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I would like to thank everyone who has visited and those who continue to visit my blog. I want to let you all know that I am going to have to take a hiatus from my blog to focus on my family. I guess that's all part of chasing after that cape, right?
I plan to leave the posts and patterns that I have up, and I hope to continue to post an occasional pattern or recipe or homeschooling idea whenever I get the chance.
TTFN,
Susie

Monday, November 12, 2012

Newborn Caterpillar Hat and Cocoon {free crochet pattern}

You all know the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, right?
That story is the inspiration for this project.
If you've been on Pinterest, there's no doubt you've seen all of the cute little newborn photos of the adorable babies in their hats and coccoons.

I made this project because it seems to be very popular, and I wanted something cute to donate to Lauren's (from Tutus & Tea Parties) Hurricane Sandy Relief Auction.
If you like it, you can bid on it HERE. It's a really great cause and Lauren has been working very hard to put it all together. If you can, I'd love it if you could help spread the word by Facebooking, Tweeting, Google+ing, and Pinning about the auction. Every little bit helps!

Lauren is accepting donation items until Wednesday November 14th, and the auction will run until Sunday, November 18th at midnight.
Please click HERE for more information on the auction.

Continue reading for the pattern...



The colors in these pictures aren't as true as the colors are in real life. It decided to rain, everything is overcast, and I didn't have as much natural light as I would have liked.
I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in:
Hot Red
Paddy Green
Bright Yellow &
Dark Orchid

I find that Red Heart Super Saver Yarn washes up nice and soft.

There is a ridge that is formed on the back of the cocoon, but honestly, I think it adds to the character of the cocoon, so I didn't work to change it.

Here are the patterns:

 Caterpillar Hat
 What You Need:
Size H crochet hook
Tapestry Needle
Yarn- I used: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Hot Red, Paddy Green, Bright Yellow, and Dark Orchid

What You Do:
*Notes*: 
**The beginning ch 3 does not count as your first dc.
**Your first dc in each round will be in the same stitch as the join and ch 3.
** The join is done by slip stitch to the first dc of the previous round.
Hat:
With Bright Red, ch 3, join to first ch with slip stitch.
Round 1: Ch 3, 6 dc in ring. Join. (6)
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around. (12)
Round 3: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next st] repeat around. Join. (18)
Round 4: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts] repeat around. Join. (24)
Round 5: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts] repeat around. Join. (30)
Round 6: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts] repeat around. Join. (36)
Rounds 7-11: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Join. (36)
Round 12: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. Finish off and weave in ends.

Eyes: Make 2.
With Paddy Green, ch 3, join to first ch with slip stitch.
Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Join. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Switch to Bright Yellow.
Round 3: Ch 1, [2 sc in same st, sc in next st] repeat around. Join. (18)
Finish off. Weave in ends and stretch a bit to make them look more oval-shaped.

Nose:
With Dark Orchid, ch 4.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in the next 2 ch. Turn.
Row 2: Skip the 1st stitch. sc the next 2 sts together.
Finish off, leaving a long end for sewing.

Antennae: Make 2.
With Dark Orchid, ch 3, join to first ch with slip stitch.
Round 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Join. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Join. (12)
Round 3:  Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. (12)
Round 4:  Ch 1, [sc 2 tog] around. Join. (6)
Round 5-13: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join. (6)
Finish off, leaving long end for sewing.

Using the tapestry needle, sew the eyes, nose, and antennae onto the hat. Weave in all ends.

Caterpillar Cocoon
What You Need:
Size I crochet hook
Yarn- I used Red Heart Super Saver in Paddy Green

What You Do:

*Notes*: 
**The beginning ch 3 does not count as your first dc.
**Your first dc in each round will be in the same stitch as the join and ch 3.
** The join is done by slip stitch to the first dc of the previous round.
*** When you start Back Loop Only (BLO), you will continue crocheting in the back loop only of every round. You will only switch back to both loops when indicated on the very last round.
With Paddy Green, ch 3, join to first ch with slip stitch.

Round 1: Ch 3, 12 dc in ring. Join. (12)
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around. (24)
Work Back Loop Only from here on, until instructed to work both loops.
Round 3: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next st] repeat around. Join. (36)
Round 4: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts] repeat around. Join. (48)
Round 5: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts] repeat around. Join. (60)
Round 6: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts] repeat around. Join. (72)
Rounds 7-11: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Join. (72)
Round 12: Ch 3 [dc 2 tog, dc in next 4 sts] repeat around. Join. (60)
Round 13: Ch 3 [dc 2 tog, dc in next 3 sts] repeat around. Join. (48)
Round 14: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts] repeat around. Join. (60)
Round 15: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts] repeat around. Join. (72)
Round 16: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts] repeat around. Join. (84)
Rounds 17-19: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Join. (84)
Round 20: Ch 3 [dc 2 tog, dc in next 5 sts] repeat around. Join. (72)
Round 21: Ch 3 [dc 2 tog, dc in next 4 sts] repeat around. Join. (60)
Round 22: Ch 3 [dc 2 tog, dc in next 3 sts] repeat around. Join. (48)
Round 23: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts] repeat around. Join. (60)
Round 24: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts] repeat around. Join. (72)
Round 25: Ch 3, [2 dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts] repeat around. Join. (84)
Round 26: Ch 3, dc in each st around. Join. (84)
Round 27: Ch 3 [dc 2 tog, dc in next 5 sts] repeat around. Join. (72)
Round 28: Ch 3 [dc 2 tog, dc in next 4 sts] repeat around. Join. (60)
Round 29: Work through BOTH loops, for this round. Ch1, sc in each st around. Join. (60)
Finish off and weave in ends.
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11 comments:

  1. This is soo cute! Now I'm back to wishing I could crochet. :)

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  2. This is so Stink'n Cute! Thanks for posting the pattern..that was pretty awesome of you!

    From TracyAnn of www.crochethappy.com and http://asktracyann.crochethappy.com

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  3. I'd really like to add your hungry little caterpillar to my website..can I have permission to use your photo? I never post the actual pattern, I link back to you for that.
    What do you say?


    Tracy Joyner
    Website: http://www.crochethappy.com
    Blog: http://asktracyann.crochethappy.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crochethappy

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    1. Hi Tracy!
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, and for asking to link to my pattern. YES! I would love for you to link to my pattern on your site! I am browsing over there now, and I love what I see. I am bookmarking it! :-)
      Thanks so much!
      Susie

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  4. This is so cute, is it OK if I alter your pattern by using a sport weight yarn, and making some to donate to a local Newborn Intensive Care Unit. I make many of them, and like to do cute one to hopefully lessen the stress the mother's go through by having something cute for their tiny babies. Thank you.

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    1. I think that would be WONDERFUL!!! What a sweet thing to do!

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  5. What is the size of this? mine seems to be really big for a newborn

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    1. The hat is newborn size. Some crocheters crochet tighter than others and some looser... I suspect that I crochet tighter than many. If you tend to crochet looser, I would suggest maybe going down a hook size or changing your stitch count by working 5 dc in the ring in round 1. I hope that helps! :-)

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  6. This is so cute and so clever! I love it. It is great for boys or girls, which is really handy! I would love to be able to also make it for a somewhat larger baby. Can you suggest how I could make the cocoon in a larger size? (What are the measurements of the cocoon as per the pattern?) I think I can figure out how to enlarge the hat. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Hi! To make them bigger, you can simply increase the number of stitches in round 1, then increase the rows that are worked evenly to the desired length. For the cocoon, you can add 1-2 even rows to each segment.
      Hopw this helps. :)

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