Monday, April 4, 2011

Who...who...wants a free pattern????

I don't have a wee little one but I find the little cocoons popping up everywhere are simply adorable!!!!!! They are so sweet and incredibly easy to make! Seriously it is so easy....and they work up really quick if you use super chunky yarn and a large hook! So I decided to whip up this little number and decided to share the pattern just incase anyone wants to make one.


Pattern Abbreviations
ch~chain
sc~single crochet
hdc~half double crochet
dc~double crochet
sl st~slip stitch
sk st~skip stitch
invdec~invisible decrease
fo~fasten off

Baby Owl Cocoon and Hat Set
I used really chunky yarn a big value ball from Wal*Mart and a 6mm crochet hook for this pattern.
DC=double crochet
SL ST=slip stitch
CH=chain
Reverse sc (also known as the crab stitch).
*Crochet Spot has a wonderful tutorial for the revserse single crochet....click here!*
Cocoon
  • 10dc in ring, sl st closed (sl st close at the end of every round thru the entire pattern).
  • Ch2, dc in same st (do this at the beginning of every round, this will give your cocoon a nice clean seam) then 2dc in each st around.
(Seam)
  • Dc in each st around (Do this round twice).
  • Dc, dc, dc, 2dc in next st. (for entire round)
  • Dc, dc, 2dc in next st. (for entire round)
  • Dc in each st (Do this round 4 times).
  • Do 10dc around then do 2dc in next st. (for entire round)
  • Dc around (Do this round 23  times).
  • Reverse sc around (also known as the crab st).
Your work should measure about 12” wide and 17” long….and since I used chunky yarn it had some give and was a bit stretchy and oh so soft, perfect for swaddling your new bundle of joy!
Owl Hat
  • 10 dc in ring, sl st closed.
  • *Ch 2, 1 dc in same st (do this at the beginning of each round)*, 2dc in each st around.
  • *Dc, 2dc in next st*(for entire round)
  • *Dc, dc, 2dc in next st* (for entire round)
  • Dc in each st(do this round 10 times)
  • Reverse sc(also known as the crab st), fo and weave in ends.
Eyes (Make 2)
  • With black yarn do 7sc in ring
  • 2 sc in each st around
  • Switch to blue, do 2sc in each st around
  • Switch to white, sc, 2sc in next st. (for entire round)
  • Sc around, fo and leave a long tail
Beak
  • Ch 7
  • Sc in second ch from hook and the remaining ch's
  • Ch 1 turn, sc across
  • Ch 1, turn, invdec,sc, sc, invdec
  • Ch 1, turn, sc across
  • Ch 1, turn, invdec, invdec, fo leave a long tail
Ears (Make 2)
  • 6sc in ring
  • 2sc in each st
  • sc around (do this round 3 times), fo leave a long tail
Now you take your eyes, ears, and beak and sew them on the hat, weave in your ends and that's it! And no I don’t have a wee one on the way….my nest is nearly empty my one and only is a few short years from leaving home. Yikes....she graduates next  year, man that makes me feel old typing that! I made this little set for an upcoming craft fair the end of May! This time I will make sure to take pictures! The last sale was my first craft fair and I was SWAMPED! Now I will be more prepared :) I hope you like the pattern! Please email me if you have any questions.

*Special Note*
Being a fellow crafter you know how hard we work to make our creations... so please remember to share the love and give proper credit if posting your creations elsewhere made from my pattern and link back. Please do not post my patterns anywhere without my permission, but feel free to share my link. Make as many items as you wish for personal gifts or charitites. Just click on the "Contact Me" tab at the top of the page and send me an email if you have any questions.Happy Hooking!

68 comments:

  1. thanks SO much for sharing this - adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Cool! Thanks Jackie. MY mom just taught me how to actually read crochet patterns. I made my first doily last week!

    ReplyDelete
  3. thank you so much for sharing this adorable pattern! i only wish that my son was small enough to fit into it. i have a close friend who is having a baby soon and this will make the perfect gift!

    ReplyDelete
  4. hi! this is what ive been searching for a long time! it s so cute!!! i just wanted to know the size approximately. i m going to be aunt soon and i want to do it for the baby.
    thank you so much!
    laura-argentina

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is adorable! I'm going to have to go get some chunky yarn.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi there, I'm a beginner at crocheting. I am wondering,how many stitches are crocheted in the beginning, to make the first ring? this pattern is so adorable!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hello Anonymous,
    You do 10 double crochets in a magic ring to start this cocoon pattern.....

    Or if you do not know how to do a magic ring you can do chain 2, then do 10 double crochets in the second chain from your hook.

