Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tulip Hat and Cocoon

 THANK YOU!!  To everyone who has asked questions or made comments about this little cocoon creation of mine.  I get such a kick out of talking to people who are using my pattern.  :)  I first published this little baby sac nearly 3 years ago and I never get tired of seeing it pinned all over pinterest.  

If you would like to order a custom made cocoon or tulip hat from me ($30 plus $4 shipping), please visit my facebook page at: Loops A Daisies.  I sell the cocoon and many more items at very reasonable prices. Message me with your order.  I use paypal. :)  Thanks for all the Pinterest activity!!

I use Simply Soft Caron Yarn.  These are Newborn sizes.  I just "tested" them out on a friends 8lb one month old and there is plenty of room for wiggling and growing.  :)





If you are a crocheter, here is the pattern for the TULIP HAT.  I did not come up with this, but the person who created it, Suzette Williams, was very gracious to make it a free pattern with no restrictions.  I felt the least I could do was to post her pattern credited to her. The curly-cue stem is not part of her pattern, but can be made very easily.  After closing the top according to the pattern, use the G hook and chain 15-17. Work three hdc in each chain.  Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to pull through the inside of the hat, tie off and weave ends in.

Here is the pattern I came up with for the cocoon.  I am not asking any money for it, but would very much appreciate the credit if anyone chooses to sell their item or repost the pattern somewhere else.  Thank you.


Sallie's Tulip Cocoon:
Use an H hook.
Start with 6 hdc in a magic loop.

Do not chain up and do not connect with a slip stitch.
This pattern is done in rounds.
Use a Marker to know when one round has been completed. I insert the marker into the first stitch of each new round right after I have crocheted it. This shows where the first stitch of the next round will go.

Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each stitch (12)
Rnd 3: *2 hdc , hdc* repeat around (18)
Rnd 4: *2 hdc, hdc, hdc,* (24)
Rnd 5: *2hdc, hdc in next 3 sts* (30)
Rnd 6: *2hdc, hdc in next 4 sts* (36)
Rnd 7:  *2hdc, hdc in next 5 sts* (42)
Rnd 8: hdc in each stitch around (42)
Rnd 9: *2hdc, hdc in next 6 sts*  (48)
Rnd 10-13:   hdc in each stitch around (48)
Rnd 14: *2hdc, hdc in next 7 sts* (54)
Rnd 15-18:  hdc in each stitch around (54)
Rnd 19: *2hdc, hdc in next 8 sts* (60)
Rnd 20-23: hdc in each stitch around (60)
Rnd 24 *2hdc, hdc in next 9 sts* (66)
Rnd 25-33: hdc in each stitch
(If you desire a longer cocoon, add rows of hdc here.)
Rnd 34: dc in each stitch around
Rnd 35 *fpdc, bpdc* around    
Rnd 36 and 37: repeat round 35
Rnd 38-41: Crocodile stitch - The crocodile stitch is comprised of two rounds of stitching. The first round will serve as the foundation for the actual crocodile stitch. Here is a blog with videos to teach the CROCODILE STITCH

Rnd: 38: ch 2, dc in same stitch as ch 2, ch2, skip two stitches, *2dc in next stitch, ch2, skip 2 stitches* repeat the part that is in asterisks all the way around. Slip stitch to the top of the first ch 2.

Rnd: 39: Working on the initial ch 2 from Rnd 38, work 5 dc AROUND THE POST of the ch2. You will work from top to bottom. The fifth dc will be at the base of the post. Turn your work so that you can now work around the post of the next dc. Work 5 dc AROUND THE POST of the dc. You will work from bottom to top. This is the crocodile stitch. Skip the next set of double crochets and work the crocodile stitch (5dc down, 5dc up) in the next set of double crochets from the previous round. Continue working crocodile stitch in EVERY OTHER set of double crochets. Slip stitch into the first dc worked around the ch 2 of the previous round.

Rnd 40: You will be doing the same stitches as round 38, but you will do them in between the "V"s made by the dc in round 38 and between the crocodile stitch made in round 39.
Rnd: 41: repeat round 39 working in dc that are offset from the previous round.

Rnd: 42 sc around

Fasten off.

If you would like, you can thread a 3/8" width ribbon through the dc ribbing for added interest.

If you find anything amiss or incorrect, please let me know.  Thank you!

*** Special thanks to Paula at FurBabiesMomma for helping me to make this pattern easier to read.  I love learning knew things and appreciate others who are willing to teach.  :)

You can find me on Ravelry.com at: Loopsadaisies

Added: 12/31/15
This cocoon was stitched exactly like the pattern with the exception of a color change when doing the dc's.










