This Crochet Hammock Pattern is the answer, whether you’re an aspiring photographer in search of the perfect photoshoot prop or a busy mom seeking a stylish storage solution for all those adorable little treasures, this Crochet Hammock does it all.
Designed to be crocheted with an extra-large 15mm-P crochet hook and using two strands of worsted weight yarn held together, (don’t let this scare you if you are new to crochet, it is super easy. Read on.) this crochet hammock can be completed in just a day.
I really love the limitless potential offered by worsted weight yarn – a choice that consistently opens up a world of creative possibilities.
If you know me at all, you know I am constantly singing the praises of worsted weight yarn. Why? Simply put, because it has an incredible range of options both in colour and prices that won’t break the bank.
There is so much fun to be had if you play with colours. Create a vibrant and whimsical addition to your little one’s bedroom, or opt for a classic, timeless palette that sets the stage for natural and timeless photoshoots.
No matter your choice, I think you are going to love this hammock pattern. So lets continue shall we?
The Super Important Stuff!
Are hammocks safe for babies?
Using a crochet hammock as a baby photo prop can create beautiful and whimsical images, but it’s important to be aware and pay attention to the potential dangers and take necessary safety measures.
1. Two Adults for Support: First and foremost, the best and safest way is to have an adult at each end of the hammock.
2. Secure Attachment: If you are unable to have two adults present, ensure that the hammock is securely attached to a stable support structure, such as a sturdy tree branch or a specially designed stand and have at least one spotter.
3. Continuous Supervision: Always have a spotter or an assistant present to keep a close eye on the baby during the photo shoot, and never leave the baby unattended in the hammock.
4. Check for Hazards: Ensure that the hammock is free from any loose threads or frayed edges that could pose a choking hazard.
5. Comfort and Support: Make sure the baby is securely and comfortably positioned, with their head and neck properly supported.
6. Prioritize Safety: Prioritize the baby’s safety and well-being above all else, and only proceed with the photo shoot if all safety measures are in place.
How to use a crochet hammock for babies step by step:
1. Inspect the Hammock:
– Before every use, carefully examine the crochet hammock for any signs of wear and tear, loose threads, or frayed edges. If you spot any damage, do not use it.
2. Choose a Safe Location:
– Select a controlled environment for the photoshoot, preferably indoors or a well-protected outdoor area to avoid sudden weather changes or flying debris that could hit the baby in windy conditions.
3. Secure Support Structure:
– Ensure that the support structure you choose (tree branch, stand, or anchor point) is sturdy, stable, and capable of bearing the weight of the hammock and baby.
4. Properly Hang the Hammock:
– Hang the crochet hammock a few inches above the ground or as close to the ground as possible. It should never be suspended high in the air.
– If the hammock is not actually suspended, plan to edit the photos later to create the illusion of height.
5. Secure Attachment:
– Use secure knots, clips, or hooks to attach the hammock to the support structure. Double-check the attachments to ensure they won’t come loose during the photoshoot.
6. Prepare the Baby:
– Dress the baby in a comfortable, soft, and non-restrictive outfit suitable for the photoshoot.
– Ensure the baby is well-rested, well-fed, and in a calm, content mood.
7. Position the Baby Safely:
– Gently place the baby in the hammock, making sure their head and neck are well-supported.
– Use soft padding or blankets inside the hammock for added comfort.
8. Always Have a Spotter:
– Assign at least one responsible adult as a spotter or assistant to be present throughout the photoshoot. Their primary role is to monitor the baby’s safety.
9. Never Leave the Baby Unattended:
– Under no circumstances should the baby be left unattended in the hammock, not even for a moment.
10. Be Patient and Take Breaks:
– Babies may become restless during the photoshoot. Be patient, and take breaks as needed to ensure the baby’s comfort.
11. Capture the Photos Safely:
– Use creative props, lighting, and angles to capture the desired shots.
– Avoid risky or acrobatic poses that could compromise the baby’s safety.
12. Wrap Up the Photoshoot:
– Once you’ve captured the images you want, carefully and gently remove the baby from the hammock.