    I was thinking of making up some tutorials for crocheting....and will add this to my list....might take me a few days though to get them done. I hope this can help you for now :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is absolutely adorable! One of my girlfriends just had a little girl and she's very tiny so I was just wondering what size this approximately...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I used chunky yarn and this cocoon measures 12 inches wide/around....and 17 inches long. I made a pumkin one the same size...you can see it with a real model in it .....in this post http://amidorablecrochet.blogspot.com/2011/03/shushjust-shush-your-mouth.html I hope this helps :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. My firstborn neice is having her first baby. She asked me if I could make her a Cocoon to bring the little one home from the hospital. They do not want to know the sex of the baby before he/she is born. This pattern is perfect as for the nursery is being done in baby owls and the bedding is adorable. Now the little one can come home in September in perfect style.....Thanks Again...Sally

    ReplyDelete
  11. Just want to say that it's a wonderful pattern. I' pregnant, and I'm doing this for my little baby :) I'm having some trouble with the cocoon; I'm a beginner at the crocheting. I'm at the 8th step of the cocoon (3 on 23 round), and it's only 6 inches wide. What did I do wrong? Another question; when you write ''Dc, dc, dc, 2dc in next st. (for entire round)'' in the pattern, does it mean that I have to double crochet 3 times, and after that double crochet 2 in the same stitch, and then, repeat until the end of the round?
    Thank you,
    Anika

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hello Peter and Anika!
    Okay so your finished cocoon should measure about 12 inches wide and about 17 inches long.And if you use chunky yarn it should have some give and be a bit stretchy. I have only made this pattern with chunky yarn....I think it would be to small if you used a different weight.

    So for the 8th step (3 on 23 round)~ this means you will double crochet around the entire round.....and do this 23 times. ( so 23 rounds of double crocheting) this will also add a bit of width to the cocoon.

    And yes for dc, dc, dc, 2dc in next st (for the entire round). You will follow this sequence for the entire round.

    I hope this helps.....if not feel free to send me an email....there is a contact me tab in the menu below my header and I would be more than happy to help if you get stuck again :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great pattern. I am a beginner and I was able to follow your pattern easily. I have made the cocoon so far and plan to try the hat next. I am making this for my friend's newborn. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi!!

    This is so adorable.

    How would I increase the size to fit a teen/adult?

    How much would I need to increase it by?

    Thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hello, thanks for the sweet comment.

    I have made a couple adult owl hats in the past but they had the ear flaps with the braids....at the moment I only have the newborn cocoon pattern written up. When I get time to make more hats I will add an adult version to my to do list again and write down the pattern as I go :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi, I love your pattern and have only begun crocheting recently.I live in Australia and I'm trying to determine whether you use US or UK terminology because I keep having to restart the cocoon. I figured as the sc (single crochet stitch) was mentioned it would mean I should use US but it doesn't look right. Please help!:(

    ReplyDelete
  17. This pattern is darling! Thank you so much for sharing it! I do have a quick question for you about it: Are you using British or English crochet terms? I note that the pattern is worked mostly in dc, but when looking at the photos of the project, the stitch pattern looks more like what I know as hdc. Just want to clear that up before I start hooking. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hello Crochet Dumbie and Heather,
    I am using US crochet terms.....here is a link of a video that shows how to double crochet....please let me know if you need anymore help.

    http://cache.lionbrand.com/faq/115.html

    And thanks so for much for the sweet comments :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. thank you for this pattern. I've been looking for an easy cocoon for a work mate. when you say "chunky" wool, what do you mean? I'm in Australia, and we use "ply" ... an 8 ply wool is an "average" thickness, used for jumpers, blankets etc.
    thanks again for your pattern
    14th June, 2011

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hello Anonymous, thank you for the nice comment :)

    As for the type of yarn.....I used Bernat Chunky yarn...so sorry don't know the ply of the yarn. But here is the link I hope it helps....
    http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=chunky

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thank you so much for sharing this! It's EXACTLY what I've been looking to make for my cousins baby shower :D

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love your work!!!

    I'm making a cocoon for my baby, and my seam is a disaster... could you explain to me how did you accomplish your nice, clean one? Thanks!!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hello Marichu,
    To get a nice clean seam you sl st closed to the first ch of the previous round at the end of every round.

    Then ch2, and then dc in the same st. At first it might look a bit weird....but after a few rounds you will see the seam. It gives your work a nice clean look :) I hope this helps.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love this, it is so cute. The round that says "Do 10 dc the 2dc in next stitch for entire ound. I end up with 3 stitchs at the end is this correct? Do you have a total stitch count for the rounds?

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hi Joanne, thanks for the sweet comment :)

    Okay I do not have a total stitch count...but for that round you will ....

    Do 10 double crochets, then do 2 double crochets in the next stitch and follow this sequence for the entire round.

