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Toddler Crochet Cocoon Shrug Pattern

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Learn how to crochet a toddler size cardigan featuring the bobble stitch. This crochet cocoon shrug is a free pattern below!

I’m super excited to finally be sharing this toddler cocoon shrug pattern with you. This little cocoon shrug is great for a fall sweater and also makes a great spring sweater.

For this crochet cocoon shrug I wanted a combination of open and texture, so I combined filet crochet with the bobble stitch. Since filet is so open it really creates a more subtle effect with the bobble that I really like.

Toddler in brown sweater with gold trimmed sleeves.

I used Caron Simply Soft Tweed in taupe for the main body and gold for the trim. The main body uses exactly a skein and the trim was just a partial skein of the gold. I really loving working with this yarn.

It’s acrylic, which means it’s easy to wash and wear. Simply Soft is a #4 weight, but seems lighter and smoother than other worsted weights. The solid colors have a beautiful sheen to them. As I write this I’m fantasizing about another project I have in mind for this yarn!

Anyhow, this is a fun, quick project to work up for your little one. I added a button, but it’s not necessary as the shrug sits nicely on the shoulders.

You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted PDF Pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern!

Size:

Fits 12 mos-2 yrs.

Need more sizes?

This pattern has been updated to include more sizes. The Cocoon Shrug Pattern in sizes 2T-16 is now available free on the blog.

Gauge:

2″x2″ 7dc x 4 rows

Materials:

  • Hook h/5mm
  • I used #4 medium worsted weight yarn: 1 each of (color a) Caron Simply Soft Tweeds Taupe 250yds/5oz & about half a ball of (color b) Caron Simply Soft Gold 6oz/170g; 315yd/288m
  • Optional button-no button hole necessary for a 1-1 1/4″ button.

Notes:

Ch 3 counts as a dc, ch 4 counts as dc + ch 1

The main body piece is worked in rows to form a rectangle. After sewing sleeves together the edging is worked in the round.

Stitches:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

bobble – yarn over (yo) insert hook into stitch to be worked, yo again and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on your hook), yo insert hook into the same stitch, yo again and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on your hook), yo insert hook into same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on your hook), yo and insert hook in the same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (5 loops on you hook), yo and pull through all 5 loops, ch 1 to close the bobble.

hdc v-stitch = (hdc, ch 1, hdc) all in same stitch

picture of bobble cocoon shrug flat back
picture of toddler in crochet shrug with bobbles
picture of open front crochet toddler cocoon shrug

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Pattern:

In color a:

1. Ch 74, dc into 4th ch from hook (2 dcs formed) & into each ch across, turn. (71) 20″ wide

2. Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), skip the next stitch, dc in the next, ch1, *{skp 1, dc in next, ch 1} repeat from * until end, dc in top of ch 3, turn. (36 dc + 35 ch sps)

3. Ch 3, dc into 1st ch sp, ch 1, *{skp next dc, dc into next ch sp, ch 1} repeat from * until last ch sp then dc into it, dc in the last stitch, turn.

4. Ch 4, skp 1st dc, dc in next ch sp, *{ch 1, skp next dc, dc into next ch sp} repeat from * until last ch sp then ch 1, skp the ch sp and dc into the last stitch, turn.

5. Ch 3, dc into the 1st ch sp, ch 1, skp next dc, dc in next, ch 1, skp next dc, *{bobble in next ch sp, ch 1, skp next dc, dc in next ch sp, ch 1, dc in next ch sp, ch 1, dc in next ch sp} repeat from * ch 1, skp next dc, dc in last ch sp, dc in last stitch, turn.

6. Repeat row 4.

7. Repeat row 3.

8. Repeat row 4.

9. Ch 3, dc into ch sp, *{ch 1, skp next dc, dc into next ch sp} repeat from * 2x, ch 1 bobble into ch sp, *{ch 1, skp next dc, dc into next ch sp} repeat from *3x, ch 1, bobble into next ch sp} repeat across, *{ch 1, skp next dc, dc into next ch sp} repeat from * 2x, dc into last.


***

10. Repeat row 4.

11. Repeat row 3.

12. Repeat row 4.

13. Repeat row 5.

14. Repeat row 4.

15. Repeat row 3.

16. Repeat row 4.

17. Repeat row 9.

***

18-33. Repeat Rows 10-17.

34. Repeat row 4.

35. Repeat row 3.

36. Repeat row 4.

37. Ch 3, dc in each ch sp and in each dc across. At the corner sc, ch 1, turn sc evenly around the rectangle. Finish off. Finished rectangle measures 18″ tall, 20″ wide.

Sew armholes:

With right side facing you, lay out rectangle lengthwise (like a hotdog as we used to say to the kids when I was a teacher :)) with short ends at the top and bottom.

picture of rectangle for toddler shrug

Bring corners together by folding top right corner down into the center, then folding bottom right corner up into the center, matching them together.

picture of how to sew sleeves

Using a yarn/tapestry needle and a length of matching yarn, sew the two edges together for 12 rows or 6″ to form the sleeve opening.

picture of seams on sleeves

Repeat on other side. Finish off. Turn right side out.

Sleeve Edging:

picture of gold yarn crochet cuffs

Attach color b yarn to sleeve opening with ss.

1.Ch 1, sc in same and around sleeve opening, ss to top of 1st sc to join. (I got 28, be sure it’s an even number)

2. Ch 2, hdc in same, ch 1, hdc in same, skp next stitch, *{hdc, ch 1, hdc all in next stitch, skp next stitch} repeat from * around, ss to top of 1st hdc to join round. (14 hdc v-stitches formed)

3. Repeat round 2.

4. Ch 1, sc in same and around. (41)

Finish off.

picture of edge close up

Edging:

The edging is worked in rounds.

Attach color b in any stitch.

1. Ch 2, hdc in same, ch 1, hdc in same, skp next stitch, *{hdc, ch 1, hdc all in next stitch, skp next stitch} repeat from * around, ss to top of 1st hdc to join round. (73 hdc v-stitches)

2-5. Repeat round 1.

6. Ch 1, sc in same stitch and in each around.

Finished edging is 2″ wide.

Eccola!

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