Monday, November 16, 2015

Crochet Baby Owl Cocoon with Hat in Newborn and 3-6 Month Sizes

I love owls, and I love baby cocoons, so I created this Baby Owl Cocoon with Hat to give to a dear friend for her baby shower.  Her husband and I worked together and when he noticed me in the break room making a similar owl cocoon for another person, he said he just had to have one of his own for his baby girl.  They are decorating their daughter's nursery in light green and lavender, so this little number fit the bill perfectly.  Since then, I have made more of these adorable cocoons as well as shared instructions on how to make it with others.

There are many owl cocoons online, but mine is different.  I take pride in that.  It may be a similar "concept" as other baby cocoons, but this is my own swing on it. That's what is so great about the crafting world--there are countless crafters out there creating a vast array of beautiful things, and they all inspire one another to use their own creativity to make their own beauty.  The possibilities are endless!

If you are interested in ordering a custom-made Baby Owl Cocoon with Hat Set, just click HERE for the link to my Etsy shop listing.


I put a lot of work into creating this cocoon and writing the pattern from scratch. However, I am very sad to say that I can no longer share the free pattern. I really enjoyed sharing it with others and asked for nothing in return except a photo or two of finished projects. The best part of sharing it was seeing so many interpretations in the way of color combinations, embellishments, design adjustments, etc.  I also loved hearing everyone's stories about their reasons for making the set as well as their loved ones' reactions when receiving it as a gift.  

Oh well... Life does go on...  There is no point in stressing over it now.  However, I do feel badly for any crocheters who may be in the middle of making this set and now can no longer access the instructions. To those effected, please accept my sincere apologies for this inconvenience.

I will still share photos of owl cocoon sets, which others have made and shared with me.  These fellow crochet lovers shared them with me out of pride for their handiwork, and I just love seeing and sharing their creativity and hard work. Below are a few that I have enjoyed receiving so far and have been given permission to share:

January 18, 2016

I really enjoy seeing other crocheters' interpretations of this set. Check out this owl cocoon that Roxanne from ⊱Twisted Knots Crochet⊰ made!  I think it turned out so lovely.  I love the color combination she chose!

February 10, 2016

I am so pleased that so many people are using this idea to create their own lovingly-crafted creations!  A lovely lady named Marlea was so kind to e-mail a photo of the owl cocoon she made for her soon-to-arrive niece.  I think her niece is going to be snug as a bug in her aunt's beautiful handiwork!  Congratulations, Marlea, on your sweet new niece!

March 15, 2016

Fellow crochet lover and enthusiast, Mary, has just finished her version of the owl cocoon.  I enjoy when crocheters take a concept and add their own personal touches to make it their own.  She did a fine job, didn't she? 

April 4, 2016

I really like when crocheters share photos and stories of their finished projects.  Ashley was kind enough to share the owl cocoon set she just finished.  She made her set in 3-6 month size.  Great work!  The colors are fantastic, and I like the subtle sparkle in the grey yarn that she used.  A little bling is always a good idea in my opinion.  :)

June 2, 2016

A customer, "M", contacted me in May 2016 with an extra special request. Her niece was having a baby boy, and she wanted to order an owl cocoon which was lively, bright and colorful to suit her niece's bold personality. This is the first owl cocoon I've made for a little boy, so I wanted to make it more masculine. To do this, I changed the shell stitch originally used in the cocoon body and hat to my rolling meadow stitch and used the bright boy colors that "M" and I had agreed upon. To tie all the bold colors together with a neutral element, I incorporated a dark grey into the eyes, wings and breast feathers. I really like how it turned out, and she was so excited to give it to her niece!

Crochet Girl's Owl Scarf and Hat Set

This adorable owl hat ensemble is made using soft yarn in aqua, mint, grey, coral and salmon.

The scarf is composed of 10 circular owls and one un-decorated circle at the center of the scarf to allow the owls to change direction and drape right-side-up on both sides of the neck when worn. Each owl circle is crocheted individually, and then every circle is sewn together end-to-end. The eyes and beaks are appliqued onto each owl, and two pairs of feet are added to the owls on each end of the scarf. Around the exterior of the scarf is a mint & aqua border, which not only creates a raised texture around the grey edges of the owls and ears but also frames the owls and adds durability. The scarf measures 53 inches long x 5.5 inches wide.

The hat is a beanie style cap with appliqued eyes, beak, ears and bow. The pupils of the eyes are shiny silver-rimmed black buttons. The bottom border of the hat coordinates with the colors and pattern of the scarf.

Crochet Baby Owl Octagon Granny Afghan Pattern

This baby afghan pattern is of my own design. The instructions consist of octagon granny pieces that are sewn together to create an adorable detailed owl afghan with 3D features that add character and are fun for baby's play time. Also included are instructions for creating the small square and half-octagon "filler" pieces as well as the owls' eyes, ears, beaks and feet.


Supplies Needed:

  • Size I crochet hook
  • Medium Weight Yarn (I use Red Heart Soft Yarn)
  • Color # 1: 4 skeins white (5 oz. each) (or your preferred main color)
  • Other Colors: Multiple colors of the same weight or coordinating per your preference. (3-4 oz. skeins/balls each)
  • (Optional) Small buttons for the round-eyed owls
  • (Optional) Standard sewing needle and black/white thread
  • Yarn needle

Stitches Used:

  • Chain
  • Half Double Crochet
  • Double Crochet
  • Double Crochet Two Together
  • Single Crochet
  • Slip Stitch

Crochet Octagons & Circles Granny Baby Afghan

This baby afghan pattern is of my own original design. I created it as a baby shower gift for a new baby boy.  I chose to go with a nontraditional color palate of muted blues, greens and grey for his stylish mama-to-be.

To accompany this afghan, I also created matching booties and an ear flap hat.  I look forward to her reaction!

The instructions consist of octagon granny blocks that are sewn together along with diamond-shaped blocks to create a beautifully detailed afghan. The finished afghan measures approximately 33 inches long x 26 inches wide.


Supplies Required
Size I crochet hook
Medium Weight Yarn (I use Red Heart Soft Yarn)
Main Color: Bernat Softee Baby Yarn - 2 skeins of Antique White (3.5 oz. each)
Bernat Softee Baby Yarn – 1 skein of Blue Jeans (3.5 oz.)
Bernat Softee Baby Yarn – 1 skein of Mint Green (3.5 oz.)
Bernat Satin Yarn – 1 skein of Sage (3.5 oz.)
Bernat Satin Yarn – 1 skein of Heather Grey Mist (3.5 oz.)
Yarn needle

Stitch Key
Chain (ch)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog)
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (sl st)

Crochet One-Sided Mermaid Tail Afghan

I created this pattern as a special request for a desperate lady, who wanted to make her granddaughter a mermaid tail, but her granddaughter hated the constriction of the cocoon-style mermaid tail.  It took one full weekend, but I did it!  Not only that, but I also created two different tail fin styles and a feet pocket panel option.

For a texture that resembles a scaly appearance, I decided to modify my own previously-created version of a scale stitch. Others have inquired if I use a modified version of the crocodile stitch. Although my stitch may resemble the crocodile stitch from a distance, it really is not.  My goal was to create a stitch that is much less bulky than the crocodile.  Don't get me wrong--I like the crocodile stitch just fine--but I simply wanted to achieve more of a smooth-laying, fine scaly-textured appearance for the Mermaid Tail Afghan.

Two Tail Fin Styles