Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crochet Candy Corn Newborn Bunting (Cocoon) & Hat - Petals to Picots - Pattern REVIEW


I've been brainstorming on Fall and Halloween crafting ideas lately. I decided first on the list would be a candy corn baby cocoon. 

I have been looking at Kara's patterns in her Petals to Picots Etsy shop for some time now and decided spur of the moment last night (being two weeks ago!) that I would buy her Newborn Bunting & Hat set so I could work on it today at work. I loved the look of the granny square pattern from first glance - came to find out they are clusters! Still cute! 

This pattern is really easy to follow especially with row stitch counts to help reassure my interpretation of the pattern. 

Materials:
- 5mm Hook (I later changed to a 5.5mm to better meet the gauge)
- Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Yellow, Orange and White  
- Newborn Bunting & Hat Pattern (for purchase)

Time Spent: 

I was able to complete the bunting in about three and a half hours, and the hat in about half an hour.

Measurements:
   According to pattern, the cocoon is supposed to measure 15.5" long, 9" wide, 18" in circumference, and hat to measure 12" in circumference and 5" tall.
*Using the 5mm hook, my cocoon measured 8.5" x 13" - probably would be good for a preemie.
**08/14 UPDATE: I made a light pink baby girl cocoon for a co-worked of mine and used a 5.5mm hook. The finished crown measured 5.5" across equaling 17.27".

Pattern Notes:
To make this set look like a candy corn, I worked the first 10 rounds in Yellow, the next 14 in Orange and the remaining rounds plus the hat in white.

I also worked my rounds a little different to avoid the seam - I did try the first section of it as the pattern is written. See photo to the left - bottom half as written in pattern, top half is my method found below.
**To avoid the seam, I changed the foundation round to a CH 1 in the beginning, then worked six 2dc-cl, CH 1 and joined (not the cluster join!) to the first CH. To begin the next round, I slip stitched over to the CH sp and started again with a CH 1.



**08/14 UPDATE: When I made the light pink baby girl cocoon and used the 5.5mm hook, I left out the Round 5 increase (otherwise the cocoon would have come out too big).

One thing I really enjoyed about this pattern, was learning how to start a flat circle in the round using the cluster stitch. Now I can use this to make hats and bags in multiple sizes! How exciting!

This set is so precious! It would make a great photo prop for Halloween as well as a great gift for a new mommy and baby! 
After baby is too big, it also works well for dolls!

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing this Newborn Bunting (Cocoon) and Hat Set?
I will be adding this cocoon and hat to my Etsy shop in multiple sizes (as well as hats and purses/bags). Feel free to send in your custom requests!
Search a few yarn options here: I Love This Yarn, Vanna's Choice, Deborah Norville Everyday Soft.

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4 comments:

  1. I love pink, I'm a girlie girl sometimes, but that Candy Corn cocoon made me smile. (And I don't even like Candy Corn!) Perfect for fall!

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    1. Cute and simple! It's exactly what I envisioned when I made the purchase.

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