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Saturday, 16 April 2016

BABY COCOON 2


BABY COCOON # 2

I’d just made my first baby cocoon for a baby photo shoot, and I was asked for another one.. so rather than do the same pattern, I thought I’d figure something a little different.  As cocoons go, there isn’t very much one can do if one wants a simple basket like one (i.e unlike a mermaid tail or shark fin which I just made recently I mean).  So yet again, thanks for coming along with me on my creative journey. J

This cocoon was made for +Neha Jiwarajka  who does some absolutely stunning photography and is awesome with babies, just fyi.  Check her page at www.nehabrackstone.com and she's on facebook too at https://www.facebook.com/NehaBrackstonePhotography/

Materials used : Today I’ve used nearly 2 balls of the lovely Bernat baby Softee chunky yarn,  with a 6.5 mm crochet hook
For Indians : I’d suggest using 2 – 3 strands of our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millenium yarn held together to get this thickness

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                     ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                     rep : Repeat

Stitches used :
Magic circle :To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

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.

Half double crochet in back loops only - hdc blo :Yarn around hook, insert hook through front and back loops of the next stitch in the previous row. Yarn around hook and pull through so you have three loops on your hook.  Yarn around hook and pull through all three loops

Baby blanket(+ other) sizing chart : https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837764553/

We start our little circular cocoon at the cente bottom and work our way in rounds.  You could work in rounds, if you do not want the end (joint) line marring the effect of the baby photographs.  However, as it is difficult to gauge where the end is, there are two options
1.       Keep a marker at the end of each round, moving it up each round so that you know just which round you’re at
2.     Do a sl-st at the end of each round
Now for convenience, I am going to write it like we’re doing a sl-st at the end of each round.

Start : Round 1 : with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. (8 sts)

Right off the bat, I’m offering you yet another option.  Depending on the thickness of your yarn , you can use either an sc or a hdc in each stitch henceforth. 

I am going to be using only the back loops of the stitches from this row on.  I think this will look lovely.
Working in the back loops is a little difficult, so for beginners who can easily work this cocoon pattern, I’m going to write the instructions as if we’re working full stitches.

That said, using the full stitch, instead of just back loops, will not change the pattern in any way.. so your choice for your own creativity. 

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st sc and in each sc till the end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
(ch 1, hdc in the next hdc) ; rep (to) till the end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 4 :  hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the 1st ch-1 sp ; 
*ch 1, hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next ch-1 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around till the last hdc ; 
ch 1, join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. 

Round 5 : :  hdc in the 1st 2 hdc ; hdc in the 1st ch-1 sp ; 
*ch 1, hdc in the next 2 hdc ; hdc in the next ch-1 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around till the last hdc ; 
ch 1, join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. 

Round 6 : hdc in the 1st 3 hdc ; 
*hdc in the next ch-1 sp ; hdc in the next 3 hdc* ; 
rep *to* all around till the last hdc and ch-1 sp.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. 

Round 7 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 8 : hdc in the 1st 4 hdc ; 
*hdc in the next ch-1 sp ; hdc in the next 4 hdc* ; 
rep *to* all around till the last hdc and ch-1 sp.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc. 

Round 9 : Rep Round 7. 

I am sure you’ve figured out our pattern here. We’re slowly increasing every alternate round (with the ch-1 sps) and then working a hdc into those ch-1 sps in the following round.
So continue rep of Rounds 8 and 9 till the diameter of this base is the one that you want for your project.

Once you are happy with this base diameter, we will work the sides of our little cocoon.

Now assuming that you are happy with the size of your cocoon at Round 9, I am going to continue instructions for the following round.

Round 10 - 15 : Rep Round 7. 

In these five rounds, without increase, you will find that our little cocoon is now growing upwards, and you ‘magically’ have sides to your little project.  If you feel you want it higher, then continue rep Round 7 till you are happy with the size of the cocoon.

Fasten off and weave in ends.  I think we’ve made a cute, different little cocoon and your little baby is going to be warm and comfy in this creation. Kudos.


And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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