Saturday, May 17, 2014

~ a mermaid baby cocoon ~

My niece Jessi called and asked me if I could crochet a mermaid cocoon for her friend who is having a baby.  Of course I told her I would - here is my version of a mermaid baby cocoon.


No one I know has a baby, and the only baby doll I own is a small one.  By looking at this cocoon, it looks like it would fit a 6 month and older baby.  



Materials:
- 5 oz. 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
- J hook

Size:  11" across x 16" long (not including tail fin) - looks like it will fit a 6 month and older baby

Notes:
- the ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds 1 to 36 do not count as a stitch
- I crochet tight, so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook

Directions:
Rnd 1:  Ch 12, join with a sl st to 1st ch, ch 2, dc in same ch as the joining sl st, dc in each remaining ch.  Join with a sl st to the 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (18 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in each dc around.  Join as before.

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 2 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)

Rnd 5:  Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 6:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 3 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (30 dc)

Rnd 7:  Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 8:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 4 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (36 dc)

Rnd 9:  Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 10:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 5 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (42 dc)

Rnd 11:  Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 12:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 6 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (48 dc)

Rnd 13:  Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 14:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 7 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 7 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  (54 dc)

Rnd 15:  Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 16:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 8 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  

Rnd 17:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 9 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 9 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 18:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 10 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 10 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 19:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 11 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 11 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 20:  Ch 2, 2 dc in same dc as the joining st, dc in next 12 dc.  *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 12 dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnds 21 - 36:  Repeat Rnd 3.

Rnd 37:  Ch 1, sc in same dc as the joining st, ch 1, skip next dc.  *sc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.

Rnd 38:  Ch 1, sc in same sc as the joining st, sc in each sc and ch-1 space around.  Join as before.  End off.

for tie:  ch a 37" length, weave through ch-1 spaces of Rnd 37.  Tie into a bow.

for tail fin:
-- the ch 3's count as a dc --

Row 1:  Ch 8, dc in the 4th ch from the hook, dc in remaining chs.  Ch 3, turn.  (6 dc)

Row 2:  Dc in same dc as the turning ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch 3.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 3:  Dc in same dc as the turning ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch 3.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 4:  Dc in same dc as the turning ch 3, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch 3.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 5:  Dc in same dc as the turning ch 3, dc in next 10 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch 3.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 6:  Dc in same dc as the turning ch 3, dc in next 12 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch 3.  Ch 3, turn.

-- for 1st side of tail fin:

Row 7:  Dc in next 7 dc.  Ch 3, turn.  (8 dc)  (leave the rest of the dc unworked for now)

Rows 8 - 9:  Dc in each dc across.  Dc in top of turning ch 3.  Ch 3, turn.

Row 10:  Dc in each dc across.  Dc in top of turning ch 3.  Turn.

Row 11:  Ch 2, dc in next dc (counts as 1 dc), dc in next 4 dc, dc last dc and ch 3 together.  Turn.

Row 12:  Ch 2, dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, dc last 2 dc together.  Turn.

Row 13:  Ch 2, dc in next dc, dc last 2 dc together.  Turn.

Row 14:  Ch 2, dc in next dc.  End off.

-- for 2nd side of tail fin:

Row 7:  Join with a sl st to the 9th dc of Row 6.  Ch 3, dc in next 6 dc, dc in top of turning ch 3.  Ch 3, turn.

Rows 8 - 14:  Repeat Rows 8 - 14 of left side of tail fin.

Flatten Rnd 1 of the cocoon and sew on the tail fin.

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smaller size - here's a picture to show the size difference:



Materials:
- 4 oz. worsted weight acrylic
- J hook

Notes:  same as larger cocoon

Size:  9" x 14 1/2" (not including tail fin)

Directions:
Rnds 1 - 17:  Same as larger cocoon.

Rnds 18 - 32:  Repeat Rnd 3 of larger cocoon.

Rnds 33 - 34:  Repeat Rnds 37 - 38 of larger cocoon.

for tie:  ch a 31" length, weave through ch-1 spaces of Rnd 33.  Tie into a bow.

Repeat directions for the tail fin of the larger cocoon.

***Debi Y's pattern***




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27 comments:

  1. That is just to cute and very clever. Isn't it just amazing what we can do with a crochet hook? Thanks for sharing Deb.
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. Sooo sweet. Know your friend will be thrilled with it. You did a great job Deb

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  3. This is just lovely! You do such beautiful work.

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  4. even my grandbabies aren't little anymore...so nobody I know has a baby either..lol

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  5. Cute! I'll be looking forward to the pattern.

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  6. How cute! You've made it very beautiful, as useual :-)

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  7. That's so cute the baby will look adorable in it. :)

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  8. Very cute Debi! I'm sure the new mother will love it. :-)

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  9. Yes, that is cute. Have a nice weekend, Debi.

    Hugs
    Lisa

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  10. Aw! How sweet is that? Its always fun to be asked for something specific, you know the time you put into it will be loved. :) Well done!

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  11. This it's super cute Debi and I love the minty colour
    Tracey xx

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  12. Very cute, Debi!! I like the shape you created:) I can imagine it with variegated mermaid colors yarn too.
    I saw your campground video and enjoyed watching it but my page was getting refreshed so could not comment. Great place to relax on weekends!!

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  13. Debi, I got the package from you. I published a public apology on my blog for being so slow to say "thank you." Hope you are doing well.--Sharon

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  14. Hello Debi,
    Well done, the cocoon looks so cute:) !

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  15. This is so so cute!! I am going to try this.

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  16. That's so cute!!
    I love the tail fin, it's come out perfectly.
    :)

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  17. I am very confused as to how this tail fin works! on row 10 it ends with ch2 then row 11 starts with ch 2 and some say dc in each and some say in next, does that mean skip one? from row 11 down I am confused. help!

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    1. Hi Nicole. The ch 2, dc in the next dc at the beginning of Rows 11, 12, 13 and 14 are decrease stitches. You are crocheting 2 stitches into 1 to make the fins go to a point.

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    2. Oops, forgot to tell you that I corrected Row 10 of the pattern (I took off the ch 2 at the end).

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