    The cocoon at this point should be quite wide...so you should have alot more than 3 sitiches at the end of this round. I hope this helps :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. I was so happy when I saw this. I'm about to have my second little one and we decided the theme would be owls so this cocoon fits in perfect with our arrangements. Thank you so much :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. 12 inches wide as in from one side to the other or all the way around? If I am making this for a 3 month old how would I make it wider/longer? I really want to adapt this pattern to make my son's Halloween costume!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hi Paula, I layed the cocoon flat and fron one side to the other width wise is was 12 inches. I have only made these cocoons for newborns...... I would try to add another round of doing 2dc in each stitch around after the second round in this pattern. Sorry I have never made one for a 3 month old. But you will need to increase early in the pattern so I would try that and see if it works :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. hi i really want to make this hat for my cousin and was wondering about what age would this hat fit??

    ReplyDelete
  30. This hat would fit a newborn, Mostly all my baby cocoons are for newborn photo props.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mine fit my 1 year old no problem. And if you added an increase it would be even bigger. You should totally give it a shot. It's soooo cute! I added ear flaps and braids!

      Delete
  31. Wish I found this a few months ago, my best friend had a baby at the end of August and her motif was owls. She's already probably too big for this now...great pattern!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Sigh....what am I doing wrong? I'm not a new crocheter....but I made the cocoon 6 times and ripped it out as many or more. I used a J hook (6mm) and it was weirdly tiny, so I tried a 10mm (it was all I had at the time) and it was enourmous. Then I got a K (6.5) and made it....it measures 12 wide and 17 long but is only 23 rows total. Do I keep going? Then I tried the hat...this time back to a J hook (6mm). It seems big too. How long and wide is it supposed to be? I'm using a chunky yarn. I don't crochet tight but not too loose either. I'm just stumped. Help?

    Ps. I really do love the pattern very much! It is TOTALLY CUTE!! A gauge or row stitch count could be helpful tho :-)

    ReplyDelete
  33. I have to back up Sew and so much more said. Mine isn't coming out either, and like her, this isn't my first rodeo. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I have ripped this thing out at least 8 times, and it always ends up looking like a doll hat. I have gone back over the pattern with a fine tooth comb and it still looks wrong. I was going to make this for a baby shower this sunday and I am not looking like I am going to make it at all :(

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hello "Sew and So Much More" and "Nicole...I am so sorry you are having troubles with the pattern. I am not sure why it is not working out...I did have one reader that was using just worsted weight and once she swithced to chunky yarn and tried it again then it came out the right size. Sorry I am not sure why it is not working out. I used a chunky value ball of yarn and a size 6 metal hook. I have used the pattern a few times and have had other people say it was easy to follow....I will go find the link to the yarn I use so you can see the weight.

    ReplyDelete
  35. This is the yarn I used for this project the green owl set.......
    http://www.yarnsupply.com/bernat-big-ball-chunky-yarn.html

    ReplyDelete
  36. Hello, I LOVE this pattern and have started on it as a gift for my friend who is having a baby! I have a question though, am I increasing to much and too fast at first, or should I expect for
    The 'circle' that forms in the beginning to curl up around the edges? Not sure what I am doing wrong, but I think it might be something!! Thanks again bunches, this pattern is super duper cute!!
    Courtney

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Courtney,
      I did have some curling for a few rounds when making the cocoon. But there should be no curling if you are working on the hat :)

      Delete
  37. Hi! What a a wonderful project!!!! But i'm having problems with the seam as well. Instead of going straight up the side, it seems to be curving around. I assume this means i'm missing or adding a stictch somehow. I'm wondering if it's necessary to to make the seam at all. Once you hit the 23 DC, couldn't you just continue to crochet around? I was also wondering why at the seam you only ch 2 at the beg? I've always been taught that you chain 3 when working with a general pattern that uses DC's. But there must be a reason why you only chain 2...right?

    And I'm not trying to be critical. The pattern is fairly easy, but it would really help if you included stitch counts for every round. That way i would be able to trouble shoot my seam problem on my own. Any help is appreciated! Thanks again for making this pattern available!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,
      No it is not necessary to do the seam, just personally I really like the way it looks. You could just keep dc around.

      And I just chained 2 at the seam becuase I liked the way it looked. And I found I really didn't need to chain 3. I hope this helps.

      And you are not being critical :) I am sorry I just never really write down or go by the stitch count.

      I have had my seam go wonky before and the reason why was because after chaining I jumped to the next stitch instead of sc in the same stitch. I hope that helps :)

      Delete
  38. I have ripped down the cocoon twice now after completing up to row 7, only have 33 stitches. Then patterns says do 23 rounds, but doesn't measure 12' WIDE? Am I doing something wrong? I love this pattern and would like to finished and give as a gift. Please help. Thanks, Debbie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,

      Are you using chunky yarn, this pattern is made using chunky yarn. Not sure why your cocoon is not working up. For measurements it should be 12” wide and 17” long.

