Wednesday, August 04, 2010

BIG SHELL SLEEP SACK, CAP AND MITTS

Thank you Virginia for testing this pattern.


BIG SHELL SLEEP SACK, CAP AND MITTS

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn approximately 12 ounces including cap and mitts
J (6.0 mm) or I (5.5 mm) crochet hook for sleep sack
G ((4.5 mm) or H (5.0 mm) for cap and mitts
Tapestry needle
Marker for mitts

GAUGE: Unimportant

SIZE: 3-9 months

NOTES:
1. Read through all instructions before beginning.
2. When joining with a slip stitch, pull the stitch tight until it almost disappears.
3. Sleep Sack in photo was made using Caron One Pound. If you are using a thinner worsted weight yarn an I (5.5 mm) hook would be more suitable. The sleep sack will be smaller.
4. Actual measurements 30 inch circumference and 22 inch length. To make longer repeat rounds 10 and 11 until desired length.

SLEEP SACK INSTRUCTIONS:

Round 1: Ch 3, (do not count as first dc) 12 dc in the 3rd ch from hook. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 2 (do not count as first dc from now on), 2 dc in each st. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2, *dc in 1 st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, *dc in 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 2, *dc in 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (60 sc)

Round 6: Ch 2, *dc in 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (72 dc)

Round 7: Ch 2, *dc in 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (84 dc)

Round 8: Ch 2, *dc in 13 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (90 dc)

Round 9: Ch 1, sc in join. *Skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 st, sc in next st, repeat from * around, ending skip 2, 5 dc in next st. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (15 shells)

Round 10: Ch 3, 4 dc in same st as join. *Skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, 5 dc in next sc, repeat from * around, ending skip 2 dc, sc in next dc. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. (15 shells)

Round 11: Slipstitch in 2 dc (don’t pull these slipstitches tight), ch 1, sc in same dc, *5 dc in next sc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * around, ending with 5 dc in next sc. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (15 shells)

Rounds 12-43: Repeat rounds 10 and 11. End with round 11.

Measure sleep sack, if it isn’t between 21 and 22 inches, work rounds 10 and 11 until it is.

Round 44: Ch 3, 5 dc in same st as join. *Skip 2 dc, slipstitch in next dc, 6 dc in next sc, repeat from * around, ending skip 2 dc, slipstitch in next dc. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. (15 shells)


SHELL CAP INSTRUCTIONS:

SIZE: 15 inches (medium 16 inches)

For small use G hook (medium use H hook)


Round 1: Ch 4, join to form ring. Ch 2, (here and throughout ch 2 does not count as first dc), 12 dc in ring. Join with a slipstitch in top of first dc. (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, 2 dc in each st around. Join with a slipstitch in top of first dc. (24 dc)

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st. Repeat from * around. End by working 2 dc in last st. Join with a slipstitch in top of first dc. (36 dc)

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. End by working a dc in last 2 sts. Join with a slipstitch in top of first dc. (48 dc)

Round 5: Ch 1. sc in same st as join, *skip 1 st, 3 dc in next st, skip 1 st, sc in next st. Repeat from * around. End with skip 1 st, 3 dc in next sc. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (12 shells)

Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch as join, *skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, skip 1 dc, 3 dc in sc. Repeat from * around. End with skip 1 dc, sc in next dc. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. (12 shells)

Round 7: Slipstitch in next dc, ch 1. sc in same st, *skip 1 st, 3 dc in next sc, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc. End with skip 1 st, 3 dc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (12 shells)

Round 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch as join, *skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, skip 1 dc, 3 dc in sc. Repeat from * around. End with skip 1 dc, sc in next dc. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. (12 shells)

Round 9: Slipstitch in next dc, ch 1. sc in same st, *skip 1 st, 3 dc in next sc, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc. End with skip 1 st, 3 dc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (12 shells)

Round 10: Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch as join, *skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, skip 1 dc, 3 dc in sc. End with skip 1 dc, sc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. (12 shells)

Complete cap with one of the following edges.

Girl’s Round 11: Slipstitch in next dc, 5 dc in next sc., *Skip 1 dc, slipstitch in next dc, skip 1 dc, 5 dc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in first slipstitch. (12 shells)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Boy’s Rounds 11-12: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (48 sc)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

MITTS INSTRUCTIONS:


SIZE: 3-9 months

Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook

NOTES:
1. The first 14 rounds are worked in continuous rounds. Move your marker up every round.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Ch 2

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. DO NOT join, place marker. (6 sts)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st. (12 sts)

Round 3: Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around. (18 sts)

Round 4: Sc in 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around. (24 sts)

Rounds 5-14: Work even. (24 sts)

Mitt should measure about 3.5 inches.

Round 15: Sc, ch 1, skip 1. Repeat around. Slipstitch in first sc. (12 sc, 12 ch 1 sp)

Round 16:
Ch 3 (count as first dc), 2 dc in same sc, *skip ch 1, sc in sc, skip ch 1, 3 dc in next sc. Repeat from * around. End with sc in last st, join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. (24 sts)

TIES:
Chain 50, Fasten off. Weave in and out of eyelet round. Tie in bow.

Comments:
Thank you for making this larger version of my favorite sleep sack. I had made your smaller version with worsted weight yarn and wanted to make another but I only had light weight (3) baby yarn. I used a size G (6) hook and it worked up to about the same size as the smaller pattern. Perfect for those new little ones in super soft baby yarn. Love your website! Please keep up the great work.
 
I am crocheting this pattern. This is my second project in crocheting. On Round 11: "Slipstitch in 2 dc". Does this mean to slipstitch in the next 2 dc or to do 2 slipstitches in the next dc? Thank you. Reta
 
In the next 2 dc, that brings you to the center of the shell.

