Isabella's Whimsy

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Doesn’t Every Baby Need One of These? – a whimsical tutorial

on April 3, 2014


What can you make with 1-3 oz. (85 gr) skein of natural bamboo yarn and a size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook?

Can you guess what this is? You are right! A newborn's cocoon for photos.

Can you guess what this is? You are right! A newborn’s cocoon for photos.



I call this tutorial “whimsical” because I just guessed as I made this little cocoon.  You’ll see what I mean as we go along.

Chain 12. Now we get whimsical, because I didn’t count.

Round (rnd) 1: single crochet (sc) into the first chain (ch) from hook, and in all the other chains to the beginning ch.   Make 3 single crochets (sc) in beginning ch.  Sc in the back of each ch to the last chain, then make 3 sc in the last ch.  Slip-stitch (ss) into the first sc. (This is what I did, but it would probably be better to just ch 1, in prep for next rnd.) (This is how you start booties when you crochet them.)  (See the pattern? sc along the sides, and increase each end with 3 sc in one loop.)

Rnd 2: double crochet (dblc) in each sc, but increase at each end by making 2 dblc in the 1st dblc of increase from previous row, 3 dblc in second/middle dblc, and 2 dblc in the 3rd dblc from the previous row; oh, be sure to do this increase at each end.

Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 4:  at this point I realized the stitches were going to be too tight, so I switched it up to treble crochet (trc), but used the same increase pattern as in Rnd 2

Rnd 5: I thought the trc would work pretty well, so I made this rnd (rnd 5) in trc also, keeping the same increase pattern at each end.

Rnds 6-8 or 9 (having a little trouble counting here): continue as in rnd 5.

Rnd 9 or 10 – 10 or 11 (depending on how you counted last time): trc in each stitch; do not increase any more.

Rnd 12: decrease around in this way: tr in next 2 stitches, skip one trc, trc in next stitch. all the way around.

Rnd 13 (uh-oh…13!  I should have made omitted this round.) Loosely slip stitch around in each stitch.  It gives a nice finish and just about uses up all the yarn. I like it when that happens.

Finishing: weave in as much of the remaining yarn as you want to. When you get tired/bored of doing it, cut it off.

Oh, I just realized I forgot to tell you to chain 2 or 3 (depending on dc or trc) at the end of each round and sl st into the top chain of the previous row; well, you can see to do that anyway.

Now one last pic to make it clear for you:

Snug as a bug in a rug, or caterpillar in a cocoon.

Snug as a bug in a rug, or caterpillar in a cocoon.

Wishing you all the best.  Please send pics of your cocoons!

You might want to save this crochet tutorial.  Fun as it was, I don’t see myself writing any more crochet patterns…probably ever.

~Isabella in her whimsy


2 responses to “Doesn’t Every Baby Need One of These? – a whimsical tutorial

  1. Oh this is just absolutely adorable!!!

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