Crocheted Baby Cocoon and Hat

Cocooned jellybaby

I just couldn’t say no to the new parents’ request for a cosy crocheted cocoon and hat, but the concept was new to me. So I had a trawl through some rather amazing patterns on the internet, most of them displaying considerable feats of imagination and nearly all of them requiring a degree of bravery to which I simply failed to aspire. In the end I settled on a free Red Heart pattern and proceeded to tone it down to make it a bit more West London, UK. Take a look at the photo attached to the original pattern and you will see what I mean.

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/patriotic-baby-cocoon-hat

In fact it is a lovely pattern, very easy and quick to work up. All I did was to modify the colours and simplify the hat. The end result, modelled here by a plastic jellybaby, went down well with the parents, although baby has already grown out of it, as they do.

Sweet Baby Crochet Blanket

873 yellow stripe blanket

There’s a sweet baby in the pipeline so here is an 80 cm square blanket I have just finished crocheting. Too early yet to know whether this sweet baby will require pink or blue accessories, and mummy-to-be likes yellow, so I have made it white with pale yellow stripes and a pale yellow edging, worked in a simple V stitch which gives a firm but pretty texture on both sides and a cosy warm depth.

After a few minutes of purposeful pushing and pulling a crochet hook  through soft yarn, in an easy sequence of moves, the brain slows down and produces a physical calm which lends itself to contemplative processes such as meditative reflection, or thinking through a problem, or preparing a new post. This straightforward repetitive pattern, with no counting involved, is also ideal for working at while watching my crime dramas (except for the Nordic ones where I need to read the sub-titles).

I used baby double knitting yarn and a size 3.50mm crochet hook. Tension and gauge do not matter as long as they are consistent all the way through. Sometimes on this kind of project I will use a smaller hook for the edging in order to neaten and firm up any slackness that may have eased into the tension (perhaps during a particularly complex episode of CSI, for example).

1. I started with a foundation chain, and then

2. a first row of treble crochet (known as double crochet in the US), then

3. starting the second row with 3 turning chains and a treble into the top of the first treble, then missing one stitch then continuing in this V stitch pattern (of two trebles in the top of every second treble and missing the stitch in between), then

4. the third row continuing the V stitch, with the two trebles inserted into the top of the second treble of each pair in the second row, then

5. repeating the third row (as long as you want, changing colour if and when you want to),

6. finishing with a row of trebles to match the first row, and

7. a row of trebles down each side, and

8. finally one row of single crochet in yellow round the whole blanket.

(teddy bear George likes it a lot)