Wednesday, 15 June 2016

BABY COCOON 3


BABY COCOON 3

I’m making my third baby cocoon for a baby photo shoot.  For this particular one, I was asked to use a stitch with a “plump feature” that would show through nicely in photo shoots.  So I thought of using a bobble stitch.  Just as I was trying to work the stitch in a circular form, “Providence” stepped in and someone shared  this lovely pattern for a slouchie , written by the expert +Kim Guzman. 

I am hoping to use as a base for this pattern, and then I hope to make this into a baby cocoon.  Thanks for coming along with me on my creative journey. J

The original free crochet pattern for the superb slouchie by Kim Guzman is at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/berry-patch-slouchie   OR http://crochetkim.com/freepatterns/berry-patch-slouchie/
Please visit this link to make your slouchie as well as to see the Pop stitch, which forms the most integral part of our pattern.  Thank you

Materials used : Today I’ve used about 400 gms of our lovely Indian Wendy 4-ply acrylic yarn,  with a 10 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
dc : Double crochet                                                     rep : Repeat
ch : chain                                                                          ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                         sl-st : Slip Stitch                                 
dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-together
dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together
sk : Skip                                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             st(s) : Stitch(es)
lp(s) : loop(s)                                                                 rep : Repeat


Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

Instructions for the baby cocoon : (Using U.S terminology)

We start our little circular cocoon at the centre bottom and work our way in rounds.  I am going to work in continuous rounds as I do not want the end line which will mar the effect of a photograph. However, as it is difficult to gauge where the end is, here are two options
1.       Keep a marker at the end of each round, moving it each round so that you keep a count of where you’re at
2.      Do a sl-st at the end of each round
Now for convenience, I am going to write it like we’re doing a sl-st at the end of each round.

I’ve used the basic pattern of the original slouchie to start, but have made a few changes, and here are my notes for those changes.

Please visit the blog link given above for the original slouchie pattern and the Pop Stitch  Thank you.

Our lovely Kim Guzman has beautifully explained the “Pop” stitch or Popcorn stitch. 
The only difference is that as I’m using 3 strands of my 4-ply yarn, I’ve only done 3 dc and then worked the popcorn or Pop stitch.

i.e My Pop stitch here = 3 dc in the st or ch-sp and then remove hk from st, slip under the 1st dc and pull the lp through to complete the popcorn or Pop stitch.

Now as I’ve used 3 strands of yarn, I found 3 dc sufficient to get my “Pop” right – but if using just a single strand of yarn (DK or otherwise), please follow instructions for the original Pop stitch.

Start : Round 1 : with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : ch 2, pop stitch in the 1st sc ;
(ch 2, pop stitch in the next sc) ; rep (to) all around ;
ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc. (8 sts)

Round 3 : sl-st into in the 1st ch-2 sp ; (pop st ; ch 2, pop stitch) in the next ch-2 sp ;
*ch 2, rep (to) once in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st pop st. (16 sts)

Now let me quickly explain how we’re increasing here.  
This is exactly like we do all our hat/cap increases when working in a round. So in our Round 3, we’ve doubled our stitches.
In the next round (i.e 4) we will work 2 sts in the 1st ch-sp and then 1 st in the next ch-sp, so we will increase by half the number of stitches from the previous round.

In the following round (i.e 5), we will work 2 sts in the 1st ch-sp and then work 1 st each in the next two ch-sps. 

See, this is how we increase our rounds all the time, right.
The only difference will be that our stitch is a pop stitch , so we increase using our pop stitches.


Inside and outside of our pop stitch - it looks beautiful both sides, doesn't it?


Round 4 : sl-st into in the 1st ch-2 sp ; (pop st ; ch 2, pop stitch) in the next ch-2 sp ;
*ch 2, pop st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, rep (to) once in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st pop st. (24 sts)

Round 5 : sl-st into in the 1st ch-2 sp ; (pop st ; ch 2, pop stitch) in the next ch-2 sp ;
*[ch 2, pop st in the next ch-2 sp] ; rep [to] once ; ch 2, rep (to) once in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st pop st. (32 sts)

I am sure you’ve figured out our increases now.  I just continued repeating Round 5, increasing 8 pop stitches every round till you have a diameter that you are happy with for your lovely little cocoon.

I am going to work till I have a 20 – 22” diameter for my project and then do last row of finishing.



Last Round 5 : sc on the 1st pop st ; (2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc on the next pop st) ;
rep (to) all around ; 2 sc in that last ch-2 sp and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Optional Round : IF you want, you could do a final round and work an sc in each sc all around.


                                                           Inside and outside of our cocoon .. I just love it

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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