Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cuddly Baby Cocoons


                 
 
When Adalyn was a baby, she was a HUGE fan of the swaddle.  Like she screamed her head off constantly for the first 4 months unless she was wrapped up super tight....We almost felt like we were putting her in a straight jacket - and my Mom hated it - but it was the ONLY way that we could get her to calm down!  So for little Annie I wanted to be prepared!  With her being a January baby, I figured it would be good to have some warm swaddles.  She can sleep in them and lounge around the house in them (and we won't have to worry about her tiny feet being covered by a blanket!)

Anyway, I CANNOT WAIT to have a baby to put these on....And I secretly want an adult sized on for myself. I sort of made up the pattern as I went along, but did my best to write it down when I was done, so here it is!

Cuddly Baby Cocoon (pink):

I used a medium weight baby yarn (4) and size J hook

Ch: Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch
TC: Triple Crochet
SC: Single Crochet
TC CC: Triple Crochet Criss Cross




Round 1: Magic Ring, Ch4, TC16 into Magic Ring, Join top of Ch 4 w/Sl St (16 TC)

Round 2: Ch 4, 2 TC in each stitch, Join top of Ch 4 w/Sl St (32 TC)

Round 3: Ch 4, 2 TC in first stitch, TC in next stitch, repeat for rest of round, Join top of Ch 4 w/Sl St (48 TC)

Round 4: Ch 4, 2 TC in first stitch, TC in next 3 stitches, repeat for rest of round, Join top of Ch 4 w/ St St (60 TC)

Rounds 5-13: Ch 4, TC in each stitch, Join top of Ch 4 w/Sl St (60 TC)

Round 14: Ch 4, TC in first stitch, TC CC over next 2 stitches, repeat for rest of round, Join top of Ch 4 w/Sl St (20 sets of TC, TC CC)

Round 15: Ch 4, TC in each stitch, Join top of Ch 4 w/Sl St (60 TC)

Round 16: Repeat Round 14

Round 17: Ch 4, TC in each stitch, Join top of Ch 4 w/Sl St (60 TC)

Rounds 18-21: Ch 1, SC in each stitch, Join Ch 1 w/Sl St (60 SC)

Weave in the ends and you are DONE! :)  I used a tapestry needle to put some elastic thread in the top row of SC to sinch it up at the top.

For the mint one I followed almost the same pattern, except that starting in Round 2 I used a row of double crochets and a row of single crochets to replace the triple crochet for a tighter look.  I did the increases in the row of double crochets then did a row of single crochets in each st.  For example: Round 2 was Ch 3, 2 Double Crochet in each stitch, Join w/Sl St, Ch 1, Single Crochet in each Double Crochet stitch, Join w/Sl St. So you would have a row with 32 Double Crochets and a row with 32 Single Crochets.  I also only did one Row of the Criss Cross using a Triple Crochet Criss Cross in Round 16 and I did not do the TC between each TC CC. So for Round 16 I started with Ch 4, then did 30 TC CC.  For Round 17 I went back to the row of DC, row of SC.  Then in round 18 I did the row of Double Crochet, but did not join the beginning Ch 3 for the row; instead on the last stitch I Ch 1, did a SC decrease, SC in each stitch around then a SC decrease in last 2 stitches.  I repeated that with the next however many rows to form the V.  For the ruffle, I  just doubled the stitches for 2 rows (1 SC row, and 1 DC row).

And for the purple, I'm sorry to say that I REALLY made this one up as I went along and have no idea what I did for a couple parts! SORRY! :)

But on the bright side, if you need some help with any of the stitches, you can check out This video for Single Crochet and Double Crochet or This one for the Triple Crochet and Triple Crochet Criss Cross!


Happy Crocheting!
 
Basic Crochet Stitches Tutorial
 
Triple Crochet and Triple Crochet Criss Cross Tutorial
 


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