Added 1/15:  this is the sock monkey version of this cocoon. I used caron in Heather grey, Autumn Red, and white. I added extra hdc rounds and omitted the crocodile stitch. The hat was from a pattern by Lagatha Been on ravelry.com










41 comments:

  1. Hi I love this pattern, and I'd really like to make one for my best friends impending granddaughter, but I am a little confused about ends 38-41. You say that it should be the crocodile st and then it goes to Rnd 38 to 42 with other instructions, does this go along with the crocodile stitch or is this different??

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  2. Hi Laura, rnds 38-41 are the crocodile stitch. But then I went on to explain what the crocodile stitch is. It is comprised of two rounds of stitching. So Rnd 38 is the foundation for the Croc stitch and then Rnd 39 creates the "leaf" look... Then those two rounds (38 and 39) are repeated in Rnds 40 and 41. Round 42 is just a finishing round of single crochets. Does that help?

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    1. Yes thanks, how long does your cocoon end up? Mine (about 11" after the two rows of crocodile stitches) seems to be shorter than the one pictured and I added rows, but then I tend to crochet very tightly. I may have to redo the cocoon to make it long enough...lol

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    2. Yes that helps, but I am curious my cocoon ended up being about 10 inches after the crocodile stitch and yours looks much longer (I tend to crochet very tightly) do you think I should redo it to be longer, most babies are at least 19 inches right??

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    3. Mine measures 14.5 inches without being stretched. Perhaps you missed some of the rounds? I used Caron Simply soft yarn, if you used baby yarn, it would shorten it up a bit as well. Also, if you used a different hook, that will change the finished size. If you tend to crochet tighter, you could go up a hook size to I or even J and see if that worked better.

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  3. I got it, I'm done, frogged half if it and started again but it was worth it. Now on ti the hat, it is already giving me fits!! Lol. I make sure its not twisted, them by the time I change color it looks all twisted. I will just keep trying.

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  4. The hat is a little tricky. I didn't write that pattern, but if you need help, I have done it a few (hundred) times. ;)

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    1. Hello Sallie,
      I totally agree with you, the Tulip hat pattern is tricky to say the least. Is it written incorrectly or is it just me? My stitches are not lining up and I've started over multiple times. I would greatly appreciate your help.
      Esther

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    2. Sallie,
      The Tulip cap isn't turning out as it should. The points are not lining up and when I reach the end of the row there are two of the "skip 2 stitches" groups together. Is there a mistake in the pattern or is it me?
      I would greatly appreciate your assistance.

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    3. Esther, this is probably too late of a response, but just in case someone else can use the answer, I'm going to post. :) Sorry!! Okay, your first round should end with a skip 2. I call them Dips and Peaks. So you'll begin on the incline to a Peak, but end on a decline to a Dip, which is the sk2. You'll skip the last two chains and join to the first sc. Here's where she was unclear, but what I found works. You'll begin the next round with a ch1, but then the first sc will be in the SECOND sc from the previous round (not in the same stitch as the join). This is the only way that I can get the 3sc to be in the middle sc of the 3sc from the previous round... make sense? Do this for each round. Join to first sc, begin next round in second sc NOT joined st. One other suggestion. I have the tendency to forget to crochet in the third sc of the 3sc from the previous round. I accidentally skip it. So you want to place your 3c in the center sc from the previous round of 3sc, but don't crowd them so much that you skip over the third sc. This will mess you up! Hope this helps!

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  5. Should the crocodile stitch be worked with the right side facing or the wrong?? I'm working it the same as other stitches, but my scales appear to be facing inward. Or perhaps I'm going the wrong way around the post?

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    1. Jillian- You should be working in the round on the right side. I do manipulate (manhandle) the cocoon in order to get all the dc around the posts. You'll work 5dc down one post and then work 5dc up the second post. Grab hold of the post with your left hand as you work around it. That might help too. Hope that helps.:)

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    2. I had the same issue Jillian had (I hadn't read your reply until too late)... when I finished my first crocodile scale round (both 38 & 39) my scales were facing inward!! Arggggh So are you saying (in your reply) that we are supposed to be working the dc around the posts from the side that will be the outside of the cocoon? I guess that's the only way the scales would scale to the outside. Maybe this should be said in the instructions?? I'm not having trouble making the dc on the posts, I guess I was just working from the wrong side of the cocoon.

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    3. Peg, when you work in rounds, you'll be working on the right side (RS) of the piece. Meaning the inside of the cocoon is the wrong side (WS). Unless the pattern specifically states that you are to work on the WS, you can assume you are to work the stitches on the RS.

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    1. I always forget to put my response in the "reply" part of a comment.. look below for my response. :)

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  7. Hi Ashley, Rounds 5-9 are increase rounds; meaning you're going to increase the total number of stitches in the round. So in round 5 you start off the round by working 2 hdc into the first stitch, then you'll work one hdc into each of the next 3 stitches (sts). You will repeat this pattern all the way around. In round 6 you will begin the same way with 2hdc into the first stitch, then work one hdc into each of the next 4 (sts), repeating this pattern all the way around. Each increase round will add 6 more stitches to the total number of stitches. The total number of stitches in the round are indicated in parenthesis. Does that answer your question?

