Wenona Preemie Cocoon | Preemie Crochet Challenge
Here we are with another fabulous year of doing the Preemie Crochet Challenge and this year, I am including something that means a lot to me: Wenona Preemie Cocoon. This has my daughter’s middle name and is super cute and super tiny for those itty bitty preemies.
The Preemie Crochet Challenge means so much to me because my daughter, Paige, was born at 35 weeks and 6 days. We had a very scary, near death experience. But both of us perservered and Paige is a super smart, beautiful 5 year old girl now. You can read more about my story here.
Paige had a lot of issues with feeding, breathing, keeping her blood sugar at a good level, all kinds of issues. This meant all kinds of wires, a pic line, just…. so scary and overwhelming. And I had my own health issues with contend with too (which you can read about here) Paige spent nearly 2 weeks in the NICU. My husband and I went to see her from sun up to way past sun down each day. My mother also went to see her every day. Both Nick and I cried on the way home each night we had to leave her there.
The Wenona Preemie Cocoon
The cocoon I made with Paige’s middle name, Wenona, to me represents the snuggling and hugging I wanted to do so badly. The shells along the top represent the pretty little girly things I love about my daughter. The stitch I used, the N Stitch, sort of looks like an arm wrapped around someone, so I felt I had to use it for this one.
The pattern includes instructions for increasing the size for up to 6 months. We provide written instructions and video tutorial for the N stitch as well, if you’re not familiar with it.
We do have a video tutorial for the N Stitch in both right and left handed versions.
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- Purchase the ad free pdf pattern. The pdf pattern includes instructions on how to make this bigger for bigger babies. Links to this are below.
You can get this pattern as a pdf download, with instructions on how to make it for bigger babies, in all of our shops:
Wenona Preemie Cocoon Pattern Information:
- About 200 yards of #4 worsted weight yarn
- 5mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
15 dc and 9 rows = 4×4” square
11-11.5 inches at longest point
- Hdc—Half-double crochet
- MR—Magic Ring
- Ss—slip stitch
- SC—single crochet
- NST—N stitch
- Written in US terms
- Ch3 count as DC stitches.
- Read the instructions for how to do the special stitches!
- Ch2 does not count as a stitch
Crab Stitch –
Working from left to right (instead of towards the left like usual), complete a single crochet in the next stitch to the RIGHT. This will create a slightly twisted stitch that makes a great border. Video here.
Magic Ring –
This is the alternative to the ch4 ring method. As it is difficult to put into words, we have a video here.
N Stitch –
Skip next stitch, hdc in next, insert hook into skipped stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 1 loop, yo, insert hook back into the next st (where you did the hdc), yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru all loops on the hook.
Videos linked further up in the post for this stitch!
The Wenona Preemie Cocoon Pattern:
Rnd 1— MR and chain 3 (counts as a dc)
Complete 7 more dc’s in the ring. SS to join to top of ch3. (8)
Rnd 2— Ch3, dc in same as join (counts as 2dc), 2dc in each st around, ss to top of ch 3 to join. (16)
Rnd 3— Ch3, *2dc in next st, dc in next; rep from * to end—ending with 2dc in final st. SS to top of ch3 to join. (24)
Rnd 4— Ch3, dc in next, 2dc in next, *dc next 2 sts, 2dc in next; rep from * to end—ending with 2dc in final st. SS to top of ch3 to join. (32)
Rnd 5— Ch3, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next, *dc next 3 sts, 2dc in next; rep from * to end—ending with 2dc in final st. SS to top of ch3 to join. (40)
Rnd 6— Ch3, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next, *dc next 4 sts, 2dc in next; rep from * to end—ending with 2dc in final st. SS to top of ch3 to join. (48)
Rnd 7-– Ch3, dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next, *dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next; rep from * to end—ending with 2dc in final st. SS to top of ch3 to join. (56)
Rnd 8– Ch3, dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next, *dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next; rep from * to end—ending with 2dc in final st. SS to top of ch3 to join. (64)
Rnd 9— Ch1, hdc in same as join, NST around, hdc in final stitch. SS to ch1 to join. (64)
Rnd 10— Ch1, sc in same as join, sc in each stitch around. SS to ch1 to join. (64)
Rnds 11-24—Repeat rows 9 & 10.
Border– You can do the simple crab stitch border or the shell border. Instructions for both as follows:
Crab stitch border: Ch1, crab st in first and in each st around (please read the
instructions for crab stitch). FO and weave in ends.
Shell Border: Ch1, sc in same, sk2, 5dc in next st, *sk2, sc in next st, sk 2, 5dc in
next; rep from * to end, join to first sc.
FO and weave in ends.
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