As it happens I'm working on one of these tonight as well. One of my fave things to doante.
 
Thank you Suzetta for answering my question so soon. I know this sleep sack is going to be soft and gorgeous. It is for my granddaughter that is expected to be born in July. I hope to keep this as a surprise for the baby shower. Thanks again.
 
This is a fantastic pattern - I have made about a dozen - everyone loves them!
 
Thanks, you made my day. :o)
 
Suzie, I just finished the sleep sack. It is so soft and pretty pink. I am now working on the cap. I looked ahead at the pattern for the mitts. One line of instructions I don't understand is: Rounds 5-14: Work even. (24 sts) I don't know what that means. This is only the second crochet project I have made. It is really nice to be able to ask you questions about your pattern. Thank you so much. Reta
 
Work even mean to work without increases or decreases on the same number of stitches.
 
I made this and it is lovely- thank you for the pattern. It will be a nice gift with the hat. I am more of a knitter, and when I crochet- especially in the round- I can never get the counts to come out right. But this time I was right on every round! Your instructions were excellent. Thanks again.
 
You did it, now you will feel like tackling some other crochet patterns.
 
Thank you for the lovely pattern. I made one for my grandson and another I am just finishing as a donation for our local libray basket social.
 
Thank you so much for this pattern. Today i made the sleep sack and the matching cap. They are so cute. i can't wait to give them to the new baby!
 
Thank you for this beautiful Cocoon pattern, everything went well up to round 9 I got 15 shells, when i finished round 10 I am ending up with more than 15 I got 19, then round 11 I got 22 or 23, I re-did the work at round 10 following round 9 instructions, I ended up with 13 shells.
Just to be clear when stating in round 10
(*Skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, 5 dc in next sc* )does that mean skipping the dc or skipping a stitch (which are the SC from round 9) either way I'm not reaching 15 shells in round 10, Please help !!
Thank you
 
You will be working a sc in the center dc of each shell and a shell (5 dc) in the sc between shells. If you are ending up with more than 15 shells you are working into some other stitches.
 
Thank you Suzie for the reply, I am almost done with the cocoon and it's looking fabulous and getting lots of compliments on it already, Can't wait to start on the cap.
 
Thank you for this lovely pattern. I'm on my 3rd set! Last one I made in off-white, and did a slip stitch in pink all around the top edge of the cocoon, and around the bottom edge of the cap. Turned out darling. Wish I could send a picture. Suzanne
 
Help !!!!! i amstuck at round 9 i get to the end do my 5 stitch have 2 stitches left i have 15 shells but cant get where u then tell me to do another set of 5 is this to help with me going onto the nxt round im stuck grrr plz help i feel stupid but have tried everything and ripped out a dozen times :(
 
You skip the last 2 stitches and slip stitch in the first single crochet.
 
I made 2 of these lovely shell sleep sacks and hats, one each of the wavy and ripple sacks and hats, combined them with matching fleece onesies and sent them to the Pine Ridge OB Ward on the Pine Ridge Reservation. About 30 babies are born there each month and go home to little or nothing. Your patterns are so easy to follow, and turn out so beautifully. Thank you for your wonderful website.
 
Hello,
Thank you so much for posting this pattern! It works up so nice and easy. I have made both the sleep sack and cap as a gift for one of my friends who will be having a baby soon. I love them, and I hope she does too!
I have one question for you though, with regards to the sleep sack-you mention that it should measure 22 inches in length. Are you measuring from the very bottom of the sack or where the shell stitches start? When you lay the sack down, the center stitches of the bottom extend out further than the beginning of the shell stitch rows. Where do I measure from? I appreciate any advice you might give...
 
I measure from the very bottom, but I think the length could be what ever you like.
 
For the sleep sac...Row 10 and 11 basically say "sc, 5 dc in next, sk 2". I am wondering if there should be a skip 2 in between the sc and the 5 dc? The hat pattern has it that way and row 9 does as well. Mine does not seem to be looking right.
Love this pattern and appreciate your hard work, just wish mine would turn out right!!!!! Thanks for the help.
 
The pattern looks like it is written correctly to me. Granted it has been a long time since I crocheted one, but I think if you just work it as written it will be okay.
 
I am stuck on row 4, if I do what I understand the pattern says I end up with 36 stitches, if if leave out the skipped stitch I end up with 52 stitches instead of 48. What am I doing wrong. Please advise.

 
You should be increasing 12 sts by working two sts in every third st.
 
I am confused. what is the difference between Worsted weight, Lt worsted weight. What brand of yarn?? Thank you for the super great patterns. Love all I have tried so far. Charlotte
 
Even though they are all classed as 4 these yarns will all give different results.

Lion Brand Pound of Love is lighter than the following yarns:

Red Heart Super Saver multicolors are lighter weight than RHSS solid colors

Caron One Pound is the heaviest of the commonly available yarns I use for babies and charities.

Hope that answers you question.
 
Thank you so much for sharing. This pattern is perfect
 
I just finished this pattern I think I may have got meddle conversion wrong as it turned out rather small Im from New Zealand we us UK needles and hooks
 
The difference in hook names is why I also provide the size in millimeters.

Yarn size can make a big difference as well. Even within the new yarn size designations there are large variations. One that come to mind off hand is the difference between Lion Brand Pound of Love and Caron One Pound. Both are designated 4, but there is quite a large difference.
 
I'm coming up with a 10 in circumf at the end of round 8 I thought it should be bigger? I'm using a worsted weight yarn and a size I 9 or 5.5 mm needle. Could you tell me if this is ok?
 
No that doesn't sound right for the circumference at that point. 90 double crochet should equal more than that. There is a lot of variation in sizes of worsted weight yarns.
 
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