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Bookworm Newborn Crochet Outfit by Briana K Crochet

This little baby bookworm might just be the cutest little reader. This newborn crochet outfit was inspired by a new mom who is also a teacher. The Newborn Bookworm Crochet Pattern includes the worm cuddle sack, the bonnet, and the crochet apple.

Are you a book lover? Did you know that February 14th is not just for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also known for National Booklovers Day. This cute baby outfit is a great way for the librarian, teacher, and book lover to have a cute set for those newborn photos. Or even an easy baby Halloween costume.

You can continue reading this blog post for the free newborn baby bookworm outfit pattern, or purchase an ad-free pdf download on Etsy or Ravelry.

This pattern was originally published in October 2014, updated in 2022.

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What you will need for the Baby Bookworm outfit:

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Crochet Hook:

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5.0 mm Hook (H)

5.5 mm Hook (I)

3.75 mm Hook (F) for apple stem, or hook to obtain gauge

Notions:

Removable stitch markers if needed
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Scissors
Fiberfill for apple

Yarn:

Please note, the original yarn of Angel Hair Purl Essence in Light & Dark Green has been discontinued, a recommended substitute is:
Lion Brand Homespun in Pesto – light green (2 Skeins) – 225yds

Lion Brand Homespun Forest – dark green (1 Skein) – 50yds

Brava Worsted in Black – for the hat, less than 30yds
Brava Worsted in Wine – for the apple, less than 50yds
Brava Worsted in Sienna – for the brown apple stem, less than 10yds
DMC Embroidery Cotton Thread

Yardage:

365 total yards

Abbreviations/Stitches:

Ch- Chain

St- Stitch

SC- Single Crochet

SC2tog- Single Crochet 2 Together

HDC- Half Double Crochet

DC- Double Crochet

TR- Triple Crochet (Treble Crochet)

Sl St- Slip Stitch

MC- Magic Circle

Gauge:

3×3 inch swatch = 10 SC x 11Rows (H hook, medium yarn)

2 ¼ x 2 ¼ inch swatch = 8 DC x 4 Rows (H hook, bulky yarn)

Skill Level:

Advanced Beginner / Intermediate

Size:

Newborn, Baby 0-3 months

Notes:

CH 2 does not count as a stitch. 

The hat for this pattern has instructions for newborn and -3 Month sizes.

Bookworm Newborn Crochet Outfit by Briana K Crochet

Bookworm Pattern

Newborn Baby Bookworm Hat

Lion Brand Homespun in Pesto– Light Green & H-hook

Rnd 1: MC, chain 2, DC 10 inside Magic Circle, Join and Ch 2 (10)

Rnd 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, Join and Ch 2 (20)

Rnd 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (30)

Rnd 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (40)

Rnds 5-9: DC in each stitch around, Join and Ch 2. (40)

At the end of round 9, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 

Rnd 10: SC in each stitch around, Join. (40)

At end of the round join and fasten off, weave in ends. 

0-3 Month Baby Bookworm Hat

Lion Brand Homespun in Pesto– Light Green & H-hook

Rnd 1: MC, chain 2, DC 10 inside Magic Circle, Join and Ch 2 (10)

Rnd 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, Join and Ch 2 (20)

Rnd 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (30)

Rnd 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (40)

Rnd 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (44)

Rnds 6-10: DC in each stitch around, Join and Ch 2 (44)

At the end of round 10, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 

Rnd 11: SC in each stitch around, Join. (44)

At end of the round join and fasten off, weave in ends. 

Bookworm Antennae For Hat – (Make 2)

Lion Brand Homespun in Pesto– Light Green & H-hook

Work in a continuous round, without joining. Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds 

Rnd 1: MC, SC 6 inside Magic Circle (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around (9)

Rnd 3: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around (12)

Rnd 4: SC in each stitch around (12)

Rnd 5: SC2tog, SC in next 2, repeat around (9)

Rnd 6: SC2tog, SC in next, repeat around (6)

Rnds 7-11: SC in each stitch around (6)

At the end of round 11 fasten off and leave a long tail. 

Sew antennae on either side of the hat on round 4. 

Baby Bookworm Crochet Cocoon

Lion Brand Homespun in Pesto– Light Green & H-hook

Use H-hook for Newborn, and I-hook for 0-3 Months.

Rnd 1: MC, chain 2, DC 12 inside Magic Circle, Join and Ch 2 (12)

Rnd 2: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2, repeat around, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 (16)

(You can carry the Dark Green on the inside of your work so there are fewer ends to weave in later. See picture below.) 

