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FREE Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern

Hi Makers! Today I am sharing a baby cocoon crochet pattern. I designed this cocoon specifically for NICU preemies so it would be easy to put on and take off of baby, easy to open and close, and to have enough room for anything medical that may be attached to baby.  But most of all, I wanted it to appeal to all parents of all types of babies.

free baby cocoon crochet pattern

The Perfect FREE Baby Cocoon Crochet Pattern for Preemies and Newborns

Please check back on August 12, 2020 to grab the PDF version of this pattern for FREE as part of the Preemie Crochet Challenge hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet!

Skill Level – easy, beginner

Tools and Materials

  • 5mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • 265 – 392 yards Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend yarn, Whipped Cream color pictured
  • 90 yards Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Cotton Mini, Milkshake Madness color pictured

Abbreviations (U.S. terms)

  • ch – chain
  • st/sts – stitch(es)
  • sk – skip
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet

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free baby cocoon crochet pattern

Gauge and Finished Dimensions

  • 16 sts X 13 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches
  • NICU Preemie size: 12 inches long x 9 inches wide (measurements taken on finished project)
  • Newborn size: 18 inches long x 9 inches wide
baby cocoon crochet pattern gauge

Pattern Notes

  • Stitches given in parenthesis ( ) are all to be worked in the same stitch.
  • Turning chains do not count as stitches.
  • To customize the width of this cocoon, chain any multiple of 3.
  • To customize the length of this cocoon, repeat row 2 until desired length is reached, making sure to be mindful of contrasting color stripe placement.
  • If making for a baby that will be using monitors, then please use the drawstring bottom option as the monitor cords generally lay towards the bottom. The drawstring bottom allows the cocoon to be wrapped around baby more easily.
  • Warning: Never leave baby unattended while wearing this cocoon as the strings could pose a hazard.

Click HERE to purchase the PDF version of the Sadie Baby Cocoon pattern from Ravelry!

Sadie Cocoon – The Perfect Crochet Baby Cocoon Pattern for Preemies and Newborns

The Pattern (NICU preemie)

Chain 99 with main color

Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook, DC in each st across, ch 1, turn (97)

Row 2: (ch-1 does not count as a st) *(SC, HDC, DC), skip 2 sts*, repeat from *to* across, SC in last st, ch 1, turn (97) See first stitch placement photos below.

Row 3 – 11: repeat row 2 with main color

Row 12 – 15: repeat row 2 with contrasting color

Row 16 – 31: repeat row 2 with main color

Row 32 – 35: repeat row 2 with contrasting color

Row 36 – 37: repeat row 2 with main color

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Scroll down to continue to finishing section.

The Pattern (newborn)

Chain 99 with main color

Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook, DC in each st across, ch 1, turn (97)

Row 2: (ch-1 does not count as a st) *(SC, HDC, DC), skip 2 sts*, repeat from *to* across, SC in last st, ch 1, turn (97) See first stitch placement photos below.

Row 3 – 21: repeat row 2 with main color

Row 22 – 25: repeat row 2 with contrasting color

Row 26 – 51: repeat row 2 with main color

Row 52 – 55: repeat row 2 with contrasting color

Row 56 – 57: repeat row 2 with main color

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Continue to finishing section below.

Finishing (seamed bottom)

Lay rectangular cocoon panel flat, right side down.

Fold right edge in 1/3rd of the way.

Fold left edge over top so that it’s completely covering the bottom two layers. You should have 3 equal/even layers. See folding instructions below.

baby cocoon crochet pattern folding instructions

Maker Tip: Use stitch markers to hold the bottom edge together while seaming.

Attach a long length of yarn onto your yarn needle. Seam the bottom of the cocoon closed with your preferred seaming method.

Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

Finishing (drawstring bottom)

Warning: Never leave baby unattended while wearing this cocoon as the strings could pose a hazard.

Lay rectangular cocoon panel flat, right side down.

With a new strand of yarn, make a chain of 64. Then join the chain with a slip stitch to a DC in the center-bottom of the cocoon panel. Once the join is complete, continue by chaining another 64 chains. This will secure the drawstring to the cocoon to help prevent it from coming out.

Next, knot the ends of the drawstrings as it shows in the bottom of page 11 to secure them.

Weave the drawstring in and out of the DC row until it comes out of each side. Hold drawstrings and push bottom side edges in towards the center to gather the bottom.

The pink arrow indicates where you join the drawstring chain. The black arrows indicate the directions where you weave the crocheted drawstring in and out of the DC row.

Finishing (seamed bottom) continued…

Fold right edge in 1/3rd of the way.

Fold left edge over top so that it’s completely covering the bottom two layers. You should have 3 layers. See folding instructions below.

Tie bottom drawstring in a simple bow.

To create the side ties, join main color yarn to right edge of top layer approx. 8 rows down and work a chain of 32. Cut yarn and fasten off

Knot the end of the chain approx 3 times to secure. Feed end of yarn through knot and cut approx 1 inch from knot. See Tie Photos below.

Side Ties

To create the ties, join main color yarn to right edge of top layer approx. 8 rows down and work a chain of 32.

Cut yarn and fasten off. Knot the end of the chain approx 3 times to secure. Feed end of yarn through knot and cut approx 1 inch from knot.

Maker Tip: Use a yarn needle to help knot and feed yarn through knot at the end of the ties.

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