      In the pattern where it says "Dc, dc, dc, 2dc in next st. (for entire round)" for the "2dc in next st" portion are you doing the two double crochets in that stitch :)

      Delete
  39. I started a blog with some friends as fellow crafters, and I posted this as the first pattern to possibly try! I love this and I hope others will try it too! :) http://stitchinglove.wordpress.com Thank you so much! Hopefully I'm able to do this one :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. I seem to be having the same issues as a few others in this thread.
    Ive worked the pattern twice now using chunky yarn and 6mm hook and both times my peice has come up measuring only 8 inches across.

    Would this be my gauge? and should i therefore increase the size of my hook?

    Thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm having this same problem. I decided to add another row of 2dc in each stitch at the beginning. I'm hoping that will make it big enough to be 12" at the end. I'll post again when I am finished to say if it worked.

      Delete
    2. I hope that it worked out for you. And I am sorry I never check my gauge :)

      Delete
  41. May I use your pattern to make the items for a friend who is a photographer?  The only problem is I don't know if she will be posting her photography online.

    ReplyDelete
  42. absolutely love this pattern !!!!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I am new at this and I am in trouble...I made my circle and crocheted inside
    it..and now i have a big round pizza. this cant be right. help.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,

      I am not sure what could of gone wrong....are you using the correct size hook and chunky yarn? Where in the pattern are you?

      Delete
  44. HI
    Thanks for answering me...Let me say, I love this pattern, especially because my girlfriend loves owls and i am trying to make this for her first baby. I am up to dc 23 rounds...but the one before that 10dc then 2 dc. confused me..it does not seen to be decreasing. i can't see how this will get to 17" high...it looks like it is just getting wider. I am using a n-9
    hook and chunky yarn. Thanks again, Linda

    ReplyDelete
  45. jackie..i went over my work and i was not slip stitching and chaining 3, so that is why it wasnt growing tall, just wide...my bad...love the pattern..do you have an easy sock pattern.linda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oh good, I am so glad you got it figured out :)

      No, sorry I don't have any sock patterns. I actually have never made socks before! But it is something I would love to try :)

      Delete
  46. Thank you so much for this cute pattern! I started a cocoon for my friends baby and did it all in Christmasy colors..... since her baby isn't due for 10 more days i'm going to give that one to someone else next year and give her this one for her new little man :) Thank you again!!!! Happy hooking! -herelt

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No problem, I hope you enjoy the pattern :)

      Delete
  47. I'm wondering, do you swaddle the baby in a light blanket then put the baby in this? These weren't around when my daughter was born so I'm clueless. Thanks so much for sharing this, it's too cute!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Karen,

      I have noticed most people just place the baby in with no blanket, but I have had one lady wrap her baby in a receiving blanket then place them in the cocoon. And a lot of people also use them for photo props :)

      Delete
  48. How many ounces of the green yarn was used?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,

      I use the large big value ball of Bernat Chunky Yarn. And there is still a lot left over. They are about $9 at Walmart :)

      Delete
  49. I am having a lot of trouble with my stitches not adding up right. When I get to Dc, Dc, 2dc in next stitch I do not have enough stitches. I have already torn this out twice. Do you always chain 2 and dc in the same stitch for every row? I am not using chunky yarn but am using a N hook to increase the pattern size.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,

      That is correct, for this pattern I chained two at the beginning of each rd. This gives your cocoon a nice seam :)

      Thanks!

      Delete
  50. This pattern is super cute! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  51. I would love to know the stitich count on each round. It would make it so much easier. Do I count the initial ch2 dc in same stitch as my first dc or do I begin counting after I have done it. Caroltheteach

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Carol,

      Sorry this is a old pattern before I started writing my patterns in proper rounds (with stitch counts).

      Okay for the pattern you...
      Do 10dc in ring, sl st closed (do this at the end of every round sl st closed)
      Ch 2 (You will ch 2 at the beginning of every rd, and this will count as a st), then 2dc in each st around

      I hope this helps :)

      Delete
  52. I think this is a cute pattern and i am going to try it for a nice i just got in to the family and lives in north Colorado

    ReplyDelete
  53. Jackie, how long does your hat measure from center to edge. I think mine looks a little big for a newborn and just wondered if I should not do as many rounds.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello,

      I am sorry I don't have any of these hats on hand to measure. Did you get it all figured out? :)

      Delete
  54. please make your patterns print friendly. I was going to print this off but with pages and pages of comments forget it!!!!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving your comment ♥