Rnd 3: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (16)

Rnd 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (20)

Rnd 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4, repeat around, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 (24)

Rnd 6: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (24)

Rnd 7: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (28)

Rnd 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6, repeat around, Join and change to  Dark Green, Ch 1 (32)

Rnd 9: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (32)

Rnd 10: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 7, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (36)

Rnd 11: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 8, repeat around, Join and change to  Dark Green, Ch 1 (40)

Rnd 12: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (40)

Rnd 13: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (44)

Rnd 14: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 10, repeat around, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 (48)

Rnd 15: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (48)

Rnd 16: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 11, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (52)

Rnd 17: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 12, repeat around, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 (56)

Rnd 18: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (56)

Rnd 19: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 13, repeat around, Join and Ch 2 (60)

Rnd 20: DC in each stitch around, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 (60)

Rnd 21: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (60)

Rnd 22: DC in each stitch around, Join and Ch 2 (60)

Rnd 23: DC in each stitch around, Join and change to Dark Green, Ch 1 (60)

Rnd 24: SC in each stitch around, Join and change to Light Green, Ch 2 (60)

Rnds 25-33: Repeat rounds 22-24 three more times (60)

At the end of round 33, Join and fasten off, weave in ends. 

Top of Cocoon Tie

Cut a strand of Light Green yarn approx. 40 inches. Starting on the front, weave in and out of every two stitches on round 32. Tie a bow on the front. 

Graduation Cap Top

Use Black Yarn & H-hook

Row 1: Ch 11, SC in the second ch from hook and across, Turn and Ch 1 (10)

Rows 2-10: SC in each stitch across, Turn and Ch 1 (10)

Row 11: SC in each stitch across. At end of the row continue to SC around the outside of the square, with 2 SC on each corner. Join and fasten off, weave in ends. (10)

Graduation Cap Bottom

Rnd 1: Leave a long tail for attaching to the hat, Ch 20, Join, and Ch 1 (20)

Rnds 2-4: SC in each stitch around, Join and Ch 1 (20)

Rnd 5: SC in each stitch around. Join and leave a long tail to sew onto the cap top. (20)

Gradutation Cap Tassel:

Cut one strand of yellow thread 6 inches. 

Cut 10 strands of yellow thread approx. 12 inches long. (Tip: if you wrap around a book 12 times you can cut once) 

Pull strands through the middle of the cap top and pull to be even. Twist each strand clockwise while at the same time twisting the two strands together. Use your 6-inch strand to tie and secure the bottom of the tassel. Cut the strands to be equal in length.

Sew the cap bottom to the middle of cap top.

Sew the cap to the top of the hat. I put mine a little bit off-center, but you can place how you like.

Crochet Apple

Brava Worsted in Wine & H-hook

Work in a continuous round, without joining. Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

Rnd 1: Leaving a long tail, MC, SC 6 inside Magic Circle Before closing MC, pull your beginning strand to the outside of your work. See the picture below. (6)

Baby Bookworm Crochet Outfit

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Rnd 3: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around (18)

Rnd 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)

Rnd 5: 2 SC in first, SC in next 3, repeat around (30)

Rnd 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 4, repeat around (36)

Rnd 7: 2 SC in first, SC in next 5, repeat around (42)

Rnd 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 6, repeat around (48)

Rnds 9-18: SC in each stitch around (48)

Rnd 19: SC2tog, SC in next 6, repeat around (42)

Rnd 20: SC2tog, SC in next 5, repeat around (36)

Rnd 21: SC2tog, SC in next 4, repeat around (30)

Rnd 22: SC2tog, SC in next 3, repeat around (24)

Stuff apple with fiberfill 

Rnd 23: SC2tog, SC in next 2, repeat around (18)

Rnd 24: SC2tog nine times (9)

Finish stuffing apple until firm 

Rnd 25: SC2tog until apple opening is closed 

Fasten off and leave a long tail to shape apple 

To shape the apple, use your strands and a sewing needle that is at the top and bottom of the apple. Pull the strand to the other side of the apple and pull until the center pulls in. 

Weave in your end to secure work and fasten off. Repeat for the bottom of the apple. 

Baby Bookworm Crochet Outfit

Crochet Apple Stem

Use F-hook and work in continuous rounds, without joining. Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

Rnd 1: MC, SC 4 inside Magic Circle (4)

Rnds 2-7: SC in each stitch around (4)

At the end of round 7, fasten off leaving a long tail. Sew to the top middle of the apple.

Apple Leaf

Lion Brand Homespun in Pesto– Light Green & H-hook

Ch 9, TR in 4th Ch from hook, TR in next, DC in next, HDC in next 2, SC in the last Now you will be working around the other side, skip the first stitch (this is the stitch that you already put one SC in) SC in next, HDC in next 2, DC in next, TR in last, Ch 3 and Sl St in the same stitch.
Leave a tail, fasten off and sew onto top of the apple.

Baby Bookworm Crochet Outfit

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