Crochet baby cocoons are something new and are really useful. Everyone seems to be looking for the patterns. I hadn't heard of these until my granddaughter became pregnant and a friend sent some baby clothes. When I found the cocoon, I was a little puzzled and my granddaughter filled me in as to what it was.
Since I crochet, of course I had to try making one of these. They keep babies warm and are especially useful for newborns and when used while the mother is nursing. You don't have to worry about baby becoming unwrapped while you use the cocoon or having little toes peek out. They are especially nice for winter babies, but work well on cool summer evenings too.
They are much like the papooses that Indian women used. They look just like the name implies, a cocoon. They are usually crocheted from the bottom up and are made in just one piece. You'll find the patterns are easy to crochet. These would make great gifts.
Here are some links to free crochet patterns. All patterns will need to be printed. One of the patterns require Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
Baby Cozy - Crochet this snugly cocoon for baby. It is an easy project since it just uses single and double crochet stitches. It is crocheted with fine yarn and a size J crochet hook. The pattern is offered by All Free Crochet.
Baby It's Cold outside -This free baby cocoon crochet pattern is brought to you by "Chicken Stitches". It is a simple pattern for beginners.
Cuddle Sack with Hat - Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn was used to create this cute cocoon pattern that includes a hat. This pattern is recommended for the Intermediate crocheter. You'll need an I hook to complete the project. Karen's Garden of Colors offers this free pattern.
Cuddly Coccons - The free pattern uses a medium weight baby yarn and a size J hook. You'll also find two other photos that will give you ideas to make some changes or to create one yourself. Sew Sweet TV offers this free pattern.
Football Cocoon and Hat - This is really cute and great for any baby that has a parent that is a big football fan. Bulky weight yarn was used to create the project. The finished cocoon is just 17", so this would be for a newborn. This pattern is offered for free by In the Waiting Place blog.
Mile-a-Minute Cocoon - You'll need 3 different colors of DK weight yarn to complete this pretty project. First you'll crochet the bottom and then mile-a-minute strips. A size G hook is used to create the finished cocoon. The pattern is offered by The Crochet Parfait blog.
Newborn Cocoon - This cocoon is crocheted from just one skein of Lion Brand Homespun. It won't cost you very much to make. It is offered by the Manner's Crochet and Craft blog.
List of Free Cocoon Patterns - Provides more links to free baby cocoon patterns.
Owl Cocoon - Chunky yarn a size 6mm hook was used for this pattern. The bottom looks like any cocoon, but the hat has an owl head. This pattern is provided by the site Admidorable Crochet.
Pipsqueak Cocoon and Hat - This pattern is rated Easy to Intermediate. The pattern uses super chunky weight yarn and a size J hook. This is offered by the All Free Crochet site.
Pretty Baby - You'll need 6 1/2 ounces of worsted weight yarn and a size I hook. You'll also need narrow ribbon as it is worked into the stitches. She mentions that she crochets tightly, so you'll need to check the gauge and may need a larger hook. The design is offered by the Hooks and Yarn blog.
Snuggle and Hat Set -The cocoon is made with a front post double crochet. Otherwise the pattern is simple. The hat is nice stocking hat pattern.This pretty set is offered by Vallie's Kids blog.
Snowman and Earmuff Cocoon - This cute pattern is provided for free from the Repeat Crafter Me site. She used white chunky yarn which should help crochet it faster, plus worsted weight yarn, and a size H hook.
If you crochet the earmuffs, you'll need a little polyester stuffing too. You'll also need some black buttons in three different sizes for the snowman's eyes, nose and mouth.
Embellish the Cocoon - Several Decorations Included
wendy on October 20, 2016:
I love your posts. Do you have the pea pod pattern?
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 17, 2016:
Marge, Just click on the titles and they will take you to the site. I am sorry that I didn't get back with you sooner.
Marge Loisel on February 06, 2016:
I have been looking for a pea pod cocoon and I finally found a picture of one on your sight but I am unable to find the pattern. Is there any way to get it?
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 11, 2015:
Sandy, I did a search for it for you. All I could find were patterns that you need to pay for. I think Redheart might have had one at one time, but they've changed their site around and a lot of the free patterns are no longer available. I wish I could help.
Sandy on January 11, 2015:
I can't find the free green peapod baby cocoon pattern. What site do I go to???
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 25, 2013:
Deborah-Diane, These are actually simple to crochet. Congratulations on the new grandbaby. There isn't anything more exciting than a grandchild.
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on September 25, 2013:
I crochet and I have a grandbaby coming. I'll try my hand at one of these cocoons!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 31, 2013:
Angela, You need to look at each individual pattern and it will tell you. Thanks for reading.
Angela on January 31, 2013:
What kind of yarn did you use?
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 16, 2013:
Kathy, These were put out by designers as something new and to hear you've been making them for years. Wow!
