One of my best friends delivered her rainbow baby last week and I asked her if she had any crochet requests. She is a collector of snowmen so of course she wanted a little snowman hat for her baby girl I thought I would come up with a new twist on my old snowman hat pattern and add a little crochet cocoon to keep her newborn snug and cozy.
– White Chunky Yarn: I used Loops & Threads Charisma yarn in white. It is a 100% Acrylic Yarn, Bulky 5 weight, 3.5 oz. skein/ 109 yds. I purchased it at Michaels. This pattern will only work correctly if you use chunky yarn.
optional: loosely slip stitch around the bottom to create a finished edge.
Newborn Cocoon Pattern:
Magic Ring, chain 2 and make 11 DC in ring, join, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, chain 2 (55 DC)
Round 6-21: DC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (55 DC)
fasten off weave in ends.
Now with worsted weight yarn…
Chain 30, attach to cocoon and SC around edge, when you get back to where you started, do not join, chain 30 (again), turn
Row 2-5: SC in each stitch (down the chain 30, around the rim, and down the other chain 30), turn
fasten off and weave in ends. You have now made the scarf.
Tie 3 groups of 3 yarn strands to each edge of your scarf. This is the same method you would use to attach strands to earflap hats.
Now you can tie the scarf in a little knot or bow!
Add three 1″ black buttons to the front of your cocoon.
My finished cocoon measures about 16 inches in length. You could absolutely make yours longer and wider by increasing the stitch count and adding more rows. Remember that most newborns are between 18-22 inches long when born.