yarn as the stem.

If you want the stem to have petals, end with a ch 2.
Row 1: Dc in same and in next 4 stitches (5 DC). 
Ch 2. Turn.
Row 2: DC dec over next 2 stitches, DC in next, DC dec over last 2 stitches. Ch 2. Turn.
Row 3: DC 3tog. Ch 1. Slst down side of petal to first row of DC stitches.
Repeat 3 more times for a total of 4 stem petals.

Attach to cocoon base with same color yarn as stem. You can lightly stuff the stem if desired, just do it before you sew it onto the cocoon. 


And that's my version of the newborn flower cocoon! I hope you enjoy it!

Peace and blessings,
~~Karen~~


26 comments:

  1. This is very beautiful! Thank you for shearing. I will try it for my granddaughter.

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    1. Thank you and you're welcome! I hope you like it!

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  2. Finally, a crocheted version :-). Awesome

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  3. Tyvm for sharing it's gorgeous and so close to the knit version. Well done.

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  4. Is this an American pattern or Australian?
    It makes a difference.

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    1. This is in American Terminology =D

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    2. I was wondering how much yarn I need to buy for this pattern?

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    3. Thank you so much for your interest in my pattern!

      You will need between 1 and 1.5 skeins of your color choice (I think the size of my skein was either 5 or 7 oz). The small amount of white is something that I just had laying around so I’m not sure how much of that I used but it was out of my “scrap” bin. Same thing with the green =D

      This is also available as a free PDF from Ravelry.com
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-flower-newborn-cocoon

      I hope you enjoy it!

      ~~Karen~~

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  5. Hello, This is darling!
    How much yarn do I need:
    Pink
    White
    Green
    1 each or more?

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    1. Hi there and thank you very much!

      You will need between 1 and 1.5 skeins of your color choice (I think the size of my skein was either 5 or 7 oz). The small amount of white is something that I just had laying around so I’m not sure how much of that I used but it was out of my “scrap” bin. Same thing with the green =D

      I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. it is gorgeous. Thank for sharing
    Fotini from Greece.

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  7. I started this with a I hook, with the yarn so thin would it be ok to use a H hook.To me it is to loose.Thanks

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    1. You can use an H hook but the cocoon will be smaller. I recommend you keep using the I hook but use 2 strands of yarn - yes it will double the amount of yarn used but it will still be the size indicated when complete. Hope that helps! =D

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  8. Hi I just love this pattern thanks for posting it. I've done the rows 11-40 and it only measures 17 inches instead of the 20 you said it should. I'm just wondering do the 20 inches you sad it should measure include the petals? If not should I just do a few more extra rows - I don't want it to be too long though?

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    1. Hi there!

      I would crochet until you have 20 inches (which according to charts is an "average" length for newborns - but most newborns continue to lay in a fetal position). The 20 inches in the pattern does not include the petals.

      Thank you for the wonderful comments! Hope it turns out great!

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  10. What weight yarn works best?
    3,4,or 5

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  11. Hi Karen. Thanks for this sweet little pattern. On your section for crocheting the stem with petals, you forgot to tell us to turn at the end of rows 1 and 2. Thanks again. God Bless.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment!
      There is no turning in rows 1 and 2 when making the stem, it's made as you would a beanie with rows increasing upward and joining at the end.

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  12. I made this today and I absolutely love it! I wish there was a way to post a pic of the finished product!

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    1. You're more than welcome to share your pics with us on our Facebook page which is Crochet2002 (with a capitol C)! I'd love to see it!

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  13. Hi I bought the same yarn as u and it's a 3 ply. Will that change the out come of this pattern I did all 40 row and came out with 19" length and 8" across

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    2. It might be your tension but to make sure it comes out at the recommended size I recommend using the tape measure and measuring as you go and make adjustments as necessary. Hope that helps! =)

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