Kathy on January 16, 2013:
My mom, grandmother, great grandmother and I have been making these for years and years. I stumbled in here looking for new ideas and thoughts...thanks for the ideas.
Canary LeBlanc on February 15, 2012:
www.aplusbabycrochet.com has a baby cacoon and matching hat that is a free crochet pattern. Gave one to my daughter's friend and she loves it a lot; giving another one for my good friend's son for his little baby. It is extremely easy to crochet.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 08, 2012:
Donna, That is a good idea, but then it wouldn't be a real cocoon. I wonder if snaps or a zipper couldn't be added at the bottom somehow though. Thanks for the suggestion.
Donna on February 08, 2012:
I love these patterns, but...... I have been looking for a pattern with a palce for a seat belt and possibly a drawstring at the bottom so baby doesn't have to be completely removed from the warm cacoon to get a dry diaper. Any suggestions ?
Patti Riggs Hale from Burdette, Arkansas on February 05, 2012:
That's true.. unless you got permission. Just thought I'd update you.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 05, 2012:
Patti, Because these belong to other people, I can't use there photo, but I have a bumble bee cocoon I've been working on. When that is finished I'll post the pattern and put it on here.
Patti Riggs Hale from Burdette, Arkansas on February 05, 2012:
The pin would probably do better if I had a picture I could have used to illustrate it. As it is, the only picture I had to choose from was the flower and unless people read my description, no one is going to know what it is. So far, no one has repinned and I know a lot of folks are interested in these patterns.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 04, 2012:
Patti, Thanks that should help me a lot. Thanks for visiting.
Patti Riggs Hale from Burdette, Arkansas on February 04, 2012:
Good list! I just "pinned" this and put a link in crochettalk.com crochet forum in answer to a request for a cocoon pattern.
Canary leblan, on January 05, 2012:
Www.aplusbabycrochet has a free baby cacoon and matching hat. Friends canary
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on December 31, 2011:
grannyknotts, I took a look at your site. Those are beautiful layettes.
grannyknotts from United Kingdom on December 31, 2011:
interesting article .. we may look at including these in our baby clothes shop.. we provide crochet and knitted premature baby clothes
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on November 19, 2011:
Thanks htodd and you're welcome.
htodd from United States on November 19, 2011:
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on September 01, 2011:
Sophie, I'm not going to take credit, because I didn't make the video. It is courtesy of bobwilson123 on YouTube. You might want to check out some of their other videos on YouTube.
Thanks for commenting.
Sophie Gregg on September 01, 2011:
Thank you so much for the video. I just started crocheting and the first thing I made was a baby beanie and now I'm making the cocoon. It's slow but it looks great. Your instruction is so easy t follow.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 22, 2011:
supriyama, Thanks for visiting the hub. I hope you found a pattern you'd like to crochet.
supriyama on August 18, 2011:
Great Hub, thanks for sharing
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on July 23, 2011:
niiki_m, Thanks for the visit. Cocoons do make great gifts and the nicest ones are crocheted.
nikki_m from Kansas City, Missouri on July 23, 2011:
Thanks for the hub! I have a nephew and a cousin on the way, these will be perfect little gifts!
jodi on April 29, 2011:
love thtese have made a few of them for gifts.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on March 09, 2011:
crysolite,I'm happy I could be of help.
Emma from Houston TX on March 09, 2011:
Wonderful hub,thanks for sharing
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 24, 2011:
I've been working on my own pattern too. If I ever finish it, I'll share it with everyone. The pea in pod does sound cute.
tmacc from USA on February 23, 2011:
I've been wanting to do one for so long and just haven't had the time. I was going to make my own pattern, or just "wing it" like I usually do when I crochet. I really appreciate this article... The first cocoon I ever saw was a green one and the baby looked so cute.. like a pea in a pod :) take care!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on February 22, 2011:
KERB, I hope you enjoy crocheting one. My granddaughter loves these. Thanks for visiting the hub.
tmacc from USA on February 22, 2011:
wonderful, thank you !!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 09, 2011:
RTalloni, I agree. I plan on making several of them. Thanks for commenting.
RTalloni on January 08, 2011:
What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 08, 2011:
gglion, Thanks. I wrote the hub for baby cocoon patterns because I want to make some myself for both my granddaughter and try to get some finished for charity too.
gglion on January 08, 2011:
This hub is so useful and great! People will love it!
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on January 05, 2011:
They were something new to me too. Someone came up with a good idea and they are much faster to make than the typical baby afghan.
Jan Fowler from Santa Clarita, California on January 05, 2011:
This article intrigued me, I have never heard of a baby cocoon. My baby days are over until my own children grow up but still I wonder what this cocoon looks like. I will be off to find out. Thanks for teaching me something new!