Friday, November 23, 2012

Cathán Set - Free Crochet Pattern

Details and infos! This set was made for and with yarns provided by the  Maree of the Australian Outback Baby Project, I have to say, she has sent me so many lovely yarns for the project that Ill be sharing a heap of patterns as I work my way through the sea of colours.

Ok now, lets get down to the patterns!

You will need:
1 ball of your main colour in a dk weight yarn. I used white
1 ball of your contrasting colour in a dk weight yarn. I used green
3.5mm hook
Needle for sewing in ends.

Using these supplies your set will fit a baby of 22-24 weeks.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING A PUFF: *Yarn over, insert hook, Yarn over, pull yarn through, 3 loops on hook* (Pull loops upward, so they are the height of a dc, you want to keep them loose but not too slack) Repeat this twice more, you will have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over once more and pull through all 7 loops. One puff stitch complete. 


Row 1: Chain 32, DC in 4th chain from hook, Dc in next 2 dc, (1dc, ch, 1dc) in next chain, *dc in next 6 ch, (dc, ch, dc) in next chain. Repeat from * two MORE times. Dc in last 4 chs; ch 2 and turn.

Row 2-4: dc in each dc, (dc, ch1, dc) in each ch1 space from the previous round, ch2, turn

Row 5: Sleeve Row: dc in each st to the first ch1 space, skip all stitches and dc in the next ch1 space. One sleeve made. Repeat to create the second sleeve, dc to the end, ch2, turn.

Row 6: ch3, *dc in the next 3 stitches, 2dc in the next stitch* Repeat across, turn (41)

Row 7: Join contrasting colour with a sl st and chain 3 (counts as dc and ch1) *sk2, (puff, ch2, puff) in the next stitch, ch1* Repeat across, dc in the last stitch, turn

Row 8: Join main colour with a sl st,  ch3, *dc in the next ch1 space, 3dc in the next ch2 space* repeat across, dc in the last stitch.

Row 9-10 ch3, turn, dc in each st across

Repeat rows 7-10 once more.

Join contrasting colour with a sl st, sc in each st across. End off and weave in ends

Add either buttons or ties to the back to close.

Round 1: ch3, 12dc in the first chain, join.

Round 2: ch3, dc same, 2dc in each stitch around, join

Round 3: join contrasting colour, ch1, (puff, ch2, puff) in the same stitch as joining *ch1, sk2, (puff, ch2, puff) in the next stitch* Repeat around, joining to top of initial puff.

Round 4: Join main colour to any ch1 space, ch3, dc in the same space *2dc in each ch1 and ch2 space around*

Round 5-7: ch3, dc in each st around, join. End off main colour.

Round 8: Join contrasting colour,  ch1, sc in each stitch around, join and end off. Weave in all ends.

Booties Make 2.
Row 1: ch11, hdc twice in 2nd chain, hdc in the next 8 stitches, hdc 4 times in the end stitch, continuing on the opposite side, hdc in the next 8  stitches, 2hdc in the same stitch you started in, join

Row 2: ch2, TURN, hdc in the next 11 stitches, 2hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, hdc in the remaining 11 stitches, do not join.

Row 3: chain 2, hdc in the next 4 stitches, hdc2together 9 times, hdc in the last 4 stitches. End off main colour.

Row 4: With contrasting colour, ch20, slst to join on one corner of the bootie, ch1, hdc in the same stitch, hdc in the next 3 stitches, dc2together 5 times, hdc in the next 3 stitches, ch2, sl in last stitch, chain 20 to make the remaining tie.

Weave in all ends.


  1. Love your patterns have been making them and donating them to my local hospital as my daughter had a stillborn baby girl last year.

  2. The 32 foundation chain is so small for my newborn baby, how do I measure it

  3. The 32 foundation chain is so small for my newborn baby, how do I measure it

    1. Hi there,
      This pattern is designed to fit a baby of 20-22 weeks gestation (preemie) so it will not fit a full term newborn baby.

  4. Hi there, I'm having some difficulty in working out row 1 for the gown. Please could you tell me where I'm going wrong. It seems if I follow your instruction I don't use up all of the 32 chain foundation. Thank you very much.

  5. The Best Patterns I have ever come across. Every thing that is needed is here on your site. I love the Cherub Comfort Cradle. Many thanks for such splendid patterns. My Angel baby passed away 46yrs ago. and there wasn't anything like this then. Kind regards Tina.

  6. would this fit a 16ins baby doll plz?

  7. would this fit a 16"baby doll plz?