13. Prioritize Safety Always:
– Throughout the entire process, prioritize the baby’s safety and well-being above all else. If at any point the baby seems uncomfortable or distressed, halt the photoshoot and attend to their needs.
14. Share Responsibly:
– After editing, share your beautiful and safe baby photos with friends and family with permission, and remember to maintain the privacy and safety of the child.
Using a crochet hammock for baby photos can be a wonderful experience, but adhering to these safety guidelines is crucial to ensure a safe and enjoyable photoshoot for both the baby and the photographer.
Okay onto the fun stuff now 🙂
Why two strands of yarn together?
Crocheting with two strands of yarn held together gives us a few advantages when making this crochet hammock for a baby photo prop or for toy storage.
By using this technique it helps to create a sturdy fabric that ensures the hammock can safely support a baby for those adorable photoshoots or store an assortment of toys without too much sagging.
The best part in my opinion though, is that it makes for quicker project completion, this can be especially helpful when you’re working on a deadline for a special photo session or trying to organize your child’s playroom on a whim. (That is how most of my organization happens ;))
By selecting two complementary colours or textures, you can also change the look of the hammock for the perfect customization.
How to crochet using two strands of yarn.
Never crocheted using two strands held together? No problem it is super easy and if you read on I will explain two ways and why you might want to do one over the other.
Method 1: Using Two Skeins of Yarn
Step 1: Yarn Selection
Opt for two skeins of the same yarn, selecting colours that complement each other or create a beautiful gradient. This approach is perfect for creating a unique look for your hammock with more than just one colour. Be extra careful to check material content and care instructions – they should be similar.
Step 2: Prepare Your Yarn
To keep the yarn separated and prevent tangling, you can place each skein in its own container or bag for better organization.
Step 3: Start Crocheting Your Hammock
Hold both strands of yarn together as if they were a single strand. Create a slipknot with both strands and attach it to your crochet hook.
Begin crocheting your hammock just as you would with a single strand of yarn, crocheting over both strands simultaneously.
Benefits of Using Two Skeins of Yarn:
1. Colour Variation: Mixing two skeins enables you to experiment with unique colour combinations and create stunning gradient effects.
Method 2: Using a Single Skein with Two Strands
Step 1: Yarn Selection
Choose a skein of yarn and locate both the centre pull strand (inside) and the outer strand.
Step 2: Prepare Your Yarn
Unwind the outer strand a little bit from the skein, and pull centre strand to the same length.
Step 3: Begin Crocheting Your Hammock
Hold both the centre pull strand and the outer strand together, treating them as one. Create a slipknot with both strands and attach it to your crochet hook. Start your hammock project, crocheting over both strands simultaneously.
Benefits of Using a Single Skein with Two Strands:
1. Seamless Colour Transitions: Ideal for hammock designs that require gradual colour changes or maintaining a consistent colour theme.
2. Reduced Tangling: Managing two yarn strands from the same skien simplifies working with two strands, reducing the risk of tangling while you work.
3. Yarn Efficiency: This method minimizes leftover yarn, ensuring efficient use of your materials.
Tips for a Successful Crochet Hammock:
– Maintain consistent tension throughout your project for an even, professional finish.
– Experiment with different yarns to discover how the double strands affect the texture of your hammock.
Crafting a crochet hammock with two strands of yarn offers a world of creative possibilities. Whether you choose to work with two skeins or a single skein with two strands, each method offers distinct advantages, enabling you to create a beautiful and comfortable crochet hammock.
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Best yarn for this pattern
Any worsted weight yarn will work great for this pattern. Because matching the exact measurement is not crucial feel free to experiment with different yarns.
More cost effective options like Craft Mart or Bernat Super Saver can be a great option for this pattern.
Recommended yarn substitutes
Depending on the look, feel and function you are wanting when making this hammock cotton could also be an option. Below are a few recommendations of yarn I think works great.
