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Cocoon pattern for crochet by Marla


Preemie/Small Newborn Baby Cocoon Pattern

by Marla


SOFT worsted weight yarn or double baby yarn,
6oz worsted for 5-6lb
size H hook.
Note: Do NOT turn after Joining. Ch 2 at first of round counts as a DC. If you have counted correctly your 2dc space with be made in the first stitch of the 2dc stitch on the row below.

Chain 3

1: Dc 11 times in the end chain. Join with a slip stitch. (12 Dc made)

2: Ch 2, DC in same space, 2dc in each stitch around. Join. (24 DC made)

3: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, (Dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) around. Join. (36 Dc made)

4: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, (Dc in next 2 stitches, 2dc in next stitch) around. Join. (48 Dc made).

5: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, (Dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in next stitch) around. Join. (60 Dc made)

6: Ch 2, Dc in NEXT stitch and each stitch around. Join.

For 5-6lb size:
Repeat Row 6, until cocoon reaches about 17-18″

Add Edging if desired.

You may adjust pattern if needed or hook size so that cocoon measures 8″ across (16″ around) by 18″ long.

A huge thank you to Marla for crocheting up this cocoon quickly for us and sharing the pattern. She is a wonderful donor/volunteer and has been helping many many years!




What would you recommend for an average newborn? Needle size, etc.?


I usually use a size G hook for just about everything ;-) There shouldn’t be any obvious holes in the crochet for baby to get it’s fingers caught in or the wind or cold to get through. Use a very soft yarn – Red Heart Super Saver is great for adult afghans, but too rough for little one’s skin. A good choice at Wal Mart is Caron Simply Soft – it is dreamy, machine washable and oh so soft for little ones. Hobby Lobby carries Love That Yarn, which feels similar to Red Heart and just as inexpensive but washes up a lot softer. Red Heart Super Saver yarn never really gets soft. Red Heart Baby or Red Heart Soft is really nice, though.

If you are crocheting for tinier babies, you can use a finer yarn with a smaller hook – like an E or F. Crocheting baby booties requires baby yarn and a much smaller hook. For wonderful free patterns, check our blog and also – which is free and has a seemingly unlimited amount of wonderful free patterns written by a lot of nice folks.


Thank you for your response. If I use a G hook, where would I change the pattern for a 7-8 lb. infant? I am not good at all at altering patterns, so any info would help a great deal!


Just follow the pattern as is. There isn’t enough difference between a G and H to bother with ;-)


What would be the reccomended length and diameter of cocoons sized for 1-3lbs abd 3-5lbs preemies? I have a pattern using a shell stitch that claims to be sized for 3-4lbs preemies, but the length measures 12 in. with a diameter of 6.5in (13in circumference ). 16 Inches long for such a small baby seems nuch too big, but at the same time I don’t nt o make a bunch up that are too short. any suggestions would be helpful. thank you.


The general sizes are:
The baby’s weight for the general sizes are:
XXS – 14″ long x 50 stitches wide (6″ across) – 12″ diameter 1.5 to 3 lbs
XS – 16″ long x 60 stitches wide (8″ across) 3 to 5 lbs
S – 18″ long x 70 stitches wide (10″ across) 6 lbs to 8 lbs
M – 20″ long x 80 stitches wide (10″ across) 9 lbs to 11 lbs
L – 23″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across) 12 t0 15 lbs
XL – 25″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across) 15 to 17 lbs
The hospitals use the XS size the most, the the families we donate to use the S, M and L the most as well as the XL. The XXS are used by the hospital, some of them for infant demise.


Is there a way we could see a picture of the cocoon that is featured here. I’ve been looking at the different pictures and I don’t really care for the ones that tie around the neck, so I would like to see how Marla’s looks when finished.


This pattern was gifted to us by one of our cherished volunteers, Marla. Unfortunately, we do not have a picture of her finished project to share.

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