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Thursday, 25 February 2016

SHARK COCOON FOR A BABY



SHARK COCOON

I’ve waited so long to design a baby cocoon again. I’ve made some of these before, but not photographed them, or written their patterns down etc.. so this one is a big YES ! For me J
I have loved the shark cocoon ever since I saw it first somewhere on the net.. but I couldn’t find a free pattern for it, so here’s what I’ve made, and my notes for it.

Materials used : Today I’ve used two hanks (~ 200 gms) of our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millennium 4-ply yarn with a 4.5 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                   dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                      ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                      rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                   sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
MC : Main Colour                                                    CC : Contrast Colour

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

For the basic pattern of my shark cocoon, I’ve used this lovely free pattern from B. Hooked Crochet called Mystic Mermaid Cocoon - https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837382291/.

So I’ve worked my sack / cocoon all the way up to the top in this pattern, but instead of the ruffles, I’ve worked in the shark jaws. I then worked shark tail fins instead of the lovely mermaid tails.

So first let’s work the sack all the way to Round 38 (or the length you need.  I worked till Round 35, just fyi) .. and we’ll meet back here for tail and jaws.

For convenience, I am going to call the rounds to make the Jaw Rounds.

So first let’s count off to the halfway point and place a marker.  Just so that the first / last stitch line does not show and goes underneath the cocoon, may I suggest that you find the ‘side’ points which will be where we divide for the jaw.

So what does this mean?
I’ve ended with 88 sts.  So that’s 44 in each end. However, what I’ve done is count off 22 sts on either side of the start/end stitch, and this way that start line goes dead centre and underneath.  So place your markers now on either side, and these will be the openings for the shark jaw.  We will work between markers and work one side of the jaw at a time.

In the very first row on we will start with our decreases using the dc 2-tog.

Jaw Row 1 : (Starting from Marker # 1) dc 2-tog over the 1st 2 dc ; dc in each dc till 2 dc before Marker # 2 ; dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc. Turn. (42 dc)

Jaw Row 2 : dc 2-tog over the 1st 2 dc ; dc in each dc till 2 dc before end, dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc. Turn. (40 dc)

In the next row on we will be using the dc 3-tog.

Jaw Row 3 : dc 3-tog over the 1st 3 dc ; dc in each dc till 3 dc before end, dc 3-tog over the last 3 dc. Turn. (36 dc)

Jaw Row 4 - 7 : Rep Row 3. (32 / 28 / 24 / 20 dc)

Jaw Row 8 - 13 : Rep Row 2. (18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10 / 8 dc)

Jaw Row 15  : Rep Row 3.

Jaw Row 16  : dc 2-tog over the 1st 2 dc ; dc 2-tog over the last 2 dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Re-attach yarn at the 1st marker for the other side and repeat Jaw Rows 1 – 16 for the other side.  Fasten off and weave in ends.



SHARK TEETH


For our shark teeth, let’s use white yarn.

So attach your white yarn at Marker 1 and we’ll work in one continuous movement. 
Lets work a round of sc all around first in multiples of 5.

Round 1 : sc neatly spaced all around in multiples of 5.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : (sc , hdc , 3 dc , hdc , sc) all in the 1st sc ; sk next sc , sl-st in the next sc ; * sk next sc, rep (to) in the next sc ; sk next sc, sl-st in the next sc* ; rep *to* all the way around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



SHARK EYES
(Make two)



Start Round 1 : with black and a magic circle.  Work 8 dc in the magic circle.  Pull lightly to close circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in each dc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Fasten off and leave a tail to join.


SIDE FINS
(Make two)



Start : with 18 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc and each fsc till end.  Turn.

From the following row on, we’ll decrease on both ends, using the sc 2-tog.

Single crochet 2-together : sc 2tog : Insert hk into st, yo, draw up a lp, hk into next st, yo, draw up a lp (2 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps. One sc2tog made.

Row 2 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the each sc till the last 2 sc ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc.  Turn.

Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end.  Turn.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 till you have 4 sc left.

Next Row : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc. Turn.

Last Row : sc 2-tog over the 2 sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


TOP FIN
(Make one)



Start : with 28 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : sc in the 1st fsc and each fsc till end.  Turn.

From the following row on, we’ll decrease on both ends, using the sc 2-tog.
Single crochet 2-together : sc 2tog : Insert hk into st, yo, draw up a lp, hk into next st, yo, draw up a lp (2 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps. One sc2tog made.

Row 2 : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc in the each sc till the last 2 sc ; sc 2-tog over the last 2 sc.  Turn.

Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc and each sc till end.  Turn.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 till you have 4 sc left.

Next Row : sc 2-tog over the 1st 2 sc ; sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc. Turn.

Last Row : sc 2-tog over the 2 sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


TAIL FINS
(Make two)


For these fins, we will start at the bottom (or the pointed edge) and move towards the top of the fin. In this fin, we will have one edge that we will increase along, and one that will stay straight.  The straight edge goes along the bottom of the shark and the increase edge then goes along the top.

Start : with 1 fsc.  Turn.

Row 1 : ch 1 (which only works as a turning ch and not a st), 3 dc in the fsc.  Turn.

Row 2 : 3 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next 2 dc.  Turn (5 dc)

Row 3 : dc in the 1st 4 dc ; 3 dc in the last dc.  Turn (7 dc)

Rows 4 - 5 : Rep Rows 2 & 3 ; increasing 2 sts every row. (11 dc)

Row 6 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in each dc till end.  Turn

Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc and each dc till the last dc ; 2 dc in the last dc.  Turn

Rows 8 - 9 : Rep Rows 6 & 7.

Row 10 : dc in the 1st dc and each dc till end.  Turn

Row 11 : Rep Row 7

Row 12 : Rep Row 6

Row 13 : Rep Row 10

Row 14 : Rep Row 6

Row 15 - 16 : Rep Row 10

At this point, my tail fin is about 8.5” x 5”.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach fin onto main body of shark.

Do you see the straight edge now ?

Finishing
So let’s assemble our shark cocoon.
1.       Eyes : Fold your shark cocoon such that the Marker points 1 & 2 (for jaw) are together.  Find the centre point of snout for the eyes, and affix one eye on each side
2.      Side fins : Attach one side fin on either side of your shark body in the centre.
3.      Tail fins : Align the flat / straight edge of the tail fin along the bottom of the shark body and attach it on either side
4.      Fasten off and weave in all ends.
5.       
And we’re done !!
Doesn’t this just look too cute?  I am so sure that you will be making another one really soon as you’re sure to get more orders for this. 
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