Crochet Baby Cocoon – free crochet pattern and tutorial

Here is a pattern for an uber-soft, ribbed, organic cotton baby cocoon that I made. I chose to make this one differently than most of the patterns you’ll see. Most are made like a very long, upside-down hat. This one is made as a rectangle, sewn together, then crochet the base on at the end. I did it this way so I could create a the ribbed pattern, which gives the cocoon a knit look and such luxurious texture.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Soft, Ribbed Baby Cocoon

I had the privilege of getting to use and review Lion Brand’s Nature’s Choice yarn, which is a 100% organic cotton yarn, dyed with soy-based dyes, and I loved it! Read the review here.

I chose the half double crochet stitch because it’s my favorite stitch – it works up quickly, unlike the single crochet, but it doesn’t have the holes and gaps of the double crochet. And, I just love the way it looks. But, this pattern could easily be worked with a single or double crochet, too.

Crochet Baby Cocoon - Free Pattern Made with Organic Cotton Yarn

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Crochet Organic Cotton Baby Cocoon Pattern

Written and designed by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life, © 2012

Materials

  • Hook: Size J (6 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted weight – Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in Almond and Limeade
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut tails
  • 2 buttons of choice
  • Sewing needle and matching thread

Abbreviations

  • Half double crochet = hdc
  • Chain = chain
  • Half double crochet decrease = hdc dc
  • Back loop only = blo
  • Yarn Over  = yo

Finished Project Measurements

23 inches long, by 10 inches wide (That is from the top of the cocoon, all the way down to the point of the base. Newborns are only 18-22 inches are so, including the head. Remember – the head will not also be inside the cocoon, so this size should last well beyond three and even six months). If your finished measurements aren’t exactly the same as mine, don’t fret! It’s not like a sweater or a hat that needs to fit perfectly.

Half Double Crochet

YO, insert hook into space and pull up a loop. YO, and pull through all three loops.

Half Double Crochet Decrease

YO, insert hook into space and pull up a loop. There are 3 loops on your hook. YO again, and insert hook into the NEXT space and pull up another loop. There are 5 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops.

The Pattern

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 1

Step #1

Row 1

  • Ch 60 (or however long you want it to be. This size fits a newborn through about 3 to 6 months, maybe even longer)
  • In the 2nd ch from the hook, work a hdc
  • Work 1 hdc in each ch all the way down (58 hdc total)

Row 2 and all remaining rows will be worked in the back loops only to achieve the ribbing:

  • Ch 1
  • Work a hdc in the same stitch in blo (if you forget this step, the rows will continually get smaller. Learn from my mistake!)
  • Work 1 hdc in each stitch all the way down in blo (58 hdc total)
Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 2

Step #2-

Repeat row 2, changing colors every 2 rows, for a total of 36 rows. I chose to make all the color changes on the same side so all the tails would be on one side. It was the rougher looking side, so I made that the bottom and crocheted the base onto the rough side, which disguised it very well.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 3

Step #2 cont’d

Now, sew in all your tails first and insert a stitch marker (a piece of contrasting colored yarn will do just fine) to remember which side you cut off all the tails. I wanted all my tails to be cut off on the inside of the cocoon so they wouldn’t show.

You’re going to whip stitch it together inside out, then turn it right-side out before sewing on the base.

Whip stitch it together like so, sewing together the two sides that are not the ends, so that the cocoon will be longer than it is wide.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - How to Do a Whip Stitch

Step #3

Now, in order to be able to close it with a button, I chose to whip stitch it three-fourths of the way up. If you don’t plan to use the buttons, just stitch it all the way up.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 3b


Step #4 – The Base

You’re going to crochet in the round to create a circle on the bottom of the cocoon, on the side where you sewed in all of your tails.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 4

First, attach the yarn anywhere on the bottom with a slip stitch and a ch 1.
(This is the tricky part because you are working on the sides of the rows and not in traditional spaces, so I chose to do 2 hdc’s for each row. )

Work 2 hdc’s for each row (72 hdc total)
Join to beginning ch 1 with a slip stitch, ch 1

Round 2 – work 1 hdc in each stitch around (72 hdc total)
Round 3 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 4 stitches, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *
Round 4 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *
Round 5 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *
Round 6 – *work 1 hdc in each of the next 1 stitch, then 1 hdc decrease* repeat from *

This is a bit unconventional, but I continue working round 6 (instead of doing just decreasing stitches) until I run out of space and the circle is closed. I find this looks much nicer than the other method because the decreasing stitches are not stretched out.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 5

Step #5 – Sew on the Buttons

Sew one button on each side of the opening. There is enough space and stretch in the yarn that a hole isn’t needed to go over the button. I bought mine at JoAnn’s where they have several varieties of this wooden button that I just love!