Recommend Cotton Worsted Weight Yarns
Recommended Worsted Weight Yarns
Wool of the Andes Superwash
Crochet Hammock Pattern – Great for Babies and Toys
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
sk – skip
st – stitch
sts – stitches
sl st – slip stitch
tc – triple crochet
Gauge match is not required for this design. Please Note: If you change your hooks size or vary from the recommended yarn choices the size will change.
Hammock measures: 23” x 88”
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Yarn used in pattern: Please note that the actual amount of yarn needed may change depending on the yarn chosen always purchase a little more than you think you may need.
Vanna’s Choice: 400 g/680 yds or 15oz/625 m
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Crochet Hammock Construction
This hammock is crafted in three distinct phases: first, you’ll create the main section, which forms the base of the hammock. Then, we’ll incorporate decreases to make a narrower section at each end.
This reduction in width is designed to allow two adults to comfortably hold the hammock, making it perfect for use as a photo prop or to suspend it as a toy hammock.
Then the hammock will then be turned to do the decreases at the opposite end.
Main part of hammock
Entire hammock is made holding 2 strands of yarn together.
Note if you would like to make a wider hammock for toys simply add more stitches to your starting chain.
Row 1: Hdc in 3 ch from hook and each ch across, (30) ch 1 turn
Rows 2: Sc in 1st st and each st across, (30) ch 2 turn
Row 3: Hdc in 1st and each st across, (30) ch 1 turn
Row 4: Sc in 1st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Row 5: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 6: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 2 turn
Row 7: Hdc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 8: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Row 9: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Row 10: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 11: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 2 turn
Row 12: Hdc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 13: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Rows 14 & 15: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Row 16: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 17: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 2 turn
Row 18: Hdc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 19: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Row 20: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Row 21: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 22: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 2 turn
Row 23: Hdc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 24: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Rows 25: Tc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 26: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 2 turn
Row 27: Hdc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Row 28: Sc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 2 turn
Row 29: Hdc in 1st st and each st across (30) ch 1 turn
Rows 30: Sc in 1st and each st across (30) ch 3 turn
Decreases begin here:
Row 31: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 25 sts, dc2tog (28) ch 1 turn
Row 32: Sc in 1st st, sc2tog, sc next 24 sts, sc2tog (26) ch 2 turn
Row 33: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog, dc next 9 sts, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog (22) ch 1 turn
Row 34: Sc in 1st st, sc2tog, sc next 17 sts, sc2tog (20) ch 2 turn
Row 35: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog, dc next 3 sts, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog (16) ch 1 turn
Row 36: Sc 1st st, sc2tog, sc next 11 sts, sc2tog (14) ch 2 turn
Row 37: Dc 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 2 sts, dc2tog, dc next st, dc2tog, dc next 2 sts, dc2tog (10) ch 1 turn
Row 38: Sc 1st st, sc2tog, sc next 5 sts, sc2tog (8) ch 2 turn
Row 39: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 3 sts, dc2tog (6) ch 3 turn
Rows 40-50: Tc in 1st st and each st across (6) ch 3 turn.
After row 50, fasten off and weave in ends.
Turn hammock and work down the opposite side, join yarn with sl st and ch 2
Row 1: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 25 sts, dc2tog (28) ch 1 turn
Row 2: Sc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 24 sts, dc2tog (26) ch 2 turn
Row 3: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog, dc next 9 sts, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog (22) ch 1 turn
Row 4: Sc in 1st st, sc2tog, sc next 17 sts, sc2tog (20) ch 2 turn
Row 5: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog, dc next 3 sts, dc2tog, dc next 4 sts, dc2tog (16) ch 1 turn
Row 6: Sc 1st st, sc2tog, sc next 11 sts, sc2tog (14) ch 2 turn
Row 7: Dc 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 2 sts, dc2tog, dc next st, dc2tog, dc next 2 sts, dc2tog (10) ch 1 turn
Row 8: Sc 1st st, sc2tog, sc next 5 sts, sc2tog (8) ch 2 turn
Row 9: Dc in 1st st, dc2tog, dc next 3 sts, dc2tog (6) ch 3 turn
Rows 10-19: Tc in 1st st and each st across (6) ch 3 turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends
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