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

(for a print friendly version, just click on the green print friendly button at the bottom of this post)

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!

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

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