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  8. Ok makes perfect sense now. Thanks for clarifying!

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  9. Hello Do you know if this could be done by Loom Knitting?? Thank you

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    1. Kathy, I have no experience with loom knitting. Sorry!

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  10. I just sent a comment. Website; allfreecrochet.com

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    1. If your comment is something you'd like me to see or respond to, you'll need to post it here. Thanks.
      :)

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  11. I just finished row 33 and it seems short. I will add some on but how long should it be before startING the DC row?

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    1. I don't have one in front of me right now, but if the cocoon measures 10-11 inches before the dc ribbing and crocodile stitches, it should be plenty long enough. Keep in mind these are for newborns. Also, if you are using the caron simply soft yarn like the pattern, it has a lot of stretch and give. Other yarns will be different, so adjust for that.

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  12. thank you for this pattern! I'm so excited to make something new for my nephew and his wife's baby girl.. I'm going with pink and gray !!

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  13. You are welcome! I'd love to see a picture when you are finished.

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  14. How many grams or skins of wool are used to make the cocoon? and the hat?
    Many thanks :)

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    1. Sorry about not posting sooner, Chris. I used Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic yarn in Woodland Heather. I believe one skein was enough to do both the cocoon and the green part of the hat. There is over 300 yards of yarn in one skein.

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    2. What size yarn did you use

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    3. Carbon Simply soft is a worsted weight acrylic 4.

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  15. what should the width be at the biggest point? i have never seen a measurement for that. want to make sure the baby fits inside.

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  16. Hi Sallie, this is Sarah, Webbiegrrlwriter. I didn't find the Linked video tutorial on crocodile stitch as easy as I'd hoped so I searched a bit and Red Heart (yes, the yarn maker) has a great tutorial here. It's not even a video either, just photos and text :)

    http://www.redheart.com/learn/articles/Ultimate-Beginners-Guide-to-the-Crocodile-Stitch

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I'll check my link.

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  18. I am confused about row 38. It is the ch2 and dc in the same stitch as the ch2, skip 2 stitches... it seems like the ch2 could be the 1st "dc" of row 38 and then the dc counts as the 2nd dc for our first pair of "dc's" or it could create a space between our last stitch from row 37 which was the bpdc and the first dc in row 38 but then wouldn't you ch2 then skip 2 st and dc in the third stitch from your last bpdc? Wouldn't you technically want 2 dc in that stitch for your first pair of dc? Why have 1 dc and then sets of 2 dc. Also in the tutorials I found for the crocodile stitch it alternates 1 dc and then a set of two dc's but this pattern we are basically doing 2 dc in every third stitch....I just don't see how this works at all. This would make sense if we joined each row and then chained up to start the next row but not when crocheting continually around in a spiral if you will. Should I have 22 sets of 2dc's? Also on row 39 does that give me 11 crocodile stitches this row if I do the crocodile stitch every other set of dc's? I am stuck... oh as a side note I used sensations Little Treat soft and colorful yarn it is a baby yarn but I think it is slightly more fine than the one you recommend, I also used a K/6.50mm hook. My length is about 13 inches before the crocodile stitches. My sister-in-law is pregnant with baby #3. A boy due in Jan. They are estimating he will be about 10 lbs and 21 inches long. Her mother and I are both making this pattern. It is super adorable. I am teaching her how to crochet but this part is new for me so I have to get it so I can show her. Youtube is my go to tutorial when I get stuck but it isn't helping me at the moment. I get the actual stitch for the most part but the base row not so much....I might have to message some more for rows 40 and 41 am hopeful figuring out 38 and 39 will help....

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    1. Ingrid, the ch2 counts as the first dc. If you look at rnd 39 I give instruction to work the 5dc of the crocodile stitch around the ch2. Also,starting in rnd 38 it says to join the round with a slip stitch, so you are no longer working in a spiral. Using a baby weight yarn will definitely affect the size. This pattern is written for worsted weight yarn (4). Hopefully, the increase in hook size will compensate. :)

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  19. Where should I be doing the SC, and how many should I have? I gotten through the whole pattern, and this is the only part that I'm unsure of.

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    1. I apologize for the late response. I don't keep up with my blog so much these days. To answer your question, you'll sc into each stitch from the previous round. This means a sc in each of the two dc and two sc into the ch2 space. :)

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  20. Sallie, Thank you for sharing such an adorable pattern. I will be making these to donate to local Hospitals. I will have to make adjustments for preemies, but this is great. I will make sure that you get credit. Thanks again for your generosity.

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    1. Lou, thank you for the kind words. It's been my pleasure. :) Try using baby weight yarn and see if that makes enough of an adjustment. If not try baby weight and a G hook. :)

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