And you’re done! It’s really an easy pattern to work and I loved working with the organic cotton yarn. It is so soft! Here’s a close-up of the ribbed texture.

Ribbed Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern - Step 1

Merry crocheting!

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Comments

  1. Its beautiful! Question: Is this only for photos or can this be used as a way to swaddle baby?

    • I want to try to use one of these to swaddle our baby that’s coming (due in Feb), but I’ve never actually tried it myself. I designed it so it would actually be functional and hopefully it will be!

  2. How much yarn did this take?

  3. So cute! Love those colors :)

  4. Very cute for little boys or little girls !
    Hug
    Anna

  5. It looks gorgeous Sara! I pinned it…and thank you for sharing at our
    Pinteresting Party!

  6. I love this! My sister is having a baby in November, so I’m going to make it…I’ll let you know how it goes. “_

  7. This is such a great idea,Thanks for sharing!!!!!
    http://www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

  8. After crocheting 58 hd in blo should my piece measure 23 inches??? I have done 3 rows.

    • Nope, not yet. You’ll be crocheting the bottom once you’re done, and that adds a few more inches, can’t remember how many, but I’d say 3 or 4. As long as it will fit the baby you’re making if for, you’re okay. Newborns are usually 19-21 inches head to toe, so to make it 23 inches will be long on them, but will last them for several months.

    • My problem is w it be too short. Without bottom it is 16. I am also using an H HOOK. DO YOU THINK TOO SMALL.

  9. I have 16″ abd havent added bottom. Is that long enough? Also i used an H hook. Is that ok?

    • I think that will be okay, and yes, it is probably the hook size you have that is making is small. It doesn’t have to be as long as the baby, because it will only go up to the baby’s chin, so if you’re making it for a newborn up to 3 or 4 months, I think it’ll work just fine!

  10. I love this pattern! Thank you so much. I used it to make a cocoon for my granddaughter, who is due in November, but made it just a tad larger than your pattern so she can use it through the winter. It turned out beautiful!! I wish I knew how to post a picture on here. When she comes, I’d like to send you a picture of her using it. :)

  11. Jennifer Watson says:

    How did the organic cotton hold up? I read reviews that said it pilled pretty bad. Are there any other yarns you would suggest for this? I would like to make several and organic is pretty expensive.

    My baby is due in January and I plan on using this regularly instead of blankets. I will want it to be durable and take washing well.

    • Hi Jennifer! We know each other from the moms club, right? :) Great to have you here! Sure, another kind of yarn will work fine. I actually made that cocoon for a giveaway, so I don’t know how well the yarn holds up. I would use a cotton/acrylic blend as that is definitely strong.

  12. Jennifer Watson says:

    Yes! I thought your name look familiar. I found a knitted version on Pinterest, posted on Moogly’s Facebook page asking how to convert to chrocher, and she posted your pattern on Raverly. Small world!

  13. I was just browsing online looking for a cute, unique and quicker cocoon to whip up for the 4 different babies i’m expecting to meet for the first time in the next 7 months…. and i’ve definately found it! I’ve made a gorgeous dainty shell cocoon before but it took me a little longer than i think i have time for (especially since i have to make two extra since two are surprises!) and i’m so excited that the adorable picture i clicked on was for a FREE pattern! Thank you so much!

  14. Jennifer Watson says:

    Just started this! So excited – I am using Camo yarn to match a beanie hat I made for baby boy #2. :-)

  15. Question: without the round bottom part, about how long should the ribbed long part be? I tried doing 70 chains, but it’s only 19.5 in. I thought I read that it should be about 23 in long…

    • Hi Elizabeth! The bottom part adds 3 to 4 inches, so you’re doing just fine! And keep in mind that newborns are usually 18-21 inches from HEAD to toe, not chin to toe. So, if your’s ends up being shy of 23 inches in the end, I think it’s perfectly fine because it will still go from the baby’s feet to it’s chin.

