I’ve been brainstorming on Fall and Halloween crafting ideas lately. I decided first on the list would be a candy corn baby cocoon.
I have been looking at Kara’s patterns in her Petals to Picots Etsy shop for some time now and decided spur of the moment last night (being two weeks ago!) that I would buy her Newborn Bunting & Hat set so I could work on it today at work. I loved the look of the granny square pattern from first glance – came to find out they are clusters! Still cute!
This pattern is really easy to follow especially with row stitch counts to help reassure my interpretation of the pattern.
– 5mm Hook (I later changed to a 5.5mm to better meet the gauge)
– Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Hobby Lobby‘s I Love This Yarn in Yellow, Orange and White
– Newborn Bunting & Hat Pattern (for purchase)
I was able to complete the bunting in about three and a half hours, and the hat in about half an hour.
According to pattern, the cocoon is supposed to measure 15.5″ long, 9″ wide, 18″ in circumference, and hat to measure 12″ in circumference and 5″ tall.
*Using the 5mm hook, my cocoon measured 8.5″ x 13″ – probably would be good for a preemie.
**08/14 UPDATE: I made a light pink baby girl cocoon for a co-worked of mine and used a 5.5mm hook. The finished crown measured 5.5″ across equaling 17.27″.
To make this set look like a candy corn, I worked the first 10 rounds in Yellow, the next 14 in Orange and the remaining rounds plus the hat in white.
I also worked my rounds a little different to avoid the seam – I did try the first section of it as the pattern is written. See photo to the left – bottom half as written in pattern, top half is my method found below.
**To avoid the seam, I changed the foundation round to a CH 1 in the beginning, then worked six 2dc-cl, CH 1 and joined (not the cluster join!) to the first CH. To begin the next round, I slip stitched over to the CH sp and started again with a CH 1.
**08/14 UPDATE: When I made the light pink baby girl cocoon and used the 5.5mm hook, I left out the Round 5 increase (otherwise the cocoon would have come out too big).
One thing I really enjoyed about this pattern, was learning how to start a flat circle in the round using the cluster stitch. Now I can use this to make hats and bags in multiple sizes! How exciting!
This set is so precious! It would make a great photo prop for Halloween as well as a great gift for a new mommy and baby!
After baby is too big, it also works well for dolls!
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