      • Thanks! My kid’s have been long, so far, so we’ll see if #3 keeps up the trend. And they like to be swaddled, so I’m hoping we can use it for a good few months.

        • Sure! If that’s the case (your kids are generally long) and you’re worried that the cocoon you’ve already started will be too short, then once you get to the bottom round part, add several more rows at the end (that don’t increase, just to add length). That way you don’t have to redo it!

  16. Hey! I’m just getting started on this pattern and I had a question about step 2 and was wondering if you could help :) Are you supposed to chain 1 and turn and then hdc in the chain 1? I’m making this for a friend and I can’t wait to see the finished product! Thank you for the free pattern!

  17. I had started a cocoon done in the round when I found yours. My very pregnant daughter liked yours so I stopped that and started yours. Great design! Took a while to get used to the back loop but works up well. Now to hdc dc the circular bottom to fit. Wish me luck! And thanks for a great design.

  18. Thank you for the free pattern! I’m looking forward to starting this for a grandson expected in February. I also love the diaper cover and hat! Would you please direct me to patterns for these items as well? Doesn’t need to be free! Thank you!!

  19. Thank you so So much! I made this in blue, tan, and cream, with brown wood buttons and have it at a recent baby shower! It was a hit and I even had a few ladies asking if I could make them one for an upcoming shower they had to go to.

  20. Hello there!
    I would love to feature this pattern and tutorial on our blog, The Firefly Hook, for our Free Pattern Friday. I’m on the look out for awesome patterns with great tutorials (or at least properly written patterns!). You did an amazing job with this cocoon. I love this unique design and it seems so practical for getting baby in and out. Would you let me know if that’s okay if we feature you and if I use a photo from this post?

    Warmly,
    Abbey (for The Firefly Hook)
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  21. Hi Sara,
    I’m a granny-aged occasional crocheter with no grandbabies ever anticipated, but once in awhile a new baby is born to my friends at church, so I looked at your pattern, having never heard of a baby cocoon before. I had to “google” it and go watch a youtube video to know how they’re used! Colour me OLD!! :D I saw an example of another cocoon that is bought from a place in Australia that’s open on the bottom end to make it easy to change “nappies” and to be able to put the baby into the car seat. I assume you’ve had your babe by now–how’s your experience been with your cocoon design?? Is there anything you’d consider changing? Having been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and a nurse in a birthing center in the States, I understand the concept of swaddling, and I think cocoons are a brilliant idea! Thanks for posting this pattern!

    • Hi Phyllis! What a great question! The cocoon worked wonderfully for me – it kept my newborn so warm and perfectly swaddled, however, you bring up an ingenious idea that I’ll have to incorporate into my next design. It is a pain to have to take them out of the cocoon five times a night to change them. To make it so it opens on the bottom is the answer! So, I would change that. I’ve got to make another cocoon for my sister’s baby which is due in a few months, so I’ll write up a new design.

  22. love your blog! thank you for sharing the love! special thanks for this little cute pattern!
    greetings from Romania,ildi

  23. I love your cocoon – so much that I have now made 2 but I altered them when it came to the bottom and stitching them up. I decided that I wanted the cocoon to be able to button all the way down to make it easy to get the baby in and out, as well as changing nappies. I also just crocheted the bottom closed after lining the opening up, through both front and back bottom edge. I don’t know what I am doing wrong though – both times my initial rectangle is skewed. It doesn’t grow or shrink but the whole thing starts leaning to one side as the rows increase. At each end I chained one to turn, then HDC in each of the previous rows stitches. It is driving me a little insane because I’ve never had this happen before. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hmm, Rachel, I’m really not sure. Could you post a picture to my Facebook page so I can help you?

      • Sorry, I’ve now sewn it up (actually crocheted together) and washed it in an attempt to correct the issue. It came out of the wash ok – one side seemed longer than the other but a bit of playing around seems to have fixed it so it at least looks level. I’m wondering if turn then ch1 vs ch1 then turn makes any difference? I had been chaining then turning with the HDC but a different pattern I’m working from at the minute using SC has turn then ch1 and it seems square. Maybe the stitch has something to do with it too? Either that or it is just one of life’s unexplained mysteries. A photo of my first one (completed) is up on Ravelry (I’m Raywitt001) but I am yet to photo this one – just need to